6 HOLIDAY SURVIVAL STRATEGIES

Hello Holiday Party People! Now, as much as I love this time of the year, we are faced with huge obstacles.  Comfort food, sugary drink concoctions, cookie baking parties (I already had to talk two clients down off the cookie dough ledge!), high-glycemic white foods, and of course, the “food pusher” who brings it all to you.  You know who I’m talking about.  That person who shoves the dessert plate in your face and won’t leave until you’ve tried at least 3 different varieties of the same sugary concoction. Since we are sitting right smack in the middle of the holiday season, I thought I’d share a few ideas with… Read More

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THE HUNGER SCALE

Have you ever sat in the absolute back seat of a commercial plane? I’m talking about the last row, where the seats don’t recline and you’re right next to the bathrooms. Well, that’s where I am right now as I write this to you.  On this plane, the jets cover the windows, so you can’t even see outside. I’ve just spent the past 5 days in “The Big D”, (aka: Dallas), mixing some family time with a business trip.   I tackled 2 (yes….TWO) big family reunions in one very long weekend.  It’s always good to see my family, young and old, who travel from all over to be together for… Read More

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Why I almost quit my biz…

I’m fresh off of an epic downhill mountain biking weekend in a cute little mountain town called Downieville. I just love it up there, where I can jam on my bike, spend the rest of the day reading and napping, then fall asleep to the sound of the river and crickets! This past year and half has been a huge time of personal growth and internal shifts for me, and at some point this past summer I thought to myself: “SH*T! I don’t want to do this anymore!” And then I thought, “SH*T! …. Really? I don’t want to do this anymore?!? WTH? I was feeling burnt out, resentful, and… Read More

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I did the most selfish thing today…

I just had to share this with you, because this very selfish act is making me feel like I’m coming back to life. So for the past few Weekends I’ve been volunteering at a kitchen that feeds hungry and homeless people.  This is something that’s “been on my list to do”, but you know… life happens. And considering I teach nutrition and work closely with clients in the realms of food, weight loss, and nutrition, I felt that I needed a different perspective. Looking at food from a completely different lens, from the lens of people who truly go hungry, gives me such humbleness and grace for not only everything… Read More

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To Eat Meat Or Not? The Great Vegetarian Debate…

I am deep in the heart of East Texas spending time with my family for our bi-annual family reunion out at my Aunt and Uncle’s lake front property. It’s pretty much station vacation out here.  The weather is surprisingly awesome (90 as opposed to the typical 107 degree days!) and spending some quality time with my family is always great. Two of my favorite people in the world, my brother and his wife, drove in from North Carolina and they look amazing.  My brother looks like he’s glowing.  He’s always been lean and athletic, but today he looks like my yoga teacher, long and lean!  He’s actually leaner than I’ve… Read More

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Get Inspired through others

Happy Monday Morning! You wanna know what inspires me more than anything else? Well, two things actually. First I love listening to other people’s success stories.  Not just health and fitness, but with anything. When someone has been faced with a challenge or obstacle in their life and have faced it squarely, chosen the curvy, less traveled unpaved road of transformation, and come out on top despite numerous odds, I get tears in my eyes and Goosebumps all over… because this is surely the juice that life is made of! And even though we get all caught up with the “final product”, like an “after picture” or “Now they finally… Read More

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Don't Listen To The "Experts"!

I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Have you ever picked up a book only to halt your entire life and lose precious sleep just so you can devour the entire thing? Well that just about summed up my weekend!   So today were tackling a BIG nutritional myth.  The “experts” are always right. So often we hear the latest nutritional study, guru, or best selling book, and take it in as the authority above all else. In the Motivation Monday Video below you’ll learn why especially in the realm of nutrition (which is FAR from an exact science), most studies are bogus and there really is only one “ultimate expert”… Read More

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Cupcakes and Weight Loss

I just had a great weekend in Texas visiting with my family and friends, while also squeezing in a few business meetings.   My mom just got this adorable little-ball-of-fur who makes a debut in our Motivation Monday video below!   Have you ever wondered why some people can eat cupcakes and stay slender while someone else seems to do “everything right” but spends her life chronically dieting?   In this weeks training video, you’re going to learn why doing “everything right” sometimes isn’t the answer.   What you eat is one part of the puzzle, but how you eat is the other important piece of the puzzle.   These… Read More

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Stop the Punishing Cycle

The craziest thing happened at the last speaking gig I did.    I simply asked the audience to start naming off foods they think of as “good for your” and foods they think of as “bad for you”. Even from the camera, you can see the surprise in my face and you can literally feel the energy in the room from this short video.   You’ve gotta see what I’m talking about in this weeks Motivation Monday Video Training.  It’s a trip! For this Motivation Monday, I’m asking you to take a huge leap of faith and GET OFF the diet bandwagon.  There is much more productive way to lose… Read More

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Why we eat matters more than What we eat

I’m sitting right in the middle of a 10-day yoga teacher training.  While it doesn’t feel like a typical party-filled long Labor Day Weekend,  I am enjoying the experience immensely.   Many of the yoga philosophies are in direct alignment with how I teach nutrition. Earlier this year, I spoke about this very topic:   Understanding the charge behind how and why you eat–which has nothing to do with nutritional facts and everything to do with deeper emotional, psychological, and spiritual truths–is always that path that sets you free from the tyranny of your food obsessions Understanding how you eat and why you eat is an integral piece of the… Read More

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