Simple trick to help you face your fears!

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Ever wish you could break free and just face your fears?

Once we sold our home to travel full-time in our RV, we started encountering new experiences on what seemed like a daily basis! And it really became more and more inconvenient to live in fear…especially once there were so many new things that made me fearful.

Fear became one of my worst enemies, always lurking…constantly threatening to make me miss out on potentially wonderful experiences.

I’m still a work in progress in this regard, but one way I’ve started conquering some of my fears is by adopting the following super simple 4-step strategy:

1. Realize that I’m afraid of “X”.

2. Ask myself if I want to remain afraid of “X.”

3. If the answer is “no,” then I ask myself what I would do if I were NOT afraid of “X.”

4. Then I go ahead and do THAT!

I know it sounds too simple to be useful, but it works! I think it works, perhaps, because it reminds me that being afraid is a choice!!!

And then I realize that I can’t really sit around feeling sorry for myself because I’m afraid…because I am the one deciding that it’s scary.

And, honestly, I’m just sick of being afraid of things!!!

This little trick works for physical fears (for example, I’ve been conquering fears of heights, bridges, etc.) or psychological fears (like speaking in front of crowds for example) or any kind of fears you may have.

Are YOU tired of living in fear?! Then, I’d love for you to give this little trick a try and let me know how it goes!

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Big diet changes for me! (Part 2)

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Enjoying some Fish ‘n’ Chips on South Padre Island (the napkin bib was just a joke for this pic FYI)

OMG! I just realized it’s been 2 years since I posted Part 1 of this article (in which I may have “promised” you more details “soon.” Ooooops!).

Well, better later than never, aye?

Okay…so…in Part 1, I explained that during the past several years of our travels, I’ve finally gotten up the nerve to lighten up a bit on my 100% additive-free diet.” I’d say I’m in more of an 80/20 sort of situation these days – 80% additive-free, 20% eating for fun, fellowship, etc.

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Our friends surprised us with a beach picnic for our Anniversary!! 

After about 7 years of eating only “clean” foods and not eating any typical American processed foods nor going out to eat, nor partaking in social food events, etc., I’ve started doing all of these things now…at least to some extent.

(And I’m including a bunch of photos here of things I’ve eaten during the past few years for those of you who’d like to see some examples of exactly what I mean.)

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Chad used to eat Chicken Chimichangas before we changed our diet, so I took him out for one at this cute lil’ place on the beach in Santa Cruz, CA.

Throughout the many years I spent coaching folks on how to clean up their diets, one of the most frequent questions I would get from readers and clients is, “Do you ever go out to eat?” And for many years, my answer was always, “No. never.”

And, really, that fact more than any other obstacle seemed to discourage people from eating “cleaner.” At the time, I really didn’t understand that because I felt soooooo good that I didn’t even desire to go out to eat or to partake in any foods that were less “clean” than I preferred.

Buuuuuuut….a few years ago, I started to feel differently about things.

Eventually, I just started to feel like I was “missing out” sometimes. And I’d never felt that way before.

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I’m a sucker for dining just about anywhere with waterfront seating.

During our full-time RV travels, we would sometimes come across cute, quirky little places that looked like they’d be fun places to dine. But I wouldn’t go.

Or we’d come across free samples of local fare, and I’d be too scared to try a bite.

Or we’d do a favor for someone along our journey, and they’d want to take us to dinner to thank us. And we’d politely decline.

And then..one day during our travels, we were on a tour of San Francisco. We landed in China Town at lunch time, and I could tell that Chad was longing for some Chinese food. (Before we started eating an additive-free diet,  we used to go out for Chinese food quite frequently.)

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Enjoying Orange Chicken at a Chinese restaurant

I knew I would make his day if I offered to eat Chinese food with him…in China Town.

So, I took the “plunge.” And, honestly, even as I’m writing this years later, I still can’t believe I did it. I was soooooooo nervous, and I didn’t eat very much. But it’s a memory we look back upon fondly. And I’m glad we did it!

I’m definitely not saying that any of this is good for my health, and I’m definitely not encouraging (or discouraging) you from doing the same.

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Enjoying burgers with an ocean view.

But, I definitely wanted to post an update for you about how much my diet has changed these past few years.

I do, now, enjoy going out to eat (and ordering more than water!)…and I’ve eaten holiday meals (and “just because” meals) with family and friends on many, many occasions these past few years.

I’ve even eaten some regular ol’ processed candy just to see if I would like it the same as I did before I ever stopped eating it! (Turns out…not so much!) 

Basically, if I feel like I might be missing out on something these days…an experience… or fellowship…or sometimes just simply the flavor or convenience of something, then I’m generally willing to consider giving it a try.

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Eating “famous” BBQ Ribs on a deck overlooking the bay on Padre Island

Of course, I still fully believe it’s physiologically healthier to eat a 100% additive-free diet. And I’ve actually been inching my way back closer to that end of the spectrum lately.

I have put on some weight these past few years (which I can’t say is entirely due to the dietary changes, of course), and I don’t always feel quite as amazingly healthy as I used to. But, for now, the joy and freedom I gain from being less strict with my diet is totally worth it!

I definitely believe that our health is determined by many factors in addition to our diets…with our mental state being very high on the list. You may disagree, and that’s okay.

Loosening up on my dietary restrictions has brought me much excitement and fellowship and also encouraged me to believe that I’ll be able to travel more freely in the future (perhaps internationally?) without having to be so 100% concerned with every ingredient in every thing that passes through my lips.

And that has been so incredibly liberating!

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Chad enjoying a complimentary Birthday Beer on our Alaskan Airlines flight 

So…how about you? Do you eat an entirely additive-free diet? Why or why not?

What factors do you consider when deciding whether or not to eat certain foods? We’d love to hear from you!

Oh, and here are a bunch of additional pics from the past few years in case you want to see more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big diet changes for me! (Part 1)

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Helloooooo…ooo…ooo…it’s me...(sang in a perfect Adele voice of course). Ha!

Wow…it’s been over a year since I’ve written anything new on this blog! Hopefully you remember who I am?!?!?

Perhaps this will help – my  website is primarily about natural recipes and avoiding food additives; and my natural foods journey began many years ago when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and then alleviated my symptoms through natural lifestyle changes (click here to read my return-to-health story).

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Me and our teeny home on wheels!

I also blog about happiness, gratitude, following your dreams, and my full-time RV traveling life.

I’d explain why I’ve been gone so long from the blog, but it’s a long and complicated story (i.e., I’ve got limited data at this campground right now, so it’ll be cheaper for me not to! Ha!). We’ll save those details for a future post if that’s cool with you?

New blog posts have been brewing in my head this past year, and I’m finally making time to sit down and share them. What finally prompted me to sit down and start sharing with you is that during the past couple of years of our travels, I’ve finally gotten up the nerve to lighten up a bit on my 100% additive-free diet.

Wow! I never thought I’d utter those words!

When I learned about food additives many years ago (and alleviated all of my Fibro symptoms by avoiding them), I assumed they’d never, ever pass through my lips again. But, alas, I do actually enjoy going out to eat sometimes these days (and ordering more than water!)…and I’ve even eaten regular ol’ candy! Gasp!

(I know, right?!)

Yes, I know…it sounds crazy coming from me! And, perhaps, you find it hypocritical…because I do still very much believe that a 100% additive-free diet is best for us physiologically. For now though, I’ll just say two things:

1) Life is a journey. And, I could be wrong, but I do anticipate myself returning to a more pure diet again in the future.

2) Our physiological health is determined by many factors in addition to our diets, including our mental state.

Loosening up on my dietary restrictions has brought me much joy and fellowship and also encouraged me to believe that I’ll be able to travel more freely in the future (perhaps internationally?) without having to be so 100% concerned with every ingredient in every thing that passes through my lips. And that has been so incredibly freeing!

costco-pizzaYou may be wondering….

“Exactly how and why did you start loosening up on your dietary restrictions?”

“How often do you eat things that aren’t additive-free?”

“How are you feeling physically?”

“Do you ever have reactions from the additives?”

“Aren’t you  worried about Fibro symptoms returning?”

“What exactly have you eaten?”

Stay tuned, and I’ll do my best to ease these curiosities (and more!) in my next post.

Oh, and… be sure to SUBSCRIBE to this blog if you’d like to make sure you don’t miss any future posts about my journey with natural health, RV travel and following my dreams! 

And if you have questions, please comment below. I’ll do my best to include those answers in my next post or answer you directly. See you soon!!