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Rearview mirror | What we learn from reaching (or not) a goal

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It's definitely wintry in Ann Arbor, and our seasonal diet has shifted from the cool leafy salads and quickly grilled foods of summer to heartier root veggies and slowly simmered soups and stews. Everything seems to slow down and turn inward at this time of year, which makes late fall/early winter a perfect time to reflect on the year gone by and think about the one ahead. I've been looking ...
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Yes, I am.

This week, I'd like to revisit last week's post, Full stop. Why? Because I can and because it sparked a lot of responses, not just a couple in the blog comment section but a lot more than usual as responses to my email. One woman wrote, "I almost feel like we have to WHISPER this—so no one overhears!" Another explored whether our physical environment and the company we keep limit our ab...
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Scotland, self care, soul care … and social justice

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I'm "on holiday," as the people of the UK would say—spending two weeks touring Scotland. Diana Gabaldon's Jamie Fraser and Dougal MacKenzie might be involved—no sightings yet, but stay tuned. For that reason, this week's blog post is just a quick check-in and a link to an article on Rewire for which I was recently interviewed: it covers a lot of what I talk about with my clients, namely that se...
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Velcro + Teflon | What’s new + good?

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Like many health coaches, I offer a free initial consultation—I call mine a YOURstory session (like HIStory, but we live in a world where "gendering" has become a frowned-upon practice, so....) In this session, in which we explore your health history from a holistic perspective, the first question I ask—"What's new and good?"—often causes some surprise, and it's really meant to put you in a mor...
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Are you in the (Sorta) Secret Sisterhood?

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Let's take a look at the business side of health coaching for a minute. As a business owner, I spend a fair amount of time networking, and in networking groups—as in business—it's vital to know who your "target market" is and to narrow your focus—your "niche"—down to a very specific group of people whom you serve. There are entire books written about the topic, whole classes and webinars dev...
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April’s FREE health coaching webinar is on Wednesday!

Just a quick heads up: April’s FREE health coaching webinar is going to introduce you to what I call the DR/EAM process—a way to stop playing best supporting actress in everyone else’s lives and star in your own (life) movie! Register to get details of April event and notices of upcoming webinars. If you can’t make the live event, a replay/recording is always posted after the fact.
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SOUL food | Unique

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This is the third post in the SOUL food series—you can find the first one at SOUL food | Seasonal and the second at SOUL food | Organic. Integrative Nutrition® upholds that we are all bio-individual: what is food for me might be poison for you; what nourishes me might toxify you. This is true not only for the food we put in our mouths but for all the primary foods that nourish us (or don't), an...
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SOUL food | Seasonal

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As I mentioned at the end of last year, my focus has been shifting from helping clients with their SOLE foods—the seasonal, organic, local, and ethical foods that I recommend underpin your eating choices, no matter where you fall on the spectrum between vegan and omnivore—to supporting them in the area of SOUL foods—all the other parts of our lives that nourish us...or don't. If you want to try...
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Welcome to the trough

Because 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 like to talk about my work using stories, which seem to make more sense than a lot of theory and explanation. You can check out the previous stories in this month's series here: Where are you hiding? and How do you come to the kitchen? After the feedi...
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I know I should be….

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I spend a lot of time talking to people about their health goals and their primary and secondary food choices. And one of their most frequent comments is, "I know what I should be doing, but I just can't seem to do it." This past week during one of my walks, I listened to an interview with Gretchen Rubin, author of The Four Tendencies. It's easy to roll our eyes and think, "Oh no, another way t...
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A few of my favorite things | Books

Last week's post on the podcasts I recommend generated quite a few replies, one of the more common being, "But what if I don't listen to podcasts?" I don't find much time to read except for 10–15 minutes in the morning over a cup of coffee before anyone else is up—and I still find that I can make it through quite a few books if I am really intentional about treating that reading time as a non-n...
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Mind. Blown.

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Time for a shout-out to all the guys: Happy Father's Day! Thank you to all the dads, dads-to-be, stepdads, grandfathers, foster fathers, AND all those who father and mentor us. Recently, in getting ready to issue an invitation to women, I went through the process of "segmenting" my email list—dividing it into different groups so that I can make my message relevant to each group. I was pleasa...
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Are you cancelable? (Part 2)

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In a post from February (Are you cancelable?), I wrote about how we often let our self-care appointments slide off our calendar: those things—some big, some small—that we tend to think are less important than other people's demands on our time are the first to be cancelled, postponed, or just simply forgotten. Another comment I made in that post was that even when an initial consultation with a...
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“Getting” religion, getting spiritual

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It's April 22 (Happy Earth Day!), and if you've been following along on the blog, you'll know that the past month has seen me on the West Coast, in the Midwest, and in New England. While my husband travels frequently—it's nothing for him to be gone for months at a time—I'm usually a homebody. And if I'm being honest, I have to admit that I tend to be that way because I adore routine, and travel...
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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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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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Are you reacting or responding?

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What do a rotisserie chicken and a kitchen sink have in common? It's been an interesting week for me—I don't know whether it's been a phase of the moon or some other sort of joke on the part of the Universe, but practically every day this week I faced a situation in which I had to work very hard to remind myself that what was required was a thoughtful response, not a knee-jerk reaction: there w...
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When the stars line up: on luck, grace, and goals

When the stars line up, and you catch a good break, People think that you’re lucky, but you know it’s grace. "Timing Is Everything," Natalie Hemby/Troy Jones I'm a huge fan of podcasts: for those of us on the go from morning until night, reading is often a luxury, and podcasts can be added to commuting, workouts, mundane chores, etc. in a way that books normally can't. (And yes, I confess t...
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Hold out for the fairy tale

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It seems as though 2016 was a particularly rough year in terms of celebrity deaths. (Although I will admit I had to laugh when my daughter found a comment on Tumblr that said, “People are going to be unjustifiably surprised when celebrities continue to die in 2017.”) One of the losses I mourn the most is that of Garry Marshall, who directed Pretty Woman, my favorite movie of all time. Yes, I...
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About those resolutions…

Where do you stand on making New Year's resolutions? Do you set them each year and achieve at least part of them? Do you set them and never think about them again? Or do you not set them at all, knowing full well that the only one you can keep is to not set any? I personally fall somewhere in the middle: I have enough discipline to reach the big goals (like publishing a cookbook!) ... and yet s...
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Goodbye, Hello: New Year, New Practice

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As I get older, I feel the pull of the seasons more and more strongly, and the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 feel more true each year: "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven...." Winter is a time for nourishing, slow-cooked soups and stews featuring lots of root vegetables, for conserving our energy (read: naps!), and for turning inward, reflecting on the ...
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Baby Step #12 | Celebrate (yourself)

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This is the final installment of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I post 1 tiny step toward better health that you can take every day for that month— 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 new h...
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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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Baby Step #11 | SOLE Kitchen

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This is the eleventh of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I 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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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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Q+A with Virginia Horsey

Listen in on my Q+A with Virginia Horsey of Essential Edge Wellness Solutions, a fellow health coach who wears many hats! Virginia is a railroad conductor and engineer, health coach, figure competitor, wife and mother and is passionate about using nutritious foods and physical activity instead of shakes, pills, or extreme measures to achieve health, fitness, and wellness goals. If you've...
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The buzz in the kitchen

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Seventeen years ago, I spent Labor Day in labor: Happy 17th Birthday to my firstborn! This year, I'm spending Labor Day weekend on the final revision of Fl!p Your K!tchen. If my third "child" turns out anywhere near as smart, funny, and beautiful as my first, I will consider it time well spent! Just now, the buzz in my head is probably due to an overdose of caffeine, but I wanted to share with ...
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Baby Step #9 | Try on a new eating style!

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This is the ninth of a 12-part series titled “Baby Steps.” On the first of each month, I 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 new...
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Registration deadline extended for Fall 2016 Supper + Support

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I've extended the registration deadline for the Fall 2016 Supper + Support group coaching series to September 7, 2016. You can read about the series here: https://simply-healthcoaching.com/supper-support-fall-2016/ Questions? Please don't hesitate to email me at liza@simply-healthcoaching.com or call me at 310-892-9485 (8a-8p ET, please).
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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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Ask us anything | The recording

Yesterday, I had the extreme pleasure of sharing an hour on the phone with Andrea Catherine Bachman of Grounded Here, LLC. We had a great conversation about who we are, how we came to our respective practices, and how our work shares many similarities - I hope you'll take the time to listen! You can listen to the recording here:
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Ask us anything!

What do you want to know? As a health coach, I spend a lot of time asking clients questions. Well, now it's your turn! My friend Andrea Bachman (Ayurvedic Health Counselor/Yoga Instructor/Doula at Grounded Here) and I are taking questions from our students and clients through Friday, June 17, and will host a live interview of each other on Friday, June 24 using your questions. We invite ...
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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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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 I learned to meditate

About five years ago, I switched from a conventional primary care physician to an integrative medicine physician. My hope was that when I brought up alternative therapies such as massage and chiropractic (and nutrition!), I wouldn’t get a blank stare or an immediate scolding. What I got was so much more…. My new primary care physician spent an hour with me during my first visit, and we t...
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Health coaching…in a client’s words

If you've ever been curious about what it's like to work with a health coach, here's an awesome peek into a (star) client's side of the health coaching equation! I wasn't really sure what I signed up for when I agreed to join a health coaching pilot program. I had no idea what a health coach was, but I went in with an open mind expecting to learn more about healthy eating, portions, calories in /...
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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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This is a test…

...of the technoidiot broadcasting system. Hello? Are you receiving? Kind of an odd way to advertise the launch of my new website, but it's been a rather steep learning curve over the last month as I revise it for upcoming changes in my practice! More improvements on the way, but in the meantime, please browse around, send me feedback by email or via the contact form, and sign up for my m...
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“The future has many names….”

I am frequently reminded that I learn something new from every class I teach, every workshop I hold, and every client I serve. At times, I even feel that I get more from my clients that I am able to offer! One client's recent gift to me was an introduction to Gratefulness.org. The site has a lot of information about the practice of gratitude, but my favorite feature is the "Word of the Day" - a d...
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Are you settling?

Are you in tune with your life's purpose - the big why of your presence on this planet at this particular time and place? Do you know what you are meant to do with this one precious life of yours? And more importantly, are you making each decision based on whether your choice helps or hinders living your life in alignment with that purpose? I often marvel that it took me almost 50 years to figu...
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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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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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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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On the edge of getting it right

I have an 11-year-old son and a husband, so (if you'll forgive a generalization) I watch a fair number of action movies. Okay, full disclosure: I kind of like them, too, and we've found that if there is a decent plot and a handsome male lead, even our 15-year-old daughter will watch them. Hey, as the teenager says, don't judge - it's not easy to find a movie that suits everyone's taste! Last nigh...
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“The pitcher cried for water to carry…”

The work of the world is common as mud. Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. But the thing worth doing well done has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident. Greek amphoras for wine or oil, Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums but you know they were made to be used. The pitcher cried for water to carry and a person for work that is real. from "To be of use" by Marge Piercy ...
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Welcome!

What’s New + Good? Join me on my publishing journey – my cookbook, Fl!p Your K!tchen, is coming out for the Holidays 2016, but you can give (or get!) a sneak peek at the content for the Holidays 2015! Subscribe here. Are you ready… to meet your healthiest, most balanced self? to cook wholesome meals from scratch on a regular basis? to work on your nutrition and health goals with a traine...
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