Mindful Movement with Maria 4

Mindful Movement with Maria 4

Today we introduce twists. These are grounded and fluid postures that are included in some yoga flow. The magic ingredient is awareness. What would it be like to bring your awareness to the mat? This fourth installment guides you to move your body with while noticing what’s happening in the present moment. What is it like to twist your body? What do you notice about your breath, physical body and emotions as you bring these poses into your body with awareness. 

Mindful Movement with Maria 3

Mindful Movement with Maria 3

Today we introduce the Crescent Lunge Series. These are structured, grounded and strong postures that are included in some yoga flows. This pose allows exploration of opening and receiving. The magic ingredient is awareness. What would it be like to bring your awareness to the mat? To what extent are you opened to receive? This third installment guides you to move your body with while noticing what’s happening in the present moment.

What’s Bug-ging you? Gut Bacteria and Our Mental Health

What’s Bug-ging you? Gut Bacteria and Our Mental Health

Gut bacteria refers to the millions of tiny organisms that live in our intestines. These little guys play a big role in our immunity and metabolism by producing nutrients, vitamins and other essential products. Research has shown that gut bacteria play a role in brain function - otherwise known as the “gut-brain axis” (Pedersen, 2019).

The Ketogenic Diet- Do-able or Dangerous?

The Ketogenic Diet- Do-able or Dangerous?

The Ketogenic or “Keto” Diet has been getting a lot of buzz recently. Essentially, the method includes a low-carb, moderate protein, high fat diet.  Many people are using this fad diet for quick fix weight loss. However, I and other eating disorder savvy nutritionists are against the approach. While the science behind “Keto” has been clinically indicated in some very special circumstances, this diet is not sustainable for the general public nor safe for those recovery from eating disorders.

Rachel’s Research Wrap-Up

Rachel’s Research Wrap-Up

For some, there is nothing quite like a glass of wine or a cold beer after a long week . However, with drinking comes a responsibility. In most cases, drinking first starts in college despite the legal drinking age set at 21. College is associated with quite a high alcohol intake, close to 60% of college students aged 18-22 years drink alcohol (The Washington Post, 2019). A recent article in the Washington Post elaborated on the term “drunkorexia”, the combination of alcoholism and an eating disorder. 

Debunking Nutrition Myths with Mich:

Debunking Nutrition Myths with Mich:

As a registered dietitian, I often get asked questions about various heath and nutrition trends. One popular health trend that has surfaced over the past decade is adopting a gluten free diet. While gluten free products were once confined to health food stores and specialty shops, now most restaurants and mainstream supermarkets offer several gluten free options.

Grief and Eating Disorders

Grief and Eating Disorders

Loss, and the resulting condition of ‘grief’, is one of the most difficult things a human being endures. When you lose someone, it affects everything – your physical body, your emotions, your relationships, and every part of your life.   For so many, it is a time of chaos and feeling out of control. A myriad of feelings arises as you are forced to face what lies ahead. It is at these stressful times that the relationship between food and grief can impact your health and introduce the possibility of disordered eating issues.