“Meditation is not voodoo. Meditation is not New Age or mystical. Yes, meditation has been used in many forms in religious traditions and cultures throughout history and throughout the world – but the act of meditating isn’t inherently spiritual. At its core, meditation is a means of training your mind. It has direct psychological effects on the brain and nervous system that can be studied in the lab, tracked by sophisticated fMRI brain scanners or analyzed with a blood test, stethoscope, or heart rate monitor. In fact, over the last twenty-five years, more than three thousand studies on meditators have been conducted at some of the most respected institutions in the world, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and the universities of California, North Carolina, and Wisconsin, among others. The data from these studies is clear: Meditation helps people lead healthier, happier, and more fulfilling lives.”
When my nutritionist mentioned that I should consider adding meditation into my healthy eating habits in order to enhance my well-being, I was a bit skeptical. How could meditating benefit me and how was it linked to diet? After reading Tiffany Cruikshank’s Meditate Your Weight: A 21-Day Retreat to Optimize Your Metabolism and Feel Great. This book offers and insightful look at how meditation can calm nerves, alleviate stress, reduce unhealthy eating practices, and improve overall well-being. With quick meditations and strong nutritional information, this book is comprehensive and thoughtful. The mind-body connection is clear and the book is jam-packed with suggestions for what to eat to fell your best. One of my very favorite parts, though, is the yoga practice that comes at the end. The routines are intended to slow the mind and improve healthy digestion and overall mood. I am nothing but impressed by Cruikshank’s guide to meditation and am eager to see how the adoption of daily meditations will help me feel better.