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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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, 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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Psychology

Is Any Personality Not Disordered?

Clinical psychologists demarcate 10 personality types as personality disorders. These are long-standing patterns of relating that cause impairment in one’s relationship to oneself and others. Each consists of a set of features, and when someone has a certain number of features, then they are said to have the disorder. To my knowledge, I’ve never been diagnosed with a personality disorder,…

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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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Addiction, Awareness, Psychology, Spiritual Journey

Emotional Availability: Presence and Openness in the Heartspace

Emotional availability is the extent to which an individual can receive and share heart-based connection with others. This idea has been a theme of my growth for the past year. It has helped me discern which relationships are serving me and which require adjustment to be healthier and more expansive. Emotional availability is a spectrum along which individuals vary greatly,…

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