Outdoor Therapy: The Beauty, The Benefits, & The Secrets to Implementing Daily

Outdoor Therapy: The Beauty, The Benefits, & The Secrets to Implementing Daily

With spring around the corner we all might be feeling a little more inclined to spend more time soaking up whatever sun comes available, taking advantage of longer daylight hours, and doing more of our exercise in the outdoors. But time spent in the outdoors is important year round and the benefits to our health and wellness are boundless.

Read on to learn more about these benefits as well as some tips and tricks for implementing outdoor therapy into your daily routine.

Porridge - How to Personalize a Masterpiece

Porridge - How to Personalize a Masterpiece

Porridge is one of those breakfasts you can make a thousand ways. It can be eaten hot or cold, made sweet or savory, and can be delicious in it's simplest form or lavishly topped with all sorts of nuts, fruits, or wild and crazy superfoods. With so many options, it can be intimidating entering the world of porridge as a newby. But it doesn't have to be. Read on to find out the basics and beyond of how to create your very own personalized porridge masterpiece!

Why Our Food is Losing its Nutrients & How to Avoid Nutrient Deficiencies

Why Our Food is Losing its Nutrients & How to Avoid Nutrient Deficiencies

There is an overwhelming volume of studies confirming that foods such as produce, legumes, grains, meat, and dairy contain substantially fewer nutrients per calorie today than they did fifty or a hundred years ago. So what can be done to ensure we are getting adequate nutrients from our foods while also creating consumer demand for the availability of nutrient-dense foods?

Food Is...

Food Is...

Food is more than just fuel for our bodies; it is of paramount importance to our physical, cultural, and mental wellbeing. When making decisions around food we should not only focus on the types of food, the source of the ingredients, and the nutritional content, but also how the food makes us feel through satisfying a desire, reminding us of fond memories, or keeping us connected to our cultural history.

WHAT IS MINDFUL EATING?

WHAT IS MINDFUL EATING?

The western culture as we see it today is one of constant visual stimulation and disconnectedness. There are advertisements everywhere promoting a lifestyle that thrives on consumerism and quantity over quality.  As a society, we face constant pressures to stay in the know, to do more and with less time, and this has cultivated a generation that is struggling to stay connected. One major way these pressures have manifested within our culture is in the way we eat.

THE TRADITIONAL BACKGROUND OF MINDFUL EATING

Mindful eating, though it may have become abstract in modern western culture, is not a new concept. The idea of body consciousness and bringing awareness to your food, eating habits, and digestion has been used for thousands of years in practices such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Buddhism, and Ayurveda. These three ancient belief systems differ in geographic origin, but hold striking similarities in how they practice mindfulness in food preparation and eating.

HOW MINDFUL EATING AFFECTS DIGESTION

The autonomic nervous system, which controls and influences how our internal organs function, is comprised of two parts; the sympathetic nervous system, or “fight or flight” response, which prepares our body for action in response to stress, and the parasympathetic nervous system, or “rest and digest” response, which controls homeostasis and promotes relaxation and repair. 

AWARENESS AND INTENTION WITH MINDFUL EATING

Attention to digestion not only helps us recognize hunger and satiety, but also brings awareness to how food makes us feel. Our senses go beyond stimulating and preparing digestion, they can help us answer questions like “am I eating for hunger or for pleasure?”, “what do I feel like eating?”, or “how will I feel after I eat this?”.