Lorna, why are there so many trees on your site? Hey—I’m glad you asked. I would love to tell you. For one thing, I love trees. I love their beauty, their peace and their ability to take what comes. No matter the season, whether they are sweltering in the sun or drooping under snow, they remain majestic. They don’t complain or give up. They stay what they are. Trees are a beautiful reminder to stand tall, no matter what life throws at you. But the real reason I chose trees for my site is what they represent to me in terms of health and wellness. I think that the tree is a lovely metaphor for our lives and the role that our bodies play. Think of the roots of a tree as representing ... Read More about Tree Love
Your answer might surprise you. Honesty. What does that word conjure up for you? If someone were to ask you if you are an “honest person”, how would you answer? Most likely, you would say, “of course I’m an honest person!” (right?) I pay my taxes. I don’t lie or cheat. If a good friend asks how she looks, I will tell her the honest truth! I am on time and good to my commitments without fail. I am such an honest person. What about being honest with and about yourself? How often do you put everyone else’s needs before your own? This is a difficult question, but let’s be authentic and honest in our answers. How often do you allow the kids, or your spouse, to ... Read More about Are You an Honest Person?
“Oh how I love Trader Joe's. Let me count the ways.” While this is true today, it hasn't always been the case. Many years ago, when my friends first raved about it, I checked it out. It was, for lack of a better word, weird. The aisles were small and the shelves were crowded. It looked different than the grocery stores I was accustomed to and all the product labels were unfamiliar. I found a few things, but ended up going back to the comfort of those traditional large shopping aisles I had grown up with. Some time went by. As the health nut in me grew, I was increasingly on the lookout for gmo-, antibiotic- and hormone- free dairy, meat and snacks. This wasn't easy. ... Read More about The Best Grocery Store Ever!
I think it is pretty safe to say that diets don't work. Would you agree? We all know that a program may be effective short term, but unless you make it your life, as soon as you go back to your regular way of eating, the weight comes back and then some. That hellish circle makes us feel worse than ever. What has been found to work is lifestyle change. Slowly changing your habits one by one to live differently. Ok. But how? Your habits are ingrained and tough to break. If you are going to make these changes, what should you expect and how should you go about it? Here are my suggestions: Have a long term vision (3-5 years out). If you are not sure how to go about that, put ... Read More about Lifestyle Change 101
Life begins where your comfort zone ends. Do you ever think about your default personality? By that I mean, the way you show up and behave in new situations? I used to think mine was a bit reserved, but mostly friendly and approachable---and then I got a serious wake up call. I was taking the second class in a series on personal development. The first class had been incredibly eye opening and important enough to me that I had signed up for the follow-on. This was experiential learning—translation—learning by doing— and I already knew that they had us do some crazy stuff. As I sat there that morning, I felt intense sensations of dread and anxious anticipation. ... Read More about How to Get Yourself OFF AutoPilot