January 2009


Sweet Tender Love for Trader Joe’s

Thank you Trader Joe’s for supporting my single, small- kitchen habits… I appreciate having you near.

1. Vegetarian Tamales from the Fresh Food Section

2. Organic Tomato Bisque in a Can

3. Dried Tart Cherries

4. Home-Made Corn Tortillas

5. Pacific’s  Organic Original and Chocolate Almond Milk

6. Organic Micro-Greens

7. Lemon-Ginger-Echinea Juice Splashed into Water or Tea – Served Hot or Cold

8. Sun Dried Tomatoes in Olive Oil

9. Peach Salsa

10. Organic Oatmeal Packets – Great for Travel

Do you have a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood? What are some of your favorite healthy products? Do you have particular items you buy and use consistantly? What are a few TJ’s treats you long for?

Let the beauty you love be what you do.

~ Rumi

I’ve just returned from an amazing first weekend with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City!!! I’ve joined 1500 other like-minded people from around the world committed to improving the health and happiness of Americans which therefore radiates around the world.

Being healthy is NOT complicated!!!

IIN respects bio-individuality.

IIN remains neutral –  Different foods work for different people.

IIN promotes primary foods as well as edible foods.

Primary foods include the myriad ways we nourish ourselves – for example – relationships, work, intimacy, sexuality, love, spirituality, family, hobbies, etc…

IIN practices deconstructing cravings:

What is the underlying imbalance?

What is going on for me?

How is my body trying to recreate balance?

IIN values healthy, wholesome, fresh, preferrably organic foods.

Simple is best.

Cooking is an art form.

Food is for sharing.

How can your food nourish you and your relationships?

Treat everything like it matters.

Everything is an opportunity.

IIN offers excellent tools to provide wellness services for clients to recognize how food and lifestyle affect health, happiness and quality of life.

As a wellness coach I am excited to support you to identify and achieve your health and personal goals.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions…

Thank you!!!

What have you committed to for 2009? Have you created a structure such that you will be held accountable for doing what you said you want to do?

It’s common for people to begin a New Year with health resolutions and to set goals for themselves. It’s just as common for people to fall off the wagon and not follow through…

I have committed to two major and exciting goals for the beginning of 2009.

First and foremost I am thrilling to be a part of another life transforming training. By the end of July 2009 I will be a Health Counselor certified through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Have you ever heard of it? They train hundreds of people every year in health, nutrition and lifestyle management. It entails 7 months of study and ten weekend visits to New York City. I see it as a personal and professional adventure.  I intend to UP my sophistication factor, learn how to travel with ease and confidence, visit and stay with a multitude of people in New York, improve my health habits, and continue to design a lifestyle based upon my dreams.

My second goal that I just spontaneously committed to is to run my second marathon. I ran the Big Sur Marathon in 2001. On May 31st, 2009 I will run San Diego’s Rock N’ Roll marathon. Already this has been one of those BIG commitments that feels SO good. I feel energized and excited to plan and work toward such a positive and motivating event.

What is one big goal you could commit to this year?  What excites and inspires your passion and makes you feel alive? How can you make this the best year of your life?