Mindful Monday: Mindful Eating with the Best Diet of 2020—the Mediterranean Diet

Uncategorized Jan 20, 2020

For the third year in a row, the Mediterranean Diet has been named #1 for overall health by the US News and World Report dietary rankings. A team of scientists, health practitioners, and dieticians review diets and rank them in several categories, probably in response to the criticism of the food pyramid. If you are still eating in a pyramid, swim across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy, France, and Greece for healthier choices. 

I came across the Mediterranean Diet back in the late 90’s. I went to my library and dug up the original book I read by Artemis Simopoulos, M.D. called The Omega Plan. My copy is dog eared and has no less than six page-markers where I’ve made important notes.  For someone like me, who deals with Celiac Disease and a Poultry allergy, eating Mediterranean is a fabulous fit.

I’m going to be discussing the diet in more detail during the Healthy Mindful Self Mastermind, this Wednesday at 8p eastern. (Free to register. Giveaways to those...

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Mindful Monday: Listening and Personal Presence

One of my meditation colleagues sent me an article on listening that was published in the New York Times this week. The link is below and well worth the read. As I read it, I thought about the discussion I had with my son (33- a nursing executive) explaining personal presence. He said, “Mom is that even a thing?” I google personal presence and sent him a definition. (Old Mawm can still teach you something.)

 My definition of personal presence is how you show up in the world. Someone can tell if you aren’t paying attention to them or are distracted. Personal presence is a state of mindful awareness of everything that is important and allows you to focus on what matters. 

Most meditators have a crisis of confidence and lament, “Am I even doing this right or am I wasting my time?” It’s easy to understand that feeling. If you can concentrate you can meditate and with practice, selective attention begins insidiously to creep into your...

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Mindful Monday: New Year and the Pause

Uncategorized Jan 06, 2020

No, not that pause. It’s Monday. And if you are like me, you are fully back to work today after the holidays. Even if you love your job, like I do, the work you put on hold is still there. I had lunch with my girlfriends on Saturday, and even though I don't work with them any longer, just mentioning the name of the same people who used to trigger me, still did. Hmm. I've done all this work on myself and yet there is more healing to be done. 

How about you? At the stroke of midnight last Wednesday, you vowed that this is your year. That this year will be different. But will it? Truthfully, how many years have you told yourself that.

As 2019 breathed its last, the person you were at 11:59 pm last Tuesday---Is that the same person today? For the most part, yes.

However, you have the power. You have the power to control how you react in difficult situations. You have the power to control how you react to people who push your buttons especially when they enjoy doing so.


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Five Questions to Ask When Prescribed a New Medication

Medications are a necessary lifesaving medical expense. To get the most for your money, there are five simple questions you can ask to make sure you have a full understanding of the new medication.

  1. WHY am I taking this? Understanding the purpose of the medication, in other words, the specific condition you have that the medication is supposed to help, goes a long way to helping you know your medication basics.
  2. HOW does this medication work? Having a general understanding of how the medication works can help you determine if the medication is working as it is intended or you are having side effects. Don’t settle for medical jargon. Have your prescriber explain it until you understand it. For example: if the medication is for high blood pressure, make sure you understand whether you might get dizzy when it starts working, making it better to take at bedtime.
  3. WHEN should I take this medication? Knowing the time of day to take your medication, with food or on an empty stomach can...
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