Nutrition

Ayurvedic Tips to Invite the Light of Spring

by Karen Mandell Late winter to early spring, from March to mid-May, is a Kapha (Earth element) watery season of warming temperatures. Outside, snow melts, making the rivers full and muddy. Warm temperatures encourage tender young sprouts to grow, and everything around us begins to wake up after a long winter’s sleep. Our internal landscape reflects Mother Nature’s actions. Spring is

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Seasonal Eating in Transition from Winter to Spring

by Lara Zakaria, RPh HHC During the long, harsh winter, have you noticed you’ve been eating foods heavier than what you typically crave? Have you gained some extra winter weight? You’re not alone. During winter, our bodies crave hearty meals and sedentary lifestyles. In fact, this response to cold temperatures and shorter days is rooted deeply into our DNA. Winter has traditionally been a

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Video Blog: Good Digestion Is the Foundation for Good Health

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAhdGOnkpnI] by Lara Zakaria, RPh HHC So much emerging research has come up recently connecting the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract (GI) with many health concerns. Most notable studies on depression (“Gut Bacteria May Exacerbate Depression” and “The gut-brain barrier in major depression“), this article on dementia, and this study on risk associated with cardiovascular disease. The new research doesn’t even scratch

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Video Blog: Managing Seasonal Stress

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBwkK9bnpPI] by Lara Zakaria, RPh HHC The holidays for most of us are a stressful time of year. This month’s workshop will address exactly how to deal with the stress- from both a nutrition and yogic perspective. Fall can be a challenging time- between changes with work, the beginning of a new school year and even the changes in

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Fighting Off A Cold

By Lara Zakaria, RPh HHC Being sick sucks. I know this, you know this… so why don’t we just avoid it to begin with? When we get sick, it’s usually due to a combination of factors that result in a weakened immune system which then allows a virus or bacteria to multiply and wreak havoc. I like to compare your

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Video Blog: 3 Most Confusing Nutrition Topics: Carbs, Fats, Labels

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTCWrP6rIGQ] Today’s video blog a little sneak peak of the topic we’ll be covering in our first Nutrition workshop @ Yoga in the Heights: The 10 Misconceptions about Good Nutrition. There is SO much conflicting and confusing information out there regarding what’s healthy and what’s not. It’s enough to make you give up! But hang in there… In this

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Labeling vs Logos: How to decode your food label.

by Lara Zakaria SO much conflicting and confusing information exists out there about what’s healthy and what’s not. “Eat more whole grains!” vs. “grains are bad for you!” “Fat is bad for you!” vs. “Eat more fat!” “Low fat dairy can help you lose weight.” vs. “Dairy is unhealthy and milk is only for baby cows!” It’s enough to make

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Ayurvedic Tips for Transitioning into Fall

by Karen Mandell What is Ayurveda? Ayur = Life Veda=Knowledge Ayurveda = The Knowledge of Life. Ayurveda is sometimes referred to as the “sister science to yoga”. It is a holistic system of nutrition, medicine and healing. Autumn is a time of major transformation in the environment around us. And the changes in nature around us always affects our nature

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Nutrition 101

By Lara Zakaria, Yoga in the Heights in-house Nutritionist Probably one of the most common questions I get as a nutritionist, is “What’s a good diet?” The majority of people I talk to realize they need to pay better attention to what they’re putting into their body. However, many are confused as to what constitutes a balanced diet. In order

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