Erin Lanahan Method

Signature method to get fit from the inside out!

One Man’s Food is Another Man’s Poison. May 28, 2010


Some people can eat animal protein, some cannot!

Yep…that’s right…one man’s food is another man’s poison. What does this mean? I am talking about BIO- INDIVIDUALITY. We are all unique and therefore each one of us require something a little different from the next person. This goes for anything really, but today I am talking about how this relates to the food we eat and the exercise we do. For example, there are over 125 different dietary theories, and guess what…they are all right in some way or another, for one person or another. However, what I have found, in my experience with my own diet, as well as the diets of my clients, is that it is very important that we eat right for our unique type or bio-individuality.

I like to learn about all the different dietary theories, and then apply the pieces of each one to my life that feel right to me. For example, one website I highly recommend is “Eat Right for Your Type.”  This is Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s site that offers tons of insight as to what foods and exercise best supports your blood type. I found this fascinating. I am a Type A, and we are better off as vegetarians according to this theory. That IS true for me, but that does not mean it will be true for EVERY Type A out there. Lots of other things factor in when choosing the foods that best support your optimal health, however, this give you a good place to start. Do you know your blood type? That’s something we should all know. Then we can begin with the blood type diet and change things up based on our bio-individuality. That’s what I tend to do with all my clients. Their blood type gives me good insight as to what foods to begin them on, and then we go from there.

How do you go from there? I suggest, clicking on the link that says “About the Diets” on D’Adamo’s site. Then choose your blood type, and read up on the suggested foods that are good for you, as well as the suggested ones to avoid. Try this out for a couple of weeks. Some Type A’s find that they just have no energy whatsoever without meat in their diets, and then there are Type O’s (meat eaters), who thrive on a vegetarian diet. The goal is to find sufficient amounts of protein, coming from the sources (plant or animal) that support your body’s functionality. When you eat lots of fruit do you feel good or bad inside your body? When you eat meat, do you get energy or feel sluggish? The same goes for exercise. It is suggested that Type A’s stick to light and gentle forms of exercise, however, I know for me, I thrive on a balance of gentle exercise AND intense circuit training. Do you feel better when you do yoga, when you run, or lift weights? Maybe you need one day of each or three days of the same thing. Follow the way in which things make you feel on the inside. This will help you gain clarity on what’s best for YOU, however, I do find the blood type diet to be pretty accurate about most things, most of the time. I encourage you to find your version of it nonetheless, so you can look great, feel great, and perform at your best!

Also, just a side note*** If you are someone who must eat meat, make sure it is organic, free range, and grass-fed, all, or at least most of the time. This will ensure you are avoiding anything toxic, so you can have vibrant health:)

Please contact me with any questions or comments here on the blog. You can also email me to schedule a FREE  Health Coaching Consultation at Here’s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!


What’s Feeding You? May 18, 2010

Hello friends! What is new and good with you? I’d love to hear all about it! Today I want to talk to you more in-depth about Primary Food. I have gotten a lot of feedback from previous blog posts on this topic, and what I am hearing is that the content really resonates with a lot of you. Good! That is what I was hoping! When something makes sense to us…we cannot deny it. For those of you who don’t know about Primary Food, let me quickly explain. Or, you can refer back to these articles as well: Primary Food/Secondary Food and Who’s Hungry.

There are two types of food we need to fuel us and feed us. Primary food, number one, and Secondary food, number two. Primary Food consists of things such as career, relationships, intimacy, exercise, spirituality, fun, rest, and all the things in life that feed us on a soul level.

Secondary Food, is food that we eat. We need a certain amount of nutrients on our plates in order to live an optimal life. We also need the right nutrients from our Primary food, to live an optimal life.

So many people walk around, starved of Primary Food, but thinking they are hungry for secondary food. So they eat and eat, but never feel full. This has become a large, growing problem in society today.

What I do is help people identify patterns. I look at the things that seem to show up over and over again in their lives, and then determine if it’s a primary or secondary food issue. A lot of times, they both need to be addressed, but typically, when one is fed with proper primary food, their hunger for secondary food levels out.

For example, last night I had a coaching call with a client. She has been struggling with food for a good part of her life. In her adult life however, she gets really frustrated because she does really “well” during the week, and “falls off the wagon” on the weekends. She says by Friday, she just gets to a point of not caring anymore. She experiences feelings of being stuck, and feels defeated by the belief that she will NEVER get to her goal. She has thoughts of “I don’t care” and “what’s the point anyway” running through her head. Once the weekend hits, she feels as though she “deserves to do whatever she wants.” So she rebels with food. She eats and drinks whatever she wants because “she doesn’t care, what’s the point anyway, and she deserves to do something that feels good since she’s deprived of feeling good all week.” Sound familiar to any of you? I know I use to experience something very familiar in my life.

It was obvious to both of us, that clearly she wasn’t hurting anyone but herself, so her question was…”Why do I keep doing this?” After asking her a bunch of questions, I realized that the ONLY real joy she gets in life is coming from food. That’s when it hit me that we weren’t dealing with a secondary food issue at all! It was a primary Food issue, and she was not being deprived of food she eats. She was deprived of the food that feeds her Soul! So I began to ask her questions about her job. I had her list out the pros and cons, what she liked and disliked, loved and hated, etc. I began to hear the same pattern, the same voice, the same words. She kept saying, “I just feel stuck, and I don’t care about what I’m doing, but I feel like I cannot do what I really want to do career wise, until I get married and have the security of a husband and his job.” So I began asking her about what she felt passionate about, and what she would do if anything were possible. It was amazing, how similar the voices were that came out of her when talking about food and her job. They were “I don’t care”, “I feel stuck”, and ” I’ll never get what I really want.”

What is happening for her, is that she is not doing a job that feels authentic to her. While there are things about it she really enjoys, it does not inspire her in any real way. Most days, she forces herself to do things she really “doesn’t care about,” and as a result, she ends up bringing the “not caring” into her food choices. The patterns we identified with her secondary food, helped guide me towards looking at where those patterns were being played out in her life with primary food.

Needless to say, we now have her on a path to making small shifts towards a more fulfilling career for her, one that feels good in her heart, that she truly cares about. As a result, I am sure she will begin to notice, as she gets more nurtured on the soul level, she will reach for junk food less and less.

Do you have patterns with food that replay themselves over and over? You may be suffering from a Primary Food deficiency. A lack in Primary Food can feel very defeating, when trying to use Secondary Food to replace it. It will never work. Secondary food, alcohol, caffeine, drugs, and cigarettes simply CANNOT and WILL NOT fill the role of Primary food in your life. I suggest doing what we did. Take a look at all the areas in your life, and begin to find what you like and dislike. What is full and what is lacking?Then take everything you like, and move closer to those things, by finding ways to implement more of them into your life, or exploring options that are in alignment with your “likes”. Please let me know what some of your challenges may be. I’d also love to hear what is working well for you! I am also available for Health Coaching. If you’d like a FREE Consultation, please email me at Here’ s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!

Check out my favorite Food Guide Pyramid. What do you notice that makes it uniquely different from the USDA Food Guid Pyramid?


12 Steps to a Healthier YOU! May 13, 2010

What’s In YOUR Heart?

Hey everyone. How has your week been? As we all know, the summer is practically here already. People are planning vacations, weddings, reunions, anniversaries, and all kinds of fun events to feel great and look fabulous for. Then there are others who are just trying to get by, looking for work, or wanting to create a career that feels good to them. Whatever we are going through, the way we feel, function, and think will effect all of our efforts. Food becomes our thoughts, our blood, our skin, the way we relate to people, and the way we experience ourselves in the world. The quality of what we eat and how we spend our time will ALWAYS have a huge effect on the quality of the experiences and opportunities we get to have. How are you feeling about yourself now? Are you ready for life? Do you feel confident, and in a place of power? I hope so. Optimal health and wellness will always allow us to reach our goals in life much quicker, and with more ease, joy, and grace as we are in the process. 

Tuesday I spoke for a group called the Tuesday Transitioners. I was asked to speak about how to stay fit and healthy in the face of the adversity. They are all in a career transition of some form. I delivered to them the 12 Steps I use in my own life, as well as teach my clients. These are the 12 Steps to a healthier you, no matter who you are! They will keep you healthy, looking good, feeling good, and performing at your best. Check them out! Also, please see a new video I filmed recently that will highlight the type of workouts I do myself and with my clients. Here’s To your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!  

12 Steps to a Healthier YOU  

1) Drink more water– you want to be sure you are drinking at lease 1/2 your body’s weight in ounces. Our body is made up of 75% water so it only makes sense that this essential fluid must be continually replenished. We can go a month without food, but we can only live 2-3 days without water. Water is crucial to our survival…we can literally prevent disease. A large population of Americans are dehydrated, which contributes significantly to a poor state of health. Regularly flushing out the kidneys and bladder with water ensures that dead cells and other waste products can be expelled before they reach toxic levels. Maintaining hydration can prevent premature aging, eliminate pain and headaches, lessen hypertension, and promote weight loss. Add a slice of lemon, a slash of fruit juice, or a slice of cucumber for taste if you don’t like the taste of plain water. 

2) Practice Cooking– Learning the art of simple meal planning will help you get all the nutrients you need as well as release you from dependency on restaurant food, fast food, and other processed foods. You won’t be a good cook at first, so be willing to be bad, in order to learn. It’s worth it…we eat much differently when we are feeding ourselves vs the alternatives.  

3) Increase Whole Grains– Many fashionable diets say to avoid carbs…I’ve done this…it doesn’t work! Whole grains have been a central element of the human diet since the dawn of civilization. Until very recently, people living in these communities had lean, strong bodies. People are gaining weight today bc they are consuming too much chemicalized junk food, and consume too much caffeine, sugar, nicotine and alcohol. It’s NOT the carbs! Oddly enough, many will avoid eating whole grains, yet they will eat junk food carbs, when one is beneficial to their health and the other is not. Some examples: quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, brown rice, millet  


4) Increase Sweet Vegetables- Almost everyone craves sweets. Instead of depending on processed sugar, you can add more naturally sweet flavor to your daily diet. EX) When I was training for fitness competitions, I wouldn’t eat carrots but then would binge on cakes, cookies, etc Some sweet vegetable examples: corn, carrots, onions, beets, winter, butternut, buttercup, and delicata squash, sweet potatoes and yams.  5) Increase Leafy Green Vegetables- Learning to cook and eat greens, especially the leafy kind, is essential for creating lasting health. These are the scarcest food in the American diet. Greens help build our internal rainforest and strengthens our circulatory and respiratory systems. Some benefits gained are:  

– blood purification  

– cancer prevention  

– improved circulation  

– immune strengthening  

– subtle, light, and flexible energy  

– lifted spirit, elimination of depression  

– promotion of healthy intestinal flora  

– improved liver, gallbladder, and kidney function  

– clearing of congestion, especially in lungs, and reduction of mucus  

6) Experiment with Protein- Protein is the basic building block for the human structure, helping bodies form muscles, skin, and hair. Because of our BIO-INDIVIDUALITY, protein requirements vary dramatically from person to person.  

– I recommend experimenting with reducing or increasing your protein intake and trying different sources, animal and vegetable, and noticing the impacts on your body.   

7) Eat Less meat, dairy, sugar, and chemicalized junk foods; consume less coffee, alcohol, and tobacco-  

– I would rather “CROWD OUT” than take away from any individuals diet, however most people who reduce or eliminate these things feel more energized immediately. If they are already sick, cutting down on these foods helps them recover their health and vitality.  

-Buy ORGANIC when you can!!!  

8) Develop Easy and Reliable Habits to Nurture Your body- A KEY component to overall health, is the relationship between you and your body. This relationship is all to often looked over by the medical community. I can attest to the fact that this is a form of primary food, and we need it. I’ve listed a few examples of these “esteemable acts” below:  

-using a tongue cleaner- an inexpensive yet transformative tool. Dentists are recommending it more and more bc it helps fight cavities by removing bacteria from the mouth. It also prevents bad breath and helps with cravings by cleaning the tongue of leftover food residue that could lead to cravings for those foods eaten previously.  

-hot towel scrubs- relaxation circulation, and detoxification The skin is the largest organ of elimination, and stimulating the pores will help them eliminate better  

– hot water bottle- for comfort in bed, use it to balance your HARA, the lower belly (asian philosophy believes this to be the center and source of your life energy) A warm bottle on the belly brings more energy and more blood circulation to the digestive organs in this area, which are really the engine of your body. It aids in digesting food and in unblocking energy that may be stuck after a heavy meal  

-Also, getting proper rest, relaxation and fun. THIS is soooo important!  

9) Have healthy relationships that support you- Figuring out which kind of relationship works best for you is crucial. It’s rare that I meet someone who feels ENTIRELY supported by his or her family, friends, co-workers, boss, and significant other. Most important is that we ask for help and for what we need from those loved ones around us. Or we can make new relationships by getting into some new circles of people, that may be aligned with us in ways that will feel supportive to us.  

10) Find Physical Activity You Enjoy and Do It Regularly- A lot of people go to great lengths to eat healthy, but then they don’t exercise regularly. Movement aids digestion, assimilation, circulation and respiration and is a crucial part of any healthy person’s regimen. Think about what ways in which you like to move, and make a menu of movement to keep it interesting  





– taking a walk outside, somewhere pretty with fresh air  


-aerobics class  



– riding a bicycle  

* I always change it up  

11) Find Work you love or a way to love the work you have- some of you may not have a job right now, so tyring things like networking, mastermind groups, meet-up groups (, book clubs, bartering, and volunteer work can help so much  

-THESE THINGS KEEP THE VALVE OPEN, so you are open and available for the right thing at the right time!!!! Keep the flow going!  

-You’d be surprised that by making certain changes, such as fueling your life in other ways, practicing public speaking for more confidence, actively seeking more fun, will help dissolve the issues around work you may currently be experiencing  

12) Develop a spiritual practice- Spirituality is what gives deep meaning to life, creating the feeling of divine order and harmony that exists above and beyond human limitations.It can offer us a sense of purpose and belonging. For some this means embracing their religion at birth, following traditions of their ancestors and seeking depth through prayer with God. Others feel disconnected with the past and explore new avenues such as Eastern religions and meditation. OR For those who are atheist or agnostic, being spiritual may mean going for a walk in the late evening and feeling the vastness of the night sky, or walking by the ocean and enjoying the sense of infinite, endless space.It has been my experience, that when people feel connected with the big picture…they get healthier faster!  

Pick one step to try each week. What’s your first step gonna be? Begin NOW.  





Numbers CAN Lie May 6, 2010


I think its important to make sure people understand that being “thin” does not always mean being healthy. Our society is so HYPER-focused on skinny, and we tend to get brainwashed as a result. Eating a diet that consist of whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, veggies, and water is way more important than what a person weighs, in determining their level of health. Let’s face it…we all have different body types and genetic predispositions. We must embrace our natural shape and size and instead of focusing on the size we wear or the numbers on the scale, we must shift our focus to the nutrients we feed ourselves on a daily basis. You don’t have to let the media brain wash you into a mis-perception of what beauty is. Beauty is way more than how much a person weighs, so please keep that in  mind. We look beautiful when we feel beautiful, so just focus on feeling great. Do you listen to your body? It is talking to you all the time, telling you what it needs. As long as you pay attention and treat your body with respect, you will live a healthy existence. I am here cheering you on! Here’s To your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!


How Bad Are Your Bad Habits?

Which Way Are You Going???

Hello there! How are you feeling today? Do you realize that our bodies are such amazing, brilliant , intelligent, and wise organisms that really tell us everything we need to know? Therefore, if you are not already, I urge you to begin to tune in and turn within, to check-in with what your body is telling you at all times. Your body will send you very clear messages when it is not feeling well, when it’s fatigued and needs rest, or when you are putting things in it that are harming you.

We all know there are certain behaviors that will reduce our life span. Our bad habits such as smoking, excessive drinking, eating unhealthy processed foods, and living sedentary lifestyles can and WILL take their toll. New research states that when all four of these bad habits come together they can prematurely age someone by 12 years! That is mind-blowing right! 12 years is a lot of years older, and I cannot imagine any one of us wanting to speed the natural aging process up.

Integrative Nutrition guest speaker Dr. Walter Willett, the chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, was quoted by Time magazine saying, “conclusions are profoundly important and worth replicating: healthy lifestyle practices that are modest and simple—specifically, not smoking, getting regular physical activity, eating a good diet and avoiding excessive alcohol consumption—can profoundly affect our chances of living to an old age.”  It is really simple people…reduce the chemicals you put into your bodies and enjoy the benefits of a more youthful, longer life. 

You would think this should be enough to know for people to really get the motivation to take action and responsibility for their health. Afterall, it seems so easy right? However, as a Health Coach, I see it all the time, that this is not the case. I am very passionate about my job and what I do because I get to help people overcome these challenges on a daily basis. I help my clients get to the root of their issues, so we can heal them on every level. We uncover the reasons for why they are not making healthy choices, that align with what they really want. As a result, they are able to resolve these core issues and I get to see people lose weight, gain energy, eliminate sickness and fatigue from their lives completely, and gain radiant, glowing health from the inside out!  

Are you someone who struggles with eliminating processed foods from your diet? Do you find it difficult to enjoy your life without excessive amounts of alcohol and smoking? Are you just plain stuck, sedentary, and unable to make any real positive changes toward getting healthier and more fit? Please share your questions and comments here for me on  the blog, or better yet, email me at for a FREE consultation!

I truly hope you take your health and wellness seriously and do for yourself, all the things you need to live a FIT life. You deserve to feel great every day! Here’s To Your Health, Wellness, and Vitality!!!


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