Health Update: The Good News and the Bad News

Health Update: The Good News and the Bad News

Alright. I’ve got good news and bad news: First the good news: Life’s been a crazy roller coaster for the last several weeks, and it’s about it get even more roller coaster-y. I’ve been trying to find a little bit more time for #lifespo and less time for letting an internet full of triggers depress me, so I’ve been going out and doing things that give me time to think about things besides body image and food: I’ve been “swimming” (read: “not drowning”) nearly every day. I’ve almost made it all the way across the pool without having to stop because I can’t breathe. Winner (?)   In less than one month, I graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition—and I was chosen to speak during our graduation!   I had the opportunity to give a talk on why “Health Conscious” (read: “vegan”) eating might cause your health to fail, and what to do if it does at the Conscious Eating Fair in Santa Clara. Shout out to Nathalie from Yawp Bars for letting me share my story on the stage!   I have started taking voice over classes in San Francisco. Not only have I been able to face my fears of going back to the street where I was hit by a car, but I’ve also had the chance to meet some really cool people and do something that absolutely thrills me. Anyone need me to narrate their forthcoming audiobook?   I’ve signed up for an intro to psychology class at the local community college. It’s been four years since I left school, and I think that...
Tune-Up Update Day 31: Sing in the Lifeboats

Tune-Up Update Day 31: Sing in the Lifeboats

I’m a little sad to say that, as the month draws to a close and my experiment wraps up, my One Month Tune-Up did not have the de-stressing effect that I was hoping it would. At least–not exactly. I attribute the lack of overall efficacy partly to the fact that I was sick for two weeks and didn’t have a voice and partly to the fact that the amount of stress that I have allowed into my life really needed to be addressed by more than showtunes.* That being said, singing every day (or mostly every day) was hugely therapeutic in the short term. Here are a few things that I noticed: Leaving a stressful situation and immediately blasting Sara or Gavin or John or any of the singer-songwriter-y artists on my iPhone acted like ibuprofen after an ankle sprain: it’s not going to cure anything, but it sure takes the inflammation down and makes things more bearable. I’ve been able to deal with emotions more effectively since I’ve started singing again. When I feel overwhelmed, I can put on a song that will let me sing my feelings, and then, when the song is over, I’m done with the emotion. In other words, I’ve been using music to facilitate catharsis. I’ve also had to confront a lot of emotions associated with certain songs that I haven’t listened to or sung in years. I’ve noticed that songs seem to retain vestiges of significant situations, and hearing them, even years later, can dredge up some powerful memories. It was really neat to have the opportunity to confront those memories again,...
Is It Paleo Perfectionism or Orthorexia?

Is It Paleo Perfectionism or Orthorexia?

Happy Friday, y’all! Just wanted to stop by and share what I consider one of the most important articles I’ve ever published on the topic of healthy eating: Is It Paleo Perfectionism or Orthorexia?   Also, I apologize to those of you who were following along with the One-Month Tune-Up. I’ve been sick for the last week, so not only haven’t I had much of a voice for singing, but every time I try to rasp aloud, I end up in a coughing fit. You can read more about how the my blogging partner Jennifer is doing while singing away her stress at The Health Sessions! Also, stay tuned for a big announcement on Tuesday! Happy weekend, all! Stay hungry,...
Tune-Up Update Days 7-9

Tune-Up Update Days 7-9

I have been remiss. Well, actually, that’s not true. I haven’t exactly neglected the blog, I’ve just neglected to give you an update on the songs I’ve sung over the past several days of this One Month Tune-Up. The reason? Well, this whole challenge was an attempt to lower my stress levels, and in between working a full time job, writing longer blog posts, recording, editing, and publishing a podcast, and attempting to do basic things like cook meals, go to the physical therapist/the gym, and answer emails (oh, and I suppose things like showering should be thrown in there too….), writing more can sometimes be a little stressful. So, I’ve decided to give you a bulk update instead of worrying about publishing every single day. I hope you can forgive me–I know the account of which songs I’ve sung is truly the most thrilling part of your morning…haha! Okay, so here goes: [source] Song(s) sung:  Sunday: Continuing the showtunes thing, I went with the Young Frankenstein soundtrack. (Most of my 60 GB of showtunes are on an external hard drive, so the pickings are currently slim. Monday: Monday was an “Elizabeth and the Catapult” sort of day. If you haven’t heard of them, you should go and check them out ASAP. I discovered them as a result of a recommendation by @SaraBareilles on Twitter, so hopefully that gives you an idea of just how awesome they are: Taller Children Momma’s Boy Julian, Darling Tuesday: More Young Frankenstein (again, not a lot to choose from…) Gimme Gimme , Thoroughly Modern Millie (What? I was on a Sutton Foster kick!) Wednesday: I found my...
The Gratitude List and Tune-Up Day 6

The Gratitude List and Tune-Up Day 6

I’ve talked in the past about how I try to make it my practice to publicly “tweet” my gratitude in order to remain focused on the positive things in my life, but sometimes I need more than 140 characters to remind myself how full my glass truly is. I’ve started making gratitude lists in order to help me reframe a negative outlook into a positive one. I thought I’d share a list that I wrote this week: Things I am grateful for: I have a job. I get paid to read and write about Facebook and social media all day. Seriously…short of working at Facebook, that’s a dream come true. I love my coworkers. I can work at #thecoffice and no longer have to commute, which gives me 4 hours of my life back while cutting down on a huge amount of stress, worry, and expense. I’m learning about and becoming a part of an industry that is surprisingly interesting. (Who knew HR technology and talent acquisition could be so thrilling?) I have my classes at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to look forward to each week. I’m a few months away from being a certified health coach, which means I’m a few months away from working with others to improve their health, mindset, fitness, and nutrition. I can’t wait. The IIN has taken my growing network of incredible, dynamic, interesting, health-minded friends and exploded it–and it’s still growing! The life-changing weekend that was PaleoFX and the beautiful people I met as a result. (And whom I cannot wait to see again….can it be April now, please?) The Finding Our Hunger...