Shhh…listen, don’t Label!


I never really noticed the LABELS before I went to IIN to become a Holistic Health Counselor in 2009.  People would stand around and say “I’m a pescetarian”, “Well I’m lacto-ovo”, “Well I’m a vegan, but I’m just having this muffin because I have PMS”.  Thank goodness Paleo wasn’t a thang yet!  My questions is:


It’s bad enough that we are divided by political parties, religion, what kind of work we do, where we’re from…and on and on and on.  Do you really have to divide yourself further by what you eat.  A lot of people get down right nasty and in-your-face about it.  One of the crazy things is that if you’re vegan, you eat fake cheese and chicken.  Most of this is made from processed soy, a self-made indutry with NO nutritional value.  Paleo people have all kinds of “Paleo-friendly” breads and desserts.  I didn’t know the cavemen had bakeries!  haha

What it comes down to is EAT REAL FOOD IN A COMBINATION THAT WORKS FOR YOU.  The time of month, the seasons, or just where you are in your life will determine what your body needs.  It’s important to become really in-tune with your body and understand what it wants.  If you are having a sugar craving, take a look at the big picture: why am I having this?  Probably because you want energy.  Find a natural source of energy, like fruit or whole grain instead of a candy bar.  If you’re feeling really weak, you may need some good quality meat…just sayin!

To me, the most interesting research was made by Dr Weston Price.  He traveled the world and studied isolated human groups.  They all lived off of what was available to them.  Each part of the world had their own way of living because of what was available to them.  All instances showed that living off their land with no processed food worked amazing.  Disease only came to these villages when the Western diet started to creep in.  Do some research, what were your ancesters?  Maybe a diet they used to eat would work great for you!

– Keep it REAL!

– Listen to your body!

– Don’t feel trapped by a label you’ve given yourself

– Support local and eat seasonal as much as possible

– We all need carbs, fat and protein…don’t be scared, just eat quality

– Enjoy all the amazing foods from our earth!

– DON’T be a hater!

Health and Happiness!


Dads, do you suffer from Dickie-Do Disease?

In honor of all the wonderful dad’s out there, let’s bring Dickie-Do Disease to light.

What the heck is Dickie-Do Disease?  It’s when your Belly sticks out further than your…


….well, how can I say this tactfully…I can’t…then your Dickie DO!  (also known as a “beer belly”)!

My dad used to rub his belly proudly and told me it took 30 years to make it that round. The vision of him doing that cracks me up, but the effects a beer belly has on your body is anything but funny. He could tell you the same thing, but he’s no longer with us. Here’s why:

First of all, it’s a lot more than just beer causing this.  A poor diet (tons of beer would be included), lack of portion control and lack of activity and exercise cause that dangerous visceral fat around the belly.  If you have that, chances are you will develop:

– Type 2 Diabetes, Colorectal Cancer, Cartiovascular Disease and Sleep Apnea

Don’t believe me?  Too proud of your belly to let it go?  Here’s what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it!

Ready to make some changes to see your toes and everything else below the belt?  Great!  You will add years to your life and quality to those years!

If you don’t want to do it for you, do it for the ones that love you.  Give the gift of health to yourself and inspire others!

Let’s make this a challenge.  Try the 12-week Get Healthy Challenge.  You’d be amazed at how that belly will shrink 🙂


Slightly Asian

asianHere’s an Asian-inspired dinner assembly for you…

1. Saute a clove of garlic, bell peppers, onions and broccoli in sesame oil.  In another pot, cook quinoa.

2. Add chicken (we used pre-cooked rotisserie), soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, pinch of tumeric and a few tablespoons of water into veggies.  Cook until well heated.  Stir in quinoa.

Get in the right zone

watchWhen my second son, Sean,  was about 6 months old, I hired a trainer for the first time.  It was actually my first time working out in a gym as well.  She suggested I get a heart rate monitor and told me what “fat burning zone” I should be in.  This zone is disputed and you will hear there is no such thing, but for me , it worked!  I lost a lot of weight at that time.

Ten years later I just got a new one…and it keeps track of calories burned!  I compared the calories burned on the watch to what I plug into and they matched pretty well.  Polar makes a million different kinds, but this is all I need.  I like to keep it simple sweetheart!

To find out more about the benefits of wearing a heartrate monitor, go to  They have cute videos that are short and easy to understand.

I want to hear your experince with your heart rate monitor!


Bacon on my salad…yes please!

I have a ton of purple kale and swiss chard left over from gleaning on the farm, so salads are on the menu every day this week!  I wanted something a little different, something tangy for the taste buds!  Here’s what I threw together:

Salad: Purple kale, swiss chard, rotisserie chicken and Jones turkey bacon.  Cucumbers would have been great too had we had any!

Dressing: Olive oil, dijon mustard, one whole lemon squeezed and honey mixed in blender


thinker doer

My passion is to get people healthy.  I’m not focused on perfection, just being the best you can be!   There is nothing scary or even daunting when it comes to getting healthy.  It comes down to eating real food, moving your body and controlling stress.  Well, I should say that it comes down to that AFTER you have MADE UP YOUR MIND!  You have to DECIDE to make the change.  What happens if you have not decided?  You will make every excuse in the book as to why you can not see this journey through.

Know that you are worth the time to assemble healthy meals everyday, workout and get the good endorphins flowing and releasing your stress.  If you are not healthy, you will not be able to take care of those that you are neglecting yourself over now.

Stop just thinking about it and DO IT!