Massage School Students are Nutty about Holistic Nutrition!

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), our Faculty understands the importance of good nutrition and offers several classes on the topic.  Among these is Holistic Nutrition, taught by multi-course Instructor, Shana Lipner-Grover.   “The Holistic approach to health-care means taking all aspects of a person’s life into account when assessing their overall health”, said Shana.  “These include the physical, psychological, social, and Spiritual.  This course highlights how food provides the energy we need to move our bodies, and the nutrients essential for its growth, maintenance and repair.  If you want a positive attitude, healthy muscles and bones, and an abundance of energy, it is essential to understand Holistic Nutrition”, she added.

The goal of Holistic Nutrition is to help Students create healthy nutritional plans to build a strong foundation for long term health and wellness.  Students can use these plans for themselves, their families and their clients. In Shana’s course, students examine the basic nutrients in food including: vitamins, carbohydrates, fatty acids, enzymes, and amino acids. They explores how the energy of food ingested affects our own energy, and how food choices can impact the mind/body connection and over-all health. Students study the Digestive System and gain an understanding of how food is processed and utilized within the body. The course also includes the preparation and sharing of delicious, healthy recipes.  Upon completion Students will be equipped with the knowledge to customize the optimal nutrition program for themselves and their clients.

Holistic Nutrition is a 60-hour course that Shana teaches at all three Healing Hands classroom locations.  Her next course will be held at the Escondido campus (125 W Mission Ave #212) from 6pm to 10pm starting August 24th and running through October 12th.  The Registration deadline for Holistic Nutrition is August 10, 2018.

Course Instructor, Shana, shown here receiving a “Teacher of the Year” award from Healing Hands Founding Director Mrs. Paula Curtiss. A health educator, clinical herbalist, field botanist, and self-proclaimed ‘student of life’, Shana possesses a passion for teaching. Her classes at Healing Hands include: Holistic Nutrition, Superfoods & Dietary Practices, Herbal Studies & Applications, and more!

When not teaching, Shana manages a private Clinical Practice and a high-quality herbal product line called Sage Country Herbs.  An accomplished Speaker, Shana also lectures at a variety of Symposiums, Conferences and Institutes of higher learning in the SoCal area. To learn more, e-mail Shana at: shanalipner@gmail.com.

Healing Hands has been serving residents in SoCal for over 26 years.  Boasting more than 80 Massage and Holistic Health courses and two Certification Programs, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 students for rewarding careers as Massage Therapists and can do the same for you. Interested in learning more? Check out Healing Hands classes and Programs on-line at www.HealingHandsSchool.com or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills, or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido, (858) 505-1100 in San Diego. 

 

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Holistic Massage School Shares Five Strategies for Grocery Shopping for Optimal Nutrition

“We all know that food ordered at a local Diner or Buffet can be filled with empty calories and ingredients that aren’t always the healthiest” said Harmony Curtiss, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills (Healing Hands).  “By selecting and cooking your own meals, you are empowered to take charge of your nutritional intake which is essential to Holistic Health”, she continued.

According to researchers in Australia who examined the habits of 1, 136 women, food shoppers who made a habit of planning meals made better shopping decisions.  The evidence showed that those who pre-planned and shopped with grocery lists ate more healthfully than those who did not.  Shopping choices for these women included more fruits, vegetables and healthier product options. The study also found that approaching grocery shopping as a holistic practice to nurture yourself (and your family) as opposed to a chore, made a huge difference.

To ensure that your next trip to the grocery store is one you’ll look forward to, the Faculty at Healing Hands has put together five ‘Insider Tips’.  These tips will help you navigate grocery stores and find the best products, so you receive the best return for your nutritional dollar.

Tip #1 – Even those of us who do read labels acknowledge they can be extremely confusing. Fortunately, experts say that as a rule, the fewer the ingredients listed on the label, the healthier the food.  So, the best option is to select the product with the shortest list of ingredients.

Tip #2 – Observe your product’s positioning on the shelf.  Be aware that the big food companies pay “slotting fees” to position their products on the shelves at eye level.  The tactic usually leaves the top and bottom shelves open for healthier, more natural alternatives.   So, be prepared to look high and low for the most nutritious options.

Tip #3 –Shop the circumference of the store to find foods with the best nutritional values.  In most grocery stores, the healthiest food items can be found along the walls, rather than within internal isles.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and fresh meat, poultry and seafood can all be found around the edges of the store. Typically, nutritionally less potent, processed food items are moved to the inner isles, and often can be avoided all together.

Tip #4 – Remember the Nutrition Pyramid and be sure to include your daily requirement of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains and low-fat protein sources when planning meals and creating a shopping list.  The Pyramid model does not take into account dietary restrictions of all individuals, so learning what YOUR individual needs are, is equally important.  Having healthy selections readily available can keep your blood sugar balanced and curb unhealthy food cravings and impulsive eating.

Tip #5 –  Beware of deceptive marketing tactics. Many conglomerate companies use words that sound healthy to ‘spin’ the description of their food product.  For example, the term ‘Whole grains’ ensures the product has not been refined and stripped of most of its nutritional value.  The term ‘Multi-grain’ on the other hand, is deceptive as it may or may not have been refined, so it offers no guarantee of its nutritional value.  Learning differences such as these can help you avoid consuming foods with empty calories.

At Healing Hands, our wonderful Faculty  inspires students with the most comprehensive massage therapy and holistic health courses in southern California! Please see the full schedule of courses. Founded in 1992 Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,000 Graduates for rewarding careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you. If you’d like to learn more about our programs, please contact us.