• Kissing Sugar Goodbye

    Date: 2015.01.13 | Category: Sweet Talk | Response: 0

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    On January first I started a 21-day no-junk food diet. I’d been threatening to starve my sweet tooth for weeks—having spent the holiday season high on sugar—so, when a Facebook friend threw out the challenge, I answered. But I knew that if I was going to do it well, I’d need help.

    So I reached out to my friend, healthy eating expert and activist, Judy Lendsey. She’s seen some major transformations in her own life and in the lives of her clients through her nutrition and wellness work. Her passion stems from her own journey with cancer—and kissing sugar goodbye. Granted, Judy’s experience is her own, and while she’s not suggesting that laying off sweets is the cure for all that ails us, she offers lots of good food for thought.

    We talked on topics ranging from sugar to smoothies, greens to the government, relationships, advertising, addiction, personal responsibility and more. By the time we were through, kicking the sugar habit was the least of my concerns.

    What follows is the short version of our conversation. To hear the extended version, click on the podcast player above.

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  • 2014: What Happened

    Date: 2014.12.29 | Category: Sweet Talk | Response: 0

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    At the start of each week I’ve taken to looking back at the previous seven days to ask what I’ve learned as well as what I can do better. Sometimes these questions are more rhetorical than anything, because it’s easy to lose steam by backsliding into old habits and moving the challenge of growth and change to the back burner—all because life happened.

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  • Dismantling Mixed Relationship Messages

    Date: 2014.12.18 | Category: Sweet Talk | Response: 0

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    Marc was beautiful. He had a lean swimmer’s physique and a tiny gap between his front teeth that made me smile anytime he did. He had kissable freckles and ice blue eyes that warmed me. He was funny and smart and easy to be with. We were barely twenty-one, kids living off campus and away from home for the first time. I liked him. In hindsight, I think I could have loved him.
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  • Holy Potato: A Simple Gratitude

    Date: 2014.11.27 | Category: Sweet Talk | Response: 0

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    A few months ago I took my friend Deb to pick apples. It was her first trip to Colorado, and I wanted to make sure I left her with memories she wouldn’t soon forget. I had no idea how much the experience would impact me, too.

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  • Your Self-Confidence is Sexy

    Date: 2014.11.23 | Category: Sweet Talk | Response: 0

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    Before last week, I hadn’t seen my friend Liz in at least five months. It was summertime, and after weeks of persistent emails and calling, I’d finally convinced her to meet me for tea. I missed seeing my friend and wanted more time with her, but I knew I was lucky to see her at all back then. In the aftermath of a nasty divorce, she’d tightened her circle of friends and all but shut down her social calendar. The heaviness in her voice and her listless demeanor were explanation enough.
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