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Think Pink With Me This June!

Think Pink With Me This June!

Think Pink With Me This June!

by Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD, CDN, Whole Nutrition Services

What are you doing June 7? How does a life-changing night devoted to health and wellness sound, with some of the top names in the field (including yours truly)? I am so excited and honored to be a part of the The Pink Agenda — TPA Talks, a one-night-only event about surviving breast cancer and science’s tremendous fight against it.

The Pink Agenda has been around since 2007 when a 23-year-old named Marisa Renee Lee was looking for some positivity in her own mother’s breast cancer fight. Lee, Liana M. Douillet Guzmán, and Jaquelyn M. Scharnick soon got together to start the nonprofit. To date, it has given two million dollars towards breast cancer research and care as well as educating so many.

The event will be happening at 7pm at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture (Loreto Theater) in the East Village at 18 Bleecker Street. If you’re in NYC or not too far, I encourage you to come. Tickets are only $35 and that includes talks from me; researcher TAL DANINO, PHD; oncology specialist NEIL IYENGAR, MD; assistant director of scientific programs at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation MANEESH KUMAR, MD, PHD, actress and breast cancer survivor KRYSTA RODRIGUEZ (Smash); journalist and activist GERALYN LUCAS and “previvor” PAIGE MORE.

Each speaker brings a unique perspective to the table in the way they’ve used their talents to wage the battle against breast cancer. I am bringing my body-positive and all foods fit theme to the evening – emphasizing self-care as always. There is a dichotomous food message for preventing cancer and or any illness. I will help to balance the message by letting those with breast cancer know that you can still eat kale and cupcakes, and that you can still love your body no matter what. In fact, loving your body should be considered a part of your total prevention and healing regimen. Taking care of you –  in mind, body and spirit are all equal parts of wellness. In fact, stressing over prevention of cancer by avoiding foods could possibly be just as inflammatory as eating them in excess.  As always, the focus is on finding what is right for you and creating balance.

Whether you are a previvor, survivor, have a friend or family member with illness, or just want to learn more about it, I encourage you to come this Thursday, June 7th. TCA also has many other events in the New York area from now through the fall, including a summer night of baseball, so definitely check them out!









A Year in Review

A Year in Review

A Year in Review


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by Laura Cipullo and the Whole Nutrition Services Team

Want the scoop on Lisa and Laura’s nutrition perspective? Below are some highlighted press pieces to get a flavor of our nutrition palate.  From nutrition recommendations and recipes to information about our new book and the January 2017 yoga retreat.

Laura and Lisa’s New Diabetes Book

On March 22nd, Robert Rose will release our new book, Everyday Diabetes Meals — Cooking for One or Two. (Pre-order here.) Living with diabetes is made easier with recipes for the single-serve lifestyle. Diabetes-friendly recipes are all for one or two, including options such as Blueberry Yogurt Scones and Beef Tacos. In this book, we’ve got you eating breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks that will please your taste buds and help balance blood sugar, with carbohydrate contents ranging 45- 60 grams per meal. Get a preview here. Publishers Weekly featured our book as a Spring title to look out for. Lisa and I worked so hard on this book and really hope it is a life-changer! Share your experience on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #EverydayDiabetes.

Lisa Mikus, RD, in the Media

Our own RD, Lisa Mikus, was on tap as nutrition expert for Vitamin Shoppe’s What’s Good site, Women’s Health magazine, Eat This Not That, Self magazine and more. Pick up a copy of Women’s Running magazine in January 2017 issue to read about Lisa’s nutrition recommendations!

Very proud to be sharing my practice with such an awesome RD and author!! #Grateful

Read more about her go-to breakfast and holiday food swap on the Vitamin Shoppe’s What’s Good site. She also shared her pre-workout snack on AOL, gut-friendly snacks at Spark People and favorite kitchen gadget on Self.

Get a Taste for the L’ifestyle

Read my advice for balancing blood sugar, preventing weight-loss traps, rethinking rewards and punishments, avoiding yo-yo dieting, and getting your youngsters into yoga. And check out my appearances on Powerwomen TV, talking about my nutrition philosophies (scroll to the Essie episode in the second row), and the Jenna Wolfe Show, where I talked about stress.

This Mom is Dishing It Out in NJ again

What’s on the horizon for 2017? The opening of my L’ifestyle Lounge, which you can read all about right here on my blog. Look for it in February.


From January 25-29, I will be leading a retreat with wellness coordinator Ali Quinn in Bequia. I believe it will give you essential tools  — in terms of mindfulness and stress reduction — as you embark on the coming year. Not to mention how beautiful Bequia is as a vacation destination. You can learn more about the retreat here, on Yoga Digest (which profiled my retreat as one of their top choices for Best Yogi Destinations in 2017), in Shape (which called us a best retreat), and on The Observer, which highlighted it as “a yoga retreat that’s all about getting your body and mind right for the new year. ” Couldn’t have said it better myself!

Holly LoRusso, RD, is on maternity leave until March 2017. Congrats, Holly, on motherhood!

Happy and healthy New Year to you and your family.  Thank you for joining Lisa, Holly and me on the L’ifestyle journey.


Getting Your Children to Chill Out

Getting Your Children to Chill Out

Getting Your Children to Chill Out

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By Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD

Kids are stressed out, and really, who can blame them? There’s the pressure to do well in school; to juggle household chores, a social life and extracurricular activities; to fit in with classmates; and to handle all the issues that come with a changing body. Managing that stress is important for feeling good in the moment, and the future: A recent University of Florida study found that kids who experienced three or more stressful occurrences were six times likelier to have physical or mental health issues or a learning disorder than those who did not.

Science backs the benefits of mindfulness when it comes to reducing stress and improving overall health. The University of Massachusetts School’s Mindfulness Program found that mindfulness leads to a 35% reduction in medical symptoms and a 40% reduction in psychological ones. Eating disorders are one example of a psychological issue that can be helped through mindful eating. According to Dr. Susan Albers, “During the past 20 years, studies have found that mindful eating can help you to reduce overeating and binge eating, lose weight and reduce your body mass index (BMI) and cope with chronic eating problems such as anorexia and bulimia, and reduce anxious thoughts about food and your body.”

It doesn’t take long for mindfulness to show a result, either. Carnegie Mellon found that as little as 25 minutes of mindful meditation for three days helped stress. Yoga and meditation specifically help decrease stress hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine.

With all the research showing the benefits of mindfulness, it’s little wonder that schools are catching on and incorporating the concept on a regular basis. A recent Washington Post article reported on how public schools are teaching the concept of mindful eating. Children are getting in tune with their body’s hunger signals, learning to enjoy the flavors of food, and respect the cues the mind/body are relaying to them; they are also learning to respect what they are putting into their bodies, and to respect their bodies as a whole. This all can help prevent eating disorders in middle-school children, a population at high risk for these issues.

In the wake of the Newton tragedy, Dr. Stuart Ablon of Massachusetts General Hospital was brought to New York schools to conduct seminars for 3,000 school safety agents and police officers. Mindfulness — getting children to acknowledge and resolve their feelings — was a key component of the anti-violence program, as was yoga. The goal was for these agents and officers to talk to troubled children before resorting to punishing them.

Mindfulness and meditation are also becoming a part of private school health classes, as the Wall Street Journal recently reported, and are used to strengthen children’s all-around emotional and intellectual wellness.

Spafinder took note of the Oakland-based Mindful Schools, a program that shows adults how to teach mindfulness to K-12 youth, helping over 300,000 children so far.

Beyond schools, mindfulness and general wellness for kids is taking center stage at hotels, spas and resorts, offering children a way to unwind at the same time their parents are enjoying a well-earned vacation.

And don’t forget to check your local meditation or yoga studio! You may be surprised to find they have children’s classes too (like MNDFL, a New York meditation studio not far from my new office). New York even has its own yoga studio just for kids. I recently filmed a news segment there on the very topic of mindfulness for children.

And while all these mindful-based resources are great for kids, it doesn’t mean kids will forge forward without parental support. I ask parents to take responsibility and please introduce, then maintain, mindful experiences at home. Breathing work, meditation apps, mindful eating (check out my books Healthy Habits and Women’s Health Body Clock Diet for more info) and mindfulness meditation are the most studied and effective strategies in the adult population and therefore a great place to start with the kiddies! Leading by example is also important. Consider how you role model gratitude, body acceptance, compassion and mindfulness in your own life. On a personal note, to aid in my own mindfulness journey and lead by example for my children, I decided and am now almost through my own yoga teacher training to become a Registered Yoga Teacher!


How Does Miley Cyrus Cope with Stress? Yoga!

How Does Miley Cyrus Cope with Stress? Yoga!

How Does Miley Cyrus Cope with Stress? Yoga!


Miley Cyrus photo courtesy Tricks Ware/Flickr

Last week, Miley Cyrus posted four videos on her Instagram account showing herself doing various yoga poses. The videos garnered a lot of interest — from thousands of likes from fans to New York Post coverage. These videos gave an inside peek into how one celebrity deals with the stress of a fast-paced life: “Gotta do yoga, not for my body but for my mind!” Miley wrote. “DO YOGA or GO CRAZY!”

That last statement is a bit extreme but Miley is on the right track. I strongly believe in the benefits of yoga for both body and mind, which is why I included it as part of my Women’s Health Body Clock Diet and why I have many yoga resources available on my older site. Yoga is an essential part of total health and the L’ifestyle.

What can yoga do for you? Its potential benefits are impressive. Yoga can help back pain, may lower blood pressure and relieve anxiety and depression.

Some folks, though, are intimidated. They think of bodies twisting into all kinds of impossible shapes and believe they could never do that. But I believe almost anyone can do yoga. Check out this article from Lenny about plus-sized yoga master Jessamyn Stanley! Size doesn’t have to dictate what you can and can’t do.

And don’t feel you have to commit to an hour the first time. As I wrote in the Women’s Health Body Clock Diet, yoga can be done “in a flash.” Kathryn Budig, author of the Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga, spoke about this concept to me in my book, saying that even 5 or 10 minutes can make a difference to both mind and body: “The trick is to set an intention each time you roll out your mat. Before you start moving, decide how you want to feel after your practice — more relaxed, energized or stronger — then keep your intention in mind as you move.”

For more tips on how to incorporate yoga in your life, and exercises to practice, I strongly suggest purchasing Women’s Health Body Clock Diet and looking for classes that target beginners. If you are not ready for a class, then rent a DVD or find online yoga that’s appropriate for your skill level. The important thing is to just begin.

An Easy (and Fun!) Way to Support the Learning Needs of Children with Autism

An Easy (and Fun!) Way to Support the Learning Needs of Children with Autism

An Easy (and Fun!) Way to Support the Learning Needs of Children with Autism

Bag1by Laura Cipullo, RD, CDE, CEDRD and Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services Team

April is a big month for autism awareness. The 8th Annual World Autism Awareness Day is on the 2nd, a day when the United Nations strives to promote awareness of the issue, while the entire month of April is National Autism Awareness Month. (Learn more and find out how you can get involved here.)

An easy (and fun!) way to support the learning needs of children with autism is by purchasing my tanks and totes complete with body-positive messages like “Eat Kale and Cupcakes” and “All Foods Fit and All Bodies Fit.” It’s a great way to express your body-positivity and promote the message to others at the gym, at work, or wherever you happen to be. For the months of March and April, 10% of the sales from these tanks and totes are going to the PTO P&V Parent Teacher Organization, to help them support the learning needs of children with autism.

The PTO P&V Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization formed nearly twenty years ago to:
  • Provide for the purchase of incremental learning, teaching, and training aids that will enhance the development of our children (these are items not covered by the annual school budget)
  • Facilitate our children’s development and enthusiasm for learning by coordinating and sponsoring special events such music therapy and community experience
  • Provide an opportunity for parents, teachers, and administrators to develop and enhance support networks with and among each other, so as to fully support our common interest in our children’s successful development

PTO-funded programs serve more than 200 children from 40 towns in Northern New Jersey.

Buying a tank or tote (or more than one — consider gifts for friends!) will help you feel good about yourself, and at the same time, allow you to do good for others, so I hope you’ll consider the purchase!

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