Good Health Takes Time

Good Health Takes Time

Congratulations on taking steps toward better health. Whatever those steps may be – if it’s positive changes – you’re going in the right direction. I just want to remind you that good health takes time and commitment.

The symptoms you experience didn’t appear overnight. Symptoms are usually a buildup of toxicity, immune challenges, and physical changes that have occurred over time. Give your body time to take care of those things and become healthier.​

With whole food nutrition, herbs, and homeopathic remedies the body can take anywhere from three to twelve months to heal. A liver can take up to three years with a good diet!

Sometimes with Nutritional Response Testing within the first three months you will notice a slight worsening of certain symptoms while others improve. This is NORMAL and may indicate we have pushed a body into a healing mode. Hang in there it does get better. And, make sure you tell your Practitioner what is happening so it can be addressed if needed

Invest the time and energy needed in your body and you will see positive changes.

Looking forward to seeing you soon and helping as you become healthier.

Kerry

Eating Well on Vacation

Eating Well on Vacation

The summer months bring diet challenges for many people. One of the biggest obstacles is what to eat while on vacation.

Travel does make dining trickier because you don’t have your own food and kitchen. But, eating well doesn’t have to be disregarded just because you are on the road.

Here are a few tips on how to eat well on vacation:

1) Find a grocery store or farmer’s market to buy food.

When you are driving one of the best places to get meals on the go is a grocery store. I run in and grab some meat and cheese and olives from the deli. This is a much better option that fast food restaurants. Other quick pick up foods are: fruit, jerky, prepared salads, and yogurt or kefir.

If you have a refrigerator in your room it is also great to have a few of these items to snack on instead of the vending machine horrors that you have in a hotel.

2) When you eat out pass on the bread basket, pasta options, and dessert.

Request your server not bring a bread basket. Order a salad to snack on while you are waiting for dinner. Keep your focus on protein and veggies as your meal. Order a burger with no bun, fresh fish with vegetables, steak and a sweet potato with vegetables on the side. If you are tempted by dessert you probably didn’t eat enough protein and fat with your meal. Also, eating lots of vegetables helps with appetite, too. So, eat as much good food as you can to curb cravings.

3) Avoid the free breakfast in the hotel.

Most continental free breakfasts are: waffles, muffins, toast, sweetened yogurt, oatmeal, powdered egg products, and pastries. Finding a healthy choice at your hotel buffet is nearly impossible. Start your day by eating as well as you can to balance blood sugar and maintain your energy. The better your breakfast (the less carbohydrates in it) the less sugar cravings you will have in the evening.eat-vacation-egg-blog

Take some protein powder with you when you travel to make a shake or eat where you can get some good protein sources for breakfast.

Have a great summer!
Enjoy all the sunshine you can!

See you soon.

Yours in Health,
Kerry

Navigating Summer Social Events While Staying Healthy

Navigating Summer Social Events While Staying Healthy

Have you ever felt like your pursuit of better health becomes an uphill battle during the summer? With an abundance of fresh foods and countless social events, it can be challenging to stay on track with your health goals. Whether it’s graduation parties, work events, or family gatherings, there always seems to be something that derails your progress. We’ve been there too, but We’ve learned a valuable lesson along our health journey – we am the ones in control. It’s not a matter of circumstance; it’s about taking personal responsibility for the food choices you make and staying committed to your health plan.

Now, after experiencing incredible success with my health and nutrition, we are driven to help you achieve the same. So, what’s the key to improving your health, especially during the summer? It’s simple – planning. By becoming an active planner in your food choices and availability, you can stay on target and make continuous progress towards your health goals. Are you ready to take control of your health this summer? Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Contribute: When attending social gatherings, bring a healthy dish that you and your friends can enjoy. By providing a nutritious option, you create a win-win situation. Not only will you have a healthy choice available, but others who also want to avoid sugary and processed foods will appreciate the alternative.
  • Pack a Snack: If you find yourself at an event where you can’t contribute, make sure to pack a small, nutritious snack. It could be as simple as carrying a Good Fat Bar, a protein bar, or a bag of nuts in your purse or backpack. If you have access to a cooler, consider bringing cut veggies and fruits for larger snacks.
  • Don’t Go Hungry: Before leaving for an event, make sure to have a healthy meal so that you don’t feel tempted to indulge in unwanted foods. Just like how grocery shopping is easier when you’re not hungry, attending social events on a satisfied stomach makes it easier to stick to your plan.

Additionally, this summer, focus on incorporating low-carb “free foods” into your snacks. These foods are not only nutritious but also easy to pack for any occasion. Consider these highlights:

Veggies: Celery, cucumbers, mushrooms, olives, radishes, tomatoes.

Fruits: Apricots, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries.

Nuts: Almonds, cashews, peanuts, pistachios.

Remember, your health is in your hands. Embrace the summer season and all its festivities without undoing the progress you’ve made. Enjoy graduation parties, picnics, and social events while staying true to your health goals. With proper planning and mindful choices, you can savor the summer while nourishing your body and maintaining your well-being.

 

The NHCAA

Dr. Amanda’s Nutrition Myth Buster on Fiber

Dr. Amanda’s Nutrition Myth Buster on Fiber

Nutrition Fiber Myth:

You must eat whole grains to get adequate dietary fiber.

Truth on Fiber: 

Sure, grains contain fiber. The majority of grains also promote inflammation and are highly processed prior their arrival to your grocery store. Most whole grains are very high in carbohydrates and can actually create the types of problems you are trying to prevent by eating more fiber; such as constipation, high cholesterol, and colon problems

There are many healthier sources of fiber such as nuts, vegetables, and avocados. Check out this website for a larger list:  Huffington Post

The very high in fiber food that I want to bring to your attention is my new found love:  chia seeds!

These seeds are not just for your chia pet anymore. Chia seeds are very high in fiber. Just for a little point of reference for you, look at the following table of chia seed’s nutrition fiber content vs bread:

 

Grams of fiber per a 28 gram serving

Whole Wheat Bread  (1 slice= 28 grams)

1.9 grams

Chia Seeds (2.75 tablespoons=28 grams)

11 grams

There are many health benefits of chia seeds. Chia seeds have about 6X more fiber than whole wheat bread! Chia seeds are also low carb, high in Omega 3s and have many other health benefits.Chia Seed Nutrition

It’s very easy to integrate chia seeds into your diet. When they are soaked in a liquid they form a gel, which makes them a great thickener. You can add Chia to other foods like yogurt and even beverages you drink. I enjoy the consistency so I sometimes throw some right into my water bottle.

If you aren’t so keen on the texture, you can also sprinkle them onto salads and other foods you are eating.

Check out these recipes for chia seed pudding.  It’s a great dessert alternative and a good way to get in chia fiber. And here’s the kicker…it’s incredibly easy to make!

Chia Pudding Recipes

I use coconut milk instead of almond milk and it works just as well. You can turn this into a keto recipe by using full-fat coconut milk and eliminating fruit and sweeteners (other than monk fruit or stevia).

Enjoy!

Dr. Amanda

Fluoride and Your Children’s Health

Fluoride and Your Children’s Health

Fluoride is frequently recommended by some dentists as a method to prevent tooth decay. But, fluoride can cause problems.

Studies have linked fluoride to damage to the neurological system in children. It is also has been shown to negatively impact the thyroid, pineal gland, and blood sugar levels.

Dental fluorosis is a condition where the tooth enamel is damaged by excess amounts of fluoride being ingested. Fluoride is in tap water, toothpaste, processed foods, and some medications. Using a fluoride-free toothpaste is recommended.

One website that you can go to for more information is http://www.fluoridealert.org. Good foods (not fluoride) are needed to ensure strong, healthy teeth. Bone broths, adequate-protein, healthy fats, and lots of vegetables are beneficial. Another tip for healthy teeth is to avoid white sugar and processed foods to help prevent dental caries.Image of a little boy smiling and brushing his teeth.

Berkey sells a filter called Berkey Fluoride Water Filter- PF2, that get the fluoride out of the water. Most filters do not remove fluoride, it is difficult to get out.

More information on the Berkey Water Filter Systems can be found at http://www.bigberkey.com.

Fluoride-free water actually tastes very good!

Yours in Health, Kerry

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Cause of Loss of Taste

Cause of Loss of Taste

Here at The NHCAA we are always talking about eating good food.

Eating can be a very pleasurable experience, especially when you are eating healthily.

Some patients complain that they struggle with their diet because they have a loss of sense of taste. Many people who have a dulled sense of taste go for foods that have very strong flavors such as super sweet or very salty. Although there are many recommendations we can make about foods that may be more pleasing to your palates and some supplements that may help, there is a reason these patients have lost their sense of taste that needs to be uncovered. Discover what causes loss of taste below.

Some common reasons for a loss of sense of taste are chronic sinus issues, oral yeast infections, problems with the teeth or a history of smoking. Also, previous treatments with chemotherapy can damage taste and cause lost taste.

Anything that causes a loss of sense of smell also damages taste as taste and smell are closely linked. There were some nasal zinc products that were taken off the market because they were causing damage to the sense of taste.

A very common cause of loss of taste that you may not be aware of is prescription drug use.

Many people don’t realize there are medications that cause loss of taste. While practicing as a pharmacist, I found that most patients had no idea they were taking a medication that could affect their sense of smell. Part of the reason these patients aren’t being educated about this side effect is that many clinicians, such as their prescribing doctor, are unaware of this effect as well. The most common offenders are medications for high blood pressure, statins (for high cholesterol), Metformin (for blood sugar), Topamax, antidepressants and certain anti-fungal as well as antiviral medications.paleo dish

The good news is that if you have a lack of taste from taking any of these prescription medications, it is likely that after being off of the medication for an extended period of time (it could take several weeks or months), it is likely your sense of taste will return. As always, I caution you that before stopping any medication, you should consult with your medical doctor as many medications cannot be stopped abruptly and must be gradually weaned down.

Yours in health,
Dr. Amanda

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