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For those of you starting college or returning to dorm life, you know eating “healthy” (or at a normal hour) can be a challenge. Dormitories can be tight living space and don’t usually have space to cook or store a lot of food. So how do you survive dorm life and eat whole foods? Follow my tips below and you will not only survive but you will thrive and establish habits that can stay with you for life!

Wellness And Wholeness

Eating healthy and staying active are essential for your overall well-being. As an integrative registered dietitian nutritionist, I consider the whole being - the body and the mind. Those components make up self care and help keep you grounded (even during finals).

Preparation

Keep snacks, meals and water with you at all times. This will prevent you from reaching out for fast food at 2 am when  you are pulling an all-nighter.  If you don’t like water, flavor your water with cucumber and berries. Delicious!

Grocery Shopping

So, this is part of being prepared. Find a...

Microgreens are amazing tender versions of their adult self. They make vibrantly hued garnishes to salads, sandwiches and soups. Whether they're spinach, pea, beet or purple mustard, they take only about 14 days to grow and are nutritionally superior to their mature versions. These greens are about three inches in length and come in a rainbow of colors. They are essentially the shoots of vegetables like arugula, swiss chard, and beetroot. (Basil and arugula happen to be my favorite combo) Microgreens should not be confused with sprouts. Sprouts are germinated in water (usually 48 hours) just long enough to grow roots and stems with underdeveloped leaves. Microgreens on the other hand, require sunlight and soil for at least 7 days before they can be harvested.

As I mentioned earlier, microgreens are nutritionally dense and contain higher concentrations of phytonutrients than the mature greens. In these tiny leaves you can find high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carot...

We  all have those experiences where we feel like we have slipped up on healthful habits. I too, have those times where I just want to reboot and reset from the inside out. I sometimes like to reset during the changing of the seasons, when everything in nature is going through its own transition. Or maybe we reset after a holiday and/or vacation. Whatever the reason - be kind and show yourself some compassion.

Why reset? The idea of a reset is a complete body reboot from processed foods and stress. It focuses on supporting your body’s natural detoxification system (i.e. digestion, elimination, breathing, and mindset). It also encourages sleep, light exercise and stress management. A reset does not have to be radical or challenging - it’s all about nourishing your body with foods that are easy to digest and help beat the bloat naturally.  Below are some digestion tips that will help you feel your best and kick start your healthful habits.  

Digestion Tips

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Start your morning drinking...

Summer may be coming to a close but there are still warm days ahead and plenty of opportunities to prepare my turmeric ‘iced” tea. Now, really any tea can be “iced”. It is just a matter of letting it cool after it is done steeping.  This tea can also be consumed warm during the winter months when you need a pick-me-up. I consider this a healing remedy and regularly “prescribe” this tea to my clients when one is having inflammatory issues.

TURMERIC reigns as queen for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and numerous health benefits...and let me tell you why. One of the main components that makes turmeric amazing is curcumin.  Curcumin has powerful medicinal properties. It contains high amounts of nutrients, antioxidants, anti inflammatory compounds, and phytonutrients that have been studied in depth especially for cancer prevention. Turmeric//Curcumin has also been studied and shown to improve symptoms of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and cystic fi...

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Founder of Silver Spoons Nutrition, Margot holds a master's of science in nutrition and is a Licensed Registered Dietitian.

Currently, Margot is in training with IFNA for board certification for Integrative and Functional Nutrition. With over 10 years experience, Margot gets to the "root cause" of systems imbalance.  She uses science based evidence along with the art of healthy living.

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