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November Staff Spotlight

 When did you start practicing yoga? I started practicing yoga 19 years ago when I was pregnant with my son.  Favorite yoga pose? Rag doll Most challenging yoga pose? I’d love to master a solid handstand What made you want to become a yoga teacher? I saw how beneficial yoga can be and wanted to share it not only with those who were already practicing but those who might be intimidated by yoga. I teach yoga to kids, seniors, and people who are all different shapes and sizes.   Why did you choose to teach yoga in this field? I have struggled with anxiety and depression my whole life and yoga helped me be calm and centered and manage it. I wanted others to experience the healing benefits of yoga just as I have. How do you feel...

Healthy Maple Pumpkin Bread

Looking for a healthy but yummy snack going into our holiday season? Pumpkin bread is the perfect food to have on hand morning, noon, or night.  Since it contains ingredients that pack a nutritional punch it is delicious anytime of the day.  Starting out the day with nut butter spread on a slice provides some satiating protein and fiber.  Having a slice mid-afternoon with a chai latte (think boost of Calcium) is a great snack to provide energy to last the afternoon commute.  Or enjoy after a bowl of chili on a cool Fall night to bring a sense of warmth and sweetness.  The ingredients in this recipe are easy to find in the grocery store or you may already have them in your kitchen cupboards.  See below to learn a little more about a...

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Pasta with Homemade Turkey Meatballs

Who doesn’t love a homemade pasta meal? THIRA Health’s team of dietitians has approved this healthy recipe, and elaborated on why substituting whole grain noodles or zucchini spiraled noodles and making your own homemade marina is such a great choice. Tomato sauce is not only delicious and versatile, it also contains lycopene which is the pigment in red fruits, including tomatoes, watermelon, and pink grapefruit.  Lycopene is plant-based antioxidant and studies have linked it to having decreased the risk of some cancers and contributing to heart health.  The mashed tomatoes in tomato sauce, as well as the presence of a fat (olive oil in this recipe), make it easier for the digestive system to absorb the lycopene. Whole grain noodles contain the entire grain kernel, meaning they contain a higher amount of dietary fiber versus white...

Pumpkin Energy Bites

Are you ready for it to be fall?  Do you love pumpkin spice lattes, comfy sweaters, and warm spices like cinnamon? Then this is just for you! THIRA Health is lucky to have a team of Diet Tech's and Registered Dietitians to monitor the nutrition of our patients and lead educational practices like Food and Mood groups. In Food and Mood groups clients learn how to make nutrient-rich meal and snack choices and how these choices will affect the way they feel throughout their day. This month, we are featuring one of the team's tasty fall favorites: Pumpkin Energy Bites! These energy bites make a great, nutrient rich snack for the fall. This recipe includes a mixture of carbohydrate and protein, a combination that provides our bodies with balanced...

The NAMI National Convention

On June 21st, 2019 NAMI held their National Convention in Seattle. The convention provided the community an opportunity for education, connection, and access to resources. This annual event supports individuals living with mental illness and their loved ones. What is NAMI? NAMI stands for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and is our nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. NAMI also has more than 500 affiliates that work in local communities to help provide support and education on mental illness. Their goal is to educate, advocate, listen, and lead in fighting stigma and encourage understanding of the importance of mental health. What does NAMI do for you? NAMI has a plethora of knowledge and tools to help anyone and everyone who is affected by mental illness. Their website features pages such as, “Know the Warning Signs”, which gives...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

By Emily Fitch, RD and Allison Thompson, RD   It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness week. We’ve been struggling with what to write – there are already blog posts with Eating Disorder (ED) facts, statistics, mottos for recovery, and much more out there. We know that children are 242 times more likely to develop an eating disorder than type 2 diabetes, for example – yet we hear so much more about the importance of a ‘healthy weight’, and not so much about how to promote balanced and nourishing messaging about health and weight. We know that recovery isn’t just about weight restoration, eating disorders often coexist with diagnoses like anxiety and OCD, eating disorders aren’t just about food, and recovery isn’t a straight line. Eating disorders are complicated medical and...

5 Tips For Improving Bad Habits

Our habits, over time, build up the experiences that define our lifestyle and the way we approach life. A habit can be physical and health-related, such as eating fatty foods and sweets or smoking cigarettes, or it can be emotional and mental - such as the re-telling of a personal narrative that causes us stress. Habits are patterns of behavior that often happen outside of our awareness. While you may be most aware of the habits that work against you, what matters most is taking action for change. It is crucial to understand that ineffective habits don’t go away on their own. Unfortunately, breaking a bad habit can be quite daunting for people, and there’s deep-seeded behavioral reasoning for this. We’re hard-wired to re-create experiences that...

Breaking the Stigma

More celebrities leading the way for mental health awareness.  Mental health awareness has been brought into the spotlight as of late. More and more artists, celebrities, musicians, and actors have been coming forward with their own accounts of personal struggle with mental health. By using their influence to spread knowledge about the stigma surrounding mental health, positive strides have been made for everyday people struggling with mental health problems. The stigma surrounding mental health can be broken down into two parts. As Dr. Graham Davey writes, “Social stigma is characterized by prejudicial attitudes and discriminating behavior directed towards individuals with mental health problems as a result of the psychiatric label they have been given.” The other facet of stigma when it concerns mental health is perceived...

Healthy Reminders For New Moms (on Mother’s Day!)

An estimated one in six women suffer from postpartum depression, and many more develop compulsive behaviors (such as washing their hands or obsessively checking whether their baby is breathing.) As a cocktail of hormones surge and sleep arrives less regularly, anxiety and depression can weigh heavily on new parents—and particularly on moms who must nurse around the clock. It’s important to remember that taking good care of a baby is impossible without taking good care of yourself. Below are some reminders for staying healthy after becoming a mother:   1. Indulge in healthy food Indulging in healthy food throughout the day will maximize the energy you have as a new mom. The quality of your breast milk will be consistent, regardless of what you choose to eat, but poor...

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How to Spot a Fad Diet — A Few Red Flags to Watch For

The characteristics of a fad diet are built around the intense, contagious enthusiasm for a niche weight-loss strategy, and the general promise of a faster and easier pathway to results. These crazes seem to emerge without scientific credibility or precedent, and are most often accompanied by the toned abdomen of a popular, fast-talking swami. Unfortunately and predictably, the individuals who are most easily victimized by the false pretenses of a fad diet are those concerned with so dramatically altering their physical appearance that they resemble another person—and to make matters worse, they want a shortcut for doing so. The language of dieting diversions is meant to exacerbate these feelings of insecurity and inaction, and to prey upon the confusion felt by an unsupported individual in need...

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