If you’ve ever felt stuffed after a big Thanksgiving meal or just a long, extended vacation, you’ve probably thought to yourself, “I need to detox.” While that term gets floated around pretty often, it’s usually the result of feeling bloated or uncomfortable in your skin—like something isn’t quite right. But do you know what a detox really is?
While it’s natural to think something’s been labeled particularly because it’s pointing out a good thing, that isn’t always the case—in fact, there are some labels that could work either way, depending on the organization certifying the product as such. Below, holistic health counselor and nutritionist Natasha Uspensky decodes the good, the bad, and the maybes of nutrition labels, in order for you to have the healthiest 2018 yet.
"We’ve been hearing a lot about living an Ayurvedic lifestyle and have been politely nodding our heads in agreement when the term comes up. We know (assume?) it’s good for us, but if we’re being completely honest, we have no idea what “Ayurvedic” really means. We figured we weren’t the only ones being left out in the dark, so we decided to ask Natasha Uspensky, LA heymama member and board-certified holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and lifestyle blogger to fill us in on about Ayurvedic practices..."
"For the first year of motherhood, I was on cloud 9. I loved this sh*t. I felt like I was made for being a mama. But life with a baby is verrrry different from life with a toddler. I can’t just put little M into her carrier or stroller and spend the day out doing what I want to be doing anymore. I don’t have the luxury of those two nice, long naps anymore, that afforded me to the opportunity to relax, get work done, and maintain some balance..."
"We're bringing you a series on toddler eating from local holistic nutrition expert, Natasha Uspensky to help inform you of some potentially harmful habits that we are ALL doing with our kids. Honestly, I would love to not have a carseat full of goldfish, I can only imagine that there are other mamas out there in the same boat. So read on and feel free to send us your feedback!"
We spend a lot of time and energy designing our homes to be a happy, healthy environment, but we often give little to thought to our second home: the office. But it's our workplaces that can actually cause serious issues if not properly thought out. From the glare of the computer screens to uncomfortable office chairs, your office could be making you sick in more ways than you realize.
Most of the baby care lines out there, even the self-proclaimed natural ones, are not as natural as they claim. A quick glance at the extensive ingredient lists can reveal a whole range of chemicals and mysterious ingredients, which though not necessarily toxic per se, are definitely not natural. Babies have the most delicate of skin, and since their organs are always growing, what we put on (and, of course, IN) our babies can literally impact the building blocks of their little beings.
Dairy products may never fully go the way of the milkman, even though it might seem that way with all the milk alternatives on the market. And while it’s tough to compete with the protein, vitamin D and calcium levels found in traditional cow’s milk, those suffering from lactose intolerance and adhering to vegan diets can take solace in knowing there are options extending beyond soy and almond to hemp and coconut.
What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...Despite all the great things we do for our bodies, all the awesome changes we make to our eating and exercise habits, it's those last few pounds that are often the hardest to shake (literally and figuratively), and they bring with them the most agony, self-criticism and drama.
The most frustrating part of dealing with food cravings is often feeling totally out of control. It's like your body is working against you, sabotaging your best intentions with it's own devious agenda.
"The key element to conquering food drama for the rest of our lives is connecting to why we’re eating. When we find ourselves eating between meals, reaching for foods that we know we’ll regret later or continuing to eat even after we’re no longer hungry, we need to take a moment to ask ourselves what’s really going on..."
"What's this item about? What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...Natasha Uspensky is one of our favorite nutritionists—and not just because she used to be an opera singer. The Brooklyn-based health counselor’s holistic approach to eating right and enjoying food is a refreshing departure from diets that ban carbs, gluten, dairy, or all of the above. We asked Natasha for a few of her favorite recipes for summer, when, says Ms. Uspensky,“hotter temperatures are ideal for a diet higher in raw, cooling fruits and veggies and lighter grains that are naturally lower in fat.”"
This refreshing salad from nutritionist Natasha Uspensky has a deceptively healthy creamy herb dressing that is dairy-free. The recipe is a variation on one of the signature recipes in the upcoming cookbook she's writing with celebrity chef Matt Downes.
You know the story. Every year, you make grand, sweeping resolutions. You vow to quit eating sugar, go to the gym four days a week, and to be a nicer person. Your heart is in the right place, and you start your year full of optimism. Then comes February, and try as you might, you're back to your daily 4pm sugar fix, you haven’t been to the gym in a week, and you’re snapping at your co-workers. The cycle is demoralizing, and it leaves you feeling like a failure.
"Determined to lose the weight without falling into the pattern of past diets, I sought out New York — based nutrition counselor Natasha Uspensky, a former opera singer whose approach — enjoying food rather than turning it into the enemy — made me feel like I might be able to lose weight and keep my boyfriend..."
"So you’re sitting at lunch with co-workers, thinking about how “good” you were, you know, eating a healthy breakfast and all, when down it comes: the bread basket—a scapegoat among table dressings. You try to resist, but the lure of deliciously outlawed carbohydrates is drawing you in more powerfully than you can ignore. What’s a patron to do?"