Category - Intention

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Health & Wellness Events in Metro DC: Winter & Spring 2016
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Meet Jesse Straight, owner of Whiffletree Farm and father of five
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Surviving Snowzilla: an argument for self-care!
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DaoCloud Launches New Social Wellness Network
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Ditching Overwhelm: A first step toward health in the New Year
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Meet contributor Alexandra Hughes
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5 Steps to Mindful Holiday Eating
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Transition comes to Tenley: lil omm closes studio, moves its yoga programs
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Traditional Nutrition Beginner’s Bundle Giveaway: Nourishing Traditions and membership to Weston A. Price Foundation
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Weston A. Price Foundation’s Sally Fallon Morell on Traditional Eating

Health & Wellness Events in Metro DC: Winter & Spring 2016

Sometimes we need to gather all the great health and wellness event information in one place to make sure we keep track of it all! We have lots of great events and classes listed in the Mindful Healthy Life calendar, and we post new things as we learn about them on the Mindful Healthy Life Facebook page and on our Twitter feed @MindfulHealthy. But here is a quick and handy list of some of the bigger not-to-be-missed events coming up this winter and spring.

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Meet Jesse Straight, owner of Whiffletree Farm and father of five

Jesse Straight of Whiffletree Farm in Warrenton,  Virginia  is one of several area farmers who drive into DC and its suburbs to deliver goods direct to consumers at central locations. For those who like to buy local, to meet their farmers, and the use of sustainable farming methods, the farm drop route is becoming a popular alternative to supermarket shopping.

Straight is the father of five children aged one and a half to almost 8. Having been a happy customer of Whiffletree’s for several months, I asked Jesse to share with Mindful Healthy Life readers a little bit more about his farming practices, his business, and how both influence his parenting. Read More

Surviving Snowzilla: an argument for self-care!

Today marks the fifth day children around Metro DC have been home from school for the snow in what is being called Snowzilla 2016. Where I live, school has already been called off for tomorrow, effectively making this experience a seven-day weekend! No on was surprised about the amount of snow, but the slowness of some counties to get their plows to neighborhoods has been filling my Facebook feed. Other frequent posts by parents? References to wine and coffee. Here’s the story of how I’ve managed a little better this year than with previous snowstorms. Read More

DaoCloud Launches New Social Wellness Network

If the words, “Where can I find a good practitioner?” have ever crossed your lips or flown across your keyboard, get ready for DaoCloud Social Wellness Network! This new online platform takes crowdsourcing to a new level, what the founders are calling “Word of Mouth 2.0.” Think: an awesome directory of health resources meets Facebook. Read More

Ditching Overwhelm: A first step toward health in the New Year

As moms who aspire towards mindful healthy living, we work hard to eat healthy food, to exercise, to be responsible consumers. When it comes to detoxifying, we naturally think of cleansing our bodies and doing our utmost to keep a clean and healthy environment.

But if we take a closer look at what holistic really means, we see that holistic detoxification is something that goes deeper than this. A holistic detox is one that must consider mind as well as body. Read More

Meet contributor Alexandra Hughes

Alexandra Hughes of In Essence Coaching has made it her life’s work to help moms feel calm and grounded. A mom of three in D.C., Alexandria has been leading Calm Mom coaching circles at lil omm yoga studio in Tenley. She recently led a webinar titled “Ditch Overwhelm” webinar that I’m grateful I was able to make, and she is about to launch online Calm Mom Coaching Circles.

After the recent webinar, Alexandra and I spoke about the dovetailing interests of her coaching practice and Mindful Healthy Life to help parents find ways to be present and connected with their families. We’re excited to announce that Alexandra will be coming on board as a guest poster and eventually a regular contributor to Mindful Healthy Life. Get to know her in this Q&A! Read More

5 Steps to Mindful Holiday Eating

With the holidays upon us, it is easy to get derailed from our normal healthy eating habits and eat mindlessly. We’ve all been there: you sit down at a party or an event with family and friends, you arrive hungry, and you start nibbling on appetizers. Before you know it, you’re stuffed full of snacks! Or you’re in such a hurry to get to work, you scarf down breakfast behind the wheel. Or you’re so busy feeding your kids dinner that you end up eating their scraps.

When you eat mindlessly, not only do you consume more calories than you need, but you also miss out on simply enjoying the meal. Let’s face it, when you eat in an unconscious state with no awareness of food, are you really even tasting it?

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Transition comes to Tenley: lil omm closes studio, moves its yoga programs

Yoga-loving families in Metro D.C. learned on Monday that Tenleytown’s lil omm yoga studio is closing its doors at the end of the year, but owner Pleasance Silicki does not want them to have heavy hearts. She is, in fact, really exited about the next phase of life for the community she founded in 2009. Read More

Traditional Nutrition Beginner’s Bundle Giveaway: Nourishing Traditions and membership to Weston A. Price Foundation

If you enjoyed the Mindful Healthy Life interview with Weston A. Price Foundation president Sally Fallon Morell, you’re in luck: we’re offering a giveaway perfect for those beginning their traditional nutrition journeys.

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Weston A. Price Foundation’s Sally Fallon Morell on Traditional Eating

Hearing Sally Fallon Morell‘s talk about traditional diets at the Weston A. Price Foundation‘s Wise Traditions conference was a turning point in my health, nutrition, and parenting journeys. Each year the organization headed by Fallon Morell brings together a thousand traditional foods enthusiasts to hear presentations about holistic health and wellness by speakers who are nationally recognized leaders in the field; to meet vendors and sample whole foods products; to eat delicious farm-fresh and locally-sourced meals — including bone broth on tap! — and to learn from one another. The large annual Wise Traditions conference moves to a different part of the country each year and will be in Anaheim, California November 13-16.

In addition to serving as the co-founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and the author of several books, Fallon Morell and her husband own P.A. Bowen Farmstead in Brandywine, Maryland, less than an hour from D.C. Available every Saturday morning by appointment are tours of the farm, which produces artisan cheese and raises grass-based livestock.

Earlier this year, I had the chance to talk with Morell in advance of a sold-out day-long seminar she gave in Maryland. Read More

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