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Your Food Plan: Is it All or Nothing?

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Many people know they need to change the way they eat for health, feeling better about their appearance, or raising their self-esteem. Their relationship to food has to be adjusted if it is a source of comfort, entertainment, or escape. Sometimes when people get a physical or mental illness, it’s hard to get the motivation […]

When Illness Defines Identity

When we have chronic illness, it is very easy to get consumed in what we can’t do and be. This comes to shape our identity and can even hamper our self-esteem. Unfortunately, diagnostic labels can come to define us if we don’t take active measures to prevent that from occurring. As a psychologist I see how […]

What meaning does chronic illness have for you?

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Sometimes when people get a diagnosis of a chronic illness, the thoughts that they have about it make the illness worse and they suffer more. There is an implied stigma, or socially agreed-upon construct, that includes pity, shame, struggle, and a lousy future. If we have chronic illness, we can adopt this construct and internalize […]

Rethink your Drink

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Summertime brings with it beautiful, warm weather. It’s my favorite season because of the sunshine, clear skies and the freedom to do what you want more. However, with that warmer weather comes sweat and sometimes dehydration. People’s activity levels sometimes go up in the summer–playing sports, swimming, dancing, etc. This is a great way to […]

The right words at the right time… (What to say when a friend has chronic or serious illness)

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What do you want to hear when you’re facing a serious illness? Or even a chronic illness? I have seen from personal and professional experience that news of the diagnosis like cancer, AIDS, or other life-threatening illness leaves some of us speechless or awkwardly twisting in the wind trying to find the right words to […]

Empowerment and Choice

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As a health coach, I see my job as facilitating your empowerment by reminding you that you have choices about what you do about your health. Health coaching helps you develop carry out and maintain behaviors to help you be healthy happy and fulfilled. Behaviors arise from beliefs, whether we are conscious of them. Beliefs […]

Helping Professionals Need Help, Too!

Have you ever wondered how your physician stays healthy, or how your psychotherapist maintains equanimity in the face of stress? We often take for granted that our health care providers maintain wellness in some mysteriously superior way, thus enabling them to take care of us. However, we are all human beings, and we all need […]

What can a health coach do for chronic illness?

Just as we think of people who use health or wellness coaches as wanting help with losing weight or developing healthier habits, we might assume that these people don’t have other health concerns that challenge their quality of life as well. Chronic illness affects 117 million people in the United States (as of 2012; see http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/index.htm). Some […]