If I had a big picture message to put out there, it’s that working towards better health is a process.

There is no destination; it’s all about the journey, your health journey.

It’s o.k. to have concrete goals such as losing a little extra weight, reducing inflammation, addressing digestive upset… but coming at better health with an all or nothing approach is like saying you can cut your lawn just once and be done it.

To achieve -and most importantly, maintain- the desired outcome, the process must be ongoing.

Like any process, whether it be learning to play the piano, learning a new language or driving a car we all have to start at the beginner stage, go through those uncomfortable learning phases and eventually one day we realize that we’ve integrated it.

The same can be expected when you’re learning new food and lifestyle habits. It’s a process.

It’s so easy to fall back into old comfortable habits. It WILL happen and it’s even fun to take a break once in awhile.

The key is to return to the process, to realign with your original goals, to recommit and celebrate how far you’ve come.

Clients that adopt this long-haul approach and manage to recommit are invariably the ones that create the most success for themselves.
After all, even one new healthy habit a year will add up to noticeably better health when you take a big picture view.

All of this requires some creativity and most importantly, self-kindness.

I often urge clients to watch their self-talk. If you’re not sure what that means, just tune in to your internal dialogue. Would you talk to a friend that way?

To begin practicing the self-loving before you’ve reached the desired outcome is extremely powerful. It’s as if our bodies respond to kind self-thoughts and resist punishing, nasty self-talk.

I see it again and again. If the client’s attitude is harsh, demanding and punitive, the body resists, and they self-sabotage. The – I’ll only be happy when… – attitude doesn’t work.

Perfectionism has no place in a sustainable process.

Enthusiasm however has a different vibe to it. Enthusiasm ties in with playfulness and curiosity. Not with tedious work or punishment or rigidity.

When we’re focused on process, the whole lens changes and we can approach our goals with a sense of adventure and self-discovery.

Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
Please join me if you think you’re ready to start your process.

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What comes to mind when I say the word prevention?

I would like to talk about why I think nutrition and lifestyle should be on the top of that list.

My background is in agriculture.

Every farmer knows that if you neglect the diet of your herd or flock, you’re setting yourself up for problems.

Diet imbalances show up as lower production, immune system issues or poor fertility…

Feed consultants (animal nutritionists) are monitoring diet quality constantly. It’s a big deal. Big bucks are invested, feed is tested routinely, some major cutting-edge nutrition and science is happening to ensure that the animal is always getting optimal nutrition.

They’re putting that much emphasis on feed and diet because it works.

You see, prevention is cost effective – treatment is not!

Now let’s take a look at the human health system.

For the most part, our health philosophy focuses on intervention rather than prevention.

Think back to the last time you had a health concern. Did anyone ask you about your diet or your stress levels and what you were doing to manage it? Did anyone ask about your sleep quality or how much you moved your body? Did anyone test your food or your poop or your water?

More than likely you were prescribed a medication – right?

Pharmaceutical medication is powerful and there is no denying that certain drugs save lives.

While other drugs simply provide relief of the bothersome symptom but do nothing to address the root cause or why the problem developed in the first place.
Unfortunately many drugs come with a cascade of side effects and some deplete your body by blocking the absorption of certain nutrients. Check out this book for more information on this subject.

As humans, we have evolved alongside natural, seasonal, whole foods. Eating highly processed, fiddled-with food is the equivalent of dumping muddy water into the gas tank of your car. You may putt putt along for awhile but eventually things will stop running smoothly.

If the label on your food lists things that you can’t pronounce, there’s a big chance that your body doesn’t know what to do with it either.

We make dozens even hundreds of decisions everyday to do or not do certain things. Those choices, no matter how trivial, contribute to creating a life that is more (or less) healthy and fulfilling. The decisions we make move us towards (or away) from better balance in our lives.

Join me if you’d like to start moving the needle towards more balance and prevention.

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Do you ever wish you could just get the nitty gritty on nutrition – the bare bones so to speak?

Well I’m offering just that!

Check out my upcoming free workshop: Foods That Heal Foods That Harm.

But before I go on, let me back up a bit.

Why even bother? Why not just eat what tastes good and get on with life?

Because your food is your fuel

Once the food you eat goes down the hatch, it gets digested and broken down into nutrients that your body uses as fuel. That fuel is needed to power your amazing body machine.

It’s needed for everything from the proper function of all of your bits and pieces (including mood, sleep, energy…) to repair and maintenance all the way to protecting you from infection. Big stuff.

Eating poor quality food won’t necessarily have any detrimental effects right away.

Your body is a brilliant machine that is equipped with backup plans – mechanisms to shore up the damage and keep your engine running smoothly despite the poor quality fuel.

Over time, if you continue to feed your machine highly processed foods that are low in nutrients and high in unpronounceables (artificial colours, flavours, preservatives…) aka muddy water for your tank. The body runs through plan B- C- D… but it’ll eventually run out of contingency plans and things will start breaking down.

What starts going wrong depends on each person. It can manifest as digestive issues, weight issues, inflammation, sleep complaints, skin issues, migraines, allergies, disease… It’s different for everyone.

These are the engine lights – the red flags -the S.O.S.s – that your body is sending to say that things have gone too far.

These aren’t normal results of aging, they’re the result of an accumulation of deficiencies and imbalances.

Aging doesn’t have to stink and it doesn’t have to hurt.

There are a lot of things we don’t have control over. We can’t control the weather, the stock market, other people… but we do have control over how we care for our amazing body machines.

Learning how to properly care for yourself is your job.

Be a part of the solution not the problem. Join me to learn the basics. A recording of the workshop will be sent to everyone who signs up.

Cheers to taking charge of your health,

Food is powerful.

I believe we can have it all; delicious food, great health and vitality, easy weight maintenance, better hormone balance and less inflammation. All this is possible without cravings, feeling deprived or without living in a restrictive or punishing diet mentality.

I also think we have way more power over our health than we’ve been led to believe.

Many common diseases and health problems are preventable and avoidable.

We are a bit of a band-aid society. We’re really quick to slap band-aids on symptoms and never slow down enough to address the root cause of all those pesky symptoms.

Think acetaminophen or ibuprofen for headaches or joint pain, cortisone cream for skin issues, antacids for heartburn, antihistamines for hay fever… pharmacy shelves are overflowing with solutions for the thing that ails you.

Have you ever thought that the thing that is ailing you is a red flag your body is sending out to signal that all is not well?

Our bodies are incredibly resilient and forgiving but if we continue to squash symptoms without addressing the root cause, the body will eventually force you to listen.

It’s called disease and it’s usually the result of years of imbalance and suppressed red flags.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If any of this resonates and you feel like you’d like to address some of your red flags, contact me for a free 30 minute discovery session.

I also firmly believe that healthy food can and MUST be delicious.

Check out this delicious summer recipe.

Gaspacho fits into my win-win category. It’s delicious, easy (no cook), elegant and you can make it ahead. It’s also a great way to use up those beautiful fresh garden tomatoes that start coming at us by August.

I love serving this wonderful cold soup in a fancy long-stemmed glass as an appetizer that guests can enjoy while standing and mingling.

Garnish it with a sprig of something fresh or a sliver of lime and a dollop of sour cream and bam! Fancy, fun and tasty.

I hope you enjoy.