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15 Easy Steps for Better Digestion

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Digestive health can be easily changed with simple lifestyle adjustments.

Do you have constipation, gas, bloating, diarrhea or heartburn?

If you answered yes to any of the above mentioned troubles there are simple ways to start changing how you are feeling.

Simple Changes 

  1. More fruit and vegetables, less red meat.
  2. More whole foods, less processed foods.
  3. Drink freshly squeezed lemons in spring or filtered water. This is alkalizing and helps to clean the stomach of any residual debris.
  4. Do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.  Listen to your body.
  5. Eat more fiber
  6. Skip the NSAID’s/non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs.  Regular use of these drugs can cause peptic ulcers in the digestive tract.
  7. Be careful of use and overuse of other drugs that create digestive problems.  Too many antibiotics can strip your gut of good bacteria and you can end up with c-difficile.
  8. Don’t overeat.
  9. Use herbs for digestion. (article to follow)
  10. Drink your liquids before and after meals, not during.
  11. Take your time and really chew-chew-chew.  Your body can use energy for other things if you chew your food instead of relying on acid and enzymes.
  12. Eat slower so you do not swallow a lot of air while you eat.
  13. Do all of the above and skip the laxatives, as your body becomes reliant on them and they are habit forming.
  14. Smoking and drinking can cause ulcers and heartburn.
  15. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of a specialist (gastroenterologist). You may want to get a referral from a friend or relative.  Remember that they are there to diagnose and treat, prevention lies in your hands.

SOURCES:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peptic-ulcer/ds00242/dsection=causes

http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mens_Health_Watch/2010/June/clostridium-difficile-an-intestinal-infection-on-the-rise

http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/constipation/#what

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

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So excited for all of the new things coming to Holistic Wellness for Women!!!

We’ve got lots of fun, new Wellness Parties planned for the Spring!

We’re also working on an amazing partnership with a Personal Trainer ~ who (like me) will work with our clients via Skype. How awesome is that?!

Stay tuned for more details.

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Are You Ready for a ‘Weight Correction’?

An opinion on Gary Taube’s Program

Gary Taubes was at the Long Beach, CA IIN (the nutrition school that I graduated from last year) conference in March.  It was probably pretty difficult for him to be sandwiched between charismatic and quirky David Wolfe and hunky paleo man, Mark Sisson.  He was also seen on Dr. Oz, where he was on his defense because Dr. Oz was after him for some of the things he includes in his diet.  He looked very uncomfortable but he was very brave to be on the show.

What Gary has to say is pretty interesting because he is a physicist.  He has a lot of strong opinions on diet and they all make perfect sense.  Gary has written a book and promotes a diet based on his scientific theory.  The information he presents is well thought out and backed up.  He says his diet doesn’t really make you lose weight, it corrects your weight.  That sure sounds nice.  His diet in a nutshell is a restricted carbohydrate diet.  He isn’t restricting the good green stuff, he is restricting the things we know we should not eat too much of the bad carbs and limiting the fruit.  He doesn’t say no fruit – just like David Wolfe doesn’t say no nuts – just if you need to correct your weight, that isn’t what you should be shoveling down.

Gary says “This diet is focused on providing your body with the nutrition it needs, while eliminating foods that your body does not require, namely, nutritionally empty carbohydrates.”  For WEIGHT LOSS, you will need to keep the total number of grams to less than 20 grams per day.

His diet is definitely a meat eater’s diet.  He says, ”when you are hungry you should eat” (that is a good concept in itself). Anyway this is what he says you should eat:

Meat, poultry, fish, eggs: 
He says that you should not need to avoid fat.  This may be true as far as weight loss goes, but in reality we have to look at something as, if not more important than weight loss and that is health.  We know that animal fat is not good for us so, even though Gary says we can eat it and lose weight it does not mean we can eat it and be free of heart disease or stroke.  Cut the fat off.

Salad Greens: Must be eaten every day – 2 cups a day!  He says ALL varieties!

Vegetables:  Must be eaten every day – 1 cup per day.  He makes no exclusions.

Bouillion:
  Must be eaten every day – 2 cups daily.  He says for sodium replenishment.  This one is a debatable topic. He did exclude people with hypertension or heart failure. I think most of us could use a little sea salt and do not need to make an effort to add MORE salt into our diets.

Cheese:
up to 4oz a day. Thank goodness, no processed cheese like Velveeta or those spray cans.

Cream:  up to 4 tbsp a day, full cream not half and half.

Mayonnaise:  Low carb, not agreeing with this one either.

Olives: Up to 6 a day

Avocado: Up to 1/2 a day (Yay!)

Lemon/Lime Juice: Up to 4 tsp a day

Soy Sauce:  Up to 4 tbsp a day (definitely won’t be needing the bouillion)

Pickles: Dill or sugar free:  up to 2 svgs a day

Snacks:  (OMG!) Pork rinds/skins; pepperoni slices; ham, beef, turkey and other meat roll ups; deviled eggs.  May help you lose weight on his diet but it isn’t going to do your health any good in the long run!

He promotes sugar substitutes. These sugar substitutes have been proven to be unhealthy.  Pass on the aspartame and sucralose.  Stevia (sorry Dr. Hyman) is a good substitute if you need sweet.

He says drink water!  YAY!  He says that caffeine has messed with peoples’ blood sugar but allows 3 cups in a day.  He also has you stay off alcohol at first, but since this is a lifestyle allows it back in later.

Fruit:  is nowhere in his meal plan. It is on the restricted list.  He does say in the book that fruit was seasonal in early civilization and was not like the fruit that is available in the supermarket.  People ate it infrequently.  This is something that I would agree with, but think it should be added in sparingly.  Although the fruit is healthy, it is full of sugar and will not help people who are trying to correct their weight.

Carbs are the primary restriction here.  Gary makes wonderful suggestions to cut the starches, sugars and processed carbs.  This is a very healthy thing to do.  My primary problem with this diet is the fats.  I am not a physicist and I have no doubt that the principles he is basing this weight loss diet are sound.  The animal fat is just plain unhealthy.  Coconut oil for fat would be a good addition and lean meat.  I can see ways to work within his plan and make it a healthy weight correction alternative.  (I LOVE THAT PART!  Weight Correction!)

If you want to check him out, I am including his web site!  The book is very educational, interesting and worth the read.   http://garytaubes.com/
I’d love to hear your opinions!

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

Low Metabolism vs. Ultra Metabolism

The difference in this diet philosophy is really obvious!

Dr. Mark Hyman says to do everything you can and there is a long, strong list to reach ultra-metabolism.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman, in his book “Eat to Live”, he speaks of lowering our metabolism to increase our longevity.  WHAT!!!  How can that be?  If you Google “increase metabolism” on the Internet you get 100’s of responses with advice on how to raise our metabolism to lose weight.  Dr. Fuhrman pretty much stands alone on Google to lower the metabolism.

Metabolism is our resting metabolic rate.  It is the amount of energy that the body requires to maintain life.  According to Dr. Fuhrman, “there are unfavorable consequences to running your body at faster than normal speed, and raising your metabolism is not the key to weight loss.”  He says that by increasing our metabolism we increase damage to our DNA, proteins and lipids, thereby decreasing the body’s physiological functions over time and leading to tissue and organ damage which leads to chronic disease and death.

Dr. Fuhrman says that with a faster metabolism our body wears out quicker.  This is due to oxidative damage.  “In animals, energy expenditure is indeed inversely related to lifespan. Though both these mechanisms of aging are related, as a faster metabolic rate means faster energy turnover and greater production of free radicals, leading to increased oxidative damage.”

“A study on thyroid function published last year further supported the idea that a slower metabolic rate could prolong lifespan.  Now, a new study has measured resting metabolic rate directly and come to the same conclusion.  Metabolic rate was measured by two different methods at the start of the study.  Subjects were followed for 11-15 years, and deaths from natural causes were recorded.  For each 100 calorie increase in 24-hour resting metabolic rate, the risk of natural mortality increased by 25-29%.  These results strongly support the hypothesis that a slow metabolic rate promotes longevity.”

According to Dr. Fuhrman, our resting metabolic rate is mostly genetic.  We can influence it by reducing the number of calories we take in.  Calorie restriction has been consistently shown to prolong length of life by up to 60% in animals.  Fuhrman says, “My findings have demonstrated that an optimal micronutrient intake reduces the desire for calories and reduces body temperature and white blood cell counts. This means that if we follow a high-nutrient eating style that reduces calorie intake while meeting micronutrient demands we can reduce our resting metabolic rate and potentially increase our longevity potential dramatically.”

It is very interesting that Dr. Fuhrman says it is okay to raise your metabolism by exercising!  This is because exercise does not raise our body’s basal metabolism; it raises the total calorie expenditure.  Thus exercise increases longevity.

Dr. Fuhrman was once seen on the Dr. Oz show, he had this huge bowl with greens and berries and recommended eating it for breakfast.  The number of calories in that bowl were few and the nutrients were enormous!  The idea of being able to get that many nutrients with so few calories is pretty exciting.  If you are unsure about eating a salad for breakfast, you can definitely put that huge bowl into a blender and have a delicious smoothie!

Dr. Fuhrman’s theory is to eat so healthy that it reduces your desire to overeat and it slows your metabolism gradually. Anyone who has given up gluten, processed foods and dairy, will attest to this.  The less you eat the less it takes to satisfy you.  If you watch the movie Forks Over Knives, they have a great illustration that explains this as well.

The information in this blog does not cover everything that Dr. Hyman and Dr. Fuhrman represent.  It is just thoughts and explanation of Dr. Fuhrman’s assertion that maybe (well not maybe…definitely) we should not be running after the fastest metabolism maybe we should be slowing it down.

Both of their diet programs make a lot of sense and have so much to offer.  One thing is for sure – they all work!  This is true especially if you are still eating the standard American diet of processed foods (check and see if your food is in boxes or cans).  In this case, anything we do will make us healthier.

Ultra Metabolism or low metabolism?
  It is something to think about!

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

Forgiveness – Why We All Should Do It

We’ve talked about life’s balance and how health is much more than just nutrition and exercise.  For true health and a balanced life we need to take care of our other needs – one is our connection to others.  Whether you consider forgiveness spiritual, relationship or self-esteem it is an important part of emotional health and thereby physical as well.

The following is borrowed from a man who has been sending out love to everyone for a long time.  His blog is called “The Daily Love” and his name is Masten Kipp.

“The joy that comes from realizing that suffering in our lives comes

from the meaning we have given it is unlimited.”

I am not saying that painful things in your past didn’t happen, but what I am saying is that they no longer have to be as painful. It’s not as easy as changing your mind once or twice. It takes work, and repetition, like in the gym. Though if you try and try enough over time, new life and new meaning can emerge.

One of the best ways I know how to do this is to take ourselves out of our own story and step into the thoughts, feelings and beliefs of the person who hurt us. Not so we can make right what they did, but so we can begin to understand the painful event from their point of view.

As I have guided clients through this process, the outcomes have been amazing. Forgiveness shows up on a whole new level of themselves and other as well as from VERY traumatic events.

The point of forgiveness is not to make right what happened, but to bring a new sense of empathy and compassion to all involved – this includes you.

The best way to get back at people who have hurt us is to forgive them, because that is how we break the bond over the painful event. From there, when we step into their shoes and consider how they must have been thinking and feeling, we begin to understand that their actions were not truly against us, but a request for Love or Significance in a very messed up way; that was the best way that they knew how to at that time.

From a SOUL perspective, we can claim ownership over the meaning we give that event, and no longer make it about how it hurt us, but about how they were hurt and our job is now to step into more Love and compassion and empathy, for them and for us. This takes us deeper and helps to bring clarity, resolution and forgiveness.

The words I am writing in this blog are easy to say and harder to do. It’s not as easy as reading The Daily Love and being done with it. My hope is that this blog can be a beginning point for you to start the journey of forgiveness, of empathy and of compassion, so that one day soon you will be set free of the chains that bind you from the past.

When we see things from the point of view of others, we realize that what they are doing as not against us but as an action to make up for the love they didn’t get. It’s that simple. In this realization, we can transcend the hurt and the pain because we realize it was never about us in the first place, and so the victim story can be replaced with the story of the hero who overcame the darkness in another with Love.”

I love what Mastin says here.  I believe that there is unbelievable healing in forgiveness.  Forgiving someone can take years of burden off your shoulders not to mention your soul.  It restores relationships, enables new beginnings and allows us to move on to better things.

How can you start practicing forgiveness right now? I’d love to hear you share with me in the comments below.

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Karen Davis is a health coach, life coach, Reiki II practitioner, a Hormone Cure coach, aromatherapist, and a detox & longevity specialist.  Karen graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, The Life Coach Institute, and the Aromahead Institute. She is also certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and has studied the Hormone Cure with Dr. Sara Gottfried. Her approach to health focuses not only on the foods you put into your mouth but also incorporates the elements of body, mind and spirit. She has a thriving health & life coaching practice.

To find out more about her programs visit http://www.HolisticWellnessForWomen.com

 

 

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