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 32: The Soda Episode

This week we take time to remember Robin Williams on the first anniversary of his death. Then we discuss the soda industry’s latest ploy to shift the blame of obesity and illness.

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Life’s A Beach

The past week was one of the best experiences of my life and I owe it all to recovery. It was a very simple thing really. Nothing in comparison to some of the bragging rights of my past, but far outweighs any of those ego driven experiences. I went on vacation with my family. Nothing new, I’ve done this many times. What was different? Me.

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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.

Show links:

Blendtec Blenders

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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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Podcast Episode 26: Dr. Emily Deans, Evolutionary Psychiatry

This week we interview Emily Deans, M.D. aka the “Evolutionary Psychiatrist” to get a medical perspective on recovery and detox. Emily is a board certified adult psychiatrist practicing in Massachusetts. The overarching theory she explores is that our bodies and brains do best in conditions for which they are evolved.  She digs up scientific information and presents it in that context. She feels that by studying evolutionary medicine, we come closer to the answers for optimal conditions for health and vitality. You can find Dr. Emily Deans on Psychology Today.

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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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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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10 Reasons to Support Farmer’s Markets All Year Long

I live in North Carolina and we definitely have all four seasons here. Mildish winters and summers. Breathtaking falls and springs. We are so fortunate but even with winters that rarely experience a blizzard, our local farmers markets tend to be ghost towns from November through March.

Summer however is a different story. You roll up in the parking lot around 9am. Cars are backed up down the street, and you circle for 10 minutes to find a parking space. People and strollers are everywhere. I’ve been coming to this market for years. Out of the 52 weeks a year, between my husband and I we might miss 4 Saturdays a year. In December you can roll right up, grab a space, and walk anywhere without bumping into another person.

So I ask myself where are all of these people during Winter?? It’s my duty as an “agtivist” to make sure folks understand that many cities have year round markets. Maybe the massive sign when you pull into mine that says open year round isn’t enough of an indicator. To encourage people to visit more often and not just when the weather is lovely I came up with these 10 reasons:

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