Turn Health Challenges Into Life Gifts

If you’re like many people I meet, accepting your body (and any health issue) is rather difficult. The journey in releasing unneeded weight can feel painful and demoralizing when we’re constantly focusing on what’s wrong about ourselves. Let the process of weight loss be a spiritual journey that’s making you whole and complete. Your weight (or health issues) are a gift that are teaching you lessons you might otherwise not learn.  Here’s an example from my own life:  When I discovered that gluten was a serious issue for my health (because of Celiac, which created a wide-array of difficult symptoms for

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Stop dieting and start nourishing yourself

Many people believe that in order to be successful with weight loss, dieting demands endless willpower. You think they need to deprive themselves of nearly everything you love to eat. But you also have to filter the sea of health advisors, all of whom advise differently with what to do with your health. Eat vegan! No, eat paleo. Follow Weight Watchers! No, use Intuitive Eating. Before you even start, you’re confused, stressed and exhausted!

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Thriving with Diabetes

You can thrive despite having diabetes. It’s natural to feel that the diagnosis of diabetes is a real curse. If your diagnosis is new, it’s alright to give yourself time to grieve and process. But don’t stay in that space too long. In the case of diabetes, these lessons include adopting the healthy lifestyle factors that our bodies need. You know, all the stuff you heard before you were diagnosed: eating well, sleeping, managing stress, exercising.

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Thriving as a Vegetarian with Diabetes

Let’s face it. Living with diabetes is no simple thing. And figuring out what you can safely eat to keep your blood sugars within safe ranges – not too high, not too low – can be quite the learning curve. When I first started training with diabetes educators, I was disappointed to learn that the vegetarian diet is pretty tricky for people with diabetes. Why? One word. Carbs.

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“Three months later I have lost 23lbs! I could never have done this without Frances . . .”

“Before meeting with Frances I spent 8 years in pain, with a Fibromyalgia (FMS) diagnosis. Then I spent 5 years actively trying everything to lose weight. Assisted by Doctors, lab tests, even training sessions with 4 different people. No one could figure out why I couldn’t drop weight. The only thing that worked even a little was both time consuming, difficult and resulted in injurie.

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