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Enjoy Your Food and Improve Your Health by Eating Mindfully
Reawaken your sense of pleasure and satisfaction at mealtime by trying one of the primary practices of mindfulness: slow down and pay attention. Jan Chozen-Bays, a pediatrician and Zen teacher, explains exactly how to do this. Try one of these strategies with your next meal. In America we eat very quickly. Foreigners visiting early American taverns recorded their astonishment at how quickly food was eaten. The technique was dubbed “the three G’s” for “gobble, gulp, and go.” More
7 Yoga Teachers Weigh in On the Yogic Diet
Traditionally, yogis consumed sattvic foods that nourish the body and support a peaceful state, enabling the practitioner to function at maximum potential. Sattvic foods include nuts, fruits, vegetables, seeds, and legumes. Yogis were encouraged to stay away from rajasic foods that heat up the body, such as coffee and chocolate, and tamasic foods that are heavy, such as alcohol and preserved foods. Many yogis also included the yogic principle of ahimsa (nonviolence/noninjury) in their dietetic choices, by choosing to be vegan or vegetarian. More
Writing often has been seen as a form of healing as people explore and express challenges in life. But as cancer survivor and author Sharon A. Bray explains, writing can also be a spiritual practice, providing strength and comfort in even the most difficult and painful times. More
Joe Cross lost 80 pounds, cured himself of a chronic illness, and helped change countless lives along the way. The filmmaker and main subject of the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, shares one of his favorite green drinks with us.  Serving Size: 16 ounces Ingredients 1 cucumber4 celery stalks2 apples6–8 kale leaves1/2 lemon1 tablespoon fresh ginger Directions More
How do you develop or maintain a sense of humor when battling something like cancer? Cancer survivor and comedian Scott Burton explains the importance of a sense of humor, how it can get us through even the toughest times, and how it comes in as many forms as those who enjoy its gifts. As someone who's job is bringing humor to those on every level of battling cancer, I hear quite often from nurses, caregivers and fellow survivors that they agree: "When battling cancer, you simply have to have a sense of humor." More
I don’t exactly recall what was on my list of things to do that day in December 1976, but certainly death was not one of them. I was the head of a research laboratory in Seattle, Washington, where we used electron microscopes to study the effects of pollutants on fish. The lab was with the National Marine Fisheries Service, a branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Our facility sat on the edge of a ship canal that connected two huge lakes, part of the watery charm of Seattle. More
Declare Your Intention to Heal
Keep your feet on the ground when walking through a storm, says Carolyn Scott Kortge, an award-winning journalist, cancer survivor, and author of The Spirited Walker and Healing Walks for Hard Times. Backed by research, her inspiring message is clear: Walking can heal. In this article, she describes how healing walks got her through some of the most difficult times. More
Strawberry season is a much-anticipated event in the Northeast, strawberries being one of the first and most impressive fresh fruits we finally we get to pick after long, cold winters. While they are great on their own, strawberries are fantastic in desserts, so I tapped Omega’s former head baker, Erin Day, for her favorite strawberry recipe. A buckle, which is similar to a crumble, is a cake with berries in the batter and a streusel topping. It can also be made with blueberries, raspberries, peaches, or a combination of fruits. More

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