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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 14: Food, Mindful Eating, and Emotional Bananas with Liz Winters, NTP

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 14: Food, Mindful Eating, and Emotional Bananas with Liz Winters, NTP

We have our first podcast guest, y’all! This week on the show, Tracey and I welcome our friend, fitness coach and nutrition expert Liz Winters, to talk about all things food, mindful eating, and how to negotiate with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

Liz is a nutritional therapy practitioner and crossfit coach in here in Portland, and runs her own private nutrition practice and small group training practice, Sprout Wellness, where she educates and empowers people to improve their overall health through movement, nutrition, and realistic lifestyle shifts.

This conversation was so much fun to have, and Liz offers a ton of useful […]

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    Curious & Curiouser, Episode 13: Mental Health Therapy and Acupuncture as Tools for Transformation

Curious & Curiouser, Episode 13: Mental Health Therapy and Acupuncture as Tools for Transformation

Today on the podcast, we explore the intersection of Tracey’s work and my own, talk all about the benefits of combining mental health therapy with acupuncture and other forms of bodywork, and explain how doing so can facilitate transformation and often accelerate healing.

Both Tracey and I have seen our clients and patients progress more quickly when they are willing to make themselves vulnerable by asking for help on various levels from a variety of supportive people.

We have both also experienced the transformative power of this process ourselves — which is something we discuss openly in the episode.

For those of you who have been wondering, I […]

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    Sometimes Growth Feels Gross (or, Today’s Full Moon and the Discomfort of Changing Your Story)

Sometimes Growth Feels Gross (or, Today’s Full Moon and the Discomfort of Changing Your Story)

“May we remind ourselves that growth doesn’t need to feel good to be good for us in the long run.” ~Chani Nicholas

THIS.

Whether or not you’re into astrology and tracking the cycles of the moon, this message from the infinitely wise and talented Chani Nicholas on this day of the full moon is so on point I couldn’t not share it.

Growth is painful sometimes.

(Ahem, most of the time.)

It can feel fucking terrible and make staying the same seem like the better and more desirable option. The discomfort of becoming something different than you are right now without any guarantee about what exactly your efforts to change […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 12: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 12: The Stories We Tell Ourselves

I am super excited about this week’s episode of the podcast, y’all. We’re talking about something that is near and dear to my heart — namely, the stories we tell about ourselves and the world, many of which are just frankly untrue.

And most of which are not all that helpful to our growth and evolution as people.

Tracey and I explore in detail the transformative power of questioning your assumptions, the importance of challenging your beliefs, and the steps involved in changing your story.

We also include a sweet diagram (courtesy of Tracey) for those of you who appreciate visual learning tools. (You’re welcome.)

This episode is full of useful insights and […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 11: Self Care for Real Life

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 11: Self Care for Real Life

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Self care. A bit of a hot topic in recent years, huh?

In today’s episode of the podcast, Tracey and I are discussing this very thing, talking specifically about how true self care is often doing the things that are hard and not particularly comfortable — like paying your bills and having strong boundaries.

We also address the question of how to practice self care amidst the less-than-awesome political climate currently dominating the news cycle in the U.S., in order […]

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    Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 10: Relationships & Attachment

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 10: Relationships & Attachment

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This week on the podcast, Tracey and I are talking about attachment — a topic about which Tracey is an expert and something she works on regularly in her work with clients.

Specifically, we’re asking the question:  How does being curious about your own attachment style enhance your relationships?

(Spoiler alert:  It helps SO MUCH. Seriously.)

Tracey starts off this episode by giving a brief history of attachment theory, breaking down the three main attachment styles that play out in adult relationships. Tracey and I […]

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 9: Manifesting

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In this week’s episode of the podcast, Tracey and I talk about manifesting — a word we see being tossed around a lot in the self-help and personal development arena — often to the detriment of those who fall prey to the hype. We discuss the ways that our attempts to manifest can go wrong and leave us feeling less content in the end. We also call bullshit on The Secret (which is something I did previously in […]

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 8: Sex Myths Debunked

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Another episode of the podcast is here! This week, Tracey and I are continuing our conversation from last week, debunking some myths floating around about sex, sexual pleasure, and our bodies.

We decided to continue this discussion after the House of Representatives passed the healthcare bill last week — a bill that left both of us feeling extremely disappointed and pretty fired up. We recorded this episode the day after the bill passed, and we get a little political at the beginning of the conversation, not […]

Curious & Curiouser Podcast, Episode 7: Sex and Desire

Sex and desire. These are the topics for this week’s podcast episode.

(Spicy!)

Tracey and I started this podcast because we wanted a place to have honest, unfiltered conversations, to talk about things that get pushed aside or pretended away or ignored because they might lead to discomfort or uncertainty.

Well, I think we might have nailed it (pun intended) with this episode. It’s possible some parts of our discussion will make you slightly uncomfortable. Hopefully this dialogue also makes you think a little bit.

At the very least, I hope you laugh. We certainly did.

Please note that we talk very openly and honestly about sex, sex education, and […]

Let’s Stop Pathologizing Anxiety, Shall We?

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”  ~ Albert Einstein

Is anxiety always pathological? I think not.

As someone with a previous history of panic attacks that seemed to arise out of nowhere, I can say that I am very familiar with the experience of an anxiety that is persistent and disruptive to everyday living, and an anxiety that can be difficult to trace to a specific origin.

But I think automatically labeling all anxiety as pathological is unhelpful for a myriad of reasons.

Most notably, anxiety is your body trying to send a […]