Are You a Misunderstood Martyr?

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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)

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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 […]

Using Self-Care to Navigate Addiction

In this episode of Living Upp’s Conversations with Smart People, I talk with Shar Jones of Beyond Hope Radio about using self-care to navigate addiction. Shar, whose beautiful daughter is struggling with substance abuse, talks about her personal journey as a mother, doing her best to balance self-care with being a supportive caregiver. “To say that […]

10 Signs You Need a Self-Care Practice

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In a culture that rewards us for putting the needs of others before our own, it’s easy to fall into a pattern of self-neglect. Habits like not getting enough sleep, skipping meals, and grabbing unhealthy meals on the go can have a negative impact on our health when they become part of our normal routine. Our […]

Who’s Directing Your Healthcare Experience?

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Since 2000, I’ve worked as a registered dietitian nutritionist, providing nutrition counseling and consulting services in a variety of healthcare settings — hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physician offices, independent living facilities, home health, adult day care centers, corporate wellness programs, and private practice. Now, for the first time, I’m learning what it’s like […]

How to “Rate Your 8” Using the Living Upp Self-Care Model

Before you can develop a meaningful self-care practice, you must first have a thorough understanding of what you need to feel your best and give your best. And that’s not as easy as it sounds. Knowing what recharges and re-energizes you can help you determine where to allocate your time and energy — but the truth is, many of us […]

When Self-Care Isn’t Enough (Please Tell Me This Isn’t a Heart Attack)

Being wired up to an EKG in the Emergency Room wasn’t exactly my idea of a good start to the holiday weekend, especially after the last couple of weeks I’ve had. But knowing when and how to seek professional medical treatment is a critical component of a comprehensive self-care practice. Life is hard sometimes. For all of […]

Why We Need to Redefine Self-Care

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Self-care is the most powerful preventive health tool we have. Yet, ironically, it’s a tool that few of us use – at least not consistently. Instead, we’ve become passive dependents on a broken, overpriced health care system that is far from accessible (unless, of course, you’re a wealthy member of Congress). And that’s precisely why […]