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Ten nutrients you need in your life… and you can’t get them in food. Sounds like the start of an ad campaign for the latest vitamin supplement doesn’t it?

It’s not.

I often meet new patients coming to me who are frustrated – “I’m not eating sugar, I gave up my coffee, I am not going out for drinks, I’m going to the gym everyday…I’m doing everything…yet I’m not seeing results” OR “I did it…I’ve done it…several times…I followed the plan, I ate what they told me, I exercised …I lost the weight…and somehow it found me again ☹!”

Well, I tell them, I think you may be missing the ten essential nutrients. They often make the difference between dieter’s successful moments and individual’s long term success – achieving health.

The Ten Essential Nutrients…they aren’t found in food, but have everything to do with what food you choose and how your body uses it.

1.    Nutrient L – for LAUGHTER…
2.    Nutrient M – for MASSAGE…
3.    Nutrient N – for NURTURE (YOURSELF as well as OTHERS)
4.    Nutrient O – for OXYGEN…
5.    Nutrient P – for PHYSICAL ACTIVITY…
6.    Nutrient Q – for QUIET…
7.    Nutrient R – for RELAXATION…
8.    Nutrient S – for SLEEP…
9.    Nutrient T – for TIME…
10.    Nutrient U – for UNDERSTANDING…

Take time to see where these nutrients fit into your plan. I promise, they make a huge difference.

For more information, read all about the Ten Essential Nutrients in my cookbook / guide for optimal digestion Recipes for IBS.

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I’m pro choice…
And you should be too because pro choice is fundamentally healthier for you.

Learning to recognize that it is good, in fact healthier, to have to make choices in your food selection is a critical step on the path towards long term health. Today, with too many challenges to health that present themselves in grocery stores, on airplanes, dining out, and eating on-the-go, we cannot afford to fear choice or passively dismiss our need to choose.

One of the biggest antagonists to choice is the “diet” and its popularity today. By modern definition, a diet, “a prescribed selection of food” runs counter to personal choice. When we read diet plans, when we write diet plans, when the media asks us to comments on diets, the first piece of information we look for is “what CANT I have?” and then “what CAN I have.” If you are a chocolate lover like me, you voraciously scan the pages while holding your breath until you get to the page that allows a slow, prolonged exhale – “Ah, yes, it says I CAN have chocolate” …and of course, still meet your goals. And then you hold your breath and search for cheese…does it “let me” have cheese? (more…)

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Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time in the grocery store. Hah! Ok I always spend time in the grocery store whether it’s taking clients on tours, doing media interviews, or checking out new product and flavor offerings. Time well spent, for us both ☺ as this is where I discover my “favorite things”…

Dr Praegers: Ok, so his products aren’t new to me, they may not even be new to you, but the greater availability and growing number of offerings is fantastic! If you don’t know what I am talking about look in your grocery store’s freezer section – I love the broccoli and spinach pancakes; they offer a new way to get vegetables in at any eating occasion. Other great choices for quality and equally great taste are the potato and sweet potato pancakes. Heat any of them up for part of an eating occasion, or to make my version of eggs Benedict (a poached egg over a spinach pancake with avocado sauce makes a perfect nutrient-balanced eating occasion morning, noon, or night!). Other than taste and portion size and ease of use, the real reason I love these products is the ingredients. Developed by a doctor who totally “gets” nutrition these products are made with real, recognizable ingredients – egg whites, oat bran, etc.

Ultima Replenisher (UR) – I could, and will, go on and on about the benefits of hydration: optimal cellular function, better metabolism, eliminates hydration-induced headaches, keeps us from confusing thirst with hunger and grabbing more food than we need, imperative for hearth health, helps prevent and alleviate the pain of a hangover, and aids in ideal post-workout recovery…to mention just a few – compelling, right? – benefits of hydration. UR is a hydration tool as it provides potassium and a range of other minerals. So before UR, what’s been available for hydration? Sugar-based beverages? Natural options like coconut water? Eating foods like Swiss chard, raisins, spinach, banana, avocado, cantaloupe, potato and other potassium-rich foods? And now there’s Ultima Replenisher….a great hydration tool that you can drop into any glass of water (skip the plastic that’s soooo not on my list of favorites!) and reap the benefits of hydration anywhere, anytime. And it’s sugar-free, sweetened with stevia. Now, if taking other vitamins or medications, talk to your healthcare practitioner to before mixing up a UR drink on your way to the gym, before flying, or after a night out.
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