A Weightless Resolution for 2015

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Weight loss is the most common new years resolution. But in my office the other day, I heard a weightless resolution that was music to my ears. “I just want to heal,” she said. “I want to stop wishing I lived in someone else’s body. I want to stop abusing myself with food.”

“You’ve come to the right place, “ I replied with certainty. Most people need a bit more convincing that an internal shift in the way they see and treat their bodies is a more effective way to get healthy than the usual cut-out-carbs-and-get-to-the-gym resolution. Read More

Minute Meals – Honey Mustard Salmon

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Honey Mustard Glazed Salmon

About this series: My clients feel overwhelmed when they realize what it takes to really care for themselves with food. And I understand. I admit to them that I think of myself as “…SO much work”. To be healthy, we have to give ourselves quite a bit of attention. Approximately six times a day we need to purchase or prepare a meal for ourselves. If we have kids and/or a spouse, multiply that need by the number of mouths in the home. For health, the foods we choose can’t be just anything. I suggest to my clients that they give themselves something enjoyable and nutritious whenever they’re hungry. That way, each meal or snack can be an experience that satisfies and nourishes the body and soul, preventing later food cravings Read More

A Bowl of Body Hate for Breakfast?

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When I was twelve, Kelloggs ran an ad campaign that suggested that if I could pinch an inch of skin on my body, I had a weight problem. Kelloggs is just one tiny gear in a massive marketing machine that has fundamentally changed the way we think about our bodies. They dress up illness (extreme thinness) and call it beauty. By skewing what is normal, they put the majority of the population into a state of insecurity. It’s a strategy that’s good for the economy but bad for the consumer. We buy more to fix our perceived flaws but lose our sense of worth. I wrote this letter to Kelloggs because I didn’t want this legacy of body hate to be handed down to the next generation. Read More

Minute Meals – Lentil Soup w/ Turkey

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About this series: My clients feel overwhelmed when they realize what it takes to really care for themselves with food. And I understand. I admit to them that I think of myself as “…SO much work”. To be healthy, we have to give ourselves quite a bit of attention. Approximately six times a day we need to purchase or prepare a meal for ourselves. If we have kids and/or a spouse, multiply that need by the number of mouths in the home. For health, the foods we choose can’t be just anything. I suggest to my clients that they give themselves something enjoyable and nutritious whenever they’re hungry. That way, each meal or snack can be an experience that satisfies and nourishes the body and soul, preventing later food cravings. Read More

Edible, Non-Toxic, Homemade Deodorant

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Did you know that most store-bought deodorants contain metals? Metal is toxic to the body and may contribute to the development of cancer and other diseases. Any product that is put onto the skin will be absorbed into the body. So I have made an effort to get rid of unnatural beauty and skin products in favor of edible products. If it goes into my body, I want it to be easily metabolized by it.  

On that note, my favorite new discovery is an edible, non-toxic, homemade deodorant. I got the recipe from singer/songwriter Chelsea Moon. It takes no more than three minutes to whip together. It’s edible, although it would taste awful. It doesn’t contain any of the metals or toxic chemicals found in store-bought deodorants. And, it really works. One application may last for a couple of days. Read More

Cashew Pancakes (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Low Sugar)

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I have some food intolerances and so do many of my clients. I’ve done a lot of experimenting with recipes to ensure that I can still enjoy the foods I love without the ingredients that disagree with my body.

These pancakes have become a family favorite at my home. They are a delicious, gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar alternative to traditional pancakes. You can make them with or without the chocolate chips. Consider substituting blueberries or other fruits for the chocolate chips. Read More

When Your Daughter Starts Hating Her Body

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The Jenny Craig representative whispered my weight in my ear and wrote it down in the first box on my weekly weight log. The number rang like a death sentence in my 12-year old ear as I joined my mother for my first official attempt at dieting. The trip to the diet center was my mother’s loving and well-intended response to my growing body anxiety.

I was called an “elephant” at my new school and it broke both of our hearts. The obvious answer seemed that I should learn how to eat right so that I could lose weight and never again be bullied. What neither of us realized was that the diet actually colluded with the bully. It was a subtle and unintended message from my mother that the bully was right. He was simply pointing out my obvious flaw and I was the one who needed to change. Read More

I’ll Take That “To Go”

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Our stomachs can’t tell time. When the clock strikes noon, our bodies might not be ready to eat. Yet many of us are in the habit of eating by the clock instead of listening to our bodies. I learned how to honor my stomach. And I am teaching my children to do the same. 

Two plates of pasta and fruit sit in front of my children at a restaurant. My hungry son is devouring the food on his plate. My not-hungry daughter is sculpting her noodles into a statue. Read More

If Only Chocolate Could Solve This

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I have a history of finding sweetness in food when life gets hard. But I’ve learned that chocolate isn’t a solution. It certainly can’t solve the pain I feel as I lose my mother to Alzheimers. By staying present, instead of numbing out, I am finding light in the darkness.   

A few years ago I received the news that my mother was in the final stage of Alzheimer’s disease and had less than three years to live. The disease started to take my mother when she was only fifty-five years old. Within a decade, it viciously stole her mind, memory, voice and identity.

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A Visual Dessert

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Ray Eames invented the “visual dessert” and served it to her dinner guests. It is a wonderful example that dessert doesn’t always have to be food. It can be anything we find sweet.

I recently watched the documentary EAMES: The Architect and the Painter. It portrays the life and artistic contributions of Charles and Ray Eames, a couple who are regarded as some of America’s most important designers.

In it, their friend, Kevin Roche, tells a story about a dinner he attended in their home. When the main course ended, Ray Eames served three bowls of flowers for her guests to admire. She called it a “visual dessert”. Read More