Taste Life, with Chere Bork

Speaker, Media Spokesperson, Registered Dietitian, Wellcoach® and Certified Law of Attraction Facilitator

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Braised Red Cabbage from the Five Ingredients for Healthy Living Cookbook

September 11th, 2014 · Nutrition

This dish is boosting with cancer fighting properties, tastes delicious and is easy to prepare. What is not to love!!

This dish is boosting with cancer fighting properties, tastes delicious and is easy to prepare. What is not to love!!

Fall with the new crisp chill in the air creates a new excitement and the start of new  cooking ideas in my kitchen. Pork tenderloin and burgers on the grill are replaced with hearty soups and roasts in the oven and much more stove top cooking.

The tang of this braised red cabbage dish paired well with the sweetness of the brown sugar glazed pecans and apples in this ten minute easy to prepare Apple Pecan Tenderloin Medallions.  I used fresh apples instead of canned. And, I served with my fav veggies I keep  on hand,  steamed peas and carrots.  A family meal is always rounded out with  Gary’s famous lump free mashed potatoes. (No one mashes potatoes like Gary! He has a two step process)

The tang of this braised red cabbage dish paired well with the sweetness of the brown sugar glazed pecans and apples in this ten minute easy to prepare Apple Pecan Tenderloin Medallions. I used fresh apples instead of canned. And, I served with my fav veggies I keep on hand, steamed peas and carrots. A family meal is always rounded out with Gary’s famous lump free mashed potatoes. (No one mashes potatoes like Gary! He has a two step process)

 

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • ½ head red cabbage, cleaned and shredded
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 golden delicious apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced into matchsticks
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ cup water or more if needed
  • 4 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

Heat butter in large pot over medium heat. Add cabbage and onion and sauté 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and add apple. Continue cooking 10 minutes. Add water, cover and cook 10 minutes longer, until cabbage is tender. Stir in vinegar and adjust seasonings to your taste. Serve with pork.

Makes eight servings

Nutrition: Calories 77; Protein 1.6 gm; Fat 3 gm; Carbohydrate 11 gm; Sodium 169 mg.

I hope you can join me and try to eat cabbage each week. Cabbage is your best low cost and delicious way to give your health a boost. It is part of the cruciferous family which includes Brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.

I hope you can join me and try to eat cabbage each week. Cabbage is your best low cost and delicious way to give your health a boost. It is part of the cruciferous family which includes Brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.

The health benefits:  

  • Rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, which are linked to heart health
  • A good source of fiber, which promotes gastrointestinal health
  • Abundant in vitamin C, which supports a healthy immune system
  • Renowned for its cancer-fighting properties, largely because it is rich in a class of nutrients called indoles. Indoles may reduce the risk of prostate, breast and other cancers

I usually top my evening salad greens with shredded red cabbage, a drizzle of Greek Salad Dressing and red cherry tomatoes and some feta cheese. I also use as a topping for tacos, and toss in many winter soups. Give it a try. Your health is waiting!

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Maarie is Tasting Life Using the Law of Attraction

September 11th, 2014 · Positivity

Maaarie is with her sons William, James in the middle at the Arboretum just outside of Chicago.

Maaarie is with her sons William, James in the middle at the Arboretum just outside of Chicago.

Several years back, I met Maarie when the city of Eden Prairie chopped up my front lawn with snow removal. Maarie worked in the Street, Fleet and Park Maintenance department and helped me get it reseeded.

On August 7, 2014 she wrote to me and told she lost her job as her boss had retired. I told her to write down on a piece of paper and to create a collage picture of what she really wanted to attract.  8 days later she had an interview.  And she ended up with a job that was even a better fit in the Disability Claims division since she has a son with special needs.

Maarie writes, “I knew that the right job at the right place (Eden Prairie so I could help James) was going to come my way soon because I could feel it.  Once I wrote it down like you suggested and left it out in the open on the dining room table, things really started to happen–even a flexible work schedule, which is just what I need!  I start on Sept 2, 2014 and James starts school on Sept 3, 2014. I can drop him off at the bus station on my way to work.  It is like it’s truly meant to be and everything all lined up and fell into place at the right time. Thanks so much for your help” Maarie

You get what you expect! What do you want the universe to help you with? Get your intentions out there!

 

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5 September Beginning Again Questions

September 11th, 2014 · Everything In Between, Positivity

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  • What are my top five life values and how do my volunteer activities or social commitments align with those? Do they still match?
  • What committees/volunteer activities or social commitments do I feel I should do that are “duty or shame based?”
  • What can I do to energize my fall? What do I want to do?
  • How can I keep health in my life? What day of the week will I create some “me” time?
  • Who do I need to call or email and say?  “Thanks for thinking of me but I am dedicating my extra time to this____ (project) this year.”
    Here to help!

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September – A Great Time to Begin Again

September 10th, 2014 · Positivity

Yes!! September is here…a new beginning!  Sadly, the summer party is over and it’s time to press the reset button. Gary and I agree we had our fun- o- meter on max as we created one of our top summers of our lives, due in part to our sweet brother in law Dave passing away on  May 16th at the early age of 60. What a life surprise!

We surprised Patty Wehr (Rachele’s mom in law) with a 70th birthday party.  Laurie planned a spectacular menu.  And we ended the party with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with the kids.

We surprised Patty Wehr (Rachele’s mom in law) with a 70th birthday party. Laurie planned a spectacular menu. And we ended the party with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with the kids.

 

Most weekends were four day extravaganzas filled with people, junk food I usually don’t eat and alcohol. (Does this sound “dietitian –like” or what?) I even found myself drinking beer after giving it up last summer.

My September reset button includes eating cleaner, minimizing the alcohol, getting to bed by 10 pm a few nights a week (Gary says he will believe this when he sees it!) and almost taking a “people break.”  I have 5 presentations in the month of September and a family vacation to Park City, Utah.  With a packed calendar I know I just can’t do it all. I am really focusing on the distinctions between wants and should.

Shoulds

“Shoulds” are those things you think you need to do. They are based on shame or duty and are externally prompted (our ego, spouse, parents, boss, society.) Examples: “I should call my mom or mom- in- law.”  “If I do this, then __ will happen.” “My spouse tells me I need to…” “I should lose five pounds.” The problems with shoulds are they make you feel like you are doing the right thing, yet they typically aren’t motivating enough to inspire change. This creates a state of continual dissatisfaction. The satisfaction in achievements is short lived. How much of your life are you living versus how much of someone else’s life are you living? Who is “shoulding” on you?

Wants

Wants are those things that are important and fulfilling to you. They are based on a craving or desire and are internally prompted.  Wants support your values and the essence of who you are. They provide you with life satisfaction and gratification and a zest to life. For example, you don’t need to exercise, but your quality of life plummets when you don’t exercise. Wants can be motivating. Think…”It is so me!”"I will enjoy this!” “I’m ready to have this!” Wants are full of life and can be fun!

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September is the best time of year to re-evaluate your wants and “shoulds.” And, no better time for DELIBERATE CREATION of what you really want in your life.

It seems the colder the weather, the more we quit the great health habits that we created during the summer, like taking more walks, biking or eating more fresh fruit. Don’t let the calendar and weather dictate your health habits. You can deliberately create time for YOU. Stay connected with your body, mind and spirit. Why?!  Investing in your health habits creates and energy and momentum to create what you really want. 

As you are looking at your upcoming fall schedule, examine the areas that cause you to be “crazy busy.” Pick up the phone and quit the “shoulding” on your life, say NO, and with deliberate creation you can create your best fall ever. What are you waiting for? I am “shoulding” on you to do this today.  I wish you a fall of joyful wants and a new beginning!

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Are Zzz’s Important? You Get to Decide

August 22nd, 2014 · Energy & Exercise, Everything In Between

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I’ve decided NOTHING beats a day where I WANT to jump out of bed when my alarm rings ready for the start of a great day. My ideal weekday is having a coaching client from 7 to 7:45 am, going to aqua aerobics at 8:15, meditating in the sauna and being home for a 10 am client. It feels so productive, so indulgent and so happy. But, it all depends on one variable – my sleep. If the lights are out at 10:30 pm sharp I can easily get up at 6:45 am. I wish I were like Gary who only needs to sleep from 10:30 pm to 5 am and often does not require an alarm. Some people are genetically predisposed to require very little sleep.  But most of us live in a sleep-deprived society.  And if wasn’t for me honoring Gary’s need for lights out at 10:30, I would be sleep deprived too. I find when we really probe the reason my clients are feeling overwhelmed it often stems from their lack of sleep.

Getting less than seven hours of sleep has the following huge health consequences.

  1. Obesity. The shorter the sleep the greater the obesity measured by body mass index (BMI). By age 27, if you sleep less than 6 hours you are 7.5 times more likely to have a higher BMI. (Getting to bed sure seems easier than being on a diet.)
  2. Increased appetite. Sleep debt increases your appetite due to lower levels of leptin, a hormone that decreases your appetite and higher levels of the hormone ghrelin a peptide that stimulates your appetite. (Weight gain is not about willpower; rather your environment and getting yourself to bed.)
  3. Diabetes. Adults who sleep less than five hours were 2.5 times more likely to have diabetes and impaired glucose tolerance, compared to adults who slept seven to eight hours. (All I can say is that diabetes is an ugly disease that affects your entire body…avoid it if you can.)
  4. Immune dysfunction. Sleep less than 5 hours or less increases mortality risk by 15 percent. (I have not worked so hard to not live happily ever after in retirement. How about you?)
  5. Cardiovascular disease and hypertension.  Five hours or less was associated with a 45 percent increase risk of heart attacks and strokes (The big problem with heart attacks is that often the first sign IS the heart attack.)
Can’t count the number of times I fell sleep and Gary would find Danielle wide awake but still content to cuddle with me. Those were the days!

Can’t count the number of times I fell sleep and Gary would find Danielle wide awake but still content to cuddle with me. Those were the days!

Science tells us that sleep is a critical component of energy and health.  The big myth is that although you can teach yourself to sleep less, you cannot teach yourself to need less sleep.  Please read that sentence again. Your sleep needs are biologically determined.  If you get sleepy when you are bored, sitting quietly in a warm or dark room or when you are trying to read or listen to a lecture you are sleep deprived. Boredom does not cause sleepiness.

When I ask coaching clients if they had one wish what would it be? They reply, “I wish I didn’t have to sleep.” I don’t know about you but if sleep can help you avoid all of these huge disease risks and you don’t have to even sweat, use your brain, or be busy it seems like a no brainer to me to get yourself to bed. If you don’t make the decision to take the time for sleep it may be made for you in the way of a health challenge or crisis.  You get to decide!

We would love to hear your sleep tips.

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Black Bean and Tomato Salsa

August 20th, 2014 · Nutrition

Black Bean and Tomato Salsa

We may be a little different than most, but our family cooks family meals while on family vacations.  We actually enjoy being in the condo kitchen together and wrapping up our day.  We plan menus ahead of time and take special spices with and then have a shopping list for when we get there. Easy peasy!  We could not have afforded traveling to all fifty states and eating out often while on vacation.   I always told Gary the kids will remember what they saw not what or where they ate. Now that our kids are older the menu has changed and this salsa is our vacation staple.  I call it “Hawaii salsa” because we first prepared it when we were in Kauai. Now I make it for our family gatherings and for when Brett comes home. I could really double the batch as it goes fast. Our son in law David really enjoys it. I serve it with Trader Joe’s Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

This recipe is more than five ingredients but I had to share it with you to use up your summer bounty of tomatoes, and cilantro.  For sure, we will be making it when we all travel to Park City Utah next month for our next family vacation.

The bonus? I am serving tomatoes (a fruit not a vegetable) which are low in cals,  and a great source of lycopene which researchers have linked to a lower risk of heart disease and cancer ( including prostrate, breast and colon cancer).(I think more about Gary’s prostrate than he thinks about it!)

The bonus? I am serving tomatoes (a fruit not a vegetable) which are low in cals, and a great source of lycopene which researchers have linked to a lower risk of heart disease and cancer ( including prostrate, breast and colon cancer).(I think more about Gary’s prostate than he thinks about it!)

The second bonus is beans fill you up and actually provide more fiber than whole grains foods. One study I read stated that bean eaters weighed 6.6 pounds less than non-ben eaters. Plus, another study showed eating ate legumes 4 times a week reduced your risk of heart disease by 22%. If you are a “bean gagger” give this recipe a try as I have never met anyone who didn’t love it up.

The second bonus is beans fill you up and actually provide more fiber than whole grains foods. One study I read stated that bean eaters weighed 6.6 pounds less than non-ben eaters. Plus, another study showed eating ate legumes 4 times a week reduced your risk of heart disease by 22%. If you are a “bean gagger” give this recipe a try as I have never met anyone who didn’t love it up.

  • 2 – 15 ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ of a 17 ounce package frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced (or more)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped ( I usually throw in another handful)
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp. lime juice (Brett likes more)
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

 

In large bowl mix all ingredients together. Chill before serving.

Happy my nephews Stevie Ray and Daniel enjoy cooking when they visit and are always ready to cook a  new recipe. Stevie Ray had fun making this salsa. I think they love knives the best!

Happy my nephews Stevie Ray and Daniel enjoy cooking when they visit and are always ready to cook a new recipe. Stevie Ray had fun making this salsa. I think they love knives the best!

Black bean salsa makes the perfect accompaniment to our oven baked fajitas. Yum!

Black bean salsa makes the perfect accompaniment to our oven baked fajitas. Yum!

 

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7 Sleep Tips from my Dietitian Nutritionist Friends

August 19th, 2014 · Energy & Exercise, Everything In Between

Kim Fox RDN LD CDE and her family

I firmly believe in establishing a bedtime routine about an hour before you typically plan on going to bed. I shut off the computer, get my clothes and other things needed for the following day, set the alarm, wash face and brush teeth, and read for a few minutes before I’m ready for some shut eye. My body now tells me when it’s time for me to start shutting down.

Kim Fox, RDN, LD, CDE ///http://foxnutritionanddiabetesservices.com/

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Stop drinking caffeine by 2 PM (including tea, coffee, soda, and any other caffeinated beverage). It takes several hours to be eliminated by the body so even if you can fall asleep right after consuming caffeine, the quality of your sleep is compromised. This results in that sleepy-groggy feeling you get even after a “full” night’s sleep.

Do 10-15 minutes of stretching or light yoga before going to bed. It helps relax your mind and body, making it ready for a good night’s sleep.

If you’re the type of person whose brain goes a million times a minute as soon as your head hits the pillow, this tip is for you. Instead of keeping your to-do list on your mind, leave a notebook by your bed and write it down. That way, it’s out of your head, you won’t forget about it, and  you can work on it tomorrow. Because right now, it’s time for sleep.

Jamila Lepore, MS, RD/N /// www.nononsensenutritionist.com

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Magnesium is a very effective sleep aid.   Studies have shown that magnesium supplementation is a safe and easy way to improve relaxation, sleep time, sleep efficiency, and insomnia.    Food sources of magnesium include pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, peanut butter,  cooked oatmeal, spinach, collard greens, soybeans, sesame seeds, and beans.   A 20-30 minute bath soaking in Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a relaxing way to absorb magnesium through the skin.   The quickest way to get some extra magnesium (and zzz’s)  is through supplementation.  Some of the more common magnesium supplements, like magnesium oxide, are not well absorbed and have a laxative effect.   The most absorbable forms of magnesium include magnesium citrate, malate, taurate or the chelated forms of magnesium including chelated magnesium glycinate, succinate or fumarate.

Susan Linke MS RD LD CLT/// www.susanlinke.com

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I spend the last hour or so before bed winding down. I turn off my computer and put away my phone and usually read. I spend 10 minutes in legs up the wall pose (literally your legs up a wall), which can calm the nervous system.

Lauren Fowler, RDN, CD, CLT/// mindfulmealsblog.com

Tina Braet Thomas MA RD CDE CLT CWC LD

Having a set bed time most nights certainly allows my body to get in a rhythm. I also use a sound machine with either ocean waves or a light rain sound seems to do the trick for me.

Tina Braet Thomas, MA RD CDE CLT CWC LD/// http://coach.wellcoach.com/tina-braet-thomas/

Krista Ulatowski MPH RDN

I value my 7-8 hours of sleep each night, without a doubt. There certainly are nights where my mind is whirling, and I find that keeping a notepad and pen by my bed allows me to jot down my inspirations, allowing me to revisit them in the morning. Also, avoiding those tall lattes after 5pm is also wise!

Krista Ulatowski, MPH, RDN/// https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristaulatowski

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Trying to reverse type 2 diabetes?  It’s not always about diet. Getting 7-8 hours sleep most nights will help your body use insulin more efficiently, which makes it easier to control blood sugar and weight.

Karen Marschel, RDN LD CDE/// www.kmnutrition.com

 

 

 

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What is the fuss about BPA?

July 21st, 2014 · Nutrition

What is BPA?

The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

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Why are people concerned about BPA?

One reason people may be concerned about BPA is because human exposure to BPA is widespread. The 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found detectable levels of BPA in 93% of 2517 urine samples from people six years and older. The CDC NHANES data are considered representative of exposures in the United States. Another reason for concern, especially for parents, may be because some animal studies report effects in fetuses and newborns exposed to BPA.

Studies show that the BPA in most people’s body exceeds the amount that suppresses sperm production or causes chromosomal damage to the eggs of animals. Dr. Fredrick Vom Saal an endocrinologist at the University of Missouri who studies bisphenol-A, tells us that, “You can get 50 mcg of BPA per liter out of a tomato can, and that’s a level that is going to impact people, particularly the young.”

Tomatoes Unfortunately, acidity (a prominent characteristic of tomatoes) causes BPA to leach into your food. And most tomatoes we buy are in the cans that have been lined with BPA.

The Solution

Choose tomatoes and tomato sauces in glass jars. BPA maybe present in the lining of the jar lids, but exposure is limited if they have been stored upright. The only current product line that is completely BPA-free is Eden Organic and individual products from Wild Planet, Westbrae Natural and Muir Glen have BPA-free packaging.

Look for aseptic “brick” cartons (sometimes called Tetra Packs) because they are BPA-free.

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The Challenge

There is there is not industry standard for labeling. Some brands like Eden Foods, proclaim their BPA-free status, while others like Muir Glen, put in small type that is easy to overlook. And house brand like Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods use BPA-free cans for some products but don’t label them as such.

 

Five Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to BPA

  1. Reduce your use of canned foods since most cans are lined with BPA-containing resin.
  2. Look for products labeled as BPA-free. Some, but not all plastics with recycle codes of 3 or 7 maybe made with BPA.
  3. Go back to the basics – avoid the microwave and dishwasher. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, advises against microwaving polycarbonate plastics or putting them in the dishwasher, because the plastic may break down over time and allow BPA to leach into foods.
  4. Use glass, or stainless steel or porcelain containers for hot foods and liquids instead of plastic containers. Especially for acidic foods like tomatoes.
  5. Use BPA free stainless steel or BPA free water bottles. Avoid plastic bottles with the code of 7 on the bottom.

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Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce

July 21st, 2014 · Nutrition

This sauce you make from scratch is homey, delicious and surprising easy and quick.. Nothing better than a fresh tomato warmed by the sun, just picked out of the garden. And, if you are like me, maybe one of your summer loves is simply watching your tomatoes grow.

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And this summer with all the rain, have they been growing. In my thirty years of growing tomatoes they have never been this tall in July. I also love freezing my tomatoes which I know are Bpa free.

  • 1 large onion, minced
  • 2 cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1/8/tsp. pepper
summer abundance…tomatoes and basil from the garden and kitchen staples of an onion and garlic cloves make this recipe

summer abundance…tomatoes and basil from the garden and kitchen staples of an onion and garlic cloves make this recipe

In a large skillet saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes have softened. Adjust seasonings as desired. Serve over your favorite pasta or fish.

Makes four servings.

Nutrition per serving: Calories 49; Protein 1.3 gm; Fat 1.8 gm; Carbohydrate 7 gm; Sodium 104 mg.

I served this with baked tilipia. Place fish in a tinfoil lined pan. Sprinkle Italian seasoning lightly over the fish and bake at 350°F for 15 5- 20 minutes. Top with Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce and serve with a side of veggies.

I served this with baked tilipia. Place fish in a tinfoil lined pan. Sprinkle Italian seasoning lightly over the fish and bake at 350°F for 15 5- 20 minutes. Top with Garden Fresh Tomato Sauce and serve with a side of veggies.

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Meditation Creates a Magic Life

July 18th, 2014 · Positivity, Stress

Five minutes a day gives Kate Campbell clarity, calm and an ability to tackle the impossible list of duties she has on a daily basis. Gotta love that!

Five minutes a day gives Kate Campbell clarity, calm and an ability to tackle the impossible list of duties she has on a daily basis. Gotta love that!

What? Type-A-multitasking-Chere is meditating? Why? Because in our 24/7 digital world, friends with the craziest stressed out schedules tell me meditation saves their day…so why not meditate? I bet you too are stressed out, as stress statistics from the American Psychological Association shows that 77% of people in the USA are stressed out daily, with money and work problems getting the most blame.

 

The Science Facts

Mindfulness meditation for 25 minutes a day, three days in a row is enough to alleviate stress.

Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ‘s research  has determined meditation can improve cognitive performance. ** (I need that)

Dr. Davidson’s research at the University of Wisconsin shows meditation demonstrates positive effects in both brain and immune function. *** (I really need these)

American Heart Association maintains that meditation lowers blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

I want less stress but who has 25 minutes, three days in a row to sit and do nothing? Not I! I need to make it more realistic than that! So, I have had two goals for 2014 – mediate for 5 minutes every day and balance with one leg on the bosu ball for one minute. (I know I know baby goals but achievable baby goals.) With my need for a right knee replacement the meditation goal is a piece of cake.

 

Two Types

 

Mindfulness Meditation

It focuses on the flow of breath in and out of the body, concentrating on what the person is experiencing without any reaction or judgment. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is a variation of this.

 

Transcendental Meditation (TM)

With TM there is a mantra, which can be one word or a few words or an object to look at to keep you in the moment. It usually involves a comfortable posture with a straight back and focused attention to your breathing with the goal of training your mind so you feel calm and peaceful.

Aarti Batavia has been meditating for ten years and has discovered inner peace. She feels her patients open up more as they get a sense of security and healing around them.

Aarti Batavia has been meditating for ten years and has discovered inner peace. She feels her patients open up more as they get a sense of security and healing around them.

As I write to you I can almost feel the power of silence of my meditation.  I try to mediate four days a week after my swim class for 5 to 10 minutes.  I take a shower and hit the sauna. I close my eyes and inhale in the word ease and exhale out the word grace. I picture grace filling my body from my head to my toes. When I get distracted (which I swear is every minute or so) I simply notice my distracting thoughts and gently focus my memory on Poipu Beach in Kauai. I focus on the color of the brilliant blue water and inhale in ease and exhale out grace. It usually works. My mind ENJOYS thinking about five things at once and focusing my breath on two words is more difficult than my usual rapid-fire mind.

Often Gary looks at me like I didn’t hear his question and my constant reply is, “Gary do you have a million people in your brain?” With keynotes, clients, family and friend, maybe more than a million…

I used to think I was too busy and how could you change your life “not talking” to anyone. Carving out time has actually given me more time as I feel I am more focused, have more energy and am more productive. And it’s free!

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Three Ideas to Get You Started

My friend Dr. George Kramer told me at least ten years ago how mediation has changed his life. And I finally decided to give it a whirl.  Don’t take ten years to decide like I did.  Once you decide it is easy. If you don’t consciously decide to be extraordinary, happy and healthy, you will unconsciously decide to be average, unhappy and unhealthy. Aren’t you ready for a little meditation magic?

How do you meditate? We would love to hear your meditation story.

 

 

 

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