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How to make a “balanced” smoothie

With what seems like millions of smoothie recipes available, it can be a bit overwhelming to start including a daily smoothie. Smoothies are a great way to include more veggies (in particular, more greens) as many of us are not often getting enough vegetables daily. Vegetables are extremely... Continue Reading

The Stress of the Holidays and Emotional Eating – How to Recgonize Patterns & Start to Shift Them – Part 2

Emotional eating is quite common. It affects a large percentage of the population and it is a way for many of us to avoid addressing our underlying feelings. Reflect on the last time you gave in to emotional eating. When asked if eating helped soothe your feelings, your initial response might... Continue Reading

These Times, They Are Crazy: Dealing with Isolation with Dr. Brunel

Isolation is an effective and well proven infection control strategy. During an epidemic, the isolation and treatment of infected patients together with the quarantining of those who could have been infected represent the most effective control measures. Unfortunately, it is also expected that... Continue Reading

The Energetics of Food: An Exploration through Kirlian Photography

“But why should I eat like this?” This is a common question that I get from my clients when I recommend organic, vibrant and whole-foods options. I find it incredibly difficult to answer that as every person is biochemically unique and presents with their own issues and challenges. I know on... Continue Reading
Healing-foods

Help me, I’m Sick! – Foods to Nourish Healing & Immunity

  Remember when you were a little kid and feeling SO under the weather that your parents let you stay home from school? As a child of immigrant parents who both worked, I have to say the days of staying home were far and few between. When I did stay home, I knew that I was ACTUALLY very... Continue Reading
toxic load

Ask Ralitza: Is “Toxic Load” a Thing?

Toxic load. It’s a term that gets passed around from one holistic practitioner to another without regard for understanding of the patient. What is this concept and how applicable is it to most of us? More importantly, does it even matter? To put it simply, toxic load is the accumulation of... Continue Reading
Anti-inflammatory-diet

What’s The Hype: Anti-Inflammatory Diets

Recently I was out with a friend and ordered a very simple meal consisting of poached mackerel with a double order of steamed vegetables. She seemed fairly appalled by my order and asked me why I was eating that way when it was such a gorgeous Saturday; we were out and about and I could eat... Continue Reading
Holistic Nutritional Consultant

Why You’ll Still Put in the Work: What A Holistic Nutritional Consultant Can and Cannot Do for You

Hi everyone. Ralitza here! I’m the Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant here at Naturmend. I’ve been in practice for 2 years and throughout that time have seen a variety of patients with a multitude of issues. There have been a few common themes that have popped up over the last few... Continue Reading
Travel Eats

Travel Eats

  “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” -Martin Buber I still remember my first international trip as clearly as if it was yesterday. Wandering through the streets of Cuba, I was only 16 and felt the narrow alleyways, colorful houses and smiling... Continue Reading
30 days of meditation

I Meditated for 30 Days: Here’s What I Learned

    Hi everyone! It’s me, Ralitza, your resident Holistic Nutrition Consultant. I know a lot of things about food, but I also know first-hand that stress can have a real impact on your life. Stress affects your body, mind, heart and spirit. It can lead to a myriad of effects,... Continue Reading