Monthly Archives: November 2011

Reminder! Eat to Win!

Be sure to come out to Mike Bronstein’s talk about healthy eating for a active lifestyle. 

Come out and learn how to eat best for your busy life and getting the most out of your body!!




Casino Ballroom – 7:00PM – Free


Thursday’s Stress Management Workshop!

Hi Everyone!!

I am so excited to be offering this workshop on campus for the GCU community. Finals and the holidays are quickly approaching, so why not come and relax?! See below for an amazing opportunity for all of you to take advantage of Thursday night.

Hope to see you there!


December 1 at 7PM in the Casino


Open to the entire GCU Community! Come out for a night of relaxation and learn techniques on how to cope with stress in your life. With finals and the holidays quickly approaching, along with the stress of everyday life, it is important to be able to relax, breathe, and manage the worries. This event is an opportunity for everyone to experience the modalities below, as well as learn how to use these techniques in their daily life.


Be sure to come out and experience relaxation through…

  • Acupressure
  • EFT
  • Drumming
  • Laughter
  • Talking
  • Energy Work
  • Guided Imagery
  • Tapping Touch
  • Massage
  • Labyrinth Walk
  • Yoga

The GCU Wellness Program is thrilled to have the generous Holistic Health graduate students and alumni donate their time, energy, and skill to help the GCU Community. Please be sure to pass the message along and bring your friends. This is a great opportunity for the community to take advantage of these wonderful practitioners for FREE!!!!!


Looking forward to seeing you all there, any questions please email or

Wednesday’s Event with Mike Bronstein

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend and were able to spend it enjoying the break, with your loved ones, and shopping!!!

Here is some information for WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S event…

Mike is the former GCU athletic trainer and will be coming to campus this Wednesday, Nov 30 to talk about maintaining your active lifestyle while eating healthy. Some of the students of the sustainable wellness panel, mentioned the difficulties they experience eating to maintain their heavy work out schedule. Mike will be here to address that as well as any of your other questions. Whether you are a student athlete or interested in learning how to eat healthy, this event is for you!!

Eat to Win! Nov 30 at 7PM in Casino Ballroom!

Also, don’t forget Thursday night come out for a night of relaxation in the casino at 7pm.

Hope to see you all there!



Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to remind to mark your calendars for next week’s events.

Wednesday, November 30 – Mike Bronstein in the Casino Ballroom at 7pm

Mike will be talking about how to eat healthy while being active. This talk is especially important for the athletes to hear about how to maintain your busy schedule while eating the fuel your body needs to keep it going. Come learn how to eat to WIN!

Thursday, December 1 – Stress Management Workshop at 7 PM in the Casino

This event is possible due to the generous holistic health graduate students who are donating their time to teach the GCU community how to cope with stress through various modalities. Please come out to experience relaxation and learn how to cope with your stress.

Both events are FREE and are great to boost your wellness!!


101 Healthy Holiday Recipes

Hi Everyone!

Still looking for something to cook for Thanksgiving?? Well look no further! The nutrition school I recently completed to become a certified health couch, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, just posted 101 Healthy Holiday Recipes.

I wanted to share it with all of you since I think there is something for everyone and every meal. If you are looking to cook a certain way, pay attention to the letters after some of the recipes. ((V) – Vegan (R) – Raw (GF) – Gluten Free (DF) – Dairy Free)

If you make of these please let us know how it went! I would love to share it on the Blog!

If you have any questions about IIN feel free to ask me about that as well.


Click Here to be directed to the IIN Blog for 101 HEATHY HOLIDAY RECIPES!

Gratitude Walls are UP!!!

Hello Everyone!!

I am wishing you all a happy shortened week!

Please take time out of your day to check out the GRATITUDE WALL in A&S. It is located outside the student activities office in the hallway. 

Be sure to make a quick note and share with GCU what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving.



Wrap Up: What’s In Your Pantry?

Hi Everyone,

We had a great event on Monday night in the Casino Ballroom. Five extremely knowledgeable women spoke about nutrition with very different approaches. Nutrition is one of my passions and one of the reasons is because nutrition is not one size fits all. This panel proved that; we had registered dietitians, nutritionists, health coaches, vegans, and meat eaters for example. Here is the best wrap up I could give for those not there, the information was too good not to share with all of you.



The first speaker was Debra Dobies, RD. She has an extensive background in the field of nutrition and very valuable information to share.

She spoke about how to grocery shop to eat healthy. She recommends 3 things when grocery shopping.
1. Bring a list and stick to it
2. Don’t go food shopping hungry
3. Shop the perimeter of the store

The healthiest foods are found not in the center aisles, but around the outside of the store. If you think about the set up of a grocery store, think about what you find in those middle aisles, not really anything your body needs. (and no your body does not NEED oreos or cheetos)

She also spoke about the importance of knowing what is on your food when you buy it concerning produce. The grocery store has no seasons, you can buy kiwi and strawberries year round which was unheard of years ago. When we import a lot of produce from other countries, it is important to realize that those countries have their own regulations when it comes to pesticides. For example, Chili still allows pesticides to be used that we banned in the USA. Debra recommends buying local when possible, buying organic for the produce on the dirty dozen list(posted below), and buy frozen because you know you are getting more nutrients then something that has been picked and traveled thousands of miles.

Kim Belanger spoke next about her work in teaching people how to eat, particularly when it comes to portion sizes. She had great hand outs that sum up her talk that I will post below. She had examples of portion sizes for the different kinds of foods we eat. You would truly be shocked to realize how small the appropriate portion size is. She also mentioned eating the least processed foods- you can tell this by checking the ingredients list. When a food is highly processed it will have a ton of ingredients, as well as many foods you can not pronounce. Stick with ingredient lists of no more than 5 foods and only words that you can pronounce. She stressed the importance of bringing awareness to what we are eating.

Sarah Lockenmeyer spoke next about being a vegan, but she likes to calls herself one who eats a plant based diet. Sarah has been eating this way since the age of 16 and appropriately wore a shirt that said, “Eat Kale, Not Cow.” Eating a plant based diet is something Sarah is clearly passionate about. She spoke about how cancer can not grow in an alkaline environment which is the PH your body’s blood will have eating mostly plants vs. more animal products. Sarah also has a great philosophy for those new to being a vegan– crowd new foods in, while crowding old foods out. It is important to realize that your body is an amazing machine that forms to what you feed it. If you feed it dirt, your body will figure out a way to make it work. When you eat animal products, your insides are actually different than when you eat a plant based diet. You body can not make this transition over night, so one must gradually change to this eating lifestyle.

Kathryne Ellis spoke next and I must be honest and say that Kathryne’s view on food closely matched my own. Kathrynne’s talk was really about asking YOURSELF what is best for YOUR body? Don’t worry about eating for a trend or what someone else eats. If you aren’t feeling well try reflecting on your diet. If you feel great, pay attention to what you are eating and keep going. If you are tired, suffer from digestive issues, or headaches frequently, don’t underestimate the importance of your diet and making food work the best it can for your body. Kathryne will be joining GCU again in the spring time, Jan. 31st at 5:30 to give a talk on weight loss and healthy eating.

Last, Sachiko Komagata spoke about nutrition in her life. Being born in Japan, Sachiko grew up eating a traditional Japanese diet. When she came to America, she noticed how sweet the food was here compared to her home land of Japan. She also noticed how other people who come from other countries healthy, then become sick after they live here for a while. She realized there had to be something about what she was doing in Japan so she is lucky to have care packages sent of different foods native to Japan like seaweed and shiitake mushrooms. She recommends looking in Asian Markets for the foods she brought in as samples. Sachiko’s talk brought up an interesting idea that I am currently learning more about for my research project, which is the idea that we should eat foods that are similar to those of our ancestors. The theory is we all have digestive enzymes to digest foods from where we are from easier than others.

Below are the hand outs given out by Kim and Debra. They are not the best quality since some of the information was cut off in the scanner. If you are interested in getting one of the hand outs, I would recommend reaching out to Sachiko Komagata who can then put you in touch with the appropriate person.

If you have any questions or are interested in speaking with any of the presenters, please leave your comments below and we can do our best to make that happen.