Weight Loss during Menopause-Part 2

In Part 1, I shared some of my mostly unsuccessful weight loss history. In this post I will tell you how I tweaked my eating pattern to optimize fat loss. It’s all about Insulin.   The key to allowing the body to access its fat stores is to keep insulin levels low.   Below is my simple […]

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Weight Loss during Menopause-Part 1

The most obvious sign of my impending menopause was putting on body fat, especially belly fat.  Excessive belly fat is associated with increased metabolic syndrome and other disease.  In my journey of letting go, one of the areas I wanted to address was the idea that aging needed to be a downhill slide into ill-health. […]

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Tending

Some of us learned to ignore our own needs…to put others first to avoid abandonment, that self-sacrifice is somehow spiritual or to prioritize money over health and happiness. The cost of not tending to ourselves can be high.  Often the cost is higher, in terms of time, attention and money, than it would have been had […]

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Spring Blossoms!

As always, my garden provides never-ending inspiration and meditation.  The “mystery” bush in our new front garden turned out to be this extravagantly flowered Star Magnolia.  Isn’t she GORGEOUS? Healthy, grounded and delightful.  Just how I want to be in my life. Like my garden, I am reaping the rewards of all the composting I did […]

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Making Compost; Fertilizing Happiness

Lest you think I have changed the focus of my blog (again!), let me assure you that this is not really a post about gardening!  Though you may learn a few garden-y things along the way… Most long-time gardeners have learned that a healthy garden requires regular nourishment of organic waste and microorganisms.  Though synthetic […]

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Reinterpreting Your Past

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): “I know not what my past still has in store for me,” testified the Indian spiritual poet Tukaram. I believe most of us can say the same thing, and here’s why: The events that happened to us once upon a time keep transforming as we ripen. They come to have different […]

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Living Low Carb in a High Carb Culture

When I was an enthusiastic vegetarian in my twenties and early thirties, I found it challenging to be “the odd person out” amidst my friends and family–and mainstream food culture.  Between my evangelizing and explaining my choices, meal time was not always very relaxed–for anyone. Funnily enough, vegetarianism is much more accepted in the last […]

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How I Exercise.

To follow up with my previous post on what I eat, here is a bit of my exercise history and the lowdown on how I stay fit these days.  Keep in mind that I exercise for muscle strength, body composition, endurance and mobility.  But mostly for enjoyment and to enhance my appearance! I do NOT […]

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What I eat.

As I mentioned a couple of months ago, I wanted to make my blog a bit more personal, while still being relevant to my clients.  So here goes! Over the years, my way of eating has ranged from SAD (Standard American Diet) with a healthy dose of liver and onions (thanks Mom!) to ovo-lacto vegetarian […]

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Why wait? (an affirmation to myself…)

Moving so often has been a great teacher about the need to be present with myself, my husband, my dog and of course my friends and family.  It’s impossible to stay “in transition” when I am in transition all the time! I’ve had very mixed feelings about my life lately and it’s been quite up […]

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