Integrative Health Coaching

The Tyranny of GO and Slowing the Flywheel

By |2022-04-20T14:01:56-04:00January 15th, 2020|Dr. Sharp's PlumLine Articles, Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching|

We hope the holiday season provided you downtime to experience some disengagement from the press and drive of life’s demands. We call this slowing the flywheel — that instrument within that spins and keeps the engine roaring and the wheels turning fast.

This is actually our autonomic nervous system at work, reacting to the pressures it perceives as danger by sending the signal to the body to release more stress hormones. This is to activate our defense system, get our dukes up, be ready to slay the dragon in its many forms. Day after day, year after year of […]

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A note from your inner Customer Service Department

By |2021-04-07T09:32:57-04:00February 20th, 2018|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

inner customer serviceThat notorious Inner Critic — in health coaching partnerships with people carving a path to their healing, I observe this voice to be a shared entity. Like a weird uncle, we all seem to have one and it is important to be self-aware of such.

This ‘internal cattle prod’ has gotten plenty of attention. By now, no one is terribly embarrassed to confess to theirs, because we can be reasonably sure of a sympathetic audience. We know the feeling of squirming under its scrutinizing gaze and recognize its sharp disdaining tone as […]

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By |2021-04-07T09:30:46-04:00January 15th, 2018|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

Albert Einstein, that master of the underpinnings of physical life, observed that the significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

Along that line, all of us who have been through the School of Sesame Street can see that there’s something wrong with this to-do list:

  1. Renew car registration
  2. Take the dog to the vet
  3. Get teeth cleaned
  4. Pay the bills
  5. Lose 15 pounds

An intention—to lose 15 pounds, to be less driven, to be more patient with our children—cannot be enacted from the usual way of thinking about our […]

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Taking Aim

By |2021-04-07T09:28:57-04:00December 15th, 2017|Health Coaching, Integrative Health Coaching, Mindfulness|

I have two dogs who insist on daily workouts of ball fetching. My childhood athletic reach never included ball games, and as a result, I never developed much of a throwing arm. We live in a wooded place, and our ball workouts have often felt more like a game of tree-billiards, with my workout involving chasing crazily bounced balls. Recently, out of self-preservation, I’ve started taking a moment before the throw to focus very clearly and specifically on where I want the ball to go.  Sometimes I even call it out loud […]

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The Art and Craft of Nourishing Yourself, Part I

By |2021-04-07T08:31:14-04:00August 9th, 2010|Integrative Health Coaching, Nutrition|

Here are two organizing principals for making your eating life satisfying, health-promoting, and easy to manage.

1.  Low glycemic load foods:

Build your food habits around low-glycemic index choices.   Glycemic index is a measure of how fast the carbs you eat break down and release sugars into the bloodstream;  you’re aiming to feed yourself the kind that break down slowly and release glucose more gradually.   Simply stated, this keeps your blood sugar low and even throughout the day and thus positively modulates energy and appetite.  Over the long run keeping your blood sugar steady will promote healthy function of all your biological […]

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