Episode 49: Traver Boehm, Year To Live Project

What would you do with a year to live?

Traver Boehm founded the Year To Live Project and is also an author, speaker, and transformational coach. Traver’s story of sobriety, travel, working with hospice, encouraging awesomeness, leaving his businesses, and finding himself will inspire you in this week’s episode of Evolved Recovery.

An excerpt from Traver’s website:

2015 was a challenging year for me to say the least. We hang our hats on only a few pillars of identity – be it our jobs, our relationships, our connection to church, or our family. Take one of those away and we can be left wondering who we are and what we’re here for. Believe me, I know.

When my wife left unexpectedly, I was crushed. When the harsh reality became clear a few days later that my business situation would also be transitioning, I was left with what can only be called a colossal crisis of identity. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that soon after there was a day –  a moment to be clearer – THE moment when I looked at the twelve pack in my fridge and the loaded pistol in my drawer and knew that one could lead to an irreversible decision that I really didn’t want to make with the other. There were two distinct choices – go dark, or go light. Both required going all in.

In I went. All in.

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Episode 48: Food Allergies and Intolerances

This week we’re breaking down the differences and symptoms of allergies and intolerances related to food. The first step to eating for recovery is to know what foods are unhealthy for your system.

In this episode…

  • Learn the difference between symptoms of allergies and intolerances.
  • How to get tested for allergies.
  • Find out how to do an elimination diet.
  • Autoimmunity and allergies/intolerances
  • Get started on an allergy/intolerance free diet for recovery with OUR PROGRAM!

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Episode 47: Depression, A Disease of Civilization

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While clinical depression is real, it may be more rare than you think. What if it could be lessoned? What if it could be a mere memory in your life?

This week (listen here) we discuss an article titled “Depression is A Disease of Civilization: Hunter-Gatherers Hold the Key to the Cure” from Back to Now which reviews the book, “The Depression Cure.

Depression, The Epidemic

Why are we the Prozac nation?

Stats from Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance:

  • Major depressive disorder affects approximately 14.8 million American adults, or about 6.7% of the U.S. population age 18 or older, in a given year.
  • 25% of cancer patients experience it. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2002)
  • Strokes: 10-27% of post-stroke patients experience it. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2002)
  • Heart attacks: 1 in 3 heart attack survivors experience it. (National Institute of Mental Health, 2002)
  • Women experience it at twice the rate of men. This 2:1 ratio exists regardless of racial or ethnic background or economic status. The lifetime prevalence of major depression is 20-26% for women and 8-12% for men. (Journal of the American Medical Association, 1996)
  • Major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15-44. (World Health Organization, 2004)
  • It is the cause of over two-thirds of the 30,000 reported suicides in the U.S. each year. (White House Conference on Mental Health, 1999)

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Episode 46: Reward Deficiency Part 2

In Reward Deficiency Part 1 last week, we talked about the real cause of addiction: Reward Deficiency Syndrome. This week we’re moving onto Part 2 and discussing how to break the cycle of trading addictions.

A popular belief in recovery is the acceptance of replacing alcohol and drug addiction with food and exercise addiction. Learning healthy coping skills is the way to break that roller coaster cycle of trading addictions.

Reward Deficiency – Part 2

But what are healthy coping mechanisms?? There is a huge difference between coping mechanisms and self-care. Food, sex, and exercise should never be used as “coping skills.” In this episode we break it down and we explain the difference between self-care versus self-destruction.

Ancestrally we are designed to eat, move, and procreate. So how did we turn that into the destructive addictive lives we have now as a culture? In this evolutionary mismatched life we live, becoming the most simple human versions of ourselves will lead to peace.

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