The Light in the Darkness on Your Health Journey

On this, the darkest day of the year, we know one thing for sure—the light will return, bringing brighter, better days.

This makes it one of my favorite days of the year.  I’m grateful for the powerful reminder that no matter how dark it gets, new life is always gestating.

In early November I attended a TED-X conference where each speaker conveyed how the light and darkness of the past inspired him or her to create a new future.

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The final speaker, a Hip Hop artist named Xola Malik, rapped about how growing up in the ’hood led him onto a dark path of negativity, misogyny, and substance abuse until a remarkable inner shift illuminated a new way. Now, with profound respect, he honored women for their courage and progress in the fight for full gender equality.

As he looked out into the audience, his gaze deepened.

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5 Steps to Stick to Your Healthy Diet in Someone Else’s Home

Jill was afraid to discuss her new dietary needs with her family for the first time.

Actually…she was terrified.

Jill has struggled with her weight all her life, a fact that her family reminds her of every time she sees them. Her slender sister—a self-appointed weight loss expert—lectures Jill endlessly about what she should be doing to lose weight. Then her mother chimes in, expressing “concern” about her weight, while her dad remains silent. Jill sits there frozen, waiting for it to end.

And when it does, her mother plops a carby treat on Jill’s plate and responds with hurt if she doesn’t eat it.

It’s a mixed message—one that she’s been getting her whole life.

And now…in just a week…she will travel with her sister to Atlanta for Thanksgiving with their parents.

As she thinks about it, her brain whirls with worst-case scenarios. But after all the progress she’s made with healthy eating…and feeling in control…she doesn’t want to stop now!

She asks herself, “What if I fall into bad habits again? What if I start eating carbs and can’t stop? What if I start feeling the way I used to? I don’t want that.”

And neither do you.

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3 Tricks for Escaping the Halloween Candy Trap

And 23 Halloween Treat Alternatives

Are you freaking out because Halloween marks the beginning of the weight gain season?

Are you haunted by memories of buying candy for the kids and then eating it well before October 31st

Then returning to the store to replace it…

Only to have the exact same thing happen all over again?

Maybe it’s already happened this year.  Let me reassure you, you aren’t the only one to tell this story.

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The Holiday Party Guide to Stay Healthy and Feel Great

The holidays are coming, filled with gatherings, joy, laughter… and temptations.  It can be a struggle to keep the healthy eating habits you have worked so hard to develop.

You may be asking yourself:

  • Will there be anything I can eat there?
  • Will I re-gain some of the weight I’ve worked so hard to lose?
  • Will I offend the hosts if I say something about my needs?

We all think it. We all worry about being a burden. But you don’t have to. I’m going to share some valuable tips with you to make your gatherings a joy instead of a worry!

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Upcoming Engagements:
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2018 National Conference, June 26th- July 1st, in Denver, CO
    On June 26th, I will be presenting my abstract, Using the Edmonton Obesity Staging System To Guide Treatment Decisions. 
    On June 29th, I will co-present a four hour workshop:  Obesity Management:  Practice Management & Leadership for Nurse Practitioners.
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