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Tip of the Week:
Stress Buster Movement Breaks that Work Like Magic !
This week’s feature article talks about how stress increases cortisol which increases blood sugar so you can escape danger. Even when the stress is not a hungry tiger, the same mechanisms are in effect.
So one of the best things you can do when you’re feeling stressed, worried angry or upset is to MOVE your bod. You can do squats at your desk, run up and down the stairs, take a walk or whatever is convenient and easy to do at the time. It has to be easy or you won’t do it.
One of my team members TOOK THIS suggestion to heart. She works at the computer for many hours at a time. Sometimes deadlines and technical delays can be stressful. So here’s what she does:
She has a pair of bright orange sneakers that she keeps within eyesight at all times. When she starts stressing, she stops whatever she is doing, puts on the sneakers and walks a couple of times up and down the flight of stairs to her apartment. The important thing is, she moves her body now during stress, and reports that it helps immensely.
It’s the weekend again. The weeks seem to be just flying by these days.
Therein is my life right now. It seems like just yesterday that my 19 year old son returned home from college and poof! He’s heading back in less than 2 weeks. He had a short summer because he volunteered to be a Peer Mentor for incoming Freshman, which required him to return to school a month early. I am proud of his steping up to leadership roles and being of service to others.
We are exceptionally proud to find out that he got an A in what’s probably one of the hardest subjects ever – Arabic.
I’ll be returning to Florida to help him get moved back into a new dorm room, and then I am taking a semi vacation on the beach about 3 miles from his campus. I am so looking forward to time away to rest, swim, and enjoy some solitude.
I need the break because then we have many things planned for the upcoming months, including a 3-day weekend retreat for nutritionally oriented health and wellness practitioners in early November. We’ll announce it as soon as we secure a hotel.
The theme of this week is adrenal fatigue, because we just announced a brand new program called Correcting Adrenal Fatigue and Exhaustion (CAFE). It’s obviously a hot topic because 209 people registered in the first 72 hours! It’s slowing down now, but enrollments are still steadily coming in.
The featured blog post is on what I call the “5 F” Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and then the radio show will take the topic a little deeper than the article. It’s called Cortisol: The Unexpected Killer, and will include several solutions for lowering stress.
The video of the week is called Adrenal Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, and has some valuable nuggets of information you won’t want to miss.
Put this week’s feature article into action by replacing your AM coffee or black tea with our feature recipe, a delicious AM Uplifter Shake, containing many delicious ingredients that support your adrenals, rather than add to the stress like caffeine does.
If you are a practitioner of natural health and nutrition, check out the Practitioner’s Corner to learn how intermittent fasting can be magical for your weight loss resistant clients.
And if you’re a busy mom, be sure to register for Thriving Mamas Summit, where I am a featured speaker. It’s a prerecorded interview that was SO much fun to do! And there are lots of great speakers lined up.
Well, that’s it for now! I look forward to connecting again soon.
With Love and Appreciation,
Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo
Fat, Fatigued, Foggy, Frantic and Flatulent: The 5 F’s That Hallmark Adrenal Fatigue
A Silent Epidemic
As strange as it may sound, the problems of exhaustion, brain fog, insomnia, sensitivity to bright light, extra weight around the middle, irritability, afternoon slump, and similar symptoms are all often related to one cause.
This culprit affects millions of people from much younger than you would expect to people in their twilight years. The seriousness of this issue cannot be overlooked. Your body is trying to tell you something very important. Your body is on “high alert”–too much and too often.
As we discussed last week, a lot of misinformation abounds about the ideal spacing of meals.The ultimate solution, in my opinion, is suggesting things that are consistent with the biochemistry and then testing with each individual.
I have worked with hundreds of patients who tried the “Eat every 2-3 hours” plan, or the “Never allow yourself to get too hungry or you’ll eat too much” plan.I’ve talked to people who’ve taken it to the extreme and ate constantly, all day long, and guess what?For most of them it didn’t help a bit to get the extra pounds off or increase their energy.
After scouring the research on leptin, insulin and growth hormone and their finely-tuned dance, plus looking at the biochemical pathways, I came to the conclusion that for most people, eating small frequent meals is the worst advice ever.
It not only keeps their insulin levels elevated all day long and thus putting the brakes on fat burning, it’s also keeping growth hormone levels down, thus further thwarting fat burning and decreasing the ability to make lean muscle tissue.
Further, it causes leptin levels to peak before dinner rather than after, so instead of feeling satiated and full after dinner, and ready for a 12-hour fast, they feel hungry, especially for sweets.
In the book Mastering Leptin, Byron Richards makes a case for spacing meals 4-6 hours apart, preferably closer to 6 for optimal leptin and insulin balance.
Dr. Tim Crowe, nutrition specialist at Deakin University in Melbourne, says that the six meal per day diet is a “faddish dieting trend, with very little research in support of it.” Crowe notes that some research suggests that this practice may actually cause you to put weight on.
In Eat Stop Eat, Brad Pilon reviews study after study that each concludes that fasting for up to 24 hours 1-2 times a week increases fat burning and improves insulin resistance.A regime of short fasts is referred to as intermittent fasting.
Other authors, including Joe Mercola recommend intermittent fasting EVERY DAY, by keeping all of your eating constricted to a 6-8 hour window and fasting for 16 – 18 hours a day.
I do an exhaustive review of the literature on intermittent fasting in my B4 Be Gone blood sugar balancing program, which is an integral part of my soon to be re-released Insulin Resistance Practitioner Training,
In my clients who are willing to give intermittent fasting a try, I’ve seen dramatic improvements in insulin resistance, accelerated weight loss and improved energy. I look forward to sharing my resources about a subject I find fascinating and very effective.
Register NOW and you’ll be on the early bird notice list for my Insulin Resistance Solution Practitioner Training and be eligible for early bird bonuses. This 5-week course begins August 14, 2013.
Stay tuned for our big announcement and an invitation to attend a free webinar where I reveal insulin resistance secrets most doctors don’t even know.
AM Energy Uplifter Shake
32 ounces water
1 tablespoon Sunwarrior Ormus Greens
1 tablespoon Healthforce Nutritionals Vitamineral Green
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 teaspoon Cordyceps mushroom powder (optional, if sensitive to mushrooms)
½teaspoon ashwaganda powder
2 tablespoons Chia Gel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 – 4 drops mint essential oil
Place all ingredients in a jar and shake well or put in blender and blend until well combined.
Flavor with extra essential oils or flavorings as desired
This recipe is from Correcting Adrenal Fatigue and Exhaustion (CAFE) with Dr. Ritamarie.
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Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo, MS, DC, CCN, DACBN, has been an integrative health care practitioner for over two decades, empowering her patients and students to overcome health challenges and lead a joyful and healthy life.
She’s a Doctor of Chiropractic with Certifications in Acupuncture, Clinical Nutrition, HeartMath® and Herbal Medicine as well as a certified raw and living foods instructor, chef, and coach.
She’s the author and co-author of several gluten-free vegan and raw foods recipe books including: Power Breakfast Ideas, Deliciously Quick Lunch and Dinner, Healthy Halloween Treats, Dessert: Making it Rich Without Oil and Dried and Gone to Heaven. She’s also the creator of many successful online courses designed to restore people to the health, energy, and vitality they need to live full and vibrant lives.
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