A new study published in the journal NeuroImage found that when study participants engaged in self-criticism or self-blame, their brain showed activity in the regions of the brain strongly correlated with depression, eating disorders, and anxiety. Translation: If you're preoccupied with your faults and mistakes, you put yourself at risk for emotional eating and weight gain.
Have you ever found yourself distracted in a situation in which you needed to be focused? An ability to focus and be highly productive is one of the greatest benefits I can attribute to a consistent practice of expressive meditation techniques.The point of the expressive techniques is to dump out our stress and inner turmoil into a meditation technique instead of taking it out on others or ourselves. These techniques allow us to transform our anger, grief and fear into creativity, inner peace and wisdom. The Gibberish meditation, created by the Sufi mystic Jabbar, is a good example.
We all face challenges in life and struggle to transcend them. Yoga is a great way of doing just that. In modern yoga, there seems to be an overemphasis on external form. The argument goes, if you do this pose precisely, get into the position, and then breathe – then you’re doing everything just fine. If you aren’t flexible enough, then use some props and you can get it close to perfect. However, with little teaching on the psychological and spiritual aspects of yoga, students may struggle with the meaning of yoga, which would otherwise develop and deepen if they were able to commit to it. Thus, they are left on their own to possibly discover higher states of consciousness along the way. This makes learning yoga more difficult, time consuming, and ultimately less effective.
“The simplest and most powerful technique for protecting your health is absolutely free—and literally right under your nose.”
from Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing by Andrew Weil, MD (W445D) The health that you enjoy today, and for the rest of your life, begins with your next breath. In fact, breathing is so crucial to your body’s ability to heal and sustain itself that Dr. Andrew Weil says: “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly.”
How do you face your daily challenges? How often do you feel subtle or extreme stress? Are you constantly reacting to your surroundings without awareness, or are you paying attention to your choices? Let’s take the universal example of traffic. What do you experience when you are stuck in a serious traffic jam? Often the answer to this question is some kind of negative emotion such as anger, frustration, or pressure. But what if you thought of the traffic jam as a small blessing that allowed you some unexpected time to reflect, relax, or enjoy some deep breathing? It is interesting to note that 20 people stuck in the same traffic jam will have 20 different reactions to the situation. This phenomenon offers a simple yet profound lesson – the traffic jam is simply a traffic jam. It is how we react to the traffic jam that creates and sustains unnecessary levels of stress in our daily lives.
Practice one or two of these tips for a few nights. If they resonate with you, include them in your Restful Insomnia program. They’ll change your nights and days.
Most people have heard that emotions influence the body and that the body influences emotions. Much came to light with the research of Paul Ekman and a colleague when they created a photo collection of facial expressions, they found that their expressions influenced their moods. After a day of angry grimaces, Dr. Ekman and his cohort felt grumpy for hours and had matching bodily responses—increased pulse rate, blood pressure, and body tension.
Chocolate contains several psychoactive compounds being studied and debated as responsible for the mood lift many of us experience when eating it. If you love chocolate, you're not alone. It turns out that the average person in the United States consumes approximately 12 pounds of chocolate a year. That might sound like a lot of chocolate, but I actually recommend that my patients -- especially those who are chronically stressed or what I would describe as SuperStressed -- indulge in 1 ounce of high quality and high cocoa mass chocolate a day.
Lemon - Grate both lemon skin and white pith, its filled with phyto-nutrients. Use juice, skin and pith in teas and to flavor winter dishes.
Parsley - Garnish winter dishes with FRESH parsley. Add it to soups, casseroles, pasta, etc.
Apple - In the winter make warm fresh apple sauce: Remove apple core steam apple or apples. Mash with a little maple syrup or agave.
Red Lentil - Easy to prepare. Great source of protein and fiber for$1 per serving. My favorite recipe is NY Times Easy Red Lentil Soup.
Miso - Excellent warming, winter-healing food. Good source of protein and food for the gut probiotics!!! Less than $1 per serving
Your best protection against Virus and Bacteria is a strong and balanced immune system! And here are some natural suggestions to help bring your immune system into balance.
In today's stressful world, immune system health is more important than ever. History has proven that no matter what we do to combat viruses, bacteria and parasites, they have the remarkable capability to mutate for survival, often returning in a more virulent form than before. New strains of the flu and other microbial invaders are being discovered at an alarming rate. Fortunately, there are a number of natural products available that can assist you in reaching this goal.
Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Vitamin D is the nutrient our body can manufacture on its own, but most people don’t have adequate exposure to produce enough. Sunscreen is in many of the products we use, like cosmetics and skin lotions, which limit the sun’s UVB rays that help in manufacturing D.Sun exposure (without sunscreen) of about 10 to 15 minutes a day, with at least 40 percent of your skin exposed, is a general guide of how much you need, although people with dark skin will need to stay out significantly longer. Since Vitamin D is an important part of our immune system, maybe there’s a reason we have a cold and flu “season” due to our even decreased sun exposure in colder climates, or staying indoors more during raining seasons.