By: Carleen Saeger, M.S., OTR/L, FNC, RYT-500hr, Reiki Master/Teacher, USAT L1
Empowering You to Thrive in Life!
Integrative, Functional, & Holistic Occupational Therapist and Life & Wellness Coach
Functional Nutrition Counselor | Registered Yoga Teacher | Reiki Master/Teacher | Endurance Coach | Entrepreneur
Blended Family Mom of 5 Kiddos | Gluten and Dairy-Free Life
Did you know that you can practice mindfulness before a meal? All you need to do is take a moment before you eat to express gratitude, pray, or simply pause to connect with your breath and ground in before a meal. Take this one step further and create a more mindful experience by sitting at the table (instead of eating while working on your computer or in front of the TV...I see you!). Then, while you're eating, pay attention to the flavors, textures, and sensations in your mouth, rather than just scarfing down your food.
Ok ok, I know you're probably asking why this is so beneficial. Let me tell you!
1) Cultivates a deeper connection with your food empowering you to make choices that serve you.
2) Promotes better digestion
3) Promotes feelings of gratitude that will linger with you throughout the day! (Learn more about the benefits of gratitude here)
The next meal you eat, I invite you to practice mindful eating and reap the many benefits!
Carleen is a holistic, integrative, and functional Occupational Therapist, Life & Wellness Coach, Functional Nutrition Counselor, Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master/Teacher, and Endurance Coach. She is an entrepreneur and owner of Empower Wellness & Rehabilitation where she helps people thrive in their lives by blending the best of Eastern and Western science and wisdom into her work with clients. In her personal life, she is a wife and blended family mom to 5 incredible children (2 biological daughters and 3 stepsons) and 3 dogs! She loves spending time with her family, downhill skiing, lake life, cycling, running, swimming, yoga, working out, and traveling.