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 … Continue reading Empowerment through Athleisure
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 … Continue reading The Perfect Meal for Every Day
I have always been “fine, thank you”. And a lot of times I really am. I’m generally someone who loves life and enjoys working. But I also struggle with depression, chronic anxiety and acute panic attacks due to past trauma. And when issues come up in my private life and pressure starts building up, it … Continue reading Loving your job while coping with mental illness
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 … Continue reading A Nighttime Contemplation
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 … Continue reading Tangy vegan tomato soup
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 … Continue reading Vegan protein fruit salad
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 … Continue reading Coping with burnout
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 … Continue reading Activity-centered vs results-centered wellness programs
I have to make a confession... I am on a mission in life to become more beautiful and healthy as I age! This is one of the (selfish) reasons why I choose to eat a plant-based diet. Shifting towards a plant-based diet doesn't have to be about making a personal sacrifice for the sake of … Continue reading Is the secret to becoming more beautiful with age a plant-based diet?
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 … Continue reading Drivers of the corporate wellness movement
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 … Continue reading Waiting at the Bus Stop (Poem)
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 … Continue reading What is organizational citizenship behavior?
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 … Continue reading Our Life is Like a Play (Poem)
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 … Continue reading 3 key components of a corporate wellness strategy
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 … Continue reading A brief history of wellness
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 … Continue reading What your bank account balance says about you
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! … Continue reading Introduction to cross-cultural communication
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 … Continue reading 5 reasons to go get some sunshine
If you've encountered a dangerous situation and don't feel safe at work, read on to discover the five most important things to do to protect your wellbeing (and others' too)!
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. … Continue reading Is organic really better?
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 … Continue reading When you are looking for love… try this instead
Originally featured as a guest post on iamYiam's health blog. Stress is a natural feature of life - a programmed biological and psychological response elicited when we are confronted with threatening stimuli. This innate reaction is life-saving in some scenarios; but what are the consequences when a whole society is living, habitually, in fight-or-flight mode? The American Psychological … Continue reading How to fight chronic stress
Is business evil? Is capitalism evil? Explore these questions and more in this post on Human Resource Wellness.
Whenever I am feeling low on energy, I reach for two grapefruits. What might be considered an odd meal, I find to be a refreshing and simple food for thought: The low calorie, nutrient dense, alkalizing citrus, which is technically a cross between an orange and pomelo, always give me the (pink, juicy) burst of energy … Continue reading The Fantastic Grapefruit
Originally featured as a guest post on iamYiam's health blog. Work - it can be a passion or a pain in the neck - literally - but more and more companies are catching on to the workplace wellness trend, also known as workplace wellbeing, and are realizing reproducible health benefits for employees that come with lucrative financial savings. … Continue reading The Benefits of Workplace Wellbeing
Spring: It's a good time of year to pick up where you left off with your old fitness routine; give the house a refreshing makeover; or end old habits and relationships in order to welcome new and healthy ones for the coming year. For many of us, it's a great opportunity to try something we've always wanted … Continue reading 10 resources for starting a plant-based diet
While many recent corporate wellness trends focus primarily on promoting physical health and wellness, there are many other dimensions of wellness that should be considered by the employer when contemplating a corporate wellness strategy. The University of California at Riverside defines seven dimensions of wellness, which they highlight to potential and current employees on their … Continue reading There’s More to the Corporate Wellness Trend than You Think
In her book, The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit, Beth Kanter explores the tendency of nonprofit professionals to prioritize work over their personal wellbeing. Nonprofit professionals tend to regard their work as highly important and likewise derive immense meaning from what they do. In many cases, they have sacrificed bigger paychecks and more prestigious careers for a … Continue reading Nonprofit Professionals: Prone to Wellness Risks?
Thich Nhat Hanh has devoted his life to studying, practicing and teaching Zen Buddhism; a journey which has led him to cultivate mindfulness and peace in each waking moment of life. He believes that this emphasis on being fully present in the current moment -even while eating- is the key to lasting happiness. In his … Continue reading How to Eat like a Zen Buddhist Master