Challenge

The Great Cooking Challenge: Update!

The Great Cooking Challenge, a program developed by our Small Grants Program 2017 winner Jessica Trinh, recently wrapped up and we are so excited to share one mom's story about her son's dedication to this project. We hope you enjoy Qiran's story (pictures are below)! 

My name is Ganlin. My son, Qiran, is in 3rd grade at East Rock School and has been cooking for a couple weeks. I want to share some cooking photos with you. This has been a fun experience for us. Qiran started to enjoy the joy of making food and stops thinking cooking is something kids cannot do. He was not very interested at the beginning but was attracted by the soda juice recipe. Over time, he enjoys more and more to turn ingredients into real dishes. He made banana pancakes earlier this week and shared with our neighborhood. He was very proud of that! Besides that, I am also very glad to see the cooking experience bring new/healthy food into his daily life. He started to have avocado toast for breakfast recently. We have been having avocado toast for ourselves for years and he always wanted to have jam on his toast. I am very happy to see he decided to put avocado on his toast lately (and shared with his 1 yr old brother)!

 

 

Why I'm going to CHIL with the Mindful Daily

by Jess Jeavons

Very often, when I chat with a friend who is stressed, overwhelmed, unmoored, or overstimulated by everyday life, I recommend meditation. Meditation changes lives! Individuals who meditate are better able to live in the moment, manage stress, and find time to do the things they've been meaning to do, like eating healthy and exercising. In addition, meditation can improve physical health, including lowering blood pressure, reducing headache frequency, and decreasing risk for heart disease. 

But when it comes to meditating, I haven't been able to make it stick as a healthful habit in my own life. 2018 will be my year for meditation, and I'm starting with eMindful's 1% Challenge to meditate for 1% of each day for 30 days straight. 

Check back in here between now and the end of February, and we'll keep you updated on our progress. We would also love to hear from you! Let us know how you're doing with the challenge in the comments section below, email us at chilinternal@gmail.com, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram