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Wellness
Published Thursday Mar 08, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

5 Nutritionists We’re Crushing On, Thanks to Instagram

Nutrition
Food

If you’re bored with the same old meal prep, the solution might be as simple as tapping the “Follow” button. In honor of National Nutrition Month, we encourage you to fill your feed with healthy inspiration from five badass babes who all have degrees in making dinner look real good. 


Abigail Kinnear

Abigail Kinnear


@nutritiontraveller

Corporate cutie turned eating explorer 

Combining health with travel, Kinnear’s style is off the beaten path—and that’s what we love about her. Quitting her corporate gig in New York City to travel and eat her way around the world, this nutritionist’s feed is the perfect mix of wanderlust and some serious food envy.Talk about a seasoned palate.


Christa Orecchio


Christa Orecchio

@thewholejourney 

Blonde babe on a mission to heal 

A clinical and holistic nutritionist, Orecchio’s journey is dedicated to helping people use food as medicine to heal from the root cause. The author of The Whole Journey as Medicine Cookbook and Healthy Life Handbook, this wellness guru is all about igniting the natural healing process of your mind, body and spirit. P.s. we’re currently living for her immune-boosting Fire Cider recipe!


May Zhu


May Zhu

@nutritionhappens 

Fashion-forward food lover 

Snapping photos of everything from Tumeric Apple Drop Biscuits to her favorite Chicago treats, we’re seriously obsessed with Zhu’s chic athleisure street style—a killer wardrobe and she can cook? Teach us how! As a registered dietitian, Zhu dishes out some wellness wisdom and reminds us that (ready for some real talk?) nutrition happens when you’re a food lover, too. 


Rachael DeVaux

Rachael DeVaux


@rachaelsgoodeats 

Healthy eating expert with a side of entrepreneur 

A lover of all things health and wellness, DeVaux fills her feed with colorful eats, gorgeous views, and Insta-worthy action shots. Living her dream as a registered dietitian and personal trainer, this babe gives people the tools they need to build healthy habits and live a balanced lifestyle. And did we mention DeVaux is launching Toast Society Cafe—the very first gourmet toast and coffee bar in Las Vegas—this spring? Sign us up for the avocado toast waiting list!

 

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Kylie Mitchell


@immaeatthat

Body positive baby mama ending diet culture 

Taking the diet out of being a registered dietitian, we’re swooning over Mitchell’s body positive message when it comes to our relationship with food. Working in eating disorder recovery in Houston, Texas, this mindful momma is here to tell you that the first rule of healthy eating is that there are no rules. Amen. 

 

Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, or just looking to add a dash of wellness to your feed, dig into these influencers who are nailing the nutrition game! 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.