5 year health-iversary for managing familial hypercholesterolemia without drugs

5 year health-iversary for managing familial hypercholesterolemia without drugs I just realized that this August 2016 marks my five year anniversary of managing Familial Hypercholesterolemia without drugs. Woot! Yahoo!  Yippee!  I thought I'd jot down a quick: happy-5-year-health-iversary-to-me post to mark the occasion and celebrate something that once seemed impossible to achieve. I haven't done any of the typical Transformation Tuesday type posts before. In case this is new to you - these #transformationtuesday hashtag posts are usually motivating posts on blogs or social media by people on a health journey. They document the before and after pictures of someone who has had [...]

On fire with desire! Getting clear on how you want to feel

On fire with desire! Getting clear on how you want to feel Earlier this week as Valentine's day approached I had a discussion with a small group of women about our collective definition of love.  We circled around a lot of commonly heard things including the mutual exchange of caring, affection and growth, but I found the conversation really getting interesting when we opened up our ideas about love beyond the confines of just 2 people. Things got expansive and we started talking about how love is a conscious choice to feel a certain way. Things like freedom, openness, giving, fearlessness, growth, courage, gratefulness [...]

Divine banana pancake recipe for all day energy

Divine banana pancake recipe for all day energy Sunday is pancake day at my house and I love slathering a rich fruity topping over the hotcakes as soon as they're flipped from the pan. You are going to love these. They are hearty, filling, tasty and very satisfying. You only need 1 or 2 to feel full and unlike a typical pancake they won't spike your blood sugar and make you sleepy very soon after eating them! Most pancakes tend to pack on the pounds because they're full of flour and sugar. These ones do the opposite and taste even better! Full of bananas, [...]

Why I fail at being healthy

Why I fail at being healthy Today I absentmindedly scanned the almond milk container at my local coffee joint. There in the second position on the list: sugar. "What the f^%@?" I may have bleeted out as I started fuming and wondering how many drinks I had errantly ingested with sugar in them. I remembered checking the cafe's almond milk container probably a year ago, and at the time, it had been sugar and other-nasties-free. Sigh. Total health fail. But it got me to thinking about the urge to avoid nasty stuff and how that positive drive can sometimes steer us wrong. [...]

Healthy breakfast recipe: coconut raspberry oatmeal

Healthy breakfast recipe: coconut raspberry oatmeal Breakfast can be a tricky meal for most of us. While I am so pleased that the word is spreading around the world that grains are generally terrible for our health, I worry that we can't reach enough people in time. I was really impressed that after doing a thorough review of the medical literature, Sweden made the first move to develop low-carb national dietary guidelines. But many people don't have time to wait for their country to catch up to Sweden. If each of us let our loved ones know that that the grains in their morning bagel, toast, [...]

Emotional eating and the crawl towards freedom

Emotional eating and the crawl towards freedom I can't tell you how many times I get accosted at social gatherings by people who consider me "the healthy one". Like some kind of mythical creature propelled solely by green smoothies or kale salads, it appears to be fair game to sidle up to me and simply launch into explanations for how it is simply impossible to eat a healthy lifestyle. People will start conversations like: "You're really into health huh? I wouldn't be able to do it. I just know myself.  I have to be able to enjoy my food and it's such a big part of the [...]

Harness the power of everyday mini-steps, mistakes and failure

Harness the power of everyday mini-steps, mistakes and failure If you're joining in on January's 2 green smoothies a day habit or taking on some other challenge or goal this January, keep in mind that you are very likely going to fail many times along the way. Not just once, and not just temporarily. A lot! Often! Stupidly! But as Edmund Burke said "nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little." I think the trick in all of this is just avoid one thing: failing habitually. Just don't make failure a habit [...]

The easiest thing you’ll ever do to dramatically boost your health

The easiest thing you'll ever do to dramatically boost your health A green smoothie like this spinach based one, is everything you need to take charge of your health. Just start with 2 a day, and this will give you your daily fruit and veg antioxidants all in one go! I'm no longer a resolutions person. I was for years until I realised that it was too depressing to cheerily wave them off at the door on Jan 1st only to have them fizzle out each February (or Jan 12th!) Now I'm a habits girl. Powerful daily habits, no less. [...]