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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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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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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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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Awareness, Spiritual Journey

Metaphor is Reality

The ocean of samsara is literal. It’s not a metaphor. The ocean is composed of many water molecules. The water stores information. It stores memory. It stores the memory of all of human existence. It stores the memory of samsara, the cycle of birth old age sickness and death. It reinforces this pattern and this cycle. The cycle is conditioned…

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Awareness, Exercise, Health, Health Education, Movement, Nutrition, Psychology, raw vegan, Self-Care, Special Diet, Spiritual Journey, travel, vegan, Weight Loss, Yoga

9 Keys to Wellness

I’ve remembered the keys to feeling really truly deeply good. This is my personal recipe for success: Meditation. Every morning first thing. This is nonnegotiable. I enjoy guided meditation and have found my visualization and clairvoyance really open up since I began using Jai Release last October. The humming meditation helps clear away any energetic residue from dream time or…

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Awareness, Movement, Spiritual Journey

Rainforest download: We all come in with enough energy to sustain ourselves because we are ALL ONE

I took a walk through the jungle today in a new part of the island for me. I passed through a residential area with an abundance of fruit trees. Sprouted and fresh coconuts littered the ground. Jackfruit, limes, bananas, papaya, and citrus dangled from lush, dense tropical trees. I walked up and down hills past cozy resorts like ghost towns.…

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