Category Archives: Weight Loss

Happy Summer!

One of the things I love to do in summer is eat lots of fresh seasonal fruits and veggies.

cantalope-watermelonIn fact, just this morning I had half of an organic cantaloupe that was absolutely delicious! It reminded me of how lucky we truly are to have access to such amazing fresh food year round in Southern California.

In fact…we are lucky in so many ways – we have perfect weather, delicious produce, access to great alternative healthcare, a gym on every corner, beautiful beaches, and a whole host of other special things and places that are unique to us.

Summer is also a great time to embark on a “cleanse” since it is hot outside and we tend to eat less in general. When organic watermelon is in season I love to do a “mono diet” of just watermelon, which can be done for a minimum of one day and as long as 10 days. This one is really fun and easy if you like watermelon.

The cleanse I just finished was a 10 day juice fast. I was totally inspired by watching the documentary film, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead”. This documentary follows Joe Cross as he embarks on a 60 day juice fast and believe it or not this is a really great movie. It takes on some serious health issues…and shows a great solution in a really fun and light manner! If you would like to see the film – it can be viewed from the website www.jointhereboot.com.

You can also buy it online or get it on Netflix. The website mentioned has lots of great recipes for juicing, and it also gives quite a few options for juicing while eating regular food if you don’t want to do a fast.

Please keep in mind if you decide to do a fast that it is very important to end the fast properly. This means to ease into eating very carefully.

For any of you who are interested, I have created a special protocol to ease into eating and am happy to email that to you.

In the meantime…enjoy your summer!

Yours in Health,

Nancy Sacks

 

Fight Cravings and Give Your Body the Nourishment it Really Wants

“You are what you eat” is such an old saying…but it’s true! Food has the ability to impact our physical bodies as well as our minds and our moods. Often, when we’re struggling to get through the day we turn to snacks that give us only temporary energy – then bring us down. I’m talking about sweets, refined carbs, caffeine and junky processed foods.

When we eat unhealthy foods, we create inflammation in the body that makes us feel sluggish in our movement and our thinking. While the unhealthy foods can impact us negatively, the upside is that healthy foods have the ability to beam us up!

Next time you’re about to reach for that bag of cookies or chips, consider one of these healthier alternatives instead:

Fruit of any kind! It’s summer after all, so much wonderful fruit in season. And fruit eaten by itself is an amazing snack that will give you energy, hydrate and alkalize your whole body.

Nuts and seeds are convenient, easy to carry and loaded with protein and good fats. (buy organic when possible)

How about a cold cucumber with Himalayan salt…so refreshing and delish.

Some of my personal favorites:

Tosi bar-this absolutely delicious bar reminds me of a Mr Peanut candy bar from when I was a kid – but it’s healthy! It’s all organic with almonds, chia seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, a little cane juice and sea salt…pure Yum.

Pili Nut Butter – this rainforest nut is packed with antioxidants, contains vitamin E, all of the essential amino acids, is rich in fatty acids, calcium and protein…and it tastes like chocolate! Need I say more?

Cinamon Red Maca Butter (Triple Yum – don’t even get me started) This sprouted, organic almond spread has Maca (an amazing superfood), plus cinnamon and a little coconut sugar. It is so divine that you have to taste it to believe itJ

Mary’s Gone Crackers with Avacado – for a saltier craving this just hits the spot. Mary’s makes great gluten free crackers, cookies and now they even have pretzels! Try them with avocado for a truly satisfying and healthy treat.

Hummus with just about any type of veggie…so good and a great source of protein and fatty acids.

Dark Chocolate – so let’s not forget that dark organic chocolate is indeed a superfood loaded with antioxidants and magnesium. Great brain food for sure, and it has been known to make people happy! (have you tried Lulu’s yet?)

Please clue me in on some healthy snacks you personally eat throughout the day, maybe I can incorporate something new and delicious. I can’t wait! And don’t worry if you haven’t heard of some of the above exotic snacks – we carry a huge selection of those goodies at Holistic Haven, plus a few more that I didn’t have space to mention.

Health Begins in the Gut

Something I discuss with my patients daily is the importance of good digestion; because as the saying goes, I believe that health begins in the gut.gut-draftYou’ve got many important organs to consider – the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and of course the small & large intestines. These organs are where you break down your food and absorb your nutrients. So if you don’t have optimal digestion, you won’t absorb crucial nutrients from your food, even if you are eating an ideal diet!

Bloating, indigestion and acid reflux are super common symptoms…and lots of us just think that it’s simply unavoidable. Well, I’m here to say that these symptoms need to be addressed.

A few of the factors that can impair efficient digestion include stress, eating too quickly, eating large quantities, eating too close to bedtime, food allergies and even inflammation.

Also something to consider if you have been trying to lose weight and are not getting your desired results, is to look at improving your overall digestion.

So what can you do? One easy fix is to take digestive enzymes with your meals, especially while eating cooked and processed foods. The older we get the fewer enzymes our bodies produce, and enzymes are crucial for helping to properly break down your food.

sauerkrautAnother solid fix is to improve your good gut flora by eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut, plain yogurt or kefir, Kombucha, pickles or kimchi. When that’s not possible or if you don’t like the taste of fermented foods you can always supplement with a high quality probiotic which offers concentrated amounts of beneficial bacteria in a convenient dose.

There are lots of natural methods out there for treating digestive issues, so it’s really just a question of becoming aware and educated on what your options are. It’s truly worth the effort to find solutions, because as you can see there is more to digestion than most of us realize…and our health depends on it!