One of the hardest parts of sobriety for me, personally, has been learning how to be living in the now; in the present and less in the past or the future.
I can spend hours worrying about what is going to happen two years or two months or two weeks from today, while I let the beauty of the present slip by without notice. This is a common issue for many of us in sobriety, we easily get lost in our past or our futures and forget to just be, to allow the gift that is the here and now to be the focus in our lives. Luckily there are many ways to help us live in the now, and by practicing staying present, we slowly but surely will come to do so naturally.
In the midst of the whirlwind that is getting a child into treatment, finding resources to get them help, selecting a good place, convincing them to get help and then nervously monitoring their progress, parents forget to do one of the most important things of all: self care.
Ever heard someone say that the key to relieving lower back pain is strengthening your core? It may seem counter-intuitive at first, but having a strong core is imperative if you want a healthy and pain-free body. Since most people focus on the aesthetics that abdominals provide, the real reason that a strong core is important (keeping your spine healthy) gets pushed aside.
Before I found recovery, health and wellness were not high on my priority list. Not only was I killing myself with drugs and alcohol, I was also killing myself with a horrible diet, sedentary lifestyle, cigarettes, sugar, not getting enough sleep…. If a substance, food, behavior or lifestyle choice was considered “unhealthy,” I was most likely participating and/or indulging in it. I was unwell in every sense of the word – I was overweight. I was depressed. I was tired. And I was convinced that I would always be that way.
Continuing with our food education, today we are going to cover the topic of sugar substitutes: the good, the bad, the confusing. Just like all of our other food discussions, this post is simply to help you to be as informed as possible about what you put in your body; the more you know, the better choices you can make.
There are many ways that a person can be addicted. They can be addicted to drugs, to alcohol, to sex, to gambling, to shopping, to food, to stealing, to relationships, to caffeine, to nicotine… the list is really endless. And addictions, by definition, are harmful, detrimental and dangerous.
For many people, getting sober is not just an opportunity to get healthy mentally and spiritually, but physically as well. People that may have never run a single mile or lifted a weight in their lives find a new outlet and oftentimes, passion, in exercise and healthy living.
As much as I can educate others about food, health, fitness, and sobriety and why each facet is (in my opinion) necessary to living the best life possible, at the end of the day each person has to ask themselves a question: "what makes me happy?".