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Dan T.: The Spiritual Adrenaline Challenge

Dan T. is in long-term recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.   In a couple of months he will be celebrating ten years sober.  However, his current lifestyle prevents him from optimizing his physical health.  Dan is looking to get past “the wall” he has hit and has agreed to follow the Spiritual Adrenaline program for the next six months.

One of the recommendations in my book, Spiritual Adrenaline: A Lifestyle Plan to Strengthen & Nourish Your Recovery, before embarking on a journey of change, is to write a letter to yourself about where you are at the present time, the reasons you’ve decided to embark on your journey and what realistic goals you hope to achieve.   

If like Dan, you’re looking to get past the wall holding you back, check out our blog at www.spiritualadrenalilne.com, visit our social media platforms and, pick up a copy of my book, Spiritual Adrenaline, available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.   

Here’s Dan’s letter to himself incorporating his reasons for embarking on the Spiritual Adrenaline program.  

Dan T. in Central Park.

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Dear Dan

I’m writing you this letter at the beginning of your program with Spiritual Adrenaline. As of today, you are 9 years, 5 months and 12 days sober. This is unbelievable. It has been an incredible ride and you truly have a life beyond your wildest dreams, just as they promised. But, as they also told you, you have the disease of more. And although life has gotten so good and the cash and prizes have come, in other ways you continue to give over to your addictive ways and character defects. Workaholism, fiances and food have often gotten the better of you. You are aware of this. You contemplate it. You talk to fellows about it. Like drinking and using, you’ve sworn you’ll change and that it will be different a million times over. As I sit and write this to you, I’ll remind you that over the past months, there has been a lot of acceptance that has grown up around these issues. Not a resignation that this is how it will always be, but more of an acknowledgment that in spite of these things, you have managed, with your higher power, to build a vibrant, full, and happy life. That is sobriety!! And it’s awesome!! But you are always thinking about what life would be like if you could tame these obsessions, the way you have drugs and alcohol.

In regards to this Challenge and dealing specifically with nutrition, relationship to food and exercise, this is something you think about on a daily basis. To the point of obsession at times. Even before getting sober, diet and exercise could be an obsession. But you’ll remember that a few years ago, when the workload was so intense, you gave yourself permission to eat whatever and whenever you wanted and to exercise whenever you could. It brought you comfort to fill yourself up with comforting food. You told yourself that when it was time, you would get back on track with consistent exercise and diet and lose the weight you gained. That has yet to happen. And right now, you are heavier than you’ve ever been and your exercise regimen is the most inconsistent it’s ever been. You aren’t wondering if you can change. You’ve done it before and you know you have it in you. The question is: How? And whether or not you can an adopt changes that will become a way of life, and not down the road put the weight back on in the midst of what turns out to be another 18+ month food bender. 

Dan T. is taking the Spiritual Adrenaline Challenge.

What you want from this Challenge is simple. To lose 40 pounds. To have a consistent exercise regime. To feel the fantastic feeling you feel from a clean diet. To not literally feel dirty inside from eating crap and sugar. To look great in clothes…and out of them. And, at least from time to time, feel that really great feeling when someone you find physically attractive feels the same way about you. You’ve been on both sides of the equation a few times. You’ve been the overweight one in your group that friends will occasionally make a joke or two about. And you’ve had the type of health and body that have people asking about your regime. 

As you read this, know that your 6-months-ago-self was excited to start this process. He’s known for a while that he had gone beyond the point of being able to do this by himself. He knew this was a win/win/win scenario and at the very least, he was going to learn a lot about himself. People are often telling you that you’re a bit hard on yourself. So remember in this Challenge, and in life, to take it easy…….but still take it!

With Love, 

Dan

Sean S.: The Spiritual Adrenaline Challenge!

Meet Sean S., he’s committed to follow the program in Spiritual Adrenaline: A Lifestyle Plan to Strengthen & Nourish Your Recovery for a period of six months and to share his experience with you. Here is his background and reason for accepting the Spiritual Adrenaline Challenge. Pick up a copy of Spiritual Adrenaline: A Lifestyle Plan to Strengthen & Nourish Your Recovery, available at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon.

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“I moved to the New York area 7 years ago to, among other reasons,  live in a more racially/ethnically diverse environment, and to avoid ever having to drive an automobile again. With me, I carried a severe alcohol use disorder that I have had since the age of 17, but thankfully, for over 5 years now, I have been successfully in recovery from alcohol addiction.  

Challenge participant Sean S. at a local beach in New York City.



Growing up, substance abuse wasn’t noticeably present in my family, or at least not noticeably present to me, being a child with parents that were very adept at keeping up appearances.  My parents, who met when the lived in Los Angeles, later moved to Colorado where I grew up. I became painfully aware of feeling different and being uncomfortable in my own skin as a child. Living in a predominantly white town, predominantly meaning all white with the exception of my family, I stood out, and from an early age sought mental escape. I just wanted to be inside of my head where I could feel comfortably cordoned-off from the outside world. In early adolescence, before I had access to alcohol, music, specifically bands like The Cure and The Smiths, spoke to me and took me took me to a world where I belonged.

As I moved past adolescence, a time when a “normal” person seeks financial security, a mate, and an education,. I studied business media and communication, on my 1st go at higher education, and won an audition to co-host an alternative music video show on an awesome PBS affiliate in Denver in the late 90’s.  I sought the things that “normals” seek, but my strongest ambitions were for escape and comfort. Alcohol provided that for me. Like seeks like, and I liked to keep the company of those who liked to escape with alcohol.

Alcohol may give, but alcohol most certainly will take away. Everything I managed after my drinking I lost. Eventually everything I managed before my drinking went away too. Recovery, as  people say, is about getting those things back. IMore important, one learns in recovery to get a fulfillment and a peace in life one has never had. I am so grateful to be in recovery in New York. There is a huge community here, and so many people and resources to help.

At this moment I work for a British travel company, but my goal, my purpose, and hopefully my future life will allow me to give back all of the support and sobriety that has been given to me, and to help another person break free from addiction”. 

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IntenSati & Patricia Moreno…

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Cherokee Bean Bread Dessert Recipe

Here is the Spiritual Adrenaline Cherokee Bean Bread Dessert recipe unveiled at our Day One Event in Bryson City, North Carolina on January 1, 2019. I include the recipe, the reason I chose each of the recipe ingredients including the nutritional benefits and the ingredients I removed from the traditional recipe including lard and refined sugar.

(Gluten Free, High Protein and Low Glycemic Load)

Ingredients:

2 ½ cups gluten free bread mix

½ cup kidney bean, pre-cooked and drained

1 cup lukewarm water

2 tablespoons active dry yeast

4 tablespoons honey (or to preference)

2 tablespoon SWERVE, Truvia or Stevia sweetener

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 scoop whey protein (or soy)

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup flax seeds

1/8 cup sesame seeds

1 cup raisins

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Directions

In a mixing bowl, combine bread mix, salt and baking soda with a wire whisk.   Mix well.

Make a well in the center of mixture and put yeast, honey and cinnamon into the well. Pour a small amount of lukewarm water to help dissolve the yeast.

Place the beans, olive oil, protein powder and ½ cup of lukewarm water.   Using mixer, blend until smooth and creamy.

Put beans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds and raisins into the mix and continue to blend until fully mixed.

Knead the mixture for ten minutes (If needed, you can continue to mix with blender). 

Cover with foil and a towel and let rise for one-hour.

Punch the dough down and let rise for another thirty-minutes (by now it should have doubled in size).

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and bake the bread for about 30 to 40 minutes.  Do not cover while baking.

After 30 minutes, test to see if a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bread comes out clean.   

Remove bread from pan immediately when done and let cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy!

Benefits:

                  This recipe is gluten free and can be a good source of protein for vegetarians and vegans.  This is important for active alcoholics, alcoholics in recovery and people with Type 2 diabetes or hypoglycemia, for the reasons fully explained in my book.   SeeSA, pages 21-36, *29. 

                  Swerve or Truvia as sweeteners satisfy your sweet-tooth with de minimuscalories and no impact on blood sugar. SeeSApages 89-92.  In addition, all sweeteners used are low on the glycemic index and won’t spike blood sugar and then crash.  SeeSA, pages 89-92, 115-117.

Kidney beans are an excellent source of fiber, which is important for a number of critical body functions including stabilizing blood sugar levels and absorption.   Kidney beans are a “slow digesting” carbohydrate, which is the final reasons they are a smart choice for people in recovery or with blood sugar related disease. For additional healthy bean and nut choices, SeeSA, pages 115-117.

                  Raisins are high in fiber, iron, calcium and anti-oxidants.   Although raisins contain glucose and fructose, the sugars are balanced by the other healthy substances.   The sugars in raisins also break down very slowly, and are therefore a benefit for diabetes and others with blood sugar issues.   

                  Cinnamon is one of my favorite “Recovery Super Spices” and helps to slow down the breakdown of carbs (sugars) among other benefits for people with diabetes or other blood sugar issues.  SeeSA,pages 93-95.

Beans, nuts, seeds and olive oil all contain healthy fats that provide sustainable energy throughout the day without spiking and then dropping blood sugar. SeeSA, pages 85-137.

Olive oil, honey and kidney beans contain healthy anti-oxidants that help neutralize cancer causing free radicals.  SeeSA,pages 115-120.

People who follow the Spiritual Adrenaline lifestyle don’t need to count macro’s.  Rather they follow our “Eat F.A.B.” recommendations on nutrient timing.  SeeSA, pages 85-89.   This recipe should be consumed during the “F” or “A” nutrient times as described in the book.  

Modifications from Traditional Cherokee Bean Bread Recipe:

– Replaced traditional dried corn (masa hernia) with organic gluten free bread mix. 

– Replaced lard with extra virgin olive oil.  

– Replaced refined sugar with honey and Stevia/Truvia.

– Removed milk so this is recipe is dairy free.

– Removed eggs.

Sustainable Resolutions – 2019

This year, I put together a new set of sustainable resolutions for people in recovery for 2019. This year I am proud to be collaborating with Central Recovery Press. Happy holidays and a safe, happy and healthy 2019!!!