Nighttime snacking can be a difficult habit to quell. If you crave ice cream, Dr. Annina Burns of Oxford Nutrition Health, says you may be lacking magnesium. Magnesium helps with muscle relaxation and sleep. Many people are deficient in magnesium because of ongoing chronic stress. Dairy is one source of this vital mineral. If something frozen and tasty is your passion and you can tolerate dairy, try this frozen treat instead of ice cream.
1 C Full-fat Greek Yogurt 1C Whole milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Whole Foods brand Whey protein powder)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Cinnamon to taste
2 cups frozen berries
You will need a blender that can blend frozen fruit into an appealing consistency and paper cups to freeze ~¾ cup individual servings.
Pour milk and scoop yogurt into blender. Add protein powder, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Blend for a minute until combined and smooth. Add frozen berries to the blended liquid and pulse blender to break up the frozen berries. Continue to blend mixture until all the berries have been liquefied into a uniform mixture. This may take up to 4 minutes depending on the strength of your blender. Pour ~¾ cup smoothie mixture into paper cup for individual servings. Place the smoothie cups in the freezer. When firm, place them in a bag to protect their flavor. To enjoy, allow the smoothie to sit at room temperature to soften for a few minutes. If you can’t wait, partially defrost it in the microwave on high for 25 seconds.
Restore Motion hosted the DMV Pelvic Health Study Group Saturday, January 27th. There were over 23 attendees from DC, Maryland, VA and WV! Our guest presenter was Dr. Rachel Rubin a urologist who specializes in sexual health. We were thankful for the chance to discuss scholarly articles and challenging patient care issues with Dr. Rubin.
One sensitive topic discussed was the general outrage about the sexual abuse by USA Gymnastics Team physician, Larry Nassar . His actions put legitimate treatment of the pelvic floor in questionable light for the general public. (See link to article below by a pelvic floor PT and doctor of Physical Therapy.)
This determined group of therapists and physician want to speak out for the necessity of pelvic health and sexual health education for all ages. We also enjoyed catching up with and meeting our colleagues and friends. Always good to put a name with a face!
We plan hold more events that bring our network of colleagues closer together to help our patients. It often takes a team of practitioners to heal pelvic dysfunction and sexual trauma. Physicians (urologists, gynecologists, colorectal, gastroenterologists), physical therapists, mental health therapists, nutritionists and sex therapists refer to each other to promote each patient’s healing and well being.
Meet RM Friend MarisaNickols, Co-Executive Director of Baby’s Bounty Montgomery County. Baby’s Bounty MC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides safety, health and wellness essentials to at-risk infants up to six months of age who are born into poverty, homelessness, abuse, neglect, and other disadvantaged situations.
When Marisa was pregnant with her first child she noticed, “my husband and I had lots of support from friends and family. What we weren’t given, we were able to buy–whatever was needed.” Reflecting on her good fortune she “started to wonder what happens to new moms and families that don’t have the resources?” Marisa first heard about Baby’s Bounty when she caught a segment about the charity on the news. “I decided to donate my daughter’s things to the charity when she grew out of them.” She was surprised to hear a few months later the charity was closing its doors.
“I have a background in politics–and I thought those skills could be applied to running a charity.” The needed skills of organizing volunteers and getting a message out to the community overlapped well. Nickols reopened Baby’s Bounty 3 months after the doors were closed. In FY 2015-2016 Baby’s Bounty helped 127 babies, doubled that the next year and in the first 6 months of FY 2017-2018 have helped 220 babies in Montgomery County.
“Some mothers don’t have an infant car seat when it is time to leave the maternity ward.” Babies in need are identified by hospital case workers, Montgomery County or Health and Human Services referrals. Cribs for Kids is an organization that helps purchase Pack-n-plays (portable cribs) at a good price for the charity. Used infant car seats aren’t allowed to be donated; they have to be purchased and donated new. Monetary donations allow the Baby’s Bounty to purchase items for “Safe Sleep, Safe Travel, Health & Hygiene. The charity is funded through a combination of 2 grants from Montgomery County, donations and fundraising efforts. The Baby’s Bounty “Run Rockville 5k and Stroller Derby” will be April 22. Click herefor the flyer.