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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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Surprising Ways Gratitude can Improve Your Life

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Thanksgiving is here. As Oprah Winfrey said “Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more.” Genuine gratitude can have a tremendous effect on your work life; it boosts morale and promotes healthy culture. We should not hesitate to say “Thank you” in the office or anywhere, and if you think “Why should I?” then take a look at these “7 Scientifically-Proven Benefits of Gratitude…” published on this day in 2014 by Forbes Magazine. Learn how they can help you be more productive, improve physical health, and get more job satisfaction. Forbes also recently published a piece called “How an Authentic ‘Thank-You’…

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What are Emotional Germs?

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Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk spoke to us about the effects of others’ emotions when we are interpreting in difficult encounters. When we are privy to other peoples’ pain, suffering, and trauma, we are affected. Everyone is affected differently, but we are affected nonetheless. One strategy for coping with these so-called “emotional germs” is to find an unbiased, non-judgemental listening partner. It is important that this listening partner just let us vent, and will not tell us that he or she understands what we are going through, or offer advice. It is a cathartic and therapeutic release to simply talk through an…

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Meditation Pills

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© University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Friends of Integrative Medicine Stop what you’re doing and take a break. Focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Whenever you wash your hands, use this time to wash your mind as well. As you focus on lathering and rinsing soap off your hands, take slow breaths and imagine that you are also cleansing your mind. Stretch your arms upward. As you lengthen your back, breathe deeply through your nose into your belly and back out through your nose. Lower your arms, place them on your lap, and take a few...
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Guided Meditation by Tim Vanduivendyk

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At our April 5th Interpreter Wellness Lunch & Learn (Outside In), Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk led participants in a guided meditation. Meditation is one of the many coping strategies named by Dr. VanDuivendyk, who serves as Vice President of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and as a licensed Professional Counselor and marriage and family therapist.  Dr. VanDuivendyk has extensive experience helping healthcare professionals cope with the pain and suffering that comes along with working in a hospital. When we are exposed to the suffering and grief of others, we are affected. How we are affected differs from...
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Guided Meditation by Alejandro Chaoul

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Dr. Chaoul lead this guided meditation at our January 25th Wellness Event in Houston TX.  Dr. Chaoul has extensive experience in the area of mind-body practices, both academically and in clinical practice. Since 1999, he has taught in the Medical Center, particularly at MD Anderson Cancer Center, conducting classes with cancer patients and their families as well as teaching at the Rothko Chapel, the Jung Center, and the Esalen Institute. Dr. Chaoul is the author/co-author of various articles and book chapters, focusing on the role of mind-body practices, as well as Tibetan meditation. Additionally, his research and publications focus on...
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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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5 Minute Mini Circuit

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The benefits of physical exercise (link to presentation post) are many. Here’s a quick 5-minute circuit to elevate your heart rate and engage a variety of muscle groups that you can do anywhere! Not enough? Restart the clock and repeat the whole circuit! Side-stepping: Start with your feet together, standing up tall. Take a wide side-step with your right foot, then bring your left foot to meet it. From there, take a wide side-step with your left foot and bring your right foot to meet it. To intensify the activity, add a little jump when bringing the second foot to...
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