Food and Mood

Mood and Food

Enhance Your Mood With Food

When I was 3 months postpartum my first child, I thought: when I’m done nursing, I’m going vegetarian. I had the competing impulse to cleanse my diet and to postpone restricting my diet until after I was no longer the sole source of my daughter’s nutrition. I was compelled by the clear and urgent need to treat animals with compassion and respect, I felt sufficiently convinced that I could replicate and supplement (with a high degree of accuracy) the missing nutrients, and I believed that it represented a “cleaner” existence. Simultaneously, I was learning about fatty acids as they applied to mental health, neurology, and conception.

5 Simple Preventative Steps to Avoid Depression

5 Simple Preventative Steps to Avoid Depression

There are many reasons people are vulnerable to depression. Many women in our society are working and raising children. There are unrealistic visuals on every media outlet telling us we are not enough or not doing enough. Men experience the same pressures to be physically perfect and can be struggling to provide for their families in a rough economy. Self-image and self-esteem can be negatively impacted by these pressures and can lead to feelings of depression or despair.In order to enjoy our lives, mental health has to be a top priority.Let’s talk about tools for managing depression.

Take-Charge Cooking for Too-Busy Cooks

Take-Charge Cooking for Too-Busy Cooks

When cooking from scratch seems out of reach, do the next best thing. Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl explains how.There are nights when I really wonder who’s in charge around my house: me or the food.I’ll never forget, for example, the night I had a formal event to attend. I did my makeup and my hair, and then left the house to pick up the baby from daycare and the CSA box of local vegetables from the neighborhood drop-off site. I retrieved both my charges, and sat down with the baby to unpack the vegetables.

Sugar Shock

Sugar Shock

The average American now consumes some 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. And our sweet tooth isn’t just making us fat — it’s triggering all kinds of inflammation, fueling chronic diseases and even increasing our risks of cancer. As kids, we were taught that too much sugar would rot our teeth, but today we know that the ramifications of a lifelong sugar splurge are scarier than a finger-wagging dentist. Yes, sugar can cause cavities, but of much greater concern is the sweet stuff’s link to bodywide inflammation.

Healthy Snacks for Your Work Day

Healthy Snacks for Your Work Day

Many of the patients we see at the center are busy New Yorkers that are always on the go, running from one meeting to the next. It makes healthy eating a bit more challenging, but it’s still do-able. Here are some tips for healthy snacks for your busy workday: