What I Learned from My 1-Year Facebook Hiatus

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One year ago today I rejoined Facebook after taking a 1-year hiatus. I decided it had become a negative source of energy for me, and a distraction that kept me from planning and reaching my goals. But more than that, I wanted to see if I could do it. Multiple times a day I would catch […]

Book Club Discussion: Unprocessed by Megan Kimble

colorful carrots from the farmers' market in issaquah

What’s your definition of processed food? The word itself has developed quite the reputation, and not in a good way either. Even so, the definition is ambiguous at best. At this month’s Living Upp Book Club meeting, we discussed Megan Kimble’s book Unprocessed. But before I dive into the recap of our discussion, let’s take a gander […]

Book Club Discussion: Enthusiasm Makes The Difference by Norman Vincent Peale

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At this month’s Living Upp Book Club gathering, we discussed the book Enthusiasm Makes the Difference* by Norman Vincent Peale. We began our discussion by observing that many similar books have been written since Peale’s writing in 1967–The Secret* and The Law of Attraction*, just to name a couple. We thought it was interesting that […]

LivingUpp™ Book Club Discussion: Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

a road that runs between two small hills

This month, the LivingUpp™ Book Club met to discuss the book Man’s Search for Meaning* by Viktor Frankl. Since it was one of the most intense books we’ve ever discussed in our group, I had no idea what to expect. Suffice it to say that the insights and perspectives that were expressed throughout our discussion made […]

The Illusion of Orthorexia

Bright green curly lettuce

Orthorexia is a term used to describe an unhealthy preoccupation with healthy eating. You know the type: these people usually have a long list of foods they can’t eat, they read labels meticulously, and can immediately spot a “bad” food or ingredient. And they frequently judge or criticize the food choices of others. While orthorexia […]