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Why Affirmations Don’t Work

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You know what I’m talking about here, right?

Those words and sentences so carefully crafted. Precious containers for our deepest yearnings. Our hopes, dreams, and desires. Crafted and spoken (or written) with prayerful, reverent, earnest intention and energy.

So why don’t they work?

I’ve worked with affirmations and prayers my entire life. Organically, fueled by necessity and anguish at…

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“Despair is Hubris”

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Not my words. These are the words of Stephen Cobert, host of The Late Show and creator of the iconic Stephen Cobert Show.

He was asked the question, “what do you do to stay hopeful?”

His reply was:

 

       Despair is just hubris.

       Because you think you know what’s going to happen.

       As Gandalf says, “Not even the wise know all ends.”

 

I haven’t been able to get these words out of…

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FINE and GRIN Food Plan Reinforcements

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Basic Kitchen Equipment for Executing the FINE and GRIN Food Plans

These are the basics, beyond what I expect are in most peoples’ kitchens already. They’ll make your food prep so much smoother and easier.

  • A good all-purpose food processor, like Cuisinart.
  • A Vitamix or similar high speed blender.
  • Excellent set of chef knives (I prefer Wusthof): you’ll need a chef’s knife and paring knife…

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Protein: a Primer

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What Are Our Daily Protein Requirements?

I look at the food diaries of my clients every day in my office and almost no one consumes enough protein to meet their basic needs. Protein runs all of the major business of the body. Without enough we are left vulnerable and at risk for illness, loss of muscle mass, injury, and loss of vital energy. Optimizing daily protein intake is a crucial aspect…

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A Detoxification Primer

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HOW TO LET GO OF BIOLOGICAL TOXICITY

Bolster the Body’s Innate Detoxification Systems

The reality is we live in a toxic world. And in spite of our best efforts, some toxins will get in. This is especially true for environmental toxins. But we’re not helpless. Not only can we take responsibility for avoiding them, we can also bolster our bodies’ innate capacity to remove toxins.

What is…

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Get Your Mind Out of the Way of Your Healing

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Healing gets tricky.

Because our minds are tricky. You know, how they serve both survival and wisdom?

How they see just enough of a situation to instantaneously conjure the worst-case-scenario? Or lure us into seeing just what we want and expect to see?

While, at other times, amazing us with mind-blowing assessments of the deeper truth of things.

All in one mind!

And that’s what makes healing…

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Toxic

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I’m writing you this week from one of the most polluted places in the world.

You guessed it—Northern California.

Emissions from the Camp Fire fires accumulated downstream in the San Francisco bay area, reaching record levels exceeding the most polluted cities on the planet.

Experiencing this level of toxicity has been profoundly eye opening about the human cost of uncontrolled pollution and…

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Thanksgiving Contemplation of Blessings

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I like to use Thanksgiving as a time to beef up my daily practice of gratitude.

It’s been looking like this lately…

I’m grumpy and annoyed to be displaced from my kitchen and living spaces (two months now!) while new flooring, lighting, and paint go in. The rest of the house is cluttered, dusty, and I can’t find anything!

But I get to do this. I get a new floor, gorgeous lighting and new wall…

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Lyme Disease: An Unsung Epidemic

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I’ve been off the grid again. This time immersed in the science and wisdom of Lyme and tick-borne diseases (TBD) at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society (ILADS) annual international conference.

I learned so much to help me care for these chronic, complex, long-suffering clients, increasingly showing up at my door.

I wanted to share some big themes.

ILADS clinicians and…

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Body First

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We get the truth of body-mind-spirit integration, don’t we?

But in our rush to get to the bliss and awe we forget about the work we have to do first. Right?

I think it starts with the body.

Maybe it’s just me, but when I don’t eat well, or skimp on sleep, or slack off—or push myself mercilessly—it’s hard to access bliss and awe.

That comes with the discipline and vigilance of self-care.

When I…

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