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Jul 23rd, 2014 2:27pm

There is a lot of talk and "buzz" about mindfulness these days.  The word seems to have slipped into common everday language...but what does it really mean?

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, defines mindfulness as "the awareness that arises from paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally".

Mind Full or Mindful?
Jul 14th, 2014 8:06am

Although I prefer writing positive blogs, I feel strongly enough about aspartame and its possible negative effect on fertility to devote this blog to a gloomy issue. Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used mainly in low-calorie products (see common foods with aspartame). It is derived from aspartic acid and phenylalanine and contains methanol.

Aspartame and Reproduction
Jul 7th, 2014 8:22am

I'm currently down in Oregon in search of wind and/or surf and have been logging many hours in a somewhat turtle-ey position while driving large distances in my car (yes, I feel some shame for a Mordor-sized carbon footprint). Being a lanky type of person, I sometimes struggle to sit upright in most vehicles without scrubbing my head into the headliner with my face cocked to the side like a driving wraith or zombie. For me driving position ends up being a series of compromises, and I simply resign myself to "undoing" the postural damage later.

De-Gollumify Yourself on Long Road Trips
Jun 25th, 2014 11:42am

 This is one of my favourite pestos for brown rice pasta or zucchini noodles. Every time I make it it turns out a little differently because I am horrible with measurements. I eyeball all my measurements which makes it very frustrating when anyone tries to replicate the recipe. I keep saying I am going to get better at making a note of all the amounts I used, but it has not happened yet despite the three empty recipe notebooks waiting for me on the kitchen shelf. Am I incorrigible? I'd like to think there's always the possibility of change...

Basil Walnut Pesto
Jun 11th, 2014 9:01am

After some recent courses and letting the all the wonderful information soak in, one thing that stood out was the importance of breathing and how the alignment of your torso can affect it. Any dysfunction or imbalance with your breathing can be felt throughout the body. The primary mover of breathing is your diaphragm and, along with your abdominals and pelvic floor musculature, it also helps to provide stability in the body. In a recent interview with Dr.

Breathe for Stability!
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