What impact do you have?

The impact you have on others or the world can be large and/or small. The most important thing to having an impact is to be authentic. You don’t know the level your actions, or non-actions, will have on another person which puts a lot of responsibility on you to always strive to make your impact a positive one.

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Colonoscopy & Endoscopy: Far from horrifying

Last Thursday was my first colonoscopy and endoscopy and it really wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. I was imagining it to be horrifying based on what people told me about the process of cleaning your bowel before the procedure. I’d also had minor scopes done before without any pain relief and it was extremely uncomfortable.

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You’re not alone

It brings me joy to help make people happy by doing the right thing for them. If you’re reading this and you need someone to listen, I’m here for you. Even if I don’t know you, I’m here.

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My biggest problem: prioritizing my career over health

Deep down, I know I really should take the 30 days off to get healthy and it’s sad that I put my career first. Even as I write this, I don’t know if I’m going to take the time I know I need. Part of me wants to prove I can do it all but who am I trying to impress? It’s only me who truly knows the pain and struggle I’m going through.

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Food as medicine

The universe works in mysterious ways, though. While waiting for my Postmates order Wednesday, I was searching Amazon for a food competition show and one of the options that came up (because I only searched “Food”) was Food As Medicine which immediately caught my attention. It’s a documentary about the use of food to heal chronic illness and disease. Not even 30 minutes in, I sent a text to my sister and step-mom to check it out.

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Be happy and be mindful

When I woke up this morning, I was in a great mood. Had I not done this self-reflection before going to sleep, I know I would have been in a bad headspace today given the spiral of negative thoughts I was having.

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Had wine, bread and avocado. Oops!

Almost immediately after my first few sips of wine, I could feel my stomach begin to turn. An avocado toast I used to eat regularly (sometimes 2 orders in 1 sitting), I was barely able to stomach half and the BLT, only a few bites. It’s only been a few days of low-FODMAP and my body is already rejecting some of the high-FODMAP foods I love.

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First low-FODMAP meal

I just made my first low-FODMAP meal at home and I have to say it’s pretty darn good. It took me twice as long to shop at the grocery store to buy a third of the amount of food. In addition to having to read all the ingredients on the package, I kept having to look ingredients up on my phone to see if they were low-FODMAP.

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Drinking as a pastime

This past weekend I was at Splash House in Palm Springs, CA and someone asked me (after I told them I don’t drink) what a guy is supposed to offer me if they can’t offer to buy me a drink.  No one had asked me that before, and I didn’t really know what to answer. Even as I’m writing this, I don’t know.

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