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.