Abstaining, Moderating, and Taking a Break

I’ve been talking about my dining habits lately, most notably my February participation in the Whole 30 and the major realization that I’m an abstainer, not a moderator. I wanted to take a moment to stress just how important it is to get clear on which of the two groups you belong to. The other day, I came across a comment on a friend’s Facebook page that was something along the lines of: “There is such a thing as being healthy while indulging in certain things (at least in moderation)….Balance is a beautiful thing.”

Those are obviously the words of a moderator.

And that theory works wonderfully for moderators. It does not, however, work for abstainers. And when the thing to abstain from or to moderate is […]

By |March 4th, 2013|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Abstaining, Moderating, and Taking a Break

Who am I? An abstainer or a moderator?

I wrote the other day about about my decision to do the Whole 30 challenge. I gave up grains, legumes, sugar, dairy, potatoes, and alcohol during the month of February. I did a very effective countdown detox in January to prepare myself for the Whole 30 and to avoid the detox effects.

What was my motivation behind doing the Whole 30?

There were a couple of reasons. First, I’d done a paleo-style eating plan in the past, about 13 years ago, and it helped enormously with some chronic health issues that I’ve had for a long time. I felt fantastic, though it was hugely challenging for me at the time.

Second, and more important, I honestly believe that it’s the natural human diet. I’ve been vegetarian, and I’ve […]

By |February 28th, 2013|Q1: Who am I?|3 Comments

Stretch out of your routine and get green

Good planets are hard to find. If we destroy ours, we’ll be left without a home. So what’s your environmental wellness rating?

Are you aware of the limits of the planet’s natural resources? Are you taking steps in your life to decrease your use of these resources? Do you conserve energy? Recycle? Reuse things whenever possible? Do you take conscious steps to conserve energy and water?

We used to think it was enough to just reduce, reuse, and recycle. Now we know that additional steps must be taken to ensure our home on this planet. I’d like to help you find new ways of doing things to stretch out of your routine and increase your environmental wellness.

The more information we have, the easier it is for us to know how to act responsibly in our daily lives. Without sufficient information, we may not even know certain issues exist, let alone know how to take action. We’re a big fan of documentaries in our home, and I’d like to suggest you take a look at some of the following films.

If you think you don’t have time to add documentaries into your life, stop and think about how many hours of television you watch a week. How many movies do you watch at home each week? If you replace just two hours of television or one of those movies each week, you can learn a great deal about environmental issues all around our planet: things that affect our lives as inhabitants of planet Earth.

After you watch each film, take some time to think about how you can change your lifestyle and current habits to improve the environment. If you watch the documentary with friends or family, discuss the issue amongst yourselves to brainstorm ideas.

Check out this list of environmentally conscious documentaries and books:


By |April 30th, 2011|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stretch out of your routine and get green

You are what you eat, so get agile!

Thanks to Julia for this path photo from San Francisco! Click on the photo to visit her blog (in Spanish).

I’ve mentioned life agility a few times now, starting with “When was the last time you did something for the first time?”, where I suggested adding more “first time” experiences to your life. Then I proposed that you “Spice up your exercise plan…or start a new one!” and asked you: when was the last time you spiced up your exercise program with something new? Lastly, I recommended an agility homework exercise to avoid repetition in everything you do throughout the week.

And now, I’m wondering how you’d feel about changing your eating habits for a week, just to try something new. No matter what your diet is like, you can always shake things up a little and embrace agile eating. Here are some ideas:


By |April 12th, 2011|Uncategorized|2 Comments