The Truth Within

The Truth Within

Do you find yourself constantly seeking out diet advice or jumping on board with the newest weight-loss program? Do you feel like your thoughts are consumed with what to eat or what not to eat? Do you wish you could be free from the non-stop chatter of the monkey-mind, obsessing about how your health or your body is not enough?

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To Be

To Be

Ready for a little Spanish lesson? It will be relevant, I promise!

I am currently teaching my Spanish students the difference between the two verbs that represent “to be” (ser and estar), and the different situations in which to use them.

This can be confusing, as in English we just have just one verb that means “to be” (conjugated as I am, you are, he/she is…)

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I'm Aware, Now What?

I'm Aware, Now What?

This week I am following up my previous posts on “Feeling the Feels” and “Cultivating Awareness”.

Let’s say you have cultivated an awareness of automatic responses to uncomfortable emotions. You want to change these behaviors but you don’t know where to start.

You may discover your self-soothing behaviors are incredibly powerful. This is because you have been using them automatically for so long.

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The Word "Should"

The Word "Should"

If you have been reading my posts for a while you might have realized that I believe in the power of words, for example, my previous discussion of “weight loss” versus “weight release”.

Today I would like to discuss the word “should”.

If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I really shouldn’t be eating this!” as they bit into a sugary treat….

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Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset

As a teacher, I have repeatedly witnessed the power of a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset in the classroom.

Students who have developed a growth mindset come to class curious, open, and excited to learn. They understand that trying, making "mistakes", regrouping, and trying again is a part of the learning process.

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Is Alcohol an Obstacle?

Is Alcohol an Obstacle?

If you read last week's post, you might recall that I believe sugar is the most common obstacle preventing people from achieving optimal health. I thought about another prevalent obstacle as I viewed a youngster on the Malecón sporting an "Espresso then Prosecco" t-shirt: alcohol. 

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The Practice of Reframing

The Practice of Reframing

About a week before leaving for Mexico I met with my naturopath to review blood work results. It appeared that it was time to bring my estrogen and thyroid back into balance. I could either start hormone replacement therapy, or I could complete a detox protocol for six weeks to restore hormonal harmony naturally. I chose the second option.

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Foraging and Fiddleheads

Foraging and Fiddleheads

Today is the official start of our summer vacation- yay! Nothing signifies the start of summer like the emergence of the fiddleheads. I spent the morning in a delightfully meditative state, foraging for the special green beauties. My Alaskan friends and I agree: there is something deeply primal about heading out into the woods and gathering wild plants. It just feels right. It's also amazing to come home with bags full of nutrient dense vegetation. 

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Enjoy the Process

Enjoy the Process

I was just out tending to my tapped birch trees: collecting the nutrient dense water, listening to the spring birds sing, enjoying the calming energy of the woods. It was exciting to see that the trees gave me exactly five gallons of water over night! I have been having so much fun collecting and bottling the water for fermentation. My goal is to produce champagne, and that will be exciting, but I'm definitely enjoying the whole process. If the champagne experiment fails, oh well!

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