You've Got the (Healing) Power

Just like healthy eating, meditating, shifting mindsets, journaling and retraining stress responses are also preventative practices.  Someone could easily be in tip-top marathon shape and eat all the broccoli in the world, but still succumb to illness if plagued by chronic, poorly managed stress. 

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Can My Voracious Appetite Survive a 3-Day Juice Cleanse?

Last week I committed to a three day juice cleanse with 4 other people from my Remote Year crew. Though I'm a somewhat regular green juice drinker, I NEVER forgo chewing.  I did a 5-day juice cleanse a few years ago, but many of the juices were filled with chia seeds and I was allowed to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as I wanted.  I felt great. This is the first time I committed to 3 days of no chewing.  So yeah, not really the same thing. 

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Morning Meditation and Nude Mineral Bathing

My first week in Sofia I went on a Remote Year organized event and had no idea what I was in for!  About 15 people that signed up for the event met in a parking lot outside Vasil Levski stadium at 7:30 AM.  We drove about 30 minutes outside of Sofia to get to our destination: Pancharevo Lake.  Our adventure began with a 30-minute silent meditation hike that took us to a viewpoint with stunning views of the lake and the city of Sofia. The hike was a beautiful and energizing way to start the morning and was a great accompaniment to my fledgling meditation practice this month.  After taking in the view at the top, we hiked down to the lake and our guide presented us with our next challenge (as if walking in silence wasn't enough for us):  it was time to refresh ourselves in the natural hot mineral springs.  Nude.  As the Bulgarians do.  

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Reaching To The Other Side of Fear

One of my biggest fears is stagnation.

For years, I quieted this fear by embarking on epic adventures a few times per year, from a balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey, to summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to running one of my overall 25 marathons up volcanoes around Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. After each of these adventures, I returned home to my comfortable (but extremely small!) New York apartment, settled into my 50 hour/week work grind and plugged away diligently as a nurse practitioner. When the feeling of stagnation settled in again, I would just book my next adventure to overcome it once more.

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My Top 5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

I've spent 29 of my 33 years in New England, so I know all about the Winter Blues, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).  The struggle is real, especially once the holidays end and the promise of sun kissed skin seems an eternity away. The winters in the New England (and obviously other parts of the world- hello Arctic Circle!) are Long.  Dark. Cold.  Dreary.  As a child I loved the winter- sledding, skiing, building snow people, sipping hot cocoa and then heading back outside to frolic in the snow.  Then I grew older, started adulting and forgot the importance of play. My tolerance for winter and my mood dipped with the temperature.

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Eat for your Health: Mediterranean Veggie Burger (V, GF)

I'm a sucker for frozen veggie burgers, especially Hilary's Hemp and Greens Burger, but the homemade variety just can't be beat!  These burgers are quick and easy.

Excuse the terrible photos.  Although the veggie burger looks identical to the countertop, I promise it tastes much better! Multi-colored granite is not the most photogenic food backdrop, but I was too damn hungry to get creative with the photography.  

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Move for your Health: 5K a day

Amongst the joy and love of the holidays, there is often also a lot of stress, family dysfunction, emphasis on consumerism and material goods and a whole lot of boozy nog parties, which can easily lead to over indulgence and self-neglect. It's times like these where we could probably benefit from knocking off resolutions most.  Whether you want to lose weight, exercise more, imbibe less or even just stay in better contact with friends, why not start now? Make yourself a resolution- start with something super attainable, but specific and continue to build the challenge as you go.  Success is more readily achievable when you incrementally expand on specific goals.  

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