After working with The Berman Group, I am in control of my diabetes. My A1C went from 7.7 to 6.7 and my meds were cut in half.

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Healthy Foods to Take a Closer Look At

June 13, 2013  |  Leave a Comment

          

Here are some foods that are considered healthy but beware they may not be all they are cracked up to be. Check out this list of common healthy foods that  you could be buying.

Yogurt – Yogurt contains calcium, protein and probiotics.  Plain yogurt may be bitter for some people, so manufacturers fill it with sugar to make it tastier.  Avoid the sugar and high-fructose corn syrup by buying plain yogurt and flavoring it yourself with berries or honey. 

Wheat Bread – Manufacturers refer to refined flour (what you want to avoid) as “wheat flour”.  Don’t mistake this for “whole wheat flour”.  Read the label and choose the one with “whole wheat flour”. 

Frozen or Canned Fruit – Be sure to read the ingredients in frozen or canned fruit.  The only two ingredients that should be on the list are fruit and water.

Canned Vegetables – Salt is used to preserve canned vegetables.  Many companies offer “no salt added” options.  If you can’t find any without salt, buy fresh or frozen vegetables.

Peanut Butter – Companies add sugar or high-fructose corn syrup to their peanut butter.  Read the label.  Real peanut butter should have 1-2 ingredients, peanuts and salt. 

Fat-Free Salad Dressing – With fat free dressing they take out the fat and add sugar.Try making your own homemade dressing instead. Mix vinegar, olive oil and Dijon mustard for a vinaigrette dressing.  

 

ALWAYS read the ingredients!

Clean Eating Tips

June 6, 2013  |  Leave a Comment

Want to regain some energy this summer? Start by eating clean which means eating foods that are free of additives, preservatives, hormones, GMO ingredients, and pesticides. Clean foods will nourish your body and deliver optimal health.

Tips for Clean Eating This Summer…

  • Stay away from package foods, choose whole foods in their natural state.
  • If a food has its own TV commercial, leave it at the grocery store. Broccoli and apples don’t have their own commercials, right?
  • Eliminate hydrogenated oils from your kitchen and cabinets, they cause inflammation in the body. Stick to coconut, avocado or olive oil for cooking instead of corn or vegetable oils
  • If you can’t pronounce the ingredients on a label, odds are they probably aren’t natural, stay away from them.
  • If you consume packaged food, opt for those with 5 ingredients or less
  • Of those 5 ingredients, throw out any with artificial sweeteners, preservatives, additives, white sugar or high fructose corn syrup.
  • HYDRATE!

When you open your mind and your kitchen to clean eating, the possibilities are endless! Let a variety of fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and lean protein energize you!

Improve Your Hair Health

June 4, 2013  |  Leave a Comment

Nutrition plays a vital role in all aspects of your health, including your hair health.  Here are specific vitamins, minerals and foods that have been shown to support healthy hair:

  • Essential fatty acids from walnuts, flaxseeds, fish and avocado.  Essential fatty acids aid your body with important oils necessary for healthy hair.
  • Foods high in Vitamin C such as citrus fruits, strawberries and red peppers.  Foods high in this vitamin will prevent hair from breaking by boosting collagen which surrounds the hair.      
  • Iron rich foods include green leafy vegetables, leeks, cashews, dried fruits, figs and berries.  Iron is essential for hair growth.      
  • Foods high in Biotin encourage hair and scalp health.  Sources include nuts, brown rice and oats.
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is found in leafy vegetables, such as Swiss chard, cabbage and watercress, beets, asparagus and alfalfa leaves.  MSM aids in the production of keratin (a protein in the hair) and strengthens hair follicles
  • Minerals silica and zinc are important for hair growth.  Dietary sources include cucumber, mango, green leafs, beans, celery, asparagus, pumpkin seeds, fresh oysters, brazil nuts, eggs and pecans.
  • Vitamin E nourishes damaged hair and prevents breaking.  Foods high in vitamin E include sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts, dried apricots, cooked spinach and olives.
  • B-complex Vitamins that include biotin and vitamin B6 have been shown to reduce hair thinning by increasing scalp circulation and rejuvenating hair follicles.
  • Another reason for poor hair health could be an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism).  Add sea vegetables like kelp, nori, dulse, kombu and wakame, all of which may be helpful to balance this condition. 
  • Avoid drinking tap water since it typically contains fluorine and chlorine, two chemicals that inhibit iodine absorption. 

Incorporate these foods and you will see how they improve the health of your hair!