Episode 45: Reward Deficiency Part 1

We’re back with a new episode of the Evolved Recovery show discussing reward deficiency! (Listen here)

We’ve created a two-part podcast series with some of the points made in our recent presentation on reward deficiency at the Nutritional Therapy Conference.

In this first part, we discuss what the relationship between addicts and dopamine resistance is. We also explain why reward deficiency should matter to your recovery.

 

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Podcast Episode 42: Mark Rogers, Simply Human Lifestyle

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We’re back with a new podcast episode! After a break for the holidays and much needed family time, we are returning to our weekly Evolved Recovery Show schedule.

We are also excited to share that we are now offering PERSONAL COACHING for our online 6 Weeks to Evolved Recovery course. Education and Accountability! What more could you need to start this journey to long-lasting, optimal health?? Make 2016 your year to thrive!! We’ve got your solution. All you need to bring is the willingness to live the life you’ve always dreamed of!

There are three choices to choose from to start your path to holistic sobriety! Option 1 is the original 6 Weeks to Evolved Recovery online course. Option 2 includes the online course in addition to a 30 minute coaching call each of the 6 weeks and food journals to track your habits. Our premium option is the online course, the 30 minute coaching calls each week with the food journals. In addition, we’ll provide a 90 minute initial consultation to dig really deep into your current health. You’ll also have the option to take a Nutritional Assessment Questionnaire. We’ll provide for you personalized recommendations for diet, lifestyle, and supplements.  Learn more at sobercourse.com!!

Now onto the podcast! One of our favorite friends from the Ancestral Health Community joins us today to talk about habits, willpower, and rewards. Mark Rogers is helping people discover how simple being a human really is. Eat like a human. Move like a human. Sleep like a human. Enjoy life…like a human. He blogs and podcasts at Simply Human Lifestyle. He recently wrote the Creating Human Habits series on EverdayPaleo.com. Make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2.

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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 40: Chris Bailey, Step Into Life

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If you think we love walking, just wait until you listen to this podcast episode of The Evolved Recovery Show! This week we chat with Chris Bailey, the man who walked across the country for recovery!! Less than two years ago, Chris was homeless and addicted to drugs and alcohol. His twin brother found him bloodied and at his bottom in a San Diego park. Not long after treatment and early recovery, Chris made the decision to walk from California to New York.

Enjoy this conversation today about Chris’ adventures over his 7-month journey walking across America for recovery. We talk about the undeniable connection between him and his twin brother. Chris tells us what it was like to completely unplug and be totally alone walking and how he’s turned his experience into a future of sharing his story with others. He will inspire you to seek mindfulness and celebrate recovery.

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Mindfulness for Beginners: 4 Simple Steps to a Happy Life

Welcome to podcast episode 39 (listen here), offering 4 easy to implement solutions to finding peace and understanding mindfulness!

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to “go with the flow” while perhaps you struggle to find peace? Maybe you’ve tried meditation, but found yourself distracted and turned off from the experience. You’re not alone!

Modern society hardly teaches us how to slow down. Everywhere we look, we see the go, go, go message. The more we do, the more we obtain the “busy” status symbol. Recovering alcoholics and addicts benefit greatly from practicing mindfulness. With mindfulness you can beat addiction, bust sugar cravings and obtain long-lasting, optimal health.

Spending thousands of dollars on gurus or moving to an ashram to learn mindfulness isn’t necessary. Follow these 4 simple steps to create your happy life today!

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From the Bottle to 26.2: Why Recovering Alcoholics Are Becoming Marathon Addicts

Every year in the fall and spring many half and full marathon races take place in my city, forcing major roads to close down to one lane. Orange cones line the streets, while police officers man corners to prevent cars from potentially driving into runners. Tents with speakers and music blaring surround several mile markers with the intention of keeping the runners momentum going towards that coveted finish line.

Before we go any further, let me express my love and adoration to my friends and all of those recovering out there who have returned from the depths of hell to become law-abiding and contributing members of society and most of all cross finish lines they never thought possible in their darkest days of addiction. I am proud of the accomplishments you have made to better your lives and your health.

Having said that, I believe the current message in the recovery world of trading “bad” addictions for “good” ones, may not be supporting us in our quest to find long-lasting, optimal health in long-term recovery. Hopefully, I will offer some insight to those who have found solace after they put down the bottle or substances and traded the demons for that sought after, endorphin release affectionately known as the “Runner’s High”.

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Podcast Episode 38: Tera Bucasas, Yoga For Healing

It’s our first podcast since we got home from Washington, DC for the UNITE to Face Addiction event. We give a brief recap before we chat with our awesome guest today!

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Our t-shirts were a huge hit at UNITE to Face Addiction and lots of people asked where they could purchase them. Here you go:

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Podcast Episode 33: Laszlo Jaress UNITE to Face Addiction

The #meditate14 challenge continues! How is your practice going? Don’t forget to share with us on any of our social media outlets including Facebook, TwitterInstagram, or here in the comments below. The contest/challenge runs until August 31 to be eligible to win a free spot in our “Six Weeks To Evolved Recovery” online course which kicks off in September! You can also win by leaving a review on iTunes. See the bottom of this post for details!

This week’s guest is one of the Organizers At Large for the UNITE to Face Addiction Event on the National Mall in Washington, DC October 4. Laszlo Jaress joins us to share his story of recovery and tell us why this rally is so crucial to starting a national conversation about addiction and how to improve recovery rates across the country. Evolved Recovery is honored to be an official partner of this event so we hope to meet you in person in DC for this amazing experience.

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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.

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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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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