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Seasonal Eating 




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How To Create A Mindful Meal 




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Nourishing Tips When Traveling

by Stephanie Pollock


Summer is upon us which for many can mean lots of travel. Traveling can be such a wonderful opportunity to slow down and invite in new perspectives, but can also often disrupt our rhythm and routine to taking care of ourselves. During times of travel, we can set up new routines so that whenever we travel we can be sure that we are putting our self care and vitality as still a top priority in our life.


  1. Pack Snacks. If you have a long day of travel, packing snacks can ensure that you have quality nutrient dense foods throughout your day. Cut up vegetables and carry them in baggies, have some fresh whole fruits, hard boil some eggs, make some turkey or black bean burgers to carry with you, create your own trail mix or have packets of nut butters on you. Additionally, more and more airports also have some amazing options for quality whole foods to purchase at the airport if you run out of time to pack snacks ahead of time. Eating nutrient dense foods rhythmically throughout our travels can keep our blood sugar levels stable where we can stay more emotionally grounded on those potentially more stressful travel days.
  2. Drink Water. From the lack of humidity in planes, we can quickly become dehydrated. Carrying an empty water bottle with you can provide the opportunity to be able to fill it up wherever you go. At many airports now, there are water filter stations you can fill up your water bottle or just use the water fountains. Accept all water offers that come your way on an airplane and if you are driving for long periods of time, you can have multiple water bottles filled up and ready to go. Drinking plenty of water on your travel days can support with keeping your energy levels consistent throughout your day, helps to support in regularity of bowel movements and digestion, and supports our body in finding its own equilibrium and homeostasis.
  3. Foster Mindfulness. Travel days can certainly feel intense for so many. Remembering everything we have to pack, being on time to the airport, making sure on road trips the car is in its greatest working condition; the mind can constantly be on go go go mode. Slowing down our mind and body in any moment can be so very supportive to invite in relaxation into the body and stay connected to ourselves. This can be as simple as setting an alarm on your phone that goes off every 2 hours and then closing your eyes and taking three deep belly breaths to connect back with your body and experience that right in that very moment everything is alright.

 

Wishing you all an awesome summer and safe travels!


 



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We All Have A Relationship With Food

You might have heard the saying, "the one consistent relationship we have in our life is the one we have with ourselves." There is another relationship that is there throughout our entire lives, and that is the one we have with our food. We can have an intimate relationship with our food where our food choices can inform us and support us. Food can reflect back to us our emotions we are experiencing in the moment based off of what we choose to eat or how we are eating. Have you ever been really angry and needed to eat, and noticed you ate really fast or craved something crunchy or hot? Or that you were in the process of grieving and finding that you were not hungry at all?


Every eating experience is an opportunity to slow down and learn more about ourselves. Our food can be a strong mirror reflecting back to us what we are truly needing emotionally and physically in any moment. Before eating, we can close our eyes and take three deep belly breaths to tune in to our body and explore what foods will feel the most supportive and grounding to where we are at in that moment on that day. We can explore instead of choosing food reactively, choosing foods that support us in how we want to feel.


At every meal you can ask yourself, how do I want to feel after this meal is over? If you want to feel grounded, energetic, embodied, clear minded, then you can explore the foods that you know will give you the sensations you are looking for once that meal is over. Food can ultimately be used as a tool to support us in any moment in connecting back with ourselves on a deep level. Our food can be our ally and friend supporting us in coming into the present moment and fostering acceptance for whatever we are choosing to nourish our body with and then subsequently cultivating acceptance for ourselves just the way we are.