Sunday, December 25, 2011

10 Simple Actions to Take NOW for a Healthy Start to 2012

  1. Drink more water - purified if possible. Take water with you wherever you go in a BPA free bottle. Create the habit of drinking a glass or 2 first thing in the morning to get a healthy start on your water intake. Benefits include reduced hunger, flushing of toxins from your body, fewer headaches, improved energy and muscle tone.
  2. Start the day with a cup of hot water with fresh lemon, pulp included, to contribute to a more alkaline environment for your body's cells. The benefits include body fat loss, good bone health, and likely improved immunity to cancerous cell growth.
  3. Avoid heating food in plastic containers in the microwave to prevent toxins from the plastic being leached into your food.
  4. Eat 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day, rather than 3 larger ones, to help stabilize your blood sugar, resulting in more even energy.
  5. Move! Walk, exercise, take the stairs. Every bit of movement counts.
  6. Replace refined carbohydrates with whole grains. Cut back on or eliminate the white foods: flour, sugar, rice and potatoes.
  7. Eat healthy fats like nuts, flax, avocados and their oils. Cut back on, preferable eliminate, saturated fats from non vegetable sources, and hydrogenated vegetable fats.
  8. Increase your Vitamin D by: getting at least 15 minutes of sunshine daily, eating foods such as fatty fish, eggs, and taking high quality nutritional supplements. Get your blood levels checked with a Vit D 25-OH test.
  9. Choose foods that are low glycemic - meaning they won't spike your blood sugar. You will feel better, normalize your weight, and take a huge step towards prevention of Type II diabetes. 
  10. Check out the RESET program to help you jump-start a healthy lifestyle, including freedom from carbohydrate cravings.  

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Here's what one of our recent participants, a physician, said about the RESET program:

I found the 5 day reset program to be extremely helpful in "reseting" my appetite. I got rid of unwanted sugar cravings and endless munching without feeling satisfied. I felt full all day and never felt deprived. The shakes and bars were delicious and filling. I developed less want for sugary foods and ate more out of a sense of need . I lost 5 pounds but more importantly the sugar craving. I now eat more sensibly every 3 hours or so and feel re energized. This is exactly what I needed to get back on track after the holidays to sensible, nourishing eating habits.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Stay Healthy in the Holiday Season

Did you know that 70% of your immunity is in your digestive system?'s the time of year for holiday cheer-often accompanied by over indulgence, stress, and lack of sleep. This is also the beginning of cold and flu season-do you think there's a correlation there?

Care for your immune system by drinking lots of pure water, and eating an anti-inflammatory diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. Be sure to work in your "work outs" and exercise. Every little bit helps.

You may also consider taking extra care of your digestive system by using any or all of the following: high quality digestive enzymes, probiotics, fiber, and liver detox and support products.The immediate benefit is to help you feel more comfortable by reducing bloating and fullness. The long term benefits are many, including improved absorption of nutrients from your food, and improved immunity.
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My personal choice for digestive products is the Usana Health Sciences line, which I've been using and recommending for 8 years. Find out more here, or contact me with your questions.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Stress, Food and Mood

When you are anxious or stressed, the body produces adrenalin (your fight or flight hormone) which stresses the adrenal glands and compromises the liver & brain.  Cortisol (the yucky stress & fat storage hormone that encourages the body to accumulate fat, especially around the middle) is also released – which causes a drop in serotonin (the happy chemical) in the brain.  

This leads to depression, irritability, heightened insulin levels, & around-the-clock craving for sweets and fatty foods.  Chronic stress also unleashes a barrage of free radicals that damage your body & brain cells – killing brain cells by the millions.  You literally “stew” in your own soup of hormones.
What can you do to daily De-Stress?
Write down 3 things right now that make YOU feel peaceful – and do them at least 10 minutes per day or whenever you feel stressed.  Practice letting adrenalin and cortisol subside – not grow in your body – it will help your health immensely! 
  Other ways to de-stress:
1. Be a Corpse.
  Lie down on the floor.  The “corpse” pose is one of the BEST ways to de-stress the body and mind.  (If you want a laugh and are brave, lie down beneath your cubicle at work – who knows, you might encourage someone else to de-stress.)  By lying on the ground – your body can actually “let go” and release physical tension – which allows stress to literally melt out of your body.  When the body relaxes, the mind follows.
2. Let Oxygen Help.  This is actually my favorite form of meditation - breathing for 10-15 min in the morning.  However, you can do for just 1-2 minutes when you're stressed...simply close your eyes and BREATHE – in and's so simple and it so works.  

Oxygen helps the whole body de-stress and slows down/halts the production of adrenalin and cortisol – also why exercise works so well.  You can’t always go for a jog when stressed, but you can take deep breaths anywhere, anytime :-)  Close your eyes and breathe and let your whole body relax.  Visualize the adrenaline and cortisol fading away….
3. Connect to Good Energy.  Sit outside in nature, touch a tree or a flower, look at something beautiful on your desk at work.  Connecting with nature or beauty gives you energy when you most need it.  Hugging a pet or someone you love does the same thing. 

4. Take a Break.  Listen to soothing or happy music or read a book/magazine for 10 minutes.  Take a BREAK for your body and mind - transport your body to a peaceful place for 10 min and allow the hormones to subside.  Get a cup of tea and just relax for 10 min.
5. Stop and THINK/FEEL.  Ask yourself good questions.  “Why do I feel stressed”?  (Close your eyes and breathe for 1 min before doing this - it helps the whole process).  Is it really that bad and what can I do about it right now to make me feel better NOW. What's the worst thing that can happen and is it really that bad? Have I felt this way before and did it work out in the end? How could I feel good about the situation?  Can I choose different thoughts?  
If it is something you HAVE to do, realize that you have a choice to be relaxed while you do it (and happy), or stressed and contributing to bad health (which is probably worse than whatever you are stressed out about.

Monday, November 14, 2011


What? These are the dozen fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide levels:

  1. Celery
  2. Peaches
  3. Strawberries
  4. Apples
  5. Domestic Bluberries
  6. Nectarines
  7. Sweet Bell Peppers
  8. Spinach, Kale, Collard Greens
  9. Cherries
  10. Potatoes
  11. Imported Grapes
  12. Lettuce
If you can't buy all organic, at least try to buy the above vegetables organically grown. Certain pesticides are found on the surface of foods, but others are taken into the roots of the plant, and cannot be removed. A solution of equal parts vinegar and water will help to remove some residue. I personally like Veggie Wash made by Beaumont Products, purchased at my local grocery store.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Insulin Resistance

Need another reason to cut back on highly processed foods? There is a growing body of research that shows that insulin resistance is now a contributing factor in numerous cancers. Insulin is a hormone that can behave like a growth factor. It encourages all cells to grow: fat cells, healthy normal cells, and cells that may be precancerous or cancerous.