Looking Ahead With Lauren: Apps to Help Keep Healthy Habits

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I’ve talked a lot recently about social media/technology and its faults. But having an iPhone glued to your hand doesn’t always have to be a bad thing. For instance, your smartphone can help you keep your resolutions you set on January 1st. Here are a few Apps I’ve found that help you keep your healthy […]

Elevate instead of Medicate

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Looking outside of ourselves to feel better is more common than white on rice. Before I came to yoga and meditation, that was my old operating system, complete with lots of software to train my focus outside of myself rather than looking inward for answers. Whether it’s in our DNA or from family or environmental […]

Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life

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Think about the major problems in your life — from anxiety to lack of regular exercise to a bad diet to procrastination and more. Pretty much every one of these problems is caused by a fear of discomfort. Discomfort isn’t intense pain, but just the feeling you get when you’re out of your comfort zone. Eating […]

How to Keep Habits Going During Travel

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Keeping up with habits can be difficult when you’re traveling, because all of your normal triggers are gone. I’m in the middle of a long stretch of travel (2 trips, traveling 19 out of 23 days) and I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with habits while traveling.Let’s take two quick examples: Exercise. Let’s say […]

Why You Should Write Daily

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One of the most instrumental changes in my life has been writing every single day. For many years I was a writer who didn’t write that regularly. It was always on the back of my mind to write, but I didn’t find the time. Then I started this blog in January 2007, and have written pretty much […]

Habit Mastery: Creating the New Normal

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Changing habits, at its core, is simply a process of changing what’s normal for you. This is something I’ve done myself a gajillion times over the last 7-8 years: not smoking became my new normal (lots of pain for a month or so) running became normal eating vegetarian became normal later eating vegan became normal […]

Getting Your Family On Board with Life Changes

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‘Men learn while they teach.’ ~Seneca the Younger It is a curious phenomena that when we try to change our habits — simplify our clutter, eat healthier, start exercising — the other people in our life don’t instantly want to be changed in the same way. It’s as if they had their own minds! Horrible […]

Have a Wonderful Day: Start With a Simple Spirit Asana Yoga Practice – Then a Delicious Smoothie

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Build a Better Smoothie Look beyond fruit to greens and other nutrients for a tasty, healthy meal on the go. After teaching her early morning class, yoga teacher Kathryn Budig comes home and heads for the blender to make her morning smoothie–a frothy green concoction that includes ingredients such as banana, avocado, parsley, lime, ginger, […]

Why You Can’t Eat Healthier

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Most people have a hard time moving to a healthier diet, and they don’t understand what’s going on. I was one of those people: 70 lbs. heavier and addicted to junk food, I would often tell myself that I’m going to start a diet, and even buy a bunch of new food, only to find […]

The Habits That Crush Us

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‘Don’t panic.’ ~Douglas Adams Why is it that we cannot break the bad habits that stand in our way, crushing our desires to live a healthy life, be fit, simplify, be happier? How is it that our best intentions are nearly always beaten? We want to be focused and productive, exercise and eat healthy foods, stop […]