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    The Keto Diet is an Oxymoron with Principles that Work

    The Ketogenic Diet seems an oxymoron, but isn’t life full of them? How can eating more fats help us reduce body fat? Simply said, this oxymoron contains principles that work. When we pair Keto-thinking—trading carbs with highly sustaining, low glycemic, fats and proteins—while keeping to smaller portions, an ample water supply, and mindful movement, our weight loss efforts are unstoppable....

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    Redefining Exercise as Mindful Movement

    I want to establish the rhythm of my exercise routine to meet me right where I am today. I am shifting everything “exercise” has meant for me in the past, a tortuous have-to, into something more kind, intuitive, and life-giving....

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    Continuing This Bumpy Path of Physical Well-Being: Exercise and the 20-Minute Minimum

    I’d say the smaller the goal the better: easy to complete, more likely to repeat. That is just the reason why I set the small goal of exercising a minimum of 20-minutes a day. I set this small goal on purpose. It’s not meant to impress anyone. ...

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    Wonderfully Made: Body Image and Self Talk

    Like any person you know, the body will not change willingly without knowing it is loved first. My body starts coming together when I stop picking it apart in the mirror with cruel, sharp scissored words. Healing starts when...

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    Over Exercise Overeating Pattern

    I used to think of exercise as tortuous and mandatory to obtain the body I've always wanted. The problem was, exercise would amp up my appetite and make it difficult for me curb my eating at the same time. I wasn't losing the weight I wanted...

  • Emotional Eating Trap: Are You Stuck? Mad, anxious, emotional eating, yum, weight gain, sad, mad, REPEAT

    When Food is the Wrong Kind of Comfort: Emotional Eating

    Food is never the answer to comfort loneliness, sadness, heartbreak, anger, or stress. Food is to satisfy hunger alone...

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    Mindful Eating: The Perfect Portion

    If my stomach is no larger than my fist, I vowed to feed only what the cavernous container in the dark naturally held and not overburden it with my mind's immediate desires. This seemed logical and a simple guide to portion control ...

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    Mindful Body and Spirit: Yoga and Prayer

    As Heraclitus once said, "No man ever steps in the same river twice," my same body comes to the yoga mat differently every day I practice. I respect and notice the differences....