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2011-10-24 Health Tips

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Self Care Tips

What you may not know is that things that sometimes seem like unimportant everyday habits, or circumstances in your past, can influence how long and how well you’ll live. This information is based on the latest research from longevity.

Please read all the way down to the bottom of this Newsletter. I saved the best for last! Do you like chocolate?

Do You Drink Tea?

Both green and black teas contain a concentrated dose of catechins, which are substances that help blood vessels relax and protect your heart. In a study of more than 40,500 Japanese men and women, those who drank 5 or more cups of green tea every day had the lowest risk of dying from heart disease and stroke. Studies with black tea showed similar results. You really only need 1-2 cups a day to start doing your heart some good. Make sure it is a fresh brew. The ones you find in the Supermarket beverage section don’t have the same health benefits. Also some studies show adding milk might eliminate tea’s protective effects on the cardiovascular system, so stick to just lemon or honey.


Those who walk 30 minutes a day–are more likely to live longer than those who walk less, regardless of how much body fat they have, according to a recent study of 2,603 men and women. If you are overweight you can improve your heart health by adding just 10 minutes of activity to your daily routine. Take a walk on your lunch break. If you get a 30 minute break take 10 minutes to walk. The more you move the more you will be able to move. Instead of reaching out the car window to get your mail out of your mail box, park your car and walk the extra steps on purpose. Take the stairs as often as you can. During commercials, get up and walk or at least stretch. Dance to a song on the radio.

Skip The Soda (Even Diet)

Scientists in Boston found that drinking one or more regular or diet colas every day doubles your risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of conditions, including high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, and excess fat around the waist, that increase your chance of heart disease and diabetes. “They believe it might be the additive that gives soda its caramel color, which upped the risk of metabolic syndrome in animal studies. Scientists also speculate that soda drinkers regularly expose their taste buds to natural or artificial sweeteners, conditioning themselves to prefer and crave sweeter foods, which may lead to weight gain”, says Vasan S. Ramachandran, MD, a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and the study’s lead researcher.

Better choices would be to switch to tea if you need a caffeine hit. Many different tea flavors are available. I recently even saw one with the cola flavor. Have you tried ‘Teavana’ at the Mall? If it’s the fizz you are looking for, try sparkling water with a splash of juice. By controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels, preventing diabetes, and not smoking , you can add 6 to 9 1/2 healthy years to your life.


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Diabetes,Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, PCOS, Lupus Hormones are chemicals made in one part of the body that sends messages to other parts of the body, regulating growth, metabolism, and mood.

The trouble is in your hormones. Not in your head.

Are you ready to start transforming your health and life right now? I am ready to help you. I am offering:

Metamorphosis~Body, Mind and Spirit classes.

2 1/2 Hours with women dealing with many of the same issues you are. I will help you discover what you can do to manage these overwhelming issues in the comfort of my home in Shelton, CT

Did you ever wonder WHY you crave chocolate and carbs?

I will explain in the first hour some hormone imbalances and what you can do to make them more manageable. I will also make you something healthy to eat.

Carla Loxsom, my Yoga teacher, will teach a 1 hour Yoga class. Bring your mat or you can use a towel. Practicing yoga helps to regulate and control hormones secretion. An improved endocrine system keeps hormones in balance and promotes better overall physical and emotional health. Many yoga poses have positive effects for menopause such as bridge pose for decreasing hot flashes.

For more benefits see and

The 2 1/2 Hour Class is $40.00 per person and limited to 8 people for each date. If you would like to reserve your spot please email me at

or call 203-929-9414.

Please reserve no later than November 1st so that I can confirm with Carla.

**I am offering 3 dates. If these dates don’t work for you but you are interested, please let me know.

Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10:00 to 12:30 Class is full – thank you for registering. I look forward to seeing you this Saturday.

Thursday, Novermber 3, 2011 from 11:00 to 1:30 A few spots are still available.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 10: to 12:30 Spots are still available.

If you have not registered yet for one of the two dates available please make sure you do this week.

I lost over 60 lbs and kept it off for almost 20 years. I am managing my Hashimoto, auto-immune disease with healthier eating and lifestyle changes. I’d love to help you manage your health too.

METAMORPHOSIS ~ Body, Mind and Spirit.

I offer a combination of counseling, nurturing, education and accountability that can help anyone achieve their goals. Transform your health and transform your life. I am here to guide you.

Concord grapes, blueberries, red wine: They all get that deep, rich color from polyphenols, which are compounds that reduce heart disease risk and may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. Polyphenols help keep blood vessels and arteries flexible and healthy.

“What’s good for your coronary arteries is also good for your brain’s blood vessels,” according to Robert Krikorian, PhD. director of the Cogtnitive Disorders Center at the University of Cincinnati. Preliminary animal studies suggest that adding dark grapes to your diet may improve brain function. In a recent human study, researchers found that eating 1 or more cups of blueberries every day may improve communication between brain cells, enhancing your memory. I learned this information a couple of years ago. When I was going to Sacred Heart University I had a test or exam every week. Our professor told us we could bring in food and beverages so every week I was there munching on my blueberries. Blueberries are great by themselves or added to yogurt, added to hot oatmeal, etc. Have you had your blueberries, grapes or red wine today?

Red wine, chocolate, and blueberry pie, they’re all tasty, tempting, and terrible for you, right? Wrong! A little Merlot, a little Belgian dark chocolate, and a little of Mom’s homemade blueberry pie are all fantastic food choices that can keep you on the healthy side of life.

Just remember the key word is little. One glass of wine and a little of the high fat versions of chocolate and blueberries is good. More than that and the positive benefits you may have gained will rapidly decline into health threats. Interestingly, if you take your dark chocolate and blueberries without the fat, the Little Rule no longer applies.

These three super-foods are good for you because they contain high levels of antioxidants. When you eat them they patrol your body, looking for the harmful processes and toxins that are trying to break down your body. The antioxidants latch on to the bad guys and take care of them so they can’t harm your cells anymore. It’s a fantastically effective and easy system—you eat the foods, the foods keep you healthy. However, it doesn’t work if you don’t eat the good foods in the first place.

Studies show that red wine provides various types of antioxidants that can raise your good cholesterol and lower your bad, reduce inflammation, boost estrogen and block damaging reactions in the body that can cause mental deterioration. Studies have also shown that a specific antioxidant called resveratrol has been shown to inhibit certain kinds of cancers.

Dr. Brenda Hainey, ND, notes that even though resveratrol in red wine has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, it is not recommended in estrogen-sensitive cancers, such as uterine, ovarian, and breast cancer because its estrogen-like effects may actually increase the progression of the disease.

The same goes for other foods that contain resveratrol, such as grapes, grape juice, peanuts, blueberries, bilberries, and cranberries. Avoid them if you have an estrogen-sensitive cancer.

And if you are someone who wants to avoid wine or alcohol in any form, red grape juice is a great alternative.

Now, did someone say chocolate? Guess what? It’s healthy for you! An ounce and a half of dark chocolate and a glass of wine both contain the same amount of a type of antioxidant called poly-phenol. Jean Carper notes in her book “Your Miracle Brain” that a glass of wine and a piece of chocolate taken together have a synergistic effect, that is, you get more antioxidant power than if you ate either alone.

A tip: You want to look for the darkest chocolate you can find to gain the most health benefits. The higher % of cocoa the better. The darker it is, the more protective antioxidants you get. And to be super healthy, take your chocolate without the fat. You can do this by using cocoa powder to make tasty low-fat desserts or a warming cup of hot chocolate.

I know this was a long read but, I saved the best for last and I hope you enjoyed it.



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