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Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert and best-selling author of The Ketogenic Cookbook. In her new book, Keto Comfort Foods, she shares comfort food recipes and tips for those following a ketogenic diet.
Maria explains that we are often told that it’s wrong to see food as pleasurable, yet eating nourishing foods should excite us. One way to incorporate a sweet taste in your recipes without using traditional sweeteners is by using Stevia Glycerite. This can be found at any health foods store. Stevia Glycerite is thick like honey and is a great substitute for the sweet flavor that you lack in the keto diet. Best of all, it won’t spike your blood sugar.
Maria also discusses the difference between good fats and bad fats. We are often told that saturated fats are bad, yet they serve an important role in our body, such as making our healthy hormones. Saturated fats are heat-stable and come from nature. The main type of fat to avoid is the trans fats.
Maria also explains how to find good, healthy eggs. She recommends not focusing solely on the color of the egg, as brown eggs are not always better. The term “cage-free” means that the hens are not in cages, but they may be in barns and not ever see the light of day. Consider purchasing locally sourced eggs where you know what the chickens are being fed and how they are being raised.
Maria’s favorite recipes from the book include Bananas Foster for Two, Deconstructed Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza, Pizza Waffles, Chicken Parmesan Mini Meatloaf, and BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich.
Dr. Susan Levy is a chiropractor and alternative health practitioner with more than 30 years of experience. She is also the author of the new book, Your Aging Body Can Talk, a guide to help people get in touch with their body’s inner knowingness, which can lead to greater happiness and health.
Dr. Levy speaks about the importance of preserving a youthful feeling and attitude as we go through the aging process, which allows us to be healthier and more comfortable. With this, she discusses the concept of ikigai, an Okinawan tradition that encourages everyone to discover their life’s purpose. Defining and refining one’s ikigai over time has many health benefits, as you are looking at your inherent purpose and self-worth, rather than looking at an outward reflection of accomplishments.
Being sedentary can cause negative effects on human beings. Research has shown the total body benefit of Tai chi includes diminishment of pain, improvement in one’s sense of well-being, and an increase in energy level and stamina, just to name a few. Yoga is good for flexibility and calming the self. Another option is Essentrics, which uses principles from yoga, ballet, and stretching. You can also simply walk with a purpose to stay active. Massage, chiropractic treatment, and acupuncture can also create greater alignment with one’s body.
Dr. Levy discusses her “Move It and Preserve It” basics:
1. Find what’s comfortable for you.
2. Minimize being sedentary.
3. Incorporate more purposeful movement in your daily life.
4. Have variety in your activities.
In regards to nutrition, Dr. Levy recommends including a variety of healthy foods, specifically those that are unprocessed with ingredients that you can recognize and pronounce. Organic and grass-fed options are great. Focus on fruits and vegetables. Use glass containers for food storage. Avoid all processed foods, sodas, tap water, and Styrofoam packaging.
To connect with Dr. Susan Levy or for more information about Your Aging Body Can Talk, visit http://www.yourbodycantalk.com.
Dr. Richard Beliveau is head of the Laboratory of Molecular Medicine and a best-selling author of numerous books. His newest book, Foods to Fight Cancer, explains that very small changes in our daily lives will allow us to gain better control of reducing our cancer risk.
Dr. Beliveau explains that cancer is a complex disease with a lot of misconceptions. At its core, cancer is a genetic disease caused by genes that are mutated. However, very few of these genes are transmitted by one’s parents. There are three types of cancer that have increased dramatically in recent years. These include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and skin cancer—all of which are directly impacted by two main risk factors. These two main risk factors for cancer are smoking and obesity and diet. Additional risk factors include alcohol, salt, overexposure to UV light, reproductive factors, medical procedures, and pollution, among others. Dr. Beliveau recommends keeping the fight on tobacco and obesity.
Much research has generated several key recommendations for the prevention of cancer. These include:
• reduce alcohol
• avoid a sedentary lifestyle
• maintain a plant-based diet
• avoid obesity
• avoid processed or junk food
• reduce red meat to 1 pound per week
• reduce salt
• do not use supplements to prevent cancer
The goal is to create a healthy lifestyle that maintains an environment in your tissue that prevents cancerous cells from developing.
De. Beliveau also discusses the role of phytochemicals. These enzymes, produced by plants, are ingested when you eat a diversity of plant product. These critical molecules can kill cancer cells, reduce inflammation, block tumor growth, and reduce your probability of developing cancer. This is one of the reasons why a plant-based diet is so important.
To connect with Dr. Beliveau or to learn more about Foods to Fight Cancer, visit http://www.richardbeliveau.org.
Danielle Capalino is a nutritionist specializing in digestive health and the author of a new book entitled The Microbiome Diet Plan.
Danielle describes the microbiome as a collection of mostly bacteria and other microorganisms that live all over us and inside of us. The bacteria inside our intestinal tract serves a variety of important functions including maintaining a healthy weight, maintaining the immune system, producing certain vitamins, and absorbing certain fibers.
Bacteria can be good for us and is vital for our health. However, antibiotics are given out like candy in this day and age, many times when we don’t need them. They do not discriminate and will kill both the good and bad bacteria alike.
Danielle discusses a few guidelines for managing your microbiome. These include:
1. Choose high fiber carbohydrates
2. Eat more plants
3. Eat fermented foods such as pickles and sauerkraut
4. Limit your meat intake
5. Avoid gluten, sugar, and food additives
6. Cultured dairy products are included
7. Consume alcohol in moderation
The six-week program to revitalizing your gut health is broken into two phases. Each phase lasts for three weeks. In both phases, the diet includes rich and fermented foods. However, in the first phase, no added sugar or meat are included. In the second phase, some honey, maple syrup, and meat is added back in.
Danielle recommends making the plan work for you. If you can follow the plan 80% of the time, you are still being successful. Try to use the principles in situations when you have to adjust.
The book includes a shopping list, lists of snacks, and a meal plan for each week. To connect with Danielle or to learn more about The Microbiome Diet Plan, visit www.daniellecapalino.com or reach out to her on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Nick Caturano is the creator behind the new Dine Safe app, an innovative and highly useful app that aims to make dining safer for those with food allergies or sensitivities.
The idea for the Dine Safe app began when Nick noticed an uptick of food allergies and intolerances while he was working in the restaurant industry. As a whole, the industry seemed to be scrambling to keep pace with these new demands. He knew there needed to be a more efficient way to manage the process. He then developed the idea for the Dine Safe app—an easy to use app that would allow users to select restaurants and menu selections based on the dietary preferences they enter into the app.
Additionally, restaurants have the ability to create an account, upload their menus, and tag each item with different characteristics or dietary preferences.
The app lists allergies and diet choices, including up to 33 allergens; however, restaurants only need to include at least the top eight allergens to join. Nutritional information is also tracked.
While there are other apps out there that help to provide information based on specific dietary preferences, the information provided is based on user reviews. The transparency of the Dine Safe app allows people to feel more comfortable, as they are getting the information straight from the restaurant itself.
Right now, both user and restaurant support is needed to increase usage and demand for the Dine Safe app to expand its reach. If you like the concept, talk to owners of local restaurants to help get them on board.
To download the Dine Safe app, search the Apple or Android store under Dine Safe. To connect with Nick, to learn more about the app, or for restaurants to create an account, visit the website at http://www.dinesafeapp.com.
Dr. William Davis is a cardiologist and best-selling author whose new book, Undoctored, aims to show people how they can regain control of their own health.
Dr. Davis explains the health care system has become powerful, and in order to show it that we can maintain our own power over our health, we need to learn how to be healthy on our own. In order to achieve this, there are a few basic steps we can take to correct the factors in our lives that lead to poor health.
In order to be your own health practitioner, Dr. Davis recommends drawing from the relatively new phenomenon of crowdsourced wisdom. Websites like Patientslikeme.com create collaborative experiences that lead to a greater dissemination of information. New technological gadgets are also helpful in gathering insights.
Dr. Davis also speaks about the issue with grains in our diet. Many proteins in grains are indigestible and can wreak havoc on your gut health. He also explains that the common practice of carb loading can actually be dangerous for athletes and non-athletes alike. Commit yourself to going four weeks without grains and you will surely notice a difference in how you feel.
Though the Undoctored program is similar to the Paleo diet, it goes further and is a more well-rounded solution for health. Specifically, the Undoctored program is a six-week program that includes a menu of six strategies:
The program is intended to be embraceable, simple, and inexpensive in order to get you freed from misinformation from your doctor and make you healthier than you have been in years.
Kac Young is an essential oil enthusiast and expert who shares her wisdom on the subject throughout her new book, The Healing Art of Essential Oils.
Kac explains that essential oils are actually concentrated chemical compounds from plants that work with our bodies to help to solve common problems. However, she warns that we must be cautious and careful about how we use them.
Some characteristics of essential oils include:
7. Complementary to human life
When first starting out with essential oils, it’s important to know the basics. Some important highlights include:
1. Use organic or wildcrafted oils to get the product in its purest form.
2. Always dilute the oils and perform a patch test before using.
3. Do not use them on children under the age of five and follow guidelines for the elderly and pregnant women.
4. Do not use the oils around your eyes, ears, or genital areas.
5. Keep the lids on tight, store them in a cool, dark area, and keep them away from pets and children.
6. Be mindful of expiration dates and dispose of the oils correctly.
Common uses of essential oils include freshening your bathroom, deodorizing your fridge, neutralizing pet odor, refreshing your carpet, repelling rodents, soothing headaches, loosening stiff joints, and much more.
Kac recommends that people educate themselves on the use of essential oils and find what works for them. Be sure to purchase your oils from a reputable distributor.
To connect with Kac or to learn more about The Healing Art of Essential Oils, visit http://www.healingartofessentialoils.com.
Jeff Galloway is a seasoned runner, running coach, and author. His book, The Run Walk Run Method, explains his revolutionary system that gives the body rest when it needs it while running, allowing it to become less fatigued and less prone to injury.
The Run Walk Run Method was created when Jeff first began his running store years ago. He taught a beginner’s class in running, in which none of the participants had run in at least five years. To keep them engaged in the program, he added walk breaks to their running. This group remarkably experienced no injuries, as the method allowed the body to adjust to the running motion and avoid injury.
Jeff encourages this technique not only for beginners, but also for seasoned runners during training and the races themselves. He explains that our bodies weren’t designed to run more than about 200 yards at a time. Using the technique not only helps to alleviate stress buildup, but also lessens progressive fatigue, which has been shown to improve running performance times.
For new runners, Jeff recommends determining why you want to run. For complete beginners, he suggests starting with a modest amount of running of no more than 15 to 20 seconds of running, followed by a walking segment of about a minute. This helps to erase the fatigue. For the first month, keep the run walk segments short as you increase the length of the total run walk run. Gradually work your way up to 30 minutes. Don’t rush it and don’t sprint the running segments.
To connect with Jeff or to learn more about The Run Walk Run Method, visit http://www.jeffgalloway.com.
Hillary Wright is a registered and licensed dietician, the Director of Nutrition Counseling for the Domar Center for Mind Body Health, and the author of The PCOS Diet Plan.
Hillary explains that PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder affecting women of reproductive age. The disorder is an endocrine problem that affects 5 to 18% of all women, and can cause an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, endometrial cancer, and infertility. It also affects one’s psychological health.
However, PCOS responds positively to healthy living. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can allow those with PCOS to better manage their condition by creating a body environment that feels better, promotes fertility, and reduces heart disease risk.
One way to live healthy with PCOS is through adopting a carbohydrate distributed diet. Hillary recommends identifying naturally occurring carbohydrates and spreading them out over the day. Emphasis should be placed on consuming quality carbs and being mindful of the quantity consumed at each sitting.
Hillary also shares her nine strategies for helping people deal with health and lifestyle change. These include:
1. Learn how your body works.
2. Try to avoid the “I’m a failure” syndrome.
3. Keep a food journal.
4. Don’t eat too much at night.
5. Accept that there’s some discomfort involved.
6. Focus on the positive.
7. Make losing weight a priority.
8. Manage your mindset and your expectations.
9. Don’t go it alone.
She also speaks about the importance of exercise for those with PCOS. She recommends the guidelines prescribed by the American College of Sports Medicine, which includes 150 minutes per week of moderate cardio activity, two or three strengthening activities per week, and incorporation of stretching and balance components.
To connect with Hillary Wright or to learn more about The PCOS Diet Plan, visit http://www.hillarywright.com or http://www.pcosdiet.com.
Jeff Horowitz is a certified running coach and a seasoned marathon runner. He is also the author of the new book, Ageless Strength, which focuses on having the right approach to strength as we age.
Jeff explains that how we age has more to do with how we treat ourselves. As we age, our bodies stop producing as much growth hormone and lose some capability. However, if we focus on building strength, balance, and being functional with improved mobility, we will be better equipped to manage the effects of aging.
Jeff also speaks about thinking of exercise differently, more in terms of the mental component rather than just the physical motions. The goal with exercise is to enhance the number of things we can do, while continually challenging the brain in different ways to solve different problems. This improves our capability of movement and makes exercising more interesting and enjoyable.
One group that will want to focus on building more functional strength is runners, as most of their injuries come from strength imbalance. When a runner’s form is compromised, it causes stress all over the body, which can lead to injury. Runners should focus on maintaining strength laterally, which will enable their bodies to hold their form when they land each step.
The book includes different exercises that focus on meeting the challenges of each area, including strength, balance, and functionality. Create your own custom workout by choosing different exercises among the three sections. Maintain variety in your workouts to keep it challenging and fun, while allowing you to become stronger in a functional way.
Michel Pascal is a writer, singer, and spirituality and meditation enthusiast who once lived in the largest monastery in Nepal. His new book, Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-being, offers real examples of how to incorporate meditation in our daily lives, causing powerful results.
Michel speaks about the common false ideas of what meditation is. He explains that Americans are educated with the wrong perception about meditation, thinking often of monks in monasteries without a clear idea of how it can apply in our real, daily lives.
The world is so active, and we often feel the pressure to be productive at a high level, which causes great stress. The key is to train the mind to meditate within our daily stress and lives, rather than viewing the process as something that must take place remotely in a quiet or stress-free environment, as this is not realistic for many people.
The goal is to recycle the stressful energy around you into calm energy, as meditation is truly a transmission of energy. This is accomplished through first diagnosing yourself as fed up with your current state and then putting the meditation into practice.
We have the ability to change our perception of our lives in just a few minutes with the help of the practices described in the book. By following these steps, we can retrain our minds and introduce more calmness into our lives.
To connect with Michel or to learn more about Meditation for Daily Stress: 10 Practices for Immediate Well-being, visit http://www.michelpascal.tv.
Amy Berger is a certified nutrition specialist and the author of a new book entitled, The Alzheimer’s Antidote. Although this book was written for caregivers of people with dementia, it is a great source of information for anyone who wants to learn these complex topics in a way that’s easy to understand.
Amy talks about certain factors that can impact susceptibility to developing Alzheimer’s Disease. One such factor is the APO E4 genotype, which is the largest genetic risk factor that increases susceptibility for Alzheimer’s Disease. Though the gene does not directly cause Alzheimer’s disease, it is a complete mismatch for how we eat and live today, as it is the least suited for the modern carb diet.
Another factor that can contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease is amyloid plaque proteins that are secreted out of cells and chopped into fragments. Some of these fragments are not cleared properly and stay in the brain where they can block spaces between cells that communicate with each other. This can result in memory impairment and behavioral problems, though it may not necessarily cause Alzheimer’s.
Amy also speaks about the importance of maintaining cholesterol within our bodies to support proper cognitive function. The increase of statin use in recent years has shown to be another hurdle to overcome. She notes that sugar and carbohydrates may be driving the majority of problems with Alzheimer’s, as they can cause the brain to lose the ability to harness energy from glucose.
One potential solution is ketogenic intervention. Ketones are proving promising in burning fat, aiding the effects of Type 2 diabetes, and fueling the brain. A brain damaged by Alzheimer’s or dementia can use ketones instead of glucose as a fuel source, and have seen improved cognition in the short-term.
To connect with Amy or to learn more about her book, The Alzheimer’s Antidote, visit http://www.tuitnutrition.com.
Bill Pierce and Scott Murr are not only friends who have been running together for 35 years, but they are also founders of the Furman Institute of Running and Scientific Training and authors of the new book entitled, Runner’s World: Train Smart, Run Forever.
This new book details how one can become a lifelong runner. Starting a running program or maintaining a runner’s lifestyle can become more difficult over the age of 40. This is partly because we simply cannot train the way we did in our younger years. In addition, connective tissue becomes more rigid with age, which can restrict range of motion and lead to injury. Yet most runners over 40 have the same goal—to be a lifetime runner because it is a central part of their life.
To reach this goal, Bill and Scott discuss several steps that runners can take to make this goal a reality. These include:
To be a healthy, productive runner, Bill and Scott offer these tips: