ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

Help! How Do I Choose a More Holistic Diet?

Posted by Susan Yirku on Jul 27, 2016 10:31:42 AM

We know holistic nutrition is important.

Maybe you're looking for ideas to help improve the way you eat. But, with so much advice on the Internet about how to improve nutrition, how do you decide what is right for you?

For example, maybe you’ve vowed to give up dairy or to grow your own garden but have had a few unsuccessful attempts. Maybe, through trial and error, you’ve learned that dairy is important to you or that you just weren’t blessed with a green thumb.

Lessons learned. Our priorities change.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, fresh foods diet

India Study Abroad: What Handmade Products are Made in India?

Posted by Stephanie Torres on Jul 13, 2016 4:23:42 PM

As we traveled from city to city, experiencing the nuances of each new village through the window of the car, I was struck by the disparity between how I usually spend my days and how many in India spend theirs. There is a basic level of living here, one that many of us in the U.S. rarely experience. 

For example, family transportation can be one small motorcycle. And like a transformer, this small motorcycle will morph into a mini-van, carrying the entire family and groceries. Or, it might take a man and his several brass pots up the road or a fisherman and his huge catch. 

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Topics: travel, travel education, India, recipe, how to

How to Support ADHD Naturally

Posted by Mary Ernsberger on Jul 8, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD) is the most commonly diagnosed “disorder” among school-aged children.[1]

In the diagnosis process, about 80% of the evaluations incorporate information from an adult outside of the immediate family, and 90% are diagnosed using behavior-rating scales.[2] In many cases, the non-family adult is the child’s teacher, and he or she is the one completing the behavior-rating scale. Approximately 77% of the time, that same recommendation results in a diagnosis of ADHD.[3]

I’ve been there personally. My youngest son was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of five after a 15-minute interview with a physician and was immediately prescribed the psychotropic drug Adderall. With the prescription in hand, I left the office feeling totally baffled as to how a child so young needed this type of medication.

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Topics: ADHD, holistic medicine, Children, ADD

Fruity Herbal Ice Pop Recipes [Video]

Posted by Renee Long on Jul 4, 2016 7:00:00 AM

By Renee Long and Tiffany Stout 

As the temperature spikes and the sun stays out late into the evening, our herbal gardens ripen and we know summer has made its long-awaited return.

With the heat of summer comes the temptation for icy sweet treats; synthetically flavored ice cream, slushies, Italian ice, and other sugary products abound. But while you “chill out,” it’s nice to have yummy, healthy, holistic alternatives to the sugary temptations of summer.

Enter fruity herbal ice pops! These refreshing icy delights are made entirely from natural herbs and fresh, seasonal fruit. We wanted to add a bit of creamy goodness to a few of the recipes, so you’ll see some of them include unsweetened Greek yogurt. The best part: since there are so few ingredients, you can feel good about handing these out to the kids at the Independence Day picnic. No sugar crash necessary. 

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Topics: herbalism, DIY, recipes, video

How to Navigate Food Allergies While Traveling this Summer

Posted by Meiwa Chen on Jul 1, 2016 10:37:23 AM

One of the highlights of traveling is trying new cuisines and restaurants. But for individuals with celiac disease, gluten sensitivities, or other food allergies, finding a safe place to eat can be stressful and even make travel a dreaded experience.

However, from my knowledge of living with multiple food intolerances, I’ve picked up some tips and techniques to help avoid hunger pangs on long flights, road trips, and even local day trips.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, travel, food

Study Abroad India: Traveling to the Marayoor Sandalwood Forest in Kerala, India

Posted by Stephanie Torres on Jun 29, 2016 11:49:41 AM

We settle into giddy, tense bursts of laughter as our driver, Thomas, slowly traverses the 27 hairpin turns leading into Munnar. We make jokes about being saved from Bengal Tigers as the next curve reveals a thick banyan tree with roots strong enough for Tarzan to swing from. Next turn, a bus shimmies forward and back to make the nearly 180 degree turn. Then we get a glimpse revealing the vast canyon we are climbing. And we are far gone at this point, embellishing the tall tale we will tell everyone later—one that would make a fisherman proud. 

While this part of the journey is a bit harrowing, the “prize” at the end makes it worth the price of admission. Munnar, set way up in the hills of the Western Ghats (an Indian word for mountain range), is breathtaking. 

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Topics: study abroad, India, sandalwood

Aromatherapy and Memory

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jun 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As aromatherapy fans, we know that some of the most common (and beloved!) herbs in the pantry also produce exceptional essential oils, like rosemary. You’ve probably heard all about rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis (L.) essential oil’s uplifting and stimulating effects on the mind and memory. It’s a fascinating benefit and I’ve quite gotten into the habit of diffusing rosemary while reading, writing, or doing anything that involves extra focus. 

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Topics: Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, memory

Study Abroad in India: How Silk is Produced

Posted by Stephanie Torres on Jun 21, 2016 9:00:00 AM

We wrestle free from the gridlock traffic of Bangalore, and begin down the long road to Mysore. On the way, we stop at one of the many coconut lean-tos, where our lady in her bright-pink sari deftly takes a machete to the tough coconut husk, and inserts a straw for us to drink the electrolyte-rich water. 

Once emptied, I cringe slightly, worried she may cut herself as she retrieves the husk to hack it up again, creating a “spoon” with one of the pieces so we can dig out the meat. With the nearly 106-degree temperature, it’s no wonder these coconut lean-to refreshment stations, the equivalent of our 7-Elevens, are everywhere. 

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Topics: study abroad, travel

5 Simple Ways to Network Like a Boss!

Posted by Miriam Popp on May 23, 2016 10:22:54 AM

Attending conferences is a great way to extend your holistic health network. Presenters at conferences are there to share their knowledge and expertise. However, we can also learn from our fellow conference attendees. Everyone is at the event for the same reason, to grow and learn. Why not learn from each other?

I’ve been to a few conferences in the last year, the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) Conference & Expo was the most recent, and I’ve learned quite a bit about how to be successful at these events. The following are my five tips for networking like a boss at a conference.

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Topics: Holistic Health Conferences and Events, networking

ACHS's Official Comment to the FDA on the Term "Natural"

Posted by American College of Healthcare Sciences on May 12, 2016 2:41:36 PM

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration opened a public comment period to determine what the term "natural" should mean on food labels. You can read more about what the FDA was looking for in our blog post here. As a holistic health college with programs in holistic nutrition, this is a topic near and dear to our hearts, and we were very eager to share our thoughts with the FDA, and of course, you! 

Below is our official statement, submitted by ACHS President and Founder Dorene Petersen, on how ACHS believes the term "natural" should be defined (comment tracking number 1k0-8pjs-rjhv). You can read how other people are commenting in the docket here.

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Topics: holistic nutrition

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