August 2019

Integrative Wellness

August at Open Door

This summer at Open Door we have been gathering ingredients to create an amazing "menu" of Fall wellness offerings, all the while keeping the current schedule fresh and enticing.

Our programming is robust with a wide range of wellness services and classes to engage in both on site and in the community.

I use the word menu very deliberately as it seems this is the best way to describe how we design and structure our programs. We are looking for variety along with curating a thread that clearly ties everything together. We want a balance of nourishment and fun! We hope to feed the body, mind and if you will, the soul.

So, please take a look at our web site to see what catches your attention. We have highlighted some items below but can't begin to display all of our offerings.  You will find the tried and the true along with new collaborations and areas of focus. We are launching new curriculum based classes, outreach programming, and enhanced relationships with community partners such NCCC, Northern Stage, Family Place,Kendal,Nova Nordisk, HCRS, and Confluence Behavioral Health to name a few. Our clinical and teaching team continue to offer excellent,
 client centered work.

Hope to see you soon.
Kate Gamble


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Lots of great, new opportunities!

Move: So many opportunities to move at Open Door. Dance, Tai Chi, Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Fitness, Somatics. Come try a class or workshop. We can even customize classes for groups or allow our movement lab to be rented for those that want to design their own experience.

Eat: Our nutrition program has grown with the addition of Lili Hanft. See her details below.
Holly Westling will offer her ever popular cleanse this fall.

Heal: Our clinical team continues to expand by adding to the following services: Acupuncture, Physical Therapy, Body work,Nutritional and Mental Health Counseling.
  We have new community acupuncture hours.

Learn: We are pleased that we have new teachers offering workshops and special events throughout the year. Our Lunch and Learns and Round Table discussions continue to be a way to learn from experts in their field and they are free !

Community: With our outreach program we offer classes, workshops and consulting to a wide range of organizations. Our goal is to bring pragmatic, evidence based wellness programming to businesses, schools,and non-profits. We are also interested in building relationships and programming with other health care providers in our community.
See our Complete Schedule Here!
Meet the Practitioner
Lili Hanft

Open Door is excited to have Lili Hanft joining our team!
Lili believes that nourishing ourselves with nutrient-dense whole foods has a profound impact on overall health. She loves to cook and wants to inspire clients to get into their kitchens, explore local and seasonal foods, and feel empowered to transform their health. Lili is certified as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Nutritional therapy seeks to address the underlying cause of symptoms and conditions by supporting the foundations of health, including nutrient intake, digestion, and blood sugar regulation. When the body has the necessary building blocks and is able to digest and metabolize them, it can access its innate ability to heal. Consultations with Lili emphasize education on the “whys” behind nutritional recommendations and support with the practical steps of dietary change, such as food sourcing, batch cooking, and creating balanced meals.
On Instagram @nutrientdensenourishment

Through our wellness programs, Open Door offers clients the tools to be self reliant and resilient, and to achieve vibrant health and well-being. We take a fresh approach to healthcare that encourages the use of preventative practices and collaboration between client and provider. We work with clients in private sessions and group classes in our studio. We also bring our services to the workplace and out to the community.
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"Advice is like the snow. The softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon and the deeper it sinks into the mind.”

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Balancing Blood Sugar with Nutritional Therapy
Lili Hanft, NTP 

Do you experience symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, headaches, cravings for sugar and caffeine, and feeling irritable, shaky, and “hangry” between meals? These can all be signs of blood sugar dysregulation, which is epidemic in the American population due to our highly processed, sugar-laden diets and high stress levels. 

In an optimally balanced state, blood glucose rises moderately after a meal. Insulin, produced by the pancreas, stores extra glucose in cells for later use. When blood sugar levels start to dip between meals, the hormone glucagon releases this stored glucose into the bloodstream to be used for energy. 

However, when we eat a processed, high carbohydrate meal without healthy fats, protein, and fiber, blood sugar levels rise rapidly to high levels, requiring the pancreas to secrete a lot of insulin. This big surge of insulin can drop blood sugar levels too low, resulting in low energy, shakiness, and sugar cravings. This blood sugar roller-coaster ride translates to unstable energy and mood. 

Blood sugar balancing strategies: 

● Have healthy protein, fat, and fiber-rich whole-foods carbohydrate at every meal and snack. For example: Breakfast: free-range, local eggs fried in butter or coconut oil with sauteed spinach and mushrooms, or yogurt with nuts, seeds, and berries Snack: hummus with vegetable sticks, or apple with almond butter Lunch: mixed greens, canned salmon, avocado, leftover baked sweet potato Dinner: grass-fed beef meatballs, tomato sauce, spaghetti squash, steamed broccoli 

● Avoid processed foods containing sugar, white flour, artificial sweeteners, and vegetable oils (such as corn, canola, cottonseed, and soybean oils) 

● Take a short walk after meals or a yoga or dance class (exercise lowers blood sugar) 

● Practice stress management through mindfulness or a bodywork or acupuncture session 

● Have a healthy treat (such as Sweet Potato Chocolate Truffles) when sugar cravings hit 

If you would like some personalized guidance, consider working with me one-on-one or joining the Balancing Blood Sugar group class series I will be offering this fall.

Host an Event at Open Door!

Looking for a venue for your next event? Work team building?  Family reunion? Sorority? Birthday? Holiday party? Look no further! Open Door is the ideal space for a do-it-yourself event or let us help with the planning- think, movement or cooking classes, aerial yoga, self-defense or one of our many other unique offerings!

For more information visit us at or call us at 802-478-4346. 

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