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Jumpstarting an Aging Brain

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in General Health, Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine | 0 comments

Jumpstarting an Aging Brain ImageAs we age, many of us want to keep our brains as healthy as our bodies. How do we do that? It turns out our brains are neuroplastic. Neuroplasticilty is the brain’s ability to repair damage by reorganizing and forming new connections between intact neurons. The catalyst for neuroplasticity is stimulating the neurons through cognitive activity. (more…)

It’s The Food Not The Calories!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Nutrition | 1 comment

it-is-the-foodAfter attending the Food As Medicine conference in Minneapolis, I have a new perspective on weight loss and eating strategies. The faculty who taught the program asked attendees to “walk their lifestyle talk,” during the conference, and we did. (more…)

Breaking Up With Gluten, Again

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Food Fight, General Health, Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine, Nutrition | 1 comment

breaking-glutenLast fall I under went IgG and IgE blood testing for food allergies with a functional primary care doctor. Only a few foods that I rarely eat came back “positive” for being allergic. Surprisingly, the test was negative for antibodies to wheat. I assumed that being off wheat for almost three years had repaired my gluten sensitivity. So of course, our family was back on the wheat train. (more…)

Women in the Rockies: A Wellness Adventure

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine, Stress Management | 0 comments

Lady-waitingThe mountains are calling and I must go—John Muir

When our kids were little, I made the bold decision to book a family vacation at the C Lazy U Guest Ranch near Granby, Colorado.  We were living in Los Angeles, and my dream was to have our girls  experience what I had loved about growing up near the Rocky Mountains.  What started as a vacation wound up being a turning point in my life. (more…)

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…)