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What’s your value?

This month, I'm taking a look in the rearview mirror at 2018 and a peek ahead at the road ahead in 2019. I invite you to hop in and take some time to reflect on and forecast on your own life alongside me! It's the food. And it's more than the food. In less than 10 words, one of my very first clients summed up the essence of Integrative Nutrition®. And she did it using "and" instead of "but," so ...
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Attitude of gratitude

People who express gratitude on a regular basis have better physical health, optimism, progress toward goals, well-being, and help others more. ~ R.A. Emmons + C.A. Crumpler in "Gratitude as a human strength" When I was a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, James Pawelski of UPenn's Positive Psychology Center was one of our guest speakers, and one of the positive psychology exerci...
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Health is a journey – be sure to carry a map!

Before I work with a client, we have what I call a YOURstory session (like a history, but a little less gendered and a bit more personal!), an opportunity to reflect on their health - past, present, and future. One question I ask during this session seems to throw a lot of people: "At what point in your life did you feel best, and why do you think that is/was so?" For some, it's difficult because...
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What pneumonia taught me

Being sick in the summer can be truly awful. But my recent bout with pneumonia (the walking variety) this summer was oddly...not awful? It was, instead, very instructive. Back up to the beginning of this year, when my husband walked in on me in the middle of a very bizarre practice - oil pulling. I usually manage to do this in the wee hours of the morning, when nobody is around, but he happened t...
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Happy Spring!

It's Spring in Michigan! (Finally? I think?) We have one of those northern Springs - it starts, it stops, it teases, it backs off, it relents, it restarts. At my house, we joke about who did what to make it go away: Did someone change to the lighter comforter after a week of 60-degree weather? Did someone put the winter clothes in storage? Did someone buy warm-weather shoes? (I'll admit I did all...
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New workshop: Spring into Healthy Eating + Positive Energy

I'm thrilled to be offering a new workshop in collaboration with Hands of Light Energy Healer Lucinda Kurtz from 11am-6pm on Sunday, May 3 - it promises to be a energizing and light-filled experience! Join us for a revitalizing day of healthful food and an opportunity to release old patterns that no longer serve you. Launch yourself on a new course of action by learning the basics of food selec...
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How the Scrinch found Christmas

My family and coworkers would agree - I'm something of a cross between Scrooge and the Grinch. (Scrinch?) Every year, I grumble about the impending holidays ... and every year, the holiday frenzy seems to come earlier. And every year, I shut down the holiday music at work idea, much to the dismay of a Christmas-loving colleague who (due to a passion for crafting) can tell you on any given day out ...
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