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Healthy Holiday Gift Guide 2018

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

The Doctors at NSPAH are at it again!  They’ve put together a list of their favorite healthy items of 2018.  Some were so good they have stayed on the list since last year.  If Oprah can do it, so can we!  If you are looking for healthy gifts for those you love, or even items to make your 2019 New Years Resolutions even easier to achieve, check out their list below.

#1 BeautyCounter

If you’re not familiar with this makeup and skincare line you’re missing out.  This is another favorite that has made the list for the second year running! They put together a Never List™ The Never List™ is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that they never use as ingredients in their products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.

Your skin is the largest organ in the body and since it’s porous it absorbs whatever you put on it. According to the Huffington Post “The average woman puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every single day without even knowing. And 60 percent of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies”. The doctors have been working hard to eliminate chemicals in their homes, and makeup was a very important change.  As women who love makeup, it’s hard to find products you love, it’s especially hard to find safe products you love.  BeautyCounter fits both categories.  Nearly all their products are even safe while pregnant as they do not contain any known harmful ingredients that may cross the placenta.  Dr. Jade even gives their body wash, shampoo and conditioner a thumbs up!

#2 – Native Deodorant

Native has made the list for the second year in a row.  The docs have yet to find a better natural deodorant on the market.  There are a lot of great ones out there, this just happens to be their favorite. If you’re looking for a natural alternative to traditional deodorant – look no further. They pride themselves on the following: Made in the USA – They never test on animals, except humans. Aluminum Free – Native Deodorant fights odors and wetness, and is made without aluminium. Native Deodorant is made with ingredients you can pronounce, and is paraben-free. And how do you beat free shipping and returns? Trying it is practically risk free!  They have sample packs, cute packaging and fantastic scents.  

Why is a “natural” deodorant important? The toxic effects of aluminum are well documented – what varies is the amount of aluminum that is considered safe. Aluminum is a naturally occurring element – it’s plentiful in the earth, our cooking products and even our food. We suggest clients that have prolonged antacid use and those with decreased kidney functioning take our thoughts to heart as these individuals are the most susceptible to aluminum toxicity.  This is why we suggest patients find an aluminum free product.

#3 –Heart Math

Dr. Jordan gave the gift of Heart Math last Christmas and it was a huge hit!  Heart Math was developed in 1991 and it empowers people to self regulate emotions and behaviors to reduce stress, increase resilience and more.  You can utilize Heart Math tools to control your heart beat.  Science shows us the rhythm of our heart beat affects how we think and feel.  All of us need a little extra time each day to check out from daily stressors and take a moment to ourselves.  Heart Math allows you to connect to that and you can start with as little as 5 minutes a day!

Your heart beats differently if you’re experiencing frustration vs. when you experience appreciation. What if you could learn to “turn that frown upside down” on the inside? That’s essentially what utilizing this fun technology provides. Dr. Jordan utilizes Heart Math tools in the office with her functional medicine clients and now you can implement these skills at home as well! Who do you know that suffers from anxiety, depression, experiences a lot of stress or could just use the accountability of a fun game to help them feel better? Put this on their list!

#4 Instacart

Wouldn’t you love more time to spend with the people you love, doing the things you love? If you’re read any of our previous blog posts on delegation and prioritization you’ve seen Dr. Jordan mention the benefits of knowing what your time is worth and only doing tasks that fulfill your immediate needs AND are worth your time. Most of the time grocery shopping doesn’t fall into that category! Are you looking for a service that can take shopping for groceries off your plate? Instacart can do just that!  Dr. Jordan has been using Instacart for quite some time, and loves the time it saves her.  Instacart connects you with local shoppers and will deliver your groceries in as little as an hour!  Best of all, your previous orders are saved so future orders take less time to compile if you use a bunch of the same products.  Instacart is still expanding, so take a look at their website to see if locations are available near you.

#5. Young Living Essential Oils

Dr. Jade has been regularly using oils for years with great success with everything from immune boosting, to burn relief and more!  She made sets of roll-on’s for stocking stuffers this year, and they sold out within the first week!  Young Living is our favorite brand due to their seed to seal guarantee.  They have control over every stage of the essential oil process from planting, harvesting, distilling and more.  Quality is very important to the doctors at NSPAH, and that is why they utilize Young Living.  If you are interested in oils, want to order a few, or aren’t sure where to start, let us know!

#6. Mason Jars

Mason Jars have so many uses that they had to make the list.  First and foremost, they are great for food storage.  Unfortunately, most Americans are utilizing plastic storage containers for our meal prep and even left overs.  We may be buying BPA FREE plastic, but did you know there are other, even more harmful chemicals in our plastic besides BPA?  Chemicals in our plastics, even those we think are safe can wreak havoc on the estrogens in our body.  This becomes an even larger problem when those plastics are heated.  This includes reheating food, the hot coffee you drink through a plastic lid and more.  Not to mention the waste that plastics create – let’s save our planet!! Dr. Jordan has switched over all storage in her house to glass and silicone, and mason jars are her favorite product!

They come in various sizes so you can pre-prep items such as salads (Dressing on the bottom), overnight oats, chia pudding, leftovers and more!  They are safe for all members of your family, and you can feel comfortable knowing that!

#7. Planet Box

We know the first comment we will get after reading about how amazing mason jars are, is how are you going to put a full lunch in one.  We have you covered!  Planet Box makes eco-friendly, stainless steel lunch boxes!  These lunch boxes come in various sizes, have separate compartments, easy to clean, customizable and best of all, SAFE!  These are great for both adults and kids, especially those of us who don’t like our food to touch!

The down side is they may seem a little pricey – at $75 it may be hard to swallow – but believe us it’s worth it. It makes packing a lunch fun, you prioritize what you eat and how you eat it. Sit down with your budget and see how much you truly spend on eating out – and most of the time those are NOT healthy options! #MrParker is a fan of dinosaurs so that’s the lunch box he’s getting for Christmas. Believe us, there’s a personalized option for everyone on your list!

#8. UnFu*k Yourself Book

There are so many great books that we read in 2018 that it was hard to pick just one.  If you are feeling bogged down by baggage, regardless of what type it is, get your hands on this book.  You are a miracle and Gary John Bishop helps guide you into that understanding and realization.  It’s time to drop the negative self talk for 2019 and be the bada$$ you were meant to be!  Don’t think of this book as being a self help book, it cuts out all the BS.  Start living your best life!

9. Silicone Bags – and other food storage

Are you starting to sense a theme in our favorite things this year?  Not only has 2018 been about reducing the chemicals we eat, we breathe and that we apply to our skin, it’s also been about re-purposing and reusing.  Not only is plastic hazardous to our health as listed above, but most plastics we use for food storage cannot be recycled.  It’s important that we take the time to do our part, and reusable items such as storage bags are a great place to start.  Unfortunately the jury is still out on the complete safety of silicon since it is new to the market, but overall it seems to be ranking pretty high on most websites.  We’ve linked a few of the best reusable, eco-friendly storage bags for you to sort out your favorite.  These don’t just have to be used for food, but even to carry business cards, toys, essential oils, etc.

#10. Dr. Jordan’s Lifestyle Reboot

We’ve made it to #10.  We are shamelessly plugging our own Dr. Jordan, but this program is up and coming for 2019, and is an awesome way to get you back on track.  Besides having her Doctorate in Chiropractic, a certificate in Wellness, Dr. Jordan is trained in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine.  Functional Medicine determines how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual, not merely treating symptoms. Dr. Jordan has put together a six week program that will allow clients to take the first steps in integrating some of the changes that Functional Medicine practitioners utilize to improve the health of their patients. If you or your loved ones are feeling stuck, frustrated, or worried about health challenges this is the perfect place to start. Dr. Jordan will walk you through lifestyle modifications that will allow you to lay the foundation of a healthier and happier 2019 and beyond. Click the link above to join our “Healthy Habits” facebook group to help you not only navigate the holidays but learn a few tricks to carry you into the new year on the right foot!

 

I hope the above suggestions inspire you to get out and be healthy. Change one thing each day to improve your health. Park further away from the door, carry your groceries instead of pushing a cart, write down 3 things each night that you’re grateful for, add in one different or unique vegetable each day. Life is about creating new sustainable habits – make sure they’re good ones! If you enjoyed our list please share it with someone you love – if not please send us your suggestions for our next shopping guide!  Sending love and health to you and yours in 2019!

4 Tips for Your Outdoor Workout

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

We all know as soon as the weather is no longer below freezing you will start to see people running outside all bundled up. As the spring and summer months approach everyone seems to be out versus being in the gym. It’s important to protect yourself all year round if you plan to be getting your sweat on outdoors!

  1. Eat Something

No matter if you workout first thing in the morning or after work it should not be on an empty stomach. Food is our fuel and if we do not have anything in our system then we are going to fatigue quickly and not be at our full potential. It can be a simple protein shake, RX bar, banana, or even a healthy nut mix. Something that can be taken easily around wherever you go.  If people push themselves too much they can become dizzy and even faint. It does not matter if the weather is 90 degrees out with sun or 53 degrees and overcast. Food is your friend!!

  1. Sunscreen

According to the American Cancer Society, “Melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. The American Cancer Society’s estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2018 are: about 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women) and about 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma  (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women). The rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years.”*

This is crazy!! But think about it. Do you put sunscreen on every day? Not just on your face but on your arms? Probably not. They have so many products available for facial sunscreen as well as body sunscreen that it should be part of you daily routine. Many moisturizers now have SPF 30 or more in their products. Again even in the dead of winter it is still advised to wear sunscreen against the sun’s UV rays.

  1. Hydration

On a good day people should be drinking half of their body weight in ounces of water. Half!! So now imagine exercising and all that work your body is doing. Your body needs to be replenished. I have seen some runners wear a running belt with small bottles of water on their backs. My husband likes to hold a small bottle that fits into his hand like a glove. When people go on hikes there are signs everywhere that say if you need to turn around once half of your water is gone. Not sure how much water you have had for the day? Easy! Use a reusable container such as a Blender Bottle because on the outside there are marks displaying the ounces. The normal size is 24 ounces. Fill that all the way to the top. Actually finish the whole thing before you fill up so you know for sure how much you have had. If you weight 100 lbs then everyday water intake should be 50 ounces. It is hard to get used to drinking all that water but your body will start to crave it after awhile. You and the bathroom will be best friends in the beginning but you will notice a change in energy, and how you generally overall feel with just drinking water.  Don’t forget on a hot day you may not be sweating due to the moisture evaporating off your body, this is the most important time to continue hydrating!

  1. Wearing an ID Bracelet

In 2016 there were over 6,000 reported accidents of pedestrians getting hit by vehicles. That was a 11% jump from previous years. This is crazy! If you are running or biking out by yourself and if you do not have ID on you, what happens if you are in an accident? Get a rode ID. I thought my husband was being too cautious with wearing his everywhere but when I almost got hit by a car while on a run I changed my tune. If you are going somewhere by yourself it is advised to at least tell someone where you are going in case of an emergency. Let them know the time you think you will done and let them know when your workout is completed. There have been plenty of stories of people going missing and no one knew they were even

What is on the Road ID?

Your name, the town and state you live in, three emergency contacts with their relation to you. Also if you have any allergies. If you wear a running belt or you have bag on your bike you can always put a state Id in there but hopefully if people are helping you they will think to look in the those places. Check out roadid.com to see if one will work for you.

 

With these quick tips you should be able to have a great and safe workout all year round. If you have any questions and would like to sit down for a FREE consultation with one of our doctors just give us a call at 847-362-4476 today! Mention this blog to get your own **FREE BLENDER BOTTLE to keep track of your daily water intake. Enjoy!

**While Supplies Last

*Cancer.org

 

Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

It’s that time of year again – presents, stockings, sugar and spice! It’s also the time that we start making New Years resolutions. Why not combine the two?

This year I’ve decided that in lieu (or maybe in addition) to the random gift requests of bourbon, winter coats and a Go-Pro I’d add in some healthy alternatives.  Below is a list of my favorite healthy must haves. If someone in your life has a resolution to get healthier in 2018 maybe add something below to their stocking – or put them on your own list!

 

#1 – Vitamix

Anyone that’s heard me lecture or has attended one of our workshops knows how much I love the Vitamix! It’s a must have kitchen gadget because it replaces so many other tools. A blender, food processor, baby food maker, the list goes on! I use it every morning to make my protein shake and every evening to make baby food. I use it at least weekly to make recipes for lunch or dinner including fresh soups, egg “cups” and healthy salad dressings. I use it monthly to make fresh nut butters and even salsa!

I could go on and on but honestly they sell themselves. If you’re local to Chicago register for one of our upcoming Vitamix workshops.

 

#2 – Native Deodorant

This is Dr. Jade’s number one so of course it’s my number two. (The perks of being the older sibling!)  If you’re looking for a natural alternative to traditional deodorant – look no further. They pride themselves on the following: Made in the USA – They never test on animals, except humans. Aluminum Free – Native Deodorant fights odors and wetness, and is made without aluminium. Native Deodorant is made with ingredients you can pronounce, and is paraben-free. And how do you beat free shipping and returns? Trying it is practically risk free!

Direct from Dr. Jade: “Over the years I have tried almost every natural deodorant out there and was yet to find one that worked.  I stumbled upon Native and thought it would be like all the others.  What I got was a cute package, with an inspirational quote and a deodorant that smelled great and worked all day regardless of having a hard workout or day with patients. My favorite scents so far are coconut & vanilla as well as lavender & rose.

 

#3 BeautyCounter

If you’re not familiar with this makeup and skincare line you’re missing out. They put together a Never List™ The Never List™ is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that we never use as ingredients in our products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern.

Your skin is the largest organ in the body and since it’s porous it absorbs whatever you put on it. According to the Huffington Post “The average woman puts 515 synthetic chemicals on her body every single day without even knowing. And 60 percent of what we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bodies”. My resolution this year is to eliminate some of those chemicals to I’ve switched my makeup routine to BeautyCounter and I’m loving it.

 

#4 Thrive Market Membership

Who would have thought that we’d go from growing our own organic produce to sitting down at our electronic device to order it and have products shipped to our house? I have to confess I’m a relatively new member but I think they’re onto something here. I promised to bring dessert to Thanksgiving – I decided on a gluten free, dairy free cheesecake. A few of the supplies I needed were not found at my local Whole Foods so I stumbled upon Thrive Market. Thrive Market is a membership community that uses the power of direct buying to deliver the world’s best healthy food and natural products to our members at wholesale prices, and to sponsor free memberships for low-income American families.They have a small annual membership fee but their goal is for you to save 25-50% on your products compared to a traditional retailer. They offer free shipping on orders over $49 and you can find some great natural, raw, vegan products. You can even find beauty products and items for pets!

 

#5. A Vegetable Spiralizer

I have to confess – I do not currently own one of these but it is at the top of my Christmas List. Being Italian it might be innate but sometimes I have a craving for pasta. I’ve tried gluten free varieties but I don’t want to replace the gluten with random chemicals so I’m going the more natural route – if I can fake my brain into it! I’m a big fan of spaghetti squash with marinara so I thought I’d expand my vegetable spaghetti options. 

According to the website The Spruce, “The Best Overall Spiralizer of 2017” is The Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro, but it appears to me to have quite a few parts and a large storage container. The Spruce also ranked The KitchenAid Spiralizer up there in the top so I might stick with that since I already have the kitchenaid it will be easy to add a few attachments to my pantry. If you’re not ambitious enough right now to jump into this at home run to your local market – I’ve seen a few carrying already spiralized vegetables from beets to carrots to zucchini. Mix up your meals a little and feed your gut some healthy fiber and a dose of healthy instruction for your cells.

 

#6. Think Dirty, Water App, and Insight Timer

So a few things we recommend to all patients is to be aware of their toxic burden, take time to meditate or be grateful as well as drink copious amounts of water. The above FREE apps will help you do just that! The Think Dirty® app is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options. The Water Drink Reminder app is the easiest way to track exactly how much you’re drinking as well as a mini reminder to drink (or record your intake) of water. It was voted the best of 2016 App, Top Trending App and Best Self-Improvement App selected by Google Play. Obviously we have great taste!! And the best part – the reminder sound is like a little gurgling faucet (you’ll have to download to enjoy!). Finally the insight timer. I am by no means a master of meditation but I’m trying to learn. I’ve installed the Insight Timer on my phone and appreciate the ease of use. Upon signing in the screen shows how many other people are meditating “right now” – am I the only one that pictures Deepak and Oprah in the classic meditation pose when they see this?

 

#7. Salutogenic Life Bergamot

As of September 2017 the Number Two Prescribed Drug in the U.S. was Atorvastatin (Lipitor). It is a statin drug used to treat high cholesterol. Prior to its release as a generic atorvastatin in 2011, it was considered the top drug by sales for most of the previous decade. Meaning if you the reader on not on it – I guarantee you know someone that is. Statins are not without some serious side effects – they decrease hormones (20% decrease in testosterone). They affect mood, how the brain processes information as well as cause polyneuropathy (weakness, numbness, burning pain in roughly the same areas on both sides of the body). Studies have shown an 86% increase in diabetes with statin use. So are you looking to improve your cholesterol without a drug and these scary side effects? Have you looked into Bergamot? Salutogenic Life has an amazing Bergamot product that helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels as well as provides antioxidant and inflammatory balancing properties to help preserve coronary arteries.

As always speak with your functional medicine physician before starting any supplements and DO NOT stop any prescription drugs unless under the supervision of your physician.

 

#8. Konjac Sponge

Originally designed for baby’s skin the konjac sponge is what you should be using to achieve and maintain beautiful skin – both face and body. They are proud to carry the Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society symbols as signs of our commitment to producing natural, cruelty free skin care. All the sponges are tested for authenticity and purity, “We created the original Konjac Sponges with pure Konjac fibre and nourishing mineral-rich extracts. Deeply cleanse, exfoliate and refine your skin for a radiant complexion. Gentle enough for sensitive skin and babies, our velvety Konjac Sponges are the ultimate tool in natural, effective skincare.”

I haven’t tried this one but came across it while researching healthy alternatives to current loofa’s and sponges. It aligned with my goals to decrease the toxic load I experience daily so it looks perfect for my list.

 

9. Fitness Tracker

We’ve all heard the saying, “what gets measured-gets done”. Or does it? Some of us like the simple accountability of a device on our wrist and others need the specific steps and miles we’ve completed. Either way finding a fitness tracker that works for your lifestyle. After some extensive research (my facebook friends!) we’re at a stalemate for the best fitness tracker. Some like the fitbit, others the garmin. The important thing to note is does it make you change your behavior? Are you parking a little further away from the door? Are you taking the stairs instead of the elevator? Are you competitive with your friends and sharing your results? If the answer is yes then it’s doing its job.

 

#10. Gym Membership

Since we have readers from all over the country I didn’t want to pigeon hole this one but you get the idea. Join a gym! We have a family membership and workout individually as well as spend our weekends at our local facility. Since I recently registered for the Chicago Marathon I will be spending much more time there! Find a friend and sign up together-accountability is key. It doesn’t have to be a full fledged gym, buy a few classes to Soul Cycle or Core Power Yoga (my two personal favorites). Attend a few free classes around town and find out what you like – yoga, spin, weights, HIIT, or pilates to name a few. Commit to a race – maybe a local 5k for a charity you support. I’m running the marathon for the Chicago Chapter of the ALS association.  I remember my first race – I ran to support a girlfriend that had quit smoking. We walked more than we ran but we finished together and it lit a fire in me to enjoy the sport. Prior to that I always said I would run unless I was being chased by a bear or running after Bradley Cooper. I guess I changed my tune. Beyond just joining make sure you schedule time to use your membership. I add my workouts to my google calendar and prioritize them. If you need suggestions please reach out to us – we’re happy to connect you with some amazing facilities we trust and would recommend.

 

I hope the above suggestions inspired you to get out and be healthy. Change one thing each day to improve your health. Park further away from the door, carry your groceries instead of pushing a cart, write down 3 things each night that you’re grateful for, add in one different or unique vegetable each day. Life is about creating new sustainable habits – make sure they’re good ones! If you enjoyed our list please share it with someone you love – if not please send us your suggestions for our next shopping guide! Happy Holidays!