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By Miraval's Anne Parker, Wellness Counselor 

Be present and fully engaged with those you care most about.

Anne Parker shares the final segment of a three series blog on a Digital Detox.

By: Miraval’s Andrew Wolf, M.S. ED Exercise Physiologist

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This time of year inevitably brings with it a barrage of requests for quick advice on how to tone up and get a beach body.  To this I usually respond with a litany of multipurpose, multi joint core exercises that work as many muscles as possible while lifting the butt.  Do not get me wrong, these exercises do tone up muscles and strengthen the core but until your body fat is low enough you will not see the fruits of your labor.  What do I mean?  Until the padding that is covering your abs is thin enough you will not be able to see how awesome all those crunches have made your abs.  Bottom line, tone is nothing more than the lack of fat over the muscles you have.  With this in mind I have an easy homework assignment that will give you a taste of what I do here at Miraval and allow you to write an exercise prescription for yourself just like I do. 

By: Miraval’s Nancy Teeter, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Veg Out. Eating an abundance of vegetables from all parts of the color spectrum will provide you with a variety of health-promoting plant nutrients. Deeply pigmented veggies (red, blue, purple, dark green, yellow and orange) are phytochemical powerhouses, but asparagus, garlic, leeks, onions, cauliflower and mushrooms are also nutrient rich. Vegetables from the cruciferous family — broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale and cauliflower — are especially rich in inflammation-fighting compounds. Choose organic whenever possible to reduce exposure to pesticide residues.

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By: Miraval’s Anne Parker, Wellness Counselor

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Cell phones and tablets and laptops! Oh, My!

How can I live more mindfully and still deal with all the demands of technology?

Anne Parker shares the second of a three series blog  discussing the negative impacts of how we relate to technology. 

“Six Steps for Healthy Meals Away From Home”

By: Miraval’s Nancy Teeter, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

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Studies show that people who eat out regularly consume--on average,--200 calories per day more than those who don’t.  These excess calories are due to food quantity, caloric density and mindless eating.   Eat an extra 100 calories a day without burning them off and you’ll weigh 10 pounds more at the end of a year. 
 

 

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By Miraval's Carolyn Crawford, Astrologer 

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June is highlighted at the beginning of the month by the full moon in Sagittarius June 2nd. The sun, retrograde Mercury and the warrior Mars conjoin in Gemini opposing the moon. This is a busy time when impatience or rushing headlong into things can cause connection problems. This is especially stressful for those born Jun 1-5 and December 3-7.  Neptune also in Pisces squares this point adding to the confusion principally for those born February 27 March 5th. At the same time Mars at odds with Pluto indicates willful resistance by some, but can help build strength in the face of competition for those born near January 4-6 any year. 
 

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Cool off and relax this summer with our refreshing, delicious Mai Tai Sorbet!

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By: Miraval’s Andrew Wolf, M.S. ED Exercise Physiologist  

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In the context of modern living I think of exercise as being very specialized.  If I want to have big powerful biceps then I need to do lots of bicep curls and if I want to swim well I need to get in the pool and swim thousands of yards.  Likewise when I think about improving cognition and memory acquisition I always imagine myself sitting down and doing novel, mental exercises designed to make my grey matter into something better.  This is why the concept of the “metabolic brain” is so fascinating to me.  

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By Miraval's Lisa Frank, Wellness Counselor 

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In today’s tumultuous times, we are more in need than ever for ways to bring about healing. Halt, Expand, Accept, Lovingly act, aka H.E.A.L., is a mindfulness based acronym I developed as a strategy for helping with the healing process. Life can be full of challenges, stressors, and suffering. Many of us find ourselves either feeling unable to cope or developing maladaptive coping techniques. Until we learn to pause and become more self-aware, we will unconsciously continue in a cycle of despair. In order to bring about more healing we need to get real. To get real we need to become more aware of what is real. If there is something in your life that you are ready to heal from, now is the time. This blog will get you started with a simple 4-step process. Ready to H.E.A.L.?   

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Plan on heating up the barbecue this Memorial Day? Try adding our Shaved Asparagus and Arugula Salad to your Memorial Day Menu for a delicious & refreshing meal! This recipe is featured in Miraval’s Mindful Eating cookbook, which includes two hundred beautifully clean recipes and simple techniques for readers to use at home, allowing them to make smarter choices with a better understanding of portion size, ingredients, and cooking practices. Purchase this book at Raindance Pass or on our online store.

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