Four Ways to Feel Lighter This Spring

Spring is a time of renewal – a time that the world around us blooms and sprouts in beauty – and there’s an innate desire within us to do the same.  The heaviness of Winter is still lingering, but when the sun starts shining a little warmer, we desire to go into major spring cleaning mode. 

This could mean our homes, closets, eating habits, relationships, and maybe even a social media detox -- who can’t use that every once in awhile!?  Needless to say, we are thirsting to feel a little lighter, in more ways than one, when Spring finds us. 



Here are a few ways you can feel lighter this Spring…


1.  Simplify.  Simplify your meals and you’ll feel like a brand new person.  Meal planning, grocery shopping, having to think of what’s for dinner each night… it’s exhausting.  Try eating very simply for the next week and see how things shift for you.  Eat whole foods, with few ingredients and low prep time.  Think mason jar salads or roasted broccoli and a small piece of grilled salmon.  Simplicity. 


2.  When life gives you lemons.  It may sound incredibly simple, but that’s what we’re doing here!  Simple, beneficial changes that don’t overwhelm.  Add a squeeze of lemon into your water in the morning (and throughout the day, if you wish) and enjoy the alkalizing, naturally detoxification benefits.  Your digestive system will thank you and you’ll enjoy a nice boost of natural energy.


3.  Start small.  Make a list of what you’d like to declutter in your home.  Start small, and make a list of which tasks have priority.  Can you not even remember the last time you’ve worn one whole half of your closet?  Start there.  Start with whatever is the biggest burden on you.  The state of your surroundings has a huge impact on your overall wellbeing.


4.  Improvements.  What have you been hoping to add to your life to give it more value?  Have you been meaning to start painting again?  Have you been promising yourself for months that you were finally going to start working out, or reading more?  What instantly pops in your head when you read this?  Start by adding one thing in the next week that will improve the quality of your life.  Perhaps that’s a new, relaxing evening ritual or a commitment to get bi-weekly massages for stress relief.  Pick one thing, and go for it!


Baby steps coupled with consistent, daily action will get you there in no time, without overwhelm.  I’d love to hear what you pick. I’m here to support you and cheer you on!  



What to Give Up

As many of us consider what to give up for Lent this year, I’d like to offer a few things we might consider giving up at any time:

  1. Fear & Worry: Rarely does it serve a purpose other than to hold us back.
  2. Pleasing Everyone: You can’t please everyone.  Stop agonizing about it.
  3. Envy & Jealousy: Keeping a simple gratitude journal, or even just jotting down a word or sentence on a scrap of paper to remind you of the things in your life you hold dear, can be a powerful way to minimize envy.
  4. Impatience: Chill. All things in due time.
  5. Bitterness and Resentment: They are killing you.  Let them go.
  6. Blame: Ultimately, you are responsible for your life.  Stop blaming others.
  7. Gossip and Negativity: Staying positive about others and avoiding those who bring out negativity in you will do a lot for your mental outlook.
  8. Comparison & Feeling Unworthy: Let your own light shine.
  9. Fear of Failure & Self-Doubt: Failure is inevitable to one degree or another and it can teach us an awful lot about ourselves and our journey. Taking risks can bring abundant rewards (that you haven’t even imagined yet!).
  10. Excuses: There are a million of them.  Just stop.  You don’t want to hear yourself say them anymore.  



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What To Eat for Vibrant Skin

Anti-aging secrets are an extremely hot topic.  We all want to learn the best tricks of aging slowly, gracefully, and most of all… naturally.   With the skin being the largest organ of your body, the daily bombardment of all we come into contact with is a constant battle we must be proactive about fighting. 

Pollution in the air, the products we use on our skin – it’s all going straight into our bloodstream.  Needless to say, the skin unquestionably needs some attention when it comes to detoxification and keeping it healthy. 

There are slew of expensive creams, lotions, and potions to choose from to allegedly combat wrinkles and keep your skin looking radiant.  But, you’re in luck – you don’t necessarily need those pricey potions to keep your healthy glow.  There are simple, everyday things you can do to work towards a healthier body and incredibly vibrant skin naturally. 

Staying hydrated enhances your skin and detoxifies the body, so drinking half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day is a fantastic way to assist your body in functioning optimally and help your skin to look great.

You can also accomplish glowing, vibrant skin by adding certain foods to your plate more often -- healthy fats and protein are among some of the top ones to consider for great skin.  

If you’d like to know my favorite top seven foods I eat regularly for great skin, I’d love to share some of my tricks with you.  These are likely already in your refrigerator, which is great news – so take note, and eat up.


My Top 7 Favorites are…

1.   Avocado

2.   Olive Oil & Coconut Oil

3.   Salmon

4.   Flaxseed

5.   Blueberries

6.   Spinach

7.   Dark Chocolate

Adding these organic foods to your plate often, combined with other healthy, whole foods will put you well on your way to beautiful, healthy skin.  What are your favorites on the list?  I’d love to hear from you!  Let me know your favorite recipe that includes one of the Top 7, I’m always looking for more inspiration for the kitchen. 

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Mindful Moments: It's the Little Things That Matter

Mindfulness and mediation are hugely popular right now.  There are apps and classes, even a whole studio in New York City, for encouraging quiet reflection. Great. One more thing on the to-do list that we can all totally and utterly fail to do.  One more thing to feel guilty about.


I, for one, have grown tired of feeling guilty.    I try to eat well.  Sometimes I don’t.  I try to exercise consistently.  Sometimes I don’t.  I try to practice mindfulness regularly.  I stink at it. Some days (like during the holiday season), I have too many cookies or one glass of wine more than my body tells me I should. And this is at least the second time my husband and I have tried to have “Dry January.”  We stink at that too.  But, instead of getting whacked out of shape about these things, I have started to take small steps that contribute to my mental and physical health in surprisingly large ways.  

Now that the holidays are over, I am back to eating more salads and drinking less wine.  I'm not perfect but "perfection"  is not really what I'm after these days; healthy and comfortable are more where it's at for me. 

As for mindfulness, which is probably the thing I feel most challenged by and guilty over, I have started capturing dozens of tiny mindful moments during the day.    I don’t usually have a formal sit, or only manage to sit quietly for a few minutes, but I recently noticed how rich the world around me is with beauty and joy


Walking the dog, doing the dishes, helping the kids get ready for school, these mundane activities that make up the bulk of our lives, are actually full of incredible details:


I have walked the dog around the block 500 times but I only just lately noticed the way the sun rises above the trees in the morning and creates a rainbow in the dew on the grass.


I have washed the dishes countless times but how often have I even noticed that the warmth from the water takes the chill off a cold winter day and the lavender scented suds from the soap are actually soothing.  Not once until a few days ago.


Helping the kids get ready for school can be fraught with peril and has ended many, many times in raised voices (even tears!) but if I slow down and take the time to engage in what’s right in front of me, I realize that there are quite a few ways to make the situation better, not worse. I have started to understand that my reaction to the morning chaos is sometimes like gasoline on a fire, rather that aloe on a burn. 


So, we have choices about how we interpret and react to the world around us.  Are you the gasoline or the aloe?  Is it just another walk around the block with the dog or is it a chance to find rainbows?


Don’t get me wrong, life isn’t all rainbows and warm suds but if we slow down just a little and pay attention to what is in front of us, we might at least have a chance to notice those rainbows. 

Rev Up Your Metabolism!


Have you ever struggled to lose weight when you feel like you’re doing everything right, but the scale is not budging?  I have been right where you are and felt this same frustration.  Sometimes we can seemingly do all of the things we think we should be doing to reach our health goals, but our metabolism is working against us.  Having a healthy, functioning metabolism to regulate our bodies is a crucial piece of the puzzle.  


There are things that can cause a sluggish metabolism and a slew of things we can do to rev it up, as well.  I’m sure you’re familiar with some of those tried-and-true ways to kick your metabolism into gear, which do in fact work very well.  Some of these popular tricks include…


Getting enough sleep.  Sleep is when our bodies rejuvenate and replenish, so getting healthy amounts of sleep on a regular basis will help to keep a healthy metabolism. 


Staying hydrated.  Drinking enough water affects your metabolism, so drink up!  Drink approximately half of your body weight in ounces throughout the day.  Proper hydration lends far more benefits to your health than a healthy metabolism, so this one is very important.


Don’t skip breakfast.  A large percentage of the population skips breakfast.  Mornings can be rushed and busy, but starting your day with a healthy protein packed breakfast is very helpful for cultivating a healthy metabolism. 


And of course, exercise!  Specifically, High Intensity Interval Trainings (HIIT) are excellent for hitting the metabolism reset button. 



Here are 2 more ways to jumpstart your metabolism that you may not have heard of before…



Eating enough.  There’s a common misconception that eating less helps you lose weight, which is not entirely accurate.  Eating enough calories spread throughout your day will keep your metabolism constant.  Overeating is never a good idea, but don’t be afraid to eat healthy, whole foods! 


Get spicy.  Adding some hot peppers into your meals may give a pop to your metabolism, so if you enjoy a little spice in your meals, remember this trick. 



Pick out a tip or two to start implementing this week if you’ve been frustrated with your goals to lose weight taking longer than you’d hoped.  Email me at to let me know what you plan on trying, I’d love to cheer you on!


Why You Shouldn't Make This Resolution

The holidays are over, and we’re entering the New Year with fresh goals, the intent to reach them, and excitement for what’s possible in the coming months.  Every year, the #1 most popular New Years Resolution is to lose weight.  To be honest, I've made that resolution countless times myself, and I'm sure that you have as well.  What is the first thing you think of when you hear "lose weight"??  That D word that instantly causes anxiety.


I want to encourage you to ditch the diet mentality this year.  They're almost always unsustainable, leave you feeling deprived and counting the days until the plan is over.  Who can live happily like that long-term?  Hardly anyone, which is precisely why these resolutions are short-lived and we resolve to try again next year.  I have good news -- it doesn't have to be this way.



This year, resolve to find your perfect balance.  Try a few of my favorite tips…



Balanced decisions.  Resolve to make healthier decisions that make you feel great, not ones that make you miserable.  It’s much more simple than following a strict plan and will leave you loving your new lifestyle.  Following strict plans can leave you feeling deprived, which can lead to rebellion and that's absolutely not what we want!  Balanced decisions are far more beneficial and enjoyable long-term. 


Simple changes over time.  Instead of trying to do a complete overhaul of your life, start by making these smart, balanced decisions over time.  Changing your habits and doing it slowly leads to creating healthier habits that last without overwhelm and confusion. 


Step by Step.  Start with one new healthy habit a week.  With this method, you’re focusing on one thing that improves your health at a time as it becomes a part of your routine.  For example, for your first week, focus on drinking enough water.  Most people do not, and this is always a fabulous place to start.  You’ll see and feel changes quickly, and you can move onto your second week with another small health goal to implement. 


What are some of the most important aspects of your health you'd like to change?  Brainstorm some manageable steps to reach these goals and get to work!  I’d love to chat with you about your health goals and how I may be of help to you reaching them.  Accountability is a tremendous factor in achieving your goals, and I would be delighted to be by your side as you journey through this!