Posts Tagged ‘health’

Kick Sugar to the Curb for Good

by Dr. Jordan Leasure
The United States ranks as having the highest average daily sugar consumption per person.

According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2014, more than 2 in 3 American adults were overweight, and 1 in 13 were obese. (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)
We can contribute those statistics to our overwhelming addiction to sugar. What does your daily consumption look like? You may be surprised to find how much sugar is hidden in the things you consume almost daily. That grande vanilla latte – 34 grams of sugar – that’s over 2 Tablespoons. Add a blueberry scone to the order and you’re passing 50 grams of sugar and it’s not even 9am!
Obviously there’s a considerable amount of sugar in things like doughnuts and candy bars – but most of us are consuming sugar hiding in our processed foods and condiments. Did you know ketchup has about 3g of sugar in each Tablespoon?

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are (7Trusted Source):

  • Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons)
  • Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons)

Why is decreasing sugar important?
Most of us are motivated to limit sugar to help decrease our waistline but there are many other reasons to cut it out of your life. Your ability to fight infection is directly correlated with your sugar consumption. Those glucose molecules fight Vitamin C for receptor space on your cells. That Vitamin C can’t help you fight infection if all the seats at the table are taken up by sugar – that’s part of the reason we’re all more susceptible to disease around the holidays. We’re too stressed and we’re consuming too much sugar.

Sugar is known to suppress the immune system. Consuming just 100 grams of sugar (similar amount found in a medium soft drink) can already suppress white blood cells functioning by 40% for at least 5 hours. (Daily Mail)


A longitudinal clinical study that spanned over 10 years found that individuals with high blood sugar had a much faster cognitive decline rate than individuals with normal blood sugar range. Those who suffered from type 2 diabetes at the beginning of the study were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than healthy individuals. (The Atlantic)
Have you seen Alzheimer’s disease referred to as Type 3 Diabetes? It is. This results from insulin resistance and insulin deficiency. One of the best things you can do for your brain is balance your blood sugar – both for short term functioning as well as avoiding chronic disease.

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What can you do about it?
Honestly – go cold turkey and see how you feel. It’s really not as hard as it sounds. Replace your sugary drinks with non sugar counterparts – or better yet WATER. Do some structured meal planning and travel with snacks so you aren’t pressed to plan what to eat when hungry and tired.
There’s still time to join my 21 Day Sugar Detox – register today: 21 Day Sugar Detox
Try cutting out sugar for 5 days and I guarantee you’ll feel like a new person. You’ll look and feel better than you have in years.

Happy Holistic Mamas

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

 

Hi Mamas- This is a free play/support group with information and resources that will help you and your child. Please note there are 2 different times:

9:45-10:30am Toddler group with Carrie Cicciu-Singer, CCS Pediatric Therapy and Family Wellness, speaking about gross motor development and pediatric Physical Therapy for toddlers.

10:45-11:30am Baby group with Dr. Angela Marcotte, The Baby Doctor & Co, speaking about common pediatric Physical Therapy issues for babies.

We will be meeting at Gymboree in Hawthorn Mall (Vernon Hills). This group is FREE! Come and feel free to invite your friends with little ones. Hope to see you there. Please note: you will need to enter through a main mall entrance. Gymboree is located on the 1st floor near the play area. Adults- please bring socks. This group will have monthly meeting the second Sunday of each month with a different speaker/topic.

Next meet up will be Sunday, January 12th.

Join our FB group for more resources and to learn about our upcoming events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2024967677774260/

Detox for Back To School

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Are you feeling sluggish, bloated and just not like yourself?? It’s time for a DETOX! Join Dr. Jade Dellinger for an introductory night for a group detox!  Learn about the 6-day detox kit, ask questions, and pick up your kit that evening.

Lifestyle choices such as processed foods, alcohol, medications, stress and more can cause a build up of toxins in our body holding you back from feeling your best.  There are certain nutrients necessary to help open your cells to RELEASE the toxins to improve your overall function.

Cost includes 6-day detox kit, educational evening, private Facebook group for questions and recipe sharing, and email access to Dr. Jade to help support your 6-day Detox.  Kit comes with an instructional guide, but we will customize the plan for you based on goals, concerns, and sensitivities.

Payment of $199 must be received by September 13th to ensure enough kits are in stock.

Interested in learning about the detox, but not ready to commit to taking the plunge?  Join us for FREE to learn about the program. Free admission does not include access to Facebook group, detox kit or personalized plan. A few kits may be in stock that evening to purchase.

Detox kit includes:

  • Protein Powder
  • Drainage Liquid
  • Shaker Cup
  • Probiotic Capsules (month supply)
  • Colon Capsules which aid in digestion

The group will start the detox on September 30th to give everyone a chance to go shopping!!

Mancow in the morning with Dr. Jordan!!

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Tune in on Friday morning from 7:30 am to 9:00 on WLS-AM 890

to hear Dr. Jordan!!

 

She will be talking about the practice, Salutogenic Life, her sister Dr. Jade and more information about the Women’s Wellness Weekend in October!!

Live the Life you Deserve ~ our Fall Women’s Retreat

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.
~ Arabian proverb

As busy women we have a million reasons to NOT take a minute for ourselves, let alone a whole weekend getaway. We have family to protect and care for, businesses to drive forward and lives to show up for. Vacations are often times expensive, inconvenient and contain variables out of our control. At a retreat you probably won’t know anyone else, you’re taking time away from other priorities and in reality – change is scary.  Are you willing to open that box? Take the first step towards accountability and responsibility? If your answer is yes – read on.

stressed woman in front of computer, planner & notebook.
Feeling pulled in All Directions – exactly why you should Retreat.

Most of your reasons “not to” are the exact reasons you SHOULD attend a retreat. When you commit to an experience – with time or finances you’re more likely to elicit the changes you require. That’s exactly the results we see in our clients. Retreats are different from vacations – they are organized, you can actually relax instead of having to plan activities and you typically leave with more than you brought. 

Here are my Top 5 Reasons you should consider a Women’s Retreat.

  1. We all Need to Unplug – Can you imagine a weekend away from responsibilities?? No making dinner, no laundry, no answering client emails. A study in the Applied Cognitive Psychology Journal demonstrated that changing environment improves memory. Having the opportunity to change your surroundings and attend a retreat with allow you to better absorb the information provided.  Enjoy food made with love by someone else, be pampered!
  2. Learn instead of Lead – Be exposed to what works for others. Deepen your knowledge of the topics covered, learn others’ interpretation. It’s amazing how you can hear the same information a million times but when you’re ready to listen it finally sinks in. I’m often asked how I balance it all so we’ll teach real life implementation of some necessary self care techniques.
  3. Connect with Yourself – When was the last time you took time out for yourself? Refill your vessel. Remember who you are outside of the labels of friend, boss, mother, daughter, partner. Who are YOU really? Who do you want to be? Are there characteristics of your personallity that you miss? Are there others you’d like to eliminate? You may learn something new about yourself.
  4. Find your Tribe – Women are more empathetic and can relate to your struggles. Allow yourself to be taken care of, looked after and nourished. Make life long friends and accountability partners. Who knows what will pop up in those brief 15 minute chats between activities – love, loss, struggle, accomplishment. We all have them – when was the last time you honestly shared that with someone?
  5. You will leave Energized, Empowered and Enthusiastic for Change. – The experience will provide life long benefits from a new way of learning. You may receive one tool that creates the change you, your family or your business needed at this exact moment. Do you find yourself just floating along – this year the same as last? Do you yearn for a change, a new outlook or simply an expanded version of you?  

We have four spots left in our next retreat in Lake Como, Wisconsin this October. Trusting Your Gut is our topic. We’ll learn about how different aspects of life impact your gut health and how your gut health impacts EVERY area of your health and life.

Retreat Location – Workshops on the Water Lake Como, WI

We will enjoy restorative treatments including massage, acupuncture and yoga. A private chef will provide healthy meals throughout the weekend and teach us how to nourish ourselves and our families. Click here for full details.

Whether you choose to join us in October, attend a yoga retreat in Bali or just escape to Canyon Ranch we hope you’ll find time in the next 12 months to attend a Women’s retreat. You’ll thank you for it!!

FREE Postural and Backpack Screenings with Dr. Jade

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

School is quickly approaching and Dr. Jade Dellinger, DC at North Shore Pro-Active Health wants to make sure that your kids are happy and healthy! From now until September 13th we are offering FREE Postural Screenings as well as Backpack screenings. This free 10 minute appointment with Dr. Jade will demonstrate how to properly position your child’s backpack and assess their posture.

Call today at 847-362-4476 with any questions or email at [email protected] and to see how Dr. Jade can make this school year the best one yet!

Just for you Teachers!

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Attention all teachers!! We hate to say it but school is creeping around the corner and we want you to enjoy the rest of your summer. As a token of our appreciation here is a little gift for you.

From now until August 2nd enjoy a 60 minute massage for only $60!!! Normally they are $90 so call today and get on the books with Julie, Kristie or Kevin! 847-362-4476.

*limit of 3 massages and don’t forget to mention this deal when scheduling

Ask The Expert

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Come join Dr. Jordan for a panel discussion hosted by C.A.R.E., the Coalition for Aging Resources, a team of local experts covering topics from Caring for the Caregiver, Dementia, Senior Communities, Home Health Care, Behavioral Health, Hospice, Palliative Care and More.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 – Noon to 2:00 PM
Libertyville Senior Center | 135 W. Church St.

Everyone with a current need, future consideration or wanting to learn more is welcome.
Lunch will be provided.

RSVP to Jennifer West at [email protected] or call 847-247-7659

Happy Father’s Day

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Happy Father’s Day to all you dad’s out there!!

Not sure what to get that special man in your life?? How about a gift card for a massage with one of our massage therapists!! Surprise him with a 60 minute or 90 minute massage!

Call the office or stop on by and pick one up!

 

 

Heavenly Hearty & Healthy Soup

by Kristen Brown


With the fast paced lifestyle many families are living today, most don’t have the time to put a healthy, delicious meal on the table for dinner. It may be easier and more convenient to go through a drive-thru, order a pizza or some other unhealthy, non-nutritious food from a restaurant. But for many of us who are looking to be healthier, lose a few pounds/inches, and/or teach our children better eating habits, what good does that do for us? I have found that using my crockpot has helped me and my family in more ways than one. It is super easy just throwing a bunch of ingredients in to the crockpot, turning it on low and then letting the crockpot work its magic. When you come home from work later that night, you have dinner ready to go and the family can sit down to a hot, cooked meal and you don’t have to feel the added stress about what to feed your hungry family.  

One of my favorite “go to” crockpot recipes is super delicious, figure friendly, and full of vegetables and spices. With the winter months being as cold as it is in Chicago and most other places, who doesn’t love a new soup recipe to try?! This recipe has a tomato juice base which is nice because it is different from your typical broth based and creamy soups which aren’t always the healthiest for you. I find myself purchasing a lower sodium tomato juice and you can swap out the canned vegetables for fresh (the green beans and I also add wax beans to my soup at times). The recipe is as follows:

Ingredients:

1 pound ground turkey, uncooked

1 cup chopped celery

½ cup thinly sliced carrots (I tend to have baby carrots at home and just cut them in thirds)

2 ½ cups tomato juice (I tend to add more juice because I find the 2 ½ cups not to be enough)

1 (14 ½ ounce) can French cut style green beans, drained (use fresh if you desire and doesn’t have to be French cut style)

1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced ¼ inch thick (can use canned mushrooms- just drain them)

½ cup chopped tomato

1 tablespoon dried minced onion

1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 bay leaf

Directions:

1. In a large skillet, cook the ground turkey, celery and carrots until turkey is done; drain.

2. Add to a 3 ½ or 4 quart crockpot (or whatever size you have).

3. Stir in tomato juice, green beans, mushrooms, chopped tomato, dried minced onion, Worcestershire sauce, dried basil, dried oregano, garlic powder, sugar, pepper and bay leaf.

4. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 6 hours.

5. Remove bay leaf before serving.

*This soup makes 4-6  servings; Prep time is 20 minutes*

With the many different directions families are pulled in now a days, there is no crime in taking some help from all of the handy-dandy kitchen appliances which were meant to make life even a tad more stress free! If you are an avid crockpot user like I am, this recipe is right up your alley. If your crockpot has been sitting on the shelf collecting dust over the years, it is time to wash off the cobwebs and put the crockpot to good use!

Please don’t hesitate to call NSPAH if you have any questions about the Hearty and Healthy Soup. Until then, Bon Appetit and stay warm!