3 Tips for Calmer Relationships

3 Tips for Calmer Relationships

Quality relationships take work. Marriages where partners are unwilling to mature and learn new ways of communicating will have a hard time thriving or even surviving. We may find that we can boss compliant kids around when they are little (not recommending this) but as they grow up these old patterns of communicating or relating need to go if we desire healthy, mutually respectful relationships. Even in our best and easiest friendships there may come a time when feelings get hurt or we need to work through an emotionally-charged issue. So relationships take […]

When You Get Off Track … Get Back to Basics

When You Get Off Track … Get Back to Basics

Maybe you’ve had a few sleepless nights, or job layoffs all around you are stressing you out, or your work-family-rest balance has evaporated into thin air, and you find yourself cranky, anxious or tired out. You are not feeling how you want to but this isn’t the time for a dig-deep life overhaul. Get back to basics. Sometimes all we need is to return to a set of tried-and-true ‘rules’ that support us in feeling clearer, emotionally calmer, and more energized. But we also need to track these behaviors for a time […]

10 Ways to Maintain Peace Through the Holidays

10 Ways to Maintain Peace Through the Holidays

We all know that Christmas (or the Holiday Season) is the highlight of the year for some and a season of emotional pain, debt, or drudgery for others. This partly depends on personality, partly on challenging life circumstances. Much, I’d argue, on personal choice. I am all about living with purpose, health, and JOY all year round and over the holidays this equates to staying within my budget, keeping things simple but meaningful, and protecting my health. When I speak about health I am referring to emotional and physical health, in particular, but also taking into […]

Invest in Your Health With a MIND-BODY REBOOT

Invest in Your Health With a MIND-BODY REBOOT

There are three times in the year that I love to pause and reflect on where I am at in life and where I want to go. The first is in September, at the start of the new school year; this is an ideal time to establish new healthy rhythms and routines, tweaking as I go. The second is at the start of the new calendar year; winter is a natural time for deeper reflection and contemplation. And the third is in April or May because spring is a perfect time for decluttering and […]

From Vegetarian to Omnivore and My Thoughts on Eating Labels

From Vegetarian to Omnivore and My Thoughts on Eating Labels

I am a recovering vegetarian. At 19 I went vegan because eating dead animals disgusted me – I was an imperfect vegan, though. I didn’t have access to the internet or health books back then so I was fumbling around in the dark much of the time. After 6 years I added eggs into my diet (during my first pregnancy, due to cravings for them) and moved to a more lactovegetarian diet. Fast forward yet another 9 years, following my third pregnancy, and I became pescetarian – or added fish into my diet. Eating fish […]

30 Tips For Winter Wellness

30 Tips For Winter Wellness

Looking out the window, where I live, it seems that winter has ‘officially’ arrived. The snow and grey skies have inspired me to put out Christmas decorations and dust off the old Christmas CDs to infuse my home with more cheer. Fall brings with it feelings of grief and sadness for me (for many), memories of saying goodbye, and letting people go against my will. Transition is hard. Once I can settle myself into this place of ‘what is’ – a place of deeper peace and surrender, I am able to move forward again […]

Can You Trust a Chubby Nutritional Consultant? Or, Let’s Talk About Weight.

Can You Trust a Chubby Nutritional Consultant? Or, Let’s Talk About Weight.

Do you deserve to be loved, completely and with abandon, if you are not thin? Are you worthy of self-acceptance if you are not at your dream or ideal weight or body shape? There are women who would look at me and consider me fairly thin or ‘small’. Others would see my arms and hips and the roll around my belly when I sit and consider me fat or at least chubby. I am 5’5.5″ (that half inch is important!) and weigh 144 lbs-ish.* It fluctuates due to my Hashimoto’s. I […]

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?- Part 2

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?- Part 2

I should never divide posts into multiple parts because the time comes to follow-up and I want to write about something completely different. So I procrastinate. Seriously, it is a good thing that I have made a commitment to myself to post faithfully once a week or I’d be curled up in bed with a steamy cup of licorice tea reading Brené Brown right now. Or watching Gotham on Netflix (it’s my kids’ fault). Either or. Moving along… Halloween has barely come and gone and I imagine now, more than ever, some […]