Dangerous Misconceptions About “Self-Care”

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When did “self-care” become synonymous with getting our nails done? For the record, I love having my nails done, but it’s not self-care. My Self doesn’t need pretty nails; my ego does. (And, yes, I realize people paint their nails for other reasons.) When we talk about self-care, it’s essential to examine our motivations to be sure that we are supporting our Selves and health rather than inadvertently undermining our self-esteem. Self-care is not irresponsible indulgence; although true self-care may feel indulgent because it’s rarely practiced. Self-care is not about feeding our ego, which is insatiable. It’s not about what […]

3 Simple Tips for Reducing Sugar Without Feeling Deprived

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Did you know that on average 40% of calories consumed come from a cup or a bottle?  From healthy-sounding fruit drinks to refreshing iced teas and fun flavored coffees, excess sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are usually lurking behind the scenes.   The problem is, these devilish drinks, however delicious, have no nutritional value and don’t fill you up, so those excess calories don’t give you a whole lot of value for your sip. Even the vitamin-enriched versions provide little to no more benefit than regular water, often adding calories and even sodium where it’s not really necessary, especially when you […]

Confessions of a Life Coach: Does Goal-Setting Really Matter?

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  Confession #1: I don’t like setting goals. They scare me. Setting a goal raises the possibility that I won’t reach it. If I never commit to anything, I can’t fail, right? Oy. If only that were true. I spent a few years living without making any goals. The problem was that I wasn’t really living. When I don’t commit to a challenge, I don’t grow, and if I don’t grow, I feel unmoored and lost. Or firmly stuck in a rut. Either way, not committing to a goal is a fast-track to depression. But setting an unrealistic goal, or […]

First Class May Kill You! (Or, How To Eat Well While You Travel)

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  I was upgraded to the first class cabin on a morning flight last year and was excited to learn I had two choices for breakfast, a scrambled egg burrito or oatmeal and fresh fruit. Oatmeal sounds like the healthier choice, right? Yup, I thought so, too, and that’s the one I picked. (Also, I’m allergic to gluten so didn’t have much of a choice.) Then, when my tray arrived, my jaw dropped and I quickly started doing the math. Rather, I put everything into MyFitnessPal and watched the sugar count climb. It added up to 80g of sugar! United […]

Thrivers Strive for Inefficiency

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The efficient use of your time may be costing your health. While most would agree that being physically active is an important part of leading a vibrant, healthy life, most of us also flounder when it comes to finding the time to do it. Ironically, one of the best and easiest ways to get more active is to be as inefficient as possible. Now, I know all you type-A’s out there just took a deep breath to argue that, but hear me out! Our modern lifestyle has us tethered to electronics and sitting for much longer than our bodies were […]

[MVP] Sophia Asghar: Performance Mentality

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Sophia Asghar has the personal mission of improving lives through fitness, nutrition and mindfulness and building businesses to help ensure this mission is achieved. She has 15 years of experience as a personal trainer, nutrition coach and founder of series of health oriented businesses. Her current company, Wellness Consolidated, is dedicated to getting companies and employees healthier through fitness, food, and fun. Sophia earned a B.S in Physics and spent over ten years in the corporate world in sales, business development and operations. She has brought together her training as a scientist with experience in a high performance corporate environment to […]

10 Healthy Habits for a Fuller Life

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Mind and body wellness is proven to help make us more alert, more focused, and more productive, so they are healthy habits worth fitting into our day no matter how packed, busy or stressful our day seems because these healthy lifestyle choices are proven to improve our quality of life. Our bodies function to rebalance hormones, destress, detoxify, and realign during stretching and exercising. Neuroscience shows that not exercising each day is equivalent to taking a depression pill each day. Here are ten healthy habits to follow on your path to wellness, along with easy ways to fit healthy habits into […]

When Wellness is a Dirty Word

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First came the anthropologist of Arctic poverty who found me on Instagram and confided that she was a Jazzercise fanatic. Then the intellectual historian who eloquently introduced herself as an expert on a similarly Serious Topic but rapidly and with sparkling eyes, before any of our fellow conferees entered the elevator, effused that it was really her Ashtanga yoga practice that sustained her. And the implacable administrator who waited for the meeting room to clear before explaining to me, her gaze softening, the admirable commitment of her Wednesday-night “Zumba ladies,” who traveled from three boroughs to their class in the […]

How They Did It: Michael Perron, Fitness Star Turned Pastor

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Welcome to How They Did It: the podcast that gets you the real story behind the success. Host Darbi Worley interviews extraordinary people about this thing called life and how to do it better. In this episode, Darbi reunites with her former fitness colleague, Michael Perron, who is now Senior Pastor at Summit Life Church in Dallas. Michael shares his story from “Abs of Steel” to drug addiction and depression that nearly drove him to suicide to pastor and church founder. They also discuss the place of LGBTQ people in the Christian church, and that got a little awkward. Enjoy. Follow Darbi on Twitter or Facebook.  Interested […]