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Change takes time!
So you want to lose that weight? And you want to regain your strength? Or get flexible? Or maybe you are just tired of hurting all the time, aching, feeling stuffed? Maybe you just want to feel lighter and enjoy moving. Or you want to start looking great again.

Look: It took you a while to get where you are. So stop expecting overnight change.  Stop thinking you can lose 20 pounds a day! Stop torturing yourself with crazy expectations that just because you went off sugar for a week you will turn it all around. And please, stop beating yourself up because on day 8 you succumbed to the call of a cookie.

My new hair stylist tells me her hubby goes to a weight loss program. It’s expensive she says, but for $3000 he gets help losing weight, learning how to cook, learning how to live healthfully. While he is happily preparing whole clean foods, she can’t have her sweet treats in the house. She can’t even eat with him.

Guess what?
With the BeWellBistro plan, you get to make change fun! You get to have fun, lose weight and feel great as you make change matter.

breakfast isn’t boring anymore

You don’t need to spend $3000 for 10 months of food talks. You don’t do weekly meetings weighing in and scrutinizing your daily menu. If you buy packaged foods, it won’t be forced on you as the only way to do this. I might recommend some things, like my Univera Products or my favorite Bone Broth. but I’m just as happy sharing amazing recipes and teaching you to cook like a chef.  No boxed meals, baby.

All you need to do is decide right now that you really want to feel better. Not just lighter, but vibrant, happy, and positive. Yes, I can teach you to manage your moods, change your attitudes, and elevate your happiness. If that’s sounding good, just call me.

Change takes time. Diets don’t work. Spend more or your money on good food and education. Spend less on gimmicks and get rich quick schemes. You don’t need gimmicks — you need to find your true pathway to health. Retraining your brain to like healthy foods is only part of the solution. You don’t have to do it alone and you don’t need to blow the vacation budget either.

As your Integrative Health Coach, my goal is to help you recreate yourself for lasting health and high vibrational living. It’s not just food. It’s a balance. And it’s essentially the same concept that they taught at the Mayo’s Integrative Wellness consultation. Yep — it’s not even rocket science. But it takes time and commitment. The best way is to make one change at a time – but be committed to it 100%.  And that’s where my personalized coaching comes to be your most valued trick in the book.

Why do you need a health mentor? Your doctors will tell you what you need to do. Your spouse might just tell to lose weight. Your buddies will razz you until you succumb and drink that ‘one more’ beer or indulge in that cheesecake.  While they are doing their ‘job’, what you really need is that extra conscience. That voice in your head isn’t enough sometimes — you need a friend you can count on. That friend is your bridge to help you cross over to the healthy side of life.

Like the first little bloom — fighting our way through the cold and dark ..

Seriously, it’s become a big thing in our daily lives to have mentors for everything. When I grew up, it was ‘figure it out kid’, not here let me guide you.
With me on your team, you get that guiding spark that leads you down your path. What’s different about a health mentor?  We work on your personal life circle, spoke by spoke. We craft out a new you, together. You talk. I ask leading questions. We investigate, explore, and move you forward. And when the shit hits the fan, as it always does, I’m right there to get you back on track.

I invite you to change. I invite you to indulge in an individualized program based on YOU. From my school, we call it BioIndividuality — every human being is slightly different. No one program works for everyone.  So — Call today to start on yours!  It’s all about you.  425-246-8685

That’s why I’m still alive, folks. There are many points when it could have been a different ending.

My turning points:
I’ve been there. I’ve been heavy at 149 and I’ve been 98 pounds skinny. I grew up getting chastised for gaining even 3 pounds.  I’ve done lot’s of drugs and I’ve smoked 2 packs a day. And I’ve been an outdoor enthusiast who loves to move all my life.  I would run 8 miles and then light up. I’d drink at night and get up early to sweat it out. I’ve lost jobs, lost loves, lost friends and family… I’ve had good years, I’ve had horrible decades. Navigating life is about knowing yourself and having a strategy for long lasting health.

It wasn’t until I realized how much I can help you that I started pulling it together. My path started making sense. See – my life has far too many twists and turns to make into a pretty story. I had much pain to hide from and all the compulsive behavior was about a lifelong battle with self-esteem issues.  We all do weird stuff as we learn to love ourselves. And then it happens.

The minute we start to believe we are more important, have more value, have more worth — and that there is a reason we are who we are — from that moment, life starts changing. Sure we must have something to move forward to — but when one is dedicated, magic happens.

There are many twists and turns.  Extreme stress requires extreme self-care. Maybe just daily living requires constant extreme self-care.

Change comes by accepting what is

Inviting you to change

I haven’t always been a health nut. Even when I started out, I wasn’t perfect.
At 18, I made a choice… I didn’t want to wait until retirement to be healthy. I gave up bad habits. I chose to eat good foods and limit junk. I built an exercise program from scratch without the help of a trainer or even a gym. I changed what, when, and how I ate. And for years, I still lit up a cigarette far too many times a day.

Then someone died. Then another and another. Within 3 years, 7 people close to me died, 6 from cancer. Three of these dear ones were under 50!!~!
Precious loved ones were dying around me and I kept smoking…until Jerry S. had a return of cancer. That was it. I’ll never forget. I was at his memorial, and I just decided. That was a rough year. But losing Jerry turned a key.
It wasn’t easy to change at that age. It never is… but I really didn’t remember a time in my adult life without a cigarette handy. That was over 25 years of cigarettes as a fake and dangerous friend.

Yes, You CAN! If I can, you can! And I will teach you all my tricks!

Do you really want to stop smoking? Are you ready?

Do you really want to lose weight – or do you want to accomplish some other health goal?

I realize now that what I’d done was create the cornerstone of my practice by quitting smoking. There is much internal work to do to get you from thinking you are ready to really being ready. And if you give me 45 days, you can kick start your new life. And of course, you can sign on for ongoing coaching. But let’s get this show moving forward first. What I can teach you in 45 days can become your cornerstone to a new life.

It’s the same thing with any bad habit. In particular, the food problem.  You’ve got to get to the root reason that you continue to eat what you know you shouldn’t and find the pay off. There is always one – and in our work together, you learn all about hidden hook. for continuing on the road you follow before you will cross over a bridge to happier, healthier living. I’ve watched a man drop 60 pounds, be so thrilled and happy. I’ve witnessed a family lose 110 pounds. And another woman went from 350 to 120 and is a monster at cross fit. If they can, you can shed some excess weight. Why WAIT?

We work together through your ultimate transition and beyond. We keep you on track for a lifetime of lasting change.  And the truth is, I am your guide but YOU are the reason you are doing this. Because YOU are worth it. No quick fix, and no sudden change — but a lifetime of living well.

There are many roads to cross. Some of those roads have locked gates keeping you stuck. The key is within your reach.  That plan won’t be to eat clean 100% — that’s a set up for failure.

Listen to me: I tried that. I went overboard, actually. I was 25 and recovering from a lost job. I found a new one, but I felt amiss. As I mastered my work, I obsessed about every calorie. And not just what I ate. I obsessed about what I burned. Nothing entered my mouth that was not counted. I could tell you exactly how many calories it took to burn off everything I ate. Yeah, I looked great for a while. Then I was down to 98 pounds, I wore a size 0, my skin was taught, I looked like I was starving … and I still counted calories.  Only my uncle had the grace to mention it. No one should do that! Ever!

Once again, I made a new commitment. Reasonable was not obsessive. It was ok to not be a skinny me. I wanted to feel great and have fun, live life fully, and embrace the authentic me. Starvation was not on that menu.

You see many who just keep doing the same thing until literally scared to death. Something major happens. For me, I’ve had many awakenings over my lifetime. True Health begins with a desire to be your best. To get there, you have to learn to love yourself.

For most of my clients, it’s about retraining the brain. That’s why I integrate several modalities to help you arm yourself with all that you need.
You get support. You get knowledge. You get tools. And you get to learn to relax and reprogram your thinking.

These are things I help people work through. In our private coaching, what you get is a chance to really learn about you. I’ve worked with clients using a variety of tools: Visualization, Writing, Meditation, Light Trance (NLP) and rock solid dietary advice coming from studies in hundreds of dietary theory. I use my education in nutrition, adult learning, yoga, recreation, and writing to help you craft your personalized life plan for healthy living.

Don’t pay those guys with the cute logo and fun advertising. Just because the radio announcer is screaming about how he lost weight, it doesn’t mean it’s a plan for YOU in your life. How many other times did that same radio head scream about other weight loss programs? They sell you. You buy. You lose 10 – 20 – 30 pounds, and then you get off the path, fall into old ways, and wonder why you paid them. But you also blame yourself.

Let’s just stop this nonsense.

Call me! I’ll help.
call today for a personalized program that’s all about you
425-246-8685

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Disclaimer: Nothing is free. If only I had trees of money. But hey, my rates are determined based on quality education, knowledge, professional resources, and a lifetime of work. Not gonna say it’s free, but it’s your life and YOU are worth it.

A Balanced Menu

A Balanced Menu

Even on a Fat Fueled Holiday

Thanksgiving is the day people go over the edge – the diet goes out the window. It’s all about the food! It makes me crazy. I figure I can find balance in this fat fueled holiday. Mom’s words ring in my ears: It can be healthful and taste good too. Thanksgiving can be easy, tasty and memorable. 

Do we have to have 4 pies?  That’s about one half pie per person in my house. And it makes no sense.  

Who is directing this show anyway? If I’m doing most of the work, I get to plan the menu. Right?  

I grew up with a health focused Mom who preached often about a balanced menu – balanced meal – balanced diet…. In Mom’s mind, the meal was incomplete if you didn’t have a protein, two vegetables, and maybe a little rice.  Maybe she pushed a bit too hard because some 40 years after I moved out, I still cook like Mom.

As I started to delegate the menu helps, I realized that I was quickly losing control of this festival. The husband asked his daughter to bring PIES. When I heard the list I was amazed.  This healthy girl is going crazy and it’s still two weeks away. Why do we need Pumpkin, Pecan, Chocolate and a surprise dessert as well? And the other guests prefer apple. So.. I had to think fast. 

If I want to find a balanced and healthy meal within this madness, I have to take charge of that which I like. If I want vegetables, it’s up to me to make them the way I’m going to like them. 

First up — yams. Sometimes Simple is the best.  This year it’s back to basics, baby.  Just peal em, halve em, drizzle a little butter and brown sugar and bake them about 35 – 40 minutes.  Figure at most 1 1/2 yam per person. Done. 

Green Beans, Garlic and Almonds — If I get really lazy, I’ll buy frozen french cut or a pre made deli item from my favorite store. But — nothing is better than fresh.  So — lightly steamed Haricot Green Beans cut long, then lightly sauteed in butter, fresh chopped garlic, toasted almond bits, and maybe a little lemon.  YUM!  And you can make this a couple days before, store in serving platter and just lightly heat.  Simple, easy, healthy, and balanced menu. 

Brussels — well, there are two ways to go. The easiest and balanced menu add is oven roasted with a drizzle of oil, salt, pepper, and a kick.  Roast for 12 minutes on 450.  
But the annual favorite is always a winner while the oven roasted are questionable.  So get out your wok, heat up some oil, and wok fry quartered Brussels, then add some chopped bacon, and finally some onion.  Saute until tender.  You’ll get to try whatever seasonings you like. Try coconut oil instead of olive oil. It adds a great flavor.  To keep this a balanced menu, use less bacon or less oil. Somethings you just can’t fight. Another add is to include a little orange zest. It gives it some pop and seems to cut through the bacon fat. 

Stuffing? What? You thought I forgot? Nope – but I don’t like bread stuffing except for the rich butter, so this year, it’s a rice stuffing based on what the Puget Consumers Coop deli favorite Maple Cranberry Wild Rice recipe found in store.  I haven’t made it yet. But here is the recipe: 
I’ll be using my favorite Mogami Asian rice blend of many whole grains instead of the wild rice.  Thanks to a good friend, I’m stocked up on butternut squash too. I think I have everything I need.  Try it. It’s really tasty. That apple cider vinegar makes a huge difference. 

Oh, that rice blend?  It’s an all natural blend of non-GMO made in USA Whole Grain blend of 8 grains actually.  The label says Mogami. And it’s loaded with good stuff.  It’s rich in fiber, essential oils, numerous nutrients — but mainly — it tastes great.  

Cranberries — the good thing about cooking your own fresh berries is control. Using orange juice, oranges, and maybe apple juice, you get to cut out a ton of sugar. I’ll dig up the recipe and post it later. 

Turkey is on the menu too.  No – I wouldn’t forget it.  It’s already planned out. Smoking the bird the day before, and reheating the day of seems to make a lot more sense.  Then if we need a backup plan, we can do a normal oven roast.  

Let’s hope we don’t lose power.  

Happy Thanksgiving. 

The Weight Creep – from here to obesity

Yep. It could be you. It could  be me.  

Turns out there is a ridiculous change to our overall health epidemic. Just out in the news today is this:  More than TWO THIRDS  — 2/3 — of Americans are Obese, not just overweight. 

How did it come to this?  Is it really that bad?  Look at your corporate campus. Look at Microsoft, or Boeing employees. The ones you see walking into their offices. The ones who work from home.  It’s not about laziness. It’s not about ‘just not liking to exercise’.  

Well, first here’s proof that we are where we are: Science Proves that over 2/3 Americans are Obese

The numbers don’t matter. What matters is that we have become a sedentary, lackadaisical society and it’s become so much the norm it is acceptable. Instead of just a few .. ahem.. fat people, we are faced with an epidemic.  Now, I hate to sound mean. I hate to sound arrogant, mean-spirited, or hostile. And I’m certainly not prejudiced. It’s just that this bothers me to no end. There is no excuse. Only choices.  And though I was the last person to expect others to follow me in the 70’s as I gave up my bad habits, I am the first person to now say that you really don’t have a choice. Stay fat or die.  It’s no longer just a lifestyle choice. It’s almost a death wish.  

I don’t know how many people read this. I don’t know who is going to be offended. But here is what I ask of you.  A simple question, with a hard answer.  Are you ready? 

I’m not going to ask you to try my diet, or my workout program. I’m not even going to tell you what to eat or not eat. The only thing that matters at this point is this:  Read More→