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Can We Eat to Support The Practice of Mindfulness?


When we think about training our brains through meditation and mindfulness we might not associate food with our practice. The thought crossed my mind during my morning coffee following my own meditation today. To be honest, it may have been one of the many thoughts that crossed my mind during my meditation which seems to happen a lot.
I wondered, could what we eat have an effect on our ability to train our brains through a practice like mindfulness?
I did some investigating. Science shows that there is a link between our brain and our gut, and they are actually connected by a nerve called the Vagus that runs from your brain stem to your abdomen. Evidence has also shown that your gut bacteria uses the Vagus nerve as the main route to travel to your brain. Do you see where this is going? We know about healthy bacteria in our gut and the role that plays in good nurtirition, but studies are now showing that things like fermented foods can have a major effect on issues like social anxiety and depression. Did you know that gut bacteria is also responsible for the same mood boosters you get from that daily spin class? Feel good hormones like serotonin and dopamine have their largest concentration in your intestines, not your brain, which is what I always thought.
According to Dr. Raphael Kellman, a New York City-based physician who specializes in treating the microbiome “By improving the microbiome we can actually see positive changes in mood, cognitive function, and executive function,” Kellman said. It’s not just eliminating the poor mood—the depression or anxiety—but it’s actually creating positive emotions and a positive mood.
Take away from this? Take a holistic approach to your brain, if you want to improve or alter the way your brain works, it’s a smart idea to focus on improving your gut health at the same time, since they are so closely linked. It also means you want to try and avoid the things that interfere with a healthy gut, like sugar and processed foods.

Feel good hormones like serotonin and dopamine have their largest concentration in your intestines, not your brain, which is what I always thought.
So here are ten items that you may want to add to your grocery bin on that trip home from your next mindfulness class. (Note: Prebiotics are highly recommended by Dr Kellman, as opposed to probiotics.)
• Sauerkraut
• Garlic
• Oregano
• Kimchee
• Nato
• Tempeh
• Miso
• Jerusalem Artichokes
• Asparagus
• Bananas
Until next time, shine your light,
Julie
(Founder, Camp Still)

Vancouver (March 29, 2017) Mindfulness- The New Super Power

Mindfulness, Presence, Meditation, whatever you want to call it, seems to be having more than just a moment.

Events like the Camp Still Meditation Party April 6th, from 7-10 pm on the Gold Corp Stage at the BMO Theatre Center, are popping up all over North America. These community events aim to demystify meditation and gather local celebrities who will share their music, their own mindfulness methods and their vibe.

The benefits of meditation have been studied since as far back as the early 70’s; Evidence showing these benefits as ways of reducing stress, improving well-being and enhancing performance were published, problem was the science wasn’t really there to back these claims. That’s changing. With the rise of modern neuroscience, the research has exploded and everyday a new study tells us more about how mindfulness improves lives.

Dr. Annemarie Gockel, a Psychologist who works closely with Camp Still, specializes in mindfulness based training and research say: “What’s really exciting is that modern science is confirming that mindfulness practices that are easy to incorporate in daily life, can create significant and meaningful changes in mental and physical health and well-being”, she adds “it can also effect creativity, problem solving and improve overall performance in a wide variety of tasks.”

Julie Durant, Founder, Camp Still Meditation has witnessed the benefits of this in her own life well before the science started to back it. “I worked within the financial sector for over a decade, it can be a roller coaster ride from day to day. I felt vulnerable to the ups and downs of the industry, there was an instability to it. If my clients were stressed out, so was I. This started to affect my happiness. Learning to be mindful made things shift for me, and I didn’t need any special equipment, just the right teacher.”

Durant started Camp Still Meditation, so she could make this training more accessible to the masses in a secular environment. “We are a training camp for the modern mind and we believe mindfulness is the new super power for everyone from the C suite executive to the Entrepreneur. I have seen this benefit the most stressed out Mom and help an overwhelmed University student, stress doesn’t discriminate, but neither does the practice of mindfulness”.

Email info@campstill.com www.campstill.com

PRESS RELEASE – Camp Still Hosts Vancouver’s First Mass Meditation Party – April 6, 2017

Join us for Vancouver’s first mass meditation party on Thursday, April 6, 2017 on the Gold Corp Stage at the BMO Theatre Center. Feeling a little frazzled with life these days, curious about the buzz around the science of meditation; does it really make one a little bit nicer and de-stressed all at the same time?

Camp Still Vancouver will host this mindfully curated, inspiring event that will shine a light on the practice of mindfulness and meditation for the everyday lives of extraordinary people.

Get ready for a fun variety show. Guests will range from two- time Grammy award winner, music producer, Chin Injeti to White Caps, Coach and Ambassador, Canadian Soccer Hall of Famer, Carl Valentine!

Early Bird is on now and seats are limited so register at ww.campstill.com.

It doesn’t matter if you are new to mindfulness or already have a practice, a simple technique will be taught and leading experts will be on hand to tackle your tough questions. Enjoy the food, music, DJ, Sound Bath and swag bags. What do you want to manifest more of in your life? B.Y.O.B. Bring your own Breath, and let’s find out!

About CAMP Still Meditation- Camp Still is a Vancouver based training camp for the modern mind. A company that helps extraordinary people use presence as a super power for their everyday lives. The desire to create a program around meditation stems from the personal experience of Founder, and busy Entrepreneur, Julie Durant, having had her own 12 year old meditation practice she says “I couldn’t help but notice how much more patience and compassion I had for myself and for others just from taking a small amount of time to recharge and connect with the now…my work and life relationships improved dramatically, excited that some of my friends who were instrumental in helping me start will be there April 6th , we can all tap into the resources our own community.”

She continues to say, “Camp Still is an acronym for CALM and MINDFUL PLACE where people can learn to unplug, find presence and be happier.

Purchase your tickets at http://campstill.com

Contact: info@campstill.com
What: Vancouver’s First Modern Mass Meditation Party
Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017
Location: BMO Theatre Centre, 162 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC.
Time: 7:00 pm -10:00 pm
EARLY BIRD NOW UNTIL MARCH 22ND Cost: $25.00