Are you worried enough about your Kids’ Future Health?


For the most part, even today, children and vibrant healthy creatures.  They run, they play, they seem to stay slim not matter what goes in them.  They seem resilient.  And their parents seem to agree that there is nothing to worry about.  The most caring, loving education people in the world seem to think nothing about giving their kids soda, Doritos, Gatorade, artificial sweeteners, and lots and lots of store bought baked goods.

And it bothers me.

I don’t like to say it bothers me out loud too often,because I don’t want to offend anyone or make them feel bad.  But I do want their kids to feel good.  I see the logic –  they feel kids will just burn it all off.   Or they feel it’s a treat and they love their children and want them to be happy.  And there are many parents who run to the doctor every time their children have a runny nose, yet if their child is overweight, they don’t consider it a major health concern.

Well why isn’t it?  Have we asked ourselves why we don’t worry about this? My son’s school has an event at least monthly where a lot of sugary snacks are sold.  Why is this ok?  Why have we kept this, even increased this, as part of our culture when so many kids are overweight or obese. Is it just because it makes us feel good?

We have a major health crisis where no research, no drugs, no funding is needed to cure everyone afflicted.  All we need to do is eat better.  And we don’t.  Is it because we consider being overweight merely a social stigma and therefore unimportant?  Surely most people are cognizant of what will happen to our bodies if we continue that pattern.  But it’s a long term problem, and therefore somewhat easy for us to ignore.

As the costs of healthcare rise, and the incidence of diet related diseases increases, where do you want your child to fall in the spectrum?  What coping mechanisms will you give them for dealing with cravings, poor body image, diabetes, heart disease, aches and pains, fatigue, low mental capacity and the myriad of other health issues they may face in 20 years?  Over-consumption of sugar alone can cause all of this.

You may think it isn’t very serious or that your child is fine. But given our current cultural predisposition to obesity and related illnesses, do you really think the socially accepted “norm” is ok?

Children need love, affection, basic nutrition.  Do they need junk food to be happy?  Have you questioned this lately?  There are healthy lifestyle alternatives that are not limiting and are very practical.  Are you ready for a change your kids will thank you for for years to come?


Lynne Bloom is a Health Coach who graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  She works with families to improve their lifestyle, health and nutrition. For more information go to

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5 Great Ways to Improve your Response to Stess caused by other People!!!

Do you have people in your life that just “get to you”?  People who disturb the inner tranquility you have worked SO HARD to achieve?  And why are you letting them?  Maybe because they are your boss, or your spouse, or your friend for years.  We all do it . . .we let others put their stress on us.  And it is very hard not to do. Especially once we are in the habit.

And that is specifically what it is.  A bad habit, like junk food or nicotine.  It makes us feel better to try not to piss them off and we don’t appreciate or recognize the toll it takes on our mind, body and soul.

Negative thoughts affect our very brain function.  See the work of Daniel Amen (he has some good suggestions too).  But think about it, you are letting another person affect your brain health!   CRAZY!  Which ultimately impacts your whole body, weight and health.  Not to mention weight if this results in a junk food binge for comfort (it can for me that is for sure!).

A habit doesn’t get broken really. But it can get replaced or “crowded out” by other and better habits.  In some ways, this is the only way we move forward.  And when we are stressed and emotional is very hard to remember that.  It is very hard to feel like we have options.

But you do, you can take baby steps.  You don’t have to stand up to your boss and get fired, and you don’t have to leave your spouse  – you have other options.  And you deserve them.


1.  Music.  One of the easiest and my favorite is drowning out the negative with music.  It is so simple.  Get a good pair of headphones. Not only will you relax with your favorite tunes but it will literally change your outlook:

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The great thing is music is easily accessible and pretty much free.  It is a baby step that is very valuable.


2.  Have a time out. Yep just like you would give a three year old.  It’s also useful to find a timeout as soon as you can get one.  Take a day off, go to the movies.  Reconnect with some friends who do not give you stress.  This may not be easy to do but changing your environment is also a simple way to change the thought patterns.


3. Pamper yourself. Take a detox bath.  1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup of epsom salts and a few drops of essential lavendar oil!  Mix up the kind of oils you use.  Of course an expensive massage will also work, but there are cheaper options!


4. Practice gratitude. People who practice gratitude literally have better brain function than those who don’t.  WHAT????  But it’s true.  Instead of focusing on the bad, force yourself to write down 5 things you are grateful for.


5. Write about it.  Writing to a friend or in a diary about what is getting to you can help the feelings subside and more likely than not inspire solutions that don’t wreck your whole day.  Like thoughts about “Maybe I could have asked my boss this question instead.” and the like.

Just remember when others are sabotaging your peace, your groove or your inner harmony, it’s ok to take the reigns, even though you have NO CONTROL over their behavior. Listen to the words of Bon Jovi.

“It’s my life
It’s now or never
I ain’t gonna live forever
I just want to live while I’m alive
(It’s my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way”


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Is Low-Fat Making Us Fat?

Guest Blog by Brooke Gray, Health Coach

Low-FatDon’t worry, I’m not calling you “fat.” It is time to question the validity of “low-fat” foods in a healthy diet. I know this seems like a complete contradiction, but there’s more to food than what’s on the label.

As a nation we spend approximately $33 billion on products marketed for weight-loss and improved health. Foods labeled “fat free,” “low-fat,” and “light” fall into this category. These foods are problematic not just because the fat has been removed, but more so from what has been added in.

Fat tastes GOOD! I don’t need to climb on the rooftops and shout it. We all know fat tastes good. Unfortunately, we have been taught, nay brainwashed, that fat is “unhealthy.” What did the food industry do in response to this brainwashing? They removed the fat and its wonderful taste to replace it with sugar, refined carbohydrates, and artificial ingredients.

Let’s take a look at a popular yogurt sealed with a foil lid whose current commercial states, “With a smooth and creamy taste your whole family loves.” A quick look at the nutrition label of the strawberry flavored light version indicates in a six ounce serving there is: 100 calories, 0 grams fat, 21 grams carbohydrates, and 5 grams protein. This is what healthy looks like, right? It’s low calorie, there’s no fat, it’s only seven percent of the recommended daily value of carbohydrates, and it packs 10% of your daily protein needs! What more could you ask for?

Ok, so I was sneaky. I left out the 14 grams of sugar from the nutrition label. That’s just slightly under three teaspoons of sugar for the six ounce serving. Not so bad, right? Only it is. Three teaspoons is equal to one tablespoon. A tablespoon of sugar at breakfast doesn’t sound like a healthy start to the day.

A closer look at the ingredients of this yogurt is needed. The second ingredient listed is sugar. Shouldn’t yogurt just be milk and live cultures? Funny, live cultures aren’t even listed in the ingredients. However, Sucralose, the scientific name for Splenda, and Acesulfame Potassium, an artificial sweetener 200 times sweeter than sugar, are ingredients. Yes, two artificial sweeteners are used in addition to the tablespoon of sugar. According to Dr. Mercola, weight gain is associated with consuming Splenda, while Acesulfame Potassium tops his list of artificial ingredients to avoid.

Now for the science about how the absence of fat makes us fat. Fat is not a villain! It has many roles in the human body and is required to keep us alive.

One responsibility is slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates. All carbohydrates, regardless of their healthfulness or unhealthfulness, break down into glucose, the body’s usable form of sugar. In order to use the glucose from carb digestion, the pancreas releases insulin to deliver the glucose into the cells. As the fastest digesting macronutrient, carbohydrates are the quickest and shortest forms of energy. Fat is at the opposite end of the digestive spectrum. When eaten with carbohydrates, fat extends their digestion time, decreases the insulin surge, and provides longer burning energy.

It is important to note that the body utilizes glucose in a specific sequence. First, insulin delivers it to the cells for energy. However, the cells can only take on a limited amount of glucose. Next, the muscles take all the glucose that they can store. Third, the liver converts remaining glucose into glycogen for storage. Again, only so much can be stored. Finally, all of the leftover glucose is converted into triglycerides and cholesterol, which is stored in the body as fat.

That means the light strawberry flavored yogurt with zero fat could end up being stored as fat in your body!  As long as the body receives a steady influx of glucose from carb digestion, it has no need to break down the glucose that was stored as fat.

Another role of fat worth mentioning is satiety. In other words, fat makes us feel full. So chances are the 100 calorie, 0 gram fat, 21gram carbohydrate light yogurt will leave you hungry long before lunch. This opens the door for another opportunity to grab more low-fat, carb laden food for a snack; putting you right back on the glucose use and storage merry-go-round.

The important takeaway here is, at the very least, read labels carefully. Of course, it is always best to eat nutrient dense, whole foods. I know a veggie omelet made with whole eggs (the fat is in the yolk) isn’t as convenient as grabbing a six ounce plastic cup of yogurt in the morning. However, I encourage you to experiment. One day eat your standard cup of yogurt and take notes of how you feel throughout the morning and when you get hungry. The following day try the whole egg omelet and make the same notes. Feel free to cook the omelet in real butter and add some avocado. Embrace the fat and feel full!



Brooke Gray, Health Coach

Brooke Gray is a Health Coach and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner student. She and her husband share their home with two spoiled dogs. Brooke is in pursuit of a holistic lifestyle and even cooks for her dogs. She works with people to achieve their healthiest, most fulfilled lives. Her website, will debut Summer 2015. For questions and comments, you can contact Brooke at




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Dillicious Dinner!!!!!



This dinner is as easy as it is delicious!  Take a hold of a fresh bunch of dill from your favorite supermarket and get ready for a wonderful meal!

What you will need

  • 1 pound of Salmon (I prefer the wild kind or the Norwegian organic kind)
  • 1/4 cup of butter (I used Earth balance and a little bit of Coconut manna – this makes a nice dairy free option)
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice (Use about 1 fresh lemon to make)
  • One Bunch of Dill
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Large cucumbers (Enough to make 3.5 Cups of Slices) (these are part of the dirty dozen so please buy organic)
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar

What to do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a medium baking dish. (I used coconut oil and spread a very thing layer with a paper towel)
  2. Place salmon in the baking dish. Mix the butter and lemon juice in a small bowl, and drizzle over the salmon. Season with garlic salt, and pepper. Place dill generously on top.
  3. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until salmon is easily flaked with a fork.
  4. While it’s cooking, Peel and slice your cucmbers
  5. Chop enough dill to fill up three tablepoons
  6. Mix slices with olive oil, vinegar and chopped dill, add some salt and pepper

Easy Quinoa Pasta with Wine Mushroom Meat Sauce


This recipe (like all of mine) is very simple and you can simmer the sauce longer for more flavor or do it like I do it and it tastes great!

What you will need!

  • 3/4 pound grass fed ground beef
  • Olive oil (about 2-3 table spoons)
  • 1/2 onions, chopped
  • cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1Jar (23 ounces) tomato sauce (I used something organic with minimal extra ingredients like tomato basil)
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (I use drunken goat – use a type that is solid)
  • Two 12 ounce boxes of Quinoa Pasta (I use shells!)
  • One tablespoon coconut sugar


  1. In a large skillet, brown beef over medium heat until no longer pink; set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, warm olive oil (about a tablespoon) over medium heat and saute onions and garlic until tender; add about 1/8 cup of wine; mix well.
  3. Add mushrooms, rosemary, oregano and thyme to skillet and add another 1/8 cup wine; saute until tender.
  4. Transfer mixture into pot with tomato sauce with browned meat, simmer for up to an hour (I only do a few minutes and it is delicious) and add the remaining wine.
  5. Get your water and pasta ready – it cooks for around 8 minutes!
  6. Grate your goat cheese!
  7. Add coconut sugar and another tablespoon or two of olive oil  to sauce and simmer for as long as you like, at least 10 – 15 minutes.


What’s with all the Anger at Gluten Free people?? Are you Gluten Intolerance Intolerant?

About five years ago, I was packing away fiber one bars (gasp!) and wondering why I had so many digestive problems.  Then I changed my diet drastically and started eating cream of wheat for breakfast every morning.   In fact, I was eating a variety labelled as having extra protein.  Essentially, a bowl of gluten.  I ate it every day, first thing in the morning, before I ate anything else.


It wasn’t long before recurrently, I was doubled over in pain, with numerous other gastrointestinal assaults happening after I ate my cream of wheat.  At that point, I had no knowledge of the gluten free world,  I didn’t even know what Celiac’s disease was really, other than what I had heard on the TV show House.  I hadn’t read “Wheat Belly” or read any articles on the internet about gluten.

But I did research then to figure out what warranted these morning ambushes.  And thanks to the isolation of what I was eating, there was no other conclusion for me besides gluten intolerance or Celiac’s disease.  And sure enough, when I switched to oatmeal and eliminated wheat, the attacks stopped.

I retested twice that same year.  Once with a pretzel cone once with a giant cookie. The results were different than the cream of wheat had been and much worse.  It started with no immediate effect and escalated to days of stomach burning, migraines, diarrhea and depression.

After adopting and refining my gluten free lifestyle, I began to see glimpses of intolerance and dubious looks from friends.  I understood from several that my self diagnosis was in question.  It was mildly annoying.  When my GI doctor told me there was no way they could test me since I was off gluten, I just sucked it up.  I knew I would never put myself through it again regardless.

At some point I realized that a gluten free lifestyle was becoming a trend.  On balance this was good, because I had more options for food.  However, it did create the situation where restaurants jumping on the bandwagon didn’t really know what they were doing.  And in those cases, I would get sick.


But now I see articles and posts with things like “why does gluten free have to be in our face?” “Why should restaurants have to cater to these people? ” (umm they don’t have to). And of course the ever popular study that says it’s all in our heads. ( and that it is really FODMAPS.  That study was conducted by the same researcher who proved gluten intolerance a year prior. And there is a definite, in your face attitude towards proving it all wrong and unnecessary on the internet.  Which is, of course, to someone like me, incredibly annoying.

Then there are the internet commenters, who don’t hold back on their scientific assertions and arguing in nasty, nasty ways.  I even read an article by a Chef tearing up his own customers for being ignorant. (  That came off as really intolerant!  Excuse me, what I have done to you besides maybe be a potential customer that you don’t want?  (and now I never want to be a customer).  Just tell people you can’t handle gluten free requests and let us all move on, separately.


Sure, maybe you are saying, in my case, I have good reason to not eat gluten.  But those trendy people, they don’t.  WHAT?   Honestly, Paleo and Atkins are trendy as well, and don’t take half the heat that gluten free people do!  And Paleo people can’t eat wheat, or any grain whatsoever.  So what is it about people trying, for WHATEVER reason, to improve their health by eliminating gluten that annoys people so much??

Well I don’t know.  But I came up with two potential reasons.  One is clear, I notice the gluten free haters more, because I take it personally.  Two, is maybe because people are defensive when maybe, just maybe they don’t want to hear about what else they should be doing about their health.  I can sympathize with this. The internet is often a TMI place and it can be confusing, conflicting and irritating how much has to be said on all facets of nutrition, which is one of the most misunderstood sciences there is, even for the experts.  I get wanting to shut it out.

But honestly those who choose gluten free, for whatever reason, tend to stick with it. Which hasn’t been my observation with other diet trends.  If I had a dime for all the people that swear by atkins, but fall off the wagon after the first week every time . . . So maybe that irritates people, our resolution.

My observation is that people will rationalize eating what they want to eat.  Especially foods like pretzels and pizza and cookies.  Anyone who insists gluten free people are being fussy or making it up should reflect on human nature.  If something, in form of feeling better in some way, were not driving us to stay gluten free, we wouldn’t.

Lastly, many articles and negative opinions of gluten intolerance, tend to leave this new development out (  The use of round up on wheat is the most plausible explanation for the change in reactions I have heard.  To me it explains a lot.  And why, before I even knew there was such a trend, I jumped on the bandwagon.  It’s not a coincidence. When there is smoke, there is a fire!  And it just affected a lot of us at the same time.


I’m sorry for the controversy this creates and the need that is felt to make people question what makes them feel better!   And hey, if it affects those in doubt in five years, I’ll be here to help them out!

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Looking at What You Don’t Want to See

We all have pictures ourselves that are hard to look at.  We don’t like what we see.  Here is my before and after pic from 2010.

Coach Lynne Marie 2010

Coach Lynne Marie 2010

Now here is the incredible part.  After losing 37 pounds, my life didn’t miraculously get better.  In many ways, I had only suppressed the symptom of what I really hated to see. There was still an inner fat girl feeling not quite good enough.

Working on the outside can be a great booster to working on the inside, but if we neglect that part, we end up back where we started.  I did.  In 2012 I went back to first picture. Sure I blamed my new boyfriend and all the snuggling with ice cream that replaced work outs. But I knew it was time for real change and got myself back on track.

When we focus on our overall balance, peace and health, we get more attractive on the outside but we also gain the confidence in who we are to make it last.  It becomes time to treat the inner fat person with a little dignity.  Look at the before picture and realize, that was just a person with bad habits, not a {insert your own derogatory word here}.

There is nothing wrong with wanting to look and feel great, and there is nothing wrong with not being at the place at every moment of your life.  It is important to recognize what you need to work on and move on in a positive light.  Start that bad picture in the face and accept it is part of you.  And look forward.

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