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Take Care of Yourself

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Each Monday, Tiffany posts a message that provides positive energy and tips for eating more mindfully. The purpose of the weekly message is to reinforce the ideas from the talks and classes that are a part of the Como Water Membership, and to further support those living the veg-centric lifestyle. To receive our Mindfulness Mondays posts, Become A Member today.

Take Care of Yourself

My past few Mindfulness Mondays posts have been related to recent current events around (in)justice. And how could they not be? When an issue hits home, pierces your soul, and invokes a deep sense of empathy, we must share. For if we do not, it can eat us alive.

And yet, we must also remember ourselves

Whether consuming our friends’ Facebook news feeds, reading or watching the news, protesting in the streets, organizing with human/civil rights groups, or just overhearing folks’ conversations on our way to work, we are being affected by the events of the world around us. And when these events increase in salience, we must be particularly vigilant in attending to the self.

I’m not talking ego here. I’m talking presence–with ourselves. Mindfulness. Check-ins. When we watch the news, what happens to our heart rates, and how can we moderate? After we attend a protest/march/rally, what do we eat? When we read the comments of a blog or overhear people talking about current events that involve tragedy, what happens to our emotional selves, to our breath? And how is all of this exacerbated by end of the year craziness, holiday shopping madness, upcoming travel, colder temperatures?

Take a second today to check in with yourself. To breathe. To recognize our interconnectedness. And to realize that we are nothing to the cause if we are sick, or tired, or bitter. We must revitalize the self, be caring to the self, and in doing so, we can be the best us for others.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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