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. 

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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. 

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“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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