Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer Mattson

Jennifer is a journalist, writer, yogini, and kirtan junkie. A former volunteer resident at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, she’s a former broadcast news producer for CNN and National Public Radio. Her reporting and writing have appeared in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, USA Today and the Women’s Review of Books.
Posted on June 10th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

The Dirty Dozen and 12 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic

Last year, we published an article about organic food and how to decide what to purchase when comparing organics to other conventional fruit and vegetables. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released its 2014 list of produce containing the highest and least amounts of pesticides. The list changes frequently, based on crop conditions in a […]

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Posted on April 21st, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Living in a Shame-Free Body

I recently read an article about our nation’s obsession with body image and how it manifests itself in unhealthy ways—for example, on television shows such as The Biggest Loser. In the article, the writer talks about how we judge ourselves and others for being overweight, yet find it impossible to climb our way out of […]

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Posted on April 12th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Eight Things You Need To Know About Sleep

Although we spend about one-third of our lives asleep, most people still don’t know how to get a good night’s rest and how important it is. Sleep is a good indicator of someone’s overall health says Susan B. Lord, MD, an integrative family physician who teaches the Healthy Living program Transforming Stress at Kripalu. “If […]

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Posted on March 29th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

The Joy of Cooking: Self-Care in the Kitchen

The truth is, I’ve only recently started to cook. In my twenties and thirties, I wore my lack of domesticity as a badge of pride, a sign that I was a busy, independent woman. During those years, I worked late and often picked up takeout on the way home. That habit stayed with me for […]

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Posted on January 22nd, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Five Things Resilient People Do

Why do some people bounce back after a major tragedy or illness, while others seem derailed by life’s daily challenges? The answer, in a word, is resilience. At its core, resilience is the capacity to handle difficult moments. That could be a major trauma such as post-traumatic stress after a military deployment; a chronic source […]

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Posted on January 7th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Eating Your Way to Good Health

It wasn’t until I became interested in yoga that I realized that good nutrition and healthy eating habits are necessary in order to achieve a balanced lifestyle. During my most recent trips to Kripalu, I’ve spent less time focusing on asana and meditation, and more time seeking out programs that can help me build a […]

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Posted on December 31st, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Trading New Year’s Resolutions for New’s Year’s Intentions

New Year’s is a time when we reflect on our goals for the year ahead—better health, losing weight, a new job, travel, or finding a relationship. But change is hard. It requires a real commitment, planning, and follow-through. A 2007 research study by psychologist Richard Wiseman found that 88% of people fail to achieve their […]

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Posted on December 28th, 2013 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition, Studies, News, and Trends

Gluten and Your Gut

More and more doctors are looking at food sensitivities, not just full-blown allergies (think peanuts or shellfish), as a way to understand chronic digestive problems and irritable bowel syndrome. Ninety percent of all food-related allergic reactions in the United States come from just eight foods. They are milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, and […]

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