Top Self-Care Idea Lists of 2018

Have searched for “self-care ideas” lately? When I first published this article back in 2016, there were roughly 17,900,000 results on Google — today, there are 23,400,000. Can there really be that many more ideas? Probably. Self-care is limitless. By enlisting our creativity, we can come up with endless possibilities for taking good care of ourselves. Once […]

Stop Telling Me What Self-Care Is and Isn’t (Please)

blue jeans and white sweater, self-care is personal

Before I get too far into my rant, let me first say this: Self-care is personal. As a self-care designer and healthcare reform advocate, I’m thrilled to see so many bloggers and journalists reporting on this very important topic. It’s a powerful preventive health tool, and it deserves to spend some time in the spotlight. […]

What is Real Food?

bright leafy greens

Let’s be honest. Transitioning to a real food eating style is like trying to spread cold butter on toast. It’s tricky until you warm up to it. But while we inherently know that real food is healthier for us, we’ve become increasingly disconnected from the sources of our food and more reliant on convenience foods. With so many […]

Is Your Self-Care Practice 8-Dimensional?

8 Dimensions of Self-Care

An 8 Dimensional Model for Self-Care The idea for Living Upp’s 8-dimensional self-care model came to me in the middle of the night. It was one of those vivid images that just pops into your head when you least expect it – the kind that come when you’re in the shower and have nothing to write on. […]

Getting to the Heart of Self-Care

the heart of self-care

It’s undeniable that self-care has been picking up steam over the past few months, but not without mixed feelings. Some still view self-care as a selfish endeavor, calling for a shift to “community care” or some other more socially acceptable term. But I think they’re missing what’s at the heart of self-care. When I joined […]

Self-Care for Cancer Survivors

Laren Waston Interview

In this episode of Conversations with Smart People, I’m talking with Laren Watson, author of WTF?! I Have Cancer?* and founder of The Permanent Remission Project, about how cancer survivors can use self-care in their healing journey. After being blindsided by a double cancer diagnosis (triple negative breast cancer and mantle cell lymphoma), Laren leaned […]

Overcoming Emotional Eating with Jessica Setnick

In this episode of Conversations with Smart People, I’m talking with Jessica Setnick, a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian, about emotional eating. Jessica is the owner of Congruence Consulting and the author of The Eating Disorder Clinical Pocket Guide. She also teaches healthcare providers how to support those suffering with eating disorders through her Eating […]

Are You a Misunderstood Martyr?

Stephanie Myer headshot

In this episode of Conversations with Smart People, I interviewed Stephanie Myer, The Martyr Coach, to better understand what it means to be a martyr. It’s a label that carries a lot of judgment. As Myer describes on her website, “Martyrs can be put down, eye-rolled and snickered at. We’re seen as melodramatic, self-imposed victims […]

Nutrient Declines in U.S. Produce (and What to Do About It)

Bright green curly lettuce

Over the past 50 to 70 years, the concentration of nutrients in U.S. fruits and vegetables has been declining — by about 5% to 40%, according to researchers at the University of Texas. But the reason for those nutrient declines is where things get sketchy. What is the primary cause of the decline? Is our soil depleted? […]

Learning the Art of Forgiveness with Brenda Reiss

Do you struggle with forgiveness? In this episode of Conversations with Smart People, I interviewed Brenda Reiss, a Forgiveness Coach in the Greater Seattle area who helps clients navigate the process of forgiveness. I don’t know about you, but this is a tough one for me. I mean, I understand the concept of forgiveness, but […]