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June 13, 2019

Ten of My Best Tips

Q. What to blog about when I have too many ideas flying around my brain and I simply am not able to choose? A. Tips that cover a variety of topics, wi

June 6, 2019

The Joys of June…and Strawberries

Along with June come some fun celebrations. Besides the new season of life celebrated by many graduates (and parents, now free of tuition payments), a

May 30, 2019

Avocado Toast

Shake up your morning and your taste buds with an order of avocado toast. I’ve seen this on some menus, and it’s a quick and easy dish to make at

May 23, 2019

Float Your Troubles Away

There are many ways to improve your state of mind and health that have nothing to do with food. Floating is one of them. Floating therapy is the relax

May 16, 2019

Fitness Made Simple

When you boil it all down, getting fit is really very simple. Here’s the secret: Create a habit that leads you in the direction of improving your he

May 9, 2019

I Ate Raw Cookie Dough

As I was making a batch of gluten free chocolate chip cookies, I caught myself swiping my finger along the inside of the bowl. I then proceeded to lic

May 2, 2019

Delay, Don’t Deny

Welcome to May, the month of lilacs, celebrating mom, and getting out the summer wardrobe. If the mention of summer wardrobe makes you break out in a

April 25, 2019

How Do You Celebrate Spring?

I find the recent arrival of spring weather to be motivating. For example, my “To Do” list includes, and is not limited to: Clear away fall leaves

April 19, 2019

Frittata in a Mug

Serves 1 ½ cup packed fresh baby spinach leaves 2 Tablespoons water 2 large eggs 2 Tablespoons cottage cheese ¼ cup grated cheese 4 grape or cherry

April 18, 2019

Celebrate New Life

About two decades or so ago, a construction worker appeared at my pharmacy consultation window looking for advice. He needed help falling asleep, and

Fall Frittata

8 ounces organic uncured turkey bacon, diced (I like Applegate brand)     
2 green onions, including much of the green, diced
1 bunch asparagus, chopped into similar size pieces
8 large eggs
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon paprika
1 avocado, sliced

Preheat oven to 350°. Cook the bacon over medium-high heat until lightly browned, about 2-3 minutes. Add onions and asparagus and cook another 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent. Remove from heat. Whisk eggs in a bowl. Slowly add bacon mixture to eggs. Season with salt and pepper. Pour egg mixture into a prepared pie pan that has been lightly oiled with coconut oil. Bake for 25-35 minutes until browned and cooked through. Let cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with paprika and garnish with avocado slices. Makes 4 servings.

You may substitute another vegetable if you can’t find fresh asparagus. Consider broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, or whatever looks good in the produce department.

Embracing the Uncomfortable

Today’s topic hit me like a brick when I was doing just that–embracing the uncomfortable.

Why would anyone do such a crazy thing? It hardly makes sense.

Or does it?

Our nature as human beings is to try to better ourselves in some way. Perhaps we’d like a better job, better relationships, better living conditions, better health.

Getting better at ANYTHING doesn’t happen unless we take some type of action. Sitting quietly and wishing it so is not effective.

Hence, embracing the uncomfortable.

In order for personal growth to occur, we must push past our comfort level and take on new challenges.

Pushing through the fear in one arena of life helps propel us in others. We gain the confidence that we are capable of doing something we’ve never done before.

For instance, consider those athletes who have been training months for a marathon and finally get past the finish line on race day. I’d bet that the experience was rather uncomfortable—miles of training, eating right, saying “no” to some fun in order to get proper rest, overcoming injuries, dealing with unfavorable weather conditions.

Yet, they did it. Knowing they accomplished such a feat brings about an inner strength that did not exist prior.

The good news is that you don’t need to run a marathon to experience similar results. Do something that challenges or scares you, just a little. Then go do something else that challenges or scares you. Keep repeating the process. It’s a good habit to develop.

Getting comfortable in your day-to-day life may lead to complacency. Yawn.

Today I took a class at the gym that I’d never done before. It challenged me. It pushed me to a place of uncomfortable. And I’m still here to talk about it.

Try a new class, take those piano lessons you’ve always talked about, cook a vegetable you’ve never tried, search for the job you’ll really love, read a book of a different genre.

It’s good to mix things up.

What would you like to do or change, that feels a bit out of your reach? If you’re stuck, I’m here to help you figure it out.

“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.”–Max DePree

Farewell, Flag Pants

“You’re getting a little wide in the beam, aren’t you kid?”

Those words literally kicked me into the basement of reality and sadness, all at the same time. They are the words I heard from my dad when he picked me up after my first year of college.

Yes, I had gained a good amount of weight (and several sizes) during my freshman year of pharmacy school.

I felt horrible and didn’t even recognize myself in the mirror.

The stress eating had taken its toll.

Fast forward to the summer of 2018.

I was going through my closet and was actually AFRAID to try on my “flag pants.” The navy capri pants with tiny American flags on them had me recalling that time when I had outgrown my clothes AND lost my identity.

Trying them on took a bit of courage.

I held my breath, stretched and tugged, and lo and behold, buttoned them.

It was at that point I realized that they don’t reflect the present day me. I’ve outgrown the “flag pants” in lots of ways, even though I could physically still wear them—barely!

Do you hit the rewind button and play an old, unflattering story when you go to try on your version of “flag pants?”

Many people do. It’s not who you are today.

I understand how scary it can be to even pull those “flag pants” out from the closet depths, let alone try them on.

I’d like to help.     

If this kind of thinking has been a challenge for you, hit “reply” to email me and we’ll set up a time to get on a call together.

I currently have space to take on 3 clients before the holidays are upon us. Could one of them be you?

If you are nervous and feel a bit of resistance, that is OK! We’ll talk about that too.

I want to see you thrive! I want you to have the choice of whether to dump your “flag pants” or wear them– IF they make you feel AMAZING!

“When people shine a little light on their monster, we find out how similar most of our monsters are.” ― Anne Lamott, “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life”

Share the Love

Today, give some positive encouragement to another human being. This person may be a workout buddy, neighbor, co-worker, friend, family member, stranger, etc.

It matters not who you encourage. It only matters that you do.

In order to stay healthy, and happy, it’s important to help others.   

Scientists who study genetics and molecular biology of cancer and other chronic diseases have recently made some interesting discoveries:

* Loneliness and feeling alienated from other people triggers our cells to produce inflammation and suppress our immune system.

* Social connections do the opposite. Strong relationships and helping other people strengthens our bodies.

In a nutshell, helping others and feeling like you’re making a positive impact for the greater good contributes to overall health and well-being.

Fitness, strength, and health are a shared goal.

Some ideas to help you become a lean, healthy, and happy machine:

  • When your co-worker makes the claim that she needs to eat healthier, encourage her to eat an extra helping of vegetables each day.
  • That buddy of yours who is going to start working out on Monday… make a plan to meet him at the gym and do something together, today.
  • The next time your friend says she’s going to stop drinking those sugar-filled sodas and you meet for lunch, order water for BOTH of you, and let her know that you are also trying to do better.

We all know that staying on the healthy lifestyle track has its challenges. When we encourage others, we do better ourselves. How cool is that?

Many of you in my Inkwell community have been practicing powerful habits for quite a long time. When you consider how you may have felt a couple years ago compared to now, you know that the choices you make today DO matter.

I am with you every step of the way. Some days go better than others. However it goes, I know that we are doing our best TOGETHER!

If you’re reading this and feel as though you’re struggling all by your lonesome, send me an email. I’m here to help. My health depends on it too.

“Make a lean body a ‘side effect’ of your life in three ways: Understand who you are and what is truly, deeply important to you; Honour your body with meaningful choices; Focus on the quality of the journey.”—Ryan Andrews