Conscious Eating: For the Love of Oneself, of Others and of Our Lands

It goes without saying that “conscious eating”, also called “mindful eating”, is an increasingly popular term in the world of food. Nutritionists and dieticians use the word, which generally refers to having greater individual responsibility for your overall health. It is not just about eating well, but about establishing a healthy relationship with the food we consume. This philosophy has become so well-received that it is sometimes touted as the “new solution” to weight loss. While weight loss may be a direct consequence, the principle of conscious eating cannot be reduced to this single benefit. We invite you to explore the broader meaning of conscious eating by providing you some ways to gradually integrate it into your life.

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When hearts breathe

Perhaps you have already heard about or practiced cardiac coherence? Did you know that at Le Monastère, we are trying to discover how the Augustinian Sisters heritage may have given their unique touch to this practice? Cardiac coherence is a technique based on the fact that people’s breathing and their heartbeats can match; that the heart and lungs can communicate with and serve each other. Cardiac coherence can provide several health benefits, improve your vitality and influence your mood!

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Valentine’s Day at Le Monastère des Augustines

Although it is often viewed as a materialistic event, Valentine’s Day is also an opportunity to show your love to those close to you and yourself. This day, which encourages us to express our love through gifts or kind messages, is also an opportunity to spend quality time with a loved one and find time to express love for each other. As we approach Valentine’s Day, here are 4 activities we offer to celebrate love through wellness and in a sustainable perspective.

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5 Reasons to Join a Group Meditation

For many, meditation may seem to be inaccessible or even strictly reserved for an elite group of people. Yet, almost everyone can meditate. A nice way to begin is unquestionably in a group-guided meditation session. Here are 5 reasons that will surely convince you to join a guided meditation group!

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Free Healthcare at Hôtel-Dieu de Québec

The Augustinian’s hospital work greatly impresses Le Monastère’s visitors, especially when they learn that in the past, most care was provided for free. According to the museum’s guides, the origin of healthcare funding raises important questions for visitors. How can a religious community provide care at no cost? It is important to qualify, because some patients paid pension, depending on their financial capacity. Here is some explanation about the costs related to the care provided at the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec.

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Mint Infusion

Did you know that a mint infused water is refreshing in summer and comforting in winter? Furthermore, mint was once used by the Augustinians Sisters in the preparation of different remedies. This plant was even grown in the apothecary’s square. I propose you one of my favorite infusions! Vitality and pleasure assured.

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The 7 Essential Pillars of Taking Care of Yourself

Making a commitment to taking care of yourself, considering the outside world and our environment, is a great learning experience. We are exposed to a flood of information every day; oftentimes it can be difficult to find ourselves in order to develop healthy habits, live in harmony and take concrete actions to protect our ecosystem. When the path seems complex or fraught with obligations, control and deprivation, we quickly become discouraged—and changes therefore cannot be sustainable. Let’s take a moment to discover the pillars required to gradually and successfully take care of our health, our well-being and the planet.

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Eat Freely With Intuitive Eating

Do you know what is intuitive eating? It’s a positive way to think foods and it encourage to listen differently basic needs and their signals like hunger. It’s very different from “traditional” diets or hard discipline. Intuitive eating is more like a way to trust our body and our individual needs. Karine Gravel, nutritionist and doctor in nutrition, helps us understand this approach more clearly in this article.

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