I Stopped Depriving Myself!

I finally said “Yes” to my utterly unreasonable and wildly heartfelt dream, a yearning that’s been with me for far too long. I kept putting it off. “It wasn’t the right time.” “I didn’t have the resources.” “This is only for rich people.” I was depriving myself.

Horses. Horses kept calling to me, from photographs, from pastures, tugging at my heart. The very site of a draft horse would move me to tears, and I didn’t know why. Little did I know that draft horses are incredible healers, and their gentle power is exactly what I needed in my life, for my clients, and for my own health journey.

I’ve always wanted horses in my life. I had a pony in my early teens, but I grew too big for her. I said I’d have one again, but kept saying “Later.” I would avoid going to stables because I didn’t want to long for them.


But then I saw a photo of my friend Devon Combs leading a huge draft horse (see left) on Instagram, and my heart melted. She had been encouraging me to come to one of her healing retreats since we met in 2012. I kept saying I’d do it later. Always later. I can tell you there was no benefit in waiting. I was pushing away my unbridled joy.

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How to De-Stress Holiday Eating

How to Destress Holilday EatingIt’s also for you if you’re healing from autoimmune dis-ease (like me) or any other health issue that would make getting off track during the season of joy, anything but joyful.

I woke up in the middle of the night wondering what I wanted to share (too many ideas!), went back to sleep, and had a dream that answered my question.

I was in an old-style theatre and the actor, Tim Roth (Pulp Fiction, Lie to Me, etc.) walked into the room. I was the first person to spot him and went right over to greet him. But I realized I didn’t have my program for him to sign. Like a Tasmanian devil I went around trying to not only find a program, but MY program. Up and down stairs, down aisles, huffing and puffing, fuming, stressed out and tense. Where’s my program? I need my program! 

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I Had to Leave to Heal

I Had to Leave to HealIn my last post, I mentioned that I moved to San Diego and would share more about my quick exit. I’m sharing this as you may be able to relate to it and hopefully avoid unnecessary health challenges yourself.

My husband and I both love nature and were actively looking to move closer to nature about five years ago. We happened upon a beautiful house in the redwoods with amazing landlords. This place was everything we wanted. It was quiet, had open space and room for a garden. Dream. But, I noticed mold in the closet. The landlord said he would install a vent to keep the mold away and would take care of it, no problem. I was nervous about it, knowing how important it is for someone with a compromised immune system (I’m healing from autoimmune thyroiditis) to stay away from mold. I was so excited about this beautiful place and the potential for a garden. Even with that uneasy feeling in my gut, we moved forward.

Shortly after moving into our beautiful home in paradise, I told my holistic Doctor about the mold in the closet. She said “You must move!” Ack, we just got here, we can’t move again! I didn’t heed her advice, so she made some recommendations to combat the mold with high tech filters and heaters, etc. But even in the summer months, we kept finding mold in new places, and we kept cleaning it. We realized we were playing a losing game of whack-a-mole (aka whack-a-mold). It was always in the back of my mind, and yet I didn’t want to admit it that it was impacting my health. I didn’t want to leave.

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I’ve Ignored My Nutrition

Ive_ignored_my_nutritionI keep falling in and out of Love with Nutrition. I studied it in college, and then graduate school but after I got my Masters of Science in Nutrition, I wanted NOTHING to do with Nutrition.

I finally got over it when I realized I loved Nutrition, I just didn’t want to do it the way hospitals did it—or the way of the medical model. Counting calories made me want to lose my lunch. What I wanted was to do Nutrition the natural way, the way that made sense to me, the way that addressed the whole person as an individual.


Nutrition really is the foundation for our health and well-being. It’s the foundation necessary for healing. Without nourished cells, our bodies can’t heal, let alone function properly. Our minds suffer, our emotions are all over the map and we have symptoms. A well nourished body resists dis-ease and feels like home.

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Do You Lose Control with Valentine’s Chocolate?

valentine_chocolateChocolate! It’s everywhere this time of year: given to you or it’s at work, etc.

I keep a hefty stash of high-quality dark chocolate in my cupboard. I love chocolate, but it doesn’t control me. Want that same peace? Read on…

Even in times of intense stress, my chocolate stash is safe. I’ll eat a square, but I don’t overeat. It wasn’t always this way. I used to lose control, overeat and regret, not just with chocolate. I’ve helped many clients achieve the same level of inner peace around chocolate and other foods.

How is this peace possible?

I let go of the emotional triggers that drove me uncontrollably towards chocolate. This drive to overeat (craving) didn’t care that I had a masters degree in Nutrition and that I knew better. I had to learn how to work WITH my body, instead of against her and thus found a peaceful place of choice within.

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You Naturally Have Healthy Instincts with Food

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful time of year. I’m writing today from sunny California. It’s 75 degrees outside, what?

I posted this image on Instagram. This describes what I’ve learned in working with hundreds of women and men with severe food cravings over the last 9 yrs.

Many people believe that letting go of food cravings means depriving yourself. Not true! You let go of the obsession. Isn’t that what you want?

It’s a challenge to trust or feel good about your body when you’re battling cravings. Plus, it makes it hard to eat the foods that nourish you or the treats you enjoy.

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Health & Weight Transformation: Michael’s Amazing Results

I’ve been in San Diego for a Wellness Leadership event, which was amazing, and I have so much in the works for you. Today, I wanted to share two things with you that also have me jumping up and down.

First, I’m hosting a LIVE mini Love Your Body Challenge™ next week, so stay tuned for details!

This mini challenge will take a mere 5 mins a day and last for 5 days, that’s it! This will jumpstart you on the journey of having the body and life you love, and it’s easier than you might think. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to transform your relationship with food and your body, so you can get on with your life and finally love the skin you’re in!

Secondly, I’m finally sharing a testimonial from an amazing man who did the Love Your Body Challenge™ (the 21 day version) and then The Body Mind Reboot™ program. Not only did he shed 70, pounds (he was 5 pounds to go when we recorded this), he also healed his relationship with food and his body. He quickly got off blood pressure medication and is looking and feeling better than ever, and attracting compliments wherever he goes.

You can hear about his journey and his transformation in the video. It’s too big to post here, so click the link to go to my Facebook page HERE. Or, click the image below. I promise, it’s short and sweet:


If you’d like to learn more about how you can experience your own transform, be it with cravings, your weight or body image, sign up for your own Breakthrough Session here:


Can’t wait for the Love Your Body mini Challenge? I can’t either!  Get started now and join us in the Facebook community, the Love Your Body Lifestyle™. The sole purpose of this group is to help you have the body and life you love and we’d love to have you.

Join HERE.

All the best,


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Is This P Word Holding You Back From Having Your Best Body?

49th_birthdayI haven’t written in a while. I’d think of something to share and then another and because I wanted to share THE perfect thing, I ended up sharing nothing. Yet, I’m committed to helping you reach your goals.

I’ve been working on letting go of my PERFECTIONISTIC tendancies and healing is always better in community, so here’s my share. I hope it serves you.

I believed I needed to be perfect to be loved. I grew up in a household where critisism buzzed around like mosquitos in summer. It was used in an attempt to help me. It didn’t, it squashed my self confidence and put me on the defensive. I started my quest for perfection and it hasn’t completely left.

With the help of a very wise mentor, I let go of the need to be physically perfect. My food and weight obsession resolved. But years later, whenever I wasn’t loving myself and trying to be perfect, I would gain weight.

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Tips to Help You Have a Body You Love

I’ve been sharing tips over on Instagram to help you Love Your Body and have a life you love. What I’ve seen over the years is that what you focus on increases and loving your body the way it is now, helps you have the body you want. These tips will help you create a new relationship with food and your body and I’d love to share them with you.

Here’s a few examples of some of the tips…

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Here’s a video brief invitation below…





Come join me, I’d love to see you there. Just click HERE.

Yours in Health and Happiness:


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If Your Body Were Your Valentine

Screen Shot 2016-02-16 at 8.49.25 PMIf your body were your Valentine, would she feel loved and nurtured, respected and adored?


I encourage you to do something today that’s loving to your body. Treat your body like your beloved Valentine. It can be simple, love is simple, right? Just takes a few moments today to let your body know you’re on her side.

It can be a walk, a yummy and nourishing meal, a nap, a massage, a compliment…

Here’s a quick video I made in front of our blooming Magnolia tree. The photo above is one of her many blossoms about to light up our yard.



Leave a comment below about what you’ll do for your body today, Valentines day or not, I’d love to hear from you!

All the best,


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