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My relationship with what?

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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! One of the standard introductory exercises for Integrative Nutrition® clients, the Circle of Life is a jumping off point for discussing primary foods and goal setting—many other coaching progr...
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Oxymorons, their opposite … and hot breakfast

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If you're a working mom ... ha, what is the opposite of an oxymoron? I mean, if an oxymoron is a figure of speech that combines two seemingly opposite ideas (living death, seriously funny, deafening silence) for greater effect, what's the opposite of that? "Working mom" really is the opposite—it's two words that are so similar in meaning that it's almost too redundant: all mothers work, whet...
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Is self care really the answer?

"Self care" has become a real buzzword in the past decade—and it can include anything from an hour (or a day) at the spa to meditating to practicing yoga to drinking green smoothies to slathering yourself, your pets, and your house with essential oils. I don't have anything against these activities in principle—well, you can probably tell by my aggressive use of sarcasm font that I might have s...
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Happy Mother’s Day (just say no)

Ahhh, Spring. We wait for it with longing, especially here in Michigan, where it comes quite late and often teases us for a while before committing. And then, just as there's a huge wind storm every Fall that strips off the last leaves (along with a lot of branches), every Spring there's a day of downpours after which everything bursts into bloom (and the worms litter the pavement). That's n...
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Spring detox (further proof that I’m so basic?)

I love tulips: I love their beautiful simplicity, the fact that they herald the arrival of Spring, the variety of colors they come in, the fact that the financial health of an entire country rose and fell on their backs. (Do they have backs? They certainly bend over rather quickly once put in a vase. Anyway, you can read all about the tulip empire in Michael Pollan's Botany of Desire.)  Imagine...
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Do your own (!@#$%) dishes!

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Why...was it always my responsibility to turn on the stove and begin to think about my family's food needs, even when I wasn't hungry? Why couldn't my husband get the dinner preparations started? Why did my family seem to be almost totally paralyzed when it came to preparing a meal? Why did they all wait in the kitchen, as though unable to set the table or pour a glass of water, until I came into ...
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Overwhelmed in the kitchen?

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Join me Tuesday, January 16 at 5:30pm at Argus Farm Stop on Packard for a hands-on introduction to meal planning. Argus is a next-generation farmers' market whose mission is to to grow our local agricultural economy. How? By providing a place where local farms can sell locally-grown produce and other goods conveniently to consumers—year round! Fl!p Your K!tchen is a natural fit for Argus's b...
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SOLE food | SOUL food

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At the end of 2016, I shifted my health coaching practice from focusing almost entirely on secondary foods—what we put in our mouths—to primary foods—everything else in our lives that nourishes us (or doesn't). I also set a goal of blogging once a week rather than once a month (or so) and sending my post out by email to my list. It's been a year since then, and I'm happy to report I am one week...
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How do you come to the kitchen?

As I mentioned last week, explaining what I do as a health coach can be difficult: while the profession is certainly growing, it's still an alien concept for many. I often like to explain my work using stories, which seem to make more sense than a lot of theory and explanation, so for the rest of this month, it's story time! The second story I tell is titled, "How do you come to the kitchen?...
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Thanksgiving 2017 Helpline

Have you downloaded the Fl!p Your K!tchen Thanksgiving 2017 recipe packet yet? If you have and you have questions about the recipes or the strategy that will help you cook most of your meal ahead so you can spend your day with your loved ones, join me on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 for an updated version of the Butterball Hotline! Because I'm all about planning in advance, it's happening TOMO...
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SOLE food | Your nickel’s worth

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This is the final post in the SOLE food series, in which we stepped away a bit from primary foods nutrition and focused again on secondary foods, the ones we put in our mouths. As you find your way on your health journey, getting your food choices sorted can be what Charles Duhigg calls a keystone habit in his book The Power of Habit: a keystone habit is one that not only creates a desired change—...
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We interrupt this programming…

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Fair Food Network, the awesome non-profit where I work part-time as a contractor, has been growing in leaps and bounds since I started there eight years ago. When I reduced my work there to that of part-time contractor in 2016, it became necessary to change my title. In the process, I joked that I should join the C-Suite as CHO, chief harassment officer, since most of my work involves chasing s...
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Happy New (School) Year | What’s new + good?

I've always felt that September is, in an odd way, the start of a new year, and so it was nice to hear this confirmed by Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365. She identifies three "new years" in a twelve-month cycle: the start of the calendar year, the start of summer, and the start of the school year. The start of the school year has always been one of my favorite times of the year, not only because ...
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Gone fishin’ … and a request for the fall!

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You may or may not know that in my "other life," I contract for an amazing nonprofit called Fair Food Network—our healthy food incentive program, Double Up Food Bucks, is now available in various forms in 21 states, including statewide in Michigan. It's an honor to work with this team of people...and it's also a LOT of work! From 2009 up until now, vacations have usually included checking in...
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Guest Post | Kitchen Organization with Lisa Woodruff

As I like to say, there are no mistakes or coincidences in the Universe, only miracles. A very special guest post arrived just as we are scrambling to pack our daughter up for college, we dismantled my office to paint it—hahaha, yes, if you recall the kitchen painting episode last year, you'll wonder whether we are determined to test our marriage annually, taking on both offices and the back hall ...
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Laundry loads and mental (over)load

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A few weeks ago, I was tickled by a comic strip in The Guardian about "mental load." Yes, it's sexist, and it generalizes (a lot), and yet, based on the engagement a friend got for posting it on Facebook, it must have resonated with a lot of women. In defense of the artist, she does attempt to offer a solution toward the end. And it got me thinking: in this age of overwhelm, we all carry a h...
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Multitasking | To hack or not to hack?

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If you've been following me for a while, you know I'm a big fan of podcasts—I listen to a fair number of self-improvement, health, and entrepreneur/business related ones, and my all-time favorite for "general consumption" is definitely Jonathan Fields's Good Life Project. If you haven't listened yet, check it out for a weekly dose of inspiration. After commenting on words from our own field tha...
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Belly up to the [fill in the blank] bar

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It's a gray early Sunday morning in Ann Arbor—even I sleep in most Sundays (sometimes even as late as 7am :) ), but today is my first 5K—nope, just walking—and that's a story for another day.... As spring slips away and summer comes into full swing, we're playing "the single parenting game" at my house—this happens annually for anywhere from 2–4 months at a time. You can read more about this in...
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Granola | GOOD 70s hippie food

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Back in the 90s when I was working for a caterer in Boulder, CO, one of my coworkers also hailed from Vermont. The two of us would often talk about "back home." Jordan, a born story-teller, had spent some time following the Grateful Dead, and he would entertain the rest of the staff at lunch with his stories. One of Jordan's favorite routines was an impression of an old-timer from Vermont compl...
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Put your schedule on a diet | Authorization

Put Your Schedule on a Diet
First of all, Happy Mother's Day to everyone, because let's be real—whether you're female or male, whether you have borne children of your own or raised someone else's or been part of a village for anyone, young or old—you have mothered, and today's for you! And now back to our regularly scheduled programming, which is a continuation of the past few weeks' discussion of our overweight daytimers...
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Put your schedule on a diet | Delegation

Put Your Schedule on a Diet
If you've ever tried to lose weight, you've probably heard that healthy, sustainable weight loss is not something that happens quickly; after all, you didn't put on all those pounds overnight, right? Fasting, severe calorie restriction, cleanses, crazy workouts, and myriad other "quick fixes" can have a stunningly rapid effect ... and once you go back to "eating normally," you usually regain th...
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To my sisters: I hear you.

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Over the past 2 months as I was creating my new program offering—S.A.N.I.T.Y.—I was riding the pendulum that so often grips us when we are about to put ourselves out there in a way that feels really vulnerable. Will the launch be a success? Will people sign up? Will they laugh? Will I be judged? They'll love it. They'll hate it. I think it's great. I think it sucks. Acckkk! And then someo...
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Mixed Metaphors | Stories of the resistance

I learned one of my favorite mixed metaphors from a fellow coach who said, "I view my job as leading a horse to water, then teaching it how to fish." (My son, who is completely obsessed with fishing, would likely take this on as a real challenge—and knowing him, that horse would not only learn how to fish but learn to love it.) As a coach, I take a more metaphorical view: I can lead you to w...
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Do less better.

Today marks the beginning of a series of workshops my collaborator, Holly Southerland, and I are calling Month of Margin. The goal of the workshops is to help women create margin in their external and internal environments by a three-step process of decluttering, organizing, and improving efficiency. What is "margin?" Richard Swenson explains it mathematically as Margin = Power - Load. That's s...
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Are you cancelable?

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When I was being certified as a health coach, I live-streamed the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's live events, which are weekend long extravaganzas of top speakers from the world of health and wellness. Once, I was surprised to see that one of the speakers lined up for the day was Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post fame. What could she possibly have to say about health and wellness? It...
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Got blank space?

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I know how one of my teens would respond to that question, and if you do, too, then you're welcome for the earworm. But the kind of blank space I'm thinking about today is related to the basement flooding this past weekend and the fact that we are currently living with the charming white noise of 10 huge fans and two industrial strength dehumidifiers vibrating under our feet. I could have go...
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Month of Margin

Are you... Overwhelmed by the clutter in your pantry, closet, or home office? Feeling like you don’t have time to take care of your home the way you want to? Busy taking care of others’ needs? Struggling with finding time to take care of yourself? Feeling like your life has no “breathing room” or margin? Unsure how to start creating time and space to do these things? Start...
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A (video) taste of the Fl!p Your K!tchen™ project

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You can now order Fl!p Your K!tchen! More details about the book can be found on the blog. And check out this beautiful video created by Christian O'Grady and Victoria Zegler of FYT Productions and featuring some of the splendid photos of Chuk Nowak, the cookbook design by Sean McDonald, and "my" farmers, Tomm Becker of Sunseed Farm and Salomon Jost of Salomon Gardens. And now it's time to ....
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Supper + Support | Spring 2017 series open for registration

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do you need a new cooking/eating + life style? Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? Are there other lifestyle choices you want to make? Do you need support to make the shift/s happen? supper + support offers a group experience that includes: Health ...
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Join me for the Fl!p Your K!tchen Launch Party!

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Join me for the launch party of my Fl!p Your K!tchen book – I can’t wait to share it with you! Signed copies will be available for purchase. If you preordered, you can pick your copy up that evening as well. It's FREE – if you're coming, you'll need to make a reservation. Friday, November 4, 2016 from 4-6pm GO Where Meetings Matter: 4735 Washtenaw Avenue | Ann Arbor, Michigan 48108 &...
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Supper + Support | Fall 2016

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do you need to develop a new cooking + eating style? Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? Do you need support to make that change happen? supper + support offers a group experience that includes: Health coaching: nutrition information to help you disco...
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Share the love!

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FL!P YOUR K!TCHEN How to cook 21 meals a week from scratch (without spending your life in the kitchen) Cookbook, cooking class, and time management tool all in one, Fl!p Your K!tchen creates a system by which you can easily put three made completely from scratch meals a day on your table and in your lunchbox. Discover how to establish and cook from a whole foods pantry…and why you should b...
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15 Ways to Make Life Simple Again

“It’s complicated….” Just about everything feels complicated these days, … and there’s a great excuse for not taking action, which causes us even more (di)stress. How to make life simple The greatest gift we can give ourselves when we start to feel this paralysis is determine what we can exert some control over and what we have no control over – because stressing about the latter is t...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Cookbook update

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What's New + Good? Lots! In fact, so much that I couldn't wait to share some of my good news about the progress of the cookbook and express my gratitude to those who have helped create it. Let's start with the stunning picture above! Chuk Nowak of Chuk Nowak Photography is responsible for the beautiful photos you'll see in the book - I was a bit nervous about my simple cooking standing up ...
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Baby Step #4 | Turn it off

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This is the fourth of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I’ll post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every day for that month – practically without trying. Soon, that tiny step will be part of your daily routine, and you won’t even remember you never did it before. The next month, add the next baby step. By the end of 2016, you’ll have accumulated 12...
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How to Prep Your Meals Like a Pro Triathlete

Well, nobody could accuse me of being a pro triathlete...but I sure can prep meals like one! Check out my appearance in "How to Prep Your Meals Like a Pro Triathlete" in Outside Online - it really is me, although I seem to have had a name change...?
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Everyday Power Blog | Five things to (not) do first thing in the morning

How do you feel about mornings? Yes, please – the earlier, the better! Meh – I can survive them when I have to. Please don’t make me morning. If you talk to me, I will kill you. If you answered “1,” then save yourself some time and skip this post. I know you – you rise with (before?) the sun without an alarm, you smile before you get out of bed, you’re at the gym door when it open...
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Introducing: Supper + Support

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Do you need to develop a new cooking and eating style? • Have you decided (or have you been told) that you need to change your cooking + eating style – eat more healthfully, eliminate sugar, gluten, dairy, or some other food? • Does the primary cook at your house need support to make that change happen? Supper + Support offers you a group experience that includes: • Health coaching: nutrit...
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“But I’m not the cook…” | Supper + Support

When I was studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I often envied my single, childless classmates: as we were introduced to a large number of dietary theories - from veganism to the meat-centric Atkins plan, from high carb to low carb, from high-protein to low protein, etc. - the institute's staff frequently reminded us that no one theory was right for everyone and that we should expe...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Cookbook now available for pre-order!

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Drum Roll, please! The Fl!p Your K!tchen cookbook is now available for preorder - at a special price! Part cookbook, part cooking class, part time management coach, Fl!p Your K!tchen will teach you how you can – and why you might want to – cook and eat at home on a regular basis. Visit the pre-order page! Cover design by Sean McDonald | Photo by Chuk Nowak
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Breaking Bad: It’s Really about Self Care

Breaking Bad: A colloquialism popular in the American Southwest referring to when someone has taken a turn off the path of the straight and narrow, when they've deviated from what's right. J3NNIF3R at UrbanDictionary.com No, sorry, I don't watch Breaking Bad - we gave up after 2 episodes, which I understand is very difficult for fans of this show to understand...but the concept of breaking bad co...
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Fl!p Your K!tchen | Subscribe to the online course!

Woohooo - my Fl!p Your K!tchen cookbook will be published in time for the Holidays 2016! Why am I telling you this a year in advance? Because there's something you can do for the Holidays 2015 as well! The book not only provides simple recipes for home-cooked meals from whole, healthful ingredients – it also introduces my Fl!p Your K!tchen™ system, which teaches you how to create 21 meals a wee...
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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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A “Knight Out” in the Kitchen!

Join me at Knight's Family Kitchen for our fall cooking classes - we meet the first and third Wednesday of every month! Classes run from 6:00-8:00pm – arrive at 5:45 for drinks & appetizers! To register for a class and get Knight's updates on upcoming events, visit Knight's Family Kitchen's website. Registration now open for the first two classes: September 2 – Knife Skills + Safety Have y...
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Physical Activity: Find Your Why

As an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, I work with my clients to understand that our Primary Foods® (career, relationships, physical activity, spiritual practice, etc.) are just as important to our health and well-being as our secondary food – the nourishment we put in our mouths. Considering physical activity a type of nourishment is often one of the easier stretches for clients – after all, ...
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Flip Your Kitchen: Deconstructing Soup

…one of the biggest barriers we’re facing, in terms of people eating healthier food, is that most Americans don’t know how to cook that well. It is absolutely possible to eat well and cheaply and quickly from scratch, but you have to be a very skilled cook. ~Tracie McMillan Author of The American Way of Eating When I tell people I went to culinary school, a large percentage sighs, “Oh, I would ...
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Ready to invest in your health and happiness in 2015?

Investing in our health and happiness is NOT a luxury - it's a vital tool in reaching our best health and achieving our highest goals - really thriving instead of just surviving each day and finding time to fulfill our purpose on this planet. If you're feeling overwhelmed because you spend all your time caring for others or just managing to stay on top of your crazy schedule, you may feel that yo...
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Dusting is my frog.

Do you feel as though you have a to-do list that never ends - it just gets longer? And those really big tasks just seem too intimidating to even begin, so you spend time crossing the little, less important ones off, but you know deep down that you weren't really productive because all you did was put the big one off for one more day? Between a 3/4 time job, some freelancing, having a health coach...
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