My Zenful Life Blog
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Zenful Life Coaching is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Integrative Nutrition Certified Health Coach Marnie Dachis Marmet blogs on topics including (but not limited to): nutrition, fitness, lifestyle, wellness, mindfulness, yoga, teens issues and self-c


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The Heart of Skillful Meditation

The heart of skillful meditation is the ability to let go and begin again, over and over again. Even if you have to do that thousands of times during a session, it does not matter. There is no distance to traverse in recollecting our attention; as soon as we realize we have been lost in discursive thought, or have lost touch with our chosen contemplation, right in that very moment we can begin again. Nothing has been ruined, and there is no such thing as failing. There is nowhere the attention can wander to, and no duration of distraction, from which we cannot completely let go, in a moment, and begin again....Beginning again and again is the actual practice, not a problem to be overcome so that one day we can come to the "real" meditation.

-Sharon Salzberg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

I love how Sharon describes skillful meditation because much of my personal meditation practice consists of bringing my wandering mind back to begin again. Meditation is a practice, not a destination. So please feel free to begin again and again with no guilt and no shame.

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8 Best Foods to Detox Your Body This Spring

8 Best Foods to Detox Your Body This Spring

Have you considered doing a detox, but wondered if it was right for you? Are you unsure about which foods to eat that will yield the best results? Then this article is for you!

With flu season in high gear, and summer drawing near, now is the perfect time to detox your body! A simple detox is the foundation of a long-lasting, healthy, and vibrant life. Not only is it a program specific to improving your inner body, but detoxing is beneficial for the mind and soul as well.

First of all, what is a detox? Detoxing is the process in which you rid your body of the harmful toxins that have built up over a period of time, and in turn, you’ll have a healthier inner & outer body, mind, and soul. Detoxing can help to increase your energy levels and fight fatigue, as well as assist in weight loss and strengthen your immune system!

Here are 8 superfoods that should be making their way into your shopping cart this Spring!

Watercress, Spinach, and Kale are staples to your detox, and can be used in a variety of ways such as smoothies or salads.  Aside from the fact that these leafy greens are packed with high-quality nutrients and vitamins, they also aid in lowering cholesterol, restoring energy levels, and help to decrease your chances of developing cancer.

Asparagus is one of the most beneficial superfoods, offering kidney and bladder cleansing support. Asparagus can be oven roasted with a little bit of seasoning, which brings us to our next two superfoods, Garlic and Cayenne Pepper!

Garlic and Cayenne Pepper act as the perfect bridge from tasteless foods to delectable meals! By seasoning your food with Garlic and/or Cayenne Pepper, not only are you aiding in detoxifying your body, but you’re ensuring that your meals taste delicious! The sulfur found in Garlic works specifically to rid your body of toxins, while Cayenne Pepper helps to support weight loss and promote heart health! Can’t seem to stomach eating raw garlic? Try garlic in pill form, which can be found at most health food stores!

Dried fruit is the perfect alternative to those tempting, yet unhealthy grab-n-go snacks! For example, dice up some dried Peaches and throw it into your morning oats, or snack on dried Apples throughout the day! In moderation, Dried Fruit helps to reduce excess fat and lower cholesterol while aiding in the detoxification process.

Carrots are rich in glutathione which aid in the detoxification of the liver! Additionally, Carrots are loaded with Vitamins A, C, & K! It’s best to consume carrots raw, perhaps with avocado or hummus.
Keep in mind, it’s crucial to eat all of the foods mentioned above, raw, as heating can destroy some of the beneficial properties they contain! 

Aside from these 8 superfoods, make sure you are drinking at least 64 oz of water, per day. If you’re finding that the taste of water is unappealing or mundane, add some sliced Strawberries to a gallon of water and refrigerate it overnight. The next day, you’ll have a gallon of ice-cold Strawberry-Infused water that’s just as delicious as it sounds!

Enjoy your detox and remember that when it ends, it doesn’t mean you should suspend your healthy eating! Make it a habit to look good, feel great, and eat nutritiously plentiful foods! 

If you like the idea of a full 14 day detox, please join me for the Spring Detox 2016. Happy Spring!

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