Mindfulness and Eating: Divine Desk Dining

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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Even if you don’t have an eating disorder, chances are you’ve had more than a few meals onrepparttar go. Perhaps you are a practiced drive-and-diner, grabbing your order fromrepparttar 148174 drive-thru window and perfecting your food balancing technique. More likely, you’ve eaten an entire lunch while simultaneously answering phones and typing out email messages—and not really tasting a single bite.

Don’t curse your go-go lifestyle. Instead, choose to savor a slow-slow moment—even if it’s just a two-minute yogurt break.

Your divine desk dining experience starts with a couple of deep breaths and a commitment to focusing for two—count ‘em, TWO—minutes. Feel your belly, and pay attention to any hunger pangs. Check in to see if you are eating now because it’s lunch time, because you are ravenous, or because you know you won’t get a chance to eat for several more hours. Take note.

Then, take a bite. Put down your fork, spoon or sandwich, and simply chew your food slowly, relishingrepparttar 148175 flavors and textures, just like Mom taught you. Do this for one minute, and then pause. Feeling better now? Sometimesrepparttar 148176 simple act of chewing mindfully for just a moment can help us slow down enough to recognize that we’re not that hungry.

Savor another minute of mindful mastication without getting wrapped up in thoughts of work or anything else. Come back to “just this bite” until your two minutes are up. After that, feel free to eat at your normal pace, and even if you get caught up inrepparttar 148177 type-and-swallow routine, simply note it.

We spend a lot of time and energy bemoaning our busy lives. Instead, spend two minutes tasting mindfulness right there at your desk.

It’s simply divine.

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse in Portland, Oregon. Through her company, Real-World Mindfulness Training, she offers creative eyes-wide-open alternatives to meditation. To read her free special report, "The Dirty Little Secret About Meditation" visit http://www.Real-WorldMindfulness.com.

­Safeguard Your Food

Written by Jay Harris

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The performance and maintenance of your refrigerator is ofrepparttar utmost importance. Checkrepparttar 148173 temperature of your refrigerator with an appliance thermometer. To keep bacteria in check,repparttar 148174 refrigerator should run at 40 degrees F;repparttar 148175 freezer unit at 0 degrees F. Generally, keep your refrigerator as cold as possible without freezing your milk or lettuce. When you prepare food, keep everything clean and thaw out any frozen food you plan to prepare in your refrigerator. Take it out ofrepparttar 148176 freezer in advance and place it inrepparttar 148177 refrigerated section of your refrigerator. Always wash your hands in hot soapy water before preparing and handling any food as well as after you userepparttar 148178 bathroom, change diapers, handle pets, etc. Remember, too, that bacteria can live in your kitchen towels, sponges and dish cloths. Wash them often and replacerepparttar 148179 dish cloths and sponges you use regularly every few weeks.

Be absolutely sure that you keep all raw meats, poultry and fish and their juices away from other food. For instance, wash your hands, your cutting board and knife in hot soapy water after cutting uprepparttar 148180 chicken and before dicing salad ingredients. It is best to use plastic cutting boards rather than wooden ones where bacteria can hide in grooves. Don't take your food out ofrepparttar 148181 freezer and leave it onrepparttar 148182 kitchen counter to thaw. This is extremely dangerous sincerepparttar 148183 bacteria can grow inrepparttar 148184 outer layers ofrepparttar 148185 food beforerepparttar 148186 inside thaws. It is wise to do your marinating inrepparttar 148187 refrigerator too.

Article by Jay Harris of IMI Concepts. Visit his website http://www.imiconcepts.com/directory.html

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