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The Magic of Saying No

The magic of saying no | Diane Sanfilippo

Who else is saying *NO* more?   What happens when we say “no” to people, activities, and even to ourselves? It’s usually the most honest answer you can give, yet somehow, it’s the absolute hardest. Allow me to release you from the turmoil that comes from this in-between state you may be in right now… saying no to something, someone, or …

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Dogma limits possibilities – in Paleo, CrossFit, yoga, and beyond.

This post is a sort of stream of consciousness rant, if you will. It’s intended to open your mind up to a new way of thinking about things that I talk about so often here on the blog, on the podcast, and in all of my work. It’s a set of thoughts that came to me yesterday morning, that I …

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Monday Motivation: Setbacks & Failures

  We’re heading into holiday season, full of special times with family and friends, cooler weather, shining decorations, and seasonal foods. And then comes the New Year, full of hopeful resolutions and promises to make the next year better and more prosperous. Most people make at least one New Year’s resolution that is health focused: exercise more, eat healthier, lose …

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Monday Motivation: If you don’t like it, change it.

I’ve written about this concept before in my Nothing Changes if You Change Nothing post, but today I have a bit of a different message for you. Is there something going on in your life that you wish could be different? I’m always asking you those big, life-changing, scary questions. I know. Sometimes I feel like this is the even more fun part …

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Monday Motivation: Does your desire for security keep you from your calling?

I’ve written about this concept before in my post Are You Driving Your Life or Is Your Life Driving You?, but today I have a bit of a different message for you.  Do you feel like you are answering your calling in life? This is a big question, I realize that. But here’s the thing: your calling doesn’t need to …

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Monday Motivation: 8 ways to show love that don’t involve food.

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and many of you will want to prepare an extravagant dinner or shower your loved one in treats, sweets, and goodies. And I’m all for that. I’m half Italian and half German – I’m pretty much programmed to love others with food! But what if your loved one is working on a weight loss or …

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Monday Motivation: Nothing changes if you change nothing.

Nothing changes if you change nothing. Or, said even more simply… Nothing changes if nothing changes. These words resonate with me often. I think many of you who read this blog regularly know that I’m a proponent for things like practicing an attitude of gratitude, living your life in the driver’s seat, and being open to opportunity when it comes …

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Monday Motivation: One step at a time.

I originally wrote this post when my blog was called “Mindful Health” back in November of 2006. While the content and direction of my work has changed to a degree, the fundamentals of my approach have not. As much as I love a challenge or a real-food detox (like my 21-Day Sugar Detox) as much as the next person, I …

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Monday Motivation: The Secret Powers of Time, and are you past, present, or future oriented?

If you’ve ever had a conversation, an argument, or other interaction with another person wherein you simply could not see eye-to-eye despite having the same basis of knowledge on the topic or issue at hand, you’ve likely discovered The Secret Powers of Time. The Secret Powers of Time is a fantastic, short presentation by Philip Zimbardo, author of The Time Paradox: The New …

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Monday Motivation: I used to hate my thighs.

Monday Motivation posts are a time I use for self-reflection, to share relevant goings-on in my life, and to express sentiments that I think might also resonate with some of you. The goal is always to reveal some personal things that I feel are important to be candid about, but more importantly to help you to examine your own life …