I hope this finds you well. We have a new Fall Newsletter with the latest happenings at Feeding The Body Feeding The Soul. You can click on the link HERE to catch up with all of our news.
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Wishing you the best of Health and Wellness in All that you do. You may access the newsletter here https://mailchi.mp/cd858d2523da/start-off-september-with-spectacular-selections-at-ftbfts
Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
I am writing a post to say hello. There is so much going on at Feeding The Body Feeding The Soul. It is summertime, however, and I think- “people are busy and don’t want to be bothered”.
I know that your summers are full of travel, swimming, relaxing, spending time with family and more. So why would you want to see what we are doing?
If you are like me- you love to learn- the more the better. So maybe you want come and learn a Healing Modality for yourself- we teach Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy and Universal Rays Healing Therapy programs.
Or maybe you want to treat yourself to a session? Summertime and the living is easy- but not if you feel stressed or out of sorts- this would be a great time to try one of these services to allow for greater ease and focus for when you are ready to roll up your sleeves and push ahead.
Maybe your digestion or other health issues are rearing their heads and you would like them just to quiet down- and want to see what tools we offer here through Functional Nutrition.
Or maybe you were thinking about one of those cool tests we offer? ALCAT Food and Chemical Sensitivity Testing or Micronutrient Testing just to see if you are on your game where your Inflammation or Vitamin and Mineral Levels are concerned?
Perhaps you want to help your child organize their diet for school because they have a small focus issue and you would like to see how Nutrition can make these year easier for them in their school work or sports.
So these are just some of the many ways we can help you if you can find an hour or two for yourself- while the living is easy- summertime.
Let me know if you would like to come in or have a computer session. WE offer many more sessions too including intuitive sessions,healing for pets and more.
So that’s it for me-
Have a great Summer Day!
Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
Reiki Master, IET Master, Teacher, UR Healer Teacher
Medium, Nutritionist, Spiritual MinisterHappy Summer!
Nutritionist, Spiritual Minister
Happy May 2018!
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day celebrating the beauty of Spring wherever you are on the planet. Some places have cherry trees blooming, others a little snow still, while others have the beaches warming for a season of Spring/Summer fun.
As providers of healing for both mind, body and spirit- I am happy to share our Spring and and Summer Offerings with you for May and June of 2018.
Spring is well underway and it is a life affirming time of renewal, growth, activity, new projects. It is a thoughtful time of planning and re-evaluation; in these ways it is a mini version of the type of lifestyle that Feeding The Body Feeding The Soul looks to create for you our clients all year long.
Our relaxing energy sessions such at Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy(IET) and Universal Rays (UR) Healing incorporate positivity, renewal and just a touch of magic that help you understand and envision your goals more clearly. An intuitive/mediumship session can heal you heart and help you move forward knowing you are loved and supported.
Our Nutrition Counseling and Testing can implement a mix of diet and supplementation designed to meet your individual needs for weight loss, health and physical energy.
I am very pleased to announce a whole new look to our Supplement Department through Designs For Health. If you have ordered products from me before for digestion or Nutrition Support then I have BIG news! I have a new site with a new link and for switching over your product ordering to here you get 25% off your first order. Then of course you can continue using the discount code DFH10% everytime you order all year long.
Use this link: https://feedingthebodyfeedingthesoul.ehealthpro.com/
and use this code: FIRST25
If you like to order from Amazon for your Designs For Health products then use this code for your discounts. http://designsforhealth.com/amazon and this code: DFH15128. This is Win-win-win. Discounts, Good Health, Wellness. I am just thrilled that I went to change my phone number and got a whole new site.
These products are clean, appropriately priced and I am proud to offer them while watching you get better and better in your physical health, digestion and overall performance in all you do.
In this Season of Spring and New Growth we are pleased to offer:
GIFT CERTIFICATES- Need a last minute gift idea? Our gift certificates for someone on your birthday, Mother's Day or Father's Day gift list is the perfect present of health and healing. Use or reference code of SPRINGCLEANING to receive 15% off a session- good through the end of December 2018 if purchased by 5/30/18.
The Path of Light Class- has just begun, there is still time to join
Contact Nancy for details or if you prefer the next Path of Light Course will begin in August 2018.
For those who have completed Path of Light- you may join us in the class The Path of Love starting in June. So order your book and space now for this magnificent class that will offer you clear thinking, healing and open you up to all that you are.
There will be new classes in Reiki, IET and UR Healing and of course our time tested Nutrition Sessions and tests that will guide you though your health challenges to be the best you can be.
Check the website for classes or to book your appointments in May and June. Look for our next Weigh To a Thinner You Course on line and our Universal Rays Training Program Levels one and Two coming up in June . Of course our monthly Reiki 1 and 2 and Many levels of Integrated Energy Therapy Training are on the calendar for your learning and growth.
Wishing you the most flourishing Spring and Summer Seasons yet to come!
UNF Nutrition and Dietetics Student
Have you heard?
April is Florida’s Tomato Month! Tomatoes are such a fun fruit with many nutritional benefits and uses. The tomato comes in many different forms and sizes such as the grape tomato and the cherry tomato, which are the smaller shaped tomatoes seen on side salads. Salad tomatoes are the plump round and red tomato we all picture in our heads whenever we hear the term “tomato”. Salad tomatoes are more commonly seen sliced on burgers and sandwiches. Examples are Roma, Early Girl, Heirloom, and Beefsteak. These specific tomatoes are also good to use for a tomato sauce. But enough of what you already know, lets start learning about phytochemicals.
Phytochemicals are compounds produced by plants that are believed to affect health.1 Phytochemicals found in tomatoes are carotenoids with the most prominent carotenoid being lycopene.2 Carotenoids are what provide tomatoes with their red color while lycopene is related to the antioxidant effect that tomatoes have. Lycopene has recently been studied for its health benefits and researchers have concluded that lycopene may be useful in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease.3 More reasons to eat some tomatoes, right?
Nutrients found within tomatoes include vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K, and even folate.4 These minerals and vitamins are good for… wait a minute, you should have seen this on my last article! (See blog post under National Nutrition Month). But just in case you’re new here, they are used in the body for warding off free radicals, muscle contractions, blood clotting, and the conversion of homocysteine to methionine, respectively.
If all of this new information has gotten you into the mood for a tomato or maybe you want to start incorporating them into your diet, here’s a recipe for you to try at home.
Serves: 8 servings
Serving Size: 2 slices • Calories: 153 • Fat: 3.4 g • Saturated Fat: 0.4 g • Carbs: 25.7 g • Fiber: 0.9 g • Protein: 5.1 g
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Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
I love smoothies. They’re super convenient for an on the go meal or snack, and they taste great. You figure they would be pretty healthy since they’re filled with heathy fruits. But, lurking in that blend of fruit filled deliciousness lies a little monster called sugar. Yes, sugar in fruit is a little different because all the fiber, but, it’s generally the addition of sweet ingredients, like agave that are may make a smoothie an unhealthy choice. Even using all-natural ingredients, you may still end up consuming more calories than you desire. No need to worry, you can still enjoy delicious smoothies using these super simple tips.
Special thanks to:
Kea Schwarz, UNF Nutrition Student
Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
Feeding The Body Feeding The Soul
For the last day of National Nutrition Month enjoy another informative and interesting post from one of the bright students at UNF.
Need an RDN? Contact me or your local RDN Nutritionist
Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
Men’s Nutrition: 7 Foods to Help with Men’s Health.
Kea M Schwarz
University of North Florida Nutrition Student
We can all agree that eating healthy combined with regular exercise is important for overall health. We can also agree that men and women are different. Men and women also have different nutrition requirements. Knowing what exactly is good to eat and why can be tricky. This list is in no way conclusive but, here are some healthy foods specifically tied to men’s health.
These nuts are magical for manhood. They are packed with selenium, which is a trace mineral that is important for hormone regulation. Only a small amount is needed for healthy sperm count, but even a small deficiency can have a huge impact on reproductive health. Studies suggest that men with lower testosterone and infertile men had much lower levels of selenium than the fertile group.
Rich in magnesium, spinach may decrease inflammation in blood vessels which increases blood flow. Blood flow is very important when it comes to being a man. The increase in blood flow moves blood to the lower extremities.
Watermelon is a great source of L-citrulline, an amino acid. Once in the body L-citrulline is converted to L-arginine which promotes nitric oxide production. This is suggested to increase blood flow.
Cherries are natures candy and make a great snack. One cup contains less than 100 calories and is loaded with vitamins and fiber. They are rich in anthocyanins which are plant chemicals that may help clean plaque in your arteries. This helps maintain healthy blood flow to all regions of the body.
Walnuts are a great dietary source of omega-3 fatty acids which may have anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Omega-3 fatty acid is also shown to increase blood flow to the heart. One thing that is important to remember is that high temperatures as well as prolonged exposure to air may impact the oils within walnuts. Therefore, it is important to keep them in an airtight container in a cool location, like a freezer to preserve this heart-healthy snack.
Quinoa offers all of the different amino acids the body needs. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. These help you rebound after those intense gym sessions. It has good levels of lysine, which is an amino acid that helps repair muscle tissues. Overall, quinoa is known as being a complex carbohydrate, excellent magnesium load, protein packed goodness, and satiating factor. It makes a great side dish or salad topper.
Lycopene is a phytonutrient that gives plants their red or orange color. It has been shown to possibly reduce the risk for developing prostate cancer. Lycopene is present in a variety of red, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables, like red bell peppers, tomatoes, and carrots. Furthermore, cooking foods high in lycopene increases the antioxidant rich lycopene levels in the foods. Also, adding a little extra fat, like olive oil helps the lycopene absorbs better than raw veggies. This is because lycopene is fat soluble.
Enjoy another Nutrition Article written by a student mentee Taylor from University of North Florida. Happy Holidays and Happy National Nutrition Month.
Nancy Cohen RDN LDN
Are You Eating Your Vitamins?
UNF Nutrition and Dietetic Student
It’s National Nutrition Month and to celebrate we’re talking vitamins. Are you getting enough? There are all kinds of supplements and one a day pills we can take, but why do that when you could eat your vitamins at each meal?
Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E are all very important to our health and each contribute a different benefit.
As you can see, it’s so important to ensure that your diet is full of color and variety so that you may be receiving all of those necessary vitamins. If you need help with creating meal plans or think you may be lacking a certain vitamin, call or see your local dietitian for some guided assistance!
Happy National Nutrition Month. Enjoy another delightful article from one of the talented UNF Nutrition Students I am honored to work with. Have a Nutrition Question or challenge? firstname.lastname@example.org
Stress Reducing Herbs with Recipes
Kea M. Schwarz- Dietetic Student UNF
Stress is something many of us deal with on a daily basis. It can be impossible to avoid in today’s high-pressure society. But before turning to prescription drugs, maybe try some natural remedies first. Every culture has roots in some form of herbal medicines. They have been created as a result of historical and anecdotal evidence. Here are a few more simple recipes that may help ease your stress.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
This is the classic calming herb. The flowers have a gentle sedative property that may help calm the physical body and mind minus drowsiness. Tea made from chamomile flowers has been used to treat sore muscles, inflammation, tension, restlessness, and nerves. In one study, chamomile showed potential for providing antidepressant activity as well as anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) activity. Chamomile may provide clinically meaningful antidepressant activity that occurs in addition to its previously observed anxiolytic activity. If you’re looking for a calming herb, this is a great one to start with. It is great by itself and pairs wonderfully with food.
Strawberry and Honey Chamomile Popsicle
Recipe alteration courtesy of https://vanillaandbean.com/honey-chamomile-popsicles/
Lavender is a popular nerve tonic known for its relaxing effects. It is thought to help calm the body from head to toe while soothing anxiousness. In a study done to test the effects of lavender on anxiety and depression it was found potential anxiety reducing effects in humans suffering from low anxiety, but these effects were not suggested to extend to conditions of severe anxiety. Additionally, lavender was suggested to help aid in sleep quality. I usually enjoy lavender in a warm tea where I can inhale the volatile compounds and sip a soothing drink. However, I found this great lavender lemonade recipe. Its quite sweet, so I added less sugar to mine. Overall, it is quite refreshing.
Blueberry Lavender Scones
Recipe courtesy of https://www.101cookingfortwo.com/zero-fat-blueberry-scones/
Passion Flower (passiflora incarnara)
Passionflower is thought to help promote restful sleep. In a double blind, placebo-controlled study, forty participants consumed one cup of tea and completed a sleep diary for seven days. Based on the sleep diary, Sleep quality had a better overall rating for passionflower compared to the placebo. This study supports the thought that low doses of passion flower (passiflora incarnara) in tea form may subjectively help, in the short term sleep, with enhancing sleep quality.
TeaRecipe courtesy of http://theherbgardener.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-make-passion-flower-tea.html.
Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
Lemon balm is usually found in combination with other herbs, but it may have anti-anxiety on its own. In a pilot study lemon balm was administered as a water-based drink or in yogurt. The participants self-rated their moods before the treatment as well as one and three hours after treatment. Their surveys showed that both the drink and yogurt treatments were associated with improved mood after consumption.
Berry-Banana-Lemon Balm Smoothie.
Important Disclaimers- Please Read
The statements listed above have not been evaluated by the FDA. These herbs are not drugs and are not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease or injury. The information on this page is not in any way meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Results may vary. Please consult your physician for a complete list of indications, warning, precautions, adverse events, clinical results, and other important medical information. This information should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem without consulting a qualified healthcare provider. Please do not consume these herbs if you are pregnant or breastfeeding unless suggested by your healthcare provider. Please seek out the advice from your child’s pediatrican if looking for natural remedies. These recipes are adult dosage levels. Please do not provide these recipes to children. Please consider potential drug interactions and consult a healthcare provider prior to ingesting any herbs if you are on anti-anxiety or anti-depression medication. Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how your body will react to these herbs. For any additional questions please consult your healthcare provider.
I am very pleased to have some wonderful Future Dietitians From UNF working with me this Spring. Enjoy their articles over the next few months. Here is Kea's contribution :)
Neuro Nutrition: Keeping A Healthy Mind and Body under Stress.
Kea M. Schwarz
What is stress?
Stress is neither inherently bad or good. It is a natural reaction to life experiences. Everyone experiences stress at some point whether because of work, family, war, or a new diagnosis. In the short-term stress can be beneficial to health. It could be what motivates you to prepare for a job interview. But when stress signals don’t stop firing, and it feels like a there’s knot in your stomach that just doesn’t go away, it can take a toll on your health. Chronic stress affects your overall well-being.
What does stress do to our minds and bodies?
Emotional and physical issues known to stem from stress include:
• heart attacks
• immune system disorders that increase susceptibility to viral and autoimmune infections.
• Skin rashes
• Gastrointestinal issues (GERD, ulcers, IBS, colitis)
Image courtesy of The American Institute of Stress.
Nutrients for stress reduction
A balanced diet can outweigh the negative impacts of stress by increasing immunity, stabilizing moods, and decreasing blood pressure. Here are a few nutrients that may help decrease the effects of stress.
• Complex Carbohydrates: these include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. These can all increase serotonin production in the brain. This helps stabilize blood pressure which may help reduce stress.
• Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Fatty fish, nuts and seeds (flaxseed, chia, walnut, pecans) are rich in omega- 3 fatty acids which may decrease stress hormone levels and protect against heart disease and depression.
• Antioxidants: This is a big one. Stress and anxiety is said to be correlated with an overall decrease in antioxidants. This leaves the body susceptible to free radicals which may be a factor in the development of some forms of cancer and atherosclerosis. Free radicals are reactive oxygen species that are made in our bodies when exposed to various chemical conditions or pathological states. A balance between free radicals and antioxidants is needed to maintain proper body functioning. Foods high in antioxidants include beans, fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, and spices like turmeric and ginger.
• Magnesium: This mineral is responsible for over 200 enzymatic reactions in the human body. Therefore, there are many issues associated with low magnesium levels. Increasing levels of magnesium are linked to improved sleep quality, muscle relaxation, and lower blood pressure. Healthy sources include spinach, leafy greens, salmon, and soybeans.
• Vitamin C: Citrus fruits are very high in vitamin C. Consuming these fruits can reduce stress and boost the immune system. Adequate vitamin C intake may also help maintain healthy cortisol levels, which may support a healthier stress response.
• B-Vitamins: This is not just one vitamin, rather it is a group of them that can help our bodies though stressful times. Foods rich in B vitamins include, fish, nuts, seeds, liver, beetroot, bananas, chickpeas, broccoli, spinach, legumes, and dairy.
Exercise for Stress Reduction
Overall, exercise increases your health and sense of well-being. There may be some stress reducing benefits to exercising. First off, it increases your feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Also, exercise is seen as a method of meditation. When working out at the gym or playing a fast pace game of tennis the day’s irritations go away as you concentrate on your body movements. Focusing on a single task and creating a sense of energy optimism through sport can help you maintain a calm perspective in everything you do. This is because, regular exercise can increase self-confidence and may lower symptoms related to depression and anxiety. Exercise can also help improve sleep which is usually interrupted my stress and anxiety.
Get Some Sleep
Stress can keep you awake at night. Getting eight hours of sleep is very important for mental and physical health. Cutting back on caffeine, getting rid of unnecessary distractions, and participating in relaxing activities like yoga may help increase sleep.
Seek Out A Medical Professional
If you are still overwhelmed, please consult with a psychologist or other licensed mental health professional. They can help you learn to manage stress in an affective way, by identifying behaviors that may promote your stress. They can help you create a plan of action to address them. Furthermore, consulting with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in your local area will also help provide valuable information on how food influences stress, depression, and anxiety. They will work with you to help you understand better food options that may assist with symptoms related to stress.
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4. Naidoo U. Nutritional Strategies to Ease Anxiety. Harvard Health Publishing. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/nutritional-strategies-to-ease-anxiety-201604139441. 2016. Accessed February 23, 2018.
5. Explore Integrative Medicine. Eat Right, Drink Well, Stress Less: Stress-Reducing Foods, Herbal Supplements, and Teas. https://exploreim.ucla.edu/nutrition/eat-right-drink-well-stress-less-stress-reducing-foods-herbal-supplements-and-teas/. 2014. Accessed February 23, 2018.
6. Mayo Clinic. Exercise and Stress: Get Moving to Manage Stress. 2015. Accessed February 23, 2018.
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