Category Archives: Lifestyle

13Dec

Time & Effort….

So many people use the argument that they don’t have the time, energy or money to be healthy.  I get it! and I will agree with TWO of those claims.  First, yes, being healthy requires you to give up TIME.  Making healthy meals, food shopping with intention, making shopping lists and figuring out which meals will serve your family for the week all take TIME. Heck, I made my lists and breaded my chicken this morning at 4:15 after Ruby’s feeding, but like anything else in your life (whether it be electronics – FB, texts, stock prices, sports or catching up on reruns) SOMETHING will take precedence.. and for me, well, my family’s health comes first, so I swap meal prep for reading the magazines that call my name on the check out line, time and time again :) I admit, I really don’t have a clue what’s going on with the Kardashians, nor do I know the latest trends (hello Nordstrom Rack & Marshalls), but for me, it’s just so rewarding to see that the fruits of my labor are paying off… Maya prefers cucumbers to bagels.. who knew that was even possible – she’s 3, btw.

Effort.  Yes, being healthy takes effort.  If we see it as something we’ll do when our live’s allow for it, then it will never happen.  We need to drum up all our efforts and see our overall health (immunity, energy, attention, balance and happiness) as just as important as the effort we put into being successful at our jobs, at our social life, at our gym routine… How does one make this change? Ask what you’re willing to give up for optimum health… then ask yourself what it will cost you if you don’t.  I assure you,  the payoff feels SO good, you’re going to look forward to making your next day a healthy one.

Money. Okay with this claim I agree that if you change nothing about the content of your food other than going organic, you will be spending more on your health.  But another significant part of the dietary equation that should change if you want to beef up (or beef down) your health is the TYPE of food you’re eating.  Do this and you will save $.  Also, I strongly believe that the more you spend now on healthy food, the less you’ll spend later on health care costs.

Our country is severely undernourished.  Not underweight.  Undernourished.  We’re overeating and we’re starving.  How is that possible?  We’re feeding our cells refined foods, processed foods, GMO foods, nutrient poor/ dead energy foods that keep us needing MORE.  The more nutrient dense food we eat (veggies, fruit, seeds, nuts, beans, legumes, healthy fat) the less hungry we will be.

A few of my tips for saving $ and fostering a healthy lifestyle

  1. Buy organic on produce (the dirty dozen) and on animal protein – look for sales – all else is contingent upon your financial ability.
  2. Buy whole grains, not refined cereals – oats instead of packaged/processed cereals – in bulk! Costco! So affordable and so much more satisfying.
  3. Skip the soda/juice aisle.  A family of 4 can save $500 a year if they just drank water!
  4. Go to the supermarket with a list which coincides with the meals you want to make for the week, otherwise you’re going to be checking out with an extra few bags of “marketing junk”, the foods that the food industry tells you are healthy and does nothing other than assist in their bottom line (and your waist line).. man i’m on a roll tonight! :)
  5. Skip the fresh blueberries and strawberries right now and find a bag in the freezer section – just as nutritious and a lot less expensive.
  6. Shop at farmers markets!  Many accept government-assisted programs – WIC & SNAP – a more affordable way to buy the foods that will keep you strong.

 

  1. Eat less meat and more beans/legumes.  Beans and lentils are a great and satisfying source of protein, full of iron, B vitamins and fiber. They’re incredibly easy to make (drain and rinse!), versatile, last in the fridge for a few days longer than meat, are low fat, low cholesterol and highly nutritious!

 

That’s my piece for this evening… hope it inspires to you take that first step J

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08Dec

the Mediterranean Diet…tried and true…

Not every client wants to lose weight.  My hope is that their main goal is to treat their bodies well and be open to the notion of eating WHOLE, ORGANIC FOOD, more PLANTS than animals, and cut out refined SUGAR all together, so that they discover THEIR PERSONAL ideal weight, decrease chance of chronic inflammatory diseases such as obesity, CHD, stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, improve energy, sleep and mood.  While I don’t believe we all need to have the same EXACT diet (that’s just silly as we are all built and wired differently – metabolism, fitness levels, weight/height, sensitivities, gender, age), I do believe that there are philosophies around the foods we should eat MORE of as well as those we should eat LESS of that apply to everyone and the Mediterranean Diet is one that I can say with confidence IS a sustainable way of eating and living which is not the case for many extreme type of diets.

click the link or copy and paste to read full article on its benefits……

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/03/health/mediterranean-diet-longevity/index.html?hpt=he_c2mediterranean

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05Dec

Arrival of Ruby Laine – the best excuse for my interruption in posts

Readers.. My apologies.

On September 15, 2014, we were blessed with our second miracle.  Ruby Laine arrived weighing in at 7 lbs 5 oz via all natural VBAC! Shout out to my incredible husband-coach, my amazing doula and my incredibly supportive midwife for helping me achieve my birthing dream… with that came a lot of interruption (in a good way) to my business… but I’m back.. and I’m hoping these future posts will inspire you to take time to Revitalize and Nourish you and your loved ones.

And should you want a personal coach to assist you on your health journey, reach out anytime for a consult.  I can promise you that with your work and commitment, you WILL discover the most beautiful YOU, possible.

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15Oct

CROWDING OUT is the new IN !

Four workshops in 8 days all focusing on building the “Healthy Lunchbox.”  What a fantastic opportunity it has been for me to reach out to the community (both in Hoboken and in Fairfield, NJ) to talk to expectant parents and new parents about the importance of a nutritious diet.  How do I have the energy to do this with a rambunctious 2.8 year old and a 4 week old at home?  First, pure luck!  In that I was born with an insatiable hunger to help others.  Second, my diet, one rich in phytonutrients (fruits and veggies), lots of healthy fats, whole grains, plant based proteins and essentially zero processed or fried foods.   And third, a tremendous amount of support from my husband, my parents, my sisters and my neighbors (shout out to Dee Bernstein for entertaining Maya while I cook, do the laundry, write blogs and shower for the week!)

So let’s dive right in.

Crowding out. Yup!  Let’s not focus (today) on what you should REMOVE from your diet; rather, let’s focus on what you should add into your diet (and those of your kids).    I’m going to try to make this easy.  Give you stats that will creep back up on you when shopping, cooking and packing those lunch boxes.

65, 35, 5.  These numbers are representative of the breakdown of the average American diet.  65% of the all the calories we take in come from refined grains & sweets (cereal, bread, bagels, pasta, crackers, granola bars, pretzels, chips, cookies, cakes, protein bars), 35% comes from animal protein (ham, bacon, cheese, meat, chicken, beef), 5% comes from fruits/vegetables…  Okay, now remember these numbers 2, 11, 100.

 

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When looking at the Nutrient Density Line (thank you Joel Fuhrman, MD for creating this visual for us) you can see that the MAJORITY of our diet rests on the BOTTOM of the nutrient density line!  In other words, 65% of what we eat throughout the day has a value of “0” or “2” if we’re being generous on how nutritious it actually is.   And what provides our cells with the greatest amount of energy, immunity, strength, endurance, etc, (leafy greens, green veggies, non-starchy veggies) is only eaten 5% of the time!!  The problem?  Food absolutely dictates how we function in society – physically, emotionally and mentally.  So is it any wonder we live on coffee (you know who you are) to get us through the day or that at 3pm without fail, that bar of chocolate is calling our name? Or that 25% of our children take Rx regularly?   Or that this may be the first generation of children to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents (David Katz.  MD.) because of the rise of diabetes and obesity.

  • Food will give us lasting energy or create highs and lows
  • Food will keep our mood stable or it will wreak havoc on our emotional and mental state
  • Food will keep our heads clear or create headaches and withdrawl
  • Food will stave off the disease that lingers deep in our cells or will lead to the expression of symptoms that become chronic disease

And it’s not for lack of caring that we as parents are caught up in this conundrum.  Rather, or at least I believe, it stems from our lack of time, lack of patience, lack of sleep and our kids’ lack of desire to eat the foods we’ve slaved over preparing for them!  I mean, what kid would naturally chose to eat a kale and quinoa salad over a creamy delicious mac and cheese lunch or a salty, greasy hot dog for dinner over a tofu and arugula salad?   And that’s where we come in as parents whose job it is to at least try. Try and try again to offer more variety, more healthy, more whole foods.  And where do I suggest we start? Not in yanking their mac and cheese, or hot dogs for dinner rather by adding in new foods and offering choices for our kids.  It’s not negotiable in other words.  Would they rather have an apple or banana with their breakfast?  Would they rather the sliced cucumbers or the cherry tomatoes before they eat their chicken fingers? Would they rather the turkey meatballs (with hidden zucchini and carrots) or the lentil and barley soup for dinner?  Eventually, they’ll pick one of the two options you give them.

  • Give them choices (between healthy option #1 and healthy option #2)
  • Give them more veggies and fruits at every meal or at every snack
  • Experiment with a new WHOLE grain every week (brown or wild rice, barley, bulgar, couscous, spelt, oats, polenta, quinoa)
  • SNEAK a veggie or two into your typical burger, meatball, mac&cheese or sandwich
  • Find a friend (or a health coach – hint, hint) to lean on for support

Eat this way yourselves before expecting to see a change in them – we need to model behavior first and become convinced ourselves that food actually does change the way we feel.  We have to trust at first that food will fuel us or will act as a toxin, and then use our experience to drive our behavior.  I guarantee you, if you stick to this plan, you will see and feel a difference in yourselves and in your children.

Below are some of the creative ways I used whole foods this week:  whole grains, real fruit, natural sweeteners, hidden veggies.

Apple Cinnamon Drops & Peach-Coconut Rounds in place of fruit rollups or fruit snacks!

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Veggie Mac & Cheese (sneaking in cauliflower & butternut squash) vs. Kraft Mac & Cheese.

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If you’d like to learn how to make recipes like this one, or you’re ready for a change in your own self, reach out @ chrissydavenportcoach@gmail.com

It’s never too late to Revitalize & Nourish YOU!

 

 

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11Apr

“I’LL HAVE WHAT SHES HAVING”… OR SHOULD I? (DIET WARS)

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It happens just about every day, but today’s question came from a very experienced and knowledgeable physician, “what do you think about the Atkins vs. the Weight Watchers Diet?”   Bottom line from my point of view is this…  while it’s important not to succumb to societal pressure to look a certain way, it is crucial for your health and overall well-being that you understand different dietary theories so that you can better understand your body and its needs. Better yet, understand patterns in your eating and behavior, by using a “food-mood” journal for a stretch of time to look for patterns in emotional and physical responses to different foods.   It’s VERY temping to pick up a diet book and just commit it to memory, or to emulate your svelte best friend’s eating habits, but you are in for a world of frustration and disappointment, my friends, if you assume you have the exact same genetic makeup, lifestyle, metabolism, sensitivities, tastes, preferences, blood type etc. as your neighbor.

While there is absolutely room for bio-individuality in customizing a diet, I do believe that EVERYONE can benefit from many of the same premises and I state them below:

CUT OUT (or drastically reduce) PROCESSED, GENETICALLY MODIFIED< DEAD-ENERGY FOOD.

 Sodas/sugary drinks, fried/fast foods, high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, artificial colors, sweeteners, candy, pastries, cookies, anything with more than 5 ingredients on the package for goodness sakes.  After that let’s start to incorporate other universal benefits.

EAT WHOLE FOODs, specifically WHOLE GRAINS.  

Sadly, and probably surprisingly, friends, the MAJORITY of cereals, crackers, granola bars, protein bars, bagels, frozen dinners are loaded with partial grains, added sugars, loads of sodium.  There’s a whole lot of not much “whole”ness going on throughout all the isles of the grocery store.  Stick with Natural snacks:  fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds, hummus, nut-butters (almond, peanut, sunflower, cashew butter on rice cakes).   Incorporate more rice, quinoa, and buckwheat into your diet and less pasta, bread, rolls, and biscuits.  Chose local honey, maple syrup and/or organic agave as your sweetener of choice and stay away from aspartame, equal, anything fake!

GUIDELINES FOR FOOD SHOPPING:

  • Shop the perimeter where the produce, meat, eggs, whole, natural, foods reside.  Middle of the supermarket is loaded with engineered food, which resists bacteria, pests, molds – how? ADDITIVES – so it has no nutritional value but it’s got a looooong shelf life – longer it lasts, shorter you will. :) sorry, that’s not a joking matter.
  • Don’t buy food that has ever been advertised.  94% of ad budgets go to processed foods, have you ever seen an ad for broccoli or apples? There’s no money in this!  Okay, as a realist, I’ll remove the “don’t” and just say let’s reduce the amount we are buying advertised food.
  • Don’t eat any food that comes with a “health claim”.  The healthy food is sitting in the produce section very quietly without any claims.  The package can tell you so many grandiose things that foods can do for you. Ignore the glitz and read the label and the ingredients.  The “heart healthy” bread you buy? 99% chance there’s not a “whole grain” in it. Milled wheat yes, but that’s not a whole grain.  The Body knows the difference between whole and partial foods and craves what we deprive it of.  Our pancreas also knows the difference. Insulin levels surge with all the simple carbohydrates and processed foods we eat.  Ladies and gents – it’s insulin secretion that leads to fat accumulation, not healthy fats.   Thank you dear government (USDA) for recommending 6-8 servings of grains a day (which includes the lovely list above) and for scolding us for incorporating fat into our diet.  My preference would have been the suggested “low glycemic foods high healthy fat diets” but that’s just for me (and my clients and blogging fan club to embrace)  :)

 

BE SMART WITH YOUR FAT AND EAT IT!

Sure, trans fats, hydrogenated oils, margarine – NOT GOOD FOR YOU, but enjoy your olive oils, sesame oils, coconut oils, avocados, organic lean meat, organic eggs, fatty fish, any type of nut you like! These fats are loaded with Omega 3s (anti-inflammatory agents) and they will raise good (HDL) cholesterol and lower bad (LDL) cholesterol.  Fat gets such a bad rap! OH! And stay away from manufactured fat-free foods… guarantee they’re loaded with sugar, HFCS, and a whole bunch of other junk which will pack on lbs and lead you dissatisfied… who remembers eating an entire box of snack wells and still wanting something more!?!? That’s “partial food” for you!

In any case, this is just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce), but wanted to get you started on individually sharing a common theme in the HEALTHFUL quest toward nourishment.

Until next time, listen to your body and start with one small step J.

 

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01Apr

THINK POSITIVE & STAY ON TRACK (yes, it’s possible, ladies)

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A positive outlook on your food and exercise program is not about perfection.   While this is important for every man, woman, child and grandparent, this is especially important for all my pregnant friends out there to remember.  Perfection does not exist in the real world and placing this type of expectation on ourselves only sets us up for failure, disappointment and a cascade of poor choices (and having a very difficult task of getting on track once our bundle of joy arrives).  Whether you’re struggling to eat a single healthy meal during the first trimester (when it seems all that’s palatable are saltines and cheese!) or you’re at your peak in terms of fitness and nutrition, I encourage everyone reading to adopt this motto:  it’s about making small (and then larger) steps to improve the way you think, the way you eat, and the way you exercise so you can reach a manageable and healthy weight and ultimately develop lasting self-love and kindness.  And most importantly, view the occasional splurge or the choice to just relax as an “experiment” of sorts rather than a failed attempt at being “good”.    As long as we strive each day to improve and be better than the day before (or the meal before), for that we should smile, pat ourselves on the back, and value our beautiful selves.

A new friend of mine who also happens to be a fantastic health coach, encouraged me to keep track of all the healthy choices I made during those extreme times of nausea, fatigue and moodiness so that I might inspire the next pregnant mama with whom I work J.  For me, it was important to know my options, for the sake of my own body and mind, and for that of the little baby growing inside me.  So much research shows that our behaviors during those 9 months are powerful indicators of the health, personality and disposition of our offspring.  Hopefully my TOP 6 PREGNANCY TIPS will resonate with you, perhaps your aversions and/or cravings were different, but for me, knowing a thing or two about nutrition and listening to my body has yielded this list of “do this”, “not that”….   ENJOY!

I was tired all the time, I wanted to just sleep, relax, watch TV, read…. INSTEAD, I forced myself to get outside (as long as it was above 35 degrees) for a brisk walk.  I found with EVERY walk, the fatigue and nausea subsided and the endorphin release provided me with a bit of energy to carry me through that next hour or so.  Don’t shoot for pre-pregnancy fitness routines and this is not a time to increase the intensity… do what you can so that you feel good!

I craved carbs, and wanted bread, pasta, pretzels and crackers, eating this made me actually feel worse! I noticed when I gave into my cravings I ended up in a perpetual cycle of sluggishness, lack of satisfaction, more hunger and weight gain.  INSTEAD I chose gluten free grains (most of the time).   Knowing gluten is an energy drainer (even if you don’t have a gluten sensitivity) inspired me to change my grains of choice.  I started eating snacks like rice cakes with peanut butter, brown rice, oatmeal with apples and cinnamon  (some oats may be cross contaminated and have gluten, but this choice sat well with me), muffins baked with almond flour, and if I wanted crunchy cereal I went with Crispix or Rice Krispies.  These choices left me feeling not so blah, heavy or bloated.

The nausea was unbearable most days.  INSTEAD of eating my way through, I would rub some Peppermint Oil (my favorite is Young Living) on my temples and rub on my hands and just aromatically enjoy the scent.  Surprisingly, most times it was a relief! As is the scent of ginger or sipping ginger tea is for many women!

I craved comfort food – pizza, Chinese food, diner food (being in Jersey, a diner in most town centers).  INSTEAD of going with the greasiest, most unhealthy option, I would allow myself to order from these places, but I would always order heavy veggie options, only eat a few of the fries, then get back on track for the next meal or snack.   I drank lots of water and herbal tea between meals to help flush out the salt and processed food that was laced throughout my body :)

I needed to snack all the time!  I wanted salty food some days and sweet snacks the next!  INSTEAD of eating chips, and pretzels, and candy, I always carried around with me a small bag of mixed nuts: dry roasted almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds.  For my sweet cravings, I always had a piece of fruit first (usually grapefruit for frozen grapes), and if I still wanted more, I would opt for dried fruit (apricots, dates, cranberries, figs, cherries).  They are all natural sources of sugar and left me satisfied and feeling good about not giving into the alternative.

While I’m ordinarily a veggie lover the thought of leafy greens and smoothies made me want to vomit during the first 14 weeks.  INSTEAD of avoiding vegetables all together, I would sneak frozen peas into my rice, or eat them on the side with some sea salt.  I could eat raw carrots with hummus, so I chose to eat these two snacks on most days.  Find something, anything you can stomach, and try to incorporate it into your daily routine.  There are so many fantastic phytonutrients hidden in vegetables and any amount is better than none!

I could go on and on, but these are just a few scenarios that I thought might help.  For more inspiration, reach out for a health consultation with yours truly :)

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29Mar

THIS IS YOUR (NEW) BRAIN ON EXERCISE

brainexerciseHmmm, should I or shouldn’t I? It’s 19 degrees outside, I’d much rather curl up with a book (who am I kidding, I have a 2 year old at home!) and there are still 3 solid months before I have to don a bathing suit!   BUT, beyond the very obvious benefits of physical activity (toning muscles, improving heart and lung function, reducing my risk of major diseases, and even adding years to my life (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389) the evidence behind exercise and improving cognitive functioning has really inspired me to get up and get moving on some of the coldest and laziest of days.  And this is why; thank you, Dr. David Perlmutter, for your summary!

Physical exercise is one of the most potent ways of changing your genes; put simply, when you exercise, you literally exercise your genes.  Aerobic exercise in particular not only turns on genes linked to longevity, but also targets the BDNF gene, the brain’s “growth hormone.”  More specifically, exercise has been shown to increase BDNF, reverse memory decline in elderly humans, and actually increase growth of new brain cells in the brain’s memory center.  Exercise isn’t just for trim looks and a strong heart; perhaps its most powerful effects are going on silently in the upstairs room where our brains reside . . . which gives a whole new meaning to the phase “jog your memory”. 

In the past decade we have really been able to quantify and qualify the extraordinary relationship between physical fitness and mental fitness. . . The newest findings make it undeniably clear that the link between exercise and brain health isn’t just a relationship.  In the worlds of science writer, Gretchen Reynolds for the New York Times, “It is the relationship.”  Exercise, according to the latest science, “appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhances cognitive flexibility.”  And this, my friends, many mean that there is no greater tool at our fingertips than physical movement.

 

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24Mar

FOOD for HEADACHE relief…

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Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on using foods to prevent and treat disease. Knowledge of food energetics can help one build a stronger sense of health and well-being by eating different foods that impose different effects. Like the saying, “you are what you eat.”

 

Once you understand the movement of energy, you can treat headaches with food.  Thank you, Dr. Annemarie Corban, for inspiring me to dive into this topic – one very close to home – I swear I can see throbbing vibrations radiating from Craig’s head when he walks through the door after his 12 hour work day, without fail, I hand him some homemade (or organic unsweetened) applesauce and it seems to elevate most of the pain (most of the time).

Keeping it simple, here are just a FEW types of headaches and possible solutions for you to feast your eyes on…. 

Expansive (YIN) Headaches:  from too many expansive foods like sugar, fruit, sweeteners, not enough protein in your diet.    Solution:  salty food – olives, potatoe chips – works very quickly

Contractive (YANG) “tension headaches”:   feeling too tight, perhaps from being overworked, stressed, or from an imbalance in your diet: too much salt, meat, not or not enough food in general / hunger headache.   Solution:  applesauce or apple juice, lemon Italian ice

Liver Headaches:  feels like a migraine, you feel it in your eyes.  Can be from eating too much fat on an empty stomach, usually happens 2-3 hrs after the meal (and in chinese medicine the eyes are connected to the liver).  Solution: drink some lemon tea – squeeze lemon in hot water and include the peel!

Caffeine Headaches:  you get them when you go cold turkey on nixing the caffeine (all you pregnant ladies out there.. you’ve been here!)  Solution:  go the tapering method.  Reduce by a small amount each day until the headaches are tolerable.  

Structural Headaches:  Could your ongoing headache be caused by any recent physical trauma/accident? Perhaps an accident from long ago is rearing it’s ugly head?  Solution:  book an appointment with your acupuncturist or chiropractor – while food is a fantastic healing method, some things have to be given up to the MDs :)

Hope this helps, until next time my friends!

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21Mar

Cravings, Cravings Everywhere! Why they happen & what they reveal

 

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Annemarie Corban, PhD remains one of my favorite lectures as she addresses an extremely relevant issue each of us faces on a daily basis.  She gives food for thought (literally) to why we crave certain foods at particular times of the day, week, month year and I happen to LOVE the way she helps us to deconstruct what is going on in both MIND & BODY rather than throwing our hands up in the air and stating, “I suck! Where’s my will power?!”

And Joshua Rosenthal, you too, are an inspiration on this topic.

So if you’re trying to get to the heart of your crave, first, be calm and be kind to yourself and remember this: the body is truly an amazing work of art.  It knows when to sleep, wake, breath, and repair.  It is a super computer that never makes a mistake.  When cravings occur, ask yourself what your body is seeking – deconstruct the craving.  Not just once, but possibly through journaling as patterns can and will reveal the causes of your desires (it’s 2014, use your “notes” section of your iPhone if you’re not into carrying a journal).   Cravings are not weaknesses but important messages meant to assist you in maintaining balance- your body is knocking on your door asking you to consider letting his/her emotions, deficits and desires to be fed.

Here are the 8 primary causes of cravings that I have discovered in my leanings -

1. Lack of love:  whether it be frustration with a relationship, a job, a friend, boredom in life, a dull exercise routine (or none at all) any one of these might cause emotional eating used as a substitute to fill the voice of something extremely important and overlooked (I ate more candy than ill ever admit while working my first job post-college in the city)

2. Water:  usually too little. When we’re dehydrated our body thinks we need food, when in fact we need to nourish it with O2!   So guzzle down 1 glass before diving in.

3. YIN/YANG Imbalance: this one might take a bit more research (or time with me in session :) to explore.  But if we eat too many Yin foods, which are expansive in our bodies, we might crave more Yang foods, which are contractive.  An example would be cravings sugar (Yin), telling us we need to possibly integrate more animal protein (meat) into our diets, which is Yang.

4 Nostalgia: perhaps we crave something from the past or something your mom used to make -crumb cake anyone? -Don’t ignore it! Embrace it  - perhaps you can choose a healthier version of the taste or flavor from that food.

5. Seasonal:  way back when the hunter/gather ancestors lived, they didn’t’ have apples in March or blueberries in December, they ate what was available that time of year, the season! Our bodies know the temperature, the season and often times it’s telling us what it wants.  So if you WANT to eat salads everyday but CRAVE warm hearty meals, listen to your body and adjust!  June is right around the corner :)

6. Lack of Nutrients:  are you craving salt? Perhaps you have low levels of certain minerals.   Overall inadequate nutrition may be telling you to drink that red-bull or 16 oz. coffee.

7. Hormonal: PMS’ing? Pregnant? Menopause? That’s a WHOLE other ball game which occurs with fluctuating levels of testosterone and estrogen… its’ NOT YORU FAULT :)

8. Self-Sabotage:  sometimes when things in life are going really well it’s easy to just dive into old behaviors or habits and crave foods that throw us off balance.  The cycle of trying to fill a yearning without giving thought to WHAT is going on in our minds and bodies can throw us into a tailspin of eating food that makes us feel worse! This often happens from low blood sugar.

Hope you enjoyed the post! Until next time, be true to yourselves, my friends!

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19Mar

Coffee – is it good or bad for us? like everything else in life… moderation is key

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I woke this morning at 5:55 am and my inclination to reach for a rich and creamy cup of coffee brought a smile to my lips..(thanks to my husband for passing onto me his belief that investing in a good coffee maker could only enhance our wonderful relationship :)   (this, I believe is our 4th maker in our 3 years – happy anniversary today honey!!! the Cuisinart Keurig Brewer is by far my fav)…

In any case, I never have coffee without a bit of food to settle my stomach.  my reads this morning include the pros and cons of coffee consumption and I’m quiet fascinated by all the literature out there on this magical dark brown substance!  btw, my favorite is to add a dash of coconut creamer… yum!

What I am comfortable stating is that as with anything else in life, moderation is key (2.5 cups in my opinion, the 8 ouncer, not the 16 ounce qualifying as one cup), is a sufficient and appropriate amount of coffee for any of us, in one given day.   As you know,  coffee provides us with alertness, concentration, mood boosting capabilities, the ability to “GO GO GO” for a bit longer than are otherwise inclined, caffeine has antioxidants that help stabilize free radicals that do damage to our cells, Harvard Researchers found a link between consumption (4 c) and a  reduction in Parkinson’s & Alzheimers.. but on the flip side, if you’re noticing other not-so-friendly symptoms, you may want to experiment with eliminating coffee to see if the caffeine in your morning Joe could possibly be the culprit! …  just a few to consider:   GI upset (as the caffeine causes the stomach muscles to contract possibly leading to abdominal paint, diarrhea, increased bowel movement , emotional responses can occur as your blood pressure will rise from even 2 grams of caffeine (as it causes our vessels to dilate and our heart to become stimulated ), it can decrease the ability for your body to absorb key nutrients:  calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and lastly (actually there are a few more pros and cons, but these are my top few)… adrenal exhaustion which can lead to inflammatory issues and fatigue.

In any case, as with any prolonged ugly symptom, I always look to food and lifestyle factors as the catalyst… coffee may be just one of those items to add to your list of “food for consideration”.

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