I am thrilled to announce the first Intuitive Eating, Intuitive Living Workshop that I will be facilitating with Amber Barke LICSW, RYT. On a day to day basis I am reminded of the number of people struggling with food, exercise, and their bodies. Amber and I have developed a workshop to address these very challenges.
Registration and workshop details can be found on the Event Brite page. If you have any additional questions don't hesitate to send us an email or give us a call! Registration is limited to 12 and the early bird rate of $250 is only available until September 21st. After September 21st the rate will increase to $300.
I am really looking forward to joining with Amber to work with you on finding peace in the process of better self-care.
Marci marci at marcird dot com
Amber bodyandself at gmail dot com
On Wednesday, April 13th I'll be speaking at Harvard on the topic of "Balanced Living in Today's Culture" with two esteemed colleagues, Deb Schachter LICSW and Sheila Reindl EdD. The event is open to the public. I hope you can join us! Please see the Harvard Alumni events website for more details!
We'll be discussing how to navigate nutrition, emotional health, and body image issues in a culture that values extremes. Here is an introduction to what we plan to talk about:
Despite our best intentions to live a life that leaves us with a sense of wholeness, agency, and vibrancy, many of us, at one time or another, can find ourselves behaving in ways that leave us bewildered by and frustrated with ourselves. We know that we're out of balance, but knowing that is one thing, and actually living a balanced life is quite another.
William G. Perry, Jr., founding director of the Bureau of Study Counsel of Harvard University, used to say something to the effect that, “When you’ve got smart people who know perfectly well what to do and they aren’t doing it, you know you are in the presence of forces more powerful than intelligence or knowledge. And it’s time to get curious about those.”
This program will engage our curiosity about those powerful forces through presentation and discussion. We will consider what it means to make room for balance in the realms of nutrition, body image, and self acceptance in a world that seems to value
Recently I was contacted by Micah, weight loss blogger. He manages the Thintopia blog. This man is on a mission to find what really works when trying to lose weight. Anyone who knows me, knows that I look at food and weight pretty differently than a lot of other health experts. I'm a believer that it's important to focus on finding balance and consistency with nutrition and exercise. (Not such a glitzy message, eh?) I'm more concerned with finding habits that last a lifetime rather than weight loss and numbers. I truly believe that when we eat well and exercise in a moderate way, our weight finds a place that is healthy.
You can check out the interview on the Thintopia Blog. But here's the take-home:
- Food is meant to fuel our bodies and brains.
- I believe in enjoying food. So let's take the time to taste it rather than gulp it.
- Eliminating foods and food groups leads to an endless pattern of restricting and binging. Learning how to eat moderately is a process and may require outside support.
- Food journals can be a great tool to understand your eating patterns and provide accountability
The interview is about 20 minutes. If you watch or listen, let me know what you think!
Today I'm appearing on the Money Matters Network Radio Program at 2:00. You can tune in live here or listen at WBNW AM 1120 Boston.
I will be mentioning a handout: Nutritious Eating on a Budget. Click here to access the handout. And to those of you who tuned in and listened- thank you!
Feel free to call in and ask me an easy question. :) 888-205-2263.
I will be making my first radio appearance this Friday at 2:00 on the Money Matters Radio Network. You can tune in live here or listen at WBNW AM 1120 Boston.
I'll be talking about nutrition myths and facts relating to eating healthy on a budget, dieting, and metabolism. So get your questions ready! You can call in to 888-205-2263. I'd love to hear a friend on the other end of the line. :)
Wish me luck!
Sorry for my delay in blog posts! Not only have I been busy at work, but I had the misfortune of acquiring some sort of terrible stomach virus. Fortunately, I felt well enough to speak at the WECAN event at Harvard this afternoon on the topic of "Becoming Your Own Nutrition Expert."
One of the attendees was curious to know about natural, nutrition based remedies. And I had a great recommendation based on my recent stomach upset. It is the perfect "natural" antidote to a queezy stomach. It's called a Ginger Steamer from Crema Cafe' in Harvard Square. They use a ginger broth and add fresh lime juice and honey. Not only is it delicious, but totally warm and soothing. If you are on the verge of getting sick, have a bit of an upset tummy, or just want a feel good kind of drink- I highly recommend it!
Here's some reliable information from WebMD on ginger as an anti-nausea remedy.
For any of you ladies out there, you may be interested in attending Harvard's WECAN event on Saturday, March 27th. WECAN stands for Women's Empowerment Convention & Network.
Event details are listed here.
I'll be giving a workshop on "How to Become Your Own Nutrition Expert & Love Food Too!" I'll be raffling off a free nutrition session. There will also be a ton of other great speakers, workshops, and free giveaways. Hope to see you there!
In February I will be teaching a new nutrition class at the Wellbridge Athletic Club in Harvard Square
This evening I have the pleasure of giving a seminar on "Food & Mood" to a group of 15 friends who live in the Boston area. They all decided to chip in and hire me to give a nutrition seminar to their group of gal pals. I was so impressed that they wanted to spend their time with me, hearing about nutrition! What a great way to bond and strengthen friendships in a healthy way.
On Saturday I had a great time teaching a workshop at Wu Dao Kung Fu on fueling for exercise and everyday living. One of the things we discussed was using sports drinks for hydration, a topic that I thought others might be interested in as well.
I see people sipping on powerade, gatorade, vitamin water, etc. all the time. One thing to consider is that the purpose of the extra sugar and electrolytes is to replenish what is lost during extensive and very vigorous exercise. So I typically recommend using those types of drinks if you are exercising vigorosly for more than an hour. If you are exercising less than that, plenty of water along with a diet rich in whole fruits and veggies is likely sufficient.