I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom lately as I’ve been working on our program: The Common Sense Transformation. Freedom from restrictive diets. Freedom from obsessing about when to eat, how much to eat or what am I allowed to eat. Freedom from the siren call of the latest lifestyle diet trend. Freedom from the guilt and shame connected to food. Freedom from hating our bodies. Freedom from the circus of our diet culture.Read More
If you are confused about what is good nutrition, what is good to eat, this is for you. If you have tried time and time again to lose the weight and keep it off, this is for you. If you have tried keeping up with the latest “nutrition research” and popular diet advice only to continue to run circles and fall back into your old ways, this is for you. If food, nutrition and body issues dominate your thoughts and influence your actions, this is for you. If you know you need to take a step towards living a healthier lifestyle but feel lost as to how to even begin, this is for you.Read More
Imagine waking up and not having food rule your thoughts. Imagine not feeling guilty or filled with regret about your food choices. Imagine not white-knuckling your way through a day because today is the day you will start being “good.” Imagine not fearing real food; wondering if a banana has too much sugar or if carbs are making you fat. Imagine trusting that you can eat more than just chicken and salad. Imagine living a life free from dieting.Read More
This is a real text I've gotten from a client: "I'm so frustrated. Paleo, Whole 30, keto..... VEGAN??? I don't know what is good anymore."
It's a jungle out there.Read More
True health journeys must begin with WHY. "Why" is deeper than "what." "What" implies a finish line: a goal, once reached and celebrated, is often abandoned or forgotten (examples: a target weight, a body fat percentage, a jean size).Read More
98% of diets result in the dieter regaining the weight they lost, and then some.
This is an astonishing statistic. An estimated 45 million people each year go on a diet, and 44.1 million of them not only fail to reach their goal weight, they regain every pound that they had lost in the process.Read More
I grew up in a home where we had liver and onions every Friday. Yep. My Mom, greeted with the joy you can imagine from a child faced with liver as their ONLY dinner choice, would exclaim, “Its good for your blood!” That was my cue. Sit quietly, cut it up into small pieces, bury some of it in my potatoes, stash some in my napkin and move the rest around on my plate so it looked like I ate enough liver to be excused. My Mom was always baffled by my dislike. She loved liver?!?Read More
I get asked all the time what is the ONE thing I can do to improve my health, my waistline, and my relationship with food? As you might imagine there are multiple answers. Many are of value:
Chances are that you, or someone very close to you, suffers from this silent disease. The prevalence of PCOS is steadily on the rise as more and more women find themselves facing that glass wall of frustration and pain. As someone who has struggled with a very similar condition for a decade, take my word when I say that life with an endocrine disorder is far from normal.Read More
A friend sent me a song to listen to yesterday, Jerry Garcia's live version of Dylan's "Going, Going, Gone." It's a beautiful 15 minute ballad performed in Garcia's distinct style. He opens with the usual song lyrics and after a few minutes he breaks into a bluesy jam that continues uninterrupted for 6 or 7 minutes. And for those minutes I was completely lost in the song and my thoughts went silent.Read More
What if I told you if the bulk of your intake is food products and you don’t cook, that you will be over-fat? What if I told you marketing and nutrition labels are not truthful? What if I told you all diets are the same? What if I told you any eating plan that tells you it is not a diet, but is focused on quantity and elimination is, in fact, a diet. What if I told you that quick, deprivation-based weight loss is not sustainable? What if I told you the food industry and diet culture know their promises are lies, but their wealth is built on your belief that you fail because you lack willpower and not because they fail you?Read More
Last Monday was my 26th birthday and I'm officially closer to 30 than I am to 20. I land smack dab in the middle of the Millennial generation. I'm young enough to have had a computer in my house since a single-digit age and old enough to have not had my first cell phone until I needed one to call for my ride from golf practice in high school.Read More
In the first post I published on this blog, I talked about (more like hinted at) the true measure of the health of a body. True health is not measured by body composition or by muscular strength or cardiovascular endurance. And it’s not even measured by perceived energy or mental clarity, although these are often tell tale signs of what lies within.
If we want to know if we're healthy, we need to take a closer look at our hormones.Read More
One of my passions is to encourage and inspire people to be “IN” our culture, but not “OF” it. Easy when applied to our kids, right? But what does that have to do with nutrition?
Well. Everything.Read More
Seven years, five gyms, four states: this is my history of experience working in an industry that exists to help people change their lives. And in all of my time as a fitness trainer and nutrition coach one thing remains true regardless of who I'm working with or the latest innovation or industry craze: change is hard as hell.Read More
Every meaningful journey requires two things: a destination and a purpose. The destination tells you where you are going. The purpose gets you started, but, more importantly, holds you to the path in the face of challenges. The destination is your journey’s WHAT. What you want to accomplish, what your goal is. The purpose is your WHY. Why do you want to accomplish this and why is it important, imperative to reach?Read More