September 2011
September is already flying by! This is a month made for transitions and often a good time to start fresh. Whether your kids are starting with new teachers, you're in a new job or your family is settling in to a new home, new routines seem to happen this month. One of the best things to incorporate in to that new routine is green vegetables! Sure there are lots of things you can do to be more healthy this time of year, but start simple. Check out our tips for getting more greens in your diet below, but first read what Barbara Neitlich, LCSW, has to say about the emotional impact of making changes to your diet. 

And speaking of GREEN, Alejandra Garza Gordoa, part of our Sage Wellness Team will be speaking on Raising Healthy Kids, in Spanish, at this years Green Festival October 29th-30th. For more information click here

One final note - what is the color of luck? Green! Stay tuned for our Pressed Juicery 3 Day Detox Giveaway!! And yes, our favorite thing is their green juices!    

-Katie and Ruth  
The Emotional Impact of Food 

by Barbara Neitlich, LCSW
Man making choice


Making a true lifestyle transformation or transition is never easy.  Particularly when it comes to doing it with food, however, preparing yourself emotionally can be a tremendous advantage getting you into the right mindset and on the path to wellness.

Your decision to embark on this journey needs to be for your own health, happiness and well-being and not because other's want you to do it. 


Food is a source of life. Our thoughts, feelings and emotions surrounding food began early on in our lives. How, when and where we are fed all contribute to our feelings and choices about food today. Many times our choices/behaviors today come from a place in the unconscious mind; a place that wants instant gratification and satisfaction. Telling that place to wait can often trigger a variety of emotions such as helplessness, frustration and disappointment.


The question then becomes, "how do you alter your mindset in such a way that you are making yourself emotionally available to change"? Here are some ideas of where to begin.


1.Understand your triggers and address them. What makes you eat out of emotion? Emotional eating almost always sabotages healthy choices. Food, particularly bad food, almost always serves as a distraction. Remember that thoughts relate to feelings. And feelings relate directly to eating habits. 


2. Understand what is going on in your life and if this is a good time to make a lifestyle change. Be realistic and honest with yourself.  If you have just changed jobs and moved, it may not be the right time to embark upon this type of challenge. 


3. Set your short and long term goals and write them down. Each day, prior to falling asleep, take 5 minutes and review your goals. As you are reviewing them visualize how you will look and feel. Visualize yourself as already successful and having met your goal.  Imagine all of the things you will enjoy when you feel healthier each and every day. 


4. Tame your stress by doing what helps you. Of course exercise is wonderful for this and can only help you in your transformation emotionally as well as physically, however, there are other options that can increase positive feelings and reduce stress such as meditation, listening to music, taking a bath or getting a massage. 


5. Seek group support or individual counseling if needed. Counseling can help you to identify your triggers, understand reasons behind emotional eating and derive the best type of coping strategies for you. 


6. Don't be too hard on yourself. If you have a bad day then chalk it up to having a bad day. Don't allow one day to ruin your intention for transformation. Start with a clean slate the next day. 


Barbara Neitlich, LCSW


Food Focus: Greens! 


Green vegetables are the foods most missing in modern diets. Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to creating health. When you nourish yourself with greens, you will naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. Greens help build your internal rain forest and strengthen the blood and respiratory systems. They are especially good for city people who rarely see fields of green in open countryside. Green is associated with a time of renewal, refreshment and vital energy. In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. 


Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phyto-chemicals.


Some of the benefits from eating dark leafy greens are:

Blood purification

Cancer prevention

Improved circulation

Strengthened immune system

Promotion of healthy intestinal flora

Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy

Lifted spirit and elimination of depression

Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function

Cleared congestion, especially in lungs, by reducing mucus




The Emotional Impact of Food


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We Need Your Help   
As part of our involvement with LA's Green Festival we are presenting our Raising Healthy Kids workshop in Spanish. Please help us get the word out! If your company has a large number of spanish speaking employees or you work with a group of spanish speakers, email us at and we'll send posters and info about all the events in Spanish at the Green Festival, Oct. 29-30 at the Convention Center. 
Get your greens in at breakfast or try this savory egg dish for dinner! Quinoa and kale topped with a fried egg - Click here for recipe!

Call or email Katie today and visit Sage Wellness for more information! 
Tel: 323-527-0787 ext. 1

Katie Hill & Ruth Smith

Co-Founders &

Certified Nutrition Counselors

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