Posted 11 June 2018 by prehab
What do you think of when you hear the word: “meditation?”
Until recently, I thought of meditation as sitting, legs crossed on a pillow on the ground and staring calmly at a wall for 30 minutes or more. My image of meditation was boring and frankly, seemed impossible to get into. However, with all the recent hype about meditation within the wellness community, I decided to give it a try. I now use an app on my phone called “Headspace”…. and I love it. You can download this or other apps (there are so many!) and test it out free of charge. The apps provide what is called a “guided meditation,” meaning a calm voice explains the principles of meditation and reminds you to pay attention to your breath. You can select the level of meditation you are comfortable with from Beginner to Advanced. Rest assured that you will not be overwhelmed as a beginner—it’s easy to start for a handful of minutes! What I’m learning is that the key to meditation is not necessarily the amount of time you spend, rather it’s your consistency with it. I started with a daily 3-minute session and gradually worked my way up to 5 minutes a day. Personally, I change the time of day based on my schedule, but some people find a consistent meditation schedule to be helpful in holding them accountable. I promise you, you can carve out 3 minutes a day to help your body and mind. And with all the AMAZING, scientifically-proven benefits listed in the article from “Live and Dare” below, why not give it a try? Check this article out!
Posted 9 May 2018 by prehab
Our red wine fans out there: rejoice! In moderation, red wine is a powerful source of one of the best antioxidants out there—Resveratrol. With such a wide variety of benefits such as reducing risk of cancer, dementia, reducing high LDL (the bad cholesterol), reducing inflammation in all areas of the body, and more, there is no reason not to include Resveratrol in your everyday diet. However, as a health coach, I don’t recommend over-doing the red wine. While Resveratrol is an anti-inflammatory agent, alcohol itself is inflammatory so drink moderately and really enjoy every sip…there is medicine in the enjoyment, you know! So where exactly does this Resveratrol in wine come from? You can find it in the skins of deep colored fruits (mostly berries), including grapes. There are actually low levels of Resveratrol in white wine as well but since it spends less time in contact with the skin, red wine is much more powerful in terms of antioxidant content. I encourage you to include organic blueberries, cranberries, mulberries, or other dark colored berries, pistachios, and raw cocoa (not high in sugar, please) in your regular diet because these are also excellent sources of our beloved Resveratrol. A little dark chocolate with a glass of red wine? Enjoy! Rest assured that you are ingesting some powerful anti-aging and anti-inflammatory elements. Still curious? Read a fabulous article by Dr. Axe below:
Posted 19 April 2018 by prehab
We’ve all heard that drinking Green Tea is good for us. Probably, we’ve heard that it is a good source of anti-oxidants and has a low-caffeine level that still gives us energy. However, did you know about the highly valuable, calming amino acid, L-theanine that green tea holds? L-theanine promotes alpha-wave brain production, causing us to have a similar brain activity to that which we experience after a meditation session. Basically, L-theanine changes our brain waves enough to improve cognitive function and create a sense of open-minded calm. Preliminary studies show promise that L-theanine can help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease, anxiety, schizophrenia, sleep troubles, and more. Get your L-theanine from green tea or matcha tea. Read more in this fascinating article by Klara Mudge: