As a health care provider and someone who has lost 80 pounds and maintained a healthy weight for seven years and counting, my opinion is sought on the topics of diet, nutrition, weight loss, exercise, etc.

My personal routine is constantly in flux –  always moving in a positive direction, with natural ups and downs along the way.  Recently I have been spending a lot of energy (and time!)  shifting my diet and exercise routines into a new gear.  It’s exciting, challenging, fun, and rewarding.

My experiences and education in Traditional Chinese Medicine – a medicine which recognizes diet as a significant contributor to wellness – have left meaningful impressions and some cool “tricks of the trade” to my name.  My constant personal tweaking as well as working intimately with patients promotes further knowledge and understanding.

This blog is intended to promote inspiration, motivation, creativity, and hope.  My journey, both past and present, would be all the more meaningful to myself if it provided meaning to others.

Check back often for recipes, tips, insight, and more.

Remember:  You are what you eat.

In good health,



Do we make healthy choices because we feel well?  Or do we feel well because we make healthy choices?  It seems that making healthy choices and feeling well have at least a correlative relationship, so is it even necessary to determine cause and effect?

Let’s consider some scenarios and possibilities.

If you were to take the time to cook a fabulous and healthy dinner, from researching the recipe, to going to the grocery store and hand selecting the finest and freshest ingredients, to listening to your favorite Pandora station while chopping, dicing, simmering, and steaming, to smelling the aromas and hearing the sizzles, to sitting down at an actual table with actual dishes, perhaps with other actual human beings, to eating something that tastes better than many things you’ve eaten out at a restaurant (with fewer calories and better quality ingredients), do you think you’re more likely to have a couple of squares of dark chocolate and berries for dessert or sit with a tub of ice cream and Entenmann’s cake and aimlessly feed your mouth as you watch Comedy Central? Read the rest of this entry »