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Ashley Solomon, Psy.D is a psychologist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, body image, trauma, and serious mental illness.

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Five for Friday :: 10 June 2011

June 10, 2011 4 Comments by Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul

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When Expedia reported earlier this year that Americans fail to take all of their paid days off – approximately 14 of 18 days allotted – I was stunned. The monetary value of these wasted days equals over 67.5 billion dollars per year, but the social and emotional ramifications are what worry me. Time away from work, whether in the form of a romantic holiday in the Caribbean or a long weekend at home with your family, is vital to reducing stress, increasing creativity and productivity, and strengthening relationships.

Despite this, I personally know how difficult it can be to take time off when there just seems to be so… much… to… do… One reason that I love vacation so much, however, is that they remind us – in a wonderful way – of our own insignificance. Sometimes it can feel like the world is going to up and stop if we take time away from our routine – our clients or coworkers will hate us, our blogs will crash, our pets will be inconsolable – but the reality is that the chances of those things happening are slim. To none. When we return from a vacation (even if that means just shutting the laptop all weekend) and realize that the world is still fully intact, it can be incredibly liberating.

Fortunately for me, my brother-in-law and good friend gave me good excuses to get away (getting married does that), and so we’re heading to California and then New York for some much-needed time off. I’ll still be posting, but will be also taking a bit of a break from the online world as well. In the meantime, though, I’ve rounded up a few great posts that I hope you will enjoy.


  • Mama Pea shares her thoughts (and her adorable girls’ thoughts) on the new USDA My Plate dietary guidelines. It’ll make you think – and smile!
  • One of the best resources I utilized in my month of vegetarianism was No Meat Athlete’s site, and I’m loving this post by Susan Lacke in which she talks about her anti-diet success story.
  • If you haven’t participated in the Self-Discovery, Word by Word series yet, now is the time to be BRAVE! Dr. Dana Udall-Weiner, mother of two kids and an awesome blog, is hosting this month.
  • A bit of research news for your reading pleasure: Scientists at The Ohio State University are finding that a BMI in the “obese” range does not indicate greater health problems in those under 40.
  • And thus if fatness does not equal illness, and thinness does not equal health, then what does being thin mean to you? Margarita at Weightless takes on this tricky question (beautifully, of course).


Reader Comment of the Week :: Dorry on Honoring the earth: A month of vegetarianism

I think experimenting with your diet can be very beneficial if done in an educated, informed manner. I eat vegetarian a lot of the time, but my body craves eggs, tuna, and salmon, so I eat those things several times a week. I just listen to my body!


Hope everyone has a lovely week! Let us know… Do you take all of your vacation time? Are you going anywhere fun this summer?


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  1. Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    4 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing where the word by word series is hosted this month. I love participating in this but read so few blogs that I often don’t know where it’s being held. Thanks.

    Regarding vacation, I take every single day of it.


  2. Lori Lieberman
    4 years ago

    Thanks for directing me to Susan Lacke’s piece. How refreshing! Although I am quite puzzled that there needs to be a blog to educate people that a vegetarian diet can support an athlete. Lot’s more educating to do, I guess!

    As for vacations–I live for them. Although I must say,as someone self-employed, I am my worse boss! That said, I like to live as if I may not be well enough to travel next year. It’s great justification for taking awesome trips! (Hiking the Swiss alps, eating, wine tasting and biking in Italy’s Piedmont and Tuscany in September!
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  3. Lolly
    4 years ago

    That is some stunning news, and I am guilty of it! Working at a start-up certainly makes me feel like it will fall apart if I go on vacation and shut off from it completely. I’ve gone on “vacation” a few times while working here and I have yet to return home feeling relaxed or less stressed out. Hoping to change that this year sometime! Enjoy your vaca!
    Lolly recently posted..You change your mind like a girl changes clothes


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