Good Intentions Won't Change Your Life

Action and Commitment Will

You’ve heard about it every year since you’ve been an adult, leaving the old year behind and planning a fresh start in the new year. It sounds good in theory but so often that’s not how it works. Call them New Year’s resolutions or simply the desire to create change in your life.

Here’s the thing. It IS possible to implement long-lasting behavioral changes and the beginning of a new year is the perfect time to do it! Really any time is a good time so if your reading this at a later date don’t wait to begin. The only thing that’s necessary to create change is that you take action and follow through on your plans.

Sounds simple right? If you’ve tried before and haven’t succeeded then you know that’s far from the truth. Good intentions won't change your life! If you’ve experienced a life altering event, like I did with breast cancer, it can be easier to make lasting changes and to stay committed if your health depends on it.

What can you do to change your good intentions into new habits that last a lifetime? 

  • Set realistic, measurable goals

  • Write down your intentions and review them several times a day

  • Get an accountability partner

  • Have a strong reason for why you want to succeed

  • Visualize what your life will be like when this behavior has become second nature

  • Every day track your actions related to the change you want to make

Here are some of my own experiences:
  • In May 2017 I adopted a plant-based diet as a result of a lecture I attended on diet and breast cancer given by Thomas Campbell, MD. I continues to eat that way still.
  • I’ve participated in “challenges” by myself and in groups. I gave up coffee for a month which made me realize I don’t really need it. I wanted to walk or run a mile for 30 days straight and got about 30 people to join me. Having to report to the group helped keep me accountable. When the 30 days was over I didn’t really want to stop.
  • For over a year I wrote down in my weekly planner that I was going to meditate for at least 5 minutes every day. It didn’t happen! Most weeks I got 5 days in but not the weekends which is crazy as there is more down time then. But those days are less structured so it was harder for me to get it done. On December 1 I decided this is it, I’m going to commit to do it, no excuses. Guess what? It’s working!
If something is important enough to you and you really want whatever the results are you CAN absolutely do it! Just get started. Every day you do the practice is one day closer to creating a habit and the outcome your desire. Have a slip up? So! Get back at it the next day. Don’t let one failure make you lose focus and sabotage your plan.

On January 4 I’m launching a Create Healthy Habits class. It’s got simple tips on how to adopt habits that are sustainable and can help you feel better. And, it’s FREE. When you complete that we can take a deeper dive! More info coming soon!

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A Quick, Healthy Dinner Idea

One of my go-to meals when in a hurry is a Grain Bowl. They’re super easy to make, allow for creativity and are very nutritious.

To create a Grain Bowl you’ll need:
  • A grain (pretty obvious I know)
  • Fresh greens
  • Vegetables
  • Sauce
Let’s dive into the details.

Purchase whole, unrefined grains. That means no white rice, quinoa, or etc. Instead buy brown, red, black, or wild rice, red, black or tri-colored quinoa, farro, sprouted buckwheat, or other grain. You’ll be surprised what you can find at your local market, health food store, and online. I’m an advocate for shopping local but occasionally I buy grains at

Riced vegetables work great too! As do potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pasta. You can find riced vegetables in the frozen section. Typical varieties are broccoli, cauliflower and squash.

To save time, cook grains ahead and make a large amount. That way you can freeze some for future use. Use an Instant Pot to cook grains. It takes less time and it’s totally unattended. To see the one I use click

Now come the greens. Try spinach, kale, beet greens, arugula, or any other green you like.

Did you know that kale needs to be massaged? Yup. Cut it up into bite size pieces and place in a bowl. Take your hands and gently massage the kale until it breaks down and is less stiff. You can put a drop of lemon juice or olive oil on your hands before massaging but it’s not necessary.

Vegetables are next. Sauté or roast a variety of vegetables of your choice. If you’re in a hurry grab a bag of frozen mixed veggies. For better health use low/no sodium vegetable broth for sautéing. You can even use vegetable broth as a replacement for oil for roasted veggies. I typically use a little of each. Make sure you use good quality olive oil and add lots of spices.

Beans of some kind are a great addition too. If you don’t eat meat or want to cut down on consumption beans are a healthy source of protein. Whenever possible purchase and rehydrate dry beans. They are the healthiest with no added ingredients. Again, I use the Instant Pot for this, less time and unattended.

When purchasing canned beans look for no sodium or read labels to find the ones with the least sodium. Don’t be fooled by labels that say “Low Sodium” many times they have more than other brands without the deceptive label.

You’ll also want some type of sauce. Options include salsa, soy sauce, liquid aminos, peanut sauce, pesto, salad dressing, hummus, and guacamole.

To assemble put the grain in the bottom of the bowl, add greens, then vegetables, and top off with sauce.

You can also add toppings like seeds, nuts, and fruit. It’s really up to you. Grain bowls are very similar to green salad in that you can add anything you choose. They can be a great way to use up leftovers too. Some of the best ones are a conglomeration of whatever happens to be in the ‘frig from other meals you made during the week.

One of my favorites is a Mexican Grain Bowl. I use rice, romaine lettuce, refried beans, tomato, onion, jalapeño peppers, black olives, and salsa. It’s yummy!

Get creative and experiment with different ingredients. I’d love to hear if you try this healthy dinner idea and what you included in yours.

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How “Clean” Are Your Beauty Products?

Have you ever stopped to think about what’s in your makeup? For generations wearing makeup has meant covering your skin in harsh, even toxic, chemicals. The average woman applies hundreds of chemicals to her face and skin every day.

Do you shop for products, including cosmetics, that are safe? Are your eyes drawn to packaging with words like “natural” or “pure” across the front? You assume since the label is marked “natural” you’re good to go. That may not be the case.

Unfortunately products with those labels may still contain a laundry list of ingredients that could be hazardous to your health. This is called greenwashing. The label makes you feel like you’re getting a trustworthy product but once you start researching the ingredients you discover otherwise.

Take a look at the list of ingredients on your cosmetics. Do they contain any of the items listed below? It’s important to know regardless of whether you are an every day makeup wearer, occasional makeup wearer, or only wear makeup on special occasions.

A list of toxins that can be found in cosmetics:
  • Bismuth
  • Carmine
  • Coal tar
  • Dimethicone
  • Formaldehyde
  • Hydroquinone
  • Lake dye
  • Mineral oil
  • Nano particles
  • Oxybenzone
  • Parabens
  • Petroleum based ingredients
  • Phthalates
  • Polypropylene
  • Silicone
  • Sulfates
  • Synthetic colorants
  • Synthetic fragrances
  • Talc
  • Triclocarban
  • Triclosan 

What happens when you use products with these ingredients on a consistent, continual basis? The toxins build up in your body and it has a hard time breaking them down. Over time, the buildup happens faster than the breakdown and could lead to serious health issues. You may not notice it today, but over time you could and you might never make the connection between the two.

What can you do? Start looking for makeup that is:
  • toxin free
  • plant based
  • cruelty-free
  • responsibly sourced
As with so many things these days, since my journey with cancer I am very aware of the products I apply to my skin. I don’t wear a lot of makeup but what I do use is chemical free and plant based. 

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The Importance Of Personal Care Product Safety

Do you know what’s lurking in the personal care items you use every day? Things like shampoo, body wash, lotion, deodorant, etc. It’s important that you do as many contain harsh chemicals that can have adverse effects on your health with repeated use.

A partial list of toxins that may be found in common personal care products:
  • Aluminum: found in antiperspirants and deodorants
  • Fragrance: found in almost anything that has a scent
  • Oxybenzone: found in sunscreen
  • Parabens: found in shower products, lotion, deodorant, and more
  • Petroleon (Mineral Oil): found in lotion, cream, lip balm, and skin care products.
  • Phthalates: found in fragrant products such as soap.
  • Propylene Glycol: found in shampoo, toothpaste, shaving foam, body washes and facial cleansers.
  • Retinyl palmitate or retinol: commonly found in lotion, moisturizer, chapstick, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: commonly found in most skincare products.
  • Talc: commonly found in baby powder and deodorant.
  • Triclosan: found in liquid soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent, shampoo, etc.

Use ONLY Pure, Natural Scents In Your Home

Use ONLY Pure, Natural Scents In Your Home

As the weather gets colder you’ll most likely be spending more time indoors. The windows will be closed and the air can get stale. Cooking or baking can fill your house with warm, cozy aromas. For times when you aren’t creating delicious scents you may be tempted to burn a candle or use a plug-in air freshener to make it smell nice in your house.

Where do the fragrances in them come from? Most are created in a lab with chemicals. Very few, if any, come from naturally derived scents. Even if the label says they contain essential oils those oils are probably synthetic. 

Man-made scents are one of the biggest contributors to toxic overload in your body. Fragrance is a term used to identify undisclosed ingredients contained in a product, usually consisting of synthetic chemicals designed to mimic natural scents.

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