Blogs are all the rage these days. The fact that people get paid to write about their lives or just post pictures of the recipes they cook is honestly amazing. I don’t really understand how all that works but I’m certainly impressed by it. Hey, even this is being published on a blog. I personally find it pretty cool that all the news that’s fit to print is no longer just in the NYTimes. There’s a lot to print that we can post on the internet that a captive audience will read and be inspired by.
Alright, alright, we admit that not all of these three blogs have much (or anything at all) to do with nutrition. But, in an effort to maintain a balance between work and play, we’ve decided to highlight a few blogs that inspire us, give us wanderlust and help keep us on track on the days all we want to do is sit on the couch and eat chocolate. Hey, a balanced diet is only one part of holistic wellness, right?
1. Crepes of Wrath
Not only is this author hysterical (even the title of the blog is great), but all her pictures are really gorgeous. She also lives a very desirable life that includes great food and drink, usually in moderation. Two things about her blog I like best is that not all of her recipes are truly recipes (she has a great roadmap to charcuterie boards) and the blog is curated in such a way that I really enjoy seeing how each recipe fits into her life. She also is a big proponent of bringing leftovers to lunch so go grab your ingredients and begin cooking!
Welcome to our first guest post! We're excited to hear from Alanna Waldron, a fellow RD and blogger, about her thoughts on other healthy habits that we tend to pick up from making healthier food choices. Check out her favorite healthy habits here and look up all her delicious recipes on her blog!
When you change your diet, it is very seldom that you don’t change other habits as well. Here are a few habits that I’ve picked up that surprised me, stemming from an interest in food. What really surprised me in grad school was how closely mental and physical health were related. Now I focus on both the physical aspects of my body like proper nutrition, exercise and good posture and the mental aspects of stress management in order to maintain good health. These are a few habits I’ve picked up to help balance a busy working life with my regular health practice.
1. Regular acupuncture – Stress management: Acupuncture is a Western medical protocol for focusing on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. Stemming from China, it modifies the flow of energy (qi or chi) throughout the body by inserting fine needles into specific body locations and pressure points. Acupuncture has many uses for health maintenance, including: anxiety, depression, digestive issues (nausea, IBS), pain relief (rheumatoid arthritis), migraines, Parkinson’s disease, and as rehabilitation for those who have experienced significant health battles.
2014 saw the rise of Crossfit, the fall of Zumba and everything in between, so what does that mean for 2015’s fitness trends? After looking into some fitness trends, these are three things you may want to recommend to your clients who are looking to achieve their health goals. Always remember that exercise expends calories and can help decrease stress levels, but you should never push your body to the point of pain.
1. Working out from home.
We live in an age where more people are working from home, young adults have increasingly hectic schedules and people are on their smartphones all the time, always. It makes sense then that gym hours and workout class times don’t really work with our schedules. Enter workout classes that you can do online or on your smart TV wherever, whenever. Don’t feel like venturing out into the cold air to make it to yoga? Try Black Swan Yoga TV instead. Want to do an ab workout but can’t seem to fit a 45 minute class into your schedule? Try Sworkit, an app that gives you exercises for your chosen target area for an amount of time that works for you. With free apps and online workout classes that are cheaper than going to a studio, “I don’t have time” and “it’s just so expensive” can help your change resistant client to add some fitness to his or her daily routine.
It seems like every year these absurd New Year’s diet plans pop up everywhere. Promises of weight loss, muscle gain, fat melting…you name it, we’ve heard of it. Except for when we haven’t heard of it. The fat melting what? The what diet?
I find myself uncertain what new fad diets entail pretty regularly, so this year I investigated some popular ones. After googling “new years diet plans” I found four diet plans that you might want to know about before your client does.
1. Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan (Dr. Oz)
This diet regimen limits food to high protein and low carb options. You make the detox broth, a vegetable soup from which all vegetables are removed (fiber, where are you?) that you can consume unlimited amounts of, and focus on vegetables and protein. The ultimate goal is to wean yourself off wheat, sugar, alcohol and caffeine, among other things. Like the majority of Dr. Oz fads, this diet holds very little sway in my book. Yes, it’s only a two week regimen and you are incorporating more fruits and vegetables, but it doesn’t encourage exercise, I question the science that this is fundamentally based on and it doesn’t teach healthy eating habits. Ultimately, your client may lose a few pounds but will probably but them back on when he or she returns to normal eating habits.