SHHH! An Introvert and Her Cave: How to Enjoy Solitude and Why it Matters

Mmmm… Saturday night and quiet music -or just plain quiet- dim lights, being alone, and reading a good book while sipping a cup of tea and getting lost in the world of your inner thoughts. And did I mention being completely and utterly alone? For hours on end. All ALONE. Seriously, I love people. A…… Continue reading SHHH! An Introvert and Her Cave: How to Enjoy Solitude and Why it Matters

Don’t Take Life Sitting Down

I think there is a mindset these days that is counterproductive and becomes a stumbling block for people who want to achieve better health. You turn on the TV and notice every other ad seems to be for some new medicine for every ailment. I am not against medicine when it is absolutely necessary, but…… Continue reading Don’t Take Life Sitting Down

Beat Winter Blues and be a Healthy New You

This is a time of year where everyone is making new years resolutions, but winter may not be everyone’s favorite time to get healthy, and get moving. It’s cold. There’s snow. There’s lots of snow. You probably, like I do, would rather curl up in your bathrobe and chug hot chocolate before taking a snooze.…… Continue reading Beat Winter Blues and be a Healthy New You

Melissa’s Guide to Nothing: An Exercise in Relaxation

Sit still. Take a deep, slow breath. Seriously, do it. There you go.  Exhale. Ahhhh… Close your eyes, well, finish this paragraph and then close your eyes for a few minutes.  Imagine a soothing place. The woods. The beach.  Somewhere quiet. You are sitting down. You hear the quiet rustling of leaves as a gentle…… Continue reading Melissa’s Guide to Nothing: An Exercise in Relaxation

I Love Food: And Why You Should Love It, Too

How do you describe your relationship with food? Healthy?  A happy marriage of nourishment and pleasure? It’s complicated? If your idea of nutrition has led to a fractured relationship that resembles a punishing, guilt-ridden maze of confusion and frustration,  I am here to help you. We count calories, guilt trip our way to the skim…… Continue reading I Love Food: And Why You Should Love It, Too

Beauty From the Inside Out: How to be Confident in Your Own Skin

How many times have you been watching TV when your viewing experience is interrupted by an obnoxious ad for Yet Another Weight Loss Miracle? “Hate your body? Tired of being ugly and flabby with your UNSIGHTLY muffin top? Thunder thighs? Cellulite?¹ Try this new easy pill that guarantees you shed 47 pounds in three days!”…… Continue reading Beauty From the Inside Out: How to be Confident in Your Own Skin