Healthism

1) (Healthism is) the belief system that sees health as the property and responsibility of the individual and ranks the personal pursuit of health above anything else. 2) It (healthism) ignores the impact of poverty, oppression, war, violence, luck, historical atrocities, abuse, and the environment (which includes traffic pollution, clean water, etc.). 3) It protects…

Beef Stick

Disclaimer: This post references sexual violence and has derogatory language. Proceed with discernment. I had the most bizarre dream last night. In the dream, I am inside a semi-empty space. There are windows. A door. It sort of looks like the entryway to those buildings that have multiple floors. Maybe it’s a lobby for a…

Friction

Friction (noun): The resistance one surface or object encounters when moving over another. Friction (noun) : Conflict or animosity caused by a clash of wills, temperaments, or opinions. I work in the realm of health and wellness…so naturally I spend time with other health and wellness professionals (us hooey people gots to stick together). And…

The Waiting Game

Have you ever gotten an action photo taken? You know the type…you decide you want a picture of yourself in mid-air? Or mid-run? Or mid…whatever? It’s oddly satisfying when you get it just right. There you are, captured in a photo that is paradoxically static… and always in movement. To look upon it conjures a…

It’s Both And…Not Either Or

I don’t know whether this is a uniquely American problem…or if it’s more of a universal human problem…but it’s amazing to me just how many people fall into the either-or trap. You are either happy in your relationship, or you are not. You are either grateful, or you are striving for more. You are either…

Wait…

Meet Remi: I have the good fortune to be living with two exceptional roommates: Remi (my dog) and Sasha (my cat).  Remi is a rescue pup. I adopted her when she was just 2 months old. When I filled out the paperwork, the breed section read: chocolate lab and Aussie shepherd. What her paperwork SHOULD…

The Next Best Move:

We Are Living in a Satirical Movie, Right? Is This REAL? I don’t know if you are feeling this way, but I kinda feel like we are living in a satirical version of a science fiction thriller. Mel Brooks was a genius with this. A blockbuster video would come out and he’d get to work…

The Times They Are A-Changin’

As I write this, it’s December 31st, 2019. This transition feels especially auspicious as it marks the dawn of a new year, a new decade, and an American election. It’s enough to make me want to cross my fingers and hope we individually and collectively leap in a positive direction (it being leap year and all) and…

Loneliness

Dear Fellow Health Nuts… When I say the word “healthy,” what comes to mind for you? When I give presentations in the community, the most common answers I get to that question include: Eat plenty of vegetables Exercise Drink water Avoid junk food Meditate Get enough sleep Manage your weight Rarely, if ever, does anyone…

Show Me the Data…

You Gotta Love Science I am utterly enamored with science. Or…maybe it would be better to say that I love the spirit of the scientific process. Think about it. It’s basically a process devoted to curiosity and exploration (and just try to convince me that curiosity and exploration aren’t worthwhile. I dare you). First: you have a…

I Dare You to Love Me…(On Being a Sensation Seeking HSP in Love)

I’ve always been suspicious of the idea of a “soulmate.” I mean…seriously? One person who will meet all your needs forever? And if you don’t find said person, you are doomed to loneliness and the feeling of being incomplete? Hmmmm… But I’ve come around. It turns out, I do have a soulmate. It’s solitude. That doesn’t…

Healing: The Story Behind All the Data

I have been struggling, lately, with what I have so far seen as a dichotomous conflict between the importance of hard facts and the enigmatic power of our stories. When it comes to the process of healing…how important is data in its own right? And at what point should we shift gears and look, instead, at…