2018 is the year for Living Healthy and Integrative Functional Medicine!  I am so excited about this new year and the incredible information that I am going to share about Integrative Functional Medicine. I am finished with writing an article for Today's Dietitian that discuss about Complementary Alternative Medicine and hopefully will be published in 2018.  I am also very excited about sharing my knowledge about Essential Oils which I am going to be doing a webinar in March with Today's Dietitian and I have collaborate with Young Living as a distributor.  Please check out their website  https://yl.pe/5tqj  for the excellent essential oils and wellness products.  

There are so many new topics that Living Healthy will be covering this year for Integrative Functional Medicine.  This year, in the Living Healthy Movement Newsletter ever wonder what type of anti-inflammatory foods should you add to your meal plan?  This month Living Healthy M...

It was 42 degrees outside, but I knew that I had to get somewhere and the weather was not going to stop me today! This is the time of year and season to give back to those who are in need. Well, I had recently had that opportunity when volunteering at the Atlanta Community Food Bank!. When arriving there, I was not sure what I was going to do. I met with fellow Anthem co-workers and the Marietta East Lions Club who hosted this fantastic event! I was told to be ready to do some work and have some fun!...

Since 2017 is quickly coming to a close I had the best opportunity this past October in going to the Academy's Food and Nutrition Expo Conference 100th Anniversary in Chicago!  I was so excited to go to Chicago which is the headquarters of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  This year is my first year as Secretary of Dietitians Integrative and Functional Medicine Group (DIFM) so I was also excited to see our symposiums that we were having at the conference also!!  

After 2 days of DIFM Executive Board Meetings and doing secretarial work, I had the chance one night with my fellow DIFM friends to go to this incredible restaurant called True Foods Kitchen run by the famous renowned physician, Dr. Andrew Weil.  I have never heard of this place until we met with our wonderful waiter who explained the concept of the restaurant.   All of the meals that were prepared there was seasonal, anti-Inflammatory, gluten-free, naturally organic, vegetarian and vegan offerin...

Thanksgiving is a chance eat home cooked meals and desserts with the people we love.  But this is also a time that some persons go through a series of gluttony problems.  Can we change our relationship with food during this time? Yes, we can.  
 

For most people, food means many things besides simple nutrition. How we relate to food can help or hinder our efforts to achieve good health and reasonable body weight. People can learn a great deal about their relationship to food by keeping a daily food diary or by simple thinking about their motives every time they eat. A pattern may emerge of eating to relieve boredom, guilt or tension or to please others. For some, food has always been a reward for good behavior.  Others eat when they need to feel comforted.

Breaking the Pattern

Once the pattern is recognized, it can be broken. One way is to change some food related activities. This may involve setting a different time for eating and sticking to new time; eating onl...

        This week from October 1st - October 7th, 2017 is Mental Illness Awareness Week.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness and their participants across the country are raising awareness of mental illness. Each year they fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.  So join the fight click on this link to their website - https://www.nami.org/miaw

     Individuals with psychiatric disorders are often treated with psychotherapeutic agents drugs, but other treatment options exist. One safe and effective adjunct for treatment of psychiatric disorders are aromatherapy. Specific essential oils when applied dermally or inhaled enters the blood stream exerts measurable psychological effects (Perry &  Perry 2006). Aromatherapy can provide treatment for psychiatric disorders that is free of the adverse effects associated with conventional drugs (Perry &  Perry 2006).  Essential oils used to reduce anxiety, impro...

In September, I would like to reflect on the different diverse cultural religious food practices that had happened this month.  This  month for the Jewish community was Rosh Hashanah (Sept. 4th (sunset) thru Sept 6th (nightfall) ) which is a holiday, recognized in the Jewish New Year.  It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days, and is marked by abstinence, prayer, repentance and rest. During this time on the second day, fruits not yet eaten in the new season are served in tandem with a special blessing.  The first meal is consist of round challah, apples dipped in honey, chicken matzo ball soup, gefilte fish with horseradish, tsimmes (sweet orange colored mix of vegetables and fruit starting with carrots and adding either sweet potatoes, prunes, pineapple and sugar)  honey cake; apple cake; strudel; nuts.  The second meal: dates, figs, pomegranates, pumpkin, leeks and beets.

There was Yom Kippur (Sept 13th (sunset) thru Sept 14th(nightfall) ) This holiday is...

To all of my fellow yogis this is the month for you!  September is National Yoga Month! Yoga is more than a way to recharge the mind, stretch muscles and boost flexibly, the practice can reconnect an individual to their inner being and the community around them.

 But what is yoga?

Yoga can be summarized as three possibilities or approaches:

1. Yoga as Power–

Yoga can be explained as a means to attain a degree of power or control over the body and mind.  Yoga links the body and the mind through intense physical and mental effort. For instance, through rigorous physical practices a state of concentration is developed and maintained which is used to hold power over the body and the breath.    Within this approach, such control is often seen as prerequisite to the body and mind becoming free of disturbances and distractions.

2.  Yoga as Meditation – 

In this approach, yoga is a tool for a movement towards a deeper relationship with your sense  of soul, by searching both into and b...

The Fall season is coming and the weather is starting to get cooler.  This is a great time to start an daily active lifestyle plan of physical activity.  Alot of times we start out doing a physical activity plan in January as a New Years resolution but starting in the Fall shows true commitment in achieving a goal.  Each week make a effort to try to increase your physical activity by using some of these suggestions below.  Here’s how you can to start:

If you are inactive try to increase your daily activities by:

  1. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

  2. Hiding the TV remote control.

  3. Making extra trips around the house or yard

  4. Walking whenever you can.

  5. Cut down on watching the television, computer and video games.

If you are sporadic with exercise then start becoming consistent  by increasing your activity:

  1. Finding exercise activities you enjoy.

  2. Planning exercise activities in your day.

  3. Setting realistic goals.

If you are consistent...

    Psychoneuroimmunology is a study that investigates the interactions between behavior and the immune system, mediated by the endocrine and nervous systems (Ziemssen & Kern 2007).  Psychoneuroimmunology main interests are the interactions between the nervous and immune systems and the relationships between mental processes and health. Psychoneuroimmunology studies the connections or links between our "state" of mind and our "state" of health (Dohms 2016).   Psychoneuroimmunology research demonstrates that emotions influence immunological functioning and that too much stress has a negative impact on the functioning of the body’s immune system. Recent research suggests that the immune system can be enhanced or suppressed by external stimuli and that the brain reacts to external stimuli at an
unconscious level (Malkin, 2003). 


    Essential oils have been shown to have significant effects on mood states and these effects are believed to arise from stimulation of the...

I could not believe that this day finally has come!  My first time walking the Atlanta Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race! I am excited and hype up that I am one of the 60,000 + racers that are participating in this historic coveted race!  As you know being a part of this race is one of my bucket list goals so I knew that I will not let anything stop me for doing this race!

    

Before I left out the house to drive to the Marta train station, I heard on the radio that weather was going to be a code red.  Code red is the highest code of very high humidity and heat.  This is not the good news that a runner and walker wants to hear before going outside to do a 10K race!

 I knew that I must remember to hydrate myself by stopping at each water station along the race route in order to prevent severe dehydration.  I also knew that I had to pace myself and not start off the race running like the other walkers do.  The worse thing that I could not is tired myself during...

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