Category Archives: Health Coaching

How to Reduce Your Pain & Feel Great this Holiday Season

How to Reduce Your Pain & Feel Great this Holiday Season

Keep your pain levels low and your energy high by adding these 5 tricks during the holiday season.

1. Visualize Success 

Imagine New Year’s Day. See yourself vibrant and energetic, calm and centered, happy, and comfortable in your body WITHOUT PAIN. Choose a time each day to close your eyes and visualize this scene. Make a morning ritual of this visualization before you get out of bed.

2. Be PreparedHoliday Season

Spend one morning each week preparing clean, healthy snacks to have available when needed. Snack foods like chopped veggies and dip, celery and almond butter, tuna with gluten-free crackers and sunflower seed in the shell are your “go-to” while other people snack on carmel corn or some other tempting food that raises insulin and then causes an energy crash. Have healthy snacks with you when you leave the house and you’ll never be caught hungry. Preparation is one of the strongest habits to support success.  

3. Add In to Crowd Out

Allow yourself to eat small portions of the holiday foods that you love but be sure to eat whole foods first. Fill your plate with salad, veggies and protein and eat those foods first. Add foods high in carbs to your plate as if they are samples. Take enough for 1 – 2 bites only.

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Soothe pain

Soothe My Pain, Please!

Soothe My Pain, Please!

Is this you? 

  • You wake in the morning, achy and stiff.  It takes you hours to get going.
  • You live with constant pain that gets in the way of almost everything you do.
  • You suffer with headaches that last all day…sometimes for days in a row.
  • You have stomach pain, sinus pain, anxiety or depression.ecffbe0c-ee35-487b-924b-8c29f2ff6c2a

Living with pain of any kind changes your life.  It may not look like it from the outside but it effects every decision you make. And often, what feels most frustrating is that you don’t seem to be getting much better.

I get it.  I’ve been specializing in treating pain for over 35 years.

I have heard these stories hundreds of times from my patients over the years. And here’s what I’ve found…Pain Relief Works, if you are willing to make simple changes in your lifestyle and get medical treatment when needed.

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Life’s 3rd Act

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"

~ Mary Oliver ~

Life’s 3rd Act

September is my birthday month!  (Scroll down for my gift to you).

Believe it or not, I’ll be 60 years old. This is not what I imagined 60 to be. I’m not old. I’m vibranblack-and-whitetly alive, growing, reaching, learning, and exploring my potential.  I’m launching my teenage daughter, expanding mybusiness, and looking for love. This is not what I expected 60 to look like.  It’s so much better!  This stage of development is called “Life’s 3rd Act” says Jane Fonda in her TedX Women’s talk.  It’s as different from mid-life as childhood is from adolescence. In this stage we are empowered to climb the staircase of the human spirit towards wisdom, wholeness, and authenticity.

So tell me…what do you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? Will you dare to acknowledge your greatest gifts? Will you take the risk to develop and express them? Will you create more happiness by offering your unique gifts to others?  

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Estrogen: The Belly Fat Connection

Estrogen:  The Belly Fat Connection

Are you ready to lose your belly fat, sleep more deeply, improve your mood and increase your energy?Goddess with Belly

A hardy yes is the right answer.  I am.  And, since I’m approaching the “wisdom years”, and belly fat gets harder and harder to loose, I am learning all about the hormone/fat connection in maturing women.  If you’re experiencing the same, come along with me. There is a great amount of new research available on the keys to success.

Loosing belly fat….it’s not as simple as calories in, calories out.

There are  7 primary hormone imbalances that can lead to belly fat, exhaustion, stress, cravings, excessive appetite, moodiness and depression in mid-aged women. Let’s review them one blog at a time, and  I’ll show you some simple rules for how to begin to heal these imbalances in your daily lifestyle. Continue reading

Balance Your Insulin, Lose Your Belly

Balance Your Insulin, Lose Your Belly

waist measuringMeet my client Marcie.

Tired of a lifetime of abuse by the little voice inside her head Marcie enrolled in a 12-week coaching series with me last fall.  She wanted to lose weight, but more importantly Marcie wanted to feel more comfortable in her body.

Like many of us, Marcie suffered with belly fat.  She was a conscious eater, never stopping at a drive through and rarely choosing packaged foods.  She had reduced her red meat intake preferring chicken as her main source of protein and was not fond of fish.  Marcie loved fruit and ate Mexican food often.  She ate whole, organic bread, grains and cereal.  And yet, even though Marcie was making good whole food choices, she carried 30 extra pounds that was with her since she birthed her son 20 years ago.  Totally frustrated Marcie came to me for help.

How could such clean eating lead to excess weight and belly fat?

Can a calorie, which is a measurement of available energy, behave differently depending upon what it is made of? The answer is yes, and the explanation lies in understanding the function of the hormone insulin.  Continue reading