Are you snacking on the run, cramming lunch down during a ten-minute break or mindlessly munching in front of a screen? If so, you’re not alone. Speed eating is all too common in our society. But this habit has many unhealthy side affects: poor digestion, weight gain, discomfort after meals, fatigue. If practiced over time, speed eating may lead to obesity and a severe disconnection with our food, which affects not only our physical but also our mental and emotion health.
Five reasons to slow down:
The transformation is subtle at the start, yet slowly but surely, Spring invites us to experience life's renewal through its many sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes. If we pause to notice these changes, then we may remember the nature of our existence: All is impermanent.
With the food-filled holidays well behind us, the arrival of March—National Nutrition Month—is a great reminder to pledge ourselves to eating more mindfully. This month, let’s concentrate on cultivating and fostering our mindful eating habits, with the goal to continue the practice throughout the year—no matter the month or the season.
Growing up in the Deep South the word parsnip was not even a part of my vocabulary until I moved to London in the early 70’s. It was there that I was introduced to this very interesting tuber vegetable and have since grown to love its versatility.
Colleges are finding contemplative practices useful for their students. For example, University of Mary Washington started an Annual Mindfulness Week in 2013 for students, faculty and staff. Hannah is now sharing her experience from one of her courses where her professor applied mindfulness in his delivery.
Take a moment to think about how often you jump to conclusions—at work, at home, with family and friends, or even amongst random people you encounter in daily life. In many cases, the sensitivities and opinions that we have accumulated over the years frequently cause our minds to leap to a conjecture that is just plain wrong. For example:
What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “antibiotic”?
For many, a visit to the doctor’s office comes to mind where our physician prescribes a treatment and sends us off to the pharmacy. After that it would seem that all we need to do is take the proper dosage to eradicate the bacteria—right? Unfortunately it’s not that simple, and closer look into antibiotics and their use will bring you shocking and disturbing facts that are not so obvious.
When the weather turns cold and one starts to turn “inward” to think of ways to cope, I love to take this time to reflect and mindfully create “warming” foods for my family. These are two of my quick and easy favorite recipes that have energizing, power packed nutrients: