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My Approach to the Holiday Season – Food, Stress, Sleep

  The Holidays are a time for love, gratitude, and celebration. It is NOT a time for guilt, anxiety, and fear. People struggle with this time of year, every year, and I'm here to give you some pointers that have helped me embrace the holidays with more grace and ease. As the celebrations near, the best thing you can do is approach them with both a calm mind and with gratitude, as it does bring our loved ones together. Honestly, you could be eating the most organic, local, and nutrient de
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Why I Hike Alone

  "I learned my strengths and my weaknesses. I experienced the exhilaration of the ups and the despairs of the lows and most of the feelings in between...I learned courage and I learned it myself" - Ann Stirk For the past several years I have ventured off on my own, so much so that the #1 question I get seems to be packed into one word, but with an entire world of concern behind the eyes - "alone?" Recently I have been feeling a bit of shame/guilt/embarrassment around my habit of solo
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What’s in Your Performance Product? Part I – Sugars

You have your gels lined up for race day, you have your gummies and outfit color-coded for instagram, and you have your powder packets ready to be dumped into your water bottles - but do you know what these things are made of? do you know what they are actually doing inside your body? do you care? I sure hope so. Sugar, sugar, and more sugar. We use packaged gels, powders, and gummies during our long training sessions, but why? Is it necessary? Are you doing long-term damage to your health?
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Leaky Gut and Refined Carbohydrates: how to reduce digestive distress for improved performance

  your legs felt great, but it wasn't the race you were hoping for because of 'stomach issues'... Bloating, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, gas, uncertainty -- WHAT is going on?!? I've run one road marathon in my life. It was in Nashville and I was working the expo until late the night before. By the time I bought dinner and sat down to eat, it was past 11pm -- the race was starting in 8 hours. What did I order for dinner? Pizza, breadsticks, salad w/creamy dressing, more breadsticks,
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Welcome Welcome!

Welcome to Wild and Well! I appreciate you being here. My idea for this blog is to provide content that will help you feel better so you can improve your performance. You don't have to be a crazy athlete to read this stuff, performance is at the foundation of all our lives: work, relationships, hobbies, etc. If you are looking to improve your energy levels, sleep better, balance your mood, or shed a couple lbs through food and lifestyle techniques, then stay put and spread the word, you'll find
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