The Best Advice My Therapist Ever Gave Me

People often ask me how I got over my eating disorder and the body hatred that lingered long after I was "cured." My journey was long and difficult. There was no "one magic pill". Just like many people who struggle with eating disorders I spent many hours in therapy. When I think back to those days I have very little recollection of what I discussed with my therapists. Most of the time I just cried about how fat, ugly, stupid and undeserving of love I was.

What My College Crush Taught Me About Commitments

When I was in college I had a huge crush on my philosophy teacher. I was always early to class so I could spend more time around him. When he led weekend canoe trips, I always signed up. When I noticed he ate blue tortilla chips, I started buying them. I thought everything he did was super cool.

He made every lesson fun and exciting. He was obviously incredibly passionate about his work and had a way of inspiring his students to do their best. I was fascinated by the way he always saw the best in all of us; even the kids who barely made it to class.

Food-Free Ways to Boost Your Energy

Have you been feeling tired or overwhelmed lately? If so, you most likely have had the experience of looking for energy “in all the wrong places.” I know I have.

An extra large coffee, a huge chocolate chip cookie, a few handfuls of M&M’s; these foods seem to call our name when we are depleted of energy.

Although they give us a temporary boost in energy, sugar, and caffeine eventually cause our energy to dip lower than it was before. These foods actually steal our energy.

What can we do if we need some extra energy?

The Inner Voice That Tricks You

Do you ever start your day with the best intentions to eat well and take good care of your body, only to succumb to the voice inside that tricks you into chowing down a bag of chips, a few too many cookies, or that coffee drink which is loaded with sugar and whipped cream?

I know this has happened to me far more often than I’d like to admit. It took me years to calm that voice down and honor my desires to take better care of my body.

What is Forest Bathing and Why it's my Favorite Wellness Ritual

When I first heard the term “Forest Bathing”, I assumed it was a version of skinny- dipping, but instead of jumping naked into a lake it meant hanging out naked in the forest. I was wrong. Forest bathing has nothing to do with what you are or aren’t wearing.

Forest Bathing comes from the Japanese phrase, “Shiron-Yoku” which means, “to take in the atmosphere of the forest.” Forest bathing has become increasingly popular due to its positive impact on human health and well-being.

How do you forest bathe? The answer is very simple.

If You are Trying to Lose Weight, Keep this Far From Your Plate

We all know that sugar, white flour, soda, and other processed foods pack on the pounds and take a toll on our health. What many of us do not realize is healthy eating goes beyond the actual food on our plate.

If you are trying to feel great in your summer clothes, I challenge you to hide a super powerful object every time you eat. It might seem small and innocent but it has a profound influence on your metabolism and digestion. This object has become a welcome guest at the table. Many of us feel we cannot live without it.

Any guesses as to what it might be?

The Cake Woke Up My Sugar Cravings and How I Calmed Them Down

A few weeks ago my older son turned 16. It still feels strange saying that. As cliche as it sounds, it amazes me how fast time has gone.

To help celebrate his birthday, my younger son, announced to me; "Mommy- we are going to make a real cake from scratch with sugar and real flour. And none of your almond flour business."

It made me laugh when he said that. I realize it can be hard to have a Health Coach for a mom and I don't want to be overly rigid when it comes to special events.

Does Your Food Philosophy Work for You

My first assignment in my Culinary Nutrition Expert Program was to write our food philosophy. While I have studied and shared a great deal about food over the years, this was the first time I wrote out my own personal food philosophy.

Writing my food philosophy made me realize how much my food choices have changed over the years.

If anyone would have asked me my food philosophy from my teen-to-early 30s, I would have said I'm a vegetarian who tries to eat low-calorie, low-fat, low-point, diet foods.

The Gifts of Slowing Down

I notice myself rushing around a lot even when there isn’t a big emergency. There’s always so much to do, and I often feel like I’m falling behind. I don’t like feeling this way.

I know it’s not just me. I talk to many women who feel the same way. We have become addicted to the busyness of life. Our never-ending “to-do” list can make us feel like there’s no time to slow down.