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"I do not understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are, but does not leave us where it found us."
- Anne LaMott


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The views expressed are those of the authors and should not replace medical advice by your qualified healthcare professional. Before starting any nutrition program, you should always consult your physician.


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Caffeine Confounds: A Need or Want
Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Only actions give life strength;
only moderation gives it charm.
-Jean Paul

Are we fueled by our needs or wants in life?  Perhaps both.  For example, I know I want to start my morning ritual with a warm cup of tea or coffee as I sit down to work at my desk.  I may even need my morning 8 ounce cup of tea with its 40 mg of caffeine (which increases the longer I brew it) or the 85 mg of caffeine if I drink an 8 oz cup of brewed drip coffee.

In today’s market we have so many different caffeine options.  There are products like Chai Milk Chocolate made by Theo Chocolate who in an “artistry” fashion blend black tea and organic cocoa for caffeine enjoyment.  Caribou Coffee tops every espresso drink with a chocolate covered coffee bean just for good measure.  Thank you and don’t forget to chew your caffeine.

Globally consumed & FDA approved, caffeine is a “generally recognized as safe“, mood-altering, habit-forming drug that many swear they need to function.  Ummm…..so is it good for you?  You be the judge of that… (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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Can Pizza Help Retrain Your Palate?
Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

A Little Pizza with Salad Please

A little pizza with SALAD please

I was talking to a friend the other day and we got into a discussion about how as adults we are so careful about what we serve our children (and pets for that matter) to eat.  We make sure they try foods like oatmeal and go to great lengths to ensure they eat fruits and vegetables.   If we do take them to Chik-fil-A they have to eat the apples and drink milk while we swallow whole those delicious waffle fries and discretely sip soda.  We encourage kids to eat breakfast while we run out the door without eating or if we are lucky pick up a muffin while we stand in line for our 300 calorie Starbucks drink.

Time and logistics play a major role in what we eat but truth be known I think Marcia Levin Pelchat, PhD, at Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia hits it on the head by acknowledging in Today’s Dietitian article that scientifically speaking, “people tend to eat what they like.” (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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Probiotics: Cultured Enough For Kefir?
Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Kefir - A Cultured Smoothie

Kefir - A Cultured Smoothie

When I usually meet people and they find out my profession.  Something like the following typically ensues:

“You are a dietitian!  That is so great.  I love kefir.”  This has happened one too many times in my life, especially in the last few years.  My confession:

My name is Anu and I am a Registered Dietitian and I have not tried kefir.  That is until recently.

I had been pretty satisfied moseying along with my daily 2 to 3 live healthy bacteria found in my favorite yogurt.  Then just the other day as I was perusing one of my favorite grocery store I saw Lifeway’s kefir on sale and I thought why not? (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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Tea: Can it Help You Embrace Your Life & Health?
Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Green and Black Tea

They say the path to wholeness is in embracing everything in your life.  The good and the bad, the hard and the simple, the dark and the light, yin and yang so to speak.  In essence every part of yourself.  That sounds obvious enough but really we all know how hard it is to do.  Especially when you are in the midst of living without the space and time to reflect on your life.

How did you get where you are today?

That was the question I was asking myself the other day after a jarring dream.  We have all had that, right?  A dream that just rocked your night, week, even life…

As I sat with my cup of tea (like half the people in the world and perhaps some of them were also pondering) when I finally realized that my lesson was to accept all of my life experiences including the ones that weren’t ideal. (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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Life: One Food at a Time
Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Priorities in life are bound to be different for each one of us. Our environment influences us directly and indirectly, however, our good earth may not always make our daily priority cut-off.  Yet, perhaps it should be part of our concern for life.

When we are able to buy locally grown organic foods we decrease pesticide consumption, the environmental costs and potentially improve our nutrition.

It has been well-documented that on average organic foods have more nutrients; such as magnesium, vitamin C, iron, and phosphorus, compared to conventional crops. In general organic foods are more nutrient-dense then conventionally grown produce.  We also know that organic produce have less pesticide residues and the proof so to speak is in the organic pudding! (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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Organic: 12 Ways to Decrease Pesticides in Your Diet
Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Seedlings in Soil

“If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine.”
–John Harrison

Can you smell the dirt?

I finally can and that is how I know Springtime is here.  The perennials are starting to push their way past last year’s dead flowers and sticks.  (I should have pruned them back).  But that is what I love about Spring.  No matter what you did or did not do…Spring still comes through.  It really is about new beginnings.

As the grass revives itself and delicate green shoots gingerly grow and eager little buds turn into blossoms, what is at work behind the scene is under-appreciated dirt.  Or should I call it by its proper name, Soil, with a capital S.  After all, it is the soil that nourishes not only the plants but also animals and us. (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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Sustenance: In the Flowers & Vitamin C
Monday, March 30th, 2009

Nasturtium SaladI am recently coming off an “all-nighter” after I don’t know how long.  I remember doing this in my early twenties and my body never rebuking me quite the way it does now.  A meager three hours of consolidated sleep along with aches and pains in my body got me seriously thinking… What in my life provides me with sustenance?  What is it that allows me to function better than I am right now.  I decided I needed to make a sustenance list and really learn from this experience.

Well for starters sleep is on the top of my sustenance list.  Restorative sleep truly is underrated… that is until it is gone. Down-time, mindfulness, and organization are also on my sustenance list.

Along with food of course.  (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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Goodness in Life: Tortilla Soup
Friday, March 20th, 2009

In a life with a to-do-list that could always be shortened, I find myself constantly carving out the perfect work-life balance that is uniquely mine.  Not my husband’s, my best friend or even yours.  Ah…only mine.   A bit heady and daunting this business of work-life balance.

In my quality of life equation I find myself particularly happy when I have woken up early, exercised, learned something new for the day, made some kind of contribution, researched something, written something, cooked something, helped somebody (including myself), hugged a little bit, and enjoyed music during the day.

Some days are good and some not so much.

But it is all worth striving for because it is my own formula of happiness.  Soup to me is like life.  So many things can be in your life and all together it makes for a fabulous and hearty experience.  Leaving you content.  I have found as I coach others on wellness that the underpinnings of simplicity make for the best life and tortilla soup.  Read on for the recipe. (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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French Women and French Lettuce: Mache
Friday, March 13th, 2009

Mache or Lamb's LettuceThe other night I was relishing the buttery nuances on my taste buds.  I was so happy that my experiment of trying the lovely French mache (found at Trader Joes for $2.49/bag), proved to be delightful and nutritious.

In a world of bitter to peppery herbs found in pre-washed mesclun mixes a new face is on the horizon, mache aka lamb’s lettuce imported from France and now cultivated in Salina Valley, California.

Mache or lamb’s lettuce is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid and beta carotene to name a few nutrients, while softer and kinder on the palate then it’s sister herbs.

Mireille Guiliano, the author of French Women Don’t Get Fat, enjoys mache salad with cherry tomatoes, fresh goat cheese and Normandy apple for lunch.  Sounds intriguing…but you are not French, don’t really care for salads, and the likelihood of you going to Trader Joes or Whole Foods to buy mache feels like a bit of a stretch… (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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Yoga Important? NIH Thinks So…NIH Yoga Week 2009
Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Yoga

Open your heart.  Feel your body with compassion.  Feel the sound current of OM resonating through your physical and vibrational body.  Breath.  REALLY breath.  Inhale and feel your lungs expand and exhale with your diaphragm.  Release the stress.  Be present in the here and now and feel your body.  Scan your body.  Breath Deeply. Repeat.

If this was at all appealing you have just gotten a tiny teaser of what yoga offers.  However, yoga as with many things in life cannot be explained but must be experienced.

I recently heard someone comment, “Yoga, isn’t that what movie stars do?”  For many people the term “yoga” is still associated with individuals who have their own personal trainers or yoga instructors, are really flexible, or need to manage their stress.

Heck, we all experience stress and for that very reason could benefit from yoga.  But truth be known yoga may not just be a nicety of stress management.  (more…)

Anu Kaur, MS, RD, RYT
Wellness Coach, Registered Dietitian & Yoga Teacher

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