Science, Stress Relief and Meditation

practicing-mindfulnessThe conviction that meditation is good for you is about as old as meditation itself, and with meditation having had at least a few thousand birthdays, this is very old. For much of its history meditation has been a spiritual pursuit, but has recently entered the mainstream, having moved beyond individual enthusiasts to become applied in both corporate and medical settings.

Those who would have dismissed meditation as airy-fairy or mystical have been won over by increasing scientific validation of meditation’s benefits. Scientists have become interested enough in meditation to conduct over 3,000 studies on the subject, and there have been common themes and notable discoveries that make it clear that meditation has a tangible effect on those who practice it.

One of the purported advantages of meditation, stress relief, seems to be the thing that interests people most. As this post explains, reducing stress can be particularly helpful when you want to lose weight, and it comes with array of other health benefits. Scientific insight has given us the opportunity to understand exactly how meditation can reduce our stress levels, and why this is good for us.
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Cauliflower Salad & AltShift Book Review

#AltShift recipe: Cauliflower Salad on

or Why Your Cheat Day Is No Longer Your Best Friend Have you ever taken your cheat day while on 4 Hour Body, and then afterwards you wish you hadn’t gone so crazy? Do you get a little depressed about the jump in the scale afterwards, and then feel like you’re losing ground but you […]

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Weight Loss Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Weight Loss Mistakes Even Smart People Make on

The key to getting lean is being disciplined and consistent. The way to do this is by identifying major reasons why people quit in the first place.

Let’s go over this list and see if you can identify with any of them:

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When Does A Weight Goal Become Less Important Than Progress?

When Does A Weight Goal Become Less Important Than Progress? (

Have you ever felt guilty for not reaching a goal you set for yourself while ignoring the great progress you’d already made?

I usually love the show Extreme Weight Loss with Chris (and now Heidi Powell). I like the show because it’s not a competition. It’s purely him helping someone reach some really monstrous goals in a year. Sure, it’s unrealistic for most of us to get those results, because unlike the folks on the show, we can’t quit our jobs and basically live on a training facility.

A few weeks ago, I was really disappointed with the show. A woman made some incredible progress in each of her three phases, but she didn’t meet any of her goals. Keep in mind that her goals were like 30 lbs a month for three months, and then 10 lbs a month for three months. Some really high-order stuff going on here.

Heidi knew it was because of her food, and when she pressed, the woman confessed that she didn’t think it was really a big deal to add a half an avocado here and there to her chicken.

I almost stopped watching the show.

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Slow-Carb Breakfast – Microwave Spring Veggie Frittata

Spring Veggie Microwave Frittata on #4hb #slowcarb

Finally, for the first time in four years, I have a garden that actually did something. At least from my perspective, I’m really getting a bumper crop. We’ve got so much zucchini that I can’t even give it all away. So I’m using these freshly harvested veggies, and because of a pregnant wife’s weird food (in)tolerances, I’ve had to make my breakfast at work in the microwave. Here’s what I’ve come up with.

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