Surviving the Holidays: How to be Happy and Fit In Your Clothes

Welcome to Podcast Episode 41 (listen here) on how to survive the holidays while being happy and not worrying about your waistline in the process!

Let’s not kid ourselves, the holidays aren’t the “happiest time of the year” for recovering alcoholics and addicts. It’s the time of year when most relapses occur and some of us slip into our deepest depressions. Whether it’s past trauma, being triggered by family, or just the general change in weather and light, it’s a tough time for so many in recovery. What if there’s a better way? One that doesn’t involve self-medicating or relapsing. As a bonus, what if you could get through the holidays without adding those extra holiday treat pounds?

We’ve found a better way to cope with the holidays and we’d like to share these tips with you in the hopes that your holidays turn out to be merry and joyful (and most of all sober!)

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Podcast Episode 34: Nicole Pittman The Gratitude Workbook

This week as we vigorously chisel away at our 6 Weeks to Evolved Recovery course to do list to get this empowering information out to you, we chat with Nicole Pittman. She is the author of The Gratitude Workbook.

An excerpt from Nicole:

“Gratitude has brought me out of the depths of my own mind and into the heart of my everyday life. Gratitude has given me the permission to feel joy, ask for what I want, and receive love.”

We LOVE talking about gratitude. What a wonderful way to truly live a recovery lifestyle. This is a wonderful conversation on mindfulness and finding thanks in your life. Nicole was even generous enough to offer you some Gratitude Workbook Freebies!!

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Podcast Episode 31: Breaking Down Meditation

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This week we dive deeper into the practice of meditation.  We talk about the benefits of meditation and how it affects our lives in a positive way. Meditation can help with quitting smoking, fat loss, sugar avoidance, and an overall happier, more productive life.

Meditation Challenge details coming soon!!

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Podcast Episode 29: Lucy Hendricks, Breathing Expert

Breathing is the most important job a human will do in their life, except most of us are doing it wrong! Today we get some great tips from Lucy Hendricks, graduate of the Lexington Healing Arts Academy Personal Training program and a current Student Massage Therapist. She has her FMS certification and is also a certified Restorative Breathing Coach. For the last four years, she’s been an integral part of the GYM Laird Strength and Conditioning team.  You can also find Lucy at Darkside Strength.

We welcome your questions and topics by email at info@evolvedrecovery.com. Listen on iTunes, Stitcher, download the MP3, or use the player featured below.

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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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Are You Sober If You Take Mental Health Drugs?

I was sober for three years when I got pregnant the first time. I was also on mental health medications that I didn’t feel safe taking during pregnancy so I weaned off of them. They had never worked well anyway because I was wrongly diagnosed with depression and anxiety. Instead of seeking out better help and finding the right medications and right diagnosis, I demonized mental health medication and vowed never to use it again. I ended up letting go of my sobriety a year later and white knuckling through the ups and downs of my diseases (mental health and addiction) for the next decade.

I spent years trying every natural concoction for mental health. Juicing, smoothies, supplements, yoga, herbs, and some wild berry from some rain forest that claimed to be the cure all. There was no end to the lengths I would go to feel sane as long as it was “natural.” Every time I hoped the next thing would be the thing that would fix me, but it never did. I just ended up having severe mood swings.

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