4 Major Ways Sugar Affects Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Life

4 Major Ways Sugar Affects Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Life

I gave up sugar because I had to.   When I got sick several years ago—suffering from inexplicable digestive issues, fatigue, and weak joints among other things—since I couldn't get help from my doctor, I found a holistic nutritionist.  My nutritionist soon found an overgrowth of yeast (candida albicans), parasites, and other opportunistic bacteria living inside of my body. If that wasn’t gross enough, she also told me that these nasty little stomach bugs feed (and thrive!) on sugar . . .   . . . so, sugar had to go!   I gave up candy. I gave up bread. I even gave up fresh fruit (even the low-sugar variety, like berries). And it was a tough transition at first! It was like withdrawing from a drug. (Well, in fact, it was...

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The Power of Thought

The Power of Thought

I used to think that life was so hard.   I used to believe that it just happened to me; life was a crapshoot that I had absolutely no control over.   I would witness the crazy ebbs and flows of life—if I was in a wonderful, “flow” time in my life, I was certain that the bad “ebb” time wasn’t far behind. I would anxiously wait for a bomb to drop whenever I was having a great time in my life. I would sit there worrying about what bad thing was going to happen to me next—thus ruining the present moment of happiness that I was experiencing—and, just as I suspected, the “ebb cycle” would begin. As I’ve grown, both mentally and spiritually, I have realized that I have way more power in my life than I was giving myself credit for. I...

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A Day In the Well-Lived Life: My Experience With Flotation Therapy

A Day In the Well-Lived Life: My Experience With Flotation Therapy

I am little bit of a junkie when it comes to different therapies or treatments that might in some way, shape, or form enhance my well-being. I just love to find new ways to clear pathways within the body, invigorate or rejuvenate my health, or just help to change my perspective. As such, I have done everything from EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) tapping to guided imagery sessions to acupuncture and hypnotherapy—and so much more! Recently, I tried a therapy that I have wanted to do for some time: flotation therapy.   What is flotation therapy?   Flotation therapy is a sensory deprivation healing treatment for your physical body, mental and emotional health, and spiritual growth. Studies indicate that flotation therapy delivers...

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The Beautiful Lessons in Loss

The Beautiful Lessons in Loss

As I write this, my family is in the depths of grief.  We recently lost a beautiful young member of our family who could not have been stronger or more positive in her battle against cancer. I ache thinking of the pain that her siblings must feel losing their beautiful sister, the pain that her husband must feel losing his soul mate, the pain her mother and father must feel losing their daughter. I think of her young son, and the emptiness he must feel.   I know that emptiness.   Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never easy—actually, it’s downright awful. It is one of the most painful parts of life, and the hardest part is that it is inevitable. It’s going to happen to all of us at some point, and it is going to happen to...

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5 Major Migraine Culprits—And How You Can Avoid Them

5 Major Migraine Culprits—And How You Can Avoid Them

We’ve all had headaches. Stress at work can cause headaches, our kids can cause headaches, and perhaps having too much wine on a Friday night can cause a headache. From mildly uncomfortable to extremely painful, headaches can be a huge pain in the butt. But migraines—well, migraines are something else altogether! Migraines are often defined as a severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head, as well as nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. These attacks can cause significant pain for hours—or even days—and can be so severe that the pain is disabling. I have encountered so many people—including friends, family, and clients—who deal with these debilitating headaches that can last...

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Is Age Really the Problem?

Is Age Really the Problem?

“Oh, I’m just getting old.” Have you ever said this to yourself? When your body feels achy in the morning or you’ve gained a few extra pounds or you can’t find your glasses (and they’re on top of your head)? Listen, I get it. I’ve said it, too—as early as the year before I turned 30! I know, it’s ridiculous looking back. But I know I’m not the only one. When our bodies begin to change, in any way that is new or uncomfortable, we tend to immediately blame age. “My metabolism is starting to slow down—not like it was when I was in my 20’s!” “My skin’s starting to get worse as I age. I thought this problem was just for teenagers!” “I am tired all the time; side effects of getting older, I guess!”   Any of these sound familiar?  ...

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