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Mindful Eating

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Mindful Eating

Listening to Your Body Mindful eating as a coined phrase largely refers to the ability to sense and respond to your body's cues of hunger and satiety.  When your body is hungry, eat, and when you are full, stop eating.  It is best when developing this skill to avoid media exposure during your meal, although it is not necessary to be alone or to have complete silence. Be present with your food, chew it enough, breath regularly.  Although it takes practice and effort at first, it can become easier over time and even aid digestion.  Your saliva contains salivary enzymes,...

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Mindful Movement

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Mindful Movement

Why Movement Matters Qi and Blood stagnation are common diagnoses in modern times, less so that when the majority of our daily activities required labor.  As our society advanced it became easier to survive, which removed a lot of the pressure for farming, hunting, foraging, and other physical activity.  This activity naturally moves Qi and Blood in the body.  As we spend time more time sitting, it becomes more important to make an effort to move our bodies. Awareness of Movement Working out can me many things to different people, and here at Epsilon, we want you to do you. ...

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Chemical Free Mosquito Solutions

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Chemical Free Mosquito Solutions

Chemical mosquito sprays containing DEET can have health related and environmental side effects, but are always recommended if you're in an area where mosquitos can carry disease like Zika.  If you're having a backyard gathering in a non-tropical environment, it can be nice to have some non-chemical options available.  Electronic Dance Music According to this study, electronic dance music was observed to reduce host attacks, feeding, and copulating behaviors in the Ae Aegypti species of mosquito.  This species is found in tropical climates, and is the most likely species to carry diseases.  The implication is that mosquitos do use sound to interact,...

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Home Cooking for Your Health, Chinese Medicine Style

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Home Cooking for Your Health, Chinese Medicine Style

Worth the Time Cooking at home can be worth the time if you have it.  It's possible to make healthy choices if you are on the go, but there are benefits to home cooking.  Making meals at home can help deepen your connection and enjoyment of food.  Some cooking routines can even increase your efficiency and the nutritional content available to you.  For example, using a natural sourdough starter instead of store bought yeast can actually increase the vitamins available to your body from grain flour.   Broths and Stocks Making your own stock can be a simple and efficient way to use extra...

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How a Chinese Herbalist Looks at Herbs

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How a Chinese Herbalist Looks at Herbs

Safety and Efficacy The FDA largely regards herbal supplements as safe for use over the counter, and many herbs are food grade.  Food grade examples include ginger, mushrooms, and cinnamon - things we would typically consider food or seasoning.  Used in specific combinations at the right times they can have a medicinal effect, but in general are mild.  Other parts of less well known plants make up the bulk of the rest of the Chinese herbal Materia Medica, with the occasional shell or gelatin from animals.  Some of these substances are considered more medicinal.  For more info on how the FDA...

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