Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Please Join Me (and Hear Me Speak!) at the Next Plant Based Cleveland Meeting

I went all MIA again here on Healthy Girl's Kitchen.

My natural reaction is to say "I'm sorry," but I'm working on accepting myself (and apologizing less) for exactly where I am at any given moment.

Maybe it's because Cleveland seems to be the epicenter of the universe right now, with our NBA championship (thank you!) and all eyes on the Republican National Convention? Or maybe it's all this sunshine and yoga? I swear it feels like every day is the best day ever right now.

But more likely it's because this summer I've been spending my mental energy in some pretty freakin' cool virtual places, including:
  •  the 30 Day Sobriety Solution/HGK private Facebook book club
  • an online course called The Energy Blueprint with Ari Whitten (fascinating and very thorough scientific stuff about how to increase our energy level using nutrition, sleep, light and other techniques)
  • a simply incredible online food addiction recovery program called Bright Line Healing with Molly Larkin
  • another very interesting and powerful course called Transform Your Relationship with Food given by The Institute for the Psychology of Eating

All the more education so that I can develop my knowledge and skills and be the compassionate rock star health coach that my clients require me to be! Coaching has developed into a really big part of my life and I am absolutely passionate about helping people find their way around this whole messy business of plant based diets and food addictions.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My Response to a Sugar Addict, Bonus! Part VII - Curiosity and Compassion

Just when you thought I had wrapped up my series on sugar addiction, I am back with one last (well, who really knows?) post on the subject.

This series didn't feel complete unless I wrote a piece on where I am now (and this is ALWAYS changing) with my own personal journey of processed food addiction, compulsive overeating and recovery.

There are some pretty prominent voices in the plant based movement, folks who I really respect, who will argue that if you simply get the food "right" than all of your issues with food will magically disappear.

I wish to God that were true, but it hasn't been my experience and it hasn't been what I have observed out there in the plant based food addiction recovery communities that I am a part of.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

My Response to a Sugar Addict, Part VI-Perfection Not Required

I can't even begin to tell you the amount of self-hatred and emotional battery that I see in sugar and food addiction recovery groups on Facebook.

So much, "I ate something I shouldn't have eaten yesterday, so today is my Day 1 again."

Oil, salt, sugar, flour, artificial sweeteners, high fat plant foods, high calorie plant foods. The list of ways to harm ourselves with food seems to continue to increase daily.

And the worst is the self-doubt that comes with the slip ups. Too many slip ups and most people feel like giving up. I suspect most people just do eventually give up and stop trying, at least for a good long while. I mean, who wants to feel like a failure every day?

I eff up, a lot.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

HGK's Taking The Stress Out of Plant Based Living Podcast, Episode 2: Howard Jacobson, PhD.

In this episode of my "podcast," I interview longtime hero of mine, Howard Jacobson. If you are not already familiar with Howard, he is the co-author of both Proteinaholic and Whole, but he is probably most famous for his kick-ass plant based podcast entitled the Plant Yourself Podcast. Howard has been plant based since 2004, so he has a lot of wisdom to share on the subject of Taking the Stress Out of Plant Based Living.

I think that you will find our discussion relevant to your plant based journey and even some food addiction questions you may have. Or at least that's my goal!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Response to a Sugar Addict, Part V--Join a Support Group

I hope that you guys have been enjoying my series on overcoming sugar (and flour and artificial sweetener) addiction. If you've missed any of the previous posts, you can find them here: part I, part II, part III and part IV.

My honest opinion is that addictions don't get better in isolation.

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Recovery from sugar, flour, etc. addiction is no different than recovery from alcohol or drugs, so don't take it any less seriously just because processed food is a socially acceptable drug. If your eating is bothering you, take it VERY seriously and consider getting with a program.


Yes, I just wrote that in all caps and basically screamed it at you.

I'm not saying that you have to join UWL. I'm just saying that chances are, you can't and won't do this alone. You need other people, no matter how painful that sounds to you right now.

You need to open up.

I know you are scared.

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