Almost thirty years ago, I met with a nutritionist and handed in my three-day food diary. She peered at me above her glasses and asked, “So when do you eat real food?” I was living in NYC at the time, working as a programmer during the day and going to grad school at night. New York’s finest bagels were a staple of my diet. I smoked a pack or more a day, had a mean ice-cream habit, and ran around the lower loop in Central Park three times a week to keep in shape.

I thought I was pretty healthy. But I also knew that I had already faced and continued to face some surprising health issues for someone my age. At 26, after years of occasionally serious abdominal pain I was diagnosed with a diseased gall bladder and had it removed – major surgery in those days. My office job led to sciatica and patches of numbness in my right leg, which led me to chiropractors and physiatrists, and a diagnosis of “degenerative disc disease” at 27.

So here I was, in my late 20’s, and until she said those words, I really hadn’t thought about “real” food, what “real” even meant, and what “real” food could do for me. At that turning point, I began to pay more attention to what I ate. I still was at the mercy of my food cravings, but I was now AWARE of what I ate even as I indulged. I kept an honest, and frank, food diary off and on for years. Just today I entered Candy Corn into my food diary.

Being honest with yourself is a huge factor in becoming healthier. White lies, and little fibs, don’t help you when you want to create a healthier you. If you don’t admit to what you are eating, how do you recognize changes that may need to be made? Don’t confuse telling yourself the truth with having to do something about your actions. You DON’T have to change your behavior until you are ready to. In my case, I continue to still eat Candy Corn on an occasional basis.

Being honest with yourself takes courage. By being brave in small doses such as when you acknowledge how much you really ate or drank, you build up your courage. You strengthen your self-discipline. You create a stronger you, who may then decide that it’s time to make a change, when you are ready.

My goal with Frank Wellness is to help you and thousands of other people like yourself get healthier. I truly believe that our health is our most valuable personal asset. It’s what I call “wellth”. I want my clients to become “wellthier”. I guide my clients to envision themselves at their healthiest; help them clarify their health goals, the steps needed to reach those goals, and help them prepare for roadblocks; and, finally, support them as they implement, sustain, and celebrate new behaviors and attitudes.

My own experience with health reinvention includes quitting smoking, nutrition and behavior changes and weight loss, incorporating exercise and mindfulness practices into my daily life, and bouncing back from major surgeries.

Take the first step. Be brave and contact me at If you want to, tell me what you ate today, “real” food or not.

Definition of frank

1: marked by free, forthright, and sincere expression

  • a frank reply

2a : unmistakably evident

  • frank materialism

2b : clinically evident and unmistakable

  • frank pus

Definition of wellness

1: the quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal

  • lifestyles that promote wellness

Definition of frank wellness

: the unmistakably evident quality or state of being in good health especially as an actively sought goal

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