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Nancy100x100Free Coaching? Am I nuts? Well yeah… but this Clarity Session is your chance to find out what the buzz about health coaching is all about. Really. Free, for now at least.

Hey you all —

It just hit me. I haven’t made this offer in a really long time — so here it is. Almost  April. How would  YOU like to feel and look great by the end of May?  I invite you to schedule one clarity session with me personally to share with you how “one conversation can change your life”.  This invitation isn’t made lightly. Your Clarity Session is made because I care. I care about you. And I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t do everything I can to introduce you to how this amazing health coaching program can work for you. The best way is to let you experience your first session. I make it affordable, accessible, and easy for you to begin. I help you see how you can easily reach your next level of health and happiness. It is a Clarity Session because perhaps for the first time you feel clarity about how you can reach your goals  – and get that motivation to actually do it.

If you want to:
Energize your life
Kick the Sugar Blues
Lower the Stress
Find a Happier, Healthier and Sustainable Lifestyle that rocks!
Clearer skin, Brighter Eyes!
Lose a few pounds or a lot!
Rework your Menus
Restock Your Pantry
Learn to Shop Healthfully
Deal with Chronic Illness with help from foods and attitudes
Fight Chronic Pain and Lower Inflammation
Staying Active

There’s so much more we can do, but the first Clarity Session is crucial. That’s why we keep this introductory so stinking affordable. For you. You get personal experience in that first coaching session. It’s the best way for  you to get it. Health Coaching is not the same as Business Coaching. It’s not the same as a personal trainer who demands more repetitions or yells ONE MORE. Health coaching is a gentle change process that leads you to a lifetime of sustainable change.

The first step is easy.  And so affordable! Your Clarity Session gives you that bump into action – whether you sign up for my programs or just wing it on your own.

How much is it? Well…for a short time I’m offering my Introductory to Health Coaching FREE. I want you to experience the ease and fun I had when I went through my coaching program.  You’ll find out how nice it is to begin that conversation. You know! The one about You. The ONE that changes everything.

From now until April 18, this Clarity Session is free. Get on my calendar fast. No promises after April 18 except that I’ll keep the Clarity Session affordable.  I’ll have to charge something. I may keep it ridiculously low, but let’s get you rolling now. You’ve got nothing to lose. Call me.

It’s never too late to start.  We can meet for an hour in person if you live nearby. We can meet virtually for an hour. Either way — this session will give you clarity and motivation to take on the next phase of your health conquest.

Got it? One Free Clarity Session. For YOU.  Let’s get you rolling forward.  And if you refer a friend (which I hope you will consider), you both get a nice discount when you sign up for a serious coaching series.

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OR JUST PICK UP YOUR PHONE AND CALL ME NOW
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Seriously — just do it.  One conversation truly can change your life.

I know my stuff — been practicing health and nutrition for 40 years, learned more from my BA in Hospitality Business Management plus a lifetime dedicated to living healthfully while having fun.  As a Hotel & Restaurant student, I learned menu planning, culinary expertise, and shopping tricks.  I learned science-based nutrition through the Hospitality Program at Washington State University.  I learned how to eat healthy and guide others through a lifetime of fitness pursuits. Pulling it all together to learn to teach others what seemed so natural to me, I completed several certification programs including the landmark program offered a the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Nancy Lamb, CHHC, BA

Your Integrative Health Coach

with recent certifications in:
Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Diet for Oncology
NLP
Immersion
Integrative Nutrition
Training Specialist

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What’s a Carbohydrate?

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What’s a Carbohydrate?

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Fuel up before you reach empty.

What’s in your food? What’s a carbohydrate? Are they all bad? Can I eat fruit or is that a bad carbohydrate too? What about oatmeal?  My doctor told me to eat oatmeal to lower my cholesterol.  Don’t eat carbs. Load up on carbs.  What’s a healthy diet really?   Fuel Up with Healthy Carbohydrates as PART of your healthy life program. You need some!

It’s funny how militant people can get about food. I recall a heated debate about carbohydrates during what was supposed to be a private yoga session. The yoga instructor was adamant. He barked:  “All carbs must be eliminated.”  I said: What about fruits and vegetables? He yelled: “They are not carbs! They are micronutrients!” To which I said softly: Sure they are and they are also carbohydrates.  I offered science-based nutritional information, but he would not hear me.  Fourty minutes into my private session, he was still arguing about carbs.  I rolled up my yoga mat and left. This was not yoga.  As I left, I said: “I’m sad that you choose not to consider my expertise on this matter.”
I’m not a dietician, exactly. But some things don’t change whether you are studying culinary foods, menu planning, or diet and nutrition. I’ve studied them all professionally over the course of 40 years.

Science-based Nutrition!

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Nuts for Nut Milks

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Nut Milk: yumm

Nuts over Nut Milk

Nuts for Nut Milks

Nut Milks!?  Make your own? Are you nuts?  That’s what I used to think. I thought people were kind of Nuts for Nut Milks.  I read the ingredients, and decided that there was too much nothing for the calories and the fat to be worth my time.  I went Nuts for Nut Milk in the wrong way. I silently chuckled at how many friends rushed to order soy milk lattes thinking it was better than plain old milk.  The stuff in boxes is just not that much better than cow milk.

Yesterday, with the right music and the right video everything changed. I think I can now be classed Nuts for Nut Milk! On top of everything else, nuts have an anti-inflammatory property that just makes it all the better. I have spent the last 4 hours on nut milk. Researching, writing and making some fun images for this post.  The simple recipe couldn’t be easier Read More→

Good Fats Bad Fats

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Good Fats Bad Fats – or somewhere in the middle???

Why the fuss anyway? Good fats or bad fats, you still need to understand fat ratios. Just today a young lady argues with me that a breakfast that consists of bacon, avocado, and egg is healthy while I looked at the actual fat and protein content. Sure it will taste amaze but the fat? Not on my playbook.  No way.

When they came out with the Zone diet, they made it fairly clear. 40/30/30 may have been the ratio. But when people started going nuts over good fats or bad fats, all bets were off.
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Where are Your Ducks?

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Or Find Your Zen Mode

Get Your Ducks In a Row

Your Ducks in a Row, they taught. They admonished. They berated.
It’s like saying to someone that if you can’t be perfect, don’t come home.

Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan — I heard it repeatedly throughout my life. It was my Dad’s favorite cliche and he used to encourage his sales team, then came home and told us the same thing. Echoing in my mind, in became a core part of my life.

Yours too, I bet. Because we are taught forever that we must have a plan and we must work that plan.

Well — this article is about Ducks.  Are they really ever going to stay in that perfectly aligned row?  Read my article, and know the truth about the darned ducks.

Where Are Your Ducks

Activist in the Making – maybe

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The questions… all the questions that arise from a simple thought. Maybe it’s time to pick up the talking stick and fight.
I think a lot about how others deal with things I deal with.

I never planned to leave the normal workforce. I intended to create a service business that focused on providing the same great skills but eliminated the contract agencies.  That would protect me since the agencies sure didn’t. Never expected to be tottering on the cliffs of caregiving madness.

I spent some time looking for something today. A thing called a job. I still want to help others get healthy, stay healthy — but I need to recreate the vision.  There is on every application the questions: Are you a Veteran? Are you a disabled Veteran? Are you Disabled?

Um noo…. but there is no question about are you a caregiving spouse of a disabled person who is also a veteran… I suppose if they asked that question, it would become an issue as hot as women’s rights was back in the day. Women didn’t get jobs because the assumption was they would get married and have kids. The excuse was they would have to take too much time off the job. Today, the same issue is there as an undercurrent.

There really should be new laws in place that deals with issues of caregiving.

In our “its all about me and my money” society, are families prepared to deal with this? Is anyone?

Our business society doesn’t take kindly to the caring souls who choose to honor the family ties. The gap creates an opportunity. People don’t just disappear from the workforce. Often, someone has to do what is not financially prudent – but someone has to do it. Not everyone can shove off family needs to a paid resource. Someone has to do it.

Why is our society so closed off to considering what happens to the one who cares enough to help? Why do employers ignore the realities of human life and expect superhuman rock star efforts that destroy lives and families? Aren’t we as a people better than that?

We need to figure this out before the boomers reach an all time high retirement rate. Is it time to rethink the commune idea? Create communities of helping people who pitch in together? The Golden Girls were ahead of their time!

My War with Chronic Pain

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The term wasn’t popularized and I didn’t care what it was called. I only knew I could barely walk, could barely get through a day. I forget. I don’t even connect with people who have fibro or other immune issues. My pain was different. There was a tangible, obvious, root cause.

BEWARE the Popular Diagnosis?

I’d been in chronic pain for 3 or 4  years following a car accident that affected my entire left side. The pain would start Read More→

Can You Feel It?

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There has been a lot of noise of late about peoples opinions on various illnesses and diseases.

I’m sad about this whole thing. I can easily see how Robin Williams could succumb to the darkness. People spew all kinds of stuff about happy happy joy joy — but everyone of us is human. And as humans, it is every bit as normal to be sad as it is to be happy. IN TRUTH, you can’t feel real joy if you can’t feel real sadness.

I’m disgusted by the cold hearted comments about depression, chronic illness, and long term illness. I’m angered by a man whom, when I responded kindly to his claims that these diseases are not a tragedy but a choice, blasted me with a hateful comment that started by saying “Bullshit – you don’t know what you are talking about” — My heart was in the right place, but he can’t feel it. The ignorant have loud voices and hostile behavior only to cover their ignorance and naiveté.

What’s got me in a tailspin this week is not that this person matters to me personally, but that he might represent the majority. I fear it’s true. I know how cold people can be. It’s the kind of cold and calloused attitude that literally stops people from reaching out. It’s stopped me! 

It’s reminded me that I grew up believing I should suffer in silence, find a way to pull myself up and just buck up and take it like the dynamic and strong woman I am supposed to be. I didn’t know how to be any different until I finally learned.  It took years to let people in. I feel sadness for those who never open to the true joys of love and intimacy.

I do know what I’m talking about. I am the caregiver. I know what I am living with, watching, helping…. I see the demise of a wonderful man.
I know the financial and emotional devastation of long term illness — an illness that has no end, no treatment, no real cure that is known or common. Some days it’s like a slow walking death.

Often, we think losing an arm or a leg would be easier. Paralyzation would surely have it’s own problems, but there is plenty of help. Often we think Cancer would be better — there’s a better chance of recovery, a better known treatment, and a better quality of life. YES — I am serious!  Cancer ? Yeah there is a lot of help for the patient and the family, during and after treatment. And there is a lot more community support. Let’s face it – there is big money in fundraising for causes — and cancer is a big one.

But I know most people won’t get that, won’t want to understand, and surely won’t believe – because it’s scary as all hell and there is nothing that your words will do to fix it.

I know well the damage that stupid words cause. I know too well the pain uncaring idiots inflict when they play their ego strings hoping to make others hurt because they too hurt. I know that to many, invisible illnesses don’t count in the world of sickness and devastation.

I don’t want to let that one ignorant man ruin me — but it hurts. It shocks.  And what I need to know is that there are more good people out there who truly have hearts – who truly care – who have it in them to reach out to us. Because dammit – in the throes of this madness, it is just hard to reach out to others – especially when there are people like Gary Cotton, Rush Limbaugh, and a few other cruel trolls running around.

Indeed, what I need to know is that love is more powerful than hate, that acceptance is stronger than rejection, that people do care and are able to extend a little love instead of waiting for those hurting to ask for it.

When you find something you love, you need to share it.

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They say in 12 step rooms that in order to keep it, you have to give it away. When it comes to matters of the spirit, matters of the healing soul, I find this to be true.
So here — I wish to keep this, so I am sharing the meditations I am loving most.

I’m hopeful that anyone challenged with life threatening, life sucking illnesses can find their path to healthy whole living once again. I believe that you can. I believe that you are powerful, mindful, and able. It may not be in your desired time, but you will find your way. You may move through this time to find that there is a gift within this madness – a treasure to cling to that comes from within.

I know I have. I know that my treasures are not of physical form. I know I’ve come through to be a guide to others. I’m not perfect. In fact, I’m far from it. But I also know that through my trevails came a different kind of love and a different kind of strength.

Some have said it’s bs – some have said it’s just soft stuff. Hell, I’ve been turned away from jobs because I was told “you are too soft” and all I could do was laugh. Yeah, right! Soft? Those who don’t see the strength behind compassion, kindness, and empathy are perhaps weak themselves. Those who don’t see the strength are then threatened when the bulldog comes out. I’ve often wondered about this,for those who wish for us to roll over to their demands get awfully hostile when we refuse. You can’t make this stuff up. Somehow, when chronic illness threatens to destroy a life, everyone involved changes. Things come into perspective.

It takes great strength to remain loving, hopeful, and kind when slammed into the reality that somethings are just out of our control. Only when the strong crumble into a ball of tears, do they find the true strength. That – my friends – is you.

The bravado? The Tough Act? The hard nosed, bullish demanding ways of some? That’s the B.S.

Don’t be afraid to be You.
Dare to Be YOU. In all your soft, loving, kind, and brave ways — Be YOU.

And then you know.

Boring Breakfasts? Not any more!!!

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Zucchini Salad rocks your day

Give yourself a happy kickstart with this crunchy salad.

Welcome the Bad Ass Breakfast Salad!

Ok, so years ago I was told to cut out eggs and wheat due to allergies. Not the gluten sensitivity stuff that is popular today, but a real blood test indicating allergy to specific foods. Complicate this with an already known sensitivity to dairy, and you have:  What can I eat for breakfast that’s good, wakes me up, sustains through the morning, and makes me happy?  YIKES It drove me nuts. At first I just ate whatever we had leftover from dinner. But hey, savory chicken or spicy lamb chops do NOT cut it for breakfast. I don’t like tofu and it’s not filling. I have a slight sensitivity to beans….what the heck?   Oatmeal gets boring if you eat it every day, and there were literally restaurants that didn’t even have oatmeal. Thankfully, there are solutions. You have to open your mind. You have to decide its possible. Like I said: Welcome the Bad Ass Breakfast Salad!

What to put in it?

  • Seasonal Vegetables. Crunchy and raw. Variety of colors. Textures.
  • Fresh minced mint. It grows like the weed it originally was. Easy to grow, bountiful harvest and oh so tasty a secret ingredient.
  • Seasonal Fruits
  • Cooked whole grains if you can eat them: Quinoa, Brown rice, Brown Rice Mix, Wild Rice
  • Black Garlic
  • Black Sesame seed
  • Soft or almost hard boiled egg
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Other Sprouts
  • Lettuces
  • Kales

The list goes on and on and on

How to Dress it? Think Simple

  • Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
  • Home Made Vinagrette with garlic and dry mustard
  • Walnut Oil and Balsamic
  • Walnut Oil and Blood Orange Vinegar
  • Raspberry Vinegar and Black Walnut Oil
Breakfast Salads: Happy Kick Off to a Great Day

Bad Ass Zucchini Salad Rocks it for Breakfast

 

What’s that?  You want my recipe?

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Now, Here’s that recipe:

Zucchini Spiral Breakfast Salad

  • 1 Zucchini – using mandolin, grater, or spiral cutter, cut the vegetable into strips
  • 1 carrot – grated, spiraled, or julienned.
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts Fresh Mint, chopped fine (I used 3 sprigs, cut the leaves away from the stem, then chopped)
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into cubes – best if still hard but ripe. Mushy doesn’t work as well.
  • Dressing:
  • Simple!!!
  • Use the juice of one lemon and add a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Toss and serve.

OPTIONAL Add ons

  • 1/2 cup edamame or garbanzo beans (optional)
  • 1  – 5 minute boiled egg (not quite hard)
  • 3 – 4 Black Garlic Cloves cut into smallish pieces bigger than chopped, smaller than chunks. (how’s that for scientific description? – You’ll figure it out. The bigger challenge is finding this delicacy.
  • Walnuts
  • Spiced Almonds
  • Roasted Garbanzos

Happy Tummy = Happy Day

I kid you not! I saw a version of this recipe but never thought about eating it for breakfast until today. I saw someone posted a salad photo and I immediately knew – today was a salad breakfast day. As I made it, I felt the creativity meter kick on high. I felt my smile come on strong as I knew this was a killer recipe.  I felt the juices flow as I thought about adding that egg. And out came my trusty Canon camera to make sure I captured this in all it’s glory.  I hope you like it. Feel free to leave comments and share your adaptations. I’d love to know that I’m not the only salad crazy, breakfast confused lady out there.