On this episode of Exploring Mind and Body I have the opportunity to interview Donald Altman who is the author of Clearing Emotional Clutter. I feel like so many of us carry around our past, we're weighed down emotionally and haven't learned how to let go.

I like the example Donald used in the interview as he talks about Hoarding. Many of us have watched the show hoarders, and many of us have thought, 'how could they live that way'. I'd imagine if you could look deep into our emotions, you'll find emotional hoarding in most of us.

As a psychotherapist Donald has an interesting way of looking at the mind and helping us understand how to let go of mind clutter. He even discusses how we can retrain our brain and way of thinking so we can have more positive thoughts and emotions.

Who is Donald Altman?

Donald Altman is the author of Clearing Emotional Clutter, One-Minute Mindfulness, and several other books about mindfulness. He is a practicing psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk. An award-winning writer and an expert on mindful eating, he teaches in the neurobiology program at Portland State University.  Visit him online at http://www.mindfulpractices.com.

Show Notes:

  • hoarding in the mind
  • lifestyle tools
  • studying at a monastery
  • compassion meditating
  • family mind clutter
  • childhood mind clutter
  • how to untie knots
  • step back from a situation
  • notice your anger
  • realize where your 'knot' came from
  • take an elevated view of your emotions
  • inner facebooking
  • navy seal positivity training

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am MST

I wanted to talk about relationship weight gain because the truth is, it's easier to gain weight in a relationship. I want to thank Dallas for bringing the topic up and asking me to offer my insight on the subject.

In this post I'm going to give you 5 tips in 5 minutes on relationship weight gain, why it happens and why it's easier to gain weight when you are in a relationship.

I would like to note before I get started, I'm not saying you will gain weight if you get in a relationship, I'm just saying it can be easier. And of course you may find the exact opposite happen if you get together with someone who loves working out and eating healthy because then you can do this together and live healthier, however that's rarely the case.

5 Tips in 5 Minutes:


When you find someone you enjoy being with many times its enough to simply be with them. You don't have to go out, buy dinner, dress fancy. You simply enjoy each others company which means you're perfectly comfortable doing nothing but sitting on the couch watching a movie.

The only downfall to this is, not only do you go out for dinner less but you tend to go for walks less, or other other activities that helps burn calories.

Self Imagine 

Let's be honest here, you found your love, you're in a relationship and many people get 'comfortable' with their self image. No doubt a positive, we should all strive to be comfortable in our own skin, be confident in what we look like and have a positive self imagine.

However, if you gain a few lbs you notice it less. If you eat an unhealthy meal, no big deal, sweat pants and a sweater lounging around won't show the pizza every weekend for a month anyways. If you miss a few workouts, you don't think about it much because you're cozy at home and aren't going out as much anyways.

Lack of Support 

We feed off of each other especially in a relationship. If one person doesn't feel like eating a healthy dish it's much easier to say, 'fine let's order take out'. If one person doesn't support your workouts for example then you feel guilty leaving the kids with them.

Having Some Help

We know what it's like not to have any help. You have a job, kids, then you have to prepare meals and all by yourself. Lack of help seems like you're trying to run in quick sand while someone is standing there watching you. What's worse is if it's a loved one, and you can't figure out why they won't help.

Support and help mean everything, unfortunately if you don't get that help, it's much easier for you to skip that healthy meal, toss a frozen pizza in the over or have microwave popcorn for dinner instead.

Extra Time

Extra time isn't something we have. In the last tip we talked about family, kids, job and a spouse...one that likely doesn't help to boot. So we certainly feel we don't have time. We don't have time to make a grocery list, plan our meals for the week, plan our workouts or go to the gym.

It's time consuming to do all these extra things, and it's much easier to simply skip it all together.

But Wait! .....There's Hope!

I understand relationship weight gain, in fact I see it all the time. It could be a friend you haven't seen for a number of weeks or a number of months and you finally see them and can't figure out where that 10lbs came from. A new relationship would be a good guess.

Not all relationships cause you to gain weight but it is common especially if you don't have that support with or from them.

But there is hope and that's why it's so important to find a supportive community to be a part of. Of like minded individuals that want to live healthy, that can offer that support, that ask and answer questions. A supportive community means everything ESPECIALLY if you don't have it at home.

But Wait There's More 

Within our monthly membership we also offer meal plans that include recipes and grocery shopping lists to save you time in the grocery store in the kitchen. And we cover fitness too, with all at home weekly workouts (no equipment required).

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:19am MST

Binge eating is a major topic because we all do it in some way or another. We could have serious eating disorders or we could have trouble picking up a bag of chips and not finishing the whole thing. Whatever it is we all deal with binge eating on some level which is why I want to discuss how to overcome binge eating.

In this show I go over 4 levels of Binge Eating, which include understand stress and how your stress levels contribute to binge eating.

Emotional eating goes hand in hand with binge eating which it's why I'll talk about that next. Self sabotage is also a major subject that needs to be addressed and finally we'll go over letting go of the past, and help you understand what's weighing us down and how to let go.

#1. Stress

If we can understand that stress is the main reason we binge eat then we'll give ourselves a better opportunity to overcome bing eating.

It's so important to work on releasing that stress valve with consistent and conscious effort because we don't have a natural stress release. Writing, getting away, talking about your stress, and especially exercise are all ways to help you reduce stress which will ultimately help you overcome binge eating.

#2. Emotional Eating

Emotional eating goes hand in hand with binge eating. If can better understand when our emotions are high, look to find different outlets similar to stress relief then emotional eating won't be such an issue.

#3. Self Sabotage

We have to understand that we are worth it. Doesn't matter who we are, what we've done or what we want. We are worth it and we deserve to happy, healthy individuals that enjoy life. Self sabotage has a whole lot to do with how to overcome binge eating.

#4. Letting go of the past

Anyway you look at it, the past holds us down. Anger, fear, not accepting who we are or where we're at in life holds of back because of what happened in the past. By letting go, find outlets like breathing exercises or meditation we can focus on what pain we're still holding on to.


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Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm MST