Win your spot in Go Sugar Free

I have a fun announcement for you today:

I’m offering 2 scholarships seats in the Summer 2014 Go Sugar Free course, and the entry period starts today.

Everyone deserves the chance to have the customized care, attention, and group camaraderie GSF provides; that’s why these two scholarship seats are so important.

The entry period is now through May 3 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. If you want it, go for it! You’ve got nothing to lose and stand to gain something that will give back to you the rest of your life.

And if you know another person who’d love to take GSF via scholarship, share this blog post or this URL: All the details are on this scholarship page.

So many times we come across an opportunity that we’d love to have, but we assume we’d never get it. Having been on the backend of scholarship committees in the past, I can tell you, it’s always worth applying. You might be exactly the person that committee is looking for, and what they want to give you is heaps bigger and greater than the effort it takes to apply. I know this to be true.

Write to me if you have any questions, and check out last course’s recipients.

Always my best,

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Napping with the Golden Gate

Among the 10,000 things I love about living in the Bay Area, the concentration of incredible health providers is one. In fact, that’s literally why I moved here in 2008. I found the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine on the Internet and decided to move from Iowa to California just to be part of their work. Doing so set the course for the rest of my life.

Years later, it felt like paying homage to my roots to attend this past Saturday’s UCSF Integrative Medicine Network Forum.


(No pun intended with the tree/root photo. I just noticed it after finishing writing the post. Take it out? Leave it in? Aw, leave it in.)

I’m a sucker for conferences. Who doesn’t want to spend a day learning from all the best in your field and be able to hang out with them in person?

I took four workshops at Saturday’s event, covering nutrition, biofeedback, posture, and weight loss. All food for thought and much of it useful for Go Sugar Free.

Plus, it was an opportunity to revisit all my favorite spots when I worked at the Parnassus campus at UCSF. My old after-lunch power nap spot:


Elliot got in on that action too:


Check out the view (if you look close enough, you can see the Golden Gate):


What I took away for my own health is the return on investment for caring about posture. I’ve abused my body by working in the weirdest postures at my laptop and that is going out the window. No more saying, “Oh, I’m young, my body can handle it.” Even if that’s true, why get into such a bad habit?

Here’s an actionable step for you right now: either close your eyes and bring awareness to your head and neck, or go in front of the mirror and just notice the positioning of your head in relation to your neck and shoulders. Are you carrying your head far forward of your shoulders? If you are, the simple awareness of it is step one in doing something different. And that doing something different could be learning neck exercises, seeing a chiropractor or physical therapist, or changing the height and position of your laptop.


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A video that matters

A quick post this morning before I head out the door. I love my field so much, and this video captures the spirit of what we care about in public health. I promise it will speak to you in the context of your chosen work/vocation as well. From Vic Strecher of my alma mater, University of Michigan:

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What struck you from this video? Leave a comment and I’ll catch up with you later today!

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In this world Elliot and I swim in, websites are homes that need the same kind of annual spring cleaning brick and mortar homes do. Over the past year and half, we’ve gone from Elliot putting together the first website on Freeway (when I didn’t even know what Freeway really was): freeway

To me attempting web design in iWeb (yes, iWeb):

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To moving it all over to WordPress:

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To finding the vibe we’ve been looking for (still in WordPress) today: beautiful pro

Welcome to this fresh site.

You know how it feels to have people over on the day you just finish a huge overhaul in your home? That’s today for us, and we’re ready to throw open the doors. Have a look around, tell us what you think in the comments below, and best of all check out today’s opening day for Summer 2014 Go Sugar Free. This next course is going to be as fresh as this new website, ultra-effective as ever, and we invite you to come along for the ride. Starts May 7. You can join today over here.

Cheers from me and my better half Elliot,

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Day 2

Day 2 has arrived and new folks are still coming on to Go Sugar Free. Elliot and I are going to bed setting up accounts and waking up setting up accounts. What would I do without him? He makes me laugh all the time, and his skills are just about opposite mine making for a good pairing.

The best part of Go Sugar Free round 3 so far? The people. Sounds obvious but I’m just enamored with how unique everyone is. How differently people think. I love that. What a privilege to be part of someone’s thought processes and way of seeing things.