Archives for May, 2012

Diet

Mental Health Month Challenge #5: Healthy Cooking


It's the last week of Mental Health Month 2012, readers!

Over the past month, Your Body, Your Mind has challenged you to:


Laugh every day.
Begin each day by saluting the sun.
Find the right gear so you can finally start (or restart) that exercise you've been putting off.
Take the stairs, both literally and figuratively.


The final challenge?

Well, with all that mental and physical activity going on, I thought we'd wrap up the month...
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Physical Activity

Mental Health Month Challenge #4: Take The Stairs


So far this Mental Health Month 2012, we've discovered the importance of laughter (and worked it into our daily lives!), tried starting each day with a Sun Salutation, and finally took the time to find the right gear to help us get started (or restart) that exercise or physical activity we'd been putting off.

This week's challenge?

Take the stairs.

I mean that both literally and figuratively.

For years, doctors have touted the benefits of...
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Exercise

Mental Health Month Challenge #3: Find The Right Gear


"I always feel good after swimming laps but I [don't have a pool anymore/can't find a swimsuit that fits right/don't want chlorine in my hair]."

"Long walks used to give me time to myself. I'd start again if only I had [somewhere safe to walk/the right shoes/more time in the morning]."

"I know yoga can help me with breathing and focus, but don't I need [to take a class/buy lots of gear/wear certain clothes]?"

Sound familiar?

We've...
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Physical Activity

Weekly Weigh-In: Did The Sun Salute You Back?

Good morning, YBYM readers!

It's Friday - our Weekly Weigh-In Day - and I'm dying to know how your Mental Health Month Challenge #2 went!

If you're new or don't remember (shame on you!), earlier this week I challenged you to begin each day with a simple series of yoga poses called a Sun Salutation.

The goal was to help you start your day by warming up your body and your mind, and helping you carry...
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Diet

Healthy, Vegan, Gluten-Free Chia Seed Pudding

The first time someone had me try chia seeds, I wasn't sure what to do.

Part of me wanted to spit the gelatinous mouthful out (gelatinous is not always a fantastic adjective when it comes to describing food), but another part liked it.

The chia seeds had been soaked in almond milk and flavored with a little bit of raw cacao and cinnamon, and once I got over the weird sensation, I realized that all...
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Relaxation

Mental Health Month Challenge #1: Daily Laughter


Happy Mental Health Month, readers!

In case you're not familiar, Mental Health America first celebrated Mental Health Month in May 1949 to "raise awareness of mental health conditions and mental wellness for all." Since then, a strong focus on mental health advocacy, awareness, and education in May is tradition.

Mental Health America is focusing on two areas for Mental Health 2012: Do More for 1 in 4 and Healing Trauma's Invisible Wounds. Please...
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