Awake at the Meal- A Blog

Beyond Nutrition: The Role of Food in our Lives

Woo hoo! It is officially the first week of summer. This time of year evokes a desire to kick back and read      a good book, doesn’t it?  To add a healthy dose of inspiration to your summer reading list, here is a      suggestion for you. I love the book, Nourishing Wisdom by Marc David. For many of us today, food is a source of conflict      and confusion rather than a source of nourishment. Especially in summer, when we tend to critiqueand compare our physiques more harshly. Nourishing Wisdom is about how to eat rather than what to eat. Marc David challenges […]


Explore your Signature Strengths (cool free resource)


Want to learn about one of the coolest self-discovery tools out there? I would like to share a resource with you from the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.  Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals to thrive. The visionary behind the Positive Psychology movement is Marty Seligman, a Professor of Psychology at Penn and an award winning author and lecturer. For cool self-discovery tools, follow the link to arrive at the Center’s home page. On the home page’s upper tool bar, you will find a tab labeled “Questionnaires.”  Click on this tab […]


The 2014 Dirty Dozen- How to Prioritize Buying Organic

When to Buy Organic

According to the Organic Trade Association, sales of organic products in the United States increased 12% last year.  This is great news as we vote with our food dollars. For example, a purchase of organic produce could be considered a vote in favor of organic farming (or a vote against chemical farming). Many of us wish we could buy 100% organic produce 100% of the time; unfortunately, our food budgets may have limitations. If this is the case, prioritize your purchases and buy the fruits and vegetables listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen. These are the 12 most highly pesticized […]


Daily Devotions

self-love, nutrition, body image, mirror work, spirituality

A headline this week questioned, “How often do you look in the mirror and notice something wrong instead of something right?” Hmm…Let’s reflect on this a bit. New research reveals that we have a complex relationship with mirrors.  According to the Social Issues Research Center, nine out of ten of us feel badly after looking in the mirror, yet we look at our reflections an average of six times a day. If we are compelled to look, how can we make these glances as supportive and loving as possible? The good news is that we can change the way we […]


A Fork in the Road

weight loss, spiritual, nutrition, nutrition classes, wellness workshops, health coach, registered dietitian, health visioning, Santa Monica, feel great

Could the fork on your plate signify a fork in the road? I believe that each time I lift a fork to my mouth I am making a choice: Either I am stepping forward into growth or I am stepping back into safety (thank you Abraham Maslow for that eloquence.) In other words, I am moving either closer toward my health goals or away from them by choosing the status quo. I know that where I am in any given moment is perfect, because I co-created it with Source. I also know that what I have manifested now is not […]


Body Visioning Process

spiritual nutrition, weight loss, health visioning, nutrition, registered dietitian, Santa Monica, wellness

Nutrition can be a funny science. A colleague of mine once wrote, “It is the only field where people can scientifically prove opposing theories and still be right.”  After working in nutrition for more than ten years, what I have learned is there is no one right way of eating that applies to everyone.  Sure, there are common and simple themes among the most successful diets, however like your fingerprint, you have a distinctive dietary blueprint for activating your healthiest self.  Known as bioindividuality, it honors the fact that we all have unique needs and preferences. Like the saying goes, […]


Food and Faith

faith, self-love, spirituality, nutrition, healthy diet, Law of Attraction, Santa Monica, wellness classes, nutrition workshops

In my early days as a registered dietitian, I secretly wanted a miracle diet pill. A miracle pill that kept my clients and me from thinking about lunch five minutes after we ate our last bites at breakfast. A miracle pill that motivated us to be more active.  A miracle pill that supported us in finding non-food ways of dealing with stress and other emotions. What relief I thought we would feel swallowing time-release capsules that would work immediately to stop the frustration and the unhappiness that came with worrying so much about our bodies.  Later, relief would come by […]


Breaking Bread

Self-love is about treating yourself with the same care, tolerance, generosity, and compassion as you would treat your best friend. It is nice to have someone you love, in your corner, cheering you on at all times.

There is nothing better than feeling like you fit in. As a kid, we moved around a lot and every September I started a new grade at a new school. I did not mind finding my way around a new building or meeting new teachers and classmates, but getting through the lunch period petrified me. All morning I worried myself about, “Who would I eat with? Would I have to eat alone?” Lunchtime weighed heavily on my little mind. I will always remember my first week of third grade. It was lunchtime at my new school and I made my […]


Self-love runneth over

spiritual nutrition, weight loss, health visioning, nutrition, registered dietitian, Santa Monica, wellness

If you are like me, you probably set some health-related New Year’s resolutions. What I have learned about my resolutions so far in 2014 is that no matter how many smoothies I eat, no matter how many salads I make, no matter how many miles I  run, it is my sense of worthiness, my love of self,  that ultimately supports or sabotages my success in achieving my goals. Self -love covers a lot of ground, but for today let it be a message of compassion. For today, let self-love mean never, ever saying something to yourself that you would not […]


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