Entries for month: November 2013

By Junelle Lupiani, R.D.

As some readers might know, 2012 was a year of creation for me.  I had my first child in the early days of 2013!  Since then, a lot has changed.  Especially for the better.  That said, physical shifts have certainly occurred and now that my son is close to his 10th month I have decided to concentrate on the health of my gut.  As the dietitian at a world class resort, I can say confidently that I have the knowledge base on what nutritional approaches can be taken to improve the health of my digestive tract so I got to work and applied my knowledge.  But alas, after a full month of concentrating solely on nutritional approaches I continued to struggle.  It was then that I decided to get resourceful!  Instead of concentrating on nutrition alone, I decided to use the integrative approaches that exist here at Miraval.     


What do you get for the people who seem to have everything? Here are some of our mindful gift ideas for this year to inspire you... 

Make a Donation 

If you make a donation to a cause or organization that is meaningful to that person, you will be showing how much you respect and care for them. This is such a lovely idea for someone who says "Seriously, don't get me a present this year!" 

Purchase unique gifts that support international fair trade practices

Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.


By Anne Parker, M.A. 

Holiday worries tend to show up in two categories – worries about how things “should be” and worries about things that are beyond our control. When we can recognize these worries for what they are, we are able to put our energies in truly enjoying holiday events and connections.

Families often have high expectations about how holidays “should be”. We are easily lulled into fantasy visions of perfect holiday decorations, food, gifts, and traditions in a hoped-for atmosphere of pure contentment and joy. However, the quickest way to be disappointed is to have expectations based on those fantasies and hopes.

Often what creates stress in holiday times is attempting too many events, too many special meals, too many gifts, etc. So, instead of trying to create the “perfect holiday”, identify the two or three elements that are most meaningful and put your attention and energy into those. Allow yourself to make mindful choices about what is most meaningful instead of making choices based on what is “right” or what “should be”. Holidays will be much more enjoyable and fun if you focus on the top three and let the rest unfold in a more relaxed manner. The best holiday memories can be made from those unexpected moments that are spontaneous!


It's that time of year again to start thinking about what you're going to serve on Thanksgiving to "wow" your friends and family. As the holiday season approaches, you might be starting to worry about the extra pounds that many of us acquire attending holiday parties and indulging in the delicious baked goods circling the office. Although we can't always control what is in our environment at all times, you can try to make healthier dishes this year whether you're hosting or just bringing one or two items to a holiday gathering. These Miraval recipes are featured in our Mindful Eating cookbook (which makes a great gift for any wellness-minded chef!) Incorporate one or all of these recipes into your Thanksgiving meal this year! 


Pumpkin Cornmeal Bread --> Get Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup --> Get Recipe


By: Andrew Wolf, M.S. E.D.

Is there a relationship between how much I exercise and how well I age? 

The quick and easy answer is YES!  But let’s first start with two simple concepts, aging and detraining.  People often confuse the two and this is unfortunate because it makes the aging process often seem like a grim prospect. 

Aging is the natural process of maturation.  With every passing second I am a bit older and certain things change slowly over time.  We tend to lose a bit of cardiovascular fitness, we tend to lose muscle and strength, we tend to lose some bone density and unfortunately most of us get a bit fatter.  The thing to keep in mind about aging is that it progresses at a super slow rate.  These changes happen at a pace that easily allows us to make adjustments to our living in order to accommodate.