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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
BiohackingEnergyHolistic Health & WellnessMindful eatingDiet/Weight management
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Changing Habits: What’s Your Why?

When contemplating changing your habits or lifestyle, the most important question to ask yourself is: WHY? Why am I doing this? Why do I want this? There are as many different and right answers to this one as there are people. And your answer is the quickest way to get to what lies beneath the desire and discover what’s at the core. It’s also the best way to keep the motivation going when changing your habits because when you’re clear on your WHY, it can pick you back up if your enthusiasm starts to wane. Now there are Why(s) when eradicating an unhealthy habit and there are Why(s) when implementing a new healthy habit, and both can be uncovered with a few what and when queries. To get you started on the digging process, grab a journal and a pen, and answer these questions. Use whichever question fits your current situation, repeat it to yourself, ideally aloud, and sit with it for a moment. Then write down whatever bubbles up. 1. What purpose does this habit serve? / What purpose do I want this habit to serve? 2. What are my reasons for wanting to change/implement this habit? 3. When I give in to this habit, how do I honestly feel afterward? / How do I want this habit to make me feel afterward? 4. What imbalances am I causing with this habit? / What imbalances am I trying to fix with this habit? 5. What does my life look like when this habit is no longer a part of it? / What does my life look like when this habit is part of my regular routine? Once you’ve discovered your Why(s), repeat them often to yourself. You can even try posting your Why on your bathroom mirror, at the top of your computer screen or on your nightstand, where it can serve as a constant reminder of the commitment you’re making to yourself and your health. My personal why for leading a healthy lifestyle is freedom and the ability to do what I love. I believe the body is our vehicle in life to accomplish our soul mission and if the body isn’t healthy or properly functioning, we can’t show up to our fullest capacity in any area of our lives. So what’s your Why?
Healthy habitsHolistic Health & WellnessMindset

How to get the most of your wearable device data

Our well-being depends on a variety of factors. We all have to deal with challenges, and it is important to ask for help when we are struggling. If you are experiencing issues with nutrition, stress, or sleep, working with a professional guide can be a life-changing experience. Innovative data-driven coaching is the new frontier.
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Feldenkrais Method

The Feldenkrais method is a body-focused approach that helps people reconnect with their bodies, increase vitality, and improve wellbeing. This method is primarily physical, but body improvements have positive effects on all areas in life. The Feldenkrais method can be used in combination with other approaches that are more focused on mental health.


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/anxietyWork-life balanceWork-related stressHealthy habitsStress Management

Meta-trends to take notice of for 2020

1. Soft is the New Hard/Rest is the New Activation.
Strategic thinking/planningChange managementEvolutionary leadershipWork-life balanceHolistic Health & Wellness

The need for lifestyle changes: grim statistics and actionable steps

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Lifestyle managementHolistic Health & WellnessPreventative health strategiesChronic disease prevention

How to evaluate your environmental impact

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool that is used to evaluate the environmental impact of a product or service, taking into account the entire life cycle and it consists of four stages: The first phase defines the objective of the evaluation, which parts of the product life cycle to analyze and the specific times and criteria.
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Mind-body approaches that help with sleep

Sleep is much more than a way to recharge yourself—it is an essential component of a healthy and happy life. Sleep ensures that your body and mind work properly. Unfortunately, people are now sleeping less than they did in the past, and sleep quality has decreased. Insomnia is common in the United States: About 60 million Americans have this disorder. Sleep deprivation affects both your physical and mental health, and people with mental health issues are more likely to have sleep disorders. Traditionally, healthcare professionals saw insomnia as a symptom of psychiatric disorders, but studies show that insomnia may raise the risk of developing mental health issues because it impairs thinking and emotional regulation. Insomnia is not just a factor that contributes to psychiatric disorders—it can also affect physical health. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep, in the long term, makes you more likely to die of heart disease or develop a stroke, and sleep deprivation weakens your immune system. If you suffer from insomnia, you can try these mind-body approaches:
Peace of mindHolistic Health & WellnessMental health & wellnessInsomniaLifestyle management

Exercise your attention with mindfulness

Scientific research
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Take Mindful Awareness Breaks from Your Story

Authored by Daron Larson, mindfulness awareness coach.
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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.
Emotional disorders and traumasHolistic Health & WellnessEmotional wellbeing

Healthy Shame

Let’s define guilt as feeling bad about something I have done and shame as feeling badly about who I am being (1).
Wellness and wellbeingSomatic healingHolistic Health & Wellness

Dharma Inquiry

The following are questions I find commonly useful in helping people gain greater insight into their unique life path and dharma:
AwarenessMindfulnessSelf-optimization

Positive Peace Conference: Keynote Daniel Brown

Integrative Psychotherapy is one of the most advanced therapy approaches, and it can deliver transformative results in a pretty efficient way, that’s why we represent it on our telewellness platform. We are very passionate about educating about integrative approaches and making them easy to access. Because they work and sometimes they work much faster than more of old-school therapeutic approaches.
MindfulnessAwarenessMental health & wellness

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
May 6, 2019
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Why it's bad to forget our mammal nature
Mar 28, 2019
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