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Kelly Rulle

About Kelly Rulle

Culinary school in the '80s, clinical nutrition in the '90s, fitness trainer in the '00s. A craniotomy and a diagnosis of Crohn's disease set Kelly Rulle, DTR on a quest for wellness. She is currently enrolled in MUIH's Nutrition and Integrative Health masters program.

Soft Belly

Soft Belly

In June of 2012 I attended the Center’s Food As Medicine conference in Bethesda, MD. At the time, I was unfamiliar with the Center, so I was not sure what to expect. This conference started unlike so many other conferences I have attended. Instead of jumping right in because there would be lots of ground to cover in a short period of time, Dr. Jim Gordon began with a relaxation breathing exercise called “soft belly,” a slow, deep breathing meditation that allows the belly to rise when breathing in and fall when breathing out.The sole focus should be on the image of a soft, relaxed belly. He instructed us to say to ourselves “soft” as we inhaled and “belly” as we exhaled. We started every day of the conference in this fashion. I will admit that I was a bit skeptical at first, as I wondered what breathing had to do with food and when were we going to get to the good stuff. But by day three of the conference I found myself ready to start the day relaxed; I was looking forward to “soft belly!”
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