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Eating For Pleasure and Weightloss

Eating for pleasure and weight loss

When talking to a client recently, she cited the hardest thing about meal preparation is trying to think of food as only fuel, not pleasure.  Hold the phone—what?? This made me very sad!  I was also struck with the realization that I have not been clear in my message to clients.  You absolutely can associate food with pleasure and still lose weight.  In fact, it is a necessity if we are to create a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable in the long term.  Here’s why:

  1. Eating food is one of the basic human pleasures—take that away and what do you have left? It is important to be mindful of the tie between emotions and over eating.  When eating is your primary coping mechanism you are stuck in an unhealthy cycle of not addressing feelings (Smith,, 2017)However, for most people, food needs to be appealing for them to eat it day in and day out.  According to Marc David, founder of The Institute for the Psychology of Eating,...
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Thai Coconut Turkey Meatballs

main dish recipe Oct 21, 2019

Sometimes I get tired of turkey burgers and taco meat.  I came across a recipe for Thai Coconut meatballs in the cookbook Make Ahead Paleo and decided I needed to get out of my turkey rut.


As usual, I tweaked the recipe to suit my needs.  I used what ingredients I had on hand and I know my family likes.  Everyone loved these, even my youngest who isn’t too fond of spicy.  I ate these over green beans, but it’s excellent over rice and noodles.  The sauce is so tasty and easy to make.

Thai kitchen green curry paste, sambal oelek and minced ginger

These 3 ingredients made the recipe really easy.  I love the jarred mince ginger–it’s really a time suck during the week to peel and mince ginger, even though I love the taste and health benefits!

In the cookbook, the author cooks the meatballs in the slow cooker.  I wanted them done fast, so I broiled them for only 12 minutes and just poured the sauce over the meatballs afterwards.  Super fast, tasty and easy!

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MTHFR Gene Mutation: The Hidden Root Cause of My Health Issues

My son Ian’s birth was something I don’t like to remember.

After having difficulty getting pregnant, my pregnancy was normal until 34 weeks, when I was suddenly hospitalized after being diagnosed with preeclampsia. My son Ian was born six days later by emergency c-section, both of us almost losing our life in the process.

I always questioned why I developed preeclampsia and never received a logical explanation until about nine months ago when I tested positive for two heterozygous strains of the MTHFR gene mutation.

The MTHFR gene mutation was the hidden cause of my health issues and it could be yours as well.

If you have taken birth control and are suffering from hormonal imbalances, thyroid imbalances, heart issues, high cholesterol, palpitations, murmurs, gut issues, depression and anxiety— READ THIS!

About 4 years ago my hair started falling out almost overnight. I became extremely fatigued (despite being in the best shape of my life), inflamed, irritable,...

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5 Tricks to Losing Fat Over 40 When You Sit All Day

As women over 40, we are battling a slowing metabolism, hormonal imbalances and stress from having too much to do and not enough time to do it. Add in sitting all day and we increase our risk for obesity, increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels (Laskowski, E. 2018).

However, there are ways to avoid developing chronic diseases from a sedentary lifestyle. Here are 5 tricks to lose fat over 40 when you sit all day:

  1. Increase your NEAT

    It stands for non-exercise activity thermogenesis, so we’ll just call it NEAT. NEAT is any movement that is not sleeping, eating or organized physical activities such as jogging. Little movements can add up to big results! Just standing 2 hours a day can add up to an extra fat loss of up to 10 pounds per year. Some examples of increasing NEAT are standing, walking the floor of your office, walking outside, taking the stairs or even better, doing “deskercise” which...
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Advice to Women Over 40: Know Your Hormones

When you are over 40, the worst thing you can do is ignore the role your hormones play in how you lookthink and feel.

But I get it, you certainly don’t receive training in school on the role your hormones play in menstruation, having children and your actual quality of life.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as unexplained weight gain, insomnia, anxiety or moodiness, we are told to eat less, exercise more and given a prescription.  

But let me ask you this— if you were experiencing a water leak in your home, would your solution be to put a bucket under it and forget about it? Or even live in a house that is flooded?


So why on earth would ignoring bodily functions that control the way you look, think and feel be a solution— especially if you are dealing with all sorts of unpleasant symptoms?

If you don’t get educated on your hormones and what changes your body goes through in your 40’s and 50’s, well, you can...

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How To Stop Stress Eating

Uncategorized Sep 05, 2019

Are you self sabotaging your health and wellness by stress eating or drinking? Learn 5 ways to overcome stress eating!

I have struggled with anxiety since I was a child and when I worked in corporate America, it was the worst. I used to come home to wound up with tension and anxiety, I was like an Instapot ready to explode.

My only coping skills to let go of the pressure: eating junk food and drinking a couple of glasses (or two) of wine.

The next day, I would feel even worse about myself, causing more anxiety, then I would feel the need to release it again.

Does this sound familiar? If so, click the link below to learn some new coping tips.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO directly on YouTube.

When you watch this video, you will learn the 5 methods on how to overcome stress and avoid stress eating.


  • Release the tension periodically during the day
  • Set an intention for the day ahead
  • Plan your meals the night before and stick to it
  • Meditate
  • Set reminders on your phone to be...
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Beef and Black Bean Chili with Cilantro-Lime Cream

Living in Arizona, it does not get cool until Halloween.  Until then—it is hot. Too hot!  So I have a little tradition of making some kind of stew or chili to let Fall know we are ready for her.  I came across a recipe for brisket and black bean chili in my Southern Living magazine and adjusted it for my family’s budget and tastes.  So here it is–my Welcome Fall beef and black bean chili with cilantro cream!

The original recipe called for brisket, but it was super expensive–$30-$40 per package!  Instead, I used top round that was much more in line with our budget. To make it gluten free, I replaced the flour in the recipe with arrowroot powder.

I amped up the flavor with more spices than it called for, such as chipotle pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika.  Instead of regular tomatoes, I used these Rotel chipotle tomatoes for a smoky flavor.


Chipotle tomatoes

I made this in my Instant pot pressure cooker on the...

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How to Cope With Anxiety & Depression

My earliest memory of anxiety was throwing up every morning before school in 4th grade for about a month.  I didn’t know what it was at the time, I just knew that I dreaded going to school because of bullying.  I was so upset it manifested in being physically ill.  Since then, anxiety and depression have plagued me as an adult and literally held me back from living the life of my dreams.  I wanted to share with you what has helped me cope with anxiety and depression.  I am working to overcome these debilitating disorders and banish them from my life.

Acknowledge that you need help

It’s very easy to continue to go through life and just grin and bear it.  I was a victim of anxiety for many years, not being self-aware of what what happening to me or even seeking ways to overcome it.  We often don’t take the time for self-care and just accept that “this is the way life is.” But I was always envious of others that seemed to...

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Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna

main dish recipe side dish Aug 30, 2019

It is very hard to get good seafood in a land locked state such as Arizona.  So when I see wild caught seafood on sale, I try to take advantage of it! Despite lack of good seafood, our whole family does love it, even our sons.  

This Sesame Ginger Ahi Tuna is really quick to make–you could even work it in as a weeknight meal!

I marinate the fish with a mixture of tamari, sesame oil, chili garlic sauce, lime juice and ginger.  I just put the ingredients in my Ninja blending cup and put the fish and marinade in a ziploc bag.

You can let it sit for as little as 30 minutes, but we prefer a couple of hours or more.

Next, my husband grills this rare to medium rare. We do like sushi around here!  But if you are squeamish about this, feel free to grill longer, but I feel it takes away some of the flavor.  

While the ahi is marinating,  I prepared roasted broccoli and steamed brown rice.  I seasoned the broccoli with the same flavors as the...

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The One Way to Get Anything You Want in Life

Uncategorized Aug 11, 2019

If you are like most women, your biggest obstacles to health and wellness are:


Stress eating.


I have personal experience with this in my previous career as a manager. Frankly, I felt it difficult to juggle all my responsibilities, then I would end up feeling stressed, would turn to food for comfort and would be so burnt out and exhausted that sticking with a program seemed impossible.

However, I was able to turn that around once I understood this one concept.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO directly on YouTube.

If you pay attention to this video and really listen and get what I’m saying, you can really change your life and start seeing possibilities instead of impossibilities.

It will help you overcome:




So whatever you do, if this sounds like you, pay attention!



  • Events don’t create our feelings, our thoughts do.
  • We must think at a higher level, not differently.
  • You are not your thoughts, you are the thinker of...
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3 Secret Diet & Lifestyle Changes That Fit & Fabulous Women Over 40 Won't Tell You... But I Will 

 The 3 steps that most women are missing when working on their health & wellness.

 The 5 MISTAKES you might be making preventing you from Becoming  your Fit & Fabulous self.

 The exact methodology I've used and my clients have used to go from feeling exhausted, sluggish and irritable to losing inches, feeling energized and confident.