Podcast Episode 28: There Is No One Fix In Health

Everywhere you turn people are touting the benefits of essential oils, smoothies, juices, juice pills, supplements. Especially thanks to Dr. Oz and those like him. People have been selling “cure alls” for centuries. Take snake oil for instance. This week we discuss the importance of holistic health and how it takes multiple components to achieve optimal health.

Kendall talks about her experiences making smoothies with over 20 vegetables and fruits every morning. Spoiler alert: pink poop is in this conversation.

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Podcast Episode 27: Addiction In The News

This week Susan and Kendall check in and discuss alcohol and recovery themed articles.

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I Am Not Anonymous

A few months ago our friend and Evolved Recovery Show guest, Allison Hudson (It’s A Lush Life,) shared that the folks from I Am Not Anonymous would be in Charlotte hosting a photo shoot. Seeing as how I never pass up the opportunity for a fancy photo session, I signed right up! Kate and Tom were so wonderful and kind at the shoot. The energy in the room was spectacular. I met people in the recovery community in my city that I hadn’t met before and one woman has become a great friend since. (My story is posted below.)

Kate is an incredibly talented photographer and she has this way of making people who’ve probably spent most of their lives in shame and self-loathing due to addiction, suddenly feel like the most beautiful person on the planet when they see themselves through her lens. The work Kate and Tom are traveling around the country doing is crucial to helping people recovery. The I Am Not Anonymous mission is to bring the SOLUTION into the conversation in hopes of helping the millions of people who remain untreated and help the world understand that addiction is not a moral failing. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be part of this project. If they make it through your town, I highly recommend this experience!

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Podcast Episode 24: Nicholas Knutzen

Today we’re celebrating Kendall’s one year sober anniversary  and interviewing Nicholas Knutzen. Nick found optimal health while recovering in treatment. He loves to travel, crossfit and tennis. He is also a nutrition authority and an accomplished, experienced cook. He is currently developing a new program that he calls ReScovery, which is intended to extend current and well known recovery traditions and programs, focusing on those aspects that help create balance – transforming sobriety into joy-filled, contributing, fulfilling and productive lifestyles.

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One Year Sober

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

It has been an emotional roller coaster the last few days leading up to this momentous occasion. One year ago I couldn’t imagine what this day would be like, or fathom the person I could become in 365 days. Thankfully I didn’t have to imagine any of that. I just had to stay in the day, at times just in the moment. I had to not drink and I had to do some big work on myself.

What It Was Like

A year ago, I was a broken soul seeking pain and running from pleasure. I’m not talking about the kind of pleasure that two glasses of wine, a donut, or a good-looking man bring you. This is the kind of pleasure and joy that is derived from being loved by the right kind of people or the pleasure of knowing that you’re being a productive, contributing, and stable human being. Nothing overtly bad happened to make me desire sobriety. I was just tired of running. I was tired of making excuses for why I had become the person that I was. Mostly I was tired of not being the person I pretended to be and truly desired to be like.

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Podcast Episode 23: Dain Sandoval

Dain Sandoval is originally from San Diego, but has called Chico home since 1998. He has had an illustrious past in radio as the Program Director of 106.7 ZRock. He handles websites and technical work for Everyday Paleo‘s Sarah Fragoso. He began experimenting with Paleo while training with Robb Wolf in 2006. Dain was 220 pounds and wearing size 44 pants. He was also in a deep battle with alcoholism. He realized he had to change his lifestyle or likely be dead  30. Through practical application of Paleo living in addition to physical training and a program of recovery he says he now wears size 31 pants and is generally a nicer person to be around. He has been clean and sober since Feb 19, 2007.

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Podcast Episode 20: Shira Goldberg – Sober Coach

This week Susan interviews Shira Goldberg, host of the YouTube show The Addiction Show. Shira is also a Master Recovery/Sober Coach and Recovery Coach Trainer. Susan and Shira discuss sober coaching, how and why she started The Addiction Show, legalizing drugs, the criminal justice system, regulating Sober Living Environments (SLE’s) and how we can’t let our past define us.

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Chasing The High

The summer before I started high school, I watched the movie Top Gun at least 200 times. It was one of two VHS tapes that didn’t bore me at my dad’s house, where I was spending the summer. I lived vicariously through Maverick and Goose. I wanted to fly those planes because I knew even back then that there had to be a high in that. I will fill you in on a small, but possibly important detail. At that point in my life, I had never even been on a commercial plane. But I was addicted to the idea of a thrill and I wanted it.

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How to Escape the Grips of Resentments and Harmful Expectations

Resentment – a feeling of anger or displeasure about someone or something unfair (1).

As addicts and alcoholics, nothing can lead us down the road to drinking, using and other forms of self-medication, like a good old-fashioned resentment! You know, those pesky feelings that creep up, day in and day out, as we replay situations over and over again in our heads, until they no longer portray what actually happened. In result, we wind up either feel so pathetically sorry for ourselves or reduce ourselves to such a degree of anger, that we could spit (as my mom would say). Continue reading How to Escape the Grips of Resentments and Harmful Expectations

Mindfulness When Tragedy Strikes

Recently we had a mindfulness podcast episode where we talked about feeling all of the feels when they happen. As alcoholics and addicts this has to be a constant work in progress. We learned to numb our feelings for so long that it can feel uncomfortable and foreign to suddenly force ourselves to feel them. Learning how to successfully feel everything is crucial to staying sober. I kept thinking about that all weekend after tragedy struck. On Saturday, nearly 4,000 people died because of an earthquake in Nepal. It reminded me of another tragedy almost 14 years ago.

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