Giving the Gift of Fitness | Nutrition Nuptials | Mandy Enright MS RDN RYT

How to Give the Gift of Health & Fitness

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With the holiday season here, the challenge of finding your significant other the perfect gift has arrived. If getting healthy has been on your significant other’s Wish List, here are some approaches to giving the gift of health & fitness. Continue reading “How to Give the Gift of Health & Fitness”

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Paint Your Plate Pink

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Every spring in Monmouth County, NJ we have a breast cancer initiative called Paint the Town Pink.  Storefronts feature pink displays.  Street medians are painted pink instead of yellow.  Pink bows hang from trees.  And each town adapts a cute little pink name.  For the next month, I will be a resident of Pinkmar, NJ (see you in June, Belmar!).  Which got me thinking how more pink foods can be incorporated into your home this month to help raise awareness towards the role of nutrition in cancer prevention.  So it’s time to Paint Your Plate Pink! Continue reading “Paint Your Plate Pink”

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Hitting the Reset Button

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It’s never too late to hit the reset button to focus your path for the year.  Check out my latest piece written for Yogasmoga’s community blog Rangoli.  Learn tips for getting back on track for the year – and don’t forget to include your significant other in your plans. Remember that goals are year-round, not just for January.  READ NOW

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The Shame of Shaming

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I recently had a patient come see me in my private practice who broke down into tears on my couch.  Her boyfriend of over 10 years calls her negative names and makes her feel ashamed of the recent weight gain she’s experienced in the past few years due to stress.  In addition to being frustrated with her weight, she now has uncontrolled diabetes and feels completely hopeless.  It absolutely broke my heart to hear the things she told me. Continue reading “The Shame of Shaming”

My 30-Day Venture Into Veganism Part 2: Why I Got Off The Bus

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Yesterday I posted about my experience following a vegan diet for a month. I have the upmost respect for those who choose to be strictly vegan.  A vegan diet was strongly enforced as part of my yoga teacher training for ethical reasons.  However, I did a lot of soul searching and meditation during this time to reflect if I could realistically continue being vegan after training was over.  And here is where I am at this point in my life. Continue reading “My 30-Day Venture Into Veganism Part 2: Why I Got Off The Bus”

My 30-Day Venture into Veganism: Part 1

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In February I attended an intensive 10-day yoga teacher training. As part of the training we were strongly encouraged to follow a vegan diet in the month preceding and during the training days. As a semi-vegetarian most of my life where I’ve cut out beef and pork due to personal preference, I didn’t think I’d have too much trouble. I mean, hey, I always treat myself to the local vegan spot whenever the Mr goes out of town. But you learn quickly how animal-based foods play a prominent role in the foods we eat. And I also soon began to miss those foods in my life.

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Getting Your Fitness Acts Together

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This year for National Nutrition Month®, the focus isn’t just on nutrition, but also the role fitness plays in creating a healthy lifestyle.  If you haven’t always been someone who enjoys working out, chances are it may be harder to get started with a fitness routine.  And if your significant other also is not into working out, that’s a recipe for a sedentary lifestyle together.  However, physical activity plays a major component of a long-term healthy life, so it’s time to get your fitness acts together. Continue reading “Getting Your Fitness Acts Together”

PAVE the Way for Success with Your Partner

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There’s a lot of focus this National Nutrition Month® on making changes to our nutrition and fitness habits.  So where do you start when you want to make change in your life?  I’ve created a Mandy-original helpful acronym to help get you out.  When it comes to having a successful, healthy life with your partner, you need to PAVE™ the Way for Success!
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Putting the “Habit” in Cohabitation

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The decision to live together with your significant other is life-changing. Not only do you lose the freedom of sleeping in a bed by yourself and all those other single behaviors you may have gotten used to (goodbye, peeing with the bathroom door open), but your health and waistline can also incur changes as well when you sign on the dotted line together. Continue reading “Putting the “Habit” in Cohabitation”

Healthy Relationships and Health

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Healthy Relationships = Healthy Lives

  1. Long-term relationships, such as  marriage, become more important later in life for maintaining a sense of companionship- even though we may lose touch with friends later in life and don’t spend as much time together, your partner is always going to be there.
  2. As our immune system weakens with age, poor relationships can lead to stress, which can further accelerate the decline in our immunity.
  3. Chronic diseases that occur with aging, such as high blood pressure, can become more aggravated by stress, which includes a stressful relationship situation.
Source: Umberson et al. (2006) You Make Me Sick: Marital Quality and Health Over the Life Course