Just Breathe

Just Breathe

When the world is spinning quickly and you’re doing your best to keep up but always feel that little bit behind. Just breathe. Expand your belly. Pause. Exhale. When your muscles are tight and you feel frustrated, wound up, ready to snap. Unfurl your body, widen your stance and stretch your arms out behind you to open up your chest. And breathe. Pause. Exhale. When you have witnessed the suffering of someone you love and helped bury them deep in the soil. And your soul feels like it is being rent in […]

What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life?

What if All I Want is A Mediocre Life?

What if I all I want is a small, slow, simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between. Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that? The world is such a noisy place. Loud, haranguing voices lecturing me to hustle, to improve, build, strive, yearn, acquire, compete, and grasp for more. For bigger and better. Sacrifice sleep for productivity. Strive for excellence. Go big or go home. Have a huge impact in the world. Make your life count. But what if I just don’t have […]

If You Are a Fat Woman You Deserve to Eat Too

If You Are a Fat Woman You Deserve to Eat Too

If you are a fat woman, you have a right to feed your body well. To sit down for proper, nourishing meals several times a day and take your time eating them. To savor each bite and chew and look like you are enjoying your food. To eat in public in broad daylight rather than hiding in your vehicle or bedroom, late at night. If you are a fat woman, you have a right to indulge in luscious treats. Preferably involving dark chocolate. To lick your fingers off after eating them. To prepare yourself […]

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 (especially […]

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 […]

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 […]