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Struggling with energy and mental clarity after lunch?

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Dr. Daniel G. Amen found “… that eliminating all simple carbohydrates at lunch (sugar, white bread or other products made from white flour such as bagels and white pasta, potatoes, and rice) can make a dramatic difference in energy and focus in the afternoon. An additional benefit of skipping sugar and simple carbohydrates at lunch is that most people do not feel hunger until dinnertime.”  He recommends eating lean protein, complex carbohydrates, and food rich in omega 3 fatty acids such as large cold water fish, walnuts, Brazil nuts, olive oil, and canola oil. Skip sugar and simple carbohydrates and don't...
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How Stress Affects our Bodies [Infographic]

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In times of “stress”, there is a cascade of neurological and hormonal messages that occur that prepare the body to react, bypassing rational thought. Sharpened mental focus Liberation of fat and glucose for fuel (delivered efficiently by excited cardiovascular system) Increased heart rate, blood pressure Slowed digestive processes (we don’t need it right now) Increased perspiration (to cool working muscles) Activated immune system (preparing to heal wounds) Decreased blood flow to the skin (reducing blood loss if we are injured) Increased muscle tone and quickened responses (to react quickly) Increased breathing Sharpened vision
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Say “Ah”

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This practice releases stress and helps you feel more calmness and openness. Whenever you feel the need to release physical and mental tension, take a deep inhalation and exhale slowly and gently while sounding out the syllable “Ah.” This sound creates vibration within your body that eases tension and stress and opens your heart.

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Mindful Walking

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This is a walking practice. Remember to maintain enough awareness of your physical environment to be safe. Find a suitable location for mindful walking. A relatively long and straight journey on an even surface, without vehicular traffic or other dangerous obstructions such as stairs or curbs would be a good situation. Take three deep breaths and relax your body as you exhale, then begin breathing naturally. Walk at an even and comfortable pace. Keep your eyes open and maintain a gentle awareness of your surroundings. Become aware of the general tactile sensation in the sole of your feet as you…

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Center in the Big Toe

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Find a quiet place where you can sit or stand without disturbance or physical danger. Lower your eyelids or close your eyes completely. Take three deep breaths and relax the body as you exhale, then begin breathing naturally. Let your awareness sink gradually down to either your right or left big toe. If any sensations such as warmth, numbness or vibration arise, simply notice them without holding on to them. Maintain your awareness of this point. Do not react to sound or other thoughts. With evenness of mind, continue to keep your attention focused at your toe.
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Centering in the Dantian

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Find a quiet place where you can sit or stand without disturbance or physical danger. Lower your eyelids or close your eyes completely. Take three deep breaths and relax your body as you exhale, then begin breathing naturally. Let your awareness gradually sink down to a point about three finger widths below your navel and two finger widths under your skin. This is an energy center known as the Dantian. If sensations such as warmth or vibration arise, simply notice them without holding on to them. Maintain your awareness at this point. Do not react to sounds or other thoughts. With evenness...
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Breath Counting

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Find a quiet place where you can sit or stand without disturbance or physical danger. Lower your eyelids or close your eyes completely. Take three deep breaths and relax your body as you exhale, then begin breathing naturally. When you inhale, keep your mind at ease. When you exhale, say a number in your mind. One, two, three…up to ten. Breathe at an even, comfortable pace. Make each count as long or short as your exhale naturally lasts. It is not necessary to extend your exhalation in order to extend the count. (For step 4, you can simply make a mental note of each...
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