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wellness

Health CoachingTherapeutic Lifestyle ChangeWeight Loss

Want to Lose Weight? Stop Trying So Hard.

Being a health coach, people ask me all the time about losing weight.  Everyone seems to want that elusive “magic bullet” pill or potion that will take the weight off with the least amount of effort.  The truth is, you CAN lose weight without trying, but it’s not as simple as popping a pill or drinking a shake. When I share with patients that I used to be overweight, they always stare at me in disbelief.  Yes, I have a “before” and…
Ashley
October 9, 2015
AllergiesTherapeutic Lifestyle Change

Spring is in the Air: Are You on Allergy Alert?

I don't know about you, but I'm SO OVER this cold and clammy weather - Bring On Spring! Sunny, cool days… budding trees and flowers. Just thinking about it makes me happy! There was a time, though, when the thought of spring made me cringe. Can you guess why? Two words: allergy season. I would get sick with allergies every spring and fall like clockwork. It would start off simple enough... itchy eyes and sneezing. Then, faster than you can…
Ashley
March 20, 2015
Health CoachingNutrition CoachingTherapeutic Lifestyle Change

Are you willing to make the ultimate sacrifice… for junk food?

I once had a patient tell me that eating a bag of potato chips was worth having diabetes and injecting insulin every day.  My thought was, "Seriously?  Are potato chips really worth dying for"? How can this mentality even exist? It exists because processed foods in the standard American diet aren't just unhealthy, they're addictive.  They are designed by chemists to be addictive in the same way nicotine makes cigarettes addictive.  One reason that compounds like isolated sugar, salt, fat, gluten, MSG and…
Ashley
September 26, 2013
Health CoachingNutrition Coaching

Create a New Sense of “Normal” with 5 Simple Habit Changes

Spring is upon us folks, and if the thought of swimsuits and physical activity makes you groan in misery, you probably aren’t feeling well. You feel fine, you say? Most of us have underlying pain and fatigue that we acclimate to everyday until it becomes a new state of “normal” - in other words, you don’t think you feel bad because you always feel bad. So how do you re-set your “normal” and get that spring vitality back? Feeling good…
Ashley
March 21, 2013
Nutrition Coaching

What do you Consider “Good Nutrition”?

Surprisingly, I like Wikipedia’s definition of nutrition: “the provision, to cells and organisms, of the materials necessary (in the form of food) to support life”. These provisions are really macro-nutrients (protein, carbohydrate, and fat) and micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids, etc) that come from our diet. Ultimately the foods in our diet are broken down into a simple unit of measured energy called a calorie. You’ve probably heard calories referred to as “empty” in certain circumstances –…
Ashley
July 24, 2012