Nutrition

Stress Management Through Self Empowerment

Stress comes in two forms. Eu-stress is the happy kind that creates energy and focus.  Dis-stress is the not-so-happy kind that comes from feeling out of control, that life has control of you. A vital key to managing distress is to change your thinking, even if you cannot change the environment that is causing your…Read the Rest »

Making Plant Food Sing

Transforming healthy vegetables and fruits into delicious dishes is easy with the simple addition of a flavorful dressing. Make your own and enjoy preservative free, inexpensive and always fresh dressings. The culinary world names five flavors that speak to your palate and subsequently your brain translates the message as delicious or icky or somewhere in…Read the Rest »

Doctors Want Education On Integrative Medicine

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine – Dr. Andrew Weil Seattle Washington I had the good fortune to attend the opening sessions of the Nutrition and Health Conference in Seattle today. Dr. Andrew Weil launched this nutrition education conference for medical doctors ten years ago when just 21 hours of medical education in nutrition was recommended…Read the Rest »

Protein Needs – The Reality Check or “Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein?

The question is a frequent one.   The real questions about protein in the diet should be:          How much protein should I eat?          What kind of protein is optimal for human health? Who is the beneficiary of the research that supports a nutrition statistic? Who makes the…Read the Rest »

Eating the Green Road for Health, Sustainability and Compassion

SynergyWellnessNW (that would be me), supports these scientifically based Standards as the optimum diet for health and longevity. These Standards were established at the International Living Foods Summits, held between 2006 and 2009. Vegan and plant based diets are endorsed by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Charlotte Gerson, Director of the Gerson Institute,…Read the Rest »

The Pleasure Trap May Kill You

The Pleasure Trap refers to several inborn and genetic drivers that manipulate us and our behavior, in spite of the conscious awareness that it may not be the right direction or action for health and well being. In the book The Pleasure Trap the authors identify three things that drive human behavior. SEEKING PLEASURE AVOIDING PAIN…Read the Rest »

Salt, Sodium and Your Health

Courtesy DailyTelegraph.AU

Though we use “salt” and “sodium” as if the two words were interchangeable, there is a difference. Table salt is actually sodium chloride or NaCl. Sodium is used to transmit nerve impulses and is found in every cell of your body. The balance between sodium and other ions regulates the pressure of cells and is…Read the Rest »

How Salt Affects Body Weight

It is two weeks after my water fast. My body weight hovers around 108. Up from low during the fast of 103 and the high pre-fast of 116. Changes in body weight during a fast is first and foremost the loss of water from tissues. It can be several pounds in a day, depending on…Read the Rest »

Food After Water Fasting

Water fasting is about re-calibrating all the body systems. After fasting the taste buds are re-tuned and hyper sensitive and the sense of smell is acute. The digestive system is inactive and the elimination systems as well. Metabolism is slowed . The first food I put in my mouth after a 10 day water fast…Read the Rest »

Am I Losing Muscle During a Water Fast?

I am on Day 8 of a water fast. My body weight is 105 pounds, about 11 pounds less than when I started. Weight loss during a water fast comes from water, carbohydrate, fat and lean tissue like muscle.  I want to know how much muscle loss happens and, ultimately, the best way to preserve…Read the Rest »

Your Stomach – The Inner Disco of Digestion

Last week in my blog Good Digestion Trumps Good Nutrition I talked about the effects of stress on digestion and how important it is to slow down and chew food before you swallow it. When food goes into the stomach an amazing sequence of events continues the digestive process. I was fascinated when I learned…Read the Rest »

Good Digestion Trumps Good Nutrition

My Restore Your Health post on August 17th ended with the comment “Stress shuts down your digestion”. It bothers me when STRESS becomes the catch all for our physical and emotional illnesses.  Nonetheless, the way our body manages stress is primal and does affect digestion. If you cannot digest what you eat you are starving…Read the Rest »

Nutritional Supplements for Endurance Athletes

I had the good fortune to work with two amazing men last summer who rode their bikes across the US in support of the Team Jesse Foundation www.teamjesse.org They rode 6 days a week, covering up to 110 miles in a day.  That kind of repeated demand on the body systems needs very specific support…Read the Rest »

Take Action on Purpose

The Power of Purpose When you want to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle, do it with purpose. What is your DRIVING purpose? It should be powerful enough to motivate you to action. Live it, breathe it. Know where you are. Follow a plan to achieve the goal. Connect to your purpose then focus on…Read the Rest »

Restore Your Health

You Can Restore Your Health With Good Nutrition Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut? To be well and healthy you need to eat properly prepared, nutrient dense whole foods AND have efficient digestion. We do not eat what our bodies recognize as food. Processed food is not…Read the Rest »

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