Giving Yourself A Peace Of Your Mind

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So, before I start gushing about my new favorite web and mobile health app, let’s get something straight. One in five women will develop depression at some point in their life, and anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the country — with women twice as likely to be affected as men. Additionally, antidepressant use in the United States rose by 400% between 1998 and 2008.

Fueling For Weight Loss Is An Oxymoron

Food Is Fuel!

When you talk about health and wellness, it’s easy to say, “food is fuel.” The problem is that a lot of people jump into a fitness program with a goal that makes it hard to really see food as fuel. Take the calories-in/calories-out approach. Technically, that’s exactly how you lose weight. But psychologically, what ends up happening with that approach is a major increase in calories out (why not make every day a long-run day?) paired with a major decrease in calories in (if 1,200 calories is the bare minimum, then 900 calories must be better, right??), with the expectation that the piddly number of calories you…
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Food Planning for San Diego Comic-Con (…and other awesome travels)

Slave Elsa and Penny

I totally went to San Diego Comic-Con last weekend! First convention ever. The photo above is an awesome cosplayer who dressed as Slave Elsa (get it? Slave Leia from Star Wars + Elsa from Frozen?) with me as Penny from Big Bang Theory. It was super fun, and way hectic, and incredibly awesome, and I did more food planning than I ever have for any non-camping trip ever… which totally paid off! It wasn’t a Whole 30 approved trip or anything, but I didn’t end up with traveler’s tummy once during our entire vacation, and I feel like we saved both time and money by bringing lunch…
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What has 24 legs and runs all night long?

Trunk Monkeys FTW!

Why, a Reno-Tahoe Odyssey team, of course! Twelve runners per team, two days, and 178 miles from Reno, around Lake Tahoe, and back again (the long way). This is by far my favorite running event ever. It kept me from giving up on running when I was having knee issues, and it reminds me that running is about more than burning calories or preventing heart disease. Despite all those solitary miles we run, in the end it’s about coming together with friends and strangers to have fun and push your limits. And sometimes it’s about wearing silly hats and screaming…
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Greet the Sun

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I met the sunrise for the first time in months this week, and it felt wonderful! Last week, in addition to starting a regimen of a multivitamin plus fish oil supplements, I decided that I was going to sleep. I was going to put Rip Van Winkle to shame if need be. I knew I was probably sleep deprived, but I had no idea I would clock three 10-hour nights and several naps before feeling awake in the morning for the first time in forever. I also felt pretty normal. In good spirits, even. Thinking back on my history of…
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