Tag Archives: mental health

food tracking

21 May

photo-39“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” – Anthelme Brillat Savarin

If it’s true that we are what we eat, what food or foods would you be?

If answering that question poses a challenge for you, then it might be time to take an inventory of what you eat.

Have you every kept a food journal? Try tracking what you eat, just for one day.

One day may change your whole outlook.

See how tracking your food intake may change the way in which you consume.

It’s simple.

No need for charts or graphs, just a piece of paper, pen and some mindfulness – keeping in mind to temper your judgements, and view your journal objectively, with an open and curious mind that is eager to learn.

Do you keep a food journal? If so, has it made an impact on your life?

everyday movement inspiration

24 Apr

3992106452_fbffd3e6b0Time can fly as you sit for extended periods of time.

You become engrossed in email, writing papers, reading articles, responding to requests, and all of the sudden you’ve been sitting for 3 hours straight!

Here are some tips on being more mindful of movement while sitting:

  • Get up every hour: set yourself a google calendar alarm, or any other sort of alarm that works for you. A constant reminder to get up might just do the trick!
  • Activity bursts: like our advisor Dr. David Katz encourage us to do – get up and do some jumping jacks, we just did and boy does it make a difference!
  • Stretch it out with these yoga poses: neck rolls, seated forward bends, eagle arms and stand up pigeon here + back and shoulder release, chair twists and side stretches here
  • Take a fresh air break! Go outside, and take a 10 minute walk. You’ll come back to your desk feeling refreshed and clear headed.
  • Learn more about stand up desks, and make your own set up work for you!

What keeps you jazzed and moving while working?

Photo courtesy of Dominic’s pics

cooking is a revolutionary act

1 Apr

Screen Shot 2013-04-01 at 10.42.40 AMIf you follow our blog, you most likely love to cook.

Well, we are in good company!

We are part of a movement that is inspiring our audiences to cook at home, fostering relationships with family, friends, neighbors, while furthering physical, mental and spiritual health.

Cooking doesn’t have to be fancy or feel out of reach. On the contrary, cooking should be seen as simple, approachable and fun!

With all of the jarring statistics we hear everyday, it’s comforting to know that we can change ourselves, our families, our communities by using our own two hands. Grocery shopping, turning on that oven, prepping those ingredients, and sitting down at the table can have profound effects on everyone involved in the process.

As Dr. Mark Hyman summarizes, “cooking…can transform everything…our health, the environment, our economy and so much more!”

Join Dr. Mark Hyman for an “eat-in” on April 7th, to “take back our health by avoiding restaurants and packaged foods.” On this day he asks us to make real, whole, fresh food and invite family and friends over to share in that moment.

Let’s all pledge to prepare more food at home, and help educate and inspire others to do the same.

Happy healthy eating to all!

Photo courtesy of theeatin.org

someone to eat and drink with

25 Mar

photo-21“We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.” – Epicurus

As Passover heads our way, and Easter not so far away let’s take a moment to take in a big deep breathe, clear our heads, and focus on making these celebrations a time to create memories with family and friends, while sharing delicious food and drink.

As Epicurus suggests, let’s embrace the company we keep, removing judgements, preconceived notions, ego and expectations. Let’s sit, talk, laugh and enjoy each other’s company first and foremost.

Then let’s all dig in, and delight in the foods that make these holidays so sweet!

stay present during thanksgiving

21 Nov

Thanksgiving 3_thumb[3]We would like to share a wise piece of writing from Sylvie Barthelemy, certified ayuverdic lifestyle coach + yoga and meditation teacher. She calls on us to be present during the holiday season and focus on our company, “…it is easy to forget that what nourishes us the most is not food but rather true, authentic, heart-to-heart connection with our fellow human beings. So, on Thanksgiving and throughout the Holiday season, please join me in making a conscious effort to offer your full, undivided attention to everyone you spend time with. I would not be surprised you find this practice so satisfying that even the sweetest treats of the season begin to pale in comparison. Giving attention is giving love. And love heals all.”

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Photo courtesy of teachinginhighheals.blogspot.com