In recent years, science has been proving what meditators have known for thousands of years – that meditation offers a host of benefits, from improving your health to increasing your productivity. Personally, I feel like I’m a totally different person from who I was before I started meditating, and sometimes I even feel like a different person before and after I do my daily meditation session.
The things we learn on the meditation cushion when we just open up and be with ourselves in silence can be small or they can be big. Often it’s more about our experience of just sitting on the cushion with the clear and simple intention to be completely present that starts to shift things in a subtle way. We feel differently. We notice thoughts and reactions that we were moving too quickly to notice before. We get to know our minds a little bit better, without judgement or drive.
Many of the benefits of meditation have to do with stress relief and helping you relax. This in itself has the possibility to then help you be kinder and more present in your interactions with other people. But I’ve found some other benefits of meditation that could have an impact on your most personal relationships that may surprise you, especially if you intentionally include them in your practice. Have a look at this piece I wrote for Livestrong.com and let me know in the comments below your experience with meditation and whether you think it can help. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Making the perfect roast chicken may seem like a daunting task, but it’s not. The trick to flavorful chicken with crispy skin and juicy meat is to salt it a few days in advance with a combination of sea salt and baking powder. This draws out the moisture and gives your chicken that extra juiciness, and the baking powder gives the skin that crispiness you usually get only with a deep fryer. I’m normally a strict dark-meat only eater (can’t stand the dryness of regular white meat), but with this roast chicken, I actually love the white meat just as much as the dark meat since it’s all flavorful and all moist!
There’s only one thing better than crisp air, vibrant foliage and comfortable sweaters, and that’s hearty fall veggies! The colder weather allows us to reap the benefits of this colorful season, and enjoy pumpkins, apples, squash, and so much more. And the best part is that they’re all healthy too! They are high in fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Especially pumpkin, as it’s one of the best sources of beta-carotene which promotes healthy vision and cell growth!
As the earth begins to grow colder, it also releases its hearty bounty for us to enjoy – and you can bet we enjoy it! Below are 10 of our most loved recipes to enjoy this season:
DON’T FREAK OUT. I have to admit I did a little bit before making this, but it turned out that I had no reason to. This raw vegan gluten-free chocolate pudding is smooth, creamy, chocolate-y, and HEALTHY. I mean super healthy. Avocados are a good source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C,K, folate, and B6, not to mention full of heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Yes, the ingredient list of this recipe is a little unconventional, but I promise, the flavors all blend together to create a seamless chocolate pudding that takes about 5 minutes flat to make. Top it off with your favorite gluten-free granola, and you’ve got yourself a satisfying, vegan dessert. And it’s really yummy cold.
Fat is one of the three primary food groups. The other two are carbohydrate and protein. All foods contain one of these or a combination. All three have benefits for our health.
We need fat to stay healthy. Unlike carbohydrates, fat is used as a source of energy that does not stimulate insulin. It’s good for cell and tissue metabolism, absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K, hormone regulation and nerve function. And of course, fat adds flavor to food as well!
It’s the countdown to the end of summer, but there’s still time to get outside and enjoy a lovely outdoor picnic! Picnics are a great way to relax and unwind, while eating delicious food and taking in nature with friends and family. They typically include doughy sandwiches, crackers and cheese, and a piece of cake for dessert… but that doesn’t cut it for us! Whether you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, you know that something like this takes a bit more effort that just ordering a sandwich from a deli. But lucky for you, we’ve put together the perfectgluten free menu to follow for your next picnic or adventure!
Inflammation is our body’s way of protecting itself and healing. But when inflammation is persistent and out of control it damages the body and causes illness. Chronic inflammation is the root of many chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, obesity and cancer.