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Queer Yoga: A Safe Space for All

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Yoga is meant to be a relaxing exercise to ease the mind and the body. Columbus specifically has a designed that is ‘queer-focused,’ and so as to provide a safe(r) space for community members that identify with the studio’s motto.

Their mission statement on their Facebook page states, “We endeavor to cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and community in all we do, from sun salutations to post-yoga snack time.” Don’t worry about being a yoga pro, this class caters to both beginners and experts.

Zach Reau, co-founder and Charter Member of Queer Behavior, the organization that manages and hosts Queer Yoga, said that “Part of queering yoga is about accepting and celebrating our bodies for what they are, how they look, and what they’re able to achieve, rather than judging ourselves and others on what we should look like or be able to do.”

Reau said that when Queer Behavior and Queer Yoga started seven years ago, they set out a goal to bring people together as they thought the Columbus community was segregated (and still is)  from each other by race and sexuality.

10153072_600990756649144_90376268_nThrough the yoga they attempt to be as inclusive as possible while still respecting everyone’s space and comfort zones. For example, at the start of every class, the instructor has everyone close their eyes and raise their hands if they feel on-hand position adjustments make them uncomfortable, that way, people can raise their concerns in a private manner while still actively participating.

For Reau, Queer Yoga was a personal experience as he himself was nervous to do yoga around other people. Who isn’t? Wearing stretchy pants and bending down till your nose touches your feet is nerve wracking for everyone. “It’s really empowering to see people take that risk and participate, ” said Reau, “I never imagined it would last this long.”

Their location rests in the aptly named, It Looks Like It’s Open Studio, a community arts studio. Each teacher is a guest and changes on rotation every week, but the classes remain a steady $6 dollars for all participants. Catch them tonight at 7:30, or stop by next week; their classes are held every Tuesday.

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Queer Behavior and Queer Yoga will celebrate it’s 7th anniversary October 11th, so check back on their Facebook page for more updates!

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Truth or Trend: Does “detox water” really work?

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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Water, H20, aqua: the most basic of necessities for human life. Water is a vital part of many bodily functions, including removal of waste products, but can we make water even “better” for us as a “detox water?"

Simple answer: no.

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H20, i.e. two hydrogen atoms connected to an oxygen atom, is the chemical identity of water. This specific formation is what separates it from other molecules, and makes it the most vital substance to human existence.

Soaking things in your water like ginger, cinnamon, or cucumbers can alter the taste but will not chemically alter the structure. Water infusions like the ones listed in the post above can taste great, but water is still H20 and will function as such.

That being said, water infusions are not bad; in fact if you’re struggling to meet your daily intake, water infusions are often an idea I suggest to patients and clients. Mixing up the flavors can bring water can elevate the flavor, making it easier to drink throughout the day!

Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you water can be changed to a magical detox; water is already an amazing life giving drink. Instead, use social media for inspiration for trying a new tasty drink that might help you get the adequate hydration you’ve been struggling to get!

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Truth or Trend: 30 Day Challenges

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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@DietBetch, a popular Instagram account with over 213k followers, tends to post memes that subtly poking fun at our diet culture. But recently, I was disappointed to see a post about a "30 Day Challenge" that reinforces the unhealthy, fad diet-obsessed world we live in.

This "30 Day Challenge" prohibits participants from consuming foods that many people often associate with being “unhealthy” like soda, candy, and doughnuts.

As a dietitian, I’m not going to disagree that the foods listed do tend to be higher in nutrients of concerns—like added sugars and salt, and overall calories—but, I absolutely believe they can be part of a balanced diet.

By completely removing foods from the diet with a 30 Day Challenge like this, one will simply think, “No…for this month." This purge-style challenge won't teach healthy sustainable eating habits like intuitive eating or portion control.

Take-away: Instead of tagging a friend for a restrictive diet challenge that doesn’t set either of you up for long-term success, try implementing a small sustainable change. Maybe instead of going out for fast food every day of the workweek with a friend, you both could try packing once a week and share recipes and meal ideas!

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Truth or Trend: “His” vs “Her” portions

Becca Kirian RD, LD, CNSC

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It’s not uncommon to scroll through Instagram and see beautiful plates of food labeled “his” and “hers.” Typically the “his” plate is larger in all portions of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

But, this depiction of portioning is inaccurate and can be damaging to the way women satisfy their hunger.

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Gender does not determine the quantity of food people “should” eat. From a science perspective, there are so many variables that affect metabolic rates that are not specific to sex, such as amount of muscle mass, fat mass, location of these deposits, physical activity, and more. 

For example, a very active, self-identified woman with high lean body mass can have significantly higher maintenance caloric needs compared to a more sedentary male identifying person. 

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Take-away: Don’t let social media tell you that gender determines the amount you deserve to eat. Listen to your body and your hunger cues. Fuel your body for what you need!

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