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The Impossible Ask: Going to Bed Earlier

Honoring your body's circadian rhythm will be a massive game changer for your well-being. This means syncing your sleep-wake cycles with the rise and fall of the sun. But I get it. Going to bed early may seem daunting when you live in a city like New York, where you work late and dinner starts at after 8:00 pm. Yet it will make all the difference. Read More

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Brewing Trouble: Caffeine-Induced Anxiety

Are you running on false fuel? Several studies have now proven that there is a link between coffee consumption and anxiety. Research coming from the University of Michigan concluded that coffee leads to symptoms of worrying like nervousness, sweating, and shaking. In particular people with anxious disorder are vulnerable to caffeine induced panic attacks. A study, from Wake Forest University School of Medicine, confirmed that a dose of caffeine equivalent to two or three cups of coffee can constrict the blood vessels in the brain and cause a reduction of blood flow to the brain by 27 percent. Read More

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Low Blood Sugar and Anxiety

Have you ever thought that your anxiety may be caused by low blood sugar? So many of my clients who have mood swings, anxiety and depression actually just struggle with low blood sugar (aka hypoglycemia). If you find yourself overwhelmed by anxiety take a look at your blood sugar. Our organs and brain rely on a steady supply of sugar. When your blood sugar is on a tailspin your body calls an alarm signal. This sets into motion a hierarchy of processes all to make sure that your organism continues to function. It sends a stress signal to your liver to break down the storage of starch to bring back your blood sugar into balance. As sugar is essential to your organism and organs survival this stress signal feels identical to anxiety. Read More

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Regulate Your Mood with this Fat and Nutrient Rich Smoothie

Start your day with a vibrant edge. Many of my clients asked me to post the recipe of my nutrient rich morning smoothie. Here it is. I highly recommend watching my key note presentation on Understanding the Food-Mood Connection which you will find on the bottom of the homepage. Read on for the recipe. Read More

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Are you going NUT?

Ask yourself: Could nuts create my digestive trouble? The first time I noticed that consuming too many nuts could cause trouble with my digestion was after dinner in a raw food restaurant where I had raw pasta with a nut cheese and a desert with cashew nuts. I finally found out the culprit that was creating the trouble after doing the food sensitivity test. This had me thinking about nuts and our increased nut consumption that I saw mirrored in many of my health conscious client, nutrition colleagues and friends. Growing up I remember that nuts were mainly a food of the winter, were shelled and required a nut cracker. Naturally we would eat less nuts. Today with the availability of nut milks, many people are replacing dairy products with nut milks, nut cheese, nuts grains eating them year around. Read More

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The Freeze Response: Your Nervous System’s Response to Harsh Lifestyle Changes

Six years after completing the show The Biggest Loser, most contestants gained the their weight back. Reason for that as per National Institute of Health Institute was their slow metabolism. What shocked researcher most is that their metabolism stayed slow 6 years after the show, when it should have gone back to normal. I like of offer an alternative explanation. It is my understanding that the contestants' metabolism got stuck on 'freeze'. A response seen in individuals as physiological response to trauma, initiated by the extreme military drill style and drastic diet changes. The show chose to put contestants on an extreme weight loss, military drill regime. Both exercise and diet were implemented without transition. Those changes were too much, too fast and too soon not taking the individual's state into consideration. If you were to measure the activity of the nervous system of the contestants, you would have seen that their nervous system was highly activated. The program as well as the dietary changes were, too much, too fast and too soon. Further, the underlying issue of the weight gain was not inquired into. Often an important life events (injury, illness, childbirth, menopause as well as trauma often stemming from childhood) precedes weight gain. Food in this case is a way of coping with the unprocessed traumatic charge and emotions. Stephen Porges' Polyvagal Theory shows that early life traumatic experiences cab rewire neurological pathways (endocrine/metabolic) as an adaptive means of survival. In this case brain and nervous system change in response to early environmental and social influences, before individuals had the capacity to choose alternative options. Now imagine the stacking of events ... Individuals with highly activated nervous systems, with life events that were often traumatic, put on a high stress "too much too fast too soon" programs. A metabolism that stayed frozen 6 years post show. Read More

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Spring is the Season to Focus on your Digestion

As the spring season unfolds many people begin to experience problems with their digestive system or respiratory tract. It is a common misconception that these health problems originate from outside the body. Instead they are an indication that the digestive system is imbalanced and unable to handle the body’s spring detox. The way that we release toxins reflects nature. They are pushed up to the surface to be expelled from our body, via the digestive tract, respiratory tract and skin. Embrace your body's natural spring detox with the three actionable insights. Spoiler Alert: Staying away from the juice cleanse is one of them. Read More

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Video: Understanding The Food Mood Connection

There is no better time than today to stop, examine where you are with your health and plot a new direction. Take advantage of this perfect opportunity and learn how to create vital energy, by capitalizing the food-mood connection. Understand today’s health challenges and the toll they take on your body and quality of life, get a clear image of your body’s inner workings, its biochemistry and know what happens when you eat or drink a particular food, walk away with a strategy on how to live each day with a vital edge. Enjoy my presentation as key note speaker for Les Dames d’Escoffier New York on 'Understanding The Food Mood Connection: How Italian Mediterranean Food Life-styles Can Contribute to Better Health', a partnership with Casa Italiana, NYU. Read More

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The Right Food Could be the Wrong Food for You

Whether you want to lose weight, have more energy, better mental focus, the first thing on your to do list is a food sensitivity test. Food sensitivity teaches us that there is no right or wrong food. Instead, there’s right food for our body. With the help of advanced diagnostics you can now determine which of the 95 commonly with food sensitivity associated foods, your body creates an inflammatory response to. Read More

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Sickness ... Or Food Sensitivity?

An estimated 45-60% of the general population suffers from serious symptoms and health conditions whose causes cannot be identified. Many of them have no idea that various forms of food sensitivity may be to blame. Reactions to food are the hidden cause behind an extraordinary array of health problems, including headaches and migraines, insomnia, and digestive disorders. An advanced diagnostic blood test now enables you to zero in on the potential foods behind your health problems, so that you can methodically eliminate them for optimal health. Read More

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