Category Archives: Conscious Eating & Living

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

“In an age of acceleration, nothing can be more exhilarating than going slow.” Pico Iyer             I often teach what I need to learn and, boy, is this lesson a big one for me. I move fast, talk fast, think fast, and drive fast. The faster I move, the more lost in thought I tend

Mindful Communication and the Power of Vulnerability

The past week held many lessons in letting go and required the willingness and courage to be vulnerable. Every day I was given the opportunity to come face-to-face with people and circumstances that, if I were to approach them with mindfulness and Non-Violent Communication (NVC), would ask me to give up my agenda and be

Celebrate Life: A Kripalu Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat

There is no better time to go to Costa Rica than February and there is no better reason to go than to experience your best self emerge from the spiritual practices of yoga and mindfulness. This year will be my fifth year of retreating at the Pura Vida Spa in the mountains outside of Alajuela,

Mindfully Moving into the Heart

Mindfulness meditation and yoga have both given me lots of practice at slowing down and paying attention to the effects of being too busy, in a hurry, and striving too hard. These mindfulness practices have also given me tools for shifting my relationship to the present moment so that I can include within it the

Overcoming the Wanting Mind  

One of the most common statements I hear at the beginning of my mindful eating classes is “I can’t stop eating because it tastes so good even when I’m full.” My question is “Are you listening to your belly or to your mind?” After a short pause, I hear “From my mind!” People get it.

Eat for Life Class Starting in the Fall! –Let me know if you’re interested.

Greetings! This is a quick post to let people know that I am going to be deciding on the days and times for my next round of Eat for Life Classes starting in September.  If you are interested in attending, please fill out this doodle poll by Friday, and your preferred dates and times will

The Mindfulness Advantage – Making New Year Change Possible

The research is clear about what behaviors do and do not support health.  We know that health is not supported through tobacco use, drugs and alcohol use, sedentary lifestyle, poor nutrition, and risky sexual behaviors. On the flip side, we know that health is supported with exercise most days of the week, eating a balanced

Life Is an Experience–Not Just a Routine

How much of your life do you go around on autopilot? Whether it’s your morning ritual, the route you drive to work, what you do when you reach the office, what you eat, or what you do in the evening much of our lives are spent in routines that can turn us into robots instead

7 Tips for Mindful, Conscious Living

It is pretty shocking that most of us miss about half of our lives. That’s right. If you are 42 years old, for instance, chances are you have missed about 21 years of your life already. Your body has been alive but your mind has been disconnected. Your mind has been thinking about the past

Mindful Eating at a Hotel Breakfast Buffet–Hold The Sugar Please!

I recently traveled out of town and found myself scanning a typical hotel breakfast buffet to find something I could eat. Imagine my horror! If you immediately know what I’m talking about then this blog will be old news for you. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then please continue to read, for