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April 27, 2017

Let your light shine

11:45 am - Posted by Gregg

I recently happened upon this meme from Robin Sharma that serves as a good reminder for us all.

Too often, when thinking about goals or embarking on a diet or healthy eating plan, we think about how fabulous we will be — as opposed to how amazing we are in the moment. Fact is, the more we believe in ourselves and our worth, the better chance we have of achieving any goal we set for ourselves (whether having to do with losing weight, getting healthier, getting ahead in our careers, strengthening relationships or whatever).

This doesn’t mean we can’t aspire to be more, do more and have more. But the more we remind ourselves of our true fabulosity (even in this very moment), the more momentum we’ll have. So take a minute today (and everyday) to read this and other positive memes that can remind you how important you are to the planet. There’s only one you. And yes, you are amazing. Believe it.

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4:34 pm - Posted by Gregg

Have you ever thought about your relationships? The ones that mean the most to you? I’m willing to bet there’s one important relationship you may have a habit of neglecting — your relationship between your body and food.

There’s a fine line between healthy eating and gluttony that many of us teeter on and sometimes all it takes is one bad day at work or one comment from a loved one to send us running straight to the kitchen cabinets (or the drive-thru of the nearest fast food restaurant). A disastrous relationship with food can often be as damaging as being addicted to an abusive ex you can’t seem to get rid of… But what if you could stop this kind of self-destructive behavior? And what if you could stop making decisions about food and about your body that just don’t serve you or your mental wellness anymore?

All of this can come to an end once you learn how to change your habits, behaviors and become more mindful so you can change your relationship with food.

Maybe you’ve tried every diet out there and you’re sick and tired of working out all the time with little or no progress to show for your efforts. Maybe there’s something you just haven’t tried yet — and have no idea what that is or what it could mean for your health. That’s where my incredible friend Lisa Goldberg’s free Well Fed MIND Summit comes in! This exclusive online summit can help us all focus on being more aware and mindful of what our bodies need so that we can feel good and have the energy and vitality we need all day (every day).

If you’re truly ready to break up with that box of cookies for good, you can find all that you need to know in this upcoming virtual tele-summit where 21 nutritionists, doctors, authors, psychologists, coaches, therapists and other transformational experts (including yours truly) will be gathering for 11 straight days, during which time they’ll be sharing their most useful techniques, tools, trade secrets and more — allowing everyone who participates to have a healthier and more fulfilling relationship with their bodies, eating and food.

(I also happen to know that a lot of the summit experts will be giving away free gifts to those who participate… Although you didn’t hear that from me!)

Let me also tell you what this summit won’t be about… It won’t be about dieting, what you can and cannot eat – and it won’t be about spending countless hours at the gym. What it will be about sustainable, long-term changes regarding the way you think of food. You’ll learn how to be mindful of this relationship and take away lots of healthy ways to nourish your body while also nourishing your mind.

Because I’m a guest panelist for the event this year, I’m able to invite whomever I want to attend the event 100% free of charge. That means you (and whomever else you would like to invite)! Spots are limited, but you can register right away by clicking here. (Lisa told me I could share this free participation link with anyone I wanted… Hope she doesn’t mind me making it public this way! LOL!)

I hope you’ll take part in this online summit. (Again, it’s 100% free!)

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August 10, 2015

On and off the couch

12:50 pm - Posted by Gregg

As someone who’s often on the run (well, on the power walk), I often “read” books by listening to them via audio book. So it’s always a treat to find time to sit down and read a “real” book (even if I’m not actually turning pages since they’re usually on an e-reader… Ah, technology). Recently, I went “old school” and read a book that required me to actually turn the pages (how many calories did I burn per page, I wonder…). Lucky for me, this tome was a real page turner and, in fact, had all the qualities of an actual audio book since even though reading, I felt like the author was speaking directly to me.

Wisdom From The Couch (2014, Central Recovery Press) was written by clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst Jennifer Kunst, who also writes an online column for Psychology Today. Her approach to the often tricky subject of finding inner peace is tackling it from the inside-out. In other words, she examines why we’re constantly plagued by various mental maladies and does so with entertaining examples that include references to pop culture and even children’s stories.

Only an author with Ms. Kunst’s talents could write about these subjects with a refreshing “Tell it like it is” take — without ever being too in your face or too morose. She fully acknowledges that life is full of challenges (and that it always will be). But her terrific approach offers humor, solace and (ultimately) a quiet understanding that let’s us know it’s okay to not be okay. Or, more accurately, to not be our perceived definition of “okay.” As I read the various chapters, which cover everything from thinking we should be living an entitled life to the old adage that slow and steady wins the race, I found myself nodding, laughing and being overcome by a tranquil state.

Suddenly, while reading, I felt less like a patient on this doctor’s couch and more like I was dishing with a friend about the human psyche (my own human psyche as it were). Could it be I’d found a salve for my worrisome thoughts that didn’t come in the form of some high calorie treat? (Heck yeah, I did — which begs for a heartfelt thanks to Ms. Kunst.)

This is the fun, whimsy and major innovation offered in Wisdom From The Couch – Ms. Kunst entertains with her expert take on the human mind, which in turn helps one to gain a greater understanding of their own thought patterns and why we sometimes become our own worst enemy (whether when trying to lose weight, achieve career success, find love, strengthen relationships or whatever we might be facing). Ms. Kunst’s overall message is that we’re okay even with our so-called foibles. In other words, we are made up of all of these challenges and can actually turn the table and view them as gifts that have come to us as a result of experiencing life at many different levels.

The message might sounds simplistic, but that’s only because Ms. Kunst delivers her prose in a way that soothes and nurtures. We’re not only left knowing ourselves (and even others) better, but also loving ourselves in this moment for being the human creatures that we are. With this renewed insight to the human condition, we can face everything (even life’s next round of challenges) with gratitude. And this is true wisdom that one can carry into every situation life has to offer (whether on or off the couch).

As someone who is often wanting to be reminded that “everything’s okay,” I found a real sense of peace and solace in this book’s pages. Thus, I wanted to share my find with other Just Stoppers. After all, if I’m okay, you’re okay… And with this book, Ms. Kunst offers us a sure footed path to not only know that, but to embrace it.

Have you read this book? What’s your take? Or do you have another recent book that you’ve read that you want to comment about? If so, all comments are welcome, below. (Thank you!)

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