GAWA: Good As We Are

As an imperfect gay man, still in its early stages of what is becoming not just a wellness journey but a life journey as well, I promise as its Editor in Chief to guide GAWAs content towards the LGBTQ+ holistic life we all seek. Our goal is to become a platform and an amplifier for all LGBTQ+ health and wellness journeys  of those using their influence to make our community beautifully healthy.

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Richie Crowley
The Sustainable Duo

Reflect on what your purpose is and how it reflects on the planet. We have so many aspirations and with them we need to be responsible is asking ourselves if the outcomes of reaching these goals benefits the planet and future generations. Better yet, is this an ethical goal.

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Richie Crowley
Love The Sun With bu

Wellness is an overall feeling. Do you watch what you eat, not to deny yourself but to fuel your body properly. Do you feels happy in your own skin? Are you taking care of your biggest organ, the skin? To be well, means you care about your inside and outside.

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Richie Crowley
Dirty Fun With Every Man Jack

“Wellness to me is focusing on the handful of things that are really important to me, like family, being active and outdoors, and work. It’s important to invest in yourself because as I’ve found, to be the best me for my family and at work, I need to take time for me. “

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Richie Crowley
My Forks Over Knives Story

To me I did eat healthily - quite a typical diet for a middle-class Irish family: whole-wheat bread or cereals for breakfast, salads or sandwiches that contained meet or fish for lunch, and meat and vegetables for dinner. But that clearly was not healthy for my digestive system!

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Richie Crowley
Peace On Planet Protein

I was always a protein bar dude growing up. Shit I was the guy who busted out the high protein bar at 2 am while everyone else drunkenly ate Taco Bell because I thought I was choosing the healthier road. Not so fast. Most of the bars out there are simply snickers in disguise. Packed full of artificial sugar and fillers. I wanted to create something real. Whole-food, plant-based, high protein, made from all natural sources. None of the fake stuff. And we did just that!

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Richie Crowley
Keto, But Make It Vegan

This journey has taught me how important it is to be fueling my body with goodness. It can be very easy to feel worn out, stressed out, and down right depressed. It can be very easy to blame external factors for these feelings, but I have learned that the best way to start feeling better is to look within and make a few small changes towards healthy lifestyle while watching what we all are putting into our bodies.

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Richie Crowley
Andrea Slinde Has Golden Roots

Wellness makes me feel good from the inside out. Wellness is me being intentional with my actions and my thoughts. Wellness is positive self talk, the language with which we speak to ourselves, and sleep. All of this balances us in health and our mind allowing us to project the best version of our self.

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Richie Crowley
Interning At 26, And Into It

I’ll be honest, I don’t love admitting that I’m an intern when people ask me what I do. I still feel like people will judge my intelligence and capabilities. But, I also am really proud of my journey and I feel ok with where I’m at. And so, I reached a point of self-confidence where I don’t really care what other people think.

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Richie Crowley
Molly Gram: Salute, Italian For Health

She does her best to say yes to everything, even though her head is telling her to say no to everything. Every time she walks out those apartment doors, she questions her beauty, her personality and her ability to fit in. Statements of self-hate and shame constantly suffocate her mind. If you’re wondering, yes, the she is me.

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Richie Crowley
Shane Heath: Why I Started Mud

I like coffee. The smell, the flavor and more importantly; I love the ritual. There’s something about a freshly brewed cup of coffee that makes me feel like I can take on more, and do it better. Then, I would finish that cup, have an anxious peak of sprinting alertness with a jittery and unproductive comedown. It would f*** up my sleep cycle, leaving me tired the next day. Unconsciously ordering up another cup to “bring me back to life.”

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Richie Crowley
Courtney Maiorino: Unlearning "Normal"

“Normal” was always something that I strived to be. It wasn’t a conscious goal, but more of a desire that sat deep within my subconscious mind. On the outside, I looked happy. But on the inside, I wanted to fit in; to be accepted and fully integrated into the more popular groups in school, to stand out on the athletic fields like so many of my other teammates and to feel like I was approaching (or even exceeding) society’s standards of what a young female “should be” accomplishing.  

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Richie Crowley
Sophie Hawley-Weld: Strengthened Through Silence

“I’m so scared” I told them. Scared of what? I didn’t know exactly. Until I arrived and I realized exactly what I was afraid of: confronting my own mind and seeing myself bare, without the people I love and the things that define me. No decoration. No distraction. What would I find?

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Richie Crowley
Justyna Sanders, MD: Falling Forward Towards a New Paradigm in Medicine

Wouldn’t it be nice if your doctor knew the basis of using certain herbs, or how to reduce inflammation in your body using food as medicine, or have the knowledge to discuss your exercise regimen with you? What if your doctor talked to you about the root cause of disease, rather than focus primarily on your symptoms and send you off with a “Band-Aid” drug as I like to call it? Wouldn’t you want to know about alternative options to drugs or perhaps lower doses of drugs used in conjunction with acupuncture for instance? How would you like it if your doctor spent time speaking to you about your healthy lifestyle habits and what you could do to prevent from getting ill in the first place?

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Richie Crowley
Casey Edward: My Why For Wellness

I have spent over 20,000 dollars on reiki, rapid transformational therapy, online trainings, and many other things that were amazing, but I can truly say that the knowledge I learned from YouTube, the mental work I have done on myself, the movement in nature, the eating plants, and my darkness I have faced (the hardest thing I have ever done and still do), have changed my life the most.

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Richie Crowley