The Faces of Autoimmunity Campaign

  It’s hard because I look normal, so everyone expects me to BE normal.  But I’m not.  I have MS and sometimes that limits what I can do.  And I think people judge me for it.  Not on purpose, but just because they don’t understand.     Sitting across from one of my amazing clients, I heard this story, this frustration,…

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Lifting, Pregnancy, and Selfishness (I’m Choosing All Three)

You may have seen the media storm over the last week over Emily Breeze.  Emily is a games level CrossFit competitor who has been lifting and cross fitting throughout her pregnancy.  She was featured in Women’s Health and Insider People and has received a lot of attention- the Insider People video has over 21 million Facebook hits!   I absolutely love that we’re talking…

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Multiple Sclerosis and Standing Up for Myself

  I hope you enjoy my rant below, but just remember that I’m describing my experience and what I believe is right for me.  In no way am I making a recommendation regarding treatment or medication for anyone else.  You do you, I’ll do me.       I am a firm believer that having a big brother makes you…

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M is for Miscarriage

Miscarriage

  What a crazy and upside down world I’ve found myself in.  Until about a month ago, I wasn’t even sure I ever wanted to be a mother.  But on August 27th, I got the news that ripped my soul from my body with one ultrasound picture.  I was having a miscarriage at 11 weeks of pregnancy. It’s so weird…

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The Value of 1%

One percent. When we’re talking about self improvement, the concept of 1% does not get a lot of excitement or buzz.  It’s not sexy.  We don’t tell kids that as long as they give 1% effort, that’s all the matters.  We don’t consider 1% passing on tests or in life in general. Of course not, that makes no sense. But…

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Can Health and Alcohol be BFFs?

Here’s an interesting challenge.  Search the term “Healthy Cocktail” and count the number of internet hits.  My bet is you’ll get upwards of 20 million.  There are countless websites, books, products, and gurus that will tell you they can sell you safe drinks that will keep your waist trim and require no restriction on your end. I call BS.  Most of…

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Am I Paleo Enough for Paleo(fx)?

Next week, I’m off to Austin, Texas to attend Paleo(fx), a conference I believe to be one of the most forward thinking conferences in the world of nutrition, movement, and health.  (I do, however, recognize the irony of a “forward thinking” conference where people are trying to get back to the ways of cave-dwelling man.  But you know what I mean…) I’m…

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Image Distortion

How Fitness Pictures May be Wrecking Your Body Image   Warning:  I didn’t pull any punches with this post.  I’ve been stewing on this topic for awhile, listening to One Direction and Taylor Swift all day, and now I’m all riled up.   We’ve all heard this saying before: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words. But, what if all of…

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Own It (Don’t Earn It)

Let me ask you a question…. Are you planning a Day-Before-Thanksgiving-Killer-Workout?  Maybe you’ve already done one? That’s awesome- I think in as far as recovery days, Thanksgiving is probably one of the best strategies.  All the protein and carbs will repair your fatigued body and will probably set you up for some massive progress in the days following. But here’s…

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