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Yoga Joins Juice, Pastries, Fancy Nails & Pretty Plants in German Village

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Balanced Yoga joins popular local shops Fox In The Snow, Native Cold-Pressed, The W Nail Bar and STUMP in bringing a second location to the bustling corner of Thurman Avenue and Jaeger Street in German Village.

Balanced Yoga owner Leah Westwater signed a lease at 210 Thurman Ave, the historic building that once housed Thurmania movie theater.

Balanced Yoga shares the building with the newest Fox In The Snow Cafe location. The yoga studio will fill approximately 2,000 square feet in the 1920s theater space while the former theater lobby will transform into the coffee and bakery hangout.

“German Village has a wonderfully unique vibe—both historic and urban—and we are so excited to join the neighborhood,” says Westwater. “To be honest, a second location wasn’t on our radar until the building and the neighboring businesses made it an easy decision. We look forward to contributing to an already thriving community.”

Balanced Yoga’s German Village studio aims to open in spring of 2017 with a yoga class schedule crafted with downtown living in mind.

“Picture this: exposed brick, a restored fireplace, show-stopping light fixtures, beautiful hardwood floors — a place to connect with yourself and others. Very warm and inviting, yet edgy and industrial,” says Tessa DuPont, studio manager and director of marketing.

Westwater purchased the longstanding Clintonville yoga studio at 3520 N. High St. in May 2015 and began rebranding the business and revitalizing the space not long after.

“We’re here because yoga has the capacity to change lives, and we operate from that truth in everything from our values to our schedule,” says Westwater’s partner, Nicole Klasa. “From our management team to staff and yoga instructors, we strive to give the city gathering spaces full of heart. We are an extremely inspired group passionate about serving Columbus.”

The second location will share in hosting Balanced mainstays, including its biannual yoga teacher training program, yoga and live music events, masterclasses with local and national instructors, and donation-based classes to benefit Balanced Yoga’s GIVE Yoga Fund, among other nonprofit outreach.

About Balanced Yoga: Balanced Yoga offers more than 70 classes per week with opportunities from Baptiste-inspired Power Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Restorative, Yin, Prenatal and Family Yoga. You can find Balanced Yoga Clintonville at 3520 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214. For more information, visit balancedyogastudios.com.

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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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