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Creating Peace in a World of Chaos

It's been a while since I've written here but I'm happy to see that so many people still find my recipes and story helpful for their own health journey. I always wanted this blog to help people find their truth and show them that they have the power to create a positive, healthy life.

I've come a long way in the past 3 1/2 years since I started on the Body Ecology Diet. I've expanded my diet to include some items on phase 2 including raw honey, apples, tomatoes, and the occasional eggplant. I've also become a bit less strict this past year; I started a new full time job very unexpectedly this past January and while I love my work, it can be very stressful at times. I'm currently the only dance faculty member and am responsible for creating all the dance program at Monmouth University. I have very long days and I haven't quite adjusted to not commuting to 3+ locations a week. Sometimes I miss all the walking I used to do around Manhattan but I do enjoy being in one place. It feels more secure and stable.

I've been taking a long listen to my body lately. I'm noticing I need to slow down and find ways to de-stress my life. It's a challenge at times but one practice that has helped me lately is learning to say no. I was born a yes person; I never wanted to tell anyone no because it stressed me out so much. But I can't live with the constant stress of saying yes to everything all the time. I have begun to make deliberate choices on a daily basis to try and reduce my stress levels. It's the one component of my health that I haven't addressed to well since beginning my journey. And now I'm ready to make it happen.

Is saying no easy? No but when I begin to feel that guilt creeping up, I ask myself to listen to what my body needs. After a very stressful few weeks of rehearsals and opening 2 shows, my body wants rest. So today I said no to grading papers and came home to nap instead. Those papers can be tackled tomorrow during my office hours and there is no reason to try and rush through them on the day that students submitted them. It's the small steps we need to take to honor what our bodies and mind need for sanity and peace in a world that wants us to believe otherwise.

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