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Is dieting and/or lossing weight impossible when stressed

Posted by [email protected] on February 1, 2017 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Take anyone out of their real life, put them in a spa, and they will lose weight. The day-to-day at an expensive spa is not a permanent way of life, and often the simple stress of flying back home is enough to start the pounds returning.

 

I've heard of people spending months at a time at a far away spa ranch and loosing a considerable amount of weight. Unfortunately, for many months later after they've returned home, the extra weight begins to return. The program at these spa ranch centers are nutritionally sound, well-researched and holistic. The participants are given psychological support, as well as training in how to eat and exercise to maintain weight loss and improved health. What these programs cannot do, however, is make life perfect for their clients. I suspect that, like the rest of us, the people who begin to regain their weight have their own share of stress, and in this less-than-perfect world, ate their way through it.

 

"Eating obviously doesn't remove the cause of the stress. No food will make the sun shine through clouds or restore the hard drive in your computer. But if the right foods are eaten at the right time, the emotions associated with stress will diminish. In a study we carried out at MIT we found that our stressed volunteers had less anger, depression, anxiety and irritability after consuming a carbohydrate-rich beverage. When they drank a similarly flavored beverage containing protein, however, there was no improvement in their mood. The effect of the carbohydrate drink so astonished one of our volunteers, he demanded to know what was in his drink because he was sure he had added a tranquilizer!

 

Carbohydrates help us endure stress because eating any sweet or starchy food (except the carbohydrates in fruit) allows the brain to make new serotonin. Serotonin makes us feel calmer, and as a result we believe we can cope. Most diets insist on favoring protein foods over carbohydrate and rarely, if ever, allow carbohydrates to be eaten alone. Protein has no positive effect on lessening the emotional impact of stress, and if eaten alone or along with carbohydrate, can actually worsen it by preventing serotonin from being made. Thus the dieter no longer has the option of eating foods that will help her bear the stress-of-the-day; they are forbidden.

High-fat foods may obliterate the perception of stress. Some of my weight loss clients deliberately binged on fatty foods so they would not have to confront a difficult situation. One told me it was like excessive drinking, "After a while, you don't feel anything except fatigue. It is like being in an emotional coma. It doesn't help me solve my problems but at least I can pretend they don't exist."

 

If dieters are told how to eat to make stress bearable and still lose weight, perhaps they would adhere to their diet more consistently. It is true that meditation, behavioral modification, counseling and exercise offered by many programs help the stressed dieter. They help the way physical therapy helps relieve the pain of a slipped disc... until it doesn't. Just as the pain of an inflamed disc drives the patient to seek more potent pain relief with an injection into the spinal cord, the dieter, in pain from their stress, will seek relief by eating. And there goes the diet.

 

In my latest work, we acknowledge that stress is probably going to happen and tell the dieter how to eat when it does. One of the diet plans offered allows the dieter to eat enough carbohydrate throughout the day to boost serotonin synthesis. The carbohydrate foods recommended are very low in both fat and protein. (Obviously protein, fruits and vegetables are on the diet, but the timing of their consumption does not interfere with serotonin synthesis.) What distinguishes this plan is that the dieter is given the option of switching to a specific stress relieving food plan when dealing with acute emotional distress, such as bad premenstrual syndrome or very bad news.

 

No diet will make stress disappear, and sometimes stressful events demand so much of the dieter that weight loss at that moment becomes irrelevant. But a diet that allows people to eat foods to diminish the distress of negative events will certainly improve the odds that they will reach their weight loss goal."--Judith J. Wurtman Ph.D.


Monthly Blogging ...Set back

Posted by [email protected] on August 12, 2016 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello All

We are in August now and my last "monthly" blog was in April.  What happened you say?....Well that's what I'm saying even if you're not.  Well lets see, this passed Spring I decided I want to take some things off line and start doing more live presentations and workshops.  A business partner of mine was opening a new Wellness Center location and it was a great opportunity for me to have a space to do my live events.  We opened in April, which devertated my attention from my online presence.  Then Summer came and the kids were out of school, I was so excited to be back at home with them for the Summer because I was working a full time corporate job last summer 2015.  So being with the kids for the summer, I signed them up for every activity, event, etc to keep them..."us" busy.

And me being The Detox Momma, I am always working on detoxing something....Home, Body, for Health.... and even Relationships.  If you didn't know toxic relationships can be bad for your health too

I've also been working on my first book collaboration The MLM Book, that you can see on the home page of this site.  So I have been busy, busy, busy.

There went my summer, now the kids are back in school and I can get back to business of bringing you all the latest and greatest news on natural health and wellness. And I will be bringing you more live workshops and presentations at Rejuvenate Wholistic Wellness, check my eventbrite page for times and dates: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/serene-organics-2186262455

Please stay tuned...

"Spreading the love, spreading good health, spreading the coin"

Autism Awareness Month

Posted by [email protected] on April 5, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

April is Autism Awareness month, and it’s important for parents and educators to be aware of and be able to share basic Autism facts including early signs of Autism, history and statistics. Autism is typically detected in children between the ages of two and three and according to the Center for Disease Control 1 in 88 children in the US is diagnosed with Autism by age eight and for reasons yet unknown boys are five times more likely to be diagnosed with Autism than girls.

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Autism for short, are labels used to describe a group of complex brain disorders that affect early brain development. Autism can remain unnoticed or undetected during early childhood for long periods of time, and becomes even more difficult to diagnose and treat as children age. Those affected by Autism do not show signs of disability but exhibit in varying degree difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.

 

Many people who are not familiar with Autism are unaware that it is a disorder and not a disease. Autism directly affects the maturation and development of the neurons in the brain and adversely affects how information is processed. Thanks in part to growing research and awareness in the medical community Autism is more readily identified in young patients, but more work needs to be done to raise awareness in parents and families so that they are able to steps should their child display any symptoms or traits.

 

The exact causes of Autism Spectrum Disorder are not completely known, although it is believed that genetic and environmental factors are involved. Suspected causes include premature birth, exposure to fetal alcohol, pesticides, heavy metals and possibly vaccines among others. Research continues to identify the exact causes.

 

 

While clinicians may be able to identify some indicators as early as six months, Autism becomes more easily identifiable as a child reaches the developmental age of two and approaching age three. Common symptoms include difficulty with communication, difficulty with social interactions, obsessive interests, and repetitive behaviors however parents should not panic or jump to conclusions if their child should display these traits. Occasional unusual behavior is not an indicator that your child has Autism, however recurrence of these behavioral characteristics may require further medical screening.

 

Autism Awareness will greatly help in detecting and identifying the disorder early enough that necessary measures may be taken. Early recognition followed up by immediate and continuing behavioral, educational, and family therapies may help reduce symptoms and support normal development and learning.

National Poison Prevention Week

Posted by [email protected] on March 29, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

National Poison Prevention Week is observed across the US during the third week of March.  The goal for this week is to raise the awareness of the potential of being poisoned by household products such as medicines, pesiticides, food poisoning and toxic fumes from cleaning products.  And hopefully to prevent or reduce the risk.

During National Poison Prevention Week, we should work to ensure the safety of our homes and communities by learning of the dangers of poison and striving to prevent poisonings.

The most common sources of poisoning in young children are items typically found at home, including cleaning, cosmetic, and personal care products, as well as over-the-counter and prescription medications. Although children are more likely to be poisoned, adults  are most commonly poisoned by cleaning products.

It is said to take diligence and caution to avoid tragedies. By making sure household products are kept in their original bottles and away from children, and never mix such products together. But I say, why have these products at all.  Most are not necessary for simple cleaning your home.  There are very good, natural alternatives to these harsh, poisoness materials.

Also be aware, some poisonous materials and vapors are harder to identify, including carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless, yet very dangerous, gas. Everyone should have carbon monoxide detectors in their home, use them properly, and get them tested regularly.



National Nutrition Month

Posted by [email protected] on March 10, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

March is National Nutrition Month, an annual event that encourages Americans to adopt healthy eating habits including eating more nutritious and flavorful foods. This year’s theme is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right and encourages the appreciation of eating healthy flavorful foods with friends and family.

 

What are YOU doing to celebrate? Here are a few suggestions that you can use to get your family and friends involved in nutrition awareness and healthier eating.

 

 

* Share healthy recipes with your friends and family and have them do the same. Use new healthy recipes which use fresh, wholesome ingredients or dig through your collection and find simple recipes from your Mother’s or Grandmother’s kitchen which use fresh foods and natural ingredients from a time before chemicals, pesticides and man-made additives.

* While sharing recipes, find friends and neighbors of varying ethnic backgrounds and try healthy, traditional and flavorful recipes from different countries. Indian curries, Italian dishes, etc. Or find a world map and have a family member pick countries at random and research and prepare meals from each.

* Find a calendar and pick one healthy food to add to your diet each day. Find creative and flavorful ways to incorporate those foods even if you normally dislike them. Don’t like spinach? Try it in a salad or omelet or frittata. Can’t stand Brussels sprouts? Add them to the bottom of your blender and cover them with fruit, ice cubes and coconut water - blend up your new, super-healthy smoothie.

* Use this month to eliminate one unhealthy food or drink. Just one. Choose that one food or drink that you KNOW is affecting your health or your weight. Brownies? Donuts? Chips? Cookies, pizza, french fries, whatever that food is - eliminate it from your diet for the entire month. Or, how about sodas or colas? Regular OR diet, drink water instead. Maybe you’re addicted to those high-priced and high-calorie frappucinos, save some money and save 500+ calories every day and drink bottled water instead. Replacing drinks with water is one of the easiest and most effective steps you can take to improve your health.

* Use this month to study food labels and food ingredients. Learn which are healthy and which should be avoided. Take the time to READ the nutrition labels and ingredients on the products you automatically put in your shopping cart as you wander the aisles. Are there healthier choices? Are those food packages labeled healthy, low-fat, gluten-free, etc. actually healthier for you? Not all are. Most low-fat foods contain double or triple the sugar to improve their flavor. As you continue your research you will also discover that their are over 60 names for sugars that are added to your foods, learn to recognize them.

* Study ways to improve your favorite foods in the kitchen. Find healthier ways to prepare the foods you love with healthier ingredients and healthier methods of cooking them.

* Share what you learn this month with friends and family. Teach them in the aisles of the grocery store, the kitchen and your healthier, more nutritious dinner table.

What's New for the New Year 2016

Posted by [email protected] on February 2, 2016 at 8:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello…Happy New Year everyone!

It’s going to be a great year, I feel it in my spirit. I designate 2016 as me “renew” year, I am starting fresh this year, leaving the old behind. This also being a leap year, I like to say I’m making some major leaps and bounds this year; leaping out of bad situation, unwanted stress and toxic relationships.

Starting with my job; In 2015, I returned to work fulltime after being out of the workforce for almost 9 years. I was business owner from 2006-2009 and then a stay at home mom from 2009-2015. It was not easy opting back in after so long.

First, my long work days had me missing my babies. The hours at the office plus my 2 hours each way commute made for 12+ hour days. I didn’t see by children before leaving for work and by the time I got home it was time for them to get ready for bed. After years of being with them all day every day, I found my new life frustrating.

Secondly, I hate traffic. My work hours were prime rush hour time. I told myself I’ll get use to it, I’ll adjust eventually.

Thirdly, I was revisited with an opportunity that is in line with my lifestyle and that awoken the entrepreneur spirit in me again. I began to want to pursue this new business venture, which took my attention away from being back in “corporate America”.

How could I coop with my new life and limited time? I told myself I can do it all, work fulltime at my job, take care of my family, and pursue the business in my “spare time”. I tried that for a few weeks but found I was getting nowhere with my business. So I decide to ramp it up and burn both ends of the candle. Staying up late, taking personal time to be off from work to take advantage of business opportunities.

After a few weeks of trying to do it all, I begin to see the negative results. I was not able to focus at work, my home was not in the order that I desire. My body also begin to feel the results negatively. I came down with pneumonia, which took me out for a few of days, no work, not working my business but I did get my house back in decent order (ssshh, I was supposed to be resting).

Obviously, I had forgotten about all the things I use to know about taking care of myself. Sure I took my daily vitamins, but I hadn’t incorporated my vitamin c for when the seasons are changing. I hadn’t begun any new regimen to support my new always on the go lifestyle. During my sick time, I did my research and incorporated supplements to help me regain my focus and bust my immune system. Thankfully, I didn’t have to look far, my business provides just the right supplements I need.

Sometime after returning to work, I was feeling more energized and focused. With this new energy, I wanted to devote more time to my business. I thought about other ways I could make my new life work for me. I decided to inquire about this work-from-home situation I was told was possible when I was hired for the job. I was initially met with “not yet” and then eventually given 2 days per month. My concentration and interest in the job really took a plummet. Each day became more difficult to deal with. I felt betrayed about what I was promised and I felt overwhelmed because the job expectations began to increase as well. With me still being fairly new in the position, I felt I could not ask for any other alternatives so I made up my mind that I would just quit. I worried that they would think this was an ultimatum but whatever, who cares, I couldn’t take it anymore. So I presented my resignation to my manager. Much to my surprise, he asked me to hold off so that he could see what he can do to meet my needs as close as possible. After a couple of weeks, he came back to me with the results of altering my shift by 30 minutes…..THAT’S IT? While I appreciated his effort, I knew I had to part ways with them at that point. I decided to cut ties on December 31st 2015, leaving it behind in 2015. Not carrying that stress over into my new year.

Therefore I am happy to announce my new free and refreshed year to pursue my dream as an entrepreneur once again. IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR!

 

 

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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May Is Asthma And Allergy Awareness Month

 

Each year in May, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA,) the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) join forces to increase awareness about allergies and asthma and improve the lives of those affected.

 

May is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers and has been deemed National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, the perfect time to educate patients, family, friends, and others about these diseases. May is also the ideal time to educate people about the asthma triggers which bring on symptoms of asthma, and how asthma can be treated and controlled. Environmental triggers of asthma attacks include passive smoking, molds, cockroaches, pet hair, and dust mites.

 

Asthma is a lung disease that affects approximately 24 million Americans and over 6 million children under the age of 18. An estimated ten people die every day from asthma, many of those deaths are preventable with proper diagnosis, treatment and care. Asthma causes the narrowing or blockage of airways, resulting in constricted air passages and coughing, wheezing, and often severe difficulty breathing.

 

Allergic asthma occurs when a person inhales allergens like pollen or dust mites. A second type, non-allergic asthma is often triggered by anxiety, hyperventilation, or very cold, dry air. Asthma is most often treated with medication in either an inhaler or pill form.

 

Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans and that number is increasing as allergens increase. Allergies range in severity from irritating to critical and life threatening, the four basic categories include:

 

1. Seasonal and Perennial Allergies occur frequently and even more so in the Spring. Seasonal allergies involve reactions to the pollen from trees, weeds, grasses, and other plants. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a stuffy nose and are often referred to as hay fever. Perennial allergies present the same symptoms but can occur year-round and are often triggered by pet hair and dander, dust mites, or mold.

 

2. Food Allergy symptoms range from mild to very severe, from itchy eyes and swollen lips to nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, tightness or closing of the throat, difficulty breathing, and if left untreated, death. Most children who suffer food allergies react to peanuts, milk, soy, nuts, eggs and wheat. Adults with allergies often react to citrus fruit, nuts, fish, peanuts, shellfish and wheat.

 

3. Drug allergies often related to penicillin or antibiotics result in a wide range of symptoms that affect tissues or organs. The skin is most often affected and a rash forms, however, drug allergies can be severe and damage vital organs and can result in death.

 

4. Insect bite and sting allergy symptoms usually include swelling, pain, and itching, but can result in anaphylaxis, the severe reaction that includes chest tightness, seizures, cardiac arrhythmia, shock, and difficulty breathing. If untreated, insect bites and stings in those who are allergic can cause rapid deterioration and death and they often carry an anaphylaxis kit to counteract their severe symptoms.

 

Take time to learn more about these diseases that affect millions of Americans. Organize activities and invite friends, family and coworkers to use the available educational materials to raise awareness about asthma and allergies at work, home, and school.

 


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