Addiction, Awareness, Calories, Health, Health Education, Nutrition, Psychology, Self-Care, Special Diet, Weight Loss

My Experience With Extreme Calorie Restriction + What I Do Now Instead

I cannot count the number of times I have tried calorie restricted diets. Sometimes the goal was simply: eat as little as possible, or as few meals as possible. Other times, I had set goals of 1600, 1500, or sometimes even 1200 calories. I tried intermittent fasting. I juice fasted for 30 days. Or even more extreme, I water fasted…

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Awareness, Ayurveda, Exercise, Health, Health Education, Movement, Self-Care, Spiritual Journey, travel, Yoga

Hot Yoga: A Westernized Ayurvedic Perspective

When you practice asanas (yoga postures) in India, it’s hot, and you sweat. No heated room necessary! In 2017, I stayed at an ashram in March and April outside of Bangalore in the south of India. It was an extremely hot and dry time of the year, analogous to spring, sort of… I completed an Ayurveda training program as well…

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Addiction, Awareness, Calories, Career Health, Health, Health Education, Nutrition, Psychology, Self-Care

Addictive Personality: The Balance of Moderation & Abstinence

I can get addicted to pretty much anything. Food. Sex. Drugs. Alcohol. Cigarettes. TV. Exercise. Codependency. Spiritual practice. My phone. My computer. Social media. Work. Shopping. Caffeine. Coffee. Juice cleansing. Enemas. Water fasting. Overeating. Undereating. And on and on… No gambling, yet. Thank you very much! Over the years, I’ve worked on my addictive personality in many ways. I’ve tried…

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Calories, carbs, diabetes, Health, Health Education, heart disease, high fat, low fat, Nutrition, raw vegan, Special Diet, vegan, Weight Loss

How I Eat 500g Carbs/Day & Maintain Ideal Weight or Lose Weight

With the low carb, Paleo, and Ketogenic diet crazes taking the health and fitness world by storm, you may be confused about carbs. Carbs are getting a terrible reputation right now as the harbingers of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, candida, and pretty much every other chronic disease process known to humankind. But, they’re not bad. Keep your carbs high,…

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Addiction, Awareness, Calories, carbs, diabetes, Health, Health Education, heart disease, high fat, low fat, Nutrition, Psychology, raw vegan, Self-Care, Special Diet, vegan, Weight Loss

High Fat vs. Low Fat Raw Vegan Diet

A raw food diet can be done many, many ways. Generally-speaking, raw food diets fall into two camps: high fat and low fat. In the high fat camp, some people still enjoy eating raw animal products, like unpasteurized milk, eggs, raw meats and fish. I have no experience eating a raw animal-containing diet, so I will leave that approach to…

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Easy Sweet Treat Recipe: Banana Cinnamon Rolls

The sweetest raw treat in the world is the banana cinnamon roll. Last year at the Woodstock Fruit Festival 2018, I had the absolute pleasure of making thousands of those beauties along with dear friends of mine. I learned the recipe at Woodstock in 2016, and the original version derives from Canadian raw foodie recipe creator, Robert Kornacki. This super…

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Addiction, Awareness, Calories, Exercise, Health, Health Education, Movement, Overexercise, Psychology, Self-Care, Spiritual Journey, Weight Loss, Yoga

Exercising to Eat: My Shift Away From Overexercising

I have made the mistake, time and time again, of adding in way too much exercise way too fast. For example, I start running again after months or years off. A week later, I’m running a 10k everyday. Or, I get back on my road bike after 3 years off, and suddenly, I’m riding 50 miles a day everyday. This…

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Calories, carbs, Health, Health Education, holiday, low fat, Psychology, raw vegan, Self-Care, Special Diet, travel

Healthy Travel: My Top 5 Tips

How do you resist the aroma of Cinnabon and fried foods in the airport? How do you say no to the onslaught of pre-packaged airplane meals when you’re stuck on a plane for 14 or more hours with nothing to do? If you manage to eat healthfully on the airplane, the rest of your trip will rock! You will come…

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Raw Recipe: Snickerdoodle Persimmon Nice Cream

One of my favorite things about the fall and early winter is persimmons. If you have never eaten a persimmon, and you’re reading this sometime between October-December, then go to your nearest grocery store, and get some! The trick with persimmons is to let them ripen. They can take forever. The two main varieties are fuyu or Japanese persimmon and…

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Awareness, Calories, carbs, Exercise, Health, Health Education, low fat, Psychology, raw vegan, Self-Care, Special Diet, Spiritual Journey, vegan

5 Warning Signs Your Lifestyle Needs to Change + 5 Steps To Get Back On Track Now

Are you familiar with this cycle?  Make healthy changes. Fall off track. Get back on track. Fall off track. Repeat… I have experienced this cycle an embarrassing number of times.  However, I catch myself when I fall off track more and more quickly, because I know what to look out for.  Awareness is the very first step to change! Here…

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