Real Life: Sobriety Project & CBD Gummies

LingDao watching me watch “Watership Down” (Why yes, that IS a stamp of Spock covering my laptop cam.)

LingDao watching me watch “Watership Down” (Why yes, that IS a stamp of Spock covering my laptop cam.)

5 Minute Read: Real life, resolutions, eating addiction, cbd gummies, vulnerability.

Do you take CBD? Whether in oil or some other form? Whether isolate or full spectrum?

I’ve been taking the oil since an injury months back, when it eased the stress and pain. Though the injury healed, CBD softens the edges of my anxiety a bit, so I continued.


I say “a bit,” because I find the effect so subtle I periodically question whether it’s worth the expense. That said, I notice a difference when I discontinue and eventually buy more.

I get my CBD oil locally, in Canada, and after trying various sorts definitely prefer full spectrum over isolate. Makes sense, based on my entire approach to herbs, supplements and food: whole is better and has synergistic benefits we don't fully understand. Floyd’s of Leadville does a good job summing up key differences.

In the US, regulations are changing fast, but the isolate is trending hard since it’s legal everywhere and can be shipped to all 50 states. (Just to be clear, neither makes you high or has the psychoactive effects of THC.)

Quality and method of manufacture are also uber-important. As are terpenes. And dosing – which will be different depending on what you’re treating and whether you’re using full spectrum or isolate, as well as individual factors. (Sidebar: Does this stuff interest you? Want more?)

Once in a while, I’ll buy a locally made CBD gummy but they always contain things I don’t otherwise eat (corn syrup, rice syrup, cane sugar and such). So…I ordered silicon molds (hearts, stars and bears!) and began making my own with raw local honey, unsweetened cherry juice, and grass-fed gelatine. See here and here for how-to’s.

Thus far, my results are a bit soft and soggy – more jello or jelly than gummy. (Doesn’t help that I’ve decluttered away all measuring instruments, so eyeball everything in the kitchen.)

If you have gummy-making hacks or experience with CBD, please let’s chat in the comments!


In other news, the nutrition program starts this week and I invite you to join my Eating Addiction class in one of their projects:

Coming Clean: An Exploration of Sobriety

For the duration of the course, students will pick one substance or action to give up, choosing something they know or suspect is not serving them…but find it hard to go without. They’ll journal about their experience and present to the class in weekly debriefings. Examples of things to let go of:

  • A particular food or type of food (e.g., alcohol, coffee, caffeine, dairy, dessert, grain, refined sugar)

  • An eating habit/pattern (e.g., binge eating, eating on the go, emotional eating, overeating, under-eating, weighing, calorie counting, snacking)

What to choose is very individual: When it comes to eating patterns, one person’s drug is another’s medicine, and vice versa. This gets to the heart of why my work with clients is so customized.

I’ll be encouraging my students to choose something challenging so, as future practitioners, they get a true sense of what arises in eating disorder and addiction recovery. I’ll be joining in too!

The idea came from one of my past clients – she’s a professor in a graduate-level addictions counselling program, and I did a guest lecture for her class last month. Thank you, Lynn!


Whether you join us or not, I hope your own resolutions, intentions or other places of practice are going smashingly in the new year.

If you’re just getting started, don’t worry – it’s not too late! Thing is though, willpower doesn’t work (especially come February ;).

It takes simple, specific conditions to turn resolutions into habits and daily routines. This is true whether you want to eat healthy, cut sugar, meet fitness or weight-loss goals, start a meditation practice, declutter your home, devote time to self-care, begin journaling or…anything, really!

To help you follow through and feel your best this year, I made a post sharing 7 Tips for Turning Resolutions into Habits. Check it out for Resolution Back-up. Also, some…

Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, in clouds and snow

Kootenay Lake, British Columbia, in clouds and snow

Recipes + Links

A respite from “the resolution sea that is January.“ Circles back to gummies.

A soup grouphow delightful! What would you make?

Real, simple, easy, gluten free. In case you need ideas.

Watch this. Just not before bed.

A short listen on heartwood. Rest there a while.

On right relationship with neediness: “A gradual prying of fingers off the misconception that I had to earn the right to have needs, that I had to be or look a certain way to have them met. A sense of resignation that this was only the beginning, coupled with relief that whatever came next would be okay.“

On inhabiting our vulnerability fully: “Vulnerability is not a weakness, a passing indisposition, or something we can arrange to do without. Vulnerability is not a choice. Vulnerability is the underlying, ever present, and abiding under-current of our natural state… The only choice we have as we mature is how we inhabit our vulnerability, how we become larger and more courageous and more compassionate through our intimacy with disappearance. Our choice is to inhabit vulnerability as generous citizens of loss, robustly and fully, or conversely, as misers and complainers, reluctant, and fearful, always at the gates of existence, but never bravely and completely attempting to enter, never wanting to risk ourselves, never walking fully through the door.” (I shared this audio last week too, but it is so, so rich.)

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these links…your experience with CBD…your intentions for the new year…and whether you’ll be joining our class project. Please send a note or meet me in the comments! xo


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