September 2015

The Ketogenic Diet Experiment

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It’s an exciting day to start a new lifestyle experiment!

After many years of “yoyo dieting” (I’ve gained and lost the same 40 lbs for about 20 years) I decided to gather advice from friends and online resources to see if I could pinpoint any converging trends I had yet to try. Unsurprisingly the recurring diet seemed to be centered around a low carb diet, but I was excited to find that many friends and online resources endorsing what is called a KETOGENIC diet. I put this Google document together as a starting point to help me give the diet a solid effort and to see if this lifestyle change would be the right fit for me.

Special thanks to Anders Hjemdahl, Ourhay Mego, Brendon Hoover and Michael Clive for the inspiration

I collected as many details as I could find into this Google Doc…

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The Merits of Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT)

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This evening I completed an eight week Kaiser Permanente workshop on the topic of Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT) which explored mindfulness, meditation, emotional tolerance and coping strategies. It was surprising to me that two thirds of the class had never even heard of mindfulness before. To celebrate my “graduation” from the course I called my Mom whom I hadn’t spoken with in a year, and whose birthday just so happens to be today. How timely. I told her I loved her and looked forward to visiting her later in the month to begin healing our rocky relationship. And I really am looking forward to it. Throughout this year I realized that when I love others unconditionally as they are (not as I want them to be or wish they could have been in the past) then I can fully love that reflection of others within me. By practicing this I move one step closer to my fullest human expression of love in our world.
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