Sometimes we eat to shift how we feel.
Hold up, this is not 'woo, woo," it’s science!
When you eat, some blood leaves your brain and rushes to your digestive tract. This creates a (short-term) respite from anxiety, stress, overwhelm or spinning thoughts.
When you drink caffeine, your adrenals super-charge, which can (temporarily) override feelings of sluggishness, sadness or fatigue.
When you eat sugar, the blood sugar rush IS a direct hit to the dopamine centers of your brain.
Here are some healthy, non-food related ways to shift your energy when you’re at home, at your desk OR transitioning from a busy day in to relaxation mode. Read More
You guys know I've been preaching the benefits of stretching, balance and stress-relief for quite some time now. I finally committed to a weekly practice at a nearby studio in May 2016 and have been very consistent over the past year! I feel so much more OPEN in my body. Want to start your practice? Here's advice from my friend and YOGA EXPERT, Michaela Horvathova! Read More
When Michaela of YogaWellnessMom.com reached out to me for advice on HOW to fit working out in to a busy week - at first I hesitated.
I'm not a Mom! What do I know!?!
But hey, then I told myself, I do know a thing or two about how to fit exercise in to a BUSY and stressed lifestyle. In fact, I have developed a ton of strategies and mindset tools I use personally and with great success with my health coaching clients. All who happen to be busy professionals, seeking to optimize their nutrition and FIT IT IN to a successful and well-lived life. Read More
Before we spring forward, let's rewind. Wayyyy back to January 2006.
I made a "Bucket List" of everything fun and out of the box I wanted to do that winter and spring at Middlebury College. It included, cross-country skiing, a trip to Lake Dunmore, root beer floats at A&W and most hilariously, "shoe-shoeing" (I'd spelled snow-shoeing wrong).
I have the list saved somewhere in a storage box, because I ended up keeping it on my bulletin board front and center for the next 2.5 years of college. It reminded me to get my head out of the books and break from the same old routine of study | run SO many miles | party | REPEAT.
I was reminded of this strategy to think outside the box recently by one of my clients. So without further adieu. Here is my 2017 Spring Bucket List! Read More
It had been really hard focusing on writing my book in NYC. I got a little scared for awhile. Will I ever write this book? I remembered advice from my Writing Course. Some writers can segment out 30 minute chunks every single day and write-write-write. Some writers need to schedule three day retreats in the woods and batch their writing during long stretches of unstructured time. Um YEAH, the WOODS one. That's me. Read More
When I heard this quote, "Self-Care is an Act of Survival," my body and mind let out a huge sigh of relief. I admit it. I've felt guilty in the past for "indulging" in a ton of self-care. But lately .... lately .... I've realized I've been ahead of the trend. Self-care is the antidote, the cure, the answer, the preventative measure to the big, bad STRESS RESPONSE. Getting ahead of stress with radical self-care is indeed an act of survival. Read More
I totally get it. The last thing you or I want to do is trek across town to your boutique fitness class. But chances are, you have a treadmill somewhere nearby, right? That kinda meh one in your building's basement gym? That gym membership? Here are five easy-to-remember treadmill workouts that you'll actually want to do. Read More
The Olympics are my favorite, FAVORITE event. Give me all the personal moments stories, all the competition, video montages and inspiring music. Even the NBC Theme song speaks straight to my heart. So I'm going to brag and boast just a wee bit that I'm friends with a real Olympian! Meet Maria Ramberger .... Read More
In the words of my former client Carolyn .....
About a year ago I was working with my friend and health coach, Michelle Cady of FitVista, on a sort of health reboot. I was super overextended from working full time, going to coaching school at night, working on business ideas, being in a relationship, and generally trying to keep up with friends and maintain a social life. In the midst of all of that, I was trying to fit in exercise and eating healthy. I was on a vary obvious road to burnout (even if I couldn’t see it at the time). Read More
I've been wanting to write this post for awhile, and then Friday hits and BOOM suddenly it's 5pm and I'm ready to call it a day. Time flies when you're trying to do ALL THE THINGS and wrap up everything on Fridays right?!? Thanks for reading what I've been loving lately! Read More
I'm starting a little micro-blog series! I've compiled tons and tons of tips, tricks and strategies I use with my private health coaching clients and I just can't help sharing. Do you feel like sometimes you over-eat or over-drink on a Friday night? Or when you're stressed? Tired? Overwhelmed? Then this one's for you. Read More
I'm thrilled to share with you a super smarty-pants guest post by my friend Lauren Woodcock. She's been part of our FitVista Tribe since Day One and a huge supporter of the blog! So, when she asked about pairing up for an article on health AND WEALTH, of course my answer was YES! Read More
When I used to work in Finance, my Asset Management Company would release the Annual Report for our mutual funds for the fiscal year. Some habits never die! Many of you have been asking me gently ... kindly ... and ever-so-curiously ... so what is it that you actually do? I'd love to share and I'll keep it short! Read More
Psyched to be interviewed by mbg! Check out full feature here! Read More
I was honored to be asked by fellow Health Coach and friend, Alexandra Napoli, to be interviewed on Health Coach TV, "Ask the Expert" Series! We talk about stress, adrenal fatigue AND three tips to improve your running game. Dive right in to the interview here, YouTube Video Three Tips to Improve Your Running Game Read More
I'm so thrilled to introduce you to one of my clients who recently completed my signature six-month Nutrition Health Coaching Program. Working together, Alexis upgraded her routine, accomplished all of her goals and she lost 25 pounds! Read on for #GuestPost on 7 Nutrition Setbacks & 7 Targeted Solutions.
Quick story. Over the weekend I did a full "Marie-Kondo" clean and purge of my closet, jewelry and lotions / potions / medicine cabinet. It felt SO GOOD. And you know what I realized? I don't own any medicine. NONE. So I turned to my friend and fellow health coach, Emily Nachazel, who is an expert on all things gut and immunity-related for the best advice on how to naturally support your system and ward off catching the common cold. Read More
I'm so glad you're here. Thank you. This is a serious subject (and deeply personal to me), but I want to write this article with some semblance of fun in it, so let's talk through 20 WAYS TO GET ADRENAL FATIGUE, as if it's something we desire. (It's not). Notice your patterns, tick off which ones you're currently exposed to, and we'll talk about ways to unwind these issues and other aspects of stress throughout the rest of my blog series. Read More
What I'm about to share is quite personal and I haven't been ready to write about it until this very moment. Short story :: I was diagnosed with Phase One Adrenal Fatigue and Elevated Cortisol levels in August 2015 ... AND I HEALED MYSELF. The long story? I could write a freaking book about it. Read More