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Facing your Fears

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 By Christine Ardigo MSRD

What is Fear?

It’s really just an obstacle that prevents us from achieving our dreams. An illusion we create to make excuses for not trying new things. Is it really fear or excitement?

I always had a fear of heights and falling. Not sure if it’s that stomach-dropping feeling, not being in control, fearing pain, death? I remember hating when someone threw me in the air, tossed me overhead into the ocean, or pretended to drop me from a high altitude. (Okay it was only a few feet but still).

I hate roller coasters. I can do most of the slides at the water parks but spinning things? Freefalls? Upside down rides? Ah, no.

I receive a note in my mailbox the other day that I had a surprise present waiting for me on Sunday. Reservations were made and were nonrefundable. P.S. It would be the best five minutes of my life. I knew right away what it was.

Listen, when I lift weights, I don’t sweat. Thinking about my upcoming Sunday plans, I needed an entire bottle of anti-perspirant for the palms of my hands alone.                                                  . Read More

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Processed Foods vs. Whole Foods. Which are Safe to Choose?

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

What are Processed foods? What are Whole foods?

Confused by the two? Walk up to a tree, pluck off an apple, bite down and eat it. Whole food. The less you do to a food, the closer it is to a whole food and the more nutrients it has.

The supermarket provides a gamut of items and the majority of them are not even real foods. Froot Loops, Twinkies, Cheez whiz, Spahgetti-O’s. It’s amazing our bodies survive as long as they do. Then again, people are acquiring diseases 10, 20, 30 years earlier than their parents.                                                                                                                                                  . Read More

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Climbing Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Comfort11By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Remember back in elementary school, nothing scared you? Climbing tall trees. Back flips on trampolines. Racing down a steep hill on a Big Wheels knowing full well it had no brakes. Ahh, good times. Okay, maybe that last one wasn’t such an intelligent move and it scared the hell out of me but guess, what? I still remember it today.

The initial excitement, hair flying up then wrapping around my face, wheels spinning faster and faster, then too fast. Excitement replaced by fear. Knowing you’ll wipe out before you reach the bottom, no way to stop. Heart smashing against your ribcage, eyes wide, mouth wider. Then when the high pitched screams convert to muted breath, you reach the level ground, with white knuckles and clenched teeth, but uninjured. Let’s do it again!                                                                                                                     . Read More

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