Mindfulness, Acceptance and Hope

June 24, 2011

Mindfulness is about being in the moment and not thinking about the future or the past.

Recipe type: Salad
  • 1½ cups quinoa, rinsed
  • 2¼ cups water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2 medium-large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • Corn - 2 ears cooked - sliced off - (approx 1 cup kernels )
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • ½ cup scallions, thinly sliced (or you can use half a red onion chopped)
  • ⅔ cup parsley - minced
  • ⅓ cup mint - minced
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and diced (keep a few slices for garnish)
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 tbsp vegetable broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp ground pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼-1/3 chipotle chili pepper
Cook the quinoa
  1. Rinse the quinoa under a cold tap in strainer.
  2. Add the quinoa to saucepan with garlic - add the water - Bring water to boil -- Simmer for approx 20 minutes cook until the quinoa absorbs all the water - turn off heat - leave on stove for about 5 minutes - fluff and allow to cool
  1. Combine all of the veggie in a large bowl.
  2. Add the quinoa and mix well.
  1. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour over salad.
  2. Mix well and refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Taste before serving and add more lime juice as necessary for a tangy taste. Garnish with avocado slices and serve
Nutrition Information
Calories: 239 Protein: 9 grams

Mindfulness, Acceptance and Hope

I read a very interesting article yesterday in the New York Times about American psychologist, Marsha Linehan.

Linehan is the developer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), – a type of psychotherapy that combines behavioral science with concepts of acceptance and mindfulness.

She works closely with people who who are suicidal and helps them recover using these techniques.

I have had the terrible experience of losing a loved one to suicide and I think she gives everyone hope that there is a way out of that black hole.

Mindfulness has played a big role in my vegan journey. I don't think I could have succeeded if I hadn't practiced it.

Two months ago, I wouldn't think twice about scoffing down my breakfast in front of a computer screen, television screen or over a pile of work related stuff. Now.. I always take my food and sit quietly looking out a window or sitting on my deck.

It is just me, nature and my food. Some of the benefits for me have included how different food tastes when you focus on it. You develop such a different appreciation for what you are eating. You taste every ingredient. A

lso, you eat slower and fill up faster. I went to dinner with some friends the other night and ordered vegan roasted mushrooms. Even with all the fun and chatter, I became very mindful when I put those mushrooms in my mouth.

The flavors really exploded and I chewed slowly. Usually, when I am out with my friends, I am so busy talking, drinking and laughing that I am not even aware of what I am eating. T

his couldn't have happened without my new habit of mindful eating every meal. I highly recommend it!

Here is an easy, high protein recipe for the weekend. Hope you have a wonderful one.



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