Archive for March 2nd, 2010

Learn How to Live the Zen Life from Daniel Levin

Last week, I was having a particularly rough day. Nothing seemed to be going my way, and I was getting really down on myself. I began cleaning my office at work to try and take my mind off of my problems for a bit, and that’s when I came across a book I had received in the mail a few months ago. Written by Daniel Levin, Zen Life: An Open-At-Random Book of Guidance (St. Lynn’s Press, 2009) offers 108 thoughts and stories of wisdom that have touched the author deeply and helped him gain a new perspective. Some of the thoughts are derived from the author’s own experiences, while others are from renowned teachers.

In an attempt to turn my mood around, I opened the book to a random passage, which read, “All of us want the same thing, to find happiness and avoid suffering. The way to do this is to find contentment in where life has placed you. Suffering comes from wanting things to be different than they are. Happiness comes from accepting what is.”

As I sat quietly at my desk for a few minutes rereading that passage several times, a moment of calming insight came over me, just as Levin had intended when writing the book. Just like that, my outlook changed to one of positivity.

If you could use some insight of your own or would like to share with your clients, click here for your own copy of this inspirational book.

Battle the Bulge While Traveling…
A Nutritionist Shares Her Tricks

Although I love to travel, I don’t always love the unhealthy eating options that I find when on the road. If you have plans to attend any of the upcoming spa shows or just planning a little getaway, you may be wondering how you’re going to maintain your good eating habits, particularly when frequent airport delays and a lack of onboard choices conspire to drive you to choose junk food over more sustaining fare. Christy Maskeroni, nutritionist at CLAY (New York City), shares these tips for keeping your eating in check while in transit:

  • Pack easy-to-go meals and snacks, such as raw nuts and dried fruit, sliced vegetables, and whole-grain cereal.
  • Opt for healthy items found at most terminals and stations, such as a turkey and chicken sandwich, nonfat or lowfat yogurt and fruit, salad, and pretzels.
  • Look at all your options and get some exercise in the meantime. Chances are, there is a perfectly healthy option if you take the time to look.
  • If you are on a flight where meals are going to be served, call the airline ahead of time. Most offer meals that are lowfat, gluten-free, low sodium, and vegetarian. You can also opt out of the meal altogether and pack your own.
  • Stay mindful. Although eating unhealthy foods while traveling may be easy, it won’t make traveling fun.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration can lead to headaches, muscle cramps, and fatigue. Choose water and herbal teas over alcohol or sugary sodas.
  • When eating at restaurants, choose meats that are steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached, or roasted. Ask for vegetables that are steamed rather than sautéed or fried. And always ask for dressing on the side.

Saint Lucia Romances The Bachelor

Vienna? Really? But, Tenley made up a dance for you and gave you a scrapbook! Oh, Jake…

While Vienna and Tenley were busy wooing Jake Pavelka during last night’s Bachelor finale, the beautiful island of Saint Lucia is really what caught my eye. More than 16 million viewers tuned in to watch Jake make his (questionable!) decision and were able to see the natural beauty of the Pitons and the stellar spa resorts on the island.

After wining and dining his many lady friends at stunners such as Jalousie Plantation, The Body Holiday, LeSPORT, and at Cap Maison, Jake popped the question during “the most dramatic rose ceremony ever” at the breathtaking Jade Mountain. Famous for its open-air, three-walled “sanctuaries,” Jade Mountain is a cliffside charmer, which offers a great holistic menu of relaxing treatments, which can be enjoyed en suite or in the boutique spa Kai en Ciel.

Thanks to the Bachelor-inspired Red Rose Romance Package being offered at Jade Mountain and at many other resorts on Saint Lucia, you, too, can fall in love in—or with—the tropics while enjoying a great deal. While spa services, roses, and champagne are included in most, the packages are BYOB (Bring Your Own Bling)—sorry, Neil Lane sparklers will not be provided. For a complete list of participating properties, click here. And, for an opportunity to win a trip for two, click here!

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