We all get older. Day by day, our life moves forward. Sometimes at mock speed.
We have come to believe that along with our increase in years comes an inevitable physical and mental decline, ill health, and general degradation. If we were to chart it on a graph, it would look something like this:
As we get older, we get sicker, weaker, and rely on more external support like medications to help us through the day. Our mental capacity diminishes. Things slow down. Slowly but surely we aren’t able to do all …
Written by Margaret Floyd on 24/04/13 am30 08:12 AM
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You would think as I enter the fourth month of my self-imposed media detox the temptations would be next to null. Not so. If anything, the stakes are continuing to increase as I see early advertisements for the Summer Blockbuster Movies. I’ll fully admit, I’m kinda over the whole no media thing.
I have a friend who is doing a media detox as well. Although inspired by mine, her detox is slightly different: no TV or movies, and she allows for a few cheat days for a movie each month. …
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A few years back I studied with Marc David at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I can remember in one particular lecture, he said something that blew my mind: “The disease is the cure.”
Say what? That makes no sense.
How is diabetes the cure for diabetes? How is cancer the cure for cancer? I couldn’t wrap my mind around it.
He went deeper.
What is the disease asking of you? Rest? A change in lifestyle, perhaps dramatic? To step back and regroup? Realign priorities? He explained:
“I have never seen a situation …
Written by Margaret Floyd on 03/04/13 am30 03:04 AM
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Life in Los Angeles doesn’t make for an easy media fast. There are advertisements EVERYWHERE! Shopping cart handles and beach trash cans; the plate of the car you’re driving behind. For all you ladies out there, the only reason your guy knows about the 2-for-1 special at the local restaurant is because it was advertised to him as he stood there peeing in the bathroom. The worst offenses are the television-like digital billboards that flash multiple ads within seconds. Pretty challenging being on a media fast when there is a …
Written by Chef James on 27/03/13 am31 03:00 AM
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As a boy I was taught to “save” things; becoming sort of a mini-collector. At that age it translated to comic books and toys and as I got older, letters and all things related to school.
In many ways, being a collector was easy because my parents had a basement in their house in which all our collectibles were stored out of sight. Within the shelter of my parent’s home, I was able to expand my saving to all things I came across, particularly those things we call “freebies”. Then, when …
Written by Chef James on 06/03/13 am31 03:15 AM
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My first panic attack.
I remember it like it was yesterday.
I was 16 years old, sitting in a movie theatre watching the latest Hollywood hit with my boyfriend. My pulse started racing. At first I thought it was from the film, but as the action in the movie slowed down, my pulse didn’t. I could hardly breathe. I felt a terror to my core about … well … I wasn’t sure what I was so scared of. I felt like I’d been running a race, but I was just sitting still. …
Written by Margaret Floyd on 27/02/13 am28 02:00 AM
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It’s February, one of my favorite months of the year! If you know me, you know that I love Valentines Day. In fact, I treat the whole of February as Valentines Month and I like to celebrate all things that emanate from the heart: love, compassion, kindness, whole-heartedness, life-giving and life-affirming energy and breath – for myself and all of humanity.
So I thought it would be appropriate to talk about the HEART and just how amazing it is, what can go wrong, and how we can keep it healthy and …
Written by Lisa Marlene Thompson on 13/02/13 am28 12:46 AM
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Hello, my name is James and I am addicted to movies.
That’s right, whenever I have a moment of free time, I’m streaming Netflix. Let me be even more specific. This isn’t just “I’ve had a long day, I’ll watch an hour of TV.” This is OCD: I’ve got a Netflix queue that I must finish! (Despite the fact that I’m constantly adding to it.) I fixate on that queue, which plays out with my streaming documentaries and movies in the background while eating, working, or cooking. Before I was married, …
Written by Chef James on 29/01/13 pm31 09:40 PM
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By Margaret Floyd, NTP HHC CGP
We’re two weeks into the new year and the idea of radical self-care keeps floating through my mind. In the flurry of New Year’s resolutions and commitment to self-improvement it’s easy for the core purpose to get lost.
Lose some pounds, get the energy back, ingrain healthy eating habits, run a 10K… These are just some of the New Year’s resolutions I’ve seen floating around. The details vary, but at the root of all of these lies one common drive:
It’s a simple concept and yet clearly …
Written by Margaret Floyd on 16/01/13 am31 06:23 AM
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It’s that time of year again: time to take stock, re-assess, and re-commit. New Years resolutions get a bad rap, but I’m all for them. I do some of my most powerful goal- and intention-setting at this time of year. Sometimes I’m more specific with it than at other times, but overall I’m big for living life intentionally and I love the blank slate feeling of a new year.
This year, we’re getting real with our resolutions.
Did you know that only 12-20% of people who set new years resolutions actually succeed …
Written by Margaret Floyd on 01/01/13 am31 05:00 AM
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