Qi Gong Breathing: Breathe like a Baby

Qi Gong breathing reminds us to breathe in the relaxed manner of a baby. Babies breathe from their lower and upper abdomens and adults typically breathe shallowly in the upper part of their chests.

Lying down place your right thumb into your belly button and relax your hand, placing your palm onto your lower abdomen and resting your thumb on the belly button. Place your left palm onto your chest. Continue reading

Cooking Whole Grains

  1. Brown rice: 1 cup yields 3 cups. Stove top: 1 cup rice with 3 cups water (always a 1:3 ratio). Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer covered for 45 minutes. Rice cooker: Usually a 1: 1.5 ratio (check brand for instructions).
  2. Barley: 1: 3 ratio (1 cup barley to 3 cups liquid). Liquid may be broth or water. If hull-less barley: Stove top: bring to boil, turn down to simmer, cover the pot roughly 45- 60 minutes. Nice on own or added to soups. Cook beforehand.Continue reading

Top 5 Foods to Help Lower Cholesterol

Both Western and Chinese medicine alike recognize the importance of diet when battling high cholesterol, and eating improper foods can trigger the digestive system to build up the amount of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) – which are also known as bad cholesterol – in the blood. This can then lead to life-threatening illnesses such as heart attacks, strokes, and, of course, clogged and hardened arteries.Continue reading

Mindful Eating

Eat consciously and with awareness. Eat until you are 70% full-sufficiently sufficed, not stuffed. Take notice of your hunger signals. The next time that you overeat eat ask yourself, “Was I truly hungry, or did I eat because of stress, sadness, boredom, or other reasons?” Think before you eat. When you feel the urge to eat, you must stop, take a breath, and focus your awareness back to how you are feeling.Continue reading

Healthy Eating on a Cruise

Like any road to eating healthy, eating in a balanced manner while on holiday should be no different. Follow the same eating schedule that you would at home and avoid the temptation to eat constantly even though the food is readily available 24 hours. Here are some tips to follow to help you stay focused.

  1. Start your day with exercise: Stimulate your metabolism by doing a 20-30 minute workout at the ship’s gyms and /or pools.
  2. Stay hydrated: Cruise ships can have dry air. Try to drink 8-10 eight ounce glasses throughout the day. Morning: start your day with hot water and lemon.NO pop or fruit based alcohol drinks or wine. Minimize or eliminate alcohol and coffee.
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