Self-Sabotage and the Mean Girl

There is a voice inside my head that often tells me I’m not good enough or smart enough to reach my goals. I have heard this voice for so long that I now call her the mean girl. This mean girl is very negative, often accusing me of terrible things that simply aren’t...

Why Did I Become a Health Coach?

Back in January of 2015, I took a leap of faith enrolling in a health coaching program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Why did I decide to do this? I had never entertained the idea before nor did I ever think I would be working in the health and...

I quit alcohol for 5 months

I had my first drink of alcohol when I was 9 years old. Not just a sip, but a full glass of champagne when my mother married my stepfather. This then led to more drinking in my teens, so that by the time my 21st birthday rolled around all that meant was I could now do...

Walking Away from Old Habits

This past weekend before our hike began, I asked participants to set their own intentions. The prompts asked them to write what they were hiking towards, maybe a goal of theirs and what they were hiking away from, maybe a situation, negative person, or limiting...

Making Peace with My Mom’s Death

Grief is not a linear path to follow nor is it circular. We don’t go through each stage of grief as if they are steps, jumping to the next one once we complete the previous one. Sometimes I found myself in two stages at the same time or going back and forth between...

The Connection Between Nutrition, Exercise, Sleep

One question I am often asked about is the connection between nutrition, fitness, and sleep. We know that each is important on its own, but how do they all fit together in the health and wellness lifestyle? We’ve discussed the benefits of eating healthy, we’ve talked...