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– Thích Nhất Hạnh, Zen master, a Buddhist monk, and peace activist
I love tea, particularly English Breakfast or Darjeeling. A great way to start the day, and a whole lot more civilized than looking around for the dregs in a liquor bottle, which is how my mornings used to begin.
Fresh, ripe fruit and organic yogurt are usually what follows – delicious. Far better and healthier than looking around for where you put your meth stash when you passed out the night before. Yes, sadly, that was also an integral part of how my mornings used to kick off (supposing, of course, I managed to kick my own self out of whatever bed I was in before midday rolled around).
My name is Andy, I’m a successful digital marketing entrepreneur, 30-something, I can still throw myself around a basketball court with the best of them, and, yes, I am a recovering alcoholic and drug addict with over 9 years of continued sobriety behind me. And I do really like my tea and my fresh fruit in the morning. Now.
When you mention the words “detox” and “rehab” to people, unsurprisingly, their first thought is getting you to safely stop taking whatever substance you’re addicted to. They’d be right too – it’s the first stop on the road to addiction recovery. However, many people don’t realize that the medical facilities that provide these services do something else too. They put you in a room (a lot like a classroom, yes), and they educate the living hell out of you. Literally.
My knowledge of the substances I abused was pretty one-sided. Do this – feel like this. Do that, and you’ll write off tomorrow, that’s a given. Do both. Oh, boy… Yes, rehab in Nampa, Idaho didn’t just re-educate my body to learn to live clean and sober – it re-educated my brain too.
One of the most important aspects of rehab is educating you well enough for you to survive when you leave, to be able to live a life of abstinence and be 100% clean and sober. And a big part of this was learning the art of mindfulness. Seeing as eating healthily is one of my passions, it was time to write an article about mindful eating.
As I’ve said, I’m a great believer in eating healthily, which was wholeheartedly advised to me during rehab as a way to repair both the physical damage addiction had wreaked on my body, and to help my brain through nutrition to return to normal (yes, addiction will restructure your brain, changing the way you think).
The world has many problems – here’s just one. Our lives are forced to be lived quickly if we allow it. Because of this, we eat faster, and allow way too many distractions while doing so – the TV, our phones, work – the list goes on.
Mindful eating helps us to eat in a conscious way, linking our minds and bodies and helps us recognize more completely when we are hungry and when we are full. It is no surprise then that mindful eating is a useful form of therapy for those who suffer from eating disorders or obesity. As a recovering addict, it helps to create a better balance between our body’s needs, and the actions our brains take to respond.
Addicts, following detox, pretty much all do the same thing once sober – they eat, and they eat plenty. Psychologically, it is that same behavior manifested by their addiction, so by introducing mindful eating into the recovery program, you not only improve the way people do eat, you also provide them with a way to control their weight.
Recovering addicts, particularly in the early days of abstinence, will look to replace their substance of abuse in an acceptable way. Food is the answer for many (fortunately, has always been athletic, I chose exercise). Comfort eating often referred to as “feeding your feelings,” is a childhood behavior, because we associate food with reward. If you live in the U.S. (in fact, anywhere in western society), this usually involves fast food.
Mindful eating educates the recovering addict, and, in particular, helps alleviate this behavior of “feeding the feeling.” By doing so, you become less reliant on food as your way to fight against cravings and emotions.
Addicts spend a lot of time trying to make themselves feel better. However, their methods are self-destructive, and once fully addicted, severely damaging as a way to seek pleasure. Mindful eating is the complete opposite of this – the entire process is based on gaining as much pleasure as possible from the simple process of eating.
Let’s not forget that an addict’s body is not in the best possible shape. Mindful eating will strengthen that body, reduce the chances of obesity in the process, and thus avoid the damaging effects of being overweight.
Anyone for Tea?
There you have them – your 4 reasons why mindful eating helps addiction recovery:
- Establishing connections
- Weight control
- Comfort eating
- A healthy pleasure
How has mindful eating helped you? What do you think is its main benefit? Please share with a comment below. Lastly, time to put the kettle on – anyone for tea?
South Korea remained the No. 2 supplier of popular content to Netflix in the fourth quarter of last year, US online media have reported. According to What's On Netflix, a private online site that provides information on Netflix content, on Wednesday (US time), South Korean-made shows accounted for 11.8 per cent of the top 10 films and TV series in the final three months of 2021.
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Korean content thus ranked No. 2 for the second consecutive quarter after the United States, which accounted for 59 per cent, reports Yonhap News Agency. The figures are based on data by the streaming analytics firm FlixPatrol, it added. It marked a sharp increase from its share of 5.4 per cent for the third quarter, thanks to the breakout hit 'Squid Game', released on September 17, and other hit series.
South Korean-made shows accounted for 11.8 per cent of the top 10 films and TV series in the final three months of 2021. | Unsplash
"The fourth quarter of 2021 is likely to be an outlier with the arrival of 'Squid Game', but Korean content has been on a slow march up the charts regardless of 'Squid Game'," the report said. 'Squid Game' became the most successful Netflix show in history, with its total viewership reaching a record 1.65 billion hours in the first four weeks of its release.
Two subsequent series, the fantasy horror 'Hellbound' and the sci-fi thriller 'The Silent Sea', also topped Netflix's official weekly viewership chart for non-English TV shows. (IANS/ MBI)
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There has been a significant growth in adoption as well as deepening of digital payments across the country, showed the Reserve Bank of India - Digital Payments Index (RBI-DPI) on Wednesday. Accordingly, the index reading for September 2021 rose to 304.06 (index value) from 270.59 in March 2021. "The RBI-DPI Index continues to demonstrate significant growth in adoption and deepening of digital payments across the country," the RBI said in a statement.
Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. This improved to 207.84 in March 2020, 217.74 in September 2020 and further increased to 270.59 in March 2021. Earlier, the RBI had announced construction of the composite index with March 2018 as a base to capture the extent of digitisation of payments across the country.
Starting from March 2018, the index stood at 153.47 in March 2019, 173.49 in September 2019. | Wikimedia Commons
The RBI-DPI comprises of five broad parameters that enable measurement of deepening and penetration of digital payments in the country over different time periods.Notably, these parameters are 'payment enablers', 'payment infrastructure -- demand side factors', 'payment infrastructure -- suppy side factors', 'payment performance' and 'consumer centricity'.Each of these parameters have sub-parameters which, in turn, consist of various measurable indicators. (IANS/ MBI)
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After an embarrassingly slow start to the crypto new year, the tides of the crypto machine are starting to change and with it, the investors of Avalanche and HUH Token have received some rather spectacular rewards.
The cryptocurrency market this week saw value increases of over 20% and that’s enough to signal to any crypto investor that things are going better in the crypto sphere than last weeks value increase percentages, which, for the most part, were on a downtrend.
But with the spirits of the cryptocurrency community well and truly perked up, it’s no wonder that hungry crypto investors like yourself are looking for the next bonus round of value increases.
What’s So Special About Avalanche?
You might be wondering how two altcoins, like Avalanche and HUH Token, have popped up on your deep search of the crypto sphere and it’s for good reason … these two cryptocurrencies saw an exponential increase in value this week and with it, have driven the crypto community crazy with investment potential.
It seems like the crypto bug has been biting and the crypto sphere is regaining its pre-New Year vigour.
Avalanche the low-cost, eco-friendly programmable smart contracts platform saw an astonishing 3,042% from that point and investors are rejoicing at their before-the-curve investment in an altcoin.
Though if the numbers and investment trends of 2021 are anything to go off, altcoins like Avalanche and HUH Token are becoming the prefered crypto choice for whale investors.
HUH Token are making steps in this direction with their play-to-earn game launching in February.Dailyhodi
Not many currencies saw such a drastic increase of value like Avalanche, and aside from its forward-thinking, inclusive crypto technology, this is one of the abilities that make Avalanche special.
Its continuing growth potential.
Never Heard Of HUH Token, HUH?
Now, this might not be true for the seasoned crypto lover reading this article, however for those of you who are new to the crypto sphere, HUH Token is the altcoin trailblazer that launched a little over a month ago.
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HUH Token saw an incredible increase and is set to see more value rises over the next month with its 500 wide influencer launch, play-to-earn launch and dropping their presale holders NFTs on the 31st of January.
It’s events like these that often cause value spikes in altcoins and for that reason, HUH holders are more than thrilled with Utimeme.
HUH Token is the blend of blockchain technology and holder-centric values that most investors crave because it allows them to have greater input over what happens to their well-earned money.
Like Avalanche, HUH Token is a currency that wants to bring a new kind of crypto investor to the market, and that’s one from any kind of financial background… HUH Token are making steps in this direction with their play-to-earn game launching in February.
These are some of the reasons that a bonus round for those who missed out on the crypto windfall of January 1st investors, could be around the corner.
Remember, it’s always best to do your research into crypto before investing and you can begin your search by visiting the links below or going to Avalanche and HUH Token websites.
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