Mindfulness and Your Health

Relaxing is easier said than done for most of us, but it might just be the key to a healthy heart and soul. When we are under stress, our natural alarm system is turned on and we pump out adrenaline, which results in quicker breathing, a fast heart rate, and a rise in blood pressure. This response, over a prolonged period of time, can result in serious health problems. Mindfulness decreases cortisol levels in the body; this hormone is associated with sugar cravings and overeating. Mindfulness has been defined as, “the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment – and accepting it without judgment.”

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Today we’re bringing you 10 Facts about taste buds you might not have known. A hint — the elementary school text books got it wrong!

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Shopping List and Quick Meal Ideas for Busy People

In today’s quick food environment, planning, chopping, and cooking healthy meals and snacks can be nearly impossible. Whether you are short on time on a regular basis or just need a quick meal in a pinch, below you will find a shopping list of healthy fresh, boxed, canned, and frozen products as well as sample meal ideas.

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I Lobbied Congress for Improving Access to Eating Disorder Treatment, Coverage and Education — You Can Too!!

 

My interest in the political process changed when I volunteered to participate in Spring Lobby Day for the  Eating Disorders Coalition  on April 18, 2016 as a representative of IFEDD (International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians). Although I grew up around politics my entire life — my mother worked for Governor Mario Cuomo of New York State and my husband was the mayor of Ardsley, NY, a small Westchester County village for six years — I never truly understood how the political process worked.

On April 18th, I visited offices and spoke to staff from both Senators and Congressmen/women to lobby for passage of The Anna Westin Act. This legislation is poised to be a landmark victory for eating disorder sufferers and their families. The bill is still waiting for a vote in Congress. I walked in and out of offices with Team New York/New Jersey. We were a small group of volunteers with a team leader for the Eating Disorders Coalition named Gail Schoenbach. Gail has been lobbying for the Eating Disorders Coalition for many years and she directed us on how to speak to people in the Congressional offices. We wanted to bring a face and story to the topic of eating disorders and we each had a chance to talk about the impact that eating disorders has had in our own lives.

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Tips for Teaching Children to Eat Mindfully

Wondering how to teach your children to eat mindfully? Here are 18 tips.

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Health at Every Size

What is Intuitive Eating and is it right for everyBODY? Why are those resolutions always about weight? What about teaching healthy lifestyle habits to families? The answers to those questions and more..

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