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60 Mindful Minutes

Jun 28, 2022

In the book, Box Lunch Lifestyle: Using Your Lunch Break to Win Back the Life You Deserve, author Cheryl Johnson uses the common, everyday experience of a lunch break as a kind of metaphor for how we live our lives. Are our breaks rushed with almost no time to nourish ourselves, or do we build boundaries so that we make time for what matters for us? Are we constantly flying by the seat of our pants or do we strategically place moments of calm and clarity in our day so we can pause and return to ourselves? As you’ll hear, box lunch lifestyle is a small change that can have a huge ripple effect.

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Guest Bio

Cheryl was a research director for nearly twenty years until boxing training gave her the courage to leave corporate life for something that felt more like her true self. Box Lunch Lifestyle is how she now helps people realize that richer, more satisfying lives aren’t as distant as they seem. Secretly, Cheryl loves grocery stores: small family-owned ones, national chains, co-ops, and the corner convenience store. Seeing everyday life through the lens of what food is available, and what people actually buy, fascinates her—and reinforces her disdain for weight loss programs and companies that thrive by selling non-nutritious food. When she’s not boxing, reading, or pushing a cart, Cheryl and her husband enjoy documentary films and Indian food. They live near St. Paul, MN, in a town that Cheryl describes as a cross between Lake Wobegon and Twin Peaks. Learn more at


Host Bio

Kristen Manieri is the author of Better Daily Mindfulness Habits (July 2021: Rockridge Press). She’s a certified both as a habits coach and mindfulness teacher. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, focus, habit formation, rest rituals, and prioritizing personal well-being. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 120 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional AND joyful life. Learn more at


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