I don’t know about you, but I always feel like ideal health is just out of grasp. I’ve made pretty big lifestyle changes for my health over the past three years - growing in yoga, exploring more plant-based foods, nixing the alcohol, adding mindfulness to my morning and evening routine. And in LA, there are always new hip things to try. Sometimes I’m down for the trends. Like last week I had an amazing laser & light facial at Skin Laundry - a little Monday blues pick-me-up. Though it was a fun experience, usually I let the trends float by unless I read ground-breaking research.Read More
Watch my talk on Mindfulness - why mindfulness is important for YOUR MIND + YOUR BODY!Read More
I struggle with this one. Hard. I’m fiery and I’m passionate - the embers of life purpose burn hot and deep. So when I feel strongly about something, I can get obsessed. I’m an information gatherer - sort of like a hunter-gatherer, except I fill my basket with articles, books, music, podcasts, and movies. If I can get my hands on it, I’ll absorb it. Intellectualization is how I process. That and empathy. So once my emotions are linked to the information, I’m far down the rabbit hole.Read More
What's the link between stress & inflammation?! Watch to learn:
- 5 signs of inflammation, and
- 5 tips to prevent stress + inflammation!
P.s. don't mind the cat!Read More
Ever feel like an aggressive driver? Chalk it up to years living in Los Angeles. In LA, if you don’t drive fast enough, if you don’t run the yellow, and if you don’t get out of the way you WILL get the bird from other drivers. Or dangerously cut off. So I prefer to think of myself as an assertive driver.
I also like to think of myself as an assertive person - especially when it comes to health. After years as a nurse and a patient, I’ve seen both sides of the curtain. As a nurse, I really need my clients' honesty so I can see the full picture. And as a patient, I really need my healthcare providers to answer my questions so I can make the best decisions for my health. This is where partnership comes in.
In my moments of weakness, I tell myself: To learn the answer you have to ask. To ask you have to speak. To speak to someone you got to get the damn doctor on the phone.Read More
Modifying how I do things is the difference between actually doing it verses not doing it. Modifying acknowledges the barrier, but then allows me to pivot to a more advantageous position.
Modifying takes back control from chronic pain and fatigue.
It says I can’t do much, but I can do something.
Doing something is the start of lifestyle change.
Lifestyle change is adaptability.
Adaptability is strength.
Strength is resilience.Read More
Want to beat those long-term habits in a fun, involved way? Join me and create your own DIY, physicial toolkit to break your habits!Read More
It’s no mystery that individuals with chronic diseases are at higher risk for depression. Who’s mood doesn’t drop when confined to a bed or coughing up a lung?
Battling my autoimmune condition is also battling my mood. My mood is intrinsically (and maybe biologically) linked to the flares of my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I once read a meme that said something like, half of the time I’m trying to convince others of my autoimmune condition and the other half of the time I’m pretending like it doesn’t exist. It’s like this: on one hand, people tend to think I look young and healthy, like I don’t have serious health problems, when in fact I do. On the other hand, I’m trying to look (and feel!) young and healthy, like I don’t have serious health problems, even though I do.
Today I feel the tension and frustration acutely.Read More
Want to harness that daydreaming energy for good. Why not take a mini-vacation every day, even in your most stressful moments?Read More
It’s the question I get all the time.
“So what exactly does a health coach do?”
An integrative health coach partners with you to achieve long-term health goals that line up with your most important values.
And really honestly, a health coach is only as good as the sustainable results you see in your life.Read More