You don’t have to hide

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“Don’t plant your bad days. They grow into weeks. The weeks grow into months. Before you know it, you got yourself a bad year. Take it from me – choke those little bad days. Choke ‘em down to nothing.”
Tom Waits

It’s in your moment of raw honesty that the truth of you are rolls up its sleeves and begins to restore you with grace. I know that sounds like a airy-fairy thing to say, but your higher self totally understands the struggle. You can arrive, be with it in any condition. It loves you in your slobbery, ugly, vulnerable, flailing mess. She welcomes your doubts, frustrations, questions, and confusion. Her/his/it’s mind is already made up about you. It’s in your exposed humanity that grace really works, and it won’t work any other way. You don’t have to hide.

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Elizabeth Gilbert on Happiness

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Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.

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A Foundation of Food

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The first thing I want to say is that I am a big believer in whole foods that reduce systemic inflammation. Some of these foods, however, will not do that for every individual, and I typically recommend people seriously consider getting a food allergy test done from a doctor.

I am going to start with meats and eggs because that is the easiest, I will be adding to this periodically so if you do not see something simply ask in the comments and I will either let you know why it is not on the list or add it.

Wild caught fish (high in Omega 3′s), Cold water fish is higher in O3′s

Grass Fed Beef (nutrient profile of grass fed is better than grain fed so don’t avoid fatty cuts, do not just eat any beef, if Grass Fed is not available opt for as lean as possible)(Also great as an energy dense option for those struggling to eat enough to support their performance, 85/15 Grass Fed Ground Beef is a PR powerhouse).

Lean cuts of meat (simply lower in fat so inherently not high in Omega 6′s)

Eggs preferably with Omega 3′s

Simple rule is the darker the better in terms of vitamins and nutrient density, do I really need to say you should have more vegetables than fruits by volume?

Seafood-(Cold Water Fish)

Cod

Herring

Oysters

Salmon

Halibut

Sardines

Tuna

Trout

Striped Bass

White Fish

Snapper

Fruits

Berries, the darker the better

Pineapple (contains an enzyme Bromelain with excellent healing properties)

Papaya (great for processing protein for muscle development)

Blueberries (anti-oxidants to the max)

Cranberries

goji berries

Mulberries

Cherries

Apples

Kiwi

Lemon

Avocados

Oranges

Rhubarb

Limes

Guava

Coconut (technically can be a nut and seed too)

Bananas (not very nutrient dense and highish in calories, ripe bananas are great for carb nights)(great energy dense fruit with starch)

Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegetables (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cruciferous_vegetables)(Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Kale, just to name a few, these are the anti-inflammatory all stars, if you just ate these you would be doing quite well for yourself)

Ginger

Green Beans

Kale (go to vegetable for salads, lettuce is for wimps)

Olives

Spring Onions (mostly green)

Leeks

Spinach (does it need to be said that Spinach should be a staple food)

Sweet Potatoes (great starchy carb for post workout carb refeeds)(excellent option as an addition for those eating too little)

Chards

Bell Pepper (all colors)

Bok Choy

Fennel

Mushrooms

Brussel Sprouts

Sour Kraut

Squash (another good starchy option for athletic types, )

Cucumbers

Tomato

Chili’s

Kelp

Chestnuts (great starchy carb for post workout carb refeed, kabocha squash gets high marks)

Fats and Oils (all are great for energy dense option)

Clarified Butter or Ghee

Coconut Oil (great for cooking, remains stable at high temperatures)

Coconut Milk (sauces are phenomenal, use this to make curries)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (great for dressings not great for cooking at high temperatures as it loses some of the nutrition value)

Avocado Oil (also a good high temperature option)

Walnut Oil

Grape Seed Oil

Nuts (be careful with nuts, they are calorically dense and often very processed)

Great List

Macadamia Nuts

Hazelnuts and Filberts

These are OK but just don’t eat a ton

Almonds

Brazil Nuts

Cashews

Pecans

Pistachios

Walnuts

Seeds (limit these as well)

Pine Nuts

Sesame Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds

Sunflower Seeds

Hemp Seeds

Flax Seeds

Chia Seeds

Herbs

Cinnamon

Basil

Cloves

Mint

Parsley

Oregano

Rosemary

Turmeric

Thyme

Chili Pepper

Cocoa (I love as raw nibs with fruits for desserts in the evenings)

Licorice

Paprika

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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF DURING A BAD BODY IMAGE DAY

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1. Recognize that fat isn’t a feeling. It’s a word.
There are always underlying emotions that we attach to feeling fat. When the “I feel fat” thoughts start up, try to identify what you’re feeling underneath the body dissatisfaction. Are you feeling lonely? Anxious? Invisible? Scared? Ashamed? Inadequate? Whatever the feelings are recognize that they are separate from your body.

2. Treat yourself as you would a friend.
Because it’s difficult to be kind to ourselves in the moment when the body hating thoughts take over, try responding to your thoughts as if you were supporting a friend. What would you say to someone you loved who was battling your same struggle with body image?
You wouldn’t tell them to not eat for the day in order to compensate for what they ate the previous night. You wouldn’t tell them to punish themselves for their body size through over-exercise, self-harm, or abusive eating habits. You wouldn’t tell them they were worthless or unloveable because of their weight. So why do you tell yourself these things? Break the cycle and start treating yourself like a friend—you deserve that kindness and love from everyone, especially yourself.

3. Recognize that you are so much more than the size of your body.
What you look like does not define you. It doesn’t discount your worth as a human being. You are so much more than a number on the scale. As a living, breathing, feeling human being you have inherent value. You are special and important and loved. You exist and therefore you matter.
Your appearance is such a small part of who you are, and it certainly doesn’t warrant enough power to discount the person you are inside. You aren’t your body or your weight—you are your goals and dreams and passions and values. You are your strengths and talents and insight. You are a soul and a spirit and a force of nature. Your body does not define you.

4. Shift your focus from the external to the internal.
Make a list of all the people you look up to and are inspired by—not because of their weight or appearance, but because of who they are and what they do. Write out all the qualities they have that make you appreciate and value them.
Use the list as a reminder that it’s the internal things—our dreams and passions and goals and morals and insight and character—that truly define who we are and draw people to us; not how we look.
You are no exception to this. Try making your own list of things you like about yourself that have nothing to do with appearance or body size. If you have a difficult time creating one, ask some friends and family to help you.

5. Think about what you want to be remembered for after you die.
I don’t want people to remember me for what I looked like, what size jeans I wore, or what I weighed. I want to be remembered for the person I am. I want to be remembered as someone who brought about positive change in the world. I want to be remembered as loving friend, partner, and family member. I want to be remembered for my passions and my creativity and my strength. I want to be remembered as someone who made a difference. What do you want your legacy to be? Chances are, it doesn’t have to do with weight.

6. Instead of focusing on the size of your body, start focusing on what your body allows you to do.

The human body is an incredible force. When we get caught up in the number on the scale and size of clothes however, we forget just how lucky we are to have a fully functioning vehicle to engage in life with. So stop hating your body for the way it looks and start acknowledging and appreciating your body for all that it allows you to do.
Make a list of each activity and feat your body helps you to partake in and accomplish. If you want to be even more specific, list out each body part and describe all the things you wouldn’t be able to do without it. Your body is strong, powerful, and beautiful, regardless of it’s size. Choose to treat it with love, compassion, and gratitude instead of hate and judgement.

7. Challenge your negative thoughts.
You may not be able to change the way you feel about your body today, tomorrow, or a month from now, but you can begin the process by challenging the thoughts in the moment. Write out a dialogue between your negative voice and a healthy voice. If you have a hard time coming up with positive counters to the negative thoughts, pretend that you are speaking positively about a friend or loved one.
Even if you don’t believe the things you say to counter the voice, it’s still important to speak out against it, because each time you argue with the thoughts, you are taking away some of their power and reclaiming your own. The more you challenge the thoughts, the less you will believe them. The more you argue back, the easier fighting the voice will become.

8. Allow yourself to feel your feelings.
There is a lot of built up energy and emotion underlying the way we feel about our bodies. Holding in how we feel or engaging in behaviors to numb out may make us feel better in the moment, but in the long run, it doesn’t remedy the pain we feel. It doesn’t make us feel better and it keeps us stuck.
Releasing the energy and painful emotions underlying our body shame requires us to feel our feelings. Whether that means throwing a tantrum on the floor, venting to a friend on the phone, punching a pillow, screaming in your car, or crying in bed, you need to allow yourself to feel your feelings. Let go of the judgement you have about what you feel and recognize that you are feeling these things for a reason. Give yourself permission to release your emotions and let everything out.

9. Do self care.
When you’re struggling with body image, distract yourself with healthy coping mechanisms. Take a bubble bath, get a message, ask for a back scratch (a personal favorite), cuddle with a pet, make plans with a supportive friend, watch your favorite movie, get a manicure, listening to calming music, do deep breathing—whatever it is, make sure it’s something self-soothing and helps you get out of your head.

10. Be kind with yourself.
You may not be able to control the way you feel about your body, but you can control what you do in response to how you feel.
Instead of beating yourself up, you can choose to treat yourself with compassion. Instead of engaging in unhealthy and abusive behaviors, you can choose to do self-care. Instead of treating your body as an enemy, you can choose to treat it as a friend. Instead of isolating yourself, you can choose to reach out for support and surround yourself with positive people who make you feel loved and accepted. Instead of agreeing with the negative thoughts, you can choose to challenge them.

You have more power than you think—don’t let the way you feel about your body keep you from living.

Coping with bad body image days may not be easy, but it is possible.
Don’t give up.
You aren’t alone.
Things can and will get better.
Remember this.

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That someone is you

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“You’re waiting for that magical day when someone makes the connection and recognizes who you really are. Maybe they’ll first catch the sparkle in your eye. Or perhaps they’ll marvel at your insights and the depth of your spirit. Someone who will help you connect the dots, believe in yourself, and make sense of it all. Someone who will understand you, approve of you, and unhesitatingly give you a leg up so that life can pluck your ready, ripened self from the branch of magnificence. Well, I’m here to tell you, your wait is over. That someone, is you.”
Mike Dooley, “Notes from the Universe”

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Breathe

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Breathe.

You got stuck. You got lost. You fell down the rabbit hole of brokenness again.

Breathe.

Today is a new start. A breathe of fresh air washes away the dust of yesterday. Who you were, what happened to you, what you did, and the hurt doesn’t have to seep into today.

Breathe.

It’s okay. You are going to make mistakes along the way. It’s okay all these potholes will help you learn to navigate the road you are on. You are not hopeless. You are not a lost cause. You are not destined to a life of misery.

Breathe.

I know it is hard to believe in good days. In love. In healing. In happiness. And so I will not ask you to believe in anything or anyone other than you. Believe in yourself and the rest will come.

Breathe.

Believe you can get out bed. Believe you can accomplish something no matter how small today. Believe you can find joy in the simple and mundane. Believe you matter. Your story and scars matter. Believe that it really will get better for you.

Love just breathe and start again…

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9 Point Life Inventory

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Why is it that most people wait for disease or tragedy to strike before they make big changes to their lives?  

True tragedy is more than getting ill – it’s not living each moment to it’s full potential.

Why Wait to Change? Why wait for growth to necessary? You can make it happen right now!

The time is now. Don’t wait for death, tragedy, a bad relationship, illness to knock on your door to make the changes needed in order to be Truly happy and totally fulfilled.  For all we know, this may be our last day on Earth … so live it that way.

Here’s a 9-point checklist to help you take inventory of your life and see if you’re living it to its utmost potential.

1. Relationships

What would you change in your relationships with others and your Self if you were diagnosed with a terminal illness?

Would you forgive someone (yourself?), spend more time with loved ones, express more appreciation to those who matter?

2. Physical Health

What would you change when it comes to your physical health if you were diagnosed with a severe illness?  Would you cleanse or eat more organic, raw, and superfoods. Would you appreciate the health you have with more exercise and time doing the things you really enjoy with your body?

3. Mental Health

What would you change mentally if you were diagnosed?

Would you start celebrating life and being more grateful?  Would you start focusing more on being positive and less on the negative?  Would you let go of the little things that stress you out and just allow them to be?  Would you learn something you’re passionate about but have been putting off?

4. Spirituality

What would you change to deepen your Spiritual connection and practice if you were diagnosed?

Would you meditate, pray and take more time to be in silence?  Would you allow yourself to receive more body work & healing sessions?  Would you study philosophy, put more energy into being present with your breath?  Would you accept death as a part of life and live your final days as fully as possible?

5. Creativity

What would you change when it comes to expressing your creativity if you were diagnosed?

Would you draw, paint, write or create video blogs about your journey? Would you build something with your hands, invest more energy into doing the things that really make you feel alive? What would be your creative form of expression to leave the world with?

6. Play

What would you change to allow more enjoyment into your life if you were diagnosed?

Would you play more sports, go for more hikes, take up a hobby you’ve always wanted to do, go skydiving or play with your kids?  What would you do to really play?

 7. Money and Work

What would you do when it comes to your money and work if you were diagnosed?

Would you quit stressing about your debts, leave your job and do something you love, go traveling, start up a business or project, give to charities, invest in amazing people & projects, do something more fun… what would it be for you?

8. Nature Connection

What would you do to feel more connected to the Earth and life if you were diagnosed?

Would you spend more time observing in silence, would you move to the country, go out on more hikes, go to a sweat lodge, do ceremony, go on a wild herb cleanse?  What would you change to get more connected?

 9. Your Dreams

What would you do to make sure that you lived your dreams as much as possible before dying?

What would you let go of to create the space in your life to make sure your last moments were lived fully?  What things would you do, how would you spend your time, where would you go, what bucket list items would you have to check off before exiting Earth?

Pass this on to anyone you Know who needs an Inspirational Dosage of Medicine and share below what you would change in your Life if you were diagnosed with Cancer (if the answer is nothing, then rock on — KEEP LIVING LIKE THAT!). 

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