Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living


  • Dessert Tonight: Chocolate Green Smoothie

    by Paula Gallagher | March 25, 2015

    avocadoPersonally, this could easily be a meal on-the-go. I have been trying to get my kids to eat avocados and they refuse, and then a friend told me to puree it with milk and cocoa powder. Not only was it a hit, my kids thought they were having a chocolate milkshake! I sneaked in some spinach, too. The dates add some sweetness naturally.

    Avocados are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, which is great for heart health. They also contain healthy fatty acids. Moreover, avocados deliver a healthy dose of fiber, antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, an array of B vitamins, and a range of minerals, including potassium and magnesium.

    Many people have a hard time choosing a ripe avocado. To check for ripeness all you have to do is gently press your thumb into the top of the avocado; it should give a little under the pressure. Unripe avocados are bright green, turning a deep purple-green when ripe. Read more

  • Prenatal Health Series: Nutrition During Pregnancy

    by Paula Gallagher | March 24, 2015

    prenatal-nutritionCongratulations, you are pregnant! Now what? Over the next few weeks we will look at nutrition, exercise, sleep habits and more regarding women's health during pregnancy. This week, we'll look at nutrition.

    Nutrition during pregnancy usually requires an increased need for vitamins and minerals. Deficiency or excess of any of a number of nutrients can lead to birth defects and/or complications during pregnancy.

    Diet – Eating a diet that is nutritious diet will not only keep you healthy, but it will also help the baby growing in you. Focus on whole fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, quality protein (eggs, nuts, chicken and fish), and keep hydrated. Read food labels carefully and try to avoid foods that contain trans fatty acids and partially hydrogenated oils, including margarine, shortening and most processed foods. Studies have shown that the higher the intake of trans fatty acids, the greater the risk of delivering a premature baby. These fats interfere with fetal development, especially in the brain. Avoid soft, unpasteurized cheeses, raw or smoked fish, and pates and deli meats. These can all contain bacteria that would be harmful for the baby. Read more

  • 9 Strategies to Lose Weight and Stop Dieting... Once and For All

    by Debi Silber, The Mojo Coach | March 23, 2015

    healthy-livingStruggling with excess weight? Whether you’ve recently gained a few pounds or chronic dieting is a regular way of life, here are nine strategies to lose weight and stop dieting... once and for all. Ready? Here we go:

    1. Kick Your Sugar Habit. If I didn’t have thousands of clients who’ve done it (including myself), I wouldn’t be as convinced that this is the single greatest, most important gift you can give yourself for lasting weight loss, energy and health. Imagine your cravings gone, fat melting away, endless, steady energy and so much more. That’s what happens when you kick sugar to the curb.

    2. Find Your Motivation. There’s a deeply personal reason why you want to get the weight off. Sure you want to look and feel better, but dig a little deeper and what you’ll find is the real motivation behind the attempts you’ve made in the past. Do you want a new relationship, confidence to change careers, energy to keep up with your kids? Identifying your “why,” writing it down, and reading it throughout the day can help keep you motivated and on track.

    3. Identify Automatic and Habitual Behavior. We’re creatures of habit and the majority of things we do throughout the day prove it. Just try to brush your teeth differently, put on the other leg of your pants first, or change your morning routine and you’ll see what I mean. How does this apply to weight loss? Read more

  • Fluoride Study Linked to Thyroid Problems

    by Paula Gallagher | March 18, 2015

    glass-of-waterA recent study out of England has found a link between the amount of fluoride in public drinking water and a rise in incidence of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). The study, published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, compared 2012 national data on levels of fluoride in drinking water to trends for hypothyroidism as diagnosed by family physicians across England.

    The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland near the base of the neck that produces hormones. Thyroid hormones control the rate of many body activities, including how fast calories are burned and how fast the heart beats. If the thyroid gland isn't active enough, it does not make enough thyroid hormone to meet the body's needs.

    The research found that in areas where tap water fluoride levels exceeded 0.3 milligrams per liter, the risk for having an underactive thyroid rose by 30%. The study, led by Stephen Peckham of the University of Kent in Canterbury, England found that hypothyroidism rates were nearly double in urbanized regions that had fluoridated tap water, compared with regions that did not. Read more

  • Plant-Based Diet: A Prescription for Health in 2015

    by Neal Barnard, MD | March 17, 2015

    vegetables+fruitsEach week, a new study shows the health benefits of plant-based eating patterns. People who follow vegetarian and vegan diets have a strong measure of protection against weight problems, heart disease, diabetes, and many other health issues that trouble their meat-eating friends.

    In its recent report, the federal Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee listed plant-based diets as one of the three healthful eating patterns for Americans. And the good news is it’s simple: by sticking to a diet that centers around four food groups – whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes – you can easily maintain a healthful weight, lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol, and reduce the risk for chronic disease.

    As the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans move from concept to consumer, even more people will begin to put the latest science into everyday practice.

    Here’s an inside look at how a plant-based prescription works.

    Fill Up with Fiber

    Nutrition Rx: Aim for 40 grams of fiber a day. Read more

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