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Nutrition and mental health, or is it mental health and nutrition?  As my dear friend Amanda asked, “which is the chicken and which is the egg?” In 2017, I embarked on a nutrition journey to understand how food physiologically impacts our bodies.  Watching my family members and friends battle chronic disease and mental health, I wanted to […]

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May is mental health awareness month. And I am diving into the ‘Eat to Beat Depression & Anxiety’ book by @drewramseymd to understand further how nutritious foods can positively impact mental health. I think Hippocrates was on to something when he said, “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Westernized medicine […]

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What’s Earth Day? Take the time to tackle food justice, environmental justice, and more. Earth Day is a time when global citizens take action to preserve our planet. Meaningful issues like climate change, science and education, people and communities, conservation and restoration, plastic and pollution are some of the areas we all can get involved […]

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Many people don’t know that they live in a food desert. I didn’t know I was one of those people until I learned the ‘food desert’ definition. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines a food desert as (USDA, 2010): Not living within 10 miles of a supermarket and/or Grocery stores not carrying affordable, nutritious food […]

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Do our brains naturally shrink as we age?  Yes, they do! But, we can slow down the shrinkage rate and cognitive decline by eating foods that support brain health and exercising our brains.  The food we eat impacts how well your mind and body can function. For example, a diet poor in Omega-3’s can contribute […]

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In April 2020, I completed my Integrative and Functional Nutrition degree.    I was ecstatic to be done, but I felt like something was missing.   After my dad had his heart surgery in 2017, a dietician gave him a list of foods to eat and what not to eat.  What I realized at that […]

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Wellness is more than the prevention of disease. It is a focus on engaging the inner resources of each individual as an active and conscious participant in the maintenance of his or her own health.

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I love data. In fact, most of my career has been in tech related jobs, but something changed in me a few years ago. My father had a heart attack which led him needing triple bypass surgery. This experience changed my life and I wanted to learn more about how food can heal our bodies.

Hi! I'm Tara rivera. passionate about sharing nutritional information and understanding the impacts to mental health. 

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