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January 2017


Warm thoughts to everyone at the beginning of this new year, 2017! As the year kicks off, the commonplace New Year's Resolutions are being made, and perhaps already forgotten. It seems natural for human beings to linger until 'the time is right' and/or reach for goals with excessive expectations of the human body or mind. And, repeating this process year after year, is unfortunately all too common.

Consider what may transpire if we took an internal inventory and understood what is in our bodies' and minds' best interest. At Simplicity Nutrition, we encourage each of you to bring more focus, more attention, effort and time towards finding your individualized healthy mind-body connection and balance. It may begin at some random moment of any random day, and it will undoubtedly be a longer journey than one year. That is what healthy living is about; continued redirection to our mind-body connection to find balance which is sustainable year after year.  

Join us in foregoing the endless cycle of common resolutions which are made to be broken, by moving in the direction of long-term, positive, sustainable, healthy living. We are here to help you on your journey with the plentiful resources at Simplicity Nutrition. And, if we aren't equipped with what you need, we'll help to connect you with someone amazing in our support network. 

In this month's newsletter, we've included resources and tips to help bring focus to the powerful mind-body connection and its role in living a healthy, balanced life. If you decide you want to continue on this path, we welcome you to contact us, schedule sessions or services, and make use of the numerous ways which we can provide you support and guidance.

- Simplicity Nutrition Team 



Rest is such an elusive thing these days. We’re all so busy, even when we do rest, we often don’t choose truly restful activities. I used to think I was resting when I watched tv, did an enjoyable hobby, or surfed the internet. While those things may be good for other reasons and may be restful to your body, “rest” means to truly give your brain and nervous system a break.

Try to think of the last time you just sat or lay in silence and listened to your body and breath - it’s ok if you can’t remember. If you can, that’s great (now pass this article on to your friends that need it)!

Why is rest important for digestive health?

When we don’t get enough true rest, our body is often stuck in fight-or-flight mode - which is not supportive of a happy digestive system. When our bodies are constantly posed to fight or flee, because of traffic, a stressful job or always being on the go, blood is siphoned away from our digestive system to support our immediate survival.

Resting our body AND brain together is a signal to our nervous system that we are safe and can continue with non-emergency functions, such as digestion. Other benefits of rest include a calmer demeanor, better sleep and improved resilience to stress.

How do I rest, you ask?

This can be any quiet, physically supported activity for about 15-20 minutes a day. You can:
Lay in bed or on the couch
Do 1-2 supported yoga poses (see below)
Relax in a warm Epsom salt bath
Drink a cup of herbal tea and look at nature

It is important to take enough time to settle in; the first 5-10 minutes are just to work out the kinks, wiggles, and thoughts. The remaining time is to truly enjoy the benefits of rest - so don’t cheat yourself!

Looking for new ideas to rest? Try a version of the poses in the images below for 15-20 minutes, depending on your body. You can use bed pillows and blankets, no yoga props needed. Doesn’t sound like you? Try it first and see what happens :)



Some Tips:

If your head is turned to one side in a pose like in the first picture above, always try to spend half your rest with your head turned to each side.
Stick with it - even if you are practiced at resting, your brain may be pretty active for the first 5-10 minutes. Keep coming back to your body and breath until your 20 minutes are up - you may be surprised at how much quieter your body and mind become with some practice.
If silence feels too hard at first (if your thoughts are too active, distracting or loud), you can always play restful music in the background. Try music without words to not over-stimulate your brain. Youtube has many free options if you search for “relaxing music.”
Some days you may not be able to calm or quiet your brain, but your rest was still successful if you saw ANY improvement and it is still a great thing for your physical body.
Come out of your rest slowly and gently, and take it with you throughout your day!

Feel free to ask us if you need help finding time or motivation to rest. We will help you integrate your body and nervous system together. Your digestion and brain will thank you :)
- Written by Kimberly Vair, MS, RDN 
Master of Science in Nutrition
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Functional Nutritionist
Yoga Instructor



Are you a someday yogi? As in, someday you would like to have a yoga practice - but you aren’t sure where to start or haven’t clicked with the yoga experiences you’ve had so far?
I believe that yoga, when practiced in a way that is supportive of YOUR body, is good for almost every ailment. Whether anxiety, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalance, weight management issues, digestive issues, sore joints or shoulders, a stressful job, trouble sleeping etc., there is a yoga practice out there for you.
If any of these sounds familiar, come see me at our peaceful Simplicity Nutrition office for a one-on-one personalized yoga session! No matter your current experience level, flexibility or enthusiasm for yoga, I’ll work with you to find a safe, realistic and manageable set of poses that you can incorporate into your life at home.


Group yoga classes are a great way to connect with others and the community, but sometimes they move too quickly or there isn’t enough time to explain important principles along the way.

A home practice is a FREE way to practice lifelong self-care, stimulate your digestion and parasympathetic nervous system, and take a little time for you. If you have five minutes and a little floor space, you can have a home yoga practice.
The number of available sessions per week is limited, so please call for session pricing and call to schedule your one-on-one yoga session - see you on the mat!
In good health,

Written by Kimberly Vair, MS, RDN
Master of Science in Nutrition
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Functional Nutritionist
Yoga Instructor

About Kim's Yoga Experience

Kim graduated from the Avalon Art & Yoga Center’s 200-hour teacher training program in Palo Alto, CA where she studied with Kelly McGonigal PhD., Judith Lasater, and Girish, among about 15 other instructors. She taught group class at several studios in the Bay Area, and in Issaquah, WA, until she decided to focus on one-on-one teaching after starting graduate school.
Kim feels that her daily home yoga practice is vital to her overall health and well-being. She loves to share yoga's deep nurturing power with others in an accessible and non-dogmatic way.


A quick note to all of our clients about electronic appointment reminders through Kalix, our appointment scheduling system:

Due to updates that Kalix performed on January 21st, all clients must now opt-in in order to receive electronic appointment reminders through Kalix. You will receive, or may have already received, an email from Kalix asking your consent for email messages from Kalix. 

If you would like to receive email appointment reminders (which we highly recommend), please:

1. Locate the email with "[SIMPLICITY NUTRITION, INC] Please consent to receive email messages" in the subject line. 
2. Click on the link: "Please click here to give your consent"
3. This will open a page stating "Opt-In Successful!"- that's it! 

If you can't find or haven't received the email, please mention it at your next appointment or email or and we will resend you the opt-In email.




Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 0 min
Total Time: 15 min 

Serves: 2



-1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers

- 2 large slices of fresh ginger

- 1 serving calcium-magnesium supplement powder
(We like the Thorne Effervescent:  Call us to get your supply)

- 1-2 tsp raw honey (optional)

- 16 ounces boiling water​

Calming Herbal Infusion

- Bring water to a boil. Split ginger, chamomile, and honey into two mugs.

- Pour water over ingredients. Cover with a small plate or cloth to keep essential oils in.

- Allow to steep for 10-15 minutes. The longer it sits, the stronger the ginger flavor will be.

- Enjoy with some peace and quiet!

TIP: You can make the same herbal infusion with 1 chamomile tea bag and 1 ginger tea bag if you’d like.

At Simplicity Nutrition, we are here to inform, support, and guide you towards healthy living.

To learn about the wide spectrum of services we provide, please visit our website for a full list and descriptions.

If you're struggling with 'lingering and/or leaping' towards potentially unrealistic goals, please consider how we may help you to find healthy mind-body balance.

In Health and Nourishment,

Erin Yaseen, MS, RDN

Master of Science in Nutrition
Registered Dietitian
Functional and Holistic Nutritionist
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