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BRAIN AND BODY BOOSTING TIPS FOR 2014
Yes, it's another year, and the time most people make their resolutions to improve their health. With all the advice out there, especially on losing weight, it can be hard to know where to start. I like to go back to the basics and make it simple. Losing weight is a good goal, but to actually reach it, ditch the diet and MAKE PERMANENT LIFESTYLE IMPROVEMENTS. If you can make changes to these 4 areas, then this is a good beginning to a healthier brain, balanced hormones, reaching your weight loss goals, and warding off a whole host of modern day diseases.
TIP #1: NUTRITION
FOOD: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
In an earlier blog I talked about how your food choices not only affect you, but the next 2-7 generations after you. Food choices are the best way to improve your health and ward off disease. Eating 3 small meals per day with 2 snacks is the best way to balance your metabolism. Having a high protein breakfast and adequate fiber during the day will balance blood sugar and regulate insulin. When it comes to proper nutrition, it's more of the right, and less of the bad foods, that make the difference.
Fast food. This is a no brainer.
Processed foods. If you bought it in the middle of the grocery story, and it's in a box, it's processed.
Treated meats (pepperoni, cured meats), farmed fish, canned tuna, fried meats.
Grains such as wheat and gluten containing foods (many people are intolerant, and they cause water retention, besides being horrible for the brain) , corn, soy, and white rice, bread, and potatoes.
Fruit juices, excess caffeine, and alchoholic drinks.
High amounts of sugary fruits- bananas, pineapple, mangos, melons.
Hydrogenated fats, vegetables oils, shortening,
Rich sauces, salad dressings, and marinades are a great way to hide excess fats, gluten, and sugars.
Sugar, artificial sweetners like aspartame (a neurological toxin), MSG.
Green vegetables (kale, chard, spinach) , cruciferous vegetables ( broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) and aromatic onions and garlic.
Low sugar fruits like berries, pears, and apples are best.
If you eat animal proteins, choose organic, grass fed, or free range beef, buffalo, wild game, chicken, or turkey.
Whey protein that is from a good source can be added- I advise Paleomeal for a well rounded protein supplement. If you are allergic to whey, plant proteins are widely available as well- Paleomeal DF (Dairy Free) or Plant Fusion (we sell this in the office)
Eggs- Boiled, poached, fried. It's a myth that eggs increase cholesterol, so moderate egg consumption is a good source of protein and healthy fats.
Beans and legumes such as garbonzo (hummus), kidney, and navy beans.
Healthy fats such as grass fed butter, olive oil, coconut oil, avocadoes, and olives are good for the brain.
Fermented dairy is the best, like Kefir or yogurt. Avoiding dairy might be essential because many people are allergic to it, and like gluten it can create water retention.
Grains such as quinoa, sweet poatato, yam, limited brown rice.
Nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.
Superfoods such as Spirulina, Chlorella (both have highest plant protein and B12), Cacoa (boosts neurotransmitters), Nutritional Yeast (non animal protein and B vitamins,) Maca (boosts Human Growth Hormone- Sex hormones- adrenal hormones- Try Dynamite Adrenal or youthH2O)
Spices like sea salt, tumeric, ginger, rosemary, saffron- Spices are a great way to get immune support.
Seaweeds like nori and dulse. They improve thyroid status and fight radiation exposure (Fukashima?)
Sweetners like stevia or wild honey.
Lots of clean water (1 gallon per day is optimal) with a bit of lemon or herbal tea.
SHOP, COOK, AND PREPARE FOR SUCCESS
I find that nutritional changes are actually the most difficult to make mainly because we are moving fast all the time. It takes patience and time to shop, cook and prepare for eating properly. I suggest using references such as cookbooks, pinterest, online recipes, and/or scheduling an appointment with a Naturopathic Physician or nutritionist to help set up a personalized eating plan and schedule specifically for you. You may say it sounds more expensive, but much like the other Tips to follow, eating healthy builds equity in your future.
It's all about SUPPORT if you want to be successful, so I've added a few of my favorite menus, a gluten free food list, and smoothie recipes below.
You can also SHOP HERE for any of the included proteins or green supplements (PaleoMeal Whey Proteins, PaleoMeal-DF (Dairy Free), PaleoGreens, Paleobars, Dynamite Adrenal etc) Put in the code SVHAWC, open a free account, pick your supplement from our scroll down options, and it will be shipped directly to your house!
Happy Healthy Eating!
Next blog....#2 2014 TIP: SLEEP
Springtime in the Northwest… We live in an amazing bioregion, the sun is shining on most days, the birds are singing, the pollinators are doing their job and there is an explosion of plant life!
However, springtime is also a time when environmental allergies return, with nasal congestion, sneezing, wheezing, watery eyes, headache, flu-like symptoms and fatigue.
If this describes your springtime experience, you may be suffering from Oral Allergy Syndrome, also known as OAS. This is a type of food allergy classified by a cluster of allergic reactions in response to eating certain foods that can typically develop in folks with environmental (inhalant) allergies.
OAS is a common food-related allergy that occurs due to cross-reactivity between certain foods and tree and weed pollens. Common reactions are an itching or burning sensation of the mouth, lips, tongue, ear canals and throat. In some cases there is a swelling of the lips and tongue and tightness in the throat. Occasionally, there can be an occurrence of wheezing, difficulty breathing or anaphylaxis. Other reactions can also be triggered in the skin (rash or hives), the eyes (watering and discharge), the nose (congestion, sneezing and runny nose). Trigger foods can also cause gastrointestinal symptoms if the allergen is not destroyed by stomach acids, and a histamine release can cause nausea, severe indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea and cramping.
OAS is an IgE-mediated immune response, where the body’s immune system produces antibodies against certain pollens that cross-react with foods with structurally similar proteins. OAS sufferers are often reacting to more than just pollens. The reactions are often instigated by pesticides or other contaminants.
Generally, symptoms occur within a few minutes of eating a trigger food, although delayed reactions can also occur as well. OAS can occur at any time of the year but symptoms are most prevalent during times of high pollen.
An elimination diet, followed by a food challenge, along with an accurate history, can usually provide the information needed to avoid trigger foods. There are also food immunology tests that can be administered as an adjunct for diagnosis.
Here is a list of possible food-pollen cross contamination:
· Alder pollen: almonds, apples, strawberry, rasberry, celery, cherries, hazelnuts, peaches, pears, parsley.
· Birch Pollen: almonds, apples, peaches, pears, plums, prunes, strawberries, avocado, bananas, carrots, celery, coriander, fennel, potatoes, soy, wheat, peppers, fig, kiwi.
· Ragweed: cucumber, zucchini, artichoke, dandelion, banana, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, sunflower seeds/oil, green pepper, hibiscus, chamomile.
Other reactions to food can be caused by gluten intolerance, celiac, other food intolerances, and “leaky gut.” These individuals are unable to metabolize naturally occurring substances (ie. proteins) and will exhibit symptoms of OAS as well as other systemic symptoms.
I am happy to work with you to determine the root cause of your seasonal allergies and create an individualized treatment plan.
Judi Epstein, MSN, ARNP has been in practice for nearly 20 years. She practices Holistic and Functional Medicine at Sky Valley Healing Arts in Snohomish Washington. Please visit Judi’s website at www.judiepsteinarnp.com or www.skyvalleyhealingarts.com