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Lost Over 100 lbs., Size 24 to 6, Esther Shares Her Story of a Plant-Based Diet

on May 14, 2019 in General Wellness, Inspiration, Nutrition, Patient Testimonials, Weight Loss

May 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm Positive Choice Integrative Wellness Center Come listen to Esther Loveridge’s inspiring story of losing over 100 pounds in less than 2 years on a whole food, plant-based diet. In pain and diagnosed with bone on bone in her knees, Esther was overwhelmed when her physician said she had to lose 70 pounds to have knee surgery. She wasn’t sure she could accomplish it, but then a friend gave her a book on a whole food, plant-based diet that changed her life. Come hear how Esther lost the weight, went from size 24 to a size 6, avoided knee surgery and healed her thyroid eating so many of the foods, that we are often told will cause weight gain. Click here to Register for...

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Hot Dogs as Bad for You as Cigarettes?

Hot Dogs as Bad for You as Cigarettes?

on May 6, 2019 in General Wellness, Nutrition

After a review of more than 800 studies, The International Agency of Cancer Research concluded processed meat is a “definite cause” of colorectal cancer — making processed meats equal in risk for colorectal cancer as tobacco is a risk for lung cancer. The World Health Organization classified smoked, cured, salted, and canned meats and meat with added sodium nitrite as a Group 1 carcinogen, meaning the scientific evidence firmly links it to cancer. That includes common meats like sausages, hot dogs, salami, bacon, ham, corned beef, smoked meat, beef jerky, luncheon meats, and canned meat.  According to the research, as little as 1 ounce of processed meat per day – one hot dog or about six pieces of bacon – raises the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%.  Unfortunately, the risk of other cancers were elevated as well. Red and processed meats increase the risk for stomach, prostate and pancreatic cancers, but the risk for colorectal cancer is the...

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Good Health in a TEA KETTLE

on Mar 30, 2019 in Cancer prevention, General Wellness, Nutrition, Weight Loss

Made from Camellia Sinensis plant, green tea is not fermented like black teas. Instead it is produced by steaming fresh tea leaves at high temperatures. When tea leaves are steamed instead of fermented, many of important plant nutrients are protected. Green tea contains a high concentration of nutrients called polyphenols which play a role in decreasing inflammation and swelling. Polyphenols also help protect the cartilage between bones and lessens joint degeneration. Green tea contains only 2% to 4% caffeine and stimulates the nervous system, heart, and muscles by increasing the release of certain chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters. Consuming green tea or taking green tea extract containing 150 to 2500 mg of green tea catechins, an antioxidant found in green tea, daily for up to 24 weeks has been found to reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in people with high levels of blood fats or cholesterol. Early research also suggests that green tea extract might reduce damage to vein and artery walls in people with high...

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The Incredible BULK! Curb Appetite, Boost Health with a High Fiber Plant-Based Diet

The Incredible BULK! Curb Appetite, Boost Health with a High Fiber Plant-Based Diet

on Mar 26, 2019 in General Wellness, Nutrition, Weight Loss

The Incredible Bulk 2019  Every year Americans spend 30 billion dollars on vitamin and herbal supplements hoping to boost their health, lose weight, and feel better. That comes to about $100 a year for every person including children in the United States for substances that are often of questionable value. Sadly, most do not gain their hoped for health benefits. Even sadder is the fact that so little focus is placed on the relatively inexpensive foods that add bulk to your diet and do provide clearly documented health benefits, as well as aid in weight loss. Colorful, high-fiber plant foods provide you with nutrients that curb appetite, lower inflammation, boost the healthy bacteria in your gut, and lower risk for disease. Unfortunately, people usually only give fiber consideration when they are constipated and then they supplement just enough to get the pipes unclogged. But plant fibers provide some of the most important nutrients you can ingest. Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that your body doesn’t have the digestive enzymes to break down and absorb. Once consumed, fiber travels through the digestive track to the colon, where trillions of bacteria can, and do digest it. People who eat low-fiber diets are at increased risk for heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, arthritis, and possibly auto-immune disorders.1,2,3 In fact, low-fiber eaters have increased mortality rates for all causes.4 One reason for the increased mortality rate may be the protective anti-inflammatory affect of whole, natural fiber-rich plant foods. People who eat a diet high in meats, dairy, and eggs, and low in fibrous vegetables, fruits, beans and grains have increased blood levels of C-reactive protein, a known marker for inflammation. Inflammation around the major organs can be a trigger for the development of disease. In contrast, people who consume all or mostly plant-based diets (40 grams of fiber a day or more) have much lower levels of C-reactive protein and high levels of natural plant anti-inflammatories circulating in their blood.4 Fiber also provides health benefits for the gut. Bacteria in the lower GI tract digest fiber and produce short-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids fuel the delicate cells that line your intestinal tract and have a tremendous impact on overall gut health....

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on Feb 6, 2019 in General Wellness, Nutrition, Weight Loss

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Portion vs Serving Size

Portion vs Serving Size

on Jan 7, 2019 in General Wellness, Nutrition

An important part about eating healthy is choosing the appropriate amounts of food to eat. When it comes to deciding how much to eat, the terms serving size and portion size tend to be used interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing. Serving size is a standardized amount of food, typically used to quantify recommended amounts by either MyPlate food groups or quantities typically consumed by people on nutrition facts labels. Portion size is the amount of food you choose to eat, which may be more than or less than a serving. Measure foods regularly to get an idea of what serving sizes look like. The more regularly you measure foods, the easier it becomes to pick appropriate amounts of food for your body so that you are not too full or too...

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FAST Track to Health

FAST Track to Health

on Nov 16, 2018 in General Wellness, Weight Loss, Wellness Blog

Articles with references download here: Fast Track to Health Web 2018  Your body is amazingly resilient and is programmed to heal when given the right environment. Obtaining your optimum health may require you taking a major timeout from current unhealthy lifestyle habits and then working to create new habits that keep you healthy through your entire lifespan. Long hours on the freeway, sedentary jobs, time pressures, stress, lack of sleep, pollution, too much TV, high fat, high sugar diets, too few fruits and vegetables… These habits add up to a great assault on your health and can lead to modern day illnesses like obesity, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, fatty liver, etc. Although there are medications to manage these illnesses, it is vastly more beneficial for you to alter your lifestyle in ways that keep you healthy and prevent the need for medications. Your body is amazingly resilient and is programmed to heal when given the right environment. Obtaining your optimum health may require you taking a major timeout from current unhealthy lifestyle habits and then working to create new habits that keep you healthy through your entire lifespan. INTERMITTENT FASTING FOR HEALTH One healing modality that provides a timeout from your usual lifestyle is fasting. Many people are afraid to fast because they are afraid of being uncontrollably hungry. The fear of hunger is unfortunate and unfounded. There are many benefits from giving your digestive tract a timeout from calories, and when fasting is done correctly, it can curb appetite. Mark Mattson at John Hopkins University has published some interesting research on fasting. His research team found small intermittent fasts help with weight loss, bolster your immune system, lower blood sugars, lower inflammation, and generate healing in your intestinal tract. Two types of intermittent fasting were tested. The 5/2 method and the 8/16 method.1 The 5/2 method refers to days. Using this method, you lower your daily calories to 500 on two non-consecutive days of the week. The other five days, Mattson recommends eating normal portions of healthy foods. The 8/16 method refers to hours. You eat your normal daily amount of food within eight hours of a 24-hour cycle, and then fast for the remaining 16 hours...

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Avoid Salt — Avoid Autoimmune Disease

on Nov 12, 2018 in General Wellness, Nutrition, Wellness Blog

There are over 40 different types of known auto-immune diseases and probably many more that we don’t yet know. Woman are more effected than men. Auto-immune disease occurs when our natural immune system develops antibodies that attack the healthy tissues of our body. Auto-immune disease affects 23 million Americans. It is not entirely clear what causes auto-immune disorders. They tend to cluster in families, indicating it may have  a strong genetic predisposition component, but there is probably many different factors that trigger the disruption of our immune system.  Depending what area of the body is being attacked the disease can cause different symptoms. When the thyroid is attacked it is expressed as Hashimotto’s thyroiditis or Graves disease. If the adrenals are affected it is Addison’s, the pancreas,  Type-1 Diabetes.  If the immune system attacks the tissue between joints and bones it is rheumatoid arthritis. In the lining of the GI track it is Chronn’s disease. Even diseases like Asthma, Multiple Sclerosis, Sjoren’s, and some cancers are thought to be auto-immune triggered. It isn’t yet clear what may be causing this to happen. Some research indicates that environmental toxins play a role, especially toxins like the BPA which is commonly found in plastics, cash register receipts, etc., but it is clear that the occurrence of these types of disorders are on the rise. What seems to be clear is that diet plays a major role in both avoiding an auto-immune disease and recovering from one.  A low salt, predominately plant based diet has been shown to greatly decrease the inflammation that accompanies auto-immune disease and to greatly reduce symptoms.  One study showed that ninety two percent of people with Chronn’s disease were able to avoid a relapse when followed for two years after diagnosis and treatment by eating a whole foods (no processed foods), predominately plants based (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans) diet.  That is Compare that to the 85% relapse rate of those who did not make any dietary changes. Salt in particular has been shown to aggravate autoimmune disease and some research indicates it may play a role in the development of the disease.  The typical American consumes about 12 grams of salt per day. Apparently we have a salt...

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