“Hungry For Change” Movie Screening

Join me for a FREE movie screening of a film that will change the way you think about food and weightloss.

‘Hungry For Change’, the latest ‘Food Matters’ film, exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t
want you to know about. Deceptive strategies designed to keep you craving more and more. Could the foods we are eating actually be keeping us stuck in the diet trap?

The first film in its genre to really empower and provide practical and realistic solutions. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.

Featuring interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories from those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight.

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Women’s Health Coaching Circle (6-month program)

I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition*, where I studied a variety of dietary theories and practical lifestyle coaching methods. With my knowledge, we co-create completely personalized actions based on your goals to move you toward your ideal vision of health within your unique body, lifestyle, preferences, and resources.

I practice a holistic approach to health and wellness, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected through the food you eat to lifestyle choices. The four primary areas addressed are Spirituality, Relationships, Exercise and Career. Otherwise known as, your Primary foods. Does stress at your job or in your relationship(s) cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we will look at how all parts of your life affect your health as a whole.

We will work together to get in touch with your body’s needs because I understand that life happens and your needs will change. I want to equip you with the self-awareness to make the best decisions for yourself in any given circumstance. I believe each person is fully capable of making well-informed decisions as their own expert, not the latest magazine article or fad diet book.  Let’s define what you value most from your well-being. We’ll use these visions to motivate specific goals that bring you closer to where you want to be.

As your coach, I will not dictate a diet for you, but together we will explore why some foods make you feel better than others and how to strategically use that feedback. Together we’ll co-create your health goals within reasonable time frames and actionable objectives so you know exactly what you’re working toward.

Unlock the Magical Healing Powers of Crystals

The power of crystals has been discovered. Today, more than ever, people are turning to crystals to aid them along their path to healing. Yes, crystals could be on the rise due to their beautiful aesthetic, but it is much more likely the masses have been introduced to what ancestors discovered centuries ago – healing through crystals.

Although it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where crystal healing originated, it is hard to dispute the power they hold. Using crystals to heal is centered around vibrations. We as people consist of both energy and matter. Because of this, our bodies are receptive to the crystal’s vibrations, allowing it to act as a catalyst for shifts in physical, emotional and spiritual energy. It is said that crystals have the ability to cleanse the body of negativity, bringing balance to one’s life.

Whether you are placing them around your home, a calming bath, carrying them in your bag when you’re on the go, or holding them while meditating, crystals can be used in many ways. Increasingly, women are also carrying small stones in their bras, for it is placed directly on the body and close to the heart. Like many restorative practices, what works for one person may not work for another, so it is important to find what feels right for you. Alex Hadassah Anzalone’s book “Using Gemstones to Connect to your Superpowers” is a great tool to use when feeling uncertain on how exactly to begin resetting your metaphysical states through crystals.

There are hundreds of stones to utilize, each with their own unique vitality. Therefore, when shopping for your crystals, look for the one that’s resonates with you. Interested in the powers each crystal holds? Read on for a few favorites along with their distinct energies:

Quartz Crystal
Known as the master healer. Quartz crystal is made up of silica – the most abundant element on the planet. Because of this, when placed on the skin, a merging of forces occurs, enhancing optimal health and reinvigoration. Quartz crystal is used to heal on a physical, mental and emotional level and allows whomever uses it to align with light and clarity.

Rose Quartz
Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love and is said to help open one’s heart to better give and receive love. This popular stone is used to attract peaceful relationships by creating a nurturing, peaceful energy for the bearer.

Amethyst
Amethyst is the stone to turn to during times of anxiety, stress, mood swings and insomnia. When used, this stone has the ability to promote a state of calm, enhancing spiritual awareness, intuition and inner peace.

Tigers Eye
Tigers Eye has the ability to aid in prosperity. This stone is said to relieve uncertainty, encourage integrity and promote drive. The bearer of the Tiger’s Eye can utilize the stone to grow and maintain wealth by creating a state of balance, awareness and understanding.

Turquoise
Turquoise is a common stone amongst the population. Aside from being popular on jewelry, many are unaware of the healing powers this stone holds. Turquoise is highly regarded as a protective stone and good luck charm. By wearing this stone, it can give the bearer a sense of confidence and wisdom while in public. It is the crystal to turn to in times of communication, for it facilitates the ability to speak one’s truth from the highest source of love.

Don’t be wary if none of the above stones resonates with you. There are an overwhelming number of crystals for you to discover. All it takes is finding just one, and you will be able to unlock the magical power the crystals hold.

 

5 Foods That Are Surprisingly High In Fiber

When it comes to fiber, there are more ways to eat them than just chomping on some prunes. (Which also totally might not be your thing to begin with.)

And, the best part about high-fiber foods is the benefits. When you’re getting enough fiber in the day, you’re likely to be more regular, meaning you’ll be hitting the bathroom with ease and consistency, just like you should.

When you’re not eating enough fiber, you run the risk of getting constipated (as your digestive system isn’t running as smoothly and efficiently), and it could also result in painful poops and abdominal distention, or bloating, that might seem to never go down. Not fun.

So, by stocking up on fiber-filled foods, your gut remains happy. (Which then makes us happy, too.)

And, an added bonus—fiber can also create space in our bellies to make us feel satisfied after meal, so we stop over-indulging or mindlessly eating during the day.

Win-win.

Here are a few top picks that are packed with fiber, as well as a few other essential nutrients, like protein and healthy fats.

Berries
Here’s more reason to add a handful of berries to your morning yogurt. Not only are they delicious and sweet, but they also are high in fiber to keep things moving.

“Blackberries and raspberries are a surprisingly great way to get your fiber intake up. Both contain approximately 8 grams of fiber per cup full,” says Dr. William E. Newsome, M.D. Add them to your next smoothie, or freeze them and enjoy as a cool, refreshing snack, he suggests.

Beans
Beans aren’t just a great plant protein option, but they also are high in fiber. So, while you might get a bit gassy when eating them, it’ll pay off once you hit the bathroom later on.

“I love using beans for snack time. Bean dips can be bulk prepped and go great with whole grain crackers or baked tortilla chips,” says Carolina Guizar, MS, RDN, CDN.

Here’s a recipe for fava bean dip: To serve three 1/2 cup servings of dip, each with 5 grams of fiber, try this. “Purchase a 15-ounce can of fava beans, drain and add to a food processor. Add 1 clove of raw garlic, 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice and 2 tbsp of grated pecorino Romano. Pair with whole grain crackers for a crunchy kick,” she says.

And, another option with black beans? “Blend 15-ounces of drained black beans with a sprinkle of cumin and chili powder for added flavor. This will yield three 1/2 cup servings with 6 grams of fiber in each serving. Top with a store-bought pico de gallo, fresh cilantro and cotija cheese or queso fresco. Baked tortilla chips will be the perfect accompaniment for this dip,” she says.

Beets
There’s more to beets than just their pretty, red hue. Turns out, beets are loaded with fiber to fill you up.

For a 1 cup, it’s only 58 calories, 13g carbohydrates, and 4g of fiber, says Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, NYC-based Registered Dietician, bestselling author,  and founder of The F-Factor Diet.

Here’s how to enjoy them. Beet salad: Boil fresh beets then slice into cubes, add fresh arugula and grated parmesan cheese, and lastly, dress lightly with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, says Zuckerbrot. Yum.

Cauliflower
Cruciferous veggies might make you toot, but all that tootin’ is good for you. It means that fiber is working!

For a typical serving size of a medium head 5-6” diameter of cauliflower, it comes in at 147 calories, 29g carbohydrates, and a whopping 12g of fiber, says Zuckerbrot.

A few ways to cook with them? Mae a homemade cauliflower pizza crust, says Zuckerbrot. It’s a delicious and high fiber pizza, without the excess carbs.

Or, try cauliflower fried rice, where you skip the carb heavy, sodium laden fried rice take-out you’re used to and whip up your own healthy version on the fly, she recommends.

Artichokes
Get this: 1 medium artichoke (128 g), which has only 60 calories and 13.5 g carbohydrates, gives you a heaping 7g of fiber, says Zuckerbrot. Score.

“One of the simplest and most delicious ways to enjoy artichokes is to boil them with ½ a lemon, drain, and then enjoy,” she says.

“Pull the leaves off the artichoke, and scrape the meat off the leaf with your teeth.  Once you are out of leaves, use a spoon to scrape the spiky hair off the artichoke heart,” she explains.

And, you can always just roast artichoke hearts with some olive oil for an easy no-fuss side dish, she says.

What are your favorite high-fiber foods? Please share below!

 

5 Health Conditions That Affect Women More Than Men

We all know that women’s bodies are different from men, but to what extent do we truly understand how women can take unique preventative measures to live a long and healthy life?

Here are 5 health conditions that affect women, and how you can take care of yourself now to prevent them from arising or escalating in the future.

1. Stress
Stress affects all of us in varying degrees depending on circumstances, but in a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, 50% of women are likely to report being stressed, compared to 39% of men. Stress is related to inflammation, high blood pressure, and a weakened immune system, and can be a pre-cursor to many, more serious, health conditions. Take care to reduce stress now, before it becomes more severe! Get plenty of sleep, eat well, hydrate, address and remove the root cause of your stress, and let something go when you feel overwhelmed.

2. Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Osteoporosis affects 44 million Americans, 68% of which are women. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis, and is the leading cause of disability in the United States. To slow down or prevent the onset of these diseases, ensure a diet rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, especially calcium and vitamin D. It also helps to have regular weight-bearing activity to keep core muscles and joints strong, and to maintain a healthy weight.

3. Urinary tract issues
Affecting women more often than men, things like urinary tract infections (UTI’s), incontinence, pelvic floor disorders, uterine fibroids, and related conditions can be uncomfortable, painful, and embarrassing. Prevent these by doing kegel exercises regularly, urinating after intercourse, consuming adequate water and not holding your pee too long, and staying clean. Avoiding processed foods and consuming lots of leafy greens and organic foods will also help.

4. Autoimmune disease
About 75% of cases of autoimmune diseases occur in women, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). The include a very long list of diseases including lupus, hashimotos thyroiditis, and multiple sclerosis. More research is needed to understand what causes these diseases, but ultimately it comes down to the body attacking it’s own cells and tissues. Genetic, hormonal, and environmental factors are suspected contributors. Maintaining overall health and being vigilant about getting help are the best strategies for prevention, be especially determined if you have mysterious or persistent symptoms with no clear diagnosis.

5. Breast and cervical cancer
According to the World Health Organization’s latest global figures, around half a million women die from cervical cancer, and half a million more from breast cancer each year. Many of the deaths occur in low and middle income countries with little screening, prevention, and treatments, and generally lower quality of health when it comes to nutrition and sanitation. To keep yourself healthy, maintain overall wellness, eat well, assess your family history, and get appropriate screenings as needed.

You may have noticed a common theme emerging, which is that simple self-care practices like sleep, hydration, regular movement, and nutritious diets are your best defense against the onset of many diseases common to women. That’s what the holistic approach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition is all about.

We may not always be able to prevent diseases from impacting our bodies, but relatively simple techniques can go a long way in minimizing or staving off health conditions to improve our quality of life!

Share with us below your techniques to improve quality of life!

 

The Role of Health Coaches

Have you ever thought about why rates of cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses continue to rise, despite increasing healthcare costs?

We tend to normalize illness based on how widespread it is in the United States, but illness is not the normal state of our bodies.

Our bodies want to be well – they are meant to be well.

Despite the high costs of healthcare in the United States, the care Americans receive is not necessarily better than other places.

Doctor’s offices are often booked with multiple appointments back to back. This fast-paced environment can lead patients to feel rushed and like they’re not truly being heard. Or worse, patients may not even bother to fully explain the issues they’re having.

If this all sounds grim, don’t despair!

We have the answer: the role of Health Coaches in the healthcare community.

According to a recent article in The Hill, certain healthcare start-ups have created models known as “holistic care teams.” These teams often include a physician, behavioral health specialist, nurses, a registered dietitian, and Health Coaches.

The model is revolutionary as it encourages patients to take responsibility for their own health while providing support and guidance – two things that are rarely found in conventional healthcare systems.

In addition, this model saves money. One study found that compared to a control group using a more typical healthcare system, hospitalizations are down 37% and healthcare spending is down 12%.

For this idea to work on a large scale and truly intervene with the conventional healthcare system, public-private partnerships have emerged as a way to pay for these holistic care teams.

Great strides are being made to prove that transforming the conventional healthcare system and improving the health of the nation (all while creating jobs in the process) is possible.

It’s now our responsibility to explore how we can help contribute to this change and take action!

What steps can you take to help revolutionize the healthcare system? Are there doctor’s offices or healthcare businesses you can connect with in your area?

Share your thoughts and ideas below! We love hearing from you.

If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, check out the article here.

References

1. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/341296-disruptive-innovation-can-finally-revolutionize-healthcare