Defining yourself- again

This past week I met with two health professionals who wanted to know what I did.  This wasn’t a type of elevator pitch situation.  This was an hour of talking ‘shop’, so to speak.  One was a physical therapist, the other a medical staff office manager both were starting to get very interested in integrated wellness.  Both thought that I basically told people how to eat in a more healthy manor.  Discussed food groups, calories, understand food labels, how to shop and how to throw together quick healthy meals. Yes, I do all those things, but more.  As a professional Wellness Coach I combine the skill of behavior change.  This means that whatever I may educate them with, there is a reason and a meaning which if they adhere to as a lifestyle, they may improve their quality of life.  When a person improves their quality of life they improve their mindset, body composition, movement, energy, joy and possibly a greater zest for life.  In general, people don’t like to change, but many people want to change. Change is not necessarily easy, but when faced with the options of choice, reduced guilt, possibilities and non judgmental approach,people will start to embrace change in a more tolerable way.

I explained that a past teacher of mine said ‘everything is everything’ – it is all connected.  How you eat affects how you think and your emotions.  How you think affects how you make choices around what to eat, how to move , how to be mindful and how you embrace your environment and those around you.  It is about creating balance.  It ain’t easy! It is a lifelong dance of creating the best steps to make you flow through life with your best foot forward.

So am I just a nutritionist, no.  Am I just a coach, no.  I am a combination of educator, supporter, cheerleader and  looking at the big picture type of a practitioner. To me it is a constant ying and yang of being mindful and aware of the choices one makes and how to practice them for the rest of your life. I suppose many years of doing what you do leads to experience and that is who I am.

How would you define yourself?

If you ever wanted to reach a little deeper or address health concerns ( think :excess gas or bloating, stress, inflammation or other), contact me to set up a complimentary phone consult to address your needs.

 

Be Well,

                Mary

 

Gift to You.

When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

Well, that is exactly what has happened to me. Not personally, but to loved ones.  It goes without saying I was, and am directly impacted making me a bit more distracted than I choose to be.  That being said, I had a holiday greeting to send out – that never happened.

So, my sincere wishes for you and yours for a happy, healthy and prosperous 2018!

Right now, I am still waiting for lemons to turn into lemonade, and with perseverance, hope and belief something positive will present itself. Of course, we all go through the ups and downs of life and sometimes  you can understand and expect ‘stuff’ to happen. Sometimes, there just aren’t any answers except that the universe has her own way of doing things.  Practicing positivity, patience and hope is very difficult when it is the holiday, emotions are tested and life just doesn’t seem worth it. Yet, all you need is a sunny day, an honest smile, a hug to make you know that just maybe around the next corner there will be a better moment. Step by step, being present and practicing gratitude really do help when answers don’t come. With all the turbulence in this world, I know I have a lot to be grateful for even when things look bleak.

I am also very grateful for all my clients and friends!  So my gift to you is 15% off all Metagenics products through March 1, 2018.(click Here)  Stock up on UltraMeal shakes, Clear Change Cleanse, PhytoMulti, Vitamin D3 or any of your other favorites. If you are looking for something in particular, contact me.  There are so many wonderful products to support you on your road to health and wellness.

As always, I promote first:

  1. A balanced lifestyle
  2. Eat a variety of whole foods
  3. Be active for at least a half hour a day
  4. Meditate- do some stress reduction
  5. Get your sleep

It has certainly helped me with the stress and demands thrown at me lately.  Remember, stocking up on good habits of health is like money in the bank.  It is there when you need it.  You can’t start using your savings ( money or health) if you haven’t planned or prepared for a bumpy patch. Yet, during those difficult times, it just may be your good habits of sleep, exercise and stress management that will support you until the road smooths out.

If you are in need of some lifestyle intervention – improved habits, food choices, food sensitivities, gut health or just renewed energy connect with me. Contact me for a complimentary phone session to discuss your desires for your wellness for 2018!

 

Cheers! Be Well,

Mary

 

 

 

Wishing you and yours a wonderful healthy and joyful holiday season. Love and be kind to yourself and others, be grateful and mindful of the many blessings you have. May 2018 offer an abundance of well-being and love.

Cheers,

Mary 

 

Weight Loss and Food Intolerance

Many of us struggle with trying new programs, or cutting back on calories, striving to reach weight and fitness goals. Some of us will succeed, some not. Unfortunately, the successful ones are the minority . Lifestyle is exactly that- a lifestyle for all times, not just a short term fix.

 

Over the past decade doctors and health professionals are becoming more and more focused on food sensitivities and intolerances. Research has found that when removing foods that were reactive to your specific body chemistry people felt healthier and they lost weight. Food intolerances involve brain chemicals that trigger food addiction, they alter the body’s individual rate of metabolism and it damages blood vessels that causes edema.   Some ‘healthy’ foods may not be right for YOU. Lettuce, kale, lamb, fish, olives, nuts and other ‘healthy’ food may not be health for your body chemistry.

 

In the past 50 years our diet has changed drastically. Our same digestive enzymes that were needed to digest fruit and vegetables and free range meats must now deal with huge amounts of preservatives, chemical fertilizers, insecticides and antibiotics in our foods. Our enzymes are depleted and our immune system takes over to protect us from the toxic consequences of the food we eat.

 

How does a food intolerance affect your ability to loose weight?   The offending food or chemical *” knocks the body’s biochemistry out of balance. As a result, the body becomes sluggish, the immunce system becomes impaired , the digestive track develops leaks, insulin and other hormones become imbalanced, and the body loses control of the neurotransmitters that control appetite.”   In short, your body is having difficulty keeping in balance .

 

*Your Hidden Food Allergies are Making You Fat Rudy Fivera, M.D., Rogger Davis Deutsch

 

A Different approach to increasing concerns

 

Being a holistic nutritionist for the past 17 years has introduced me to a number of people who struggle with weight loss along with inflammation, brain fog, digestive disturbances, diabetes and general fatigue. I do believe that lifestyle is medicine and being aware of personal patterns and creating a balance of clean eating, regular exercise, rest and relaxation and a bit of spiritual intervention can help clear up many basic issues. Most individuals are skeptical, most dive into deprivation only to turn to bingeing and a loss of self esteem and confidence. Our world has been consumed by replacing clean unadulterated foods with chemical fertilizers, antibiotics, GMO’s, soil depletion, additives and colorings.

 

I have found most of my clients feeling fabulous after a 10 or 25 day ‘cleanse’. It is a bit restrictive in the variety of foods one eats, but not restrictive in the amounts- no one ever goes hungry. Sugars, gluten, various vegetables, fruits, condiments ( think ketchup or bbq sauce) along with processed foods and fake sugars are eliminated. Is it suprising that most individuals feel fabulous? Is it surprising that most find this hard? It is not surprising the wake up call that every person has who does the cleanse and repeats it every year or so. You have given your body a break from processing foods that are not natural for our system. Yet, everybody is chemically different and has different needs.

 

 

 

Allergies vs. Sensitivity

Allergy vs. Sensitivity                                             

 

The term ‘allergy’ is often used as a catchall phrase to describe the body’s altered and excessive responses to otherwise harmless substances. However, a true allergic reaction is a function of the specific immune system while the broader category of intolerance is generally associated with nonspecific immunity.

Food intolerance is much more common than true food allergy. However, many people are unaware that they suffer from food intolerance because their symptoms may vary widely and often appear hours, or even days, after the causative agent is confirmed.

Some of the most healthy foods may be a cause for a food intolerance. Chicken, lettuce, watermelon, legumes, spinach , foods that we have heard are good for us, may be your trigger. Every person is unique and has an immune system that addresses individual habits and lifestyles.  Have you every had a nagging rash, or brain fog that doesn’t seem cause to run to the doctor but you just can’t seem to understand what is going on?  It could be eating too much of the same thing, or molds, over the counter ‘aids’ or even ‘functional’ foods/supplements like goji berry, aloe vera or others. Unfortunately, for some of us exposure to these elements may trigger chronic activation of the immune system.

 

Here is a list of some of the underlying symptoms of food intolerances:

Obesity

diabetes,

gastrointestinal disorders,

migraine headaches,

inflammation ,

ADD,

Infertility

Fatigue

Acne

Stuffy nose

Depression

Eczema

Asthma

And many others…..

If you are concerned that you may be one of the millions who suffer from a food intolerance, you may want to consider the ALCAT test. Contact me to set up an appointment or answer any questions.

In great health,

Mary

PS. Soon I will share with you my results from the ALCAT test and how it has made a difference in my well being.

 

Your Heart and Dental Health

February is heart health month. Many of us are aware that heart disease  is the number 1 killer of both men and women in the U.S claiming around 610,000 lives each year (Center for Disease Control).  Did you know that research has found a link between this deadly disease and the health of your gums?  Periodontitis , the swelling, bleeding, receding gums caused by some species of bacteria in our mouths, may raise the risk of a number or serious health conditions. That list includes stroke, respiratory illness, and cardiovascular disease.  Infection and inflammation in the mouth may also worsen adult onset (type 2) diabetes or cause premature birth.

For the first time in my life, I recently needed the expert advise from a periodontist.  I had an unfortunate situation with an implant and crown.  It caused me undue inflammation and pain.  I was referred to a periodontist who educated me about implants and how the gums and teeth react to this type of procedure.  Implants don’t work like regular teeth and therefore you need to do a bit more manual cleaning around the gums since they can hold more bacteria.  I learned more about different types of floss, picks and mouth washes that I ever knew existed.  I realized this was bigger than just alleviating the pain.  It was about keeping bacteria at bay.  I am now more than religious about flossing with a specific type of floss or pick  and to avoid certain foods that can get trapped.

A recent Scientific America Custom Media **journal discussed how inflammation around the gums triggers our immune system that fights bacterial invaders in the gum tissue.  The problem is that these bacterial microbes can slip into the bloodstream, settling into the arteries around the heart or may be inhaled into the lungs, causing pneumonia.  There is research that continues to explore the association between periodontal disease, inflammation and various medical conditions.

An awareness around the epidemic of poor dental health is now being sparked. The notion that the  mouth is not separate from the body and oral health is vital to general health and welfare is on the forefront of dental and nursing schools. Dental disease is not just limited to adults, but worldwide to babies and children.  How can you become proactive with your own healthcare and that or your family?

Start with prevention:

  • Brush teeth a minimum of 2 times a day for 2 minutes
  • floss at least once a day ( use a floss with a bit of texture)
  •  annual checkups are very important
  • decrease sugars, candy and  soda,
  • drink water to rinse out the mouth
  • don’t smoke
  •  eat real foods and chew chew chew- apples, celery, carrots

Not only will you have healthy gums and clean teeth  you will also have a beautiful smile and a healthier heart.

 

Happy Health Month,

Be Well,

   Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metabolic Detoxification for Energy and Wellbeing-No Fasting!

Detox in a Box!  The 10-day Clear Change Program from Metagenics is safe, effective detoxification without the hassles OR hunger.  This is not a fast!  You will eat real food while using nutritional supplements and a balanced dietary drink  made from pea and rice protein in a variety of flavors to choose from. This program includes science based nutritional recommendations for balanced metabolic detoxification support along with a simple eating plan that removes common foods that can increase burden. This is a great time to get rid of the sludge and regain drained energy.

Before engaging in this program take a moment to watch a short informative video that will answer your questions about the Clear Change Program.  Some people experience a day of fatigue or minor aches and pains. Most experience weight loss and getting back on track.

If you are ready to take the 10 days to feel energized again, you can order this product via my nutritional Supplement page of my website through Emerson Ecologics ( at a 15%savings for the month of January) or a 20% discount for first time users through Metagenics Nutraceuticals.

If you have any questions, contact me, I can help.

**Individuals should contact their doctor before engaging in detoxification programs. Some individuals with health concerns, may be better suited for the slower paced, 28 day Clear Change Program.

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Be Well,

Mary

My Gift to You!

Happy and Healthy 2017 from Wellness by Choice

My gift to you………

I would like to welcome you to my new Wellevate dispensary with Emerson Ecologics.

Register for the Wellevate dispensary during the month of January and receive 15% off all orders!

(There are many top nutraceutical companies including Metagenics)

OR

Receive 20% off your first order through Metagenics Nutraceuticals.

(they only carry Metagenics products)

Go to my website : www.yourchoice4wellness.com

Click on ‘order online’ and choose which discount you would like.

Why Choose Emerson Ecologics

More about Emerson Ecologics/ Professional Integrative Health Products.

Integrative, Complementary, Alternative, Holistic, Naturopathic Medicine.; no matter what you call it, as healthcare continues to transform, Emerson Ecologics is dedicated to the continued emergence of natural healthcare and wellness. Emerson Ecologics fully supports healthcare practitioners in providing the care their patients need to evolve to a more proactive and balanced approach for health at all ages. Health matters…and everyone deserves wellness.

The premier resource for professional-grade nutritional supplements to the integrative healthcare community, Emerson Ecologics offers thousands of products from over 250 of the world’s top brands to ensure they are the single source for all a your needs. One convenient order for multiple brands is a simple step to save time, as well as reduce your carbon footprint. With fulfillment centers in Virginia and California, orders placed by 6:30 pm ET are processed and shipped the same day they are received and will arrive at your door within three business days—Guaranteed!

The first 50 items listed on the Wellevate platform are the products my clients use the most. There are many,many more products including skin care, essential oils, sun screen, homeopathic products and teas, which can become confusing. If you have any questions about how to order a specific product- please do not hesitate to contact me. (email is the best)

 

In Good Health and Wellness,

                                          Mary

 

Mary GrazenBrowne MEd., RHNP, CHWPC

wellbychoice@comcast.net

 

 

 

 

 

Give a Hug- Get a Hug! ‘Tis the Season

The holiday season is in full swing, remember to take some time to care for yourself. The hustle and bustle can sometimes be stressful and it isn’t uncommon to feel a little down. I have found myself a few times on the brink of tears, and I don’t know why. When this happens, I don’t question the emotion but rather embrace it and use it as a reminder to take a breath and do something for me. Here are a few simple acts that may just help you enjoy the holiday, family and friends all the more, as well as giving a little gift to yourself.

  1. Hug a loved one! Your furry pet counts! Scientists have found that hugging releases oxytocin, the ‘feel good’ hormone, while it also decreases levels of cortisol – the stress hormone. Hug –hug- hug away.
  2. Take a restorative yoga class to help relax your muscles and reduce blood sugar levels.
  3. Don’t stress about your workout – 30minutes of supermarket shopping can burn between 100-150 calories!, not to mention calories burned with housecleaning.
  4. Take a power nap. Try one of the many YouTube guided mediations for 10-15 minutes. This way, you won’t over sleep and you will have a boost in energy for a couple hours.
  5. Drink water- with all the extra holiday ‘cheer’, we often forget to drink water ( seltzer counts) in between libations. It will restore your energy as well as help with keeping headaches away.
  6. Watch a 30-minute sitcom comedy and laugh! You will release tension and restore your energy.
  7. Breath!! When you start to feel frazzled try to move yourself away from the situation for a moment (bathroom break??)- then STOP- take 3 long deep breaths and tell yourself – ‘All Is Good- Let it Go”

Most of all – be mindful of the moment and be grateful for the love of the season.

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Sending lots of HUGS and well wishes to you and yours for a festive holiday and healthy 2017!

                                        Cheers!   Mary

 

**In January look for special discounts in my new Wellevate dispensary; along with other programs and services to help you achieve your best health and lifestyle.

 

What do Telomeres Have To Do With Your Health

I have had a lot of people ask me about telomeres.  In the past few years it has been discussed a lot because of it’s importance on aging.  There was a very good article from The Wall Street Journal that summed up information about telomeres. Telomeres are stretches of DNA at the end of our chromosomes that protect them from damage, like little protective caps.  In time, the telomeres wear away each time the cells would divide.  This becomes a problem when the telomeres become too short and the chromosomes can then fuse together and malfunction, causing the cells to die, which contribute to disease.

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What is unclear: are short telomeres a sign of cellular age or do short telomeres cause advanced aging? Telomere shortening is determined by a few things; heredity, environment and lifestyle. The article suggests that exercising, maintaining a healthy diet and weight and not smoking, controlling inflammation ( heart disease, arthritis, gut problems, diabetes, obesity and more) can slow the rate of telomere shortening.  There is an enzyme that can add more length to telomeres called  telomerase, but it is mostly found in sperm, egg and stem cells and cancerous tumors.  There is also no evidence that telomerase supplements help.

It is difficult to measure telomere length to tell you how long you may live. Some experts say that the telomeres have to be extremely short before they contribute to disease. I do work with a company that offers a Telomere length test.  I generally do not recommend this  since there isn’t much to compare it with, unless you repeat it at various intervals, were your telomeres long or short to begin with?   yet, all information and education about your make up is of importance. The bottom line is the same for staying healthy and avoiding age related diseases- exercise, eat healthy real food, control inflammation by eating well and staying hydrated, and living a balanced life with socialization, recreation and relaxation.

Be Well,

Mary

Soon to comeWellavate – a dispensary where you can order high quality nutraceuticals, personal care products, family needs, homeopathic remedies, pet care and essential oils all in one place, and it will be easy! It is up an running- look for more information and specials soon.