MANALAPAN, N.J./STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Villas senior apartment community in Manalapan, N.J., is highlighting the benefits of embracing mindfulness when eating. Offering luxurious amenities beyond what most independent and assisted senior-living facilities commonly provide, the upscale apartment community near Staten Island is ideal for enjoying the benefits of a mindful approach to living.
As explained by Villas health experts, mindfulness is something that can bring us a lot of peace – that is, if we practice it.
Mindfulness refers to being fully in the moment, and can be applied to any part of your life, from the way you drive, the way you speak, or even the way you clean your home.
One of the easiest – and most powerful – opportunities for practicing mindfulness is in the way we eat.
Residents of the Villas have a host of enjoyable dining choices, as the community’s similarities to a world-class resort extend to its fare in providing: Gourmet fine dining in an elegant setting complete with views to a display kitchen to elevate your personal dining experience; a private dining room for functions with family and friends; fresh, homemade gourmet meals with seasonal ingredients; outdoor dining, and views to outdoor gardens creating an exceptional dining experience; an on-site bakery with a pizza oven; a lounge and cocktail bar to enjoy wine, cocktails, tapas and live entertainment, and a bistro for coffees and specialty beverages.
Practicing mindfulness has helped people develop skills necessary for managing chronic pain, depression, anxiety, disease, and sleeping problems. It also helps people manage their weight, as it is hard to overeat when you dine mindfully.
Mindfulness is process-driven, not goal-oriented, meaning it focuses on the experience – rather than an intention to reach an end point. It is all about appreciating and enjoying your experience and truly savoring what you are eating.
To assist you on your path to mindful eating, the Villas is sharing these tips for engaging all five of your senses:
Really look at it, observe the colors, shapes, the way it takes up space on your plate or in your bowl.
Touch it to your lips. Observe the sensation.
Does it make a sound while cooking or being prepared? Once you begin eating, what sound is produced as you chew?
Pick up on all the flavor notes, there may be some on the front end and the back end of the aroma.
Let it sit in your mouth for a few moments before you swallow, and taste as much of the food as you can.
About the Villas
Situated on seven wooded acres in Manalapan, N.J., a short distance from Staten Island, N.Y., the Villas is a luxurious senior apartment community reflecting the ambiance and accommodations of a world-class resort. Offering a range of amenities and services sensitive to the lifestyle, health and daily needs of its residents, the complex – orchestrated by Hackensack Meridian Health – is uniquely focused on wellness and prevention, and ideal for singles and couples alike. The upscale 100,000-square-foot community offers a unique arrangement of supervision and increased healthcare with onsite physician services. Providing for independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care on specialized floors, the Villas eliminates the need to relocate elsewhere due to health issues, allowing couples to remain together in a comforting, well-managed, posh environment. The Villas is located at 289 Gordons Corner Road, Manalapan, NJ 07726. For information, the Villas may be reached at 732-847-3920, contacted via www.villashmh.com/contact, and visited online at www.villashmh.com
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