Managing your Expectations: An Exercise in Happiness

When I go to a restaurant, order a meal, and discover that I don’t like it or am very disappointed by it, I have to recognize that there is nothing wrong or faulty with the meal itself. Other people might like it. In fact, it’s not the meal itself, but my expectations around the meal,…

Easy vegan banana bread

A traditional recipe with a modern update – check out this super- healthy, not-your-grandma’s banana bread!

What is a satsang?

Come with Chelsea on her journey through a Satsang to learn about the meaning of the ancient Sanskrit word.

How to get certified in plant-based nutrition

“Heart disease, diabetes and obesity can be reversed by a healthy diet… various cancers, autoimmune diseases, bone health, kidney health, vision and brain disorders in old age (like cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer’s) are convincingly influenced by diet. The diet that has time and again been shown to reverse and/or prevent these diseases is the same whole…

How to overcome anything with the help of philosophy

Plato, Not Prozac! is all about utilizing the wisdom of ancient and modern philosophical traditions in order to put your life into perspective and come to peace with some of your most pressing problems. Why philosophy over Prozac? While prescription drugs often help to lessen the side effects of your depression, they do nothing to…

Getting High on Life Again

Last night I went to a poetry reading in Linz, the first of its kind for me. Since I arrived here last July, I spent most of the summer in a love daze with David, being newly together; I spent the end of the year traveling throughout the Salzkammergut for my internship; and finally, spent…

Empowerment through Athleisure

Athleisure: “a style of clothing worn as athletic apparel but also suitable for casual, everyday wear”. So I’m having a great week, just started a new job in a cool young startup and things are going well. I promised away this holiday weekend, as my sister needed a babysitter for my two adorable, sweet nieces…

The Perfect Meal for Every Day

As a child, I was raised by separated parents, each with their own parenting – and feeding – style. Each approached the art of nourishing the family differently and thus, had a lasting impact on my relationship with food (and that of my siblings). On one hand, my father prepared regular, balanced meals for us, which…

A Nighttime Contemplation

I love to sit in bed with the window open. This evening as I do so I breathe in the fresh, warm, late spring air, listening to the life around me. The sound of the city’s bustling finally coming to an end; the wind and echo of places far away. Distant ‘hills’ dwarfed by even…

Tangy vegan tomato soup

Coconut milk and ginger in a classic tomato soup; what a dreamy combination! But the real secret ingredient in this recipe is the pearl onions – try to find these at your local supermarket if you can. If not, use another small onion variety such as shallots. Vegetarian, Vegan & Gluten-free! Ingredients: 4 regular size cans…

Vegan protein fruit salad

Hey guys! I’m experimenting with different blog ideas and today I thought I’d share a new recipe with you. This is a lovely, satisfying, crunchy and sweet breakfast idea that will provide you with energy, vitamins, live enzymes, and most importantly if you are veggie like me, PROTEIN. Unlike your usual fruit salad, this one…

Coping with burnout

You have too much on your plate; you’ve bitten off more than you can chew; you’re up to your ears in demands, stressors, pressure, and an overwhelming workload. The word ‘burnout’ is not a pleasant word. The image of a flame burning out, when applied metaphorically to the individual, reflects a kind of exhaustion and…

Activity-centered vs results-centered wellness programs

So you’ve done your homework, consulted with employees and leadership, and have decided to implement a corporate wellness program in your institution. Congratulations! You’ve already made the most important first step: to commit to the health and wellbeing of your people power. Way to go! But wait right there. Think all wellness programs are the…

Drivers of the corporate wellness movement

The corporate wellness phenomenon, since its inception mere decades ago, has since skyrocketed in hype, popularity and market value. Employers are spending more than ever before on investments in human capital. A recent Fidelity and National Business Group on Health (NBGH) survey found that “employers spent an average of $693 per employee on wellness-based incentives…

Waiting at the Bus Stop (Poem)

Standing at a bus stop I notice the intertwining vehicles and pedestrians in a crowded city center Their elegant twist is a dance of patience, of courtesy each waiting, inviting the other to move silently in my head, the noise stops and the music begins each step in rhythm each partner taking turns of graciously…

What is organizational citizenship behavior?

Organizational Citizenship Behavior is a term to describe the behavior of an individual that goes beyond the expectations or requirements of their job. It is a voluntary way of thinking and acting in a company or organization, whereby one does not simply consider what is in their own personal best interests, but what is in…

Our Life is Like a Play (Poem)

If you have any experience with meditation,  you might be familiar with the sensation that is about to be described below. I wrote this poem in the rush of an emotional high – one of the many life offers us in the midst of its unpredictable twists and turns. We never know what is coming…

3 key components of a corporate wellness strategy

Corporate wellness programs generally aim to address several key areas of health and wellness, while tailoring the specific offerings of these programs to the needs of their workforce. At the same time, planning and evaluation steps are taken to ensure that the wellness strategy of the organization meets its top strategic priorities and is otherwise…

A brief history of wellness

The corporate wellness market is a part of the larger global wellness market, which was valued at $3.4 trillion in 2014; making it even more massive than the giant that is the worldwide pharmaceutical industry at $1 trillion. This reality however, has been thousands of years in the making: read on below for a brief…

What your bank account balance says about you

For some, the connection between financial wealth and a rich spiritual life is anything but obvious. Cultural beliefs seem to tell us that the two states are mutually exclusive, or at the very least incompatible with each other. We often accept lower salaried jobs in order to ‘do good’ and live out our passion. We…

Introduction to cross-cultural communication

From just a small amount of personal research, one can learn invaluable lessons and reminders from the work that has been done in the cultural sciences, which will serve you on your journey to international destinations. Not only that, but they can help you navigate the tricky waters of cultural clashes in your own backyard!…

5 reasons to go get some sunshine

You look out the window after a long winter, see the sun shining, and receive a silent kick from your intuition to get off the couch or away from the desk and rejoin society in the sunlight. But then – you may know the feeling – you’re too comfortable; too busy; too lazy to stand up…

Is organic really better?

I hadn’t yet discovered my passion for healthy, natural food when I began to work at Whole Foods Market. But what started as an after-school job quickly turned into an obsession. The quality of produce and products (not to mention service) at ‘America’s Healthiest Supermarket’ was unparalleled to what I’d experienced before in conventional stores….

When you are looking for love… try this instead

Many of us are inspired by love. We obsess over text messages, fall hard into flings and lose ourselves in the rush of romantic love. When we are single, we dream about love, pine for it, fantasize and romanticize about old flames and new potential heartthrobs. But what are we missing when we are focusing…