It’s National Diabetes Awareness Month!

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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.  Food will always be our best medicine, and this is particularly the case with diabetes.  Early intervention can stop this potentially debilitating disease in its tracks by making only a few changes in an individual’s eating and lifestyle habits.  It is important to note that diabetes is not, in fact, a disease of blood sugar, but it’s actually a disorder of insulin and leptin signaling.

Insulin regulation plays such as an integral role in your health and longevity, that elevated levels are not only symptoms of diabetes, but other diseases as well (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, peripheral vascular disease, obesity, and cancer).

Foods to Avoid:  Sweets, sodas, juices, breads, pasta, cereals, rice, potatoes, and corn.  You may also want to avoid or restrict fruit consumption until your blood sugar gets under control.

 Top Foods […]

Better Beyond 50 Webinar

Please join us for the ultimate “Better Beyond 50” Webinar with Melissa Koerner, which runs from Sunday, November 6-20, 2016.  FREE access from November 6-15!!

This event features our nutritionist, Judy Nicassio (November 14th), and other health experts who collectively give you a plan to defy the ageist stereotype that you’re supposed to become sick, overweight and tired after 50.  Judy will be talking about how a woman’s dietary needs change after age 50, key foods to include in your diet to look and feel your best, foods to avoid or limit, how a woman’s diet impacts her hormone levels, and so much more!

Just click on this link to sign up:

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Here is a list of the amazing health experts who will be joining Judy for the Summit:

  • Sunday, November 6th: Susan Peirce Thompson (Food Addiction & Sustainable Weight Loss) and David Getoff (Cholesterol Myths)
  • Monday, […]

Healthy Recipes to Celebrate Food Day!

Super Green Power Smoothie

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Serves 1

1 large handful roughly chopped spinach

1 frozen peeled banana, cut into several pieces

1 cup unsweetened coconut water

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 tablespoon flax oil

1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely uniform in color and all the bits of green are pulverized. Serve immediately.

Raw Kale Avocado Salad

Serve this salad alone as a super food meal or with cooked quinoa.

Salad:

1 bunch curly kale, chopped (about 8 to 10 cups)

2 avocados, diced

1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for 6 to 8 hours

Dressing:

3 to 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

3 to 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 to 2 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

freshly ground black pepper

Chop the kale into small pieces and add it to a large bowl. In a smaller, separate bowl whisk together the […]

Food Day is October 24th!

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Food Day inspires Americans to change their diets and our food policies. Every October 24th, thousands of events all around the country bring Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.

October 24th is a day to resolve to make changes in our own diets and to take action to solve food-related problems in our communities at the local, state, and national level. This year’s theme is “Toward a Greener Diet.”

Why Food Day?

The typical American diet is contributing to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems. Those problems cost Americans more than $150 billion per year. Plus, a meat-heavy diet takes a terrible toll on the environment.  Eating Real can save your own health and put our food system on a more humane, sustainable path.

The most important ingredient in Food Day […]

October is Breast Cancer Prevention Month

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Breast cancer is caused by hereditary factors and lifestyle.  Specifically, the primary causes of breast cancer are nutritional deficiencies, exposure to environmental toxicity, inflammation, and estrogen dominance and the resultant breakdown in genetic integrity and immune surveillance.   Eating whole and unprocessed foods can decrease inflammation in the body and reduce the chances of developing breast cancer. Also, synthetic hormone replacement therapy has been indicated as causing elevated estrogen levels that are correlated with increased chance of breast cancer.

Signs to watch for:

  • Changes in breast tissue – it is important to check your breast tissue to identify any thickening or lumps
  • Nipple discharge or nipple inversion
  • Dimpling or indentation of the breast tissue
  • Enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits
  • Redness of the breast tissue

Thermography

As naturopathic physicians at Rejuvena, we’d prefer to focus on breast health and ways to […]

Tips on How to Participate in National Women’s Day

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Wondering what to do to participate in this special day?  Here are some ideas:

  • Try a new workout or sport – how about a spin class in the pool or a fun Zumba class?  It’s always best to “change it up” for best results.
  • Get your thyroid checked – more common is a sluggish or hypothyroid functioning thyroid gland, but either way, this can negatively impact your concentration, mood, and weight.
  • Consume some “superfoods”!  Broccoli, kale, apples, turnips – and other healthy foods you can find at your local farmer’s market.
  • Ask a friend to workout – working out with a pal can help you stay motivated and lose more weight than going solo.
  • Take a short nap – grab a power nap for 20 minutes as research indicates that proper rest and sleep is beneficial for your […]

Women’s Health & Fitness Day – September 28th

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Women’s Health & Fitness Day is the nation’s largest annual health promotion event for women of all ages.  This year’s event is set for Wednesday, September 28, 2016, and in future years, is always held on the last Wednesday in September.  This unique national program – with participation by local organizations throughout the U.S. – focuses attention on the importance of regular physical activity and health awareness for women.

This year more than 500 groups across the country will host women’s health and fitness events at senior centers, hospitals, health clubs, park and recreation districts, local health and service organizations, schools, retirement communities, houses  of worship, and other community locations.  An estimated 50,000 to 75,000 women of all ages are expected to participate in the local activities.

We’ll be posting some specific suggestions […]

September is Healthy Aging Month!

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Healthy Aging Month is an annual observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older.  The mission of Healthy Aging Month is to encourage local level events that promote taking personal responsibility for one’s health – physically, socially, mentally or financially.

Watch for our upcoming blog on tips to staying healthy as we age!

 

Tips for Healthy Aging

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While our genes may influence our lives in various ways, it’s also true that certain lifestyle choices we make can also impact our genes and quality of life.  Research has shown that there are some habits we can adopt to slow the aging process, such as:

Eat fruits and veggies:  Consuming plenty of veggies and fruits may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.  One caveat here would be that if you already are experiencing blood sugar problems, limit your fruit intake and focus more on low starch veggie consumption (like broccoli, asparagus, green beans, cauliflower, etc.).  Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.  Choose whole fruits and veggies in a variety of colors to get the […]

How to Incorporate More Fruits and Veggies into Your Diet

Once again, it’s “Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month”!  Diets high in fruits and vegetables are widely recommended for their health-promoting properties. Fruits and vegetables have historically held a place in dietary guidance because of their concentrations of vitamins, especially vitamins C and A; minerals, especially electrolytes; and more recently phytochemicals, especially antioxidants. Additionally, fruits and vegetables are recommended as a source of dietary fiber.

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Here are some ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet:

  • Make a breakfast smoothie with your favorite nut milk (almond, coconut, cashew, etc.), and handful of spinach and some frozen strawberries.
  • Make a veggie wrap with roasted veggies and a whole grain or gluten-free tortilla.
  • Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite healthy salad dressing for dipping.
  • Grill multi-colored vegetable […]