Nutrition

Help for Parkinson’s − the Natural Way

Tai chi, Macrobiotics, Shiatsu, Acupressure

Scientific research recently has indicated that people with Parkinson’s who take Tai Chi classes have excellent outcomes for reduction of symptoms and increased mobility. This is very positive for those with this condition. It actually has more far reaching possibilities than was recognized in the report of the following study. Science has been slow to recognize some of the principles of Oriental Philosophy and Medicine and it is indicated in their interpretation of the results.

OREGON RESEARCH INSTITUTE: 2012 − PARKINSON’S REPORT

195 people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s were randomly assigned 2 per week sessions of either Tai Chi, strength building exercises or stretching.

After 6 months, those who did Tai Chi experienced:

  •  Stronger, improved balance − 2 times more than the strength building group & 4 times more than the stretching group
  • Half the falls of the strength building group and 2/3 of the falls in the stretching group
  • Slower rates of decline in overall motor control

The report says that clients took Tai Chi and gave the results. The report did not recognize the fundamental nature of what Tai Chi is and what is happening when one is performing the movements.  The basic aspect is that of Chi energy − a fundamental life force.  Tai Chi is a movement exercise that changes and alters chi flow in the body, helps to build chi energy and balance the flow of energy thru the meridians (channels thru which the energy travels).

If this manipulation of chi aids the Parkinson’s patient in gaining increased mobility, then it must be affecting the brain − improving its ability to regulate the neuro-muscular system and possibly affecting the nerves which stimulate dopamine production. 

The next thing to conclude is that if this form of energy manipulation can be successful, why not other forms such as Macrobiotic or          Traditional Chinese dietary theories, Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Amma Massage, Chi Qong exercises, and more.

As a Macrobiotic Way of Life Counselor, I make use of energetic signs and symptoms in the face, on the tongue, in behavior and in reading pulses, etc. to determine what a person needs.  All foods have various energetic properties such as contacting/expanding, warming/cooling, and moving upward/downward, inside/outside.  The foods may have energetic relationships with each of the 5 major solid organs − heart, spleen, pancreas, liver, lungs, kidneys.  By assessing the energetic landscape of a person, we counter by recommending the foods which are going to do the opposite of the condition. This will bring the body into balance. Too much contracting needs expansive foods or styles of cooking.  Too much fire needs foods with cooling energies. The fundamental principle behind Macrobiotics is to manipulate chi (energy) to find balance.

DIET HIGH IN VEGETABLES PROTECTS AGAINST PARKINSON’S

In an experiment at Yale University, 11 patients with Parkinson’s who ate a revised diet experienced reduced movement fluctuations and less need for drugs than patients following the standard modern way of eating.

Their healthy diet consisted of:

  • Whole grains
  • Green and yellow vegetables
  • Fresh fruit
  • Low in protein from animal and vegetable sources

They avoided:

  • All meats
  • Egg white
  • Gelatin
  • Dairy food
  • Beans and nuts
  • Chocolate and pastries

“On this diet, patients, can predictably expect daytime mobility, thus permitting near normal function and independence at home or on the job,” the researchers concluded.

 −J.H.Pincus and K.Barry, “Influence of Dietary Protein on Motor Fluctuation in Parkinson’s disease,” Archives of Neurology 44:270,1987

 THE MACROBIOTIC WAY, A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER             

In order to follow the Macrobiotic Way of Eating, proper food preparation is vital. It is possible that a cook could come to the home to prepare meals. But a caregiver or the Parkinson’s patient could get individualized cooking training so that an understanding of what goes into the preparations can be developed. In Traditional Oriental Medicine, Parkinson’s is usually defined as a Liver Wind condition (extreme toxic exposure) so healing the liver becomes a major component. Diet wise that may involve eating a lot of leafy green vegetables like kale and collards or eating shiitake mushrooms. Minimizing oil and extreme sweets is also a key factor. Sea vegetables in the diet like kelp and arame are helpful for discharging toxins from the body. There are numerous foods that can benefit the liver. Getting a full scale consultation can provide specific recommendations to insure good results.

SHIATSU TREATMENTS MOVE CHI TO REBALANCE BODY ENERGY

Shiatsu and Acupressure involve pressing points on the body which in turn affect how the internal systems are functioning. Shiatsu is a full body treatment done by a practitioner. Acupressure can be learned and points can be pressed by the Parkinson’s patient or a caregiver. For example: there is a point  on the foot that is in the webbing between the big toe and second toe which relates to the liver meridian. If that point is sore it means the liver meridian is out of balance and there probably is a liver condition that needs addressing. Pressing there also changes the flow of energy and regular practice helps heal the liver.  But each individual could also have other underlying conditions which should also be dealt with. Both Macrobiotics and Shiatsu can address all of these conditions to improve overall mobility and functioning.  Combine this with Tai Chi and your chances of improving the condition are highly increased.

Parkinson’s Retreat

Saturday, March 18, 2017 • 9:15am-4:30 pm • $35

Pre-register call: Dr. Tom Wachtmann 610-841-3395

 

Call Steve Hoog for an appointment or more information

on the Macrobiotic Diet • Shiatsu • Acupressure

610-756-6867

Natural Help for Parkinson’s & Other Neurological Problems

 

HS_13by Gale Maleskey, MS, RD

 

If you are seeing a neurologist for peripheral neuropathy, multiple sclerosis, stroke-related damage, migraine headaches, epilepsy, or a movement disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, you should know that good nutrition and certain nutritional supplements are proven to help these problems.

They can:

  • reduce pain
  • slow the progression of nerve damage
  • help you reduce your drug dosage
  • remove toxins from your body that may be contributing
  • to your health problems

 I have helped a number of people with neurological problems, working with them and their doctors to safely combine their medical care with natural, nutrition-based treatments.

If you have peripheral neuropathy, for instance, consider taking alpha lipoic acid, a nutritional supplement that can work as well as the drug Neurontin–without the side effects. Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B12, folate and Coenzyme Q10, which can help relieve some forms of neuropathy. And if you’re taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, you need to be aware that these drugs greatly increase your risk for developing neuropathy, and can also cause muscle weakness and mood changes. Getting your cholesterol down with a healthy, plant-based diet can help you lower your dosage of statin drugs and reduce your risk for developing these troubling symptoms.

People with MS often do better when they start on an anti-inflammatory diet, getting more omega-3 fats and fewer omega-6 and saturated fats. They also benefit from other nutrients: vitamins D, E and B12, n-acetyl-cysteine, phosphatidylserine, CoQ10 and alpha lipoic acid.

People with Parkinson’s disease often have had exposure to toxic chemicals, such as solvents, herbicides or pesticides, and may benefit from an evaluation to reduce ongoing environmental toxin exposure. They also often improve by following a detoxifying diet and supplements to help their bodies break down and remove brain and nerve-damaging toxins.

People who’ve had a stroke, who have high blood pressure, or who are at risk for having stroke because of clotting problems can reduce their blood pressure with a diet high in potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, getting more omega-3 fats, and cutting back on sodium and saturated fats. This kind of diet can also help restore normal heartbeat in some people who have heart arrhythmia problems.

People with migraines and epilepsy sometimes find that they are reacting to certain foods or food additives.  A little detective work can help pinpoint these foods, but sometimes people need to get food allergy testing to figure out what is going on. I’ve found people often improve once they stop eating foods, or, especially, food additives like sulfites and MSG–and aspartame−that are making them sick.

Parkinson’s Patients & Care Givers are welcome to enjoy a relaxing day in a peaceful surrounding where they will discover simple, natural ways to improve their balance, reduce tremors, ease muscle tension, increase liver and brain function and much more!

Parkinson’s Retreat

Patients & Care Givers

Saturday, March 18, 2017

9:15 am – 4:30 pm

Lunch and light refreshments will be served

$35, to register call:

Dr. Tom Wachtmann 610-841-3395

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA 18031

www.TwinPondsCenter.com

Coffee for Parkinson’s?

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A Macrobiotic & Oriental Medicine Approach

By Steve Hoog, Macrobiotic Practitioner

Several scientific studies have indicated that a certain degree of coffee drinking may reduce the risk of getting Parkinson’s Disease. It is certainly true of males, but the results are mixed for females.

Male risk:

Studies in Spain, Sweden, and Germany have shown a reduced risk for males with high coffee consumption. In Hawaii a study was done with 8,000 men over a median 27 years that showed a 5 fold reduction risk with more than 4 cups per day compared to non-consumers. Ingestion of caffeine from other non-coffee sources indicated the same thing. A study in 2014 failed to show that, but a global study of many tests indicated an average of about 25-31% reduction. Some of those studies revealed an 80% reduction with over 4 cups daily.

Female risk:

It has been found that if women are taking Hormone Replacement Therapy and drinking coffee, they are actually more susceptible. Both HRT and coffee show positive results individually, but if taken together they are worse. Specifically, if a woman on HRT were drinking more than 5 cups of coffee per day, she was 1½ times more likely to get Parkinson’s than a heavy coffee drinker who did not take HRT. The same woman if drinking less than 5 cups per day would have the same good results as men.

Coffee apparently prevents the loss of dopamine producing nerve cells. The medical field is not yet recommending drinking lots of coffee as a preventative, but they are continuing studies in hopes of isolating specific ingredients for special therapy.

 The Macrobiotic and Oriental Medicine approach:

Since coffee is an extreme food, the Oriental approach to any illness is not to battle it, but to re-establish balance within the body. One balance is a contraction / expansion balance. Some foods have a strong contractive effect such as eggs, salt and red meat. Others have a strong expansive effect such as sugar, drugs, alcohol, ice cream and COFFEE.

Coffee is out of the range of daily food and would be recommended only for occasional or rare use because it can cause:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Jittery nerves
  • Focused thinking which can become ungrounded and unfocused Caffeine interacts with some medications including thyroid medication, the depression drug, Cipro, and heartburn drug, Tagamet
  • It increases blood sugar levels making it harder for those with type 2 diabetes to manage their insulin
  • It may slightly raise blood pressure.
  • It is very acidic and irritating the gastrointestinal tract can also contribute to acid reflux problems. Too much acidity can help cause numerous problems and contributes to immune system depletion.

Grains, beans and vegetables are more central in the Oriental contractive / expansive effect and are the mainstay way of eating.

Michio Kushi, noted Macrobiotic teacher, used to say it was a good food for planning, but not necessarily for manifesting.

The Oriental approach sees Parkinson’s as a problem with highly toxic substances affecting the liver which has a strong control over the neuromuscular system.  The preventative would be to always be aware of toxins in one’s environment and eating organic foods.  But, living near roads that are well traveled, living near farms where there is a lot of spraying, working in a dental office or other places where there is exposure to toxic elements, exposure to new car out-gassing, or exposure to new furniture that is out-gassing are also things to be aware of.  Home well water may be contaminated. Numerous other sources of toxins may be affecting the liver and the muscular system.

Scientific testing for every one of these elements can take time, but the use of Applied Kinesiology, also known as muscle testing, can quickly help identify what toxins are causing the problem.  The next step would be to avoid these toxins in the future − not always an easy task.

Pay regular attention to your liver by:

  • Eating plenty of leafy green vegetables
  • Using blood cleansing herbs like burdock or red clover
  • Including seaweed in your diet that can help attract toxins and eliminate them from the body

Steve’s recommendations:

Coffee’s effects will vary depending on what your present constitution and condition are. It is my contention that Parkinson’s is not a coffee deficiency disease and because it has extreme effects should not be considered as a preventative or as therapy.

Generally eat a plant based diet emphasizing grains, beans and vegetables with a small amount of organic free range animal food or wild and sustainably caught fish, if desired.

Each person’s diet would be slightly different because people may have other conditions that may need to be addressed. Some people have conditions that are too contractive or too expansive and the diet must reflect that to make balance.

In conclusion, I see no reason to look for a “one shot approach” to knocking out Parkinson’s Disease.  Finding some magic bullet such as coffee or some derivative of it may not be right for you. The response, I like, is to maintain a diet that sufficiently balances the body’s systems with some tweaking here or   there, depending on one’s overall condition. I think it is vital to assess the toxins involved and limit or avoid exposure. Changing your way of eating and including movement modalities like Tai Chi, Feldenkrais Method® or Coordination Pattern™ Training can go a long way to maintain a normal functioning lifestyle. There is no reason to use an extreme food or a derivative to avoid or reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease which may cause other problems later.

For your specific health recommendation, call Steve at 610-756-6867

Parkinson’s Disease Retreat for patients and care-givers. Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9:15 am – 4:30 pm

Register early to reserve your space at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA 18031   For more information about Steve Hoog visit www.TwinPondsCenter.com

 

Healing with Daily Food – Daikon Radish

macrobiotic-diet-chartby Stephen Hoog

The daikon radish is a long white root vegetable sometimes up to a foot in length. It can be boiled, steamed, sauteed or pickled. It has pungent taste when raw and sweet taste when cooked. One of its main actions is to disperse animal fats that may have accumulated in and around organs  When one eats a meal high in oil or fat it is beneficial to fine grate a daikon then add a few drops of good quality soy sauce or tamari. By eating this simple dish as a condiment the meal is more easily digested. Daikon radish, also, can be obtained in the dried form. Soaked and eaten as a vegetable this form can help dissolve fatty deposits deep in the body such as those found in the prostate ovaries or uterus. Fresh daikon is more helpful in dissolving fats in more superficial parts of the body but can have a general effect.

There are special radish drinks which can be used for other medicinal purposes . One for fever is called Daikon Drink #1.  It is made by mixing 3 tbsps. grated radish, 1/4 tsp grated ginger and 2tsps. soy sauce. Then one pours 2-3 cups hot kukicha tea [twig tea] over it. It should be drunk warm–as much as possible. Then one should wrap oneself in a warm blanket or go to sleep. It makes you sweat and lowers body temperature. Some have used it for animal food poisoning and appendicitis. It is best used by strong and active people who get a fever from extreme foods. It shouldn’t be taken more than 3x a day.

Daikon Drink #2 is used to induce urination to relieve swollen feet or ankles. It is prepared by grating a 1/2 cup of radish and squeezing out the juice. Next one takes 2 tbsp of juice and adds 6 tbsp of hot water with a small amount of soy sauce or sea salt. This mix is brought to a boil and simmered for 1 minute, then drunk.   It should be used only  once a day and no more than three days in a row.

There is also a special carrot-daikon drink which helpful for liver problems and aids in discharging eggs, cheese and animal fats from almost any where in the body . It can dissolve calcified stones in the gall bladder and kidneys. It is being used for dissolving tumors and numerous other conditions.  It is made by grating 1/2 cup each of carrots and daikon. This is put in a pan with 2 cups of water and brought to a slow boil. Then  1/3 sheet of nori seaweed and 1/3 of an umeboshi plum should be added.  All ingredients are cooked for 3 minutes  with a few drops of soy sauce included  at the end. Everything then is eaten.

Numerous other daikon drinks can be prepared for varying conditions. Adding foods like shiitake mushrooms, lotus root, cabbage, burdock,  or roasted rice to the drink can target a variety of organs and conditions.

Daikon leaves are not to be wasted, They are very valuable, They can be eaten as a vegetable, pickled, made into a tea or used as a compress[for allergies].  Daikon leaves can be boiled and made into a hip bath for warming the lower abdominal area which loosens stagnation in that area. Cysts and tumors are helped by this.

Daikon roots are pickled at old farmhouses by hanging the root up to dry for a few days until they are limp then placing in a crock. They are mixed with rice bran and salt and layered. The following year they  are removed.  These pickles are high in vitamins and minerals and digestives enzymes. They can be eaten one small slice at a time usually during the colder months.

Some local food stores carry daikon  all year.  Chinese stores often carry it.  Locally grown is usually available in the fall . It is not always easy to grow the early varieties as they get buggy easily. Some farmers actually use daikon to loosen the soil so when they harvest it in the fall there is often an abundance of daikon available at farmers markets.

The list of use for the daikon is much longer than this article can cover..It is a fascinating common food that has marvelous healing properties and it needs no prescription to obtain.

The Macrobiotic Way of Eating involves assessing how one is making balance, both internally and in relationship to the environment then making choices to maintain that balance.  It also involves seeing the situation in terms of energy. A formal consultation includes looking at a persons medical history, using oriental diagnosis such as facial clues and   pulse reading, discussion of emotional factors and finally muscle testing to clarify what a persons individual needs are.  In most cases the result is a recommendation for a plant based diet however some animal may be included if a person so desires as well as herbal supplements if needed. This way of eating is changing constantly  throughout the seasons and as ones’ condition improves.

Read about Stephen Hoog and Macrobiotic Way of Eating.

Joints hurt? Arthritis is NO fun!

 

Nutritional counseling, a priority treatment for arthritis, can greatly reduce the painful symptoms.  Most people with arthritis don’t realize how much nutrition can improve the way they feel.

Nutrition Counseling and  Lifestyle Coaching are your first line of defense against disease. They teach you that self-care is the “finest health care.” Then you realize that doctors have a very small role to play in your staying healthy.

Of all the different types of arthritis, the two most common are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. As anyone with arthritis can tell you, osteoarthritis sufferers truly suffer as their knees wear down, rheumatoid arthritis can twist and deform the fingers, and gout can make the simple act of walking agony.  Chiropractic care is a great modality to help with painful joints.

Eliminating the following will help:

·        Fried & Processed Foods

·        Sugars & Refined  Foods

·        Alcohol & Tobacco

·        Salt & Preservatives

·        Genetically modified oils (Omega-6) – soy, corn, cottonseed, sunflower, and canola                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Ease your painful symptoms of arthritis by eating plenty of foods and ingredients that naturally reduce inflammation such as these:

Omega-3 Fats – The best foods for omega-3 fatty acids are salmon (wild, fresh or canned), herring, mackerel (not king), sardines, anchovies, rainbow trout, Pacific oysters, flaxseeds (ground and oil), chia seeds, and walnuts.

Vitamin C – It is important to make vitamin C-rich foods — such as guava, bell peppers (yellow, red, orange, and green), oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, pineapple, broccoli, kidney beans, kiwi, and cauliflower — a part of your daily diet. (High-dose vitamin C supplements can actually be harmful for osteoarthritis sufferers, so talk to your doctor about what’s right for you.)

Olive Oil Contains a natural compound called oleocanthal which may help prevent arthritis-related inflammation. This compound blocks the same inflammatory pathways as ibuprofen and aspirin, medications commonly used to fight arthritis pain

Carotenes beta carotene: found in foods like cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, kale, butternut squash, and spinach; and beta-cryptoxanthin, found in foods like winter squash, pumpkin, persimmons, papaya, tangerines, red peppers, corn, oranges and apricots.

Anthocyanins Some of the best foods include: cherries, blackberries, black currents, blueberries, eggplant, elderberries, raspberries, boysenberries, red and black grapes, strawberries, and plums.

Spices Among the most promising anti-inflammatory spices: turmeric, the Asian mustard yellow spice found in curry, and ginger because it contains chemicals that work similarly to some anti–inflammatory medications.

Many people with arthritis don’t realize how much their food choices and lack of exercise can worsen the pain or, on the flip side, improve the way they feel. It is important to work with a professional to get the support, encouragement, and knowledge to make the diet and lifestyle changes that will enable you to lead a pain free, productive life.

Call today for an appointment with Gale Maleskey, MS, RD.

 

 

Nutritional Counseling, Wellness Coaching, and Chiropractic Care (incl. Functional Medicine) are offered for arthritis sufferers at Twin Ponds Integrative Center 610-395-3355

Immune System Boost

Protection
From Foreign Invaders!

We depend on our national military to protect our country from foreign invaders, but do you realize that YOU NEED TO PROTECT YOUR BODY from its foreign invaders?

Your personal military is your immune system.  How successful is it?  Is it supported and well trained by you?  Are you confident that you are well protected?

Your immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend your body against attacks by “foreign” invaders. These are tiny organisms such as bacteria, parasites, and fungi that can cause infections. Your body provides an ideal environment for many of these invaders and it is the immune system’s job to keep them out or, failing that, to seek out and destroy them.

When the immune system hits the wrong target, however, it can unleash a torrent of disorders, including allergic diseases, arthritis, and a form of diabetes. If the immune system is crippled, other kinds of diseases result and an immune system boost is necessary.

The immune system is amazingly complex. It can recognize and remember millions of different enemies, and it can produce secretions (release of fluids) and cells to match up with and wipe out nearly all of them.

The secret to its success is an elaborate and dynamic communications network. Millions and millions of cells, organized into sets and subsets, gather like clouds of bees swarming around a hive and pass information back and forth in response to an infection. Once immune cells receive the alarm, they become activated and begin to produce powerful chemicals. These substances allow the cells to regulate their own growth and behavior, enlist other immune cells, and direct the new recruits to trouble spots.

Sound like a war zone? Don’t wait until war breaks out. Get an immune system boost with a healthy lifestyle of eating well, exercising, and managing stress, and your immune system will support you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Carrie Lowry, Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

                                                                                                                        

 

8 Steps to Mindful Eating

“Do you eat mindlessly?”

“One of the easiest things we can do to promote health is to eat in a calm, mindful manner.”

What is Mindful Eating?

Mindful eating is an ancient practice of bringing one’s full attention to all the tastes, smells, colors, textures, temperatures, sounds, thoughts, and feelings that arise
around eating and food. It is eating with intention and attention by bringing
awareness to our automatic and reactive responses to food without judgment.

Through the practice of mindful eating you can learn to experience the natural joy of eating, develop a more compassionate attitude toward your body, and quiet your critical mind.

Is there a Benefit?

Some of the benefits of mindful eating include reduced occurrences of over eating, increased enjoyment of food, improved digestion, and being satisfied with less.

Other benefits may include:

  • Increased self-esteem and acceptance
  • Increased confidence and ability to reach your goals
  • Tools for living a healthier life and losing weight
  • Insight into patterns and habits that lead to poor health and overweight
  • Increased awareness of what you experience in your body, thoughts and feelings
  • Help in recognizing and handling stress and your reactions to it

Now that you know the benefits, here are my 8 simple steps to mindful eating:

1. Rate your hunger before you eat

2. Choose food that will satisfy both your body and mind

3. Sit down

4. Eat without distractions and stop multi-tasking

5. Eat like a Foodie

6. Slow Down

7. Pause

8. Notice how you feel when you’re finished eating

Old habits die hard.  It may be challenging to practice mindful eating within your hectic lifestyle, especially if you are always on the run.  Don’t try to make drastic changes.  Lasting change takes time, and  is built on many small changes. Start by choosing one meal or snack per day to eat mindfully.

Gina Consalvo, MA, RD, LDN, NCC
Eat Well with Gina, LLC
Nutrition Counseling & Consulting

Good Bone Health

Osteoporosis:
A Serious Silent Condition!

Osteoporosis is a common condition in postmenopausal women that can reduce mobility, quality of life, and lead to other serious health problems. In fact, you may have osteoporosis and not even know it!

A broken wrist may be the first sign of osteoporosis. See your doctor and find out if an underlying problem could be making your bones brittle.

Osteoporosis is a childhood disease, even though we may not see the effects until we are older. Encourage young people to build strong bones by choosing calcium-rich food and getting lots of exercise−two key elements to building healthy bones.

Losing two or more inches in your height—something often chalked up to normal aging—could be a sign of spinal fractures, a marker for serious bone loss.  Healthy bones are slightly flexible and are meant to withstand most impact. Freak accidents aside, bones aren’t supposed to break.

Diabetes, breast cancer, gluten intolerance, Crohn’s disease, hyperthyroidism, and depression have all been linked to bone loss. If you have any of these conditions, you may be at higher risk for fractures.

Preventing hip fractures should be as important as warding off cancer. One in five women and one in three men will die within a year after suffering a hip fracture. Because they commonly occur after age 75, hip fractures are often the catalyst for severe health declines. But rarely are they taken as seriously as cancer or heart disease

If you don’t fall you won’t break your bones. Improve your stability and reduce your risk of falling with core work and resistance training.

Improve and maintain good bone health with regular weight-bearing exercise and proper nutrition, with an emphasis on protein, calcium and vitamin D (it helps the body absorb calcium).  A simple blood test can check your vitamin D level.

Twin Ponds Center offers multiple services to help keep your bones strong: Nutritional Counseling, Pilates, Fitness Training, and Functional Medicine. Please call 610.395.3355 today to learn more about how you can strengthen your bones!

Raw Food Diet

Help for Digestive Problems, Diabetes, Nutrient Deficiency, Aging & Weight Gain

Have you ever mentioned “Raw Foods Diet” to anyone? If you have, you probably saw them turn up their nose and heard them say. “I can’t eat that way.”  Well, it isn’t what you think!

A raw food diet isn’t limited to living on salads and smoothies. Some of the types made are Italian, Middle Eastern, Asian, Latin American, all American, breakfasts, and, of course, desserts. They are not only delicious and easy, but exotic and comforting. Aromatic herbs, warming spices, and pungent flavors are used just like any other delicious food preparation.

Any appetite will be satisfied, especially when it comes to desserts. The raw desserts are great for those who love sweets, but want to avoid refined carbohydrates, sugars, dairy products, and unhealthy fats. They are divine, rich, and sweet!  Just sample a raw dessert and you will say that it has more flavor than baked desserts. It will be hard for you to believe that it didn’t come out of the oven…and your next word will be, “Wow!”

The raw food diet is based on the belief that the most healthful food for the body is uncooked. Although most food is eaten raw, heating food is acceptable as long as the temperature stays below 104 to 118 degrees.

Cooking food can diminish its nutritional value. For example, the cancer-fighting compounds in broccoli, sulforaphanes, are greatly reduced when it is cooked.  Also, certain vitamins, such as vitamin C and folate, are destroyed by heat.

According to raw foodists, enzymes are the life force of a food that helps us digest food and absorb nutrients. If we over consume cooked food, our bodies are forced to work harder by producing more enzymes.

If you want to find lasting health from better food choices, investigate the Raw Food Diet. Join our fun, delicious, and informative classes.

Instructor: Brook Ockerman is a certified Raw Chef & Instructor with an additional certification in Raw Pastries.

How to stop food cravings!

Shaving the Food Cravings!

-“Super Brain” by Deepak Chopra

These strong feelings called cravings can make any dieter a failure. Research tells us that cravings light up the same pleasure and emotion-driven areas of the brain that are activated by cocaine and nicotine.The important thing is to know your triggers and how to avoid them.  When a craving does strike, have your plan ready so you can stay in your rational mind and ride it out− eat sensibly and feel a sense of control.

The following suggestions will help:

  1. Practice “out of sight, out of mind.” Keep them out of your house.
  2. Don’t watch commercials. Tape shows and fast-forward commercials. Create your own affirmation such as, “I eat only healthy foods.”
  3. Eat healthy food throughout the day. This will improve blood sugar, control, and provide the nutrients needed for proper brain chemistry.
  4. Be aware of the stages cravings go through. They will pass in about 15-20 minutes. Focus on something else, drink a glass of water, or take a short walk.
  5. Use the executive part of your brain. Practice mindfulness eating daily – brings your attention back to what you are doing.
  6. Watch your sugar intake. It may be your comfort food, but it can trigger all sorts of cravings. Satisfy your body with fresh organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy protein. This will help balance your blood sugar and stabilize your energy levels, appetite, and mood.
  7. Get enough exercise and sleep. This will help you maintain a normal hormonal balance which helps with mental clarity to focus. This is needed not only to maintain a healthy weight but an overall healthy lifestyle.

Deepak Chopra, MD, says in his book, “Super Brain,” that when you have trained your brain to recognize emotions, impulses, and the non-satisfaction attached to overeating, you reach a turning point where you are confident about using your brain instead of letting it use you.  You will easily choose not to overeat!

Check out our food and lifestyle offerings including: Ayurvedic Wellness Coaching, Macrobiotics & Chinese Medicine, Nutritional Counseling & Wellness Coaching, Whole/Plant Based Foods, Whole/Raw Living Foods. For  more information, call 610.395.3355.