10 Everyday Mindfulness Practices

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Mindfulness and meditation go together like muscles and strength-training. Mindfulness is an attribute we exercise during meditation, and meditation is a practice (I believe the best practice) to cultivate mindfulness. However the rubber really meets the road when we can bring that mindfulness off the meditation cushion and into our everyday lives. Mindfulness doesn’t have to be limited just to the times we can set aside to meditate at home or at the local meditation center. We can start to blur the boundary between our practice and our lives, living more and more in the present moment and appreciating the richness in the world around us. Continue reading

10 Awesome Winter Workouts

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Many of us make New Years Resolutions around health, and especially around exercising more. Sound familiar? But then when it comes time to make these resolutions happen, it’s cold, dark and wet outside. The gym is of course an option, but that can get real old, real fast. And the couch seems so much more welcoming on cold wintry days. So what to do? Continue reading

Keeping Your Healthy New Years Resolutions

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Did you make a New Year’s resolution to be healthier, to lose weight or to change your diet? If you saw our previous post on 10 Healthy New Years Resolutions, you may have gotten some good ideas to kick off your New Year in a healthy way. Many of us charge into the new year with ambitious goals to change our lifestyles; in fact almost 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but less than 8% are actually successful keeping them longer than a month. Now that’s a bleak statistic! But fear not, below are some tips to help you harness that enthusiasm and help you succeed in 2015! Continue reading

Surviving Holiday Parties…With Your Waistline Intact

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It’s that time of the year to eat, drink and be merry! But that doesn’t mean we have to kiss our waistline goodbye or sacrifice all the good work we’ve done for the other 11 months of the year to put good food into our bodies. Especially when our routine is thrown off by holiday parties and family gatherings, it can be tough to stay mindful and disciplined about our health, but the good news is that there are ways to do it and to still ENJOY the season. At The Tasteful Pantry, we’re all about loving our food, both in terms of taste and its effect on our bodies. After all, what good is it to eat delicious food then feel awful afterwards? Below are some tips from our Registered Dietitian Lea on how to survive your holiday parties with your health in tact. Scroll all the way down for our helpful infographic on steps you can take before the party, as well as these steps below on what to do at the party. Continue reading

A Happy Thanks – Giving

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Just a quick post to say THANK YOU to all of our readers and sharers. We have loved sharing our knowledge, love and tastes with you and look forward to being a resource to help you expand your taste buds and lifestyle in a wholesome and delicious way.

We wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving, filled with scrumptious and nourishing food, family and fun!

-Jennifer & Lea

Help with Holiday Stress Eating

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For many of us, the process of eating and drinking involves a lot more than food. Eating can be a great way to socialize and share, and also to heighten and delight our senses. But it can also carry some baggage with it. For many of us, the process of eating has evolved from the simple act of nourishing our bodies to a process that carries with it story lines, emotion, and self-identity. Most of us, at some point in our lives, have probably experienced what it feels like to use food to fill a void or soothe a stress, am I right? Continue reading

Don’t Sweat The Sweat

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We are no stranger to sweating… It’s a natural bodily function that begins just shortly after we are born. It’s the body’s mechanism to aid in cooling down during warm temperatures, exercise, and stressful situations. But sweat isn’t only limited to the aforementioned situations – sweating is actually one of the healthiest things for your body, so don’t be embarrassed about your sweat – it’s a sign of good things happening inside your body! Continue reading

Email as a Meditation Practice

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We all do it, sometimes before we’ve even realized what we’re doing. Responding on autopilot, without thinking or feeling. In today’s world of instantaneous communication, responding to an email or text  within 5 minutes of receiving it isn’t uncommon and is often expected. And social media is almost like a training ground for this type of quick, pithy communication – with just a click you can send a message of approval in  a thumbs up, or sum up your deep thoughts for the day in 140 characters or less. Continue reading