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Wellness
Published Tuesday Jul 23, 2019 by Edie Horstman

Eating Well to Nourish an Active Lifestyle

Nutrition
Food
Fitness

Whether you’re a seasoned yogi, circuit training fanatic, cycling junkie, or you love taking your workout outside, having enough energy to sustain any type of physical activity is so important. Have you ever felt like you could barely make it through your exercise class—due to lightheadedness or dehydration—or for days after your workout, you felt sore and weak? Among many culprits, it’s possible that all of these symptoms are rooted in one simple fix: proper nutrition.

Reminder: you're unique.

While the health and wellness industry can seem overwhelming and complex, remember that you are a bio-individual. In other words, you have specific nutritional requirements based on your genetics, activity level, intolerances, stress, etc. And although you may want to jump on the latest fad or trend, what works for someone else may not work for you. Therefore, it’s best to get back to the basics and think about nutrition from the lens of your own unique needs.

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Reminder: you're unique.

While the health and wellness industry can seem overwhelming and complex, remember that you are a bio-individual. In other words, you have specific nutritional requirements based on your genetics, activity level, intolerances, stress, etc. And although you may want to jump on the latest fad or trend, what works for someone else may not work for you. Therefore, it’s best to get back to the basics and think about nutrition from the lens of your own unique needs.

Find a balance.

As an intuitive eater—something that I have been practicing for a few years—I’ve learned to find a balance between what I’m truly craving (hello, nightly chocolate habit), what’s available from a local/seasonal perspective, and what my body needs on a cellular level. As someone with PCOS and insulin resistance issues, I make sure that what I’m eating both balances my blood sugar and sustains my fairly active lifestyle. Speaking of an active lifestyle, it’s been so great to use the MINDBODY app to check out new workout studios, beauty services, and wellness businesses in Denver. The app has made finding and scheduling my classes and appointments a breeze. 

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Find a balance.

As an intuitive eater—something that I have been practicing for a few years—I’ve learned to find a balance between what I’m truly craving (hello, nightly chocolate habit), what’s available from a local/seasonal perspective, and what my body needs on a cellular level. As someone with PCOS and insulin resistance issues, I make sure that what I’m eating both balances my blood sugar and sustains my fairly active lifestyle. Speaking of an active lifestyle, it’s been so great to use the MINDBODY app to check out new workout studios, beauty services, and wellness businesses in Denver. The app has made finding and scheduling my classes and appointments a breeze. 

Fuel your fitness.

All of that said, wellness starts at home. And specifically for me, wellness starts in the kitchen. Both pre- and post-workout nutrition play a major role in ensuring adequate stamina during exercise, as well as a swift recovery process afterward. One of my favorite ways to refuel after exercise is with real, whole foods (preferably with produce I’ve picked up at the Union Station Farmers’ Market!). 

After your next fitness class, try out my favorite Soft Scrambled Eggs recipe to keep you energized and ready to take on the rest of the day!

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Fuel your fitness.

All of that said, wellness starts at home. And specifically for me, wellness starts in the kitchen. Both pre- and post-workout nutrition play a major role in ensuring adequate stamina during exercise, as well as a swift recovery process afterward. One of my favorite ways to refuel after exercise is with real, whole foods (preferably with produce I’ve picked up at the Union Station Farmers’ Market!). 

After your next fitness class, try out my favorite Soft Scrambled Eggs recipe to keep you energized and ready to take on the rest of the day!

Edie Horstman MINDBODY
Written by
Edie Horstman
Certified Nutrition Health Coach
About the author
Edie Horstman is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, wellness blogger, and freelance writer. She works with health-focused brands, co-creating content in the digital marketing space. When she's not at her desk, you can find her at the farmers' market, mindfully moving her body, or creating something delicious in the kitchen.
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.