Tag: mindfulness

Is it “Taste Worthy?”

Years ago, as I was emerging from my struggles with overeating and binge eating, I faced a dilemma. I knew I had to ease up on my self-imposed restrictions (because they were part of why I binged). Yet, I didn’t trust myself to make good decisions. I started to use a very simple question: Is…
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4 Ways to Not Lose Your S**t While Driving in Traffic

I originally wrote this post in May 2014, when I was still newly driving in a new “driving culture”, and in a city with extremely limited public transportation. While I’m comfortably back in the driving scene of the Boston area (which has a terrible reputation but I fit right in), I feel this is a…
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How NOT to Just Say F**k It: 5 Strategies for Getting Back on Track

Let’s be real. Those of us who have goals around health and wellness aren’t perfect. (That’s OK, by the way!) From time to time, we’ll make decisions that are contrary to the promises we make to ourselves. Some examples of goals we might have include: Limiting sugar | caffeine | alcohol | chocolate intake Exercising…
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Woman enjoying her food photo

6 Steps to Truly Mindful Eating

This post is a throwback to December 2011, when I was going through the transformation that would lead me to becoming a Mind-body Wellness Coach. While I’ve evolved in my relationship with food and my body since, I feel the content is still very relevant to share with those of you who may be struggling…
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Meditating Your Way to Healthy Digestion

Meditation is essentially a practice in training one’s mind, so it can be done anywhere, using anything as a point of focus. Applying meditative techniques when moving throughout one’s day can be thought of as mindfulness. Since we eat at least 2-3 times a day, meal times are a natural opportunity for meditation, using food as our focus.

The Self-Care Challenge is On!

One thing I often observe in my clients, my friends, and in myself is a lack of self-love. This lack of self-love takes many forms: We don’t ask for what we need. We don’t set effective boundaries. We don’t feel we look the right way, so we don’t want to interact with partners (potential or actual)…
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Looking back on 2017

The end of a year can trigger several different thoughts: A “thank God it’s over!” (I recall thinking this at the end of 2016, when it seemed like everybody died.) An enthusiastic “NOW it’s time to [insert fresh start item here]”! Regret in the form of, “I didn’t accomplish what I wanted to, or have…
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The Circus in my Head

A few years ago, I was asking each of my yoga students how they were feeling before I started class. Most people told me something about their body: “my neck is stiff”, “my hips are tight”, “I hurt my knee but I don’t know how (or I know exactly how)”! This is quite useful, because…
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How to fall out of the self-improvement trap

I love words that seem to sing what they’re about. I often find these words in other languages, including Sanskrit, the language of yoga. One of my favorite Sanskrit words is svādhyāya. Svādhyāya is translated into “self-study”, or “self-inquiry”. Perhaps I like this word because I ROCK at self-improvement. One of my former company’s core…
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How My Own Self-Care Challenge Helped Me Redefine Self-Care

If you read my last post, you know that the week of Valentine’s Day I facilitated a Self-Care Challenge on Facebook.  Each day, participants were challenged to do a particular self-care activity, or one of their choosing that aligned with the day’s theme. As a teacher / guide and eternal student, I straddle two worlds:…
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