Alcohol And Society
I am currently on a break from drinking alcohol. I am now at the 2-year mark of staying completely free of booze.
I reached this milestone without any specific intention being set at the onset of the break. I have just kept it rolling onward, day after day and month after month.
This break from drinking has given me some space and time to reevaluate the role that alcohol has played in my life and to more clearly observe the role it plays in society as a whole.
Alcohol is everywhere and it is woven deeply into the social fabric of our lives. From college rites of passages to weddings to casual catch ups with friends, alcohol is given a prominent position in a majority of our social activities.Read More
Special Guest Author
I am proud and honored to introduce a special guest author today, Treye Eyler. Treye is my brother-in-law, but he is my brother in every truest sense of the word.
Treye is in recovery from heroin addiction and is approaching 5 years being clean. He bravely shared his story of addiction earlier this year.
At times in the past, I have intimately lived with his addiction. I know in certain moments of despair or frustration in the past, I have misunderstood his addiction as well.Read More
This article was originally published in November of 2016. Through more life experience and information gathering, I continue to evolve my approach to diet and this updated article reflects and addresses that evolution, especially regarding consumption of fat.
I still eat lots of fat, now to a point, though. When this article was originally written I was at the tail end of transitioning away from eating a higher amount of carbohydrates and instead focusing on fats.
That switch to a high-fat and low-carb lifestyle brought a significant amount of positive changes into my life. Inspired by those changes, I may have subsequently doubled down too emphatically on consuming large quantities of fat within certain meals.Read More
Minimize Your Approach
Have you ever undertaken a major dietary change only to completely bail on it weeks into the program? Maybe you have had difficulties even taking that very first step.
If you feel you need to make some changes with your eating but are too overwhelmed by just the thought of it or do not know what changes to make, I would suggest minimizing the approach. Instead of attempting wholesale changes to your diet I would consider taking a more actionable step, which is focusing first on just your breakfast.Read More
The Undeniable Impact Of Sugar
When my son eats a major sugar bomb, like a piece of cake at a birthday party, I can see his mood change. His generally sweet and cooperative disposition shifts to one of a fired up wild child, which is soon followed by a crash of energy and crankiness. His ability to follow directions, typically a positive trait for my son, wanes as a result as well.
Watching this outwardly behavioral roller coaster is like tracing the steps of sugar’s overt and undeniable physiological impact on my son. The sugar is sending signals and triggering reactions in his young and developing mind and body.Read More
Yoga is changing my life. I make that statement wholeheartedly with no intentions of being dramatic. I can feel the positive benefits from my yoga classes lasting well beyond my time spent in the studio.
My brain seems to be getting rewired to an even deeper state of non-reactivity in comparison to what my meditation practice had been previously doing for me. I am enjoying an increased sense of compassion for and connectedness to others.Read More
It was well into my adulthood before I realized I not only needed to get comfortable with fear, but I probably should be seeking it out. I am not talking about the fear that arises in response to true peril, like the jolt we experience when walking into oncoming traffic.
The type of fear I am addressing is more subtle and can manifest itself in a variety of different forms. It can be felt as a slight fluttering of butterflies in your stomach. It can take root in a more unsettling manner as a churn in your guts causing you to have doubts about something you are considering.
Fear can rear its ugly head in the form of procrastination, or resistance as author Steven Pressfield terms it in The War Of Art.Read More
One Year Has Flown By
Some of you know that I am currently on a break from drinking alcohol. I started this temporary break back in January 2016 with the intentions of joining the “Dry January” pledge. Dry January is a growing social movement with the participants abstaining from alcohol entirely for the month of January.
My month long Dry January pledge from 2016 has somehow now organically extended into an entire year free from booze. For someone who was a craft beer enthusiast and consistent moderate drinker of red wine, it is surprising to me how little I actually miss drinking. It is probably closer to the truth to say drinking alcohol is not being missed at all.Read More
Is Your Moderate Alcohol Consumption A Problem?
I can not begin to answer that for you. That is probably not the most important question either. Perhaps it is more beneficial to ask if there is a better way of life waiting for you beyond alcohol consumption?
The older I get the more I am finding interest in carving out alternative paths for this wondrous journey through life. Paths that hopefully lead to more connection with loved ones and a deeper connection with the universe. Paths that lead to more energy and vitality. Paths that allow greatness and beauty to arise from a seemingly mundane moment. This may all sound like new age hyperbole or the wishful thinking of an upstart yogi, but these quality of life improvements are actually the first-hand results stemming from my recent decision to temporarily step away from booze.Read More