Energy levels have been proposed and believed to exist by many people throughout the world. Yogis believe, through ancient Indian teachings, that there are 7 energy fields or Chakras within us. When these Chakras are opened, we are balanced. Read more below about each Chakra and its relation to your physical and mental wellbeing.
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The Science of Meditation
Culadesa John Yates has taught neuroscience and now teaches meditation. Combining scientific study and original meditation practices benefits his students to have a firm understanding of meditation teachings. Watch the video below for more information on awareness and meditation practice.
1- New Glarus Woods State Park
Details: This is a winding trail, which allows for elevation climbs (mild) and good scenery. Features forest and meadow type landscapes. Easy to moderate in difficulty. Downside, it was super muddy while I was there, so maybe a better hike for June when things start to dry up. Added bonus- This hike brings you close to the New Glarus Brewery! Treat yourself to a beer after your hike, I know I did :) Overall rating= 3/5
2- Indian Lake County Park:
Details: This is my favorite hike yet! Forested for the majority of the time, it makes you feel like your lost in the woods (don't worry the trail is super easy to navigate) This is a moderate to difficult hike, so be ready for big jaunts up hills and feeling out of breath! The trail is around 3-3.6 miles depending on your route, and is overall a wonderful way to get your workout in for the day. Also, for folks with dogs, there is an adjacent large dog park where they can go off leash after finishing on the trail with you. Overall rating=4/5
3- Turville Point Conservancy
Details: A short hike , but the view is hard to beat! This trail is under 2 miles, and is easy in terrain. A long portion of the trail is along the lakefront, so you get picturesque views of the capital and of the lake itself. Being that I went during winter & the lake was frozen over, it was also a great place to walk on the ice & increase your hiking milage! I think this is a great trail to do if your just starting out with hiking/walking or want to ease into the season. Overall rating=3/5
Please stay tuned for more health related reviews! Sneak peak for next month: One involves being covered in Himalayan salt & the other facing my extreme fear of heights for the sake of a good work-out.
Consumption of these essential fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, can help treat:
➢ High Cholesterol (it can help lower triglycerides and raise HDL)
➢ High Blood Pressure
➢ Heart disease
➢ Lower levels of Chronic inflammation
You may have heard of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid). That is because they are two of the most beneficial acids in the Omega 3 fatty acid spectrum.
Additionally, some foods that contain Omega 3 fatty acids also have Vitamin D3. Since we just experienced limited seasonal, it is especially important to eat foods that contain Vitamin D3. This essential nutrient can help improve bone health, heart health, and lift your mood for the spring.
If you want to learn more, Dr. Cate Shanahan’s interview on Balanced Bites provides a good overview of how incorporating healthy fats into your diet can be beneficial:
Below is an outline of some foods that contain healthy fats. Try adding some of these to your grocery list:
Treat yourself! Find creative ways to add healthy fats to your diet, such as black bean brownies with… avocado! Black beans are a great source of dietary fiber/protein and a tasty vehicle for healthy fats such as coconut and avocado oil. Also, this snack can help shake up the standard “healthy fats routine” of guacamole, fruit-masked smoothie, EVOO salad etc. Below is good base recipe for black bean avocado brownies! I would definitely consider using less sugar or ideally Stevia as a substitute.