A Vegan Mom Reveals All

As a breastfeeding mom, people have a lot to say about how you should do things. But as a vegan breastfeeding mom, people are perplexed as to how my baby and I stay healthy. Here are some of the most popular questions people have asked me since I’ve gone vegan. I hope this will help…

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…

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…

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…

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…

How to fight chronic stress

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…

The Fantastic Grapefruit

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…

The Benefits of Workplace Wellbeing

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….

10 resources for starting a plant-based diet

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…

There’s More to the Corporate Wellness Trend than You Think

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…

Nonprofit Professionals: Prone to Wellness Risks?

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…

How to Eat like a Zen Buddhist Master

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…