Tea Meditation Rituals that Help You to De-Stress in a Tasty Way

2017-08-15T09:27:24+00:00 August 21st, 2017|Categories: Health, Lifestyle, Meditation|Tags: , , , , , , |

Tea Meditation Rituals that Help You to De-Stress in a Tasty Way I have always enjoyed a good cup of tea. The whole process of boiling water, steeping the tea leaves, and pouring out into a pretty mug is a welcome antidote to our fast and quick culture. When I recently learned about Zen tea meditation rituals, it made sense to me. The central practice of a tea ritual is one of mindful meditation. There are many research studies that have supported various benefits of mindfulness meditation, and I will discuss those here. Many cultures enjoy tea, and I have compiled a list of these along with some recommendations for tea to enjoy during each. Following a tea ritual couples the benefits of mindfulness meditation along with the health benefits of tea. Research on mindfulness meditation has identified both cognitive and emotional benefits. These benefits include reduced rumination, stress reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional reactivity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and other benefits. The health benefits of tea are also well researched. Studies have found that drinking tea may reduce heart disease, lower cholesterol, and encourage weight loss. The flavonoids found in tea [...]

17 watermelon recipes you’ll like this summer

2017-07-18T11:44:55+00:00 July 18th, 2017|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , , , |

17 Watermelon Recipes You Will Love this Summer Summer has officially arrived with the Solstice's recent passing, and you might just be searching for some tasty drink options that can make summer even better. There are many fruits and vegetables to pick from when it comes time to making something healthy, but since it’s the summer, watermelon is definitely one of the best options. Watermelon is really tasty even if you eat it on its own. It contains a lot of water (92% of it) so it’s also good to cover a part of your daily fluid intake. (And be honest, who wouldn’t be happy to find a tasty substitute for plain water?!) But that’s not all. Watermelon contains precious vitamins A, B6, and C plus lots of lycopene that we like for its cancer preventive features. And while your favorite ice cream may contain 250-300 kcal/cup, this ruby-miracle has only 40 calories in the same amount. So since by now you’ve probably fallen deeper in love with watermelon here are 17 watermelon smoothie recipes you will love this summer. That tasty list includes 12 non-alcoholic recipes that are not only refreshing but healthy as [...]