ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

Why I Went Paleo/Primal for My Gestational Diabetes

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Feb 26, 2015 1:04:00 PM

I’ve been interested in Paleolithic (or paleo) diets for ages, but it always seemed difficult to give up my favorite croissants and ciabatta bread and fully embrace the lifestyle. Plus, I have a wheat-addicted daughter and husband to deal with. I’ve tried removing wheat from the house from time to time, but it usually results in some sort of mutiny and my dear hubby making panicked runs to Costco for massive packs of apple turnovers. I found him hiding some in his car last year and decided I may have been a wee bit extreme in my war on gluten.

However, I got a wake up call last year when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GD) fairly early on in my recent pregnancy with our twins. 

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Topics: holistic nutrition, holistic parenting, primal, paleo

Interview with Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Health Writer Lindsay Boyers

Posted by Renee Long on Feb 24, 2015 9:59:30 AM

This week, I had the privilege of having a great conversation with one of our ACHS graduates, Lindsay Boyers. Since her graduation from ACHS in 2011, Lindsay has been a trailblazer in the holistic nutrition field. She has established a successful holistic nutrition consulting practice, written multiple articles for the Web, and published two books, The Everything Guide to Gut Health (Adams Media, 2015) and The Everything Guide to the Ketogenic Diet (Adams Media, 2015).

Lindsay has some fantastic advice for students, aspiring writers, and nutrition consultants. If you’re just getting your feet wet in nutrition and holistic health or you’re already an established expert in the field, you’ll want to keep reading.

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Topics: holistic nutrition consulting, DETC Famous Alumni, careers in holistic health, interviews

5 Reasons You Must Attend Our Next Master Lecture Webinar

Posted by Renee Long on Feb 20, 2015 3:59:00 PM

**This webinar is now over. If you missed it, no worries! We'll post the recording here when it becomes available.**

As a webinar coordinator at ACHS, I’ve been lucky to attend some pretty incredible lectures. We’ve had expert ACHS faculty and guests present on an array of topics ranging from healthy cooking to essential oil safety to marketing a holistic health practice.

After a year of hosting and coordinating our webinars here at the College, I feel like I’ve gained a huge amount of holistic health knowledge I can use to improve my heath and well-being every day. (Check out my DIY video for how to make fizzing herbal bath bombs at home here.) Plus, it’s fulfilling to see how much these lectures directly benefit and educate our students, graduates, and the health community.

So if you haven’t attended one of our free ACHS Master Lecture webinars yet, your next opportunity is coming up on February 25, 2015 with ACHS faculty Dr. Teri Collins: Recognizing Medical Emergencies in Adults and Children.  **This webinar is now over. If you missed it, no worries! We'll post the recording here when it becomes available.**

Need a bit more inspiration to register? Here are 5 reasons you MUST attend our next Master Lecture webinar:

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Topics: education, master lecture webinars, Holistic Health Conferences and Events

Spice, Spice, Baby! Raw, Paleo Cacao Bites Recipe

Posted by Tiffany Stout on Feb 13, 2015 3:50:00 PM

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love of all kinds; it's also a day synonymous with sugary sweets. Here at ACHS, we love a tasty, guilt-free chocolate snack. Enter our “date-fully” delicious raw, paleo (or Primal) cacao bites! No sugar required, but still sweet and spicy. These powerhouse snacks are packed with nutritious sprouted almonds, soaked chia seeds, dates, cacao powder, and lots of love.

Wow your significant other, your friends, and your palette this Valentine’s Day with these tasty chocolate rounds. Spiced in a variety of ways that even Cupid can get on board with, these sugar-free, bite-sized cacao treats are sure to get the attention of all chai, chocolate, and holistic nutrition lovers alike.

Here’s how you can whip up our date-fully delicious raw, paleo (or Primal) cacao bites with your sweetie-pie, bestie, or greatest love of your life … you!

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Topics: holistic nutrition, holiday recipes, recipes

The Remarkable History of Roses

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Feb 9, 2015 4:26:00 PM

Living in the City of Roses, all of us here at ACHS get to experience firsthand the flower of love. In late May and early June, it’s a pleasure watching the rosebuds blossom into beautiful, fragrant flowers all over our city. And when Valentine’s Day rolls around, even though we are in the throes of winter, we welcome the chance to enjoy some luxurious rose essential oil and delight in diffusing the aroma of love and passion.

But have you ever wondered why rose is associated with love and passion? You might think it’s because the essential oil of rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) is a known mood booster and is also rumored to support a healthy libido… but rose has a fascinating and rich history of love.

So this Valentine's Day, take some time to smell the roses! Curl up with your sweetheart, diffuse some rose R. damascena, and get ready for tales of romance at the Taj Mahal, Roman chariot races, and more stories from the remarkable history of rose essential oil.

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Topics: Rose, essential oils

3 Romantic Recipes with Rose Essential Oil

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Feb 3, 2015 12:15:00 PM

No flower embodies love and romance quite like the rose. The essential oil of rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) is also known to provide psychological and emotional support when added to a bath blend or diffused into the air. It’s a mood booster that can promote joy, relaxation, as well as memory and mental clarity. 

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, why not try experimenting with an essential oil that’ll give you warm fuzzies on the inside? Whether or not you’re sharing this Valentine’s Day with a special sweetheart, you’re pretty special year-round. Celebrate this holiday of love—and some sweet self-care—with rose R. damascena essential oil.

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Topics: holiday recipes, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, blending

10 Essential Steps to Become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA)

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jan 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM

One of the most frequently asked questions I hear from ACHS students, graduates, and aroma-enthusiasts is: How do I become a Registered Aromatherapist (RA)?

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Topics: Registered Aromatherapists, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, careers in holistic health

From Mindful to Light: 16 Words to Shape 2015

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jan 26, 2015 4:00:00 PM

I am not one to rely on grandiose plans. Or rather, I should say, I prefer action and deliverables to big ideas that only remain, well… ideas. That is why I was so inspired when I saw a fascinating Listly by Kelly McCausey. Every year, Kelly encourages writers to choose a word to shape their lives in the year ahead, blog about it, and then add it to her list.  

I love the concept of directing intense focus around one powerful word. Those of us in the holistic health field know how powerful a one-word mantra can be, and focusing on the right word can encourage us to stay centered and driven toward progress for the year. I enjoyed Kelly’s list so much that I asked some of the ACHS staff members to share their words for 2015, and they have some great ones! I am truly honored to work with such inspirational colleagues.

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Topics: student success, #motivationmonday, achs staff

6 Popular Herbs to Help Alleviate Minor Aches and Pains

Posted by ACHS Graduate Valerie Lull, MH, CHRM on Jan 19, 2015 12:00:00 PM

I love the winter season. It brings up images of children playing in snow, the fresh aroma of evergreens, and warm family gatherings. But for me, winter has a downside. I begin having more minor aches and pains especially after exercise. There are a number of herbs that work quite well to bring relief. Here are my 6 favorite herbs that are useful for minor aches and pains:

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Topics: herbs, herbal tea, guest blogger, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

3 Steps to a Powerful Winter Wheatgrass Detox

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Jan 15, 2015 12:00:00 PM

It seems that every headline I’ve read this month has been on cleansing, detoxing, fasting… all the ways to clear our bodies of the junk from 2014.

I suppose I’m a bit late to the party for starting my New Year’s detox regime, but I thought I’d share with you one method I’ll be revisiting this year: wheatgrass therapy.

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Topics: holistic nutrition, recipes, how to

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