Connectivity: Fruit of our Labor

This is a quote from Gandhi that I shared with students back in the day: “It’s the action, not the fruit of the action, that’s important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean
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Start Today: EPIC START to Fitness Strategy #5

A little movement goes a long way, so definitely start today! Why start TODAY? 1. The most important step is the first one. You know you want to be on that fitness journey, so there is no better day than today to take that first step! So really, why put off until tomorrow what you
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Care: EPIC START to Fitness Strategy #4

What does it mean to “care” for yourself in terms of fitness? Here are a few unorthodox comments and suggestions on the subject of fitness. Take a moment each day to care for your body with gratitude in your mind and heart. Simple point: when we focus on our own gratitude towards something, we are
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Why Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating is an approach to eating differently from our typical modern way of consuming food. You can probably guess what “mindful eating” means in essence; however, you might feel a bit unclear about how to go about doing it or how to explain it to someone. Mindful eating involves the why, the how, and
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Imagine: EPIC START Fitness Strategy #3

Seeing yourself enjoying fitness activities is a great tool for becoming and staying fit. Imagine Your Self-Fulfilled Fitness Prophecy You’ve heard of “smile until you actually feel happy” or “fake it ‘til you make it.”  There is indeed power in the notion of “believe to achieve.”  The sports psychology field points to many studies on
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Your health is like a kaleidoscope.

All the different inputs to your health and well-being are in constant flux, so health is dynamic and changes constantly.  Connectivity is how factors like your nutrition, fitness, environment and so on work together to express your state of health.  Imagine your well-being much like a kaleidoscope with a snap shot of what your health
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An Epic Start to Fitness Fun #2 — Play

A very important factor in finding the fitness that works for you is the element of “play.”  Try activities that involve some sort of play, this doesn’t have to be a sport per se. There are different types of play and we can, through exploration, implement these different types of play into our physical activity.
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Licking the Sugar Habit Long Term

Sugar is deceptive.  One litte gram of sugar can spin your easily changed habit right back around to Sugar Land.  So how do you lick the sugar habit long term? Part IV of my Sugar-Holic Story It was the new knowledge, the fear and hope, and my personal experience (daily physical misery) that motivated me
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How I ‘Licked the Sugar Habit’

Out with the sugar, in with the real food! When everything you eat is sugar-laden and you take that away, the calories have to come from somewhere. Part III of the Sugar-Holic Story In practical terms, this is how I switched from consuming 95% sugary foods in my diet to 95% real food. In a
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Mindful Action

When I mention being mindful and the newfound joy of mindfulness, you might think, “Do I have to practice meditation in order to be mindful?” If you are like me you might have a desire to create a meditation practice and include it in your daily schedule. If you are like me you have many
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Sugar-Holic–Motivational Power, Activate!

The startling truth about the insidious effects of sugar was the main motivator in my licking the sugar habit. I feared a life of surviving, but not thriving.  And with knowledge came hope. Part II of the Sugar-Holic Story My personal motivation to eat the way I ate prior to reading Lick the Sugar Habit
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My name is Trudi and I’m a Sugar-Holic

Has the thought of giving up sugar come across your mind? Or has someone ever suggested that sugar take the back seat in your diet? Does the thought of no sugar make you think you’ll die without it? Part I In 1996 I totally balked at the suggested by someone to eliminate sugar in my
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Finding Fitness Fun that works for YOU

 Flexibility is a component of physical fitness. Flexibility of mind is also a part of the mental and emotional fitness that defines our comfort zone. Don’t just get outside your comfort zone, expand it! Explore: Try some activities outside your norm. An EPIC START to finding your fitness fun #1 — Explore Exploring will help you
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Move That Body!

It’s time for those New Year’s Resolutions–and “improve fitness” is likely on your list, right? Gradually get yourself physically active again–avoid the “too much, too soon” syndrome. Twain’s humor aside: the truth is as we get older it is imperative that we begin physical activity slowly.  We need to listen to our bodies and if
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Thought for Food

I see the pendulum swinging…I feel it…and it feels great!  It’s not just happening in the food scene, it is happening in other sectors of society.  While it is all exciting the change in attitude and in practice about our food supply is the biggest thrill to me!  We vote with our dollars.  How are
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In the Now

My practice of mindfulness actually started with a concept I believe came from Elizabeth Gilbert in Eat Pray Love.  If I’ve misconstrued it, I ask forgiveness, but this works for me:  Basically the idea is to first acknowledge thoughts that sail into your heart and mind. Acknowledge all thoughts and allow your intuition to decide instantly
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Connect to Life

The foot bone is connected to the leg bone…and so on goes the song. In reality, the foot bone is connected to the skull bone, but in Western thought we like to separate everything, but we tend to overlook the connections when we isolate things.     When we explore how all of life is
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