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    February 7, 2018

    Live, love, leap: 12 steps to better health

    The Institute of Integrative Nutrition is the largest nutrition school in the world. With the motto “food changes everything,” IIN graduates support lifestyle and diet change so their clients can live healthier and happier lives. Did you know that nearly 30 percent of the world’s population is obese or overweight? Fewer than one eighth of physical visits include nutrition counseling. Seventy percent of deaths are …

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    January 24, 2018

    Live, love leap: What's your minimum?

    I just returned from a week of ice-climbing in Colorado with Phil, who was a novice client who had much trepidation during our first ice-climbing experience in Huntington Ravine on a bitterly cold Mount Washington day. Now, after four years, his skills and ability are on par with those of some of my personal climbing partners. When asked, he said that ice-climbing is his biggest passion — it’s his minimum. Ice-cl…

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    January 17, 2018

    Live, love, leap: Eat mindfully

    How often do you eat without thinking, stuffing food into your mouth while multi-tasking? On the road, on the computer, watching TV, or just on the run – all of these distractions keep us from paying attention to one of life’s great pleasures. The pleasure of eating lies in slowing down and fully experiencing all the elements of food. Why eat mindfully versus on the run? The answer lies in your health. Mindful …

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    January 5, 2018

    Live, Love, Leap — consistency over intensity

    Happy New Year! The Live, Love, Leap guide to living a healthy, happy and prosperous life is back in action. After a brief hiatus from just about everything, health article included, I have some thoughts to share about starting anew and making 2018 the year of transformation. Mindset is a crucial element. Nearly every health-coaching client I have seen post-holiday has a guilt-filled story about binging on …

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    December 20, 2017

    Live, love, leap: Healthy holiday recipes

    The aromatic bounty so effortlessly perfected by my mother and grandmother is nostalgically wafting in the air. The holiday season warms my thoughts and belly. If memory serves me, I watched this orchestra seemingly for days as a child. Each dish was perfect, but I didn’t realize until adulthood how stressful it was to prepare such a huge feast, from scratch, for a large family. This Live, love, leap article is …

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    December 13, 2017

    Live, love, leap: Nine steps to longevity

    I have strong, Maine-Franco roots from Augusta, and a well biased perspective on living the simple life. You know what I’m talking about: “Princes of Maine, Kings of New England.” Your fantastic, simple-life values weave Maine’s moral fabric. Your authentic, The-Way-Life-Should-Be trademark is both our legacy and timeless lifestyle. I’m a champion for this beautiful land and people. Having recently learned about …

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    December 6, 2017

    Live: fountain of youth

    You don’t have to spend your life searching for a mysterious bath in order to look and feel 20 years younger. Put away the beauty products, because this timely and effective solution will rejuvenate you from the inside out. The best part is, this daily practice takes just 15 minutes of your time. The Five Tibetan Rites, commonly referred to as The Rites, are an ancient form of daily exercise developed by Tibetan …

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    November 29, 2017

    The Leap holiday challenge

    With Thanksgiving behind us, we commence a symphony of snowy holidays that aim to idealize culture, family, joy, love, unity and spirit. There is so much to be grateful for, but a maelstrom of emotions could lower your spirit, sense of joy and family connectedness. My aim is to help you integrate some healthy daily practices that will support your overall health this holiday season. “The past is history, The …

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    November 22, 2017

    Leap: settle or soar

    I was terrified of rock climbing. Anxious energy swirled through my body like a brewing tempest. I walked along a casual hiking trail and likely missed the beauty along the way, because the present moment was fueled by cortisol-raising anticipation of the unknown. “Why are you doing this, Ryan?” Something underneath the fear pushed me farther uphill and I did it anyway. I have never been a thrill-seeking risk-take…

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    November 18, 2017

    Love, compassion, empathy and gratitude

    The excitement and rapture of daily life feeds us more completely than any food. Lovers thrive on the pure bliss and peace they’re experiencing, purpose-driven entrepreneurs are fueled by their work, children and adults alike return exhausted and satisfied from play and recreation, and fostering deep connection with the outdoors or a higher power nourishes the heart and soul. This is everyday love. My goal is to …

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