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