Pages Navigation Menu

Integrative Health Coach Blog About Healthy Living Choices

Prevention of Early or Returning Breast Cancer

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Cancer, General Health, Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine, Nutrition | 0 comments

How To Prevent Early and Metastatic Breast Cancer  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

      – Benjamin Franklin

This time of year when I see professional football team players wearing pink, I feel women aren’t getting the whole message.  Our focus on breast cancer awareness needs to broaden to include breast cancer prevention.   It’s not just about finding cancer; it’s about preventing cancer.  Both strategies are essential for saving lives.  If you want to learn about and possibly support organizations that are investigating causes and prevention of breast cancer, go to zerobreastcancer.org (more…)

Changing Perspectives to Honor a Promise

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in General Health, Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine | 0 comments

NYCA Promise Made
We had made a promise to my 20 year old daughter that I didn’t want to keep.  Actually my plan was that my husband, David would make the promise happen, but due to bad ankle, he was on the bench for this one.  The promise was to find an apartment in NYC for Gretta’s junior year in college.  We had made the deal based on two conditions; she would find a suitable roommate and get good grades.  Her best friend in NYC, McKenna was more than a suitable roommate and she made the dean’s list both semesters last year.  It was clear I had to honor the deal. (more…)

Moving through a Life Transition

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine, Stress Management | 0 comments

Life TransitionsLife has a way of bringing you back to places that you thought that you had left for good. William Bridges author of The Way of Transition. (more…)

The “Microbiota” Factor

Posted by on Apr 14, 2014 in Cancer, General Health, Lifestyle Medicine, Nutrition | 0 comments

microbiotaThe Simms/ Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology has a lecture series that features top physicians, researchers and educators open to the community. This week, I attended a lecture on wellness, the immune system and the gastrointestinal microbiota (the term microbiota replaces “gut flora,” which refers to the tens of trillions of bacteria that reside in the intestinal tract). Carolyn Katzin, MS, CNS and Robert Schiestl, PHD were the presenters. (more…)

Moving Your Sugar Battleground

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Food Fight, Health Coaching, Nutrition | 2 comments

Sugar BattlegroundPicking your battleground. For years, I fought the sugar battle in my kitchen and pantry especially after dinner. Like a hound dog with an exquisite nose, I found myself snooping for sugar in my refrigerator, kitchen and pantry in the evening. After years of fighting that battle at home, I moved the battleground to the grocery store. If I don’t have sugared drinks, cookies, ice cream, candy, pies or cake in my house, I can’t drink or eat it. So it really means, that I can’t buy it at the store anymore. If you don’t buy it, you are committing to a big positive choice about sugar. (more…)

Weighing In

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine, Nutrition | 0 comments

Weighing InWhen actively dieting, a weigh in is risky business especially if the number stays the same or goes up. Suddenly a good day is a bad day, a bad number sending us to a dark place full of frustration. Giving your scale that much judging power about your efforts is unhealthy and inaccurate for a number of reasons.

The number on your scale is only one small indicator of your success with weight management. Your number on one day is not an overall indicator of how your weight control efforts are progressing. When it stays the same or goes up, you need to consider other factors and give the number a better context. (more…)

Comfort Always: The Animal Factor

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in Cancer, Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine, Stress Management | 2 comments

Comfort-AlwaysMany of my clients work in high-pressure jobs full of relentless multi-tasking and never ending deadlines. Others are chronically ill and struggle to navigate their “new normal” or a worsening prognosis. In both instances, stress undermines their quality of life. This is why I frequently do stress inventories with clients to identify their current top stressors to determine which ones can be modified and a plan to do that. What I have found time and again is that some of the most powerful and sustainable de-stressing occurs with clients who are connected to animals. (more…)

Mindful Eating at Holiday Meals

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine, Nutrition | 1 comment

Mindful EatingThanksgiving is a “big” meal shared with family and friends. It is preceded by days of sifting through old recipes, finding new ones, and making detailed grocery lists. Next comes shopping, layers of prep work and finally the coordinated cooking marathon to put it all together. While the finished product is filled with good food and equally good intentions, it can be easily derailed by a tendency to “overdo it.” Is there a way to change this discouraging eating habit? (more…)

Against the Grain: It Is Worse Than We Thought

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in General Health, Health Coaching, Nutrition | 0 comments

againt-the-grainGrain Brain, a new book by Dr. Pearlmutter caught my attention as it makes a direct connection between eating whole grains and brain disease. Up until now most conversations about gluten and grains in my coaching practice have centered on avoiding or decreasing glutens to control weight and decrease likelihood of developing diabetes later. (more…)

Is Your Sofa a Silent Killer?

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine, Nutrition, Stress Management | 0 comments

SofaLast week was a very stressful for me. I found myself spending more time on our sofa as comfort seeking behavior. While parking myself on the sofa with food was easy, it didn’t reduce my anxiety, stress or improve my mood. (more…)