Healthy Choices

Unless you have been deep in a coma for the last 20 years you know that making healthy choices about how and what you eat is of paramount importance to living a healthier life. But damn if there isn't an overload of products, advertising and conflicting information out there!

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Super Crunchy

For years after I moved to the west coast and began to adapt a more healthy lifestyle, I have been accused by my east coast family and friends as becoming a "crunchy granola" type. So, in the spirit of all things crunchy I give you the best recipe I have found for real-life, delicious, crunchy granola.

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Shiny and New

Something about September always puts me in a good mood.

The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, the feel of new school supplies, the taste of apples and honey for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year), the hint of autumn in the air with it's promise of sweaters and boots, the quality of light in the afternoons and the rich colors of the fall produce all conspire into one long run-on sense- memory that feels kind of like a little reboot. 

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Ready When You Are (Part 1)!

 

As some of you may already know, I lost about 50 lbs a few years ago.

One of the (many) reasons my weight got out of hand in the first place is that often I would be scrambling at the last minute to figure out meals for my family and me, so much of the time I would end up eating from the hot bar at Whole Foods, snacking on goldfish crackers, ordering pizza or finishing my kid's fish sticks because I was exhausted and couldn't deal.

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True Story

I'm a Wellness Coach and I'm ALL about possibility and potential. But I live in the actual world and sometimes even I forget that I have the power to be and do whatever I want in my life.

I was reminded of this recently when a client told me "I can't help it.  I'm a control freak. That's just the way I am."

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This Year Today

One of my favorite things to do on December 31 is to go on Facebook and Instagram and read everyone's goals and resolutions. It's the one time of year where people's enthusiasm and general positivity practically vibrate off the screen. There's talk of everything from finding adventure and reclaiming good health to learning to knit and getting a dog.

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Hey Good Lookin'....

I am in love with food. I love reading about it, looking at it, growing it, cooking it, talking about it, and, of course, eating it. My idea of a good book is anything by Alice Waters or the latest issue of "Cooks Illustrated". My fervent wish is that there will be an endless Farmer's Market in heaven, just waiting for me to come taste the raspberries, squeeze the melons and admire the rainbow chard.

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Life Coaching vs. Health Coaching

Hello friends! 

I have been MIA from my blog for a few months while working on a course with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I am officially adding health coaching to my wheelhouse! My plan is to combine what I am learning at IIN with what I already practice as a certified Life Coach.

Ever since I started what I like to call my "Coaching 2.0" journey, I've had lots of people say to me, "Lisa, what exactly is the difference between a Life Coach and a Health Coach?" With that in mind I have created a little primer.

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Hooked On A Feeling

Last Monday I was deep in procrastination mode. By 9:45 I had already checked Facebook 11 times, answered every possible email, folded some random laundry, checked all my favorite blogs and researched the health benefits of hemp seeds. So I started cleaning out my desk. I began sorting through the tons of important stuff (aka 'crap') that gets stuck in there. Among the artifacts inside: 4 old wallets, an ancient asthma inhaler, a 1st generation iphone, expired coupons to the hardware store and an old list I'd written on a piece of notebook paper. Remarkably the paper had survived major moves through 3 cities and 25 years. It was a list of all the things I hoped for when I "grew up".

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Do the right thing*

There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to diet.

I am in the middle of training to be a Certified Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and one of the key concepts is something called Bio Individuality. This is the idea that every person is unique and has highly individualized nutritional requirements.

Depending on our age, genetics, beliefs and tastes, we get to decide what works for us. You probably know some people who are allergic to shellfish, some who can't be near a peanut and some who won't discuss eating anything that resembles an animal. And then there are the folks who are gluten-free, dairy-free, kosher, Paleo or just can't tolerate onions.

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I Thought I Lost You

When I was pregnant with my first child, it was kind of a miracle. There was a lot of counting, waiting, praying and modern medical technique involved. But it also felt like I had, at last, been accepted into an exclusive club. I thought I would finally be "complete." I would be the woman I already was - only better. I was going to kick ass at this mothering gig.

I was wrong.

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Cheap Trick

I finally lost the extra "baby weight" that I couldn't seem to shake for years. That old adage "it will just fall off when you are nursing" thing didn’t work for me. A few years ago I hit a wall. My babies were nearly teenagers. I was not getting any younger. And to be honest, I was sick of feeling like crap about myself.

I knew that if I really wanted things to change then I was going to have to do something different.

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I Don't Know What to Do!

There are lots of things I've learned from having been around the sun a few times.

I know to avoid big movies on opening weekend. I know I catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

I know to look both ways before I cross. I know which jeans make my ass look like the state of Texas (no offense Texans) and I know that if I drink red wine too late into the night I will get no sleep and act like a total bitch in the morning. Whatever the situation these days, I can usually say “no thanks” and feel just fine about it

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

As picky as I am about my morning coffee (locally roasted, fair trade, made in a French press with plenty of organic half & half) the ritual of drinking it in my quiet kitchen is something I look forward to every day.

In fact, I kind of have a crush on creating little rituals, fun traditions and regular routines. I like knowing that there are certain things I can depend on no matter what's happening in my world. I have no idea what the calendar year will bring but every May for the last 19 years I have a potluck birthday party at Golden Gardens beach. My week may be bonkers but I know that every Friday afternoon I will remember how to breathe again at my favorite Restorative yoga class. Routine feels like an anchor in a shifting sea. The waves will come but I can find some steadiness in their midst.

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Here in My Car

What is it about being in a car that inspires meaningful conversation?

People tend to open up and spill when they are in a car. Some of the most interesting conversations I can remember have happened in cars. Like the time when my son was 4 years old asked me, "Mom, what's the name of that grown-up in the sky again"?  "You mean God?  "Yes! Is Mother Nature God's wife?"

Then there was the time in the car when he was in 3rd grade. He and his friend were talking about a kid in their class who told them that if they googled the "f word" they could see pictures…. (silent scream, mad dash from the driveway to check the parental controls on the computer).  

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Thank You and Goodnight

Did you know that you can't feel depressed or bummed out when you're feeling grateful? Literally. How awesome is that?

Apparently when you are feeling gratitude it triggers the same part of your brain that releases dopamine - aka the "feel-good" hormone - and who in the world doesn't want more feel-good hormones swirling around? And - get this- if you practice being grateful - like taking 5 minutes at the end of the day or simply writing down a few things that you are grateful for in a journal every night - you get better at it. I'm serious! Once you start seeing things to be grateful for your brain starts looking for more things to be grateful for.

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Serenity Now!

In the past I would have rolled my eyes when anyone suggested meditating.

Picture me, trying to sit still, but on the inside I would be on fast-forward. In my head I’d be simultaneously making grocery lists, composing e-mail and remembering random details about last night’s dinner or lyrics to the song I’d heard on the radio the day before.

Then when I was going through training to be a coach I learned more about the importance of Paying Attention. It's much easier to make changes in your life if you are truly noticing what you are doing in the first place. When I started paying attention, the idea of meditation kept coming up. You know how sometimes it seems like a theme might keep popping up in synchronicity all over the place? Well, for me, that was meditation. Finally I was like "OK! Enough! I'll try it".

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