Category Archives: Self-Care Strategies

Learn how to design a self-care plan and incorporate fun self-care activities into your daily practice.

Who’s Directing Your Healthcare Experience?

doctor and patient

Since 2000, I’ve worked as a registered dietitian nutritionist, providing nutrition counseling and consulting services in a variety of healthcare settings — hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physician offices, independent living facilities, home health, adult day care centers, corporate wellness programs, and private practice. Now, for the first time, I’m learning what it’s like […]

How to “Rate Your 8” Using the Living Upp Self-Care Model

Before you can develop a meaningful self-care practice, you must first have a thorough understanding of what you need to feel your best and give your best. And that’s not as easy as it sounds. Knowing what recharges and re-energizes you can help you determine where to allocate your time and energy — but the truth is, many of us […]

When Self-Care Isn’t Enough (Please Tell Me This Isn’t a Heart Attack)

Being wired up to an EKG in the Emergency Room wasn’t exactly my idea of a good start to the holiday weekend, especially after the last couple of weeks I’ve had. But knowing when and how to seek professional medical treatment is a critical component of a comprehensive self-care practice. Life is hard sometimes. For all of […]

Why We Need to Redefine Self-Care

single red rose

Self-care is the most powerful preventive health tool we have. Yet, ironically, it’s a tool that few of us use – at least not consistently. Instead, we’ve become passive dependents on a broken, overpriced health care system that is far from accessible (unless, of course, you’re a wealthy member of Congress). And that’s precisely why […]

Focusing on Solutions

small red mini dachshund

My dog almost died today. And it would have been my fault. In the hustle and bustle of the morning’s flurry of activities, I inadvertently gave my 10-pound miniature dachshund, Zoey, a dose of medication that was intended for our 90-pound German Shepherd. The moment I realized what I’d done, I felt sick. Frantically, I […]

10 Tips for Staying Motivated to Reach Your Health Goals

Does this sound like you? You feel unstoppable that first week after setting a new goal, only to find that you’ve completely abandoned it just a few weeks later? Staying motivated is tough, but there are a few things you can do in advance to give yourself a kick in the pants when you need […]

Choose Your Circles Wisely

I was about to turn the last page of the March issue of Seattle Business Magazine when these words caught my eye: Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words; Be careful of your words, for you words become your deeds; Be careful of your deeds, for your deeds become your habits; […]

Do You Squeeze or Steamroll Your Lemon?

Lemons in an antique Jadeite Fire King pitcher

My husband and I were discussing our differing philosophies on life recently – Jeremy is much more laid-back while I, on the other hand, am frequently described as being “intense” – and I mentioned that I wanted to experience life to the fullest, to squeeze the proverbial lemon. His response was, “I don’t mind giving it […]

Who Pushes You?

Good Will Hunting is one of my favorite movies of all time. (My husband, on the other hand, dreads scrolling through the cable menu for fear that I will see it listed and want to watch it again.) Of course I love the part where Matt Damon tells off a pretentious, smarty-pants rival in a bar, […]