Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Super WFPB Salads from SweetGreen

Amidst a sea of unhealthy food at my work conference I found a @sweetgreen with a plethora of organic whole food (no SOS) plant based salads, most of it locally sourced too! They loaded me up with kale, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, sweet potato, adzuki sprouts, chickpeas, nori, chili flakes, and hummus rather than dressing. This superfood meal cost me $7 and I was super satisfied. Wish we had a SweetGreens near me in NJ. #bostonvegan #vegansalad #everydaysuperfoods

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Google Predicts a Plant-Based Revolution!

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has named the number one “game-changing” trend of the future as the consumption of plant-based proteins instead of meat. In a report by Fortune, Schmidt spoke to thousands of investors and business executives at the Milken Institu
Schmidt isn’t just talking about eating more tofu. He continues, “The world is now ready to better produce synthetic food from plants with the help of computers and data crunching.” He points out that technology can help scientists identify the best plant combinations for both palatability and enhanced nutrition. http://ift.tt/28PxXzX #futureoffood...
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Vegan Muscle and Fitness

In many areas of the USA we are fortunate to be in peak berry season. Berries are among the healthiest and tastiest foods on the planet -- yet most people do not consume enough. #eatmorefruit #dontfearthefructosefromwholefoods Please pass the fruit? #WeHeartFruit

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Would you take advice from a doctor that smokes?

If the balance of scientific evidence favors plant-based eating, why isn’t the medical profession at the forefront of encouraging people to eat healthier? That’s the question this video tries to answer. http://ift.tt/28TgEvb

Comfortably Unaware

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Happy ‪#‎InternationalYogaDay‬!
"We are not only celebrating a day, but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace and harmony,
This is a program for the benefit of mankind, for a tension-free world and to spread the message of harmony."
-Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Many of us celebrate the solstice by practicing 108 sun salutations. To me, the beauty of this simple routine is that it can become a moving meditation even those who might view meditation as inaccessible. Through the repetition of just a few rounds, the mind no longer needs to tell the body how to move, we naturally tap into the flow. When we do this in conjunction with the breath, we move toward that deeper connection that yoga provides and transcend the physical practice. Our inner work -- connecting the mind and body -- expands to outer work -- creating more love, awareness, connection, communities, and peace.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Social media and mindfulness

We've landed in a peculiar place when it comes to our engagement with each other through social media.  The same technology that bring us together instantaneously can also keep us from direct social interactions, if only by sucking up our free time.

I experienced a Facebook "time suck" this weekend.  On Sunday, after having a blissful weekend spending time with friends and loved ones, cooking, enjoying the outdoors, and feeling elated, I felt a strange tugging sensation in my pocket.  My phone suddenly became very heavy, I could feel my brain yearning for a fix.  A quick check-in on Facebook or Instagram would help, I thought.  And then nearly 2-hours later I realized that I was feeling simultaneously angry, happy, informed, and perplexed as a result of a "quick check-in."  Why did I allow myself to spend so much time flipping through a feed when there are so many more things I truly wanted to do?

Most of all, I wished I had the time back.  We set our clocks forward for Spring the same day so the time flashing through feeds on my phone felt particularly wasted.  Don't get me wrong, I don't think social media is a bad thing.  It can be a powerful planning tool, useful for marketing, connecting ideas, discovering news about the world and friends, and more.  Yet as I reflect on my recent engagement with Facebook in particular, I started to wonder whether feasting on my social feed was a nurturing habit or one that left me feeling more empty and distant from the people and things I really want to engage with.

Somewhat ironically I started to think about an article I discovered a long time ago in my social feed, an article from Fast Company magazine.  It was about how thinking like a scientist can be one of the most powerful tools for self-improvement.  So I came up with a hypothesis:  What if I take regular sabbaticals from social media?  Could I still use social media in a healthy way but disconnect from the negative?  I am usually pretty good about putting away when phone when it clearly would be a distraction from being in the moment.  Many of us have been here before, exemplified by this video.  Having been on the receiving end of trying to be with people who are not fully there, I make it a point to turn off devices regularly.  So maybe I could try a new tactic to prevent the feeling that I need to check-in after short breaks.  How could I replace the need for getting a "fix" from my feed.

Setting rules to dictate behaviors would not be an effective strategy for me.  But I do want to design some experiments to figure out how I can reclaim my identity and purpose with the way I interact with social media.  If my purpose is to catch up on news, I can try avoiding the "news feed."  Over time the news feed has morphed from a fun cornucopia of thoughts from friends into a corporate sponsored advertisement for selling images and political ideas.  Probably not the healthiest thing to indulge in.  What if I were to curate my feed to only reliable sources of topics?  

Better yet, what if I stop relying on Facebook to be informed of my friends' lives.  I could purposefully unfollow people that are close to me.  That would mean if I want to check in...guess what, I'd have to actually interact with THEM rather than my feed.  Thank you Ayami Yamamichi for the mindfulness tip.

Another way to take back control, suggested by my Ayami, is to limit personal sharing on social media if the purpose is to feed the ego.  At first I thought that would be pretty much every personal post, almost by definition, it's going to come from wanting to share who I am.  But I think it's a powerful tactic to limit oversharing.  If I'm going to share something, the purpose should be something greater than to stoke my ego.  If the post is of service to others, is truly about sharing without regard to the ego, perhaps those are the posts worth sharing.

What are some ways that you stay empowered and keep a healthy relationship with social media?