Alzheimer’s disease a robber of independence

alzheimers disease

All month I have been focusing on how to improve your health so you can have the independence and freedom to live your dreams.  I have also been writing about inflammation and how it causes disease in the body.

I want to talk about why it is important to deal with inflammation now to help prevent future diseases.  In the last few years, research has discovered that chronic inflammation in the brain is the cause of Alzheimer’s disease, which is a specific form of dementia.

Alzheimer’s disease not only takes away independence it takes away the memory of your loved ones and family. This is difficult for the person with Alzheimer’s but it is often devastating for his or her spouse and children.

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, one of the most common forms of dementia.  In dementia your brain is unable to collect and remember your recent past.

Sometimes it can be hard to realize if an older person has dementia because their long-term memory can be intact and they can tell you stories from their youth in vivid detail.  But if you ask them questions about this morning or last week they will just have a confused look and have no idea what you are talking about.

People with Alzheimer’s have these same symptoms but they also have physical decline accompanying their mental decline making it hard to handle daily tasks without help.  Sometimes they can cause harm to themselves or others because of the mental decline, for instance forgetting to eat if someone is not there to monitor them so that they become malnourished over time.

Last month I attended a few programs about Alzheimer’s and I heard stories from spouses and adult children of people living with the disease.  It was heart-breaking to listen to stories of family members losing their relationships with people that are still alive.  Someone with Alzheimer’s can simply become unrecognizable.

Alzheimer’s disease currently doesn’t have a cure but researchers now know that the disease can start 20-30 years before the symptoms show themselves.  The lifestyle choices that we make can delay the onset of the disease.  Our lifestyle choices like our nutrition, exercise, sleep, how we manage stress, and stimulate our brain’s cognitive activity can delay the onset.

Yet again the healthy habits I teach you to incorporate into your lives can really make a difference in your health now and into the future.  So come and learn how to transform and improve the quality of life both for yourself and your family in my 8-week workshop.

**If you are currently a member of my practice you already have a reserved seat for this class.  Tuition is included in your package.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

 

 

Getting out of the vicious cycle

inflammation

This month’s theme is that gaining your health is gaining your independence and freedom. 

Today I want to talk about losing weight and diabetes because they are closely linked. (Many - but not all - people that are diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes are also overweight).
Almost every person that comes into my practice has a goal to lose weight.  Sometimes it is that last 10 pounds that just won’t come off and sometimes it is much more.

Many people liken trying to lose weight to feeling like a hamster running on a wheel in a cage – never getting anywhere.  This is not independence or freedom - it is the exact opposite!  It is literally being weighed down.

The conversation usually goes something like this….

I have started working out and I am doing it faithfully and the needle on the scale just won't budge.

Or it might sound something like this….

I am doing all the things that I usually do to lose weight but nothing is happening.  I am getting frustrated and so I finally just gave up.

Does this sound familiar to you or have you heard it from a loved one during one of your conversations?

I’m going to let you in on a little secret.  If you are trying to lose weight or manage your blood sugars and it is not working it is because chronic inflammation is getting in your way.  You can refer back to last weeks post to learn more about chronic inflammation.

You have to address the internal issues and get the cells to be healthy and then the weight literally melts away.

Chronic low-grade inflammation in the body’s tissues is a cause of insulin resistance, weight gain, pre-diabetes and diabetes.  Inflammation activates a chemical response that suppresses an insulin signaling pathway.  In other words, the body becomes less responsive to insulin i.e. insulin resistant.

Being overweight can also cause inflammation.  As you gain weight your fat cells expand and this expansion can cause the cells to not get enough oxygen.  Lack of oxygen causes cells to die.  The immune system’s job is to clean up dead cells and cell debris. Over time this can cause chronic low-grade inflammation.

So this is the vicious cycle: inflammation causing insulin resistance and insulin resistance causing inflammation. What you experience is weight gain and the frustration of not being able to lose it.

So what can you do to change that?

You have to change your mind-set and stop focusing on trying to lose weight. Instead, you need to focus on trying live a healthy and fun life!  When you start focusing on living a healthy life and you incorporate healthy behaviors then you feel healthier and more energetic, you will reduce inflammation and you will lose weight.

If you are ready take a class that will change your life, sign up for my class this fall.

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Here is a testimonial from the class:

I took Dr. Dae’s class over a year ago.  I was very much impressed with her knowledge, her presentation and the practical advice she gave regarding diet, particularly in regard to reducing the intake of meat and the increasing vegetables as the main part of the daily diet.  I invested in her book and her online course, and I must say it was a worthwhile investment.

Taking the course had an immediate impact on my physical well-being.  Indeed, the primary impetus for my taking her class was the gastro-intestinal problem I was experiencing.  My intuition told me that my diet could have something to do with the problem, so when Dr. Dae’s class was announced at Church, I was determined to attend to see if there were any dietary changes I could make that would bring me some relief.

 During Dr. Dae’s presentation, she talked about how a daily glass of lemon water might help to relieve gastric issues.  It seemed likes simple and practical solution that might help my situation.  On the way home, after her class I stopped at the supermarket and purchased some lemons.  The next morning I drank a large tumbler of water into which added the juice of half a lemon.  The impact was immediate; the gastric discomfort subsided.  From that time to today, a glass of lemon water is a part of my daily morning routine.

As I mentioned above I have incorporated other suggestions from Dr. Dae’s course, and I do see the physical results which include lowered cholesterol, weight loss, and more energy, and, of course, virtual elimination of the gastric discomfort I had been experiencing.

Dr. Dae knows her subject matter, and I recommend her course highly to anyone who is interested in changing to a plant-based diet.

Floyd A. Lewis, Jr.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

The insidious thing that steals your Independence

As I mentioned last week, health is independence!  Health gives us the freedom to make ALL of our dreams come true.  When we have health we have the ability to run that marathon, or snorkel in the ocean.  We can spend all those hours building our business.  We have the stamina to chase our children in the yard.

Whatever is important to you, health is the cornerstone of being able to do it. 

Many - scratch that - most of us, take our health for granted until we wake up with aches and pains or not feeling well.  Or worse, we feel just fine until we go to the doctor and find out we are sick.  Some lab test reveals that something is not working right and we are told we have a disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, pre-diabetes or cancer, just to name a few.

Do you know what all of these chronic diseases have in common?

Their starting point is chronic inflammation.  Chronic inflammation turns normal healthy cells into sick and diseased cells.  For example, inflammation can cause blood vessels to weaken, allowing cholesterol to lodge in them and create plaque, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Chronic inflammation can cause cells to be impaired and not be able to do their jobs appropriately.  In the case of diabetes, prediabetes, or PCOS, inflammation causes insulin resistance and high blood sugars.

During the inflammatory process our body sends out chemical signals that perpetuate the inflammation in our bodies.

Are you starting to get the picture?

The most insidious thing about inflammation is that it occurs and we can’t feel it happening.  This process can continue unnoticed for weeks, month and years. 

So we seem fine until “all of a sudden” we are sick.

In truth, there many ways that we can start to identify if inflammation is happening in our bodies.

If you have any of the diseases mentioned above you have inflammation. 

There are simple blood tests that I always include in my lab workups with patients that evaluate our levels of inflammation.

Constant stress releases chemicals that cause inflammation.

Poor sleep causes inflammation.

The Standard American diet (SAD Diet) of fried foods, processed sugars, sodas, and junk food promote inflammation as well.

 Is there any way to escape this robber of health and independence – Inflammation?

YEP! Healthy lifestyles and habits! All the things I share with you every week.

  • Eating delicious fruits and veggies as part of every meal
  • Exercising and detoxifying your body and  mind
  • Getting good restorative sleep
  • Managing your stress and stressful situations

The side effect of reducing inflammation is increased energy and vitality – by the way!

If you want to reduce inflammation in your body be on the look out for my webinars and LIVE classes that I will be teaching in the fall. They are designed to teach you healthy habits in a fun way that you can share with your friends and family so you can all be healthy together!

If you want me to send you information about them click here to be contacted about the class.

If you just can’t wait then join one of my free online courses to get you started.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Health is the Ultimate in Independence

health independence

July 4th is the perfect day to talk about the importance of independence! It seems that we are always striving for independence in one way or another. 

When we are children we want to be independent eat what we want when we want. When we are adults we want to make our own decisions at work and at home.  When we become elders we want to live independently from our children and relations watchful eyes.

Independence is defined as freedom from the control, influence, support, aid, or the like, of others.

Have you ever stopped to think about what is ultimate in independence?  

I say it’s having your HEALTH!  Health is something that everyone says is important but as far as priorities it falls low on the list.

When you have your health you have freedom! You are the one in control.  Freedom is waking up with full of passion for your day.  You can go to work, or volunteer in your community with your full energy to do your tasks.

When you wake up in pain or you can’t leave the house without taking medications every day for the rest of your life, you are NOT free! You are a slave to a limiting way of life.  

This is you if you are taking meds for chronic illnesses like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, cancer, arthritis, pulmonary disease, or autoimmune disease.

Which way do you want to live?

If you want freedom and independence then you want your health.  According to the US Surgeon General, 70% of all chronic diseases could be avoided by lifestyle habits – eating habits, stress management, and exercise.

 I will add sleeping habits to that list!  

Lifestyle habits are so much simpler than people think!  They are so much more fun too especially when you do them with others in your community.  Thank you for joining the Your One Sweet Life community so I can share my healthy habits with you.  Even better you can share them with me!

This month’s theme is gaining your health is gaining your independence and freedom.  


To Your One Sweet Life,
Dr. Dae

PS – Ready for another webinar with Dr. Dae?  Well, another one is coming up in July!  Make sure to keep your eyes posted for the details next week!

In the fall I will be doing a live teaching seminar.  This is the first time I’ve done a live class in years – A Life Worth Living.  

Stay tuned for details the class starts in September.

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Balanced Hormones Balanced Life

Each month I devote at least one blog post to health concerns.  When I think of Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life the issue that immediately comes to mind is the importance of balancing our hormones. When your hormones are balanced you are healthy, energetic and ready for anything. You have the energy for both home and work life.

However, if you are experiencing an imbalance in your hormones, you may feel overwhelmed even by simple issues.

Hormones are messengers released in the body to send a signal from one organ to another. Hormones are used by all the systems of the body and influence our eating, sleeping, weight loss, digestions, stress, fear, anxiety, excitement, movement and relaxation along with so many other body functions.

We use hormones for everything: digestion, sleep, metabolism, energy, blood pressure, aging, repair, having a period (or not having an period) libido, are you starting to get the picture.

When our hormones are out of balance there are some common symptoms:

  • Insomnia – the inability to sleep
  • hot flashes or night sweats
  • mood swings
  • exhaustion (all the time)
  • difficulty losing weight
  • anxiety and depression
  • brain fog
  • acne
  • headaches  

Are you experiences any of these symptoms? Don't you want to feel better?

Feeling better is possible and more simple than you might think.  It requires you to have an openness to a holistic approach to your health that includes lab work, lifestyle change, health education, coaching, and fun!

If you are ready to make a positive change to your health then come learn the tools you need to balance your hormones and get your energy back.  Schedule a FREE 30-minute discovery call to see simple it is to get your life back!  It is really that simple.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Ready, Set…. Relax

spring cleaning stress

This month’s Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life is inspired by my desire to create more balance and relaxation in my life.  In order to do that I have to totally re-organize my life, my practice included.  This means spring cleaning in a big way, more projects, learning how to do things differently on personal and professional levels. So even though the end goal is to create more balance, right now it just feels like more work!

Summer is my favorite time of year because it brings time to relax and enjoy life, food, and friends.  It is the time

Or am I?

I have noticed in recent weeks that the more social activities I am invited to, the more tension I feel in my shoulders.

Why is that?

It is because I want to have more fun BUT I feel like I should stay and work.

Have you ever had this experience? You decide to do something new, start a new job, change your summer plans, accommodate the new family schedule - and it feels overwhelming and hard.  Then you are having the same experience I am having now: the tension between work and relaxation.

That tension between deciding between work and relaxation is called stress. And it is self-imposed stress because we are making ourselves choose between one or the other.

Here, by the way, is an article that I wrote about stress. http://www.healthydaes.com/blog/2013/04/29/what-is-stress.

Stress

Stress robs us of our ability to have fun and relax.  When we feel stressed about things that are not life-threatening, the quality of our health is really impaired. We can become more susceptible to chronic diseases like insulin resistance, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure.

This ruins our vacations and relaxation time.  So once I realized that I was stressing over relaxing, I had to laugh at myself.  This is the best medicine.  http://www.healthydaes.com/dr-daemon-jones-2/2012/02/28/can-we-use-laughter-as-medicine-for-healing.

The truth is that it is possible for me to enjoy summertime fun and get my work done too.

How?

Do one thing at a time!  This is what finding balance in life means.  When I am working I do my best to achieve whatever is on my work “to do” list.  When I leave work to have fun, I try to really have fun and relax. 

So that is exactly what I have decided to do; not stress about things,   go sit outside, eat lunch and enjoy it!

How are you giving yourself permission to have fun in the sun this summer? Write me and let me know!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Celebrating the Masculine – Father’s Day

father's day celebrating the masculine

This month’s theme is Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life.  The definition of creating balance is: “to arrange, adjust, or proportion the parts of something symmetrically.”  I have been reading the book, “God Wears Lipstick: Kabbalah For Women”, in which the author discusses the need for both masculine and feminine energies to create a balanced life.

Last month I wrote about the feminine energy of nurturing ourselves,  The Mother in All of Us, for Mother's Day.  Today I want to balance that perspective by talking about masculine energy for Father's Day.

Fathering ourselves is just as important for our healing process.  Masculine energy is often defined as taking action or helping to move things forward in life.

What does it mean to father one’s self?

The definition “to father” is: “to procreate or to be part of the creation of.”  Simply put, it means to be the founder of a process or an idea.  “To father” can also mean “to be the leader of or the champion to”.  Since I am a daughter my favorite meaning for father is “to be a protector of.”

When we father ourselves we are honest about our goals and dreams for ourselves and for our family.  We develop and support those dreams.  We put energy into our dreams for ourselves.

The father in us protects our goals.  We do not allow others to talk us out of fulfilling our dreams.

No matter what is happening in our lives we find quiet moments to continue supporting the unfolding of our dreams into fruition.  Maybe it is 15 minutes a week planning our next step in a secluded sacred space, what men often refer to as their“man cave.”

We find ways to put power and energy into our goals no matter what!  The father in us shows perseverance.

Finally, our fathers cheer for us!  They are on the sidelines watching what we do, giving us a support just by their presence.  They are ones who cheer the loudest when we do something spectacular.

When we father ourselves we cheer for ourselves in private and in public!  We toot our horn until others jump on the bandwagon.

Fathering ourselves is just as important as mothering ourselves.  As we do both, we are Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

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Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life

June is the end of spring and unofficially the start of summer. June also brings the ending of classes and the beginning of all sorts of celebrations, graduations, and parties. 

June is a time of beginning and endings for so many of us. It is when we suddenly notice the changes in our children as they move on to the next grade or move to new schools.  But it can also bring changes for adults as our children’s changes force us to make adjustments.

So it is the perfect time to talk about Creating Balance for Your One Sweet Life. Finding balance in life as it changes is a constant challenge.  When we layer a busy schedule on top of life’s unavoidable changes it can cause mayhem and stress.

Often our first response to an overfilled scheduled is to tense up and get anxious.  You might become worried about not being able to handle all of the moving parts of your life.  As we tighten our grip on our schedule we can sometimes lose sight of having fun during the celebrations. Instead, they become one more thing to be upset about.

Do not underestimate the emotional change that happens during these changes in school status.  Children can be excited or scared about the new paths they will be embarking on in the summer or fall.  Moms and dads can also have deep emotional reactions to the changes in their status, for example when they become empty nesters.  I have a friend who shared with me recently how concerned she is about how she will have to refine her roles when her daughter leaves in a few months. She will have to find a whole new balance for a life that no longer revolves around her daughter.

I think finding balance in life means finding the fun during the really busy times, learning to see the beauty of the new path that is starting for the entire family and not just worrying about what you are losing.

One of the best suggestions I heard for finding balance in life was from a yoga teacher, who said, "the only way to maintain balance is to fall off balance sometimes."  I thought it was such a profound statement.

Sometimes we have to lose our balance in order to find it again. We have to learn to not be afraid of falling off balance. We have to learn to be playful about it and trust that it is all part of finding our new path.

Not many people actually like to be off balance or fall down. But when we learn how to laugh at mishaps that happen during change, we are the healthier for it.

During this month of so many beginning and ending lets embrace the change that is happening to us all.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

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Nurturing Yourself Into A Stress-Free Life

Nurturing the sweet life doesn’t just mean looking at our physical health and habits it also means looking at your mental and emotional habits too.

When you hear the words "stressed out" what images pop into your mind? Do you imagine your blood pressure going up? Or do you start to feel really agitated and angry? Anxious?

Or perhaps feeling emotional is a better description. Are you exhausted yet you can’t go to sleep or stay sleep?

If you feel any or all of these symptoms then you could be stressed out! In the medical community we don’t really have a good term to describe what happens when you are chronically releasing stress hormones all the time.

Even though we don’t have a word for it, still it impacts your body and depletes it over time.

What we call stress is a normal part of our body’s processing. When we encounter a stressful situation our body immediately releases chemicals and hormones to help us handle the situation.

Once we have handled the stressful situation our bodies then return to a normal relaxed or rested state. Tens of thousands of years ago stressful states were generally brought on by life-threatening situations where we needed to be on alert to survive.

In response to these life-threatening situations our body releases our primary stress hormone, cortisol, which increases our blood pressure and our heart rate, increases the amount of glucose in our body, and increases our mental alertness.

This release of cortisol also reduces other hormones and chemicals that ordinarily would help keep us calm and able to rest or sleep.

Our stress hormones are designed to be released quickly, act quickly, and then dissipate. In our current society we are more likely to find ourselves getting stressed about things that are not life-threatening . Our stress hormones are being released because our boss doesn’t like our projects or because we are sitting in traffic.

These situations are not life-threatening but they can emotionally affect us the same way as a life-threating event and our bodies react in the same way.

This creates overuse of the stress response, which over time begins to rob our body of nutrients, minerals and the building blocks for our hormones.

We begin to have symptoms like constant fatigue, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, weight gain, high blood pressure and pre-diabetes.

Emotionally we may feel depressed or anxious. We may be constantly quick to anger or frustration.

We don’t have a medical name for it and in conventional medicine they treat the symptoms and don’t address the cause, which is the overproductions of cortisol.

How do we treat the cause? Quit or jobs and move to the country? While that might be nice, where ever you go you take your mind set and behaviors with you.

Learning how to live mindfully can change your life and create new neuro-pathways in your brain

If you want to learn more about mindfulness then join my free class – Finding contentment at work.  You can use the tools for any aspect of your life.

To Your One Sweet Life,
Dr. Dae

Ideas for A Healthy Grilling Season

Is there anything better than going to a cookout and experiencing wonderful food that is filling and tasty? It is one of the greatest parts of summer!

Since Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, many people look forward to cookouts or picnics over this long holiday.  I am one of those people! Nurturing the sweet life can include cooking out and grilling too!  Nurturing the sweet life doesn’t include pork hot dogs on white bread but it can include cooking out and grilling food other healthy foods.

Many years ago when I was in naturopathic medical school, one of my best friend’s family decided we would have a healthy Thanksgiving.  Everyone prepared dishes that were healthy like smoking the salmon and turkey, roasting vegetables, wild rice, corn salad etc.  It was a tremendous hit!  From there we decided to do healthy grilling and cookouts in the years going forward.  It was such a blessing to have a family that enjoyed good food make a conscious decision to create health awesome family gathering during holidays and cookouts.

I am challenging you to do the same this summer.  Here is another example of how families creating a healthy cookout that everyone enjoyed.

Here are a few things to keep in mind about cooking and grilling to make sure you have a happy and healthy summer food season.

Don’t let things with mayo sit out at summer temperatures all day

When I was growing up I use to love potlucks and picnics because I got to try so many new types of foods.  It was a common occurrence to see potato salad and pasta salad with tons of mayo as one of the options. 

Now that I am older I still like potlucks but now I look forward to showcasing grain salads or other foods that won’t spoil in hot weather.  I have a few salads that people love and request that are healthy and room temperature appropriate.  This summer consider recipes bring meal and dishes that can sit for a few hours on the table and healthy as well.

Fruit water is cool and refreshing

It is important for us to drink water or eat foods that our bodies can convert to water every day. When the weather is extremely hot our bodies lose water faster than it normally does.  Many people complain that water doesn’t taste good so that is why they don’t want to drink it. Flavoring your water can help you stay hydrated. One of the best ways to flavor your water is to add herbs or fruit, or both.  Here are some ideas about how to do this.

Don’t char your meats

As a child, I LOVED to eat char burnt hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs.  The more burnt the meat was the better.  There are still people in my family that can’t wait to eat burnt meat.  While I hate to ruin anyone’s food experience I feel obligated to mention research shows that the burning of the foods creates cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic Amines (HCA).  HCA are created from cooking meats at extremely high temperatures. (When I think about all of the stories of my childhood I’m amazed that I made it to adulthood.)

When you are cooking meats on the grill a better choice would be to smoke meats at a lower temperature for longer cooking times.  You can still get wonderful flavors for your meats without the HCAs!

Also, consider grilling vegetables there is no research suggesting HCAs are formed on vegetables.  You can even grill fruit as a yummy dessert!

For me, summer is one of my favorite seasons for having fun!  It seems that many people engage in fun activities that include eating during the summer.  To help you nurture your one sweet life I am sharing a few of my favorite blog posts with summer grilling and cooking out recipes.  Since you know I love to Eat More plants many of the recipes are plant-based and fabulous! Even meat eaters will enjoy these along with any meats you are used to preparing so add them to your usual dishes.

101 Simple Salads for the Season

  • This has recipes that include vegan, vegetarian, poultry, meat, and fish salads.  There are simply delicious recipes for every taste bud.

50 Jaw-Dropping Vegan-Friendly BBQ and Grilling Recipes

  • Everyone loves barbecue so consider some of these wonderful recipes to spice up your veggies and make them bbq favorites for your family.

Vegan Barbecue: Recipes for Grilled Vegetables & Proteins

  • This is a great way to make complete meals with plant-based foods on the grill.

Find ways to enjoy the summer with healthy foods!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Nurturing yourself Reduces Chronic Illness

The cause of disease in our bodies is often silent. It creeps up on us slowly over time, like a smoldering fire that burns unnoticed till one day we wake up with an illness.

This is true for most chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease. It also true for many other diseases like autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, gastrointestinal diseases, and just about anything that ends in “itis.”

Medical research has begun to ask questions about what the common underlying causes are of all these problems that create disease in our bodies. And research is looking into what types of tests we can use to find them and measure them.

Chronic inflammation, more accurately known as low-grade or systemic inflammation, is becoming a topic of research to answer questions about the common underlying cause of disease.

Chronic inflammation is different from the normal or acute, or short-lived, inflammation that occurs when we have a bruise or cut. In acute inflammation, our bodies find the bruise or cut, send chemicals into the area, heal the problem, and then our body goes back to its normal processing.

Chronic inflammation is different because the body is not able to shut off the immune response and it continues at a low level, like a fire that is at a smoldering burn for much too long. Over time, this smoldering flame can ignite into a major problem or chronic disease.

When you take the time to Nurture the Sweetness in Life you create healthy habits that reduce inflammation and chronic disease. You make your health important enough to change the cycle of disease.

What are habits are considered nurturing yourself? You already know my favorites eating more plants – an 80% plant-based diet, moving your body, relaxation techniques, and getting good sleep.  When you focus on these behaviors your life and health both change for the better.

What behavior are you willing to make one change for the better in the next 7 days?  If you want I have a free online course to give you ideas about eating healthy foods, Quick and Healthy Meal for Busy People.

Perhaps you want to create more gratitude for the next 7 days, you could join my 30 days of gratitude to improve your health and attitude email program.

Or shoot me a message to let me know what habit you will be trying for the next 7 days!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Nurturing the Sweetness in Life

This month’s theme is Nurturing the Sweetness in Life. I decided to talk about nurturing in part, to acknowledge mother’s day, but more so because nurturing is an essential part of our healthcare treatment plan.  It is wonderful to be nurtured by our mothers, our family and our friends but we must also nurture ourselves.

To nurture means to promote and sustain the growth and development of.  When we nurture ourselves we are creating health and longevity in our life. 

People often confuse the term nurturing and pampering. I want to be clear there is a big difference between nurturing and pampering!  To pamper means to treat or gratify with extreme or excessive indulgence, kindness, or care. 

Pampering suggests excessive gratification of your appetites, tastes and desires. Nurturing, by contrasts focuses on providing sustenance for life.

When we are seeking wellness or optimal health we must foster or oversee the development of our health on a consistent basis.  We must nurture our health!

Nurturing ourselves means eating healthy food, exercising, getting enough sleep, managing our stress, having fun, making enough money to live well, spending time in nature, connecting to the divine and making time for friends and family.  These are mandatory for health.

This month we will spend time Nurturing the Sweetness in Life for Your One Sweet Life! So let’s embrace nurturing ourselves.  Let’s embrace our most precious relationships this month and see how sweet your life can get.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Are you getting your -13 serving of the fruits and vegetables every day?  If you are like most Americans you have some room for improvement.  So why not give yourself a fun challenge to increase your servings and improve your health at the same time!

Strawberry time - Eating Seasonally

How about Springing into the Sweet Life by eating seasonally. Eating seasonally is one of the best ways to improve your health and expand the delicious options of flavorful foods on your plate.

Some of the most delicious foods are plucked from the garden in April.  If you want to start to Eat More Plants, Spring is a great time to create a new healthy habit that you can even keep up for the rest of the year.


Strawberries, apricots, honeydew, mango, oranges, and pineapples are some of the most popular fruits that are naturally ripe during spring.


I love to mix and match my fruits and vegetables so I created this Strawberry Spinach crunch salad.  This is a firm favorite in all my cooking demonstrations.
Spinach and strawberries are a combination that makes an awesome spring salad!  Here is one of my favorite recipes, Strawberry Spinach Crunch!

Want more recipes? Then get my book, Eat More Plants.


Here are other vegetables that are springing up all over the place: asparagus, artichokes, chard, broccoli, collard greens, fennel, mustard greens, peas, pea pods, rhubarb and Vidalia onions.
Want some bean options to round out your plate? Fava beans, green beans and snow peas are wonderful options that you can pick up at your grocery store or, even better, your local farmer’s market!


Did you say that salads are your thing? Lettuces are abundant too as try some of these wonderful varieties: Belgian endive, butter lettuce, Manoa lettuce, red leaf lettuce, spring baby lettuce and radicchio.  If you want to experiment with your green thumb, then grow your own! Seeds are super cheap and you can grow them in your backyard or even in containers.


While you are trying your hand at gardening throw some herbs into the mix. Herbs are a fantastic way to incorporate additional nutrients into your meals. Chives, mint and scallions are great choices to add flavor.


Are you super excited about increasing your fruits and veggies?  Then join my 7-day eat more plants challenge.  Sign up now.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

Spring into Your Sweet Life with Food Detox

picture from urbanwired

picture from urbanwired

One way to Spring into the Sweet Life is to consider doing a detox.  It is a way to completely renew your energy, vitality and health.  What made me consider including a post on detox was a conversation I had a few days ago.

I was speaking to a friend of mine and he was asking for nutritional advice because he needed to start working on his summer body.  He said during the winter he felt he could eat rich, delicious food but now that he was going to be wearing spring and summer clothes he would have to slim down and eat healthy food. He was sure this was not going to taste so good! But that is not true! There are delicious de-toxifying foods.

So there is every reason to look forward to your summer body and a detoxification plan.

Detox is a way of eliminating toxins from the body in a safe and appropriate way. There are several components to a detox plan.  We need to consider the foods we eat, how to improve our digestion and elimination, cleansing our skin, the amount of water we are drinking, how much sleep we are getting and how to reduce toxic situations and thoughts.

Have you noticed that most of the things that are part of a good detoxification plan are things that are part of your daily habits?  Not really surprising huh?

I have conducted tons of detoxification programs in my practice over the years.  What I love about having a group to do detoxing is the sharing that happens during the process. If you want to try a detox consider my 7-day Eat More Plants challenge!  If you want to sign up, then click on the link.

We will start in May.  It is so simple and it is free! 

 

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

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Addressing Allergies

While spring is my favorite time of year I also know it can be a difficult time for people with spring seasonal allergies.

Springing into the Sweet Life for some people means handling their allergies.  There are natural remedies that I have used with patients that have really helped them to manage, reduce and even eliminate their allergies.  The number one thing that helps when you want to treat allergies naturally is to start early!

Starting before you are in full-blown misery is the best way to treat allergies naturally.  If you want your immune system to be able to act quickly with the right balance to stop your allergies then you have to build your immune system up to be ready for your allergies.

As everything starts blooming, people with environmental allergies begin to suffer from tree pollens, flower pollens, grasses and molds.  As we move into spring, tree pollens are the first allergens to affect people.

Pollen is measured by the pollen count which is the number of grains of pollen per cubic meter in the air.  Pollen counts are usually announced during the weather portion of the daily news.   Knowing the pollen count can be helpful to people who suffer from seasonal allergies by giving them an idea about what to expect when making outdoor plans.

The common symptoms of spring allergies are: runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, itchy nose and dark circles underneath the eyes – sometimes called “allergic shiners”.  These symptoms are caused by an overreaction of the immune system to pollen.  The immune system of people who suffer from allergies goes into overdrive and releases several chemicals (including histamine) that cause the symptoms listed above.

If you are experiencing these symptom or if you know you have summer or fall allergies, coming in for an appointment now is your best defense to boost your immune system and reduce your suffering! Set up a 30-minute discovery session.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

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Spring into the Sweet Life – Renew Yourself

The days are starting to get longer and it is starting to feel warmer.  So that means spring is officially here!

So my theme for this month is, of course, Springing into the Sweet Life!

Spring is my favorite time of year, in part because it is my birthday month (Yep, today is my birthday) but mostly because it is the time when nature explodes with new life.

Spring is a time of renewal, new growth, and new possibilities!  Another meaning of spring is to be resilient or elastic!  So let’s take a moment to think about how we can look at our health in the same way. Our body has an enormous capacity to heal itself especially when given the right tools to help it heal!

What are the tools you can use to help you heal?  There are so many it is hard to know where to start!   I will give you my top 3!

Tool number 3 – Having a perspective to look for the good

One of the definitions of spring is to make a leap or series of leaps.  This is how I think about spring! How much fun is it to leap into a sweet life?  Here is how I visualize Springing into the Sweet Life.  Tigger, the iconic character from the book Winnie the Pooh, bounding into the meadow to greet his buddies, Pooh and Piglet.  Isn’t that perfect?  Feeling joy, meeting your friends on a perfect day in the meadow sounds like a Sweet Life to me! 

What makes you want leap for joy? Take a few minutes to let go of all the craziness of the world, close your eyes and think about what makes you jump for joy!  Then put it on your calendar this month.  It can be your way of helping me celebrate my birthday! I celebrate for the entire month so do you have 30-days to bring joy into the world on my behalf!

Tool number 2 – Get active it changes your body and mind for the better

Now that the weather is warming up, get out and move your body.  As the days get longer and warmer it is natural to want to be outside more.  So start walking, biking, hiking, roller blading or whatever makes you happy about being outside.  Moving helps your body in so many different ways. It helps reduce chronic disease, maintain a normal weight, get better sleep and improve your bowel movements. Read more about that in this article

Did you know that spending time in the sun improves your vitamin D levels?  This is one of the best reasons to be outside at least 15 minutes every day.  It can also pep up your energy level, so when you have that 3 pm slump take a 15-minute walk to wake yourself up and improve your alertness.

Tool number 1 – Eat More Plants it heals your body!

Eat More Plants!  When you eat the colors of the rainbows you give your body immune-boosting, cancer fighting, age defying antioxidants!  Do you want to renew your skin? Eat More Plants!  Do you want to build your immune system? Eat More Plants! Do you want to reduce heart disease, diabetes, obesity?  Eat More Plants!

Are you now starting to see why I am always encouraging you to Eat More Plants? It is part of the solution to every health problem. And it will improve he way you look too! This is why I wrote my book to give you some super yummy recipes.  If you don’t have it, correct that now!

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

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Restoration Processes to Restore Your Soul

Sleep can Help or Hurt Your Health

Managing Day Light Saving Time - Ideas to Help You Sleep!

Spring Forward - How to Counteract Losing Sleep during Daylight Saving Time

 

 

Restoration Processes to Restore Your Soul

For this last installment of my March theme, Restoration is the Foundation for A Sweet Life, I actually am not going to talk about sleep.  Instead, I am going to focus on other restorative processes that are important for vibrant health.

If we go back and look at our definition of restoration we find it is: “the act of restoring; renewal, revival or reestablishment; the state or fact of being restored.”  So anything we do that helps us re-establish health can be considered a restoring process.  I wanted to highlight a few more for you here.

Restoring your Soul

I want to also emphasize that there is a spiritual component to the restoration process too!  In fact, it might be the most important part of the restoration process.

Have you ever watched young children?  They are full of joy.  They find contentment and wonder in the smallest things.  Climbing in and out of an empty box can be the greatest fun!

As human beings, we come into this world full of joy.  Somehow with all the challenges of the world, we forget that we are supposed to live in joy!  This is why it is so important to take the time to restore yourself, restore your soul.  When you set aside, for a moment, all the responsibilities that weigh you down, you can find a place of freedom.  

The simplest way to do this is to just find a few minutes to connect with yourself through deep breathing.  Find a comfortable seat, close your eyes and breathe in and out.  Focus on your breathing for 1 minute.  It is a quick restoration process. Here is an article for a 1-minute breathing exercise.

If you have more time then breath for longer, connect with your source, pray, meditate, take a long hot relaxing bath. Find a way to let your responsibilities go and relax at least once a week. Once a day is even better.

Be in Nature

There is something that happens when you are out in nature walking and taking in the sights and sounds around you. Breathing fresh air deeply and fully in and out of your lungs is a process of resetting your nervous system, your lungs, and your brain.  The colors in nature have a calming impact too.

Food and Restoration

What we put into our mouths has a tremendous effect on our body's ability to restore itself too. Not only is it important what we put in our mouth's but when and how much too.  Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that eating breakfast reduces the risk of diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and metabolic conditions.  You can read more about that here.

Restoration is essential for repair and renewal of our bodies and our spirits.  Sleep is one of the most important restorative processes.  And don’t forget there are other restorative practices that can make a difference in your life as well!

I hope that you are inspired by my monthly themes.  If you are, then share these emails with others and encourage them to be inspired as well. 

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Sleep can Help or Hurt Your Health

After 15 years of practice, I have a healthy respect for how your sleep impacts your health. So we will continue with my theme: Restoration is the Foundation for A Sweet Life.  I’m sure if you knew what I know then sleep would become one of your top priorities!

Persistent sleep debt or sleep deprivation causes a weakening of the immune system.  This can cause the body to be more susceptible to diseases, everything from simple colds to cancer.

Lack of sleep causes stress and the release of hormones that create imbalances in the body.  Stress and lack of sleep can upset your mental balance leading to irritability, lack of focus, memory loss and emotional roller coasters of highs and lows.

Sleep deprivation can cause increases in insulin resistance, a precursor and underlying cause of diabetes and pre-diabetes. (If you want to learn more about how sleep, or lack of it, affects your diabetes then join my free online video course Dr. Dae’s Tips for Managing your Blood Sugars.

Taken together, these things can lead to weight problems which, in turn, can lead to other problems. If you are overweight the excess fat tissue in the around your ears, nose and throat region can cause a problem called sleep apnea.  The excess tissue cuts off the airways causing you to temporarily stop breathing during the night.  Over time, this can become dangerous. Being overweight is not the only reason for sleep apnea but it is one of the biggest.

Sometimes the imbalance you are dealing with can cause the sleep problems.  I specialize in working with women going through menopause.  If hot flashes or night sweats are impacting you then you should read this article, How to Treat Lack of Sleep in Menopause.

So restful and restorative sleep is really important. It can change not only your energy levels but also your health.

I’m not trying to scare you with all these different imbalances!  I just want to give you some understanding about how important sleep is to your good health. So if you are not paying attention to your sleep, you better start!  If you are not getting the sleep you need consider changing your habits.  If you don’t know how to improve your health, schedule a 30-minute Free discovery appointment

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To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae

 

Managing Day Light Saving Time - Ideas to Help You Sleep!

I am one of those people who wake up without an alarm (unless I have a 4 am plane to catch and then, yes, I need an alarm).  My body just normally starts stirring at the same time every day about 6:30 am.  I love it!

I have, to be honest, I am not a fan of the daylight savings time change, it throws me for a loop every time.  Whether we are spring forward or falling back it really upsets my circadian rhythms leaving me feeling a little bit off – not quite myself for a week or two after the change.

New York pulmonologist and sleep specialist Nicholas Rummo of Northern Westchester Hospital's Center for Sleep Medicine says, "The day or two after, people aren't quite alert," he says. "Most people might feel it Monday into Tuesday."

Ahh… you are now seeing why I decided to make March’s theme: Restoration is the Foundation for A Sweet Life.  Yes, I wanted to talk about how to improve your sleep and handle daylight saving time because it impacts all of us (except Arizona and Hawaii, you guys got it right on this one).

"Losing an hour is harder than gaining an hour," says Steven Feinsilver, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "It's sort of like a mini jet lag."

So if you are really feeling this daylight saving time change, or you have sleep disturbances even without the time change, you might want to think about how to get better sleep.

In the last few years, I have noticed that my patients have increasingly included sleep disturbances as one of their top concerns for treatment.  The first step to treating sleep disturbances is to create sleep rituals or sleep hygiene that you practice every night. Our body likes rhythms so when you do the same thing every night it lets your body know that it is time to prepare for sleep.

Here is an article that I have written about sleep hygiene.

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To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae