Interested in the slow food movement and want to know more???!!! You must watch an amazing documentary called INGREDIENTS. The movie discusses the importance of supporting our local farmers and shunning the highly processed and environmental detriments of huge food conglomerates.Read More»
Many of my clients consistently struggle with meal planning and this post simplifies it so it doesn’t consume too much of your precious time.
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Do you remember when you first started seeing the word ORGANIC at the grocery store? Did you understand what it meant? It may have sounded like such a foreign word that you dismissed it, especially when you realized how much more expensive the item was compared to it’s non-organic counterpart. Today, the word ORGANIC is everywhere and not on just high priced produce. From organic face wash and tissues, to organic beef and crackers, consumers have the choice in purchasing everything organic (and spending a little extra dough) or not. But what are the health implications of not choosing the organic product? Let’s discuss.
The words “detox and cleanse” have become a regular part of the vernacular these days when people talk about jump-starting a diet or cleaning out their bodies of unwanted toxins. I have been approached many times to try some of these programs, but there was something about this whole idea of not eating and being on a liquid diet that reminded me of prepping for a colonoscopy.
My fear of the detox and cleanse process was recently debunked after being introduced to Jill Latham, one of Santa Barbara’s newest young entrepreneurs and owner of Vibrant Earth Juices. A recent transplant from Thousand Oaks, she was drawn to the Santa Barbara area, which is not saturated with such companies as is Los Angeles. Being drawn to the health-conscious and outdoorsy lifestyle and accessibility to organic fresh fruits and vegetables year-round, Jill felt the Central Coast was the ideal place to launch her business.
Giving up a lucrative career in Hollywood’s fast lane with a management company laden with stress and anxiety, Jill began drinking fresh raw juice five years ago while taking a time out at the Miraval Wellness Resort. Upon returning home, she immediately began the journey to juicing her own fruits and vegetables, making these juices part of her daily life. According to Ms. Latham, “The benefits of this new obsession were incredible.”
She immediately noticed the lack of sluggish mornings that relied on coffee and an improvement in her skin tone. Her cravings for unhealthy food went away.
In addition to changing her diet, she also changed careers. She went back to school, and now at 31, four years later, has earned degrees in nutrition, dietetics, and food science, and is set to complete her ultimate goal of becoming a registered dietician by the end of this year.
Jill‘s concierge juicing company, Vibrant Earth Juices, was conceived and designed to provide her clients with a personalized nutrition service incorporating an abundance of nutrients through raw, fresh fruit, and vegetable juices, which she manufactures herself at a commercial kitchen in downtown Santa Barbara.
I decided after a personal consultation at my home in which she introduced me to her juicing program and inquired into my current supplement regime and other prescription drugs, that I would indeed take the plunge and commit to a “three-day” freshly pressed organic fruit and vegetable juice cleanse.
No coffee, no alcohol, no diet soda—only the 16-oz. juices, hot water with lemon, and, if starving, some toast with peanut butter. Jill assured me the juices assimilate into the bloodstream, decreasing the strain on the digestive system during normal eating and, unlike other cleanses, she promised me I would not be starving, overly hungry, or cranky. I would decrease my caloric consumption but still be providing my body the basics to rev up toxic elimination.
I also would be getting the required 5-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables daily that I was not normally consuming. On the following Sunday, Jill delivered my 18 bottles (six juices a day). Each bottle was filled with non-pasteurized and organic ingredients, all of which tasted very good and were labeled with numbers indicating when they were to be taken throughout the day. Some of the ingredients in “Energy 1,” the first drink of the day, included kale, romaine dandelion, parsley, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, and flax oil. The follow-up, late-morning immunity drink included pineapple, lemon, mint, and flax oil. I made it through the three days with ease and, yes, I did feel great. I did not have any digestive upsets nor found myself starving. I was very happy when I drank the last bottle, though, and eased back into my regular eating with light meals. I did realize how much fun it was to share meals with friends and enjoy the social aspect of eating in restaurants.
According to Jill, “providing my clients the tools and support to start a successful nutrition plan and continue on that path to perfecting their own healthy lifestyle is my goal.” To distinguish her company and make her clients comfortable, she provides her education of nutrition and accessibility to increase clients’ wellness and guide them on a path for living a healthy lifestyle during the juicing program—and after. Jill surmised that Santa Barbara was home to many professional athletes, frequent exercisers, multiple fitness facilities, and supermarkets catering to wellness—and thus was a perfect place to launch her new company.
A quick, healthy energizing juice that can be delivered for an immediate health boost or a juice cleanse designed for each individual with a deeper, more intensive cleaning for your body . . . “I like to refer to it as ‘push the reset button!” Jill said.
A la carte juices and juice programs with a customized dinner plan (“Sip and Dine”) are available.
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I really despise the word “diet”. I think the minute we put that word into our head as an action we are going to take to achieve whatever goal, it sets us up for failure. It’s subconsciously telling our brain and body that we can’t have something, we need to change something about our behavior, and of course, we expect our brain and body to respond on cue. Except that is not the case. The minute we start depriving ourselves of something we love, we want it even more!
So how about we eliminate the word “diet” from our vocabulary and focus on four other words: balance, variety, moderation, and exercise. These words encompass healthy eating, losing weight, and optimal nutrition but don’t set you up for failure like the word “diet” can to your body, mind, and soul.
Instead of going on a “diet” every other Monday and feeling like a failure by Wednesday, incorporate a new healthy and positive outlook by incorporating these words into every aspect of your life. Here’s how…Read More»
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the government’s new version of the slightly archaic design, MyPyramid. Fittingly, this new design is called MyPlate. Instead of the 2 dimensional pyramid with a heavy focus on grains, dairy, and protein, the new design is in the shape of a plate. Divided into three sections (looks similar to a circle graph), one half represents fruits and/or vegetables, one quarter whole grains, and one quarter lean protein. Attached to the plate is a small side of dairy (fat-free or low-fat).
One of the main goals the government set out to achieve with MyPlate is to teach Americans proper portion sizes, by demonstrating that you can enjoy your favorite indulgences but in small quantities. Furthermore, the USDA also stresses serving small portions at every meal. Most importantly, the change in design addresses high sodium and high sugar intake. On theUSDA website, they advise Americans to watch their salt consumption by decreasing their intake of frozen foods, soups, and breads, in addition to decreasing sugary beverages and replacing with water.Read More»
Antioxidants are always being touted as a MUST for your diet. But what they do and their importance to our diet and our bodies is a bit confusing. Here’s the lowdown on nature’s super powers.
Every day, our bodies are exposed to oxidation and free radicals. Free radicals are unavoidable. They are spawned from the environment – pollution, cigarette smoke, radiation, herbicides, pesticides, gas fumes, toxic chemicals, etc, etc. But it doesn’t stop there….free radicals can also be formed from derivatives of our bodily functions – metabolism, stress, and some are produced by the immune system to neutralize viruses and bacteria. The most common form of free radicals in the human body is oxygen (I know…that sounds so strange since we couldn’t live without it). The oxygen molecules moving around inside our bodies become electrically charged and try to steal electrons from other molecules, which can lead to DNA damage or extensive molecular destruction.Read More»
Food dyes are in the news right now and are causing quite a stir. About two weeks ago, the FDA brought together an expert panel of doctors, scientists, and consumer specialists in Washington to discuss the potential dangers of food dyes. This panel was to determine if there was enough evidence to require food makers to put warning labels on their products, advising consumers that food dyes cause hyperactivity in children. Interestingly, the research was inconclusive in determining whether or not food dyes were causing or perpetuating hyperactivity in children, therefore, they warning label did not pass. But they did say that eliminating food dyes have shown positive results in children with hyperactivity. The FDA concluded that there needs to be more research done to find this causal association.Read More»
In honor of being asked to give a Sports Nutrition presentation to the Oak Park High School Track team in Southern Cali, I felt it was incredibly important to discuss a part of Nutrition that many times goes unnoticed. EXERCISE NUTRITION! Properly fueling your body before, during, and after exercise can make a HUGE difference in your energy levels, performance, endurance, and strength. But one of the most important aspects to all of us that exercise our bodies often, is SEEING the results we are looking for. If you don’t take care of your body – fueling and replenishing it properly, you may as well consider that work-out useless. I know that sounds harsh but it’s true. Sometimes we take our bodies for granted. We expect them to give us what we want in kickboxing, let us go deeper in the yoga stretch, or run that mile faster than the last one. We find we can push our bodies most of the time but what are we doing to give back? Are we giving our body the fuel it needs to sustain the energy needed and then recover? This is when nutrient timing becomes incredibly vital.Read More»
Let’s face it – we are an overstressed society. Too many commitments, too many things to do, too many obligations, and too much work. While many of us have mastered the art of multi-tasking (and take pride in doing so), we have spread ourselves much too thin and because of this, our health is starting to plummet and our weight is skyrocketing.
Stress is not easy to control, let alone get rid of. It’s in our blueprint and our hectic lifestyles perpetuate the problem. But what is it really doing to our bodies??? You may be the type of person that exercises frequently (at high intensities for that matter), eats healthy, and does all the right things to maintain a healthy status quo. The only problem is that your weight is not budging. You can’t seem to drop the excess lbs, especially in your abdomen. This is the moment to re-evaluate your lifestyle and figure out if stress the confounding factor.Read More»
I‘m sure you have either tried a 5-hour energy or have seen those ridiculously silly commercials on TV. Regardless, I get asked often about what is in these little bottles of energy and what it is doing to my body. So let’s discuss….
One question that I get asked quite often is how do I eat healthy without breaking the bank!? First of all, health is not cheap. Un-health is cheap. Case in point – fast food restaurants and the junk food aisles in the grocery store. Right now, Jack in the Box is offering 3 tacos for 99 cents! McDonald’s has an entire meal for $3! And don’t get me started on all the deals offered for cookies, chips, candies, sodas, fruit juices, sugary cereals, and crackers. On the other hand, shopping exclusively at Whole Foods www.wholefoodsmarket.com can really put a hole in your bank account, regardless of the healthy variety they offer. Now don’t get me wrong…..I love shopping the aisles of Whole Foods – it’s such a wonderful experience! But I have learned after many receipts totally over a couple hundred dollars that I only need to buy CERTAIN foods there. Not everything. Remember – they still are a humongous corporation making a pretty penny off their grocery items.Read More»
About 4 years ago, my wonderful mother, Linda, took me to this incredible spa and wellness resort, Miraval (www.miravalresorts.com), outside of Tucson, Arizona. It was a very special experience I shared with her and while I was there, I was introduced to juicing. The menu at the juice bar listed all of these interesting concoctions made with fruits and vegetables. I was never a huge fan of juice and couldn’t imagine drinking vegetables but I figured why not. I can’t really remember the first juice I tried but I instantly felt this “electric surge” go through my body and I was so energized!!!!! I tried everything on the menu and by the time I left, I was glowing. Literally. My skin was clean, fresh, and radiant and most importantly, I had never felt happier, healthier or invigorated in my life. I was hooked! I immediately went home, bought a juicer, and started on this amazing journey of designing my OWN fruit and vegetable concoctions.Read More»
I read this fascinating book in its entirety on the plane from Miami to Los Angeles. It was a quick read and I found it chock full of interesting information about the food industry and how to simplify your health and nutrition in this over-processed, over-regulated world of food. How can we break down the mess we have created into a straightforward and uncomplicated way to feed ourselves? How can we change some of our ingrained eating habits and go back to pure, unadulterated foods?
Journalist, Michael Pollan (http://michaelpollan.com), offers a clear outlook on why we are all beyond confused about what to put into our bodies. Whether it is the advertising agencies, the government, food companies, or our own desire and impetus to eat healthy, we have digressed from the basics. The fundamental and most basic idea he proposes is to “Eat Food”, “Not Too Much”, and “Mostly Plants”. It’s as easy as that.
And my motto is very similar. “Eat Clean. Eat Small. Eat Often. Eat Healthy”. Don’t rely on the quick fix. It ultimately leads to disappointment. Slow and steady always wins the race.
I just watched this amazing documentary called “Killer at Large: A Documentary Exposing Why We’re Losing the War on Fat” directed by Steven Greenstreet. It’s fabulously done and really gets into the reason WHY America’s obesity epidemic is out of control, including an in-depth look at how advertising and the media influence our behavior and more importantly, our children’s behaviors and food decisions. The most shocking part of the documentary was the piece on the 12 year old girl, that with parental consent, had liposuction all over her body because “diet and exercise just wasn’t working anymore”. It’s heartbreaking to see that our young adults feel the need to take such drastic measures. And that parents are approving this type of behavior.
Please rent it. It’s definitely a must-see.