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Savor Each Bite: Eating Mindfully in a World of Rush and Distractions.

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When Was the Last Time You Really Stopped and Looked at the Food that was Right in Front of You?

When hunger strikes, usually our patience dwindles.  We feel our stomach twist and turn and rumble and moan so that it may be filled again – and we respond by trying to get food to it as fast as possible.  When we are finally able to get a meal, it isn’t long until it all vanishes from our plate – right before our eyes - and typically re-appears somewhere in the region of our stomach…  How that happens exactly?  Most of us don’t remember.

In his book Savor, Thich Nhat Hanh discusses the importance of being mindful while eating (and while doing most anything in life) so that a person may attain a healthier weight and a more fulfilling lifestyle.  One of the central practices he talks about is the idea of slowing down and being more present before, during, and after every meal. Continue reading

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“Control your inputs. Not just what you eat and drink (though this will have a profound impact), control what you read, what you watch, what you listen to, what notifications you allow on your phone, where you spend your time, who you spend it with. Guard your gates with care.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium

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“The greatest reflection of your priorities is your time. Whatever you say about what matters to you, the true test is where you place your time. So if you say your priorities are your partner or your kids or your family or your health, that statement will only be true if your calendar reflects it.” ~ Nick Crocker, Medium

5 Videos to Remind You That There’s More To Life Than Money

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It's not about how much you have, but about how much you give.

I watched a video the other day that moved me so deeply that I was just about on the verge of tears (it’s included in the list below).  It got me thinking about how precious our time here together, on earth, really is and how it can be so easy for us to lose sight of what’s really important in our lives.  Moreover, I was reminded of just what it meant to live a full and happy life – and how money had little to do with it. Continue reading

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“If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area of his life.” ~ Billy Graham

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“A man who procrastinates in his CHOOSING will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance. So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, ‘I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.’
 

And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know—is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by DECIDING TO LOOK, you go a long way toward making the choice.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

How to Make Lifestyle Changes

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How to Make Lifestyle Changes

“Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat.  If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.” ~ Jeanette Jenkins

Your body right now is a reflection of the choices you have made up to this point. Want a better body? You’re going to have to start making better choices.

We all know what those better choices are. The hard part is taking the proper action and maintaining discipline to follow through with them.

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The Daily Grind

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The Daily Grind

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” ~ Gretchin Rubin

Tonight, as I was training in my usual Tuesday night Martial Arts class, I couldn’t help but notice that my legs were feeling exceedingly loose and strong. They were flying higher than they have before and with a level of control that I haven’t experienced in the past.  The reason?  Well, it has been about one month since I have started doing daily stretching and slow kicks.  My routine is simple.   Continue reading