Energy

B Vitamins: What You Need to Know

You have probably heard at one point or another that you should take vitamins. But you have probably also heard that it’s unnecessary, and that we shouldn’t. What’s the truth? The answer is probably somewhere in the middle. In an ideal world we would get everything we need from our food as it would come from the earth without refining or processing. In an ideal…

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Put Your Face in Nature

When I was dealing with some pretty bad anxiety a few years ago my yoga teacher gave me an assignment. She told me I had to put my “face in nature” every single day. Rain or shine. Anxious or not. It didn’t have to be for an hour, or even half an hour. Just ten minutes. If it’s raining, she said, grab an umbrella. If…

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Why is Sugar So Addictive?

Have you ever wondered why you can’t just eat one cookie at a time? Or why diets are so difficult to sustain? Or why you’re thinking about cookies right now instead of the words you are reading? It’s sugar, sugar! We evolved to seek out sugar. Our brains are hard-wired to make us love sweets. This was an absolutely crucial evolutionary adaptation when food was…

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Why Clearing Clutter Matters

For most of us when our space is organized and clean it’s easier to focus on the task at hand. But we don’t often think about the flip side: Clutter can drain your energy and significantly increase your sense of overwhelm. In the last few years the ‘minimalist’ movement has hit the bookstore shelves and is all the rage in just about every blog and…

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Exciting News—my book found a home!

Any of you who have been around for a bit have been hearing and reading about my book proposal for a while. And when I say a while, it’s been over 2 years…for this book. There was another proposal before that which I decided to bail on at the last minute—but that’s another story. The way that non-fiction books work, most often, is that you…

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Staying Productive When All You Want to Do is Curl Up on the Couch

Readers had questions. I have answers. After my last post on the winter blues, I heard from many people that said they don’t exactly have winter blues, but they do notice that at this time of year it is more difficult to stay motivated and get things done. And for more than a few, with everything going on in the US, it feels just that much harder.…

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What’s the Deal with Winter Blues?

Portland, Oregon is a city that has many things going for it. Amazing community. A thriving farm to table food scene. Easy access to both the mountains and the ocean. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I stumbled into living here. But nothing’s perfect in paradise! True to its reputation, we get rain in Portland. Lots of it.…

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Why You Need to Snack, and Why You Don’t!

Just like everyone doesn’t need breakfast, everyone doesn’t need to snack! Some people enjoy snacking and some people don’t- you’ve got to keep that in mind when you’re deciding about snacking. That said, whether it’s best for your health to snack is very individual (I know, I know, I’m a broken record.) And of course what you’re snacking on is important. Snacking on a snickers bar…

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Thinking Ahead for 2016 (but no New Years Resolutions, please!)

Yes, I know it’s a little early to be talking about the New Year, but I wanted you to start thinking about it with enough time to let your brain do some percolating, and enough time to get some good reflecting and planning in before the holiday season is in full tilt. Starting to think about it now also gives the added bonus of being clear about…

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The Answer is There is No Answer

Self-help is now estimated to be a $10 billion dollar industry. Everyone is looking for answers to how to find better health, greater resilience, and peace of mind. We lose and gain the same 20 pounds over and over on the newest fad diets, buy online programs, quit our day jobs, do detoxes, watch Oprah and Dr Oz, and put on a pedestal anyone who claims to…

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