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What is Intuitive Eating?

It’s safe to say that we all know someone who is constantly “dieting.”  Always trying the new trendy diet, eliminating something from their diet, obsessively counting calories, tracking this, tracking that. Why are our friends, family members and coworkers seemingly torturing themselves with ultra-restrictive diets and, quite frankly, unhealthy and unrealistic ways of living? Fad […]

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is a disease that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It usually happens when fluid builds up in the front part of your eye. That extra fluid increases the pressure in your eye, damaging the optic nerve. More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma. Some people have a higher than normal risk of getting glaucoma. […]

What a Health Coach Really Does (Hint: It’s Not Telling You What to Do)

Defined by W. Timothy Gallwey, coaching is “the art of creating an environment through conversation and a way of being, that facilitates the process by which a person can move toward desired goals in a fulfilling manner.” Here’s what we actually do… For people working on goals, often times they are being told what to […]

How to Deal With the Dark Days of Winter

“Put the pale withering plant and human being into the sun, and if not too far gone, each will recover health and spirit.”  -Florence Nightingale                       The short days of winter can be challenging. Many people find themselves feeling down, low energy, more stressed, tired, dreading winter, and longing for the daylight of springtime. Symptoms […]

Sports Safety Tips for Children

With so many children playing so many sports nowadays, parents have been competing to ask me questions about what they can do to make sure their child is as safe as possible when practicing or playing a particular sport. Let me see if I am game enough to offer some tips on this topic. How […]

The Best & Worst Baby Shower Gifts

Finding the perfect gift for a baby shower can be tricky. There are thousands of different gadgets and toys on the market, and it can be seriously overwhelming. Luckily, we have the scoop on the best and worst baby shower gifts to give, and the research to back it up. Let’s start with the worst […]

How to Cut Your Sugar Intake in 2020

Plain and simple: Most Americans are consuming too much added sugar. The American Heart Association makes a strong recommendation for individuals to drastically decrease their consumption of added sugar in an effort to slow the obesity and heart disease epidemics. AHA recommends that women limit sugar intake to no more than 100 calories (25 grams […]

Measles: “Spot On” Information

Parents have been spotting me out and about and when they do, they are asking me more and more questions about measles. To answer their questions, let me spread some information about this disease, rather than the measles virus itself. What is it and how does it spread? Measles is a viral illness that is […]

Making Lifestyle Changes that Stick for 2020

2020 is officially here. It would be all too easy for us to re-adopt our annual cliché saying “new year, new me” mantra. Most of us will start our annual journey with expectations that are too lofty for us to stick with. You are probably familiar with some of the common ones. Committing to going […]