Your Body is Not a Meatsack

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“When we contemplate the miracle of embodied life, we begin to partner with our bodies in a kinder way.” ~Sharon Salzberg Your body is not a meatsack. Neither is mine. Even though I have referred to it that way on multiple occasions. (Including on at least three episodes of my own podcast.) I can’t remember where I first heard this …

How to Not Hate Your Period

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“Leaders bleed, period.” ~Silvia Young There are lots of folks out there talking about menstrual cycles and how to support them with supplements and diet and lifestyle changes, etc. That’s not what this post is about. This post is about figuring out how to not hate your period. Because I meet too many women who do. And if we are going …

On Food As Medicine

food as medicine

Let’s talk about this idea of food as medicine, shall we? Because I think we’re sometimes missing the point in the health and wellness world on this topic, and that it’s not as simple as we’d like to believe it is. First, a story… When I was in grad school, I often felt like I wasn’t doing a “good enough” …

On Movement, Aesthetics, Intuition, & Becoming Your Own Expert

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“We all have a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.” ~Jane Austen, Mansfield Park Here’s a fun truth nobody’s talking about:  What worked for someone else might not work for you. What? Yep. It’s true. This applies to fitness, nutrition, relationships, career, sleep, sex, morning routines, and so many other …

On Feeling Sad, Summer Shame, & Tips For Dealing With Reverse SAD

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~John Steinbeck PSA:  It’s okay if you don’t love summer. The truth is, I don’t either. In fact, it is my least favorite season. I typically just survive through the summer months (barely), getting through them each year by reminding myself on an almost …

On Social Media, Dopamine, & Why It’s Okay to Quietly Succeed

A couple of weeks ago, I read an article in the New York Times about a 96 year old woman, Sylvia Bloom, who died with a small fortune in the bank, most of which she donated to a charity in New York City providing educational opportunities to underprivileged kids. First:  Slow clap for the badassery it took Sylvia to toil …

Everything Is In Flux (or, On Adulting, Impermanence, & Accelerated Greying)

“We are bathing in mystery and confusion on many subjects, and I think that will always be our destiny. The universe will always be much richer than our ability to understand it.” ~Carl Sagan Yesterday, I woke up with three new moles on my abdomen and about eighteen new grey hairs. Ok, so I didn’t actually count the moles or …

On Saying No, Opting Out, & Disappointing Other People

“We’re all busy. We’ve all taken on too much. Saying yes to less is the way out.” ~Derek Sivers Here’s a fun fact:  We all have a finite amount of time and energy. Which means that being discerning about how we allocate that time and energy is essential. I was reminded this week what it feels like to let your …

It’s Okay to Feel Terrible Sometimes

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~Jonathan Safran Foer “The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” ~Chuck Palahniuk I recently watched Planet Earth II — the new-ish sequel to the original series from 2006 — and was reminded how beautiful and magical and harsh and violent and dynamic this …

Tell Yourself a Better Story

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.” ~Virginia Woolf Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about identity. About how we box ourselves into identities by repeatedly telling ourselves stories that are, perhaps, more than a little outdated at this point in our lives. I know I do this. Tell myself the …