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Our health and wellness blog is a great way to stay informed and be inspired when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Blog posts are added regularly.

Unpacking What it Means to Live “Sustainably”

Unpacking What it Means to Live “Sustainably”

What does it mean to live sustainably? In the wake of COVID, many people, including myself, have been seeking out ways to re-establish how we have been treating ourselves, our peers, and our planet. Our day-to-day lives have changed drastically in the past year. We...

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Living a Balanced and Sustainable Lifestyle

Living a Balanced and Sustainable Lifestyle

Living Sustainably In life, we take the easy way out. It’s effortless how unconsciously we choose it. We live in such a fast paced society and are fighting to stay ahead. Putting our needs before others and the common good has become our way of life. Survival of the...

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Cultivating a Deeper Connection to the Body Through Food

Cultivating a Deeper Connection to the Body Through Food

My Food Journey My relationship to food has evolved quite a bit over the past few years. Before I learned what healthy foods really were, my diet consisted of a lot of carbs, processed foods, and sugars. Because the foods I ate were low in vital nutrients my body...

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Nourishing the Body with Healing Foods

Nourishing the Body with Healing Foods

Nourishing Our Bodies with Healing Foods Our bodies are incredible things. They have the ability to create, grow, and heal all while sustaining life. The importance of taking care of our bodies is obvious, yet proves to be challenging. Life has its temptations, and...

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Feeling Empowered Amidst Big Dietary Changes

Feeling Empowered Amidst Big Dietary Changes

Integrating Wellness in Our Daily Lives Something I admire about the practitioners at Ampersand is their commitment to fully embodying our mission by practicing integrative wellness in their own daily lives. When I joined the group, I wanted to do the same so I...

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Food in Recreation

Food in Recreation

My food journey is not unlike many others. I’d be remiss to talk about food without talking about trauma and resilience. For those who know me, understanding my relationship with food has taken many twists and turns much like my relationship with my body. And boy has...

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Healing my Body with Nutritious Foods

Healing my Body with Nutritious Foods

Food and nutrition are sensitive topics for me. Yet I’m still very happy to share how nutrition has helped my healing journey.  As a personal trainer, food and nutrition play an important role in helping my clients and I reach our goals. Like peanut butter and jelly,...

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Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine

The Nutritionist will guide the public and provide them with knowledge about the most important element in their lives they can control to take charge of their health: the food on the ends of their forks. Hippocrates, largely regarded as the Father of Modern Medicine,...

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“Good” vs. “Bad” Foods, Labels That you Should Reconsider

“Good” vs. “Bad” Foods, Labels That you Should Reconsider

  Let’s try an activity. I’m going to list out some foods, and I want you to think to yourself “good” or “bad.” Salad Cookies Beer Salmon Ice Cream Fried Chicken Spinach Pizza Chocolate All of the foods I listed above are OKAY to eat. Eating any of those “good” or...

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Using Music to Optimize Heart Health

Using Music to Optimize Heart Health

Music has strong potential to optimize heart health, and research continues to illuminate the many ways that music can influence our physiology. Listening to preferred music is associated with changes in brain structures which promote healthy heart activity, such as...

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Heart Disease: Our Number One Killer Year After Year

Heart Disease: Our Number One Killer Year After Year

Heart Disease Heart disease causes over 650,000 US deaths each year (nearly 1 in 4 deaths). It is not only our number one killer, but is a name for an umbrella of chronic conditions that tens of millions of people in the US suffer from every day.  Arrhythmia, high...

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