The Ultimate Green Super Smoothie

Superfoods are a naturally superior group of foods. In order to be considered a superfood, they must be nutrient dense, yet low in calories. Also, they all have a high concentration and variety of:
 -vitamins
 -minerals
 -antioxidants
 -phytonutrients
 -fiber
 -healthy fats
 -quality protein
Superfoods come in a range of forms. Some include:
Green Superfoods (such as kale, spinach, wheatgrass, and spirulina)
These foods have the highest concentrations of bioavailable vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and healthy bacteria. They help to protect against disease, build immunity, improve digestive health, and build lean muscle.
Fruit Superfoods (such as goji berries, acai, raw cacao, coconut, and noni)
These are especially high in antioxidants which protect the body from free radicals and oxidative stress. In turn, they help to prevent disease and cellular damage.
Herb Superfoods (such as nettle, echinacea, ginseng, and aloe vera)
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Eating With The Seasons

With year-round availability of nearly any food imaginable, eating seasonally has become a thing of the past. But unfortunately, this increased convenience of one-stop shopping has removed us from the way we are designed to eat! Instead of picking a fruit off a tree, or a vegetable from a vine, we are shopping round, waxy produce from a pile of identical fruits and vegetables in the refrigerated section. This type of eating, while highly convenient, confuses our bodies, wallets, and the environment! So, what exactly are the benefits of shifting toward more seasonal eating?

It tastes better! 
Aside from long-distance transportation, out-of-season crops are harvested early, refrigerated, artificially ripened, and left in bins at the grocery store for days, sometimes weeks. All of these factors, especially the cooling and heating, change the flavor and nutrient content of the produce. It’s [...]

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Choose Not To Just Lose Weight in 2017

It’s the end of January. This month has gone by so fast… I cannot believe I am only now posting this. I wonder how many of you have made New Year’s resolutions. If previous years prove to be an indication of what to expect this year, many of the goals set on January 1st have already slipped away as quietly and predictably as the snow blanketing part of the county.

We’ve seen it time and time again. The gym fills to the brim on the first day of January, only to be slimmed down by the fifth. The newest trending fad diet book graces everyone’s reading list only to accumulate dust on the shelf mere months later.

We could spend time talking about how to set proper goals. There are countless gurus and experts who will emphasize the key elements, such [...]

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Healthy Holidays

The holiday season can be a difficult time for those who want to maintain a healthful lifestyle.  Numerous parties, bountiful feasts, so many well-deserved celebrations, each of these can also an opportunity to overindulge.  Food plays such a large part in our festivities that it can be easy to lose your intention amidst the chocolate and cakes and schnapps.  There are a few simple recommendations, however, that can help keep the holidays healthy without sacrificing the yumminess!

Breakfast

This is perhaps my favorite recommendation. Are you ready?

Eat pumpkin pie for breakfast.

Yes, you read that correctly! It’s your childhood dream come true. Limit your selection to one to two slices, remembering that portion sizes matter. At the end of the article, you’ll find my personal Paleo pie recipe, showcasing the same decadent flavor you crave with healthier ingredients.

Lunch

Lunch is the [...]

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The Role of Supplements in Healthy Living

Despite the efforts in the organic community, our food supply has fewer nutrients than 100 or even 50 years ago. The transition to industrial food production drastically altered our soil and water supply, stripping them of the life giving nutrients that nourished generations before us. As a result, the presence of key micro nutrients is much diminished.

Without access to nutrient-rich soil and clean water, our food supply suffers.

While we can now obtain foods that are free from toxic chemicals and pesticides, I am afraid that not even the best organic practices will give us back the quality soil and water we had 100 years ago. This means that the we may not get all of the necessary nutrients at each meal.

This is where supplements can fill the gap.

Tailoring Supplements to Meet Your Needs

For the majority of healthy individuals [...]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Unlock the Secrets to Better Aging

For centuries we’ve been fascinated with the idea of unlocking longevity and extending our lives. We’ve all heard the tales of explorers pursuing the fountain of youth. While seeking out a water source that prolongs life may seem unlikely, our society is still seeking solutions to aging.

In fact, this market continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. The anti-aging market is estimated to be worth $197 billon.

Fundamentally, the desire to prolong life is human. It’s not new, and it’s unlikely to change any time soon. Unfortunately, much of the market is filled with toxic creams or worthless pills with empty promises of grandeur.

What if I told you there was a solution to aging more gracefully?

There is, although you are unlikely to find it in the medicine or beauty aisle.

The information is in your genes.

Genetic Testing for Healthy Aging

I’ll [...]

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Genetic Testing for Weight Loss—My Progress Update

Last month, I posed the question, “Are you ready to try genetic testing for weight loss?” An exciting development, we can now unlock our genetic information as it pertains to weight and fitness. One company, Genetic Directions is working with practitioners to help individuals like you use that information to gain a competitive edge in sustainable weight loss.

If you’re curious about how this process works, you can check out the breakdown here.

I’m so enthusiastic about Genetic Direction’s platform because the benefits of understating your unique genetic code far surpass weight loss. It helps lay foundation to long-term health. Whether you are looking to shed a few pounds, maximize your workout routine, or want to ensure you intake enough nutrients, genetic testing is advantageous for everyone.

That includes me.

In all areas of my work, I practice what I preach. That includes [...]

By |September 6th, 2016|Nutrition 101, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Genetic Testing for Weight Loss—My Progress Update|

Are You Ready to Try Genetic Testing for Weight Loss?

View The Webinar: Genetic Testing for Weight Loss
Now we have unique insights to build customized diets that actually achieve sustainable results!

 

No two individuals are the same. Each of us has our own unique genetic code. While we have known this for years as it applies to specific conditions, genetic testing is now the key for obtaining and maintaining optimal weight and establishing a healthy relationship with food and exercise once and for all.

Sally endorses the Atkins diet. Melissa advocates for early morning running. Sam swears off carbs completely, convinced each time she looks at a baguette she gains five pounds. Then there’s Jen who seems to only eat carbs while maintaining her perfect figure. A quick jaunt down the diet section of the bookstore produces at least a dozen more methodologies, all with stunning reviews.

Whereas you’ve tried them all, and [...]

By |July 26th, 2016|Nutrition 101|Comments Off on Are You Ready to Try Genetic Testing for Weight Loss?|

How to Have a Natural Pregnancy (Part 2)

This is part two of a two-part article. See part 1 here.

We began our discussion of natural pregnancy by considering how to choose a medical provider.  We then touched upon which ultrasounds and scans are necessary, as well as things to consider when conceiving later in life. You’re probably not surprised to learn that there is much more to the topic.

Preventing Group B Strep (GBS) Infection

Approximately 25% of women carry a bacteria called Group B Strep (GBS), which lives in the vagina or rectum. When pregnant, there is potential for the mother to pass the disease to the newborn during delivery. 1 in 2,000 babies will be affected, which can create serious or life-threatening complications.

Screening for GBS takes place between weeks 35 to 37.

Today’s conventional modern approach to medicine consists of giving women intravenous antibiotics that kill the [...]

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How to Have a Natural Pregnancy

This is part one of a two-part series.
Some people might find the term “natural pregnancy” perplexing. Perhaps you are asking, “Aren’t all pregnancies natural?”

You are right. Pregnancy is a natural process. Yet, many things have changed since that very first woman brought a baby to her arms centuries ago. While we’ve enjoyed countless advancements in medicine, many modern practices for monitoring a pregnancy have veered from a natural path, becoming unnecessary and or even invasive.

For expectant moms who want to preserve the beauty of a more natural pregnancy and birth, there are many different routes. It starts with educating yourself on the options you have as well as choosing providers who prioritize a more natural approach to medicine. Knowing more about your options and leveraging the power of a healthy diet lessens the need for unnecessary medical intervention.

As [...]

By |May 24th, 2016|Babies & Bumps|Comments Off on How to Have a Natural Pregnancy|