What Exactly is Meditation and What are the Benefits?

One day a few months ago, I was making small talk with someone and it turns out they were a guided mediation instructor at the gym we were at. A week later I decided to drop into one of the classes, I’ve been hooked ever since.

Top 3 Impacts Meditation Has Had On Me:

1. Sense of Peace and Calm

One of the major benefits I’ve noticed is the calm peaceful feeling that I have, not only during meditation but throughout the day.

2. Better Focus

A major element of meditation is concentrating on one or two things at a particular time i.e. your breathing and movement or a particular word, etc. This helps in day to day life by enhancing the ability to focus on the important matters at hand, slicing through the distractions. I found myself being “present” and paying attention more intently. Working in corporate America I’m often in countless meetings. Since practicing meditation, I am able to key in on the issues during those meetings, better able to ask the right follow up questions and ultimately make smarter business decisions.  With family and loved ones, the time spent together is enhanced, due to being conscious of the present moment, and really focusing on the time shared together.

3. Higher Patience Threshold

Things that may have bothered me in the past, no longer seem relevant. If someone stepped on my foot or cut me off in traffic and didn’t apologize, I’m not as annoyed as I once may have been.

What Does The Science Say?

According to the Mayo Clinic the emotional benefits of meditation can include:

Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
Building skills to manage your stress
Increasing self-awareness
Focusing on the present
Reducing negative emotions
Increasing imagination and creativity
Increasing patience and tolerance

Some research suggests that meditation may help people manage symptoms of conditions such as:

Anxiety
Asthma
Cancer
Chronic pain
Depression
Heart disease
High blood pressure
Irritable bowel syndrome
Sleep problems
Tension headaches

Give it a try if you’re not familiar with meditation, there are tons of resources online. You can take in person classes, download apps such as Calm, you can even tune into Spotify for meditation playlists.

Peace and Blessings MGs!

10 Top Plant Based Protein Sources

It’s been almost 2 years since I have adopted a plant based lifestyle. Inevitably the same question comes up each time someone discovers that I don’t consume animal products (well, most of the time… I don’t have a “cow” – see what I did there, if an egg or so occasionally slips into a dish. I haven’t become a vegan extremist… yet).

Where Do You Get Your Protein?

I’ve kept this image of top 10 plant based protein sources handy so I could quickly share it with those who ask. You get a lot of the nutrient benefits without the negative side effects associated with animal products.

As a result of adopting a plant based lifestyle I can testify to all of the benefits you’ve probably heard about i.e. Lower Cholesterol, Lower Blood Pressure, Lower Blood Sugar, Less Body Fat, More Energy, etc.

It’s takes a paradigm shift. Most of us have been indoctrinated at a young age to adhere to the Standard American Diet (SAD), which contains a lot of meat and dairy. It’s hard to change habits, but anything worthwhile is going to take effort.

I encourage you to try it. Don’t get frustrated if you fall off the wagon, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and try again. Ease into it, maybe start with a “Meatless Monday” then expand from there.

Plan your meals and ensure you are eating whole unprocessed foods. You can’t eat pizza or french fries all day and expect to see and feel the benefits of going plant based.

Cheers and much success to you on the journey!

Martel