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Food For Thought

The Sober Edge

Release Date: 12/21/2022

Chasing Sunsets with Kristin Horstman show art Chasing Sunsets with Kristin Horstman

The Sober Edge

  My friend and colleague Kristin Horstman is a certified Gray Area Drinking Coach with a specialty in helping clients learn how to nourish their nervous system.    We also touch on: Perfectionism Polyvagal Theory Focusing on the body brings us into the present Focusing on our thoughts leads us to the past or future How to recognize when we are regulated or deregulated Kristin also has a passion for a non-profit organization, CMC, Foundation For Change. This organization helps support family members whose loved ones are dealing with substance use. She shares the philosophy of...

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Wild & Free with Racquel Reid show art Wild & Free with Racquel Reid

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Life's adventures come in many forms. My recent conversation with friend and colleague Racquel Reid brought this home. We have the adventures we choose, the adventures thrust upon us and the adventures we let go.  When Racquel left on her travel adventure, she never imagined that she would end up in her current situation. Yet, somehow, Racquel has found a place of adventure and freedom even in the midst of hardship and struggles. Her journey of finding her 'wild and free' is inspiring and heartwarming. In our conversation we touch on: How travel breeds self-trust, flexibility and leaning...

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Finding Your (Sober) Hive with Maggie Klaassens show art Finding Your (Sober) Hive with Maggie Klaassens

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As an alcohol freedom coach, I emphasize the importance of community as we go through this monumental change. Traveling together means we get support, understanding and a shared sense of camaraderie that doesn't (always) happen in other places.  As an entrepreneur and business owner in this alcohol-free space, I wanted a community that supported my unique business. This is a mission-driven business for most of us. It is also a place where passion projects abound. All of us deserve a supportive place to hang out. I met Maggie Klaassens at a Sober In The City event in Portland, ME last...

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Should I do a 30 day Challenge? show art Should I do a 30 day Challenge?

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Challenge: noun A call to take part in a contest or competition, especially a duel verb Invite (someone) to engage in a contest The idea of a contest involves a clear objective with a finish line. But, does the idea of a 'challenge' really work when it comes to changing our relationship with alcohol or food?  Just around the corner is 'Dry July', an opportunity to take 30 days off from drinking. While these types of challenges can help us get started, the really challenging part comes at the end of the month, or the 30 days.  Here are some ideas I share on the...

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Beyond Health with Megan Swan show art Beyond Health with Megan Swan

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What if, instead of health, we decide to seek wellness? What if, beyond health, there is a beautiful place called 'wellness'? In our culture today we are often bombarded with wellness products and wellness lifestyles, but what does that really mean?  My guest on the podcast today, Megan Swan, has her own spin on wellness, and we talked about her modern approach to wellness that takes us beyond health (health has been defined as the opposite of disease) to a 360 degree approach. Megan Swan Wellness is her brand, and she teaches the foundation of wellness to include strategic practices that...

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How to Help A Loved One Struggling with Addiction with Dr. Brian Licuanan show art How to Help A Loved One Struggling with Addiction with Dr. Brian Licuanan

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Over 50% of families deal with addiction. If you have a family member who struggles, it can be challenging to walk the line between compassion and tough love, enabling and offering support. And, the closer the family member, the more challenging it can be to set healthy boundaries. My guest on the podcast today is Dr. Brian Licuanan. Dr. Brian is an author, speaker, and board-certified psychologist practicing in Southern California. He specializes in family crisis interventions and has extensive experience working with highly acute clients struggling with substance abuse disorders and...

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Why We Romanticize Alcohol show art Why We Romanticize Alcohol

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  For most of us, our relationship with alcohol, whether we are drinking or not, is complicated. When we find ourselves 'romanticizing' alcohol, it can feel confusing. First, let's normalize these thoughts. Longing for the past, or feeling nostalgic, is a normal emotion. It is often tied to a longing for the way we used to be or the way we used to feel. I recently had a client share that 'nostalgia' is one of the reasons she drinks, that longing to feel a certain way or searching for a past version of herself can lead her to desire a drink.  In this episode of The Sober Edge...

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Not Another Self Help Episode! show art Not Another Self Help Episode!

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While I love a good ‘self help’ book, I was completely fascinated by the title of my guests’ book: “Not Another Self Help Book”. How could I resist having her on the podcast to share her unique perspective on how to show up in the world when life is hard?   Lindsey Kane Leaverton is an author, songwriter, former minister and a financial wealth management expert. She also identifies as a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community, a woman with ADHD, OCD and PTSD; as she shares, she has ‘all the adjectives’!    Lindsey wrote this book, "Not Another Self-Help Book" to...

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This Groovy Life, Juicy Life  with Constance Todd Smith show art This Groovy Life, Juicy Life with Constance Todd Smith

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting a new friend. Constance Todd Smith is an alignment coach (I love this!) who has been on her own journey of exploration, which started 38 years ago when she decided to 'live on the bright' by choosing sobriety. In addition to being an alignment coach, Constance is also a Yoga teacher, an Ecstatic Dance instructor, the founder of a Facebook group devoted to the teachings of Abraham Hicks and a sailor! She credits her break-up with alcohol as the start of her adventurous life. She describes herself as a  Hybrid of sorts - a rockin’...

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Big Growth: Making Room For More show art Big Growth: Making Room For More

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How do you define abundance? It might be having more, or it might be desiring less. When it comes to creating space, having an abundant mindset can be key.  Creating space can manifest in many different ways; being open to opportunities means almost anything is possible. I have talked about creating space before, but I have recently been challenged to broaden my personal definition of how we create space. In my own life, creating space looks like removing something, be it emotional (a negative thought), physical (throw out the old blouse), or spiritual (exploring those biases). But, I now...

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As a Nutritionist, I recognize that the weeks leading up to our Winter Holiday season are packed with opportunities for eating, overeating and unhealthy eating! In this episode I share 8 tips to stop overconsuming sugar this season. Food For Thought is really about the thoughts that lead to consuming too many sweets or eating on autopilot. You know how to Boss Your Brain around (Episode 57), which is key to breaking the holiday cycle of 'just one more', or 'I never eat sweets expect during ......' I also share the ways that overdrinking and overeating OVERLAP. 

In today's intro I hightlight my friend Chris Engen's program "7 Nutritional Foundations for a Balanced Brain". This program is available in a year-long format through the end of 2022. (Beginning in 2023 the course will include 12 weeks of support). Chris holds an Advanced Certification as a Recovery Nutrition Coach (CRNC2) for  Nutritional Therapy / Amino Acid Therapy from The Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition. Chris joined me on the podcast earlier this year to talk about the importance of cravings, a balanced brain and nutrition on the journey toward alcohol-freedom. This course includes live group coaching, a hippa compliant message board and a money back guarantee. I hope you will check it out in the show notes!

Show Notes

Blog: 8 tips to stop overeating sugar this season!