Month: March 2018

Be Healthy Woman With Healthy Food

mimin March 27, 2018 Health

When people ask what I do, I tell them I help women with anxiety, diabetes and energy slumps flip their moods, transform their health, and skyrocket their energy… so they can focus on work and family instead of health problems.

Yet lately we’ve been hearing about empowering women, a wonderful trend. And it has me wondering whether I can – whether I do – empower women through food.

This brief post touches on physical health issues in women and how food can help prevent or reverse them.

Are Women’s Key Health Concerns Food-Related?

Some of the primary health issues of concern to women are heart disease, cancers (lung and breast cancers are the top 2), diabetes, hypertension, obstructive lung diseases, flu and pneumonia, and kidney disease. Of course, there are others.

Of the diseases above, the ones that may be considered food-related are the metabolic conditions: heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. All of these have been shown to have their roots in insulin resistance. Helping women reverse these conditions with food and exercise is a specialty of mine, and I have a solid track record of doing so.

(Even colds and flu may be considered food-related to the degree that foods will either support the immune system or derail it.)

Another health concern for pregnant women is – or should be – autism in their babies. The risk of autism is greatly increased if the mom-to-be has one or more of the metabolic conditions listed above, and/or high cholesterol, high triglycerides or polycystic ovary syndrome.

Does Changing Diet Help Reverse Metabolic Conditions?

Most health information states that weight loss will lead to reversal of metabolic conditions. And yes, weight loss can and will absolutely help.

But how wonderful is it that just eating differently can set the changes in motion – even before the weight loss happens?

My approach focuses on setting metabolic changes in motion AND making them stick. To the degree that I show women how to eat in a way that can reverse insulin resistance and its associated diseases, I love being able to say that my work can and does empower women.

All About Healthy Living

mimin March 16, 2018 Health

In a world where we are being told to eat this or eat that, it is hard sometimes to trust our judgment. But that, in part, is what mindful eating is all about. Now, this does not necessarily mean trust your taste buds, so keep that in mind. Mindful eating is not about eating cake, cookies, or pizza whenever your heart desires. It is about listening to your body and being in touch with what your body needs.

Mindful eating requires you stop and primarily be mindful about the foods you chose to eat…

  • what nutritional value do they contain?
  • how hungry are you?
  • how much do you need to eat?

It is not necessarily about counting every calorie that goes into your mouth but instead, just making sure you are present while eating. What benefit does this hold? Here are a few things you stand to gain from including mindful eating in your day…You Will Pause During The Day. With today’s hectic pace, we are always rushing around. Many of us do not stop to think never mind stop for a proper meal. This can create stress in our body and rarely is it ever alleviated.

One of the requirements of a mindful eating plan is you stop and be present while eating. This will help you think about the food you are eating and to taste it – not just shove it down as fast as you can.

This pause can help give you peace during your day.

You Will Make Healthier Food Choices. Next, you will also make healthier food choices. When people are present with their eating experience, they are already doing something good for their body. This awareness level means you are likely to choose food wisely.

Over time, this can add up. You may not think one small serving of pizza or a sliver of cake is a big deal but it all adds up.

You Will Eliminate Emotional Eating. Mindful eating will eliminate emotional eating. Many of us eat for reasons nothing to do with food. While the odd time this is acceptable, if it is often happening, it is not a habit you want to be continuing. Mindful eating will help you avoid this. It will enable you to be in the present and fully aware of your emotions. If you are feeling something other than hunger, that means not eating to fill that void.

You Will Lose Weight. Finally, mindful eating will help you to lose weight. Those who eat mindfully are more likely to stop when feeling full and therefore will lower their calorie intake automatically.

Keep these benefits in mind and consider mindful eating if you have never given it a try. It will take work, but it is well worth it.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.

Food That Making You Sensitives

mimin March 5, 2018 Health

Food sensitivities can be a bit of touchy subject, as food is a big part of our lives. From cultural recipes, to celebrations, to just the simple pleasure of eating food that tastes good. From time to time however, the things we count on to nourish us can actually do us harm.

What we want to offer with this post is that there are a lot of chronic symptoms you might be experiencing because you are consistently eating something your body doesn’t agree with. This is where things get tricky. Unlike food poisoning, food sensitivity symptoms can show up in as few as a couple hours after eating the culprit food, or as long as long as 3 days afterwards.

Here Are 7 Symptoms Associated With Food Sensitivities:

Chronic bloating: In our experience, many people don’t realize they are actually bloated until they no longer are. Bloating can be a very subtle but important sign that your digestive system is having issues breaking down something you have eaten. It is also a sign of inflammation of the tissues in your gut.

Difficulty losing weight: Food sensitivities create an inflammatory response in the body. Inflammation is like static on a radio. Static makes words fuzzy and hard to hear, dulling communication. Likewise, inflammation creates this same type of “static” in your body and makes communication from cell to cell, or one body system to another, less effective. In addition, you store toxins in your fat as a protective mechanism. When you lose weight, these toxins are released from the fat cells for elimination. If your body is already inflamed and overwhelmed, the last thing your system needs is to add more fuel to the fire. This can make dieting feel very frustrating and incredibly unsuccessful.

Hormone imbalances: Everything from acne to menstrual irregularity can be influenced by food sensitivities. When your body is under chronic stress and fighting inflammation, you tend to overproduce cortisol (and this is not accounting for all of the other stresses in your life). Cortisol uses a lot of the same precursors that produce other necessary hormones in your body. So, when your body is using up all of these precursors for cortisol, your other hormones take a back seat in production.

Fatigue and energy crashes: Chronically eating foods you are sensitive to sets off an immune system response. This chronic immune stimulation is very tiring to your adrenal glands and takes up a lot of energy you would not be otherwise expending. This can also promote swings in blood sugar, creating more stress and inflammation.

Food cravings and overeating: Foods you are sensitive to cause your body stress. Stress, pain and exercise all stimulate the body to release endorphins. Endorphins are “feel good” hormones. This leads to cravings and consumption of these foods in order to produce more of these “feel good” hormones.

You are chronically ill: You catch every bacteria or virus that comes your way, no matter how big or small! If you are starting to see a pattern here; you guessed it! Food sensitivities stimulate the immune system. This creates an overwhelming load for your immune system and makes you more susceptible to everyday illnesses like colds and flu.

You have chronic IBS symptoms: Inflammation causes swelling of the tissues in your gut wall. This affects your body’s ability to digest your food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste. There are other factors like candida and bacterial overgrowth, and parasites that can add to the mix. Eliminating foods you are sensitive to is a great way to get this under control!

How Can I Fix This?

So, how do you know which food is causing your symptoms? An elimination diet can be a great start. Most elimination diets have you remove the most common foods associated with food sensitivities: corn, gluten, soy, eggs, dairy, and sugar. After about 2 weeks to a month of eliminating these foods you can re-introduce each food one at a time. After eating the re-introduced food for one day, remove for an additional 3 days, to see if any of the old symptoms return.

What if I’m too impatient for an elimination diet, or it doesn’t fix my symptoms? There are great food sensitivity tests that can be run for not only sensitivities, but also any foods that might be cross-reactive with each other. Chances are good there may also be a concurrent infection in the system (parasite, candida, bacterial overgrowth) or even lifestyle factors, that may be contributing to the issue. For this type of testing we recommend seeking help from a professional.

Food for Kidney Problems

mimin March 1, 2018 Health

When the kidneys are no longer able to function as intended, there is a risk of food waste building up in the blood. For this reason, it is beneficial to eat a specially prepared diet that puts less stress on the kidneys. Let’s take a look at a few of the best foods to eat for people with kidney disease:

Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a type of cruciferous vegetable that is nutrient-dense with plenty of B vitamin folate, vitamin C and vitamin K. Also, it is a great source of fiber and high in anti-inflammatory compounds. The cauliflower is a versatile vegetable which can easily be mashed and used as a substitute for potatoes. This use of cauliflower is certain to appeal to those looking to eat a meal low in potassium.

Blueberries

Blueberries are one of the finest sources of antioxidants. They benefit the body in many different ways, including the ability to protect the body against a variety of diseases, such as diabetes, cognitive decline, certain cancers and heart disease. Also, the high nutrient content and low potassium, phosphorus and sodium can make a very good light snack that is kidney-friendly.

Sea Bass

Adding a serving of sea bass to your diet is a great way to introduce a high-quality protein. It is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which are useful for reducing inflammation. Plus, it has the potential to help people who suffer with anxiety and depression. A further benefit of this type of fish is the low amount of phosphorus content compared to many others like salmon and shellfish.

Garlic

A special diet for people with kidney disease should be relatively low in sodium. So, a great alternative to adding salt to a dish for flavor is to use a substitute like garlic. Garlic is not only able to improve the taste, but can also provide several nutritional benefits. It is rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese and sulfur compounds that are known to help with inflammation.

Buckwheat

Buckwheat is one of the few whole grains that aren’t high in phosphorus. It is rich in nutrients like fiber, iron, magnesium and B vitamins. Plus, it is naturally gluten-free which makes a practical choice for those people who are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease. Buckwheat is available throughout the year and easy to use in a variety of dishes. It can even be used as a very acceptable substitute for porridge or rice.

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