How to Overcome Fear

How to Overcome Fear

Inside: You can embrace that you are strength and struggle and it is good. You can be afraid and messy and still show up fully to life. Here are some of the ways I overcome fear. This post contains referral links for books I recommend. My anxiety has been spiking lately again. I always need to be vigilant to protect my mental health over fall and winter but the last time I felt warning signs like this was two years ago. That time I asked for help unheard over and over […]

10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall & Winter

10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall & Winter

The rain comes down, steady. I open my windows wide – breathing in deep the dregs of summer and anticipating, slightly anxious, the cold, dark months ahead. The changes come, slow and subtle, but my body feels them all the same. A little less light, a daub more grey. My right hand aches with cold some days though the temperature shift is slight. Since its replacement, my hip no longer plays the barometer as it has since childhood but my body feels cold to the bone and shivers in anticipation. […]

If You Find Yourself Back in the Valley Again

If You Find Yourself Back in the Valley Again

I have been crying a lot these past days. I haven’t been quite feeling myself all year. It started with me giving up one of my last crutches. Wine took the edge off my anxiety and allowed me to feel more at ease in social situations, including family gatherings. After giving up wine, my weight started creeping up consistently. My anxiety started amping up months ago and then rose to a place it hadn’t been in years. A very uncomfortable place. I persisted with all the quality mood-supporting nutrition and supplements and the mindset […]

My Kitchen: the healing, beckoning heart of our home

My Kitchen: the healing, beckoning heart of our home

For the past two decades I have chopped, sautéed and soaked my way around cultural food preferences, food allergies, and food anxiety. I have negotiated with teens sometimes frustrated by my real-food standards. Non-compliant food budgets have been wrangled into submission and I have relaxed at table, organic coffee in hand, delightedly crafting menu plans. Yet the time and energy poured out in my Whole Food Kitchen have been about far more than simply nourishing bodies. It is here that I have learned about soul care; about grieving and playing […]

Learning to Live the Questions in Times of Transition

Learning to Live the Questions in Times of Transition

It’s easy to become distracted or discouraged, forget truths we once knew, or begin doubting ourselves and the path we are on. But sometimes life (and I believe, God) uses events and people, a word fitly spoken, and even books that come at just the right moment, with a beautiful and awe-inspiring synchronicity, to help us return to a place of anchor and clear direction. To smooth the way in times of transition. Awhile back, I wrote this post and meant it. The response was amazing and humbling as so many people […]

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

We can all experience a measure of anxiety at times in our lives – a sense of worry, unease, nervousness, or apprehension. Sometimes this is tied to a particular and definable circumstance – waiting on a medical diagnosis, experiencing loss of a job or loved one, or preparing for an important exam, as examples. But many people, young and old, live with chronic anxiety – an underlying sense of fear or concern for their safety, a sense of impending doom, persistent or excessive worry over daily situations. This anxiety can take over one’s life. Many people […]

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 […]

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 […]