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MIND AND BODIES
The Wellness Edge
etting it all
No time for exercise? Take it outside.
done in our
We have walking meetings when we're
brainstorming. A 30-minute walk can
clear your head from mental clutter,
lives, while keeping
getting you back to work refreshed and
ourselves sane, healthy and
ready to take on the day.
happy is a balance we all strive
Feeling the 3 p.m. burn in your shoulders
to achieve, often with little success.
from being at your desk? Get up and stretch,
There are many simple and time-efficient
ways to keep our own engines running well
enough to live high octane lives, and most days
with enough energy to have fun.
Running on empty may be a great Jackson Brown
song, but we can do better for ourselves. A little tweak in
move or twist your upper body. Breathe deep. It's
essential to undo the damage from sitting. Desk yoga
is simple and fun, while giving you the energy to make it
until 5 p.m. rolls around. Go out and play, have fun like you
did when you were a kid, bring fun into your life's events. You
will feel refueled and sleep better.
our perspective goes a long way to keeping us living well and
being well so we can enjoy life. We owe it to ourselves.
EXERCISE THE MIND
Take time every day to be still and quiet as the mind is
THINK ABOUT FOOD AS FUEL
How and what we eat has an impact on our well-being.
Sitting down and sharing wonderful food with people is
one of life's greatest pleasures. Yet, because we're time
essential to living well. The busy-ness of life has our "stress
response" in overdrive most days, keeping us energetically
"But I don't have an hour to meditate," you say! Many people
stressed, we often run all day on coffee and carbs, spiking
don't these days, but even a few minutes of quiet reflection
and crashing our blood sugar levels, leaving us "hangry,"
balances out our overactive nervous system. We feel well
unfocused and tired.
when the 'relaxation response' gets as much fuel as the stress
Refueling with fresh, quality food at regular intervals
response. Sitting mindfully aware, meditating, gives our system
(3-4 hours), keeps us focused, effective and feeling well. It
the relaxation it needs to be able to respond to life rather than
takes twice as long to get something done when our sugar is
react. From the space of relaxation we have access to our
too low. Healthy, beautiful and evocative food will always win
creative, collaborative, cooperative and focused best selves.
over empty calories and high carbs.
Being mindful of food as fuel and pleasure, we can make it
simple to keep a stock of high protein bars, fresh fruit, cut up
Incorporating meditation into our lives is easy, and the
positive-long term effects on our health can be surprising.
As crazy busy as we are, we don't have to accept being
veggies, nuts and dried fruit for the car, in the office and at
overwhelmed and exhausted. Sumptuous food, fun exercise
our meetings. This will help keep everyone alert, focused and
and a few minutes to recharge are the fuel we need to keep
our minds and our bodies well.
TREAT YOUR BODY WELL
Carrie Mudrick-Rubel is an Ambassador of Wellness at
Exercise is now being called the greatest anti-depressant.
Bodies need to move, yet much of our time is spent sitting.
The Wellness Edge and Massage On Wheels and can be
reached at email@example.com.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Meeting MPI Toronto - November/December 2015
Welcome, New Members!
Going Healthy: Trend Not Fad
The Foodies’ Dine Around
Traditional Holiday Menus with a Twist
Member Spotlight: MPI Toronto’s M+IT Hall of Fame Finalists
Destination Spotlight: Québec
Food & Beverage Risk and Liability
Today’s Menu: Culinary Engagement and Team Building
Winery Events and Then Some
Fueling Our Mind and Bodies
Food & Beverage Trends 2016
I Spy MPI
Advertisers’ Index & Advertisers.com
Meeting MPI Toronto - November/December 2015