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Eat Like A Baby To Enhance Digestion

I was having a conversation with my best friend the other day about digestion and hunger cues and she mentioned how those were so evident in her newborn baby.He eats less at night, eats slowly, naturally stops when he’s full and gets annoyed when there are distractions while he eats. (I thought was especially funny to think about a baby swatting away a toy while attached to a bottle.) The thing is, we all did this once too. These cues were once very natural for us. But they were conditioned out of us as we got older and became more accustomed to this fast-paced world we live in where everything must be done at super-sonic speed, including mealtime. However, it’s not how our bodies were designed to optimally function. When we eat quickly we put ourselves into a state of stress, and a stress state actually shuts down the digestive system. This hinders the digestion process, which can lead to a whole host of issues, such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue and lagging energy. The best way to counteract this constant stress state is to enjoy your meals in a relaxed state by eating slowly. Savor your food without distraction (just like my friend’s baby). Get intimate with the taste, texture, aroma and visuals of the meal. This will not only increase your pleasure and satisfaction of the food, but also will enhance the digestive process. And just like a baby, slowing down and paying attention to your food will lead you to stop naturally when you’re full and decrease the likelihood of overeating. Did you know it takes the brain 20 minutes to catch up to the stomach? So what happens then if you eat an entire plateful of food in just 5 minutes? The answer is you probably end up eating more than your body needs because your brain didn’t have the chance to the register the food in your stomach. If you think you have issues with overeating or often find that your stomach is distended after your meals, get rid of distractions while eating. Becoming more fully present with your food will help you slow down and more readily read your body’s hunger and satisfaction cues. These are just a few tips that I hope can help you get more in tune with your digestive process. For more strategies, check out my FREE VIDEO where I share 3 bio-hacks to enhance digestion and increase energy…without changing what you eat! Get the FREE video
Mindful eatingBiohackingDiet/Weight managementEnergyHolistic Health & Wellness
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Journey to the End of the Race Podcast

Today I'm releasing my first podcast series called Journey to the End of the Race, a six-part exploration of the struggle, wisdom, and gratitude that come from facing the ultimate bad news. In it, I interview my friend & former client Todd Anderson. Not many people have access to the clarity and confidence that come from facing mortality. Todd Anderson does. Listen to his story. Please listen to the episodes on one of the following platforms: - Website: https://www.journeytotheendoftherace.com/ - Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/journey-to-the-end-of-the-race/id1488706173?fbclid=IwAR3edYljqS6JB0dGnw_31IYFGfvqAHNL7Ocw45npQZzMf-rFyQKpLRfiPEA - Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/0OENfOlbZ73jnij0unRwda?fbclid=IwAR3Iv5NqXsR0s4paS6ybyJT4Pa5dK6ViW1y2L6DxAhOxulgVsIh0QzG68FA - Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/storyworthy/journey-to-the-end-of-the-race?refid=stpr&fbclid=IwAR2n03U6CXMijt0T0lfIUvWjlEwOnc1E3oLk63dd9QTVI2-6QHzmRRWatag - Google: [coming soon]
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Mental Health Awareness Month - Join the movement!

Mental health is essential to our wellbeing. At some point, we all have to deal with challenges and fears that can affect our mental health. In addition, stress, anxiety, and burnout are common issues in our society. They impact our quality of life and may also affect our physical health in the long-term. Mental Awareness Month is an important occasion to stop and think about your mental health and the mental health of people around you. Unfortunately, our society is not kind to people who struggle with mental health—prejudice and discrimination still affect the way we talk and deal with this topic. This is why today, and every day, we need to get involved to move the conversation forward and fight the stigma. So, how can you help? Stay informed and educate others.
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Somatic Therapy

Somatic therapy is a form of body-centered therapy that looks at the connection of mind and body and uses both psychotherapy and physical therapies for holistic healing. In addition to talk therapy, somatic therapy practitioners use mind-body exercises and other physical techniques to help release the pent-up tension that is negatively affecting your physical and emotional wellbeing.

How do high achievers in Silicon Valley deal with stress and anxiety?

Many of our clients, at awarenow, are businessmen and entrepreneurs who deal with a great amount of stress and anxiety on a daily basis. We have been interested in talking to successful tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to know how they manage difficult emotions. Our CEO Alina met with Rostislav Shorgin, a tech entrepreneur, who runs his own hedge fund. They had an interesting conversation that touched many different subjects, from the concept of fulfillment to effective routines and mindfulness. About fulfillment
Fear/anxietyStress ManagementWork-life balanceWork-related stressHealthy habits

Understanding and achieving sexual health

How would you define sexual health? For many people, sexual health is considered simply as a sexual life without violence, diseases or unplanned pregnancies — but from a holistic point of view, sexual health is much more than that. The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) extends the definition to additional layers including the ability to embrace and enjoy sexuality, the respect of sexual rights, access to sexual health education and care, and the ability to talk freely about sexual health. The definition of the World Health Organization includes a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality, a positive and respectful approach to sexuality, the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, and the respect of sexual rights.
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Complimentary emotional support for people affected by the fires

California is burning, and unfortunately, the trend doesn’t seem to stop. In the last years, California has been impacted by several deadly wildfires. In the fall of 2017, the Golden State was devastated by two fires: the Nuns fires affected the wine country, and the Thomas fire impacted the Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. These fires were considered, respectively, the most destructive and largest wildfires in California’s history. But things got worse in 2018. Unfortunately, the Camp Fire gained the title of the deadliest fire in California’s history. The Camp Fire started on November 8th in Northern California. It killed more than 70 people, and more than 10,000 homes were destroyed. Together with the Woolsey fire, it burned more than 200,000 acres.
Holistic Health & WellnessEmotional wellbeingEmotional disorders and traumas

Altered Consciousness, Mysticism, Drugs and Dreaming

As Americans become more and more drawn to traditional and integrative methods of healing as well as in altered consciousness, I believe we are poised to embrace Embodied Imagination (EI) as a healing practice as well.
EmbodimentPlant medicine integrationMental health & wellnessMind-body connectionEvolutionary leadership

8 holistic strategies to cope with burnout

In our society, the word “busy” is considered a badge of honor. Many people keep busy because they want to show others that they have a fulfilling in life, but in many cases, the image they try to convey is far from reality. People with jam-packed schedules who spend long hours at work may experience high levels of stress, exhaustion — and burnout.
Mind-body connectionWork-life balanceChronic disease preventionBurnoutHolistic Health & Wellness

Meditation on demand

There’s no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.
ResilienceHolistic Health & WellnessStress ManagementMental health & wellnessFocus
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Tips to manage stress from a serial entrepreneur
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Exploring the concept of 'couture nutrition'
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