Hospitals don't scare me. I feel calm when I walk through the sliding doors. As if nothing physically bad can happen, because its walls and staff surround me like a bubble. Emotionally though, I'm as vulnerable as a cancer patient's immunity is weak. Despite my positive association, the majority of hospital visits have been traumatic, including saying goodbye to my mom's best friend before she died from cancer, my 10-day stay due to an almost deadly kidney infection and...

At age 18, I had never before considered being vegan. But then I got my hands on Fast Food Nation, a book about how unsafe, unlawful, and often ethically corrupt the food industry can be. My mind was blown. Growing up, I'd eaten meat, but I had never really thought about it. But suddenly, after reading the book, I couldn't look at my diet the same way. Over the next few years, I gradually shifted toward an...

As a kid, I was taught, whether intentionally or unintentionally, directly or indirectly, that skateboarding was for punks. You know, the kids who wore Vans and baggy jeans and backwards hats, breaking all the rules in public parks and parking lots, skating over benches and hand railings.I was a straight-laced rule follower, who didn't skip school, didn't smoke cigarettes, nor any of the other stereotypical "negative" things skaters did. I wanted to be a good kid, so...

 There's this thing the food and health industries have perpetuated for years: That carbs make you fat. That sugar is bad for you. We must reprogram what we think truly fuels our bodies!I googled: "What foods make your belly fat?" and included in the list were: carb-dense foods, such as bananas, and garlic, onions, beans, nuts. While I agree with a couple on the list, namely artificial sweeteners and milk in that they are hard to digest and...

Join me for an afternoon at the Longevity Lounge, a wellness center in San Diego and learn about a colonic, infrared sauna, and lymphatic massage! *** When my dentist informed me, politely, with utter disbelief, that I had four cavities, I said goodbye to candy forever. Cold turkey. I was 25, and my sweet tooth was out of control, as it had been for years. Generally speaking I ate healthy. I always loved hummus and veggies and nuts and...

The water cuts my ankles, a chilling sting pulsating up my legs, into my marrow, the kind of cold I fear, the kind that made me regret returning to Baltimore after Bangkok, the kind that inspired an impulsive move to Austin, the kind that inspired another impulsive move to San Diego.I move from the shade to the sun to lather in heat. I wear SmartWool socks and sweatshirts in 103-degree yoga classes. I use a hairdryer...