Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Vitamin A to Zinc at Heather’s Gym

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Join Dr. Jordan Leasure and Dr. Jade Dellinger for this exciting workshop about vitamins! Have you always wondered if you were taking the best vitamins out there?? Or what really is the difference between all of them??

Dr. Jordan and Dr. Jade will teach you:

  • The different tiers of vitamins
  • What should and should not be in the vitamin
  • Where to start if you have never taken anything before
  • And why they are important to take

What should you bring to the workshop?

  • A pre-emailed list of any current medications
  • Bring the supplements you are are currently taking
  • Any and all questions about vitamins!

Cost: Nothing!!! Get a chance to receive some FREE goodies that day as well!

 

Dr. Jade’s Wildtree Meal Prep Workshop

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

Join us on Wednesday, January 31st at 7pm in Grayslake Illinois for a Wildtree Meal Prep Workshop!

Whether we love to cook or not, for many of us dinnertime is the most stressful time of day! This meal prep workshop is designed to reduce that stress and help you get healthy meals on the table in minutes. Plus, making dinner is more fun with friends! ☺

Not sure what a Wildtree Meal Prep Workshop is?? Check out this quick video
https://youtu.be/s1CqNLFCl8I

Wildtree products are all­ natural, organic and are completely free of MSG, GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, additives, preservatives, food dyes, and all of our products are 100% peanut free. The products are certified Organic, Kosher, and include a Gluten Free line.

So… are you in???
**Registration and payment due on TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd
Call our office to let us know what your menu choice (Veggie Lovers/One Stop Crock) and your email and Donna will email you an invoice to pay online. You do need to supply your own meat and veggies. The cost is for the kit and products.

Feel free to check out the catalog for our other awesome products
http://issuu.com/wildtree/docs/2017catalog/1
OR online at www.mywildtree.com/dengelhardt

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions!
Donna Engelhardt cell/text- 847-477-7299
[email protected]

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!

 

Transforming Health: All About Functional Medicine

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

If you’re not feeling as happy, healthy and energetic as your could, join Dr. Jordan Leasure to learn about the possibilities!!

Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root causes of disease for each individual.

The Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It relies on a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.

Learn how Dr. Jordan can help change your life and receive 20% off your first Functional Medicine visit!

Beautycounter

by Kristin Stromberg, ATC

You’re Invited

Please join us for what will be the first in a series of Beautycounter Business
Opportunity events featuring local, certified-health practitioners who will speak about current trends in Health and Wellness.

 Our very own Dr. Jordan Leasure, Certified Chiropractic Wellness Practitioner will be talking about A to Zinc supplements and regulation issues. She will also discuss the importance of supplements given the state of ever- diminishing nutrients in our foods.

Space is limited so please RSVP to:

[email protected] or

[email protected]

 

5 Ways to Boost Your Energy at Work

by Emily Bauer, CMA(AAMA)

I’m not sure about you, but about 3:30 pm every single day my brain decides to turn off and stop working. I tend to get tired and antsy at the same time, which leads to some seriously shameful unproductiveness. Seeing as the boss (as most bosses do), frowns upon dilly dallying till 5 pm, I decided that I needed to find some ways to boost my energy levels. Here’s a few simple ideas that I’ve found help keep you going till the very last second.

1.Get Moving!

Yes, I know it sounds cliche, but seriously. Get up and go to the bathroom, empty your shred pile, or just take a lap around the office! Your body needs occasional movement to change channels and get oxygen flowing. You don’t need to be away from your desk for an hour but little breaks to stretch your legs here or there won’t hurt.Keeping your body warmed up will prepare you for whatever tasks your boss might throw at you.

  1. Eat Well.

I’ll admit that snacking is my weakness. I’ve found that when I sit at my desk and snack all day, I can barely function in the afternoon. Couple that with a large lunch and I’m done for. If this is something you struggle with, try to start strategic eating. Plan a few healthy snacks to get you through the day, my favorite being apples and almonds. Prepare your lunch the night before so you can make sure you won’t end up ordering out for lunch or grabbing something frozen. Don’t let a food coma stop you from reaching your #goals.  There are many additives in food that may be making you drowsy.  Dairy is a big culprit, but to find out for sure it may be time for a food sensitivity test!

  1. Take Your Vitamins at Lunch

If you’re an awesome person then you’re taking your multivitamins. If this is the case, then try taking them with your lunch and see if that makes a difference. I currently take Salutogenic Life’s Life Pack for Women, which has a couple different vitamins including a B vitamin which really helps with energy. If you have  chronic issues with energy (even when you’re not at work), it might be a good idea to contact your practitioner to check your vitamin levels, you might find you have deficiencies such as iron or B12.

  1. Streeeetch!

If you’re a multitasker, this is a good one for you to do while you’re taking your walk! If you can’t get away from your desk and you’re stuck staring at your screen all day, try to slip in a few neck and shoulder stretches. This helps fatigued muscles that have been stuck in one position and may also increase energy by decreasing muscle discomfort. If you’re starting to feel stiff, stretch it out!

  1. Ditch the Coffee.

GASP! Yes, I did just say that. I know coffee is the go to drink when you start to feel the brain turning off, but just hear me out. Two words. Green. Tea. This is such a great source of caffeine without getting the jitters! This allows me to be more productive without bouncing off the walls. Green tea also contains an amino acid called L-theanine that helps the brain. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine leads to improved brain function and the ability to focus. BOOM. I don’t think I need to say more.

So there you have it. I know not everyone has energy issues at work, but for those who do the struggle is real. As I mentioned before, if energy is something that is constantly a problem or if you’re just tired of dealing with it, give our office a call at 847.362.4476 for a free consultation.

Finding the reason for your low energy will allow you to find the proper treatment. Until then, try out these easy tips to help you out through the day!

Ch, Ch, Ch, CHIA!

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Chia seeds are a magical food that need their time in the spot light!  I’ve been using chia in my protein shakes for awhile now, knowing they were a super food, but never knowing ALL the benefits they possess.

Chia seeds originated in Mexico where they were viewed with such admiration they were even used as currency.  The Aztecs used chia to sustain their energy while running long distances or during battle.  They would say a spoonful would give them enough endurance for 24 hours.  This all makes sense since In the Mayan language, chia means “strength”.

Chia seeds are filled with everything from Omega 3’s, protein, fiber , vitamins, minerals AND antioxidants.  Due to their content, they have a vast array of health benefits.

Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

  • Digestive Health – Due to the high amount of fiber alone, chia seeds will help with digestion.  The appropriate amount of fiber will help with regular bowel movements and help keep you full longer.
  • Heart Health – Chia seeds have been known to lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and decrease inflammation.  They are also high in Omega 3’s which are extremely beneficial for your heart.  Because they are high in Linoleic acid, they help absorb your fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K if they are taken together!
  • Bone Health – Chia seeds are high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein.  All of these nutrients are essential for bone health.
  • Fight Breast and Cervical Cancerstudy in the Journal of Molecular biochemistry found that ALA limited the growth of cancer cells in both breast and cervical cancer.  Guess what’s high in ALA? Chia Seeds!
  • AND MORE!  The more I research Chia, including their ingredients the more benefits I find!

How to make Chia Seeds?

  • Ground Chia – This is my favorite way.  I add ground chia to my protein shake in the morning.  You could add this to oatmeal, cereal and shakes!
  • Full Seed – you can soak the chia seeds in water, or a milk substitute.  They soak up anywhere from 10-15 times their volume in liquid.  THis is great for chia pudding (add in fruit),
  • Mix with Sauces, omelets, pancake mix
  • Use as a thickener for stews
  • And more!

The one warning I can give about chia seeds is if you use the whole seed without soaking it, it can cause dehydration.  The seeds want to absorb liquid, and if it’s not absorbing liquid in the food, it will absorb it from you!

Do you have recipes you would like to share? How do you incorporate chia into your daily routine?  If you have questions or concerns regarding your diet and nutrition, please contact our office.  Mention this blog for 10% off a supplement of your choice!

Size Does Matter

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

An optimist will tell you the glass is half-full; the pessimist, half-empty; and the engineer will tell you the glass is twice the size it needs to be – Anonymous

It might be helpful if we were all engineers when it came to our food.  We are exposed to supersized and packaged foods that are often double, triple or even quadruple the size we should be eating!  It is no wonder that according to the CDC, over one-third of the adult U.S. population is obese and the obesity rate in children has tripled since 1980!

When it comes to food, we need to remember we are fueling our bodies, not just feeding them.  Most cravings are learned, meaning you aren’t born to crave sugar or fast food.  When you cut down on these items, the cravings for them will lessen.

 Let’s take a closer look on serving sizes and how to make it easier to determine how much to eat!

Food Item

Comparable Item

Meat – 3 oz

Deck of Cards

Cheese – 1 oz

1 Cube, 1.5 slice

Fruit/Vegetable

Size of your fist

Pasta

Scoop of ice cream

Rice

Cupcake Wrapper

Bagel

 Hockey Puck

Almost all available food items are bigger then they should be.  Bagels are nearly double the size and so are meats.  If you measure your food out for a few meals you will start to get the hang of how much you should be eating.  Here are a few tips on how to maintain proper portions!

  1. Use smaller plates at home. You will be less tempted to fill the entire thing!
  2. Don’t go back for seconds!
  3. Freeze or refrigerate leftovers in premeasured amounts. When you decide to reheat, the work is already done for you!
  4. Never eat out of the bag. You are more likely to eat 3 or more servings if you snack directly from the container.
  5. Ask for half or smaller portions when eating out.
  6. Most restaurants serve double or triple servings. Ask for a to-go box right away and put half the food away.
  7. “One should eat to live, not live to eat.” Cicero, Rhetoricorum LV.  Remember that quote the next time you sit down to eat.  Think about what your cells, brain and heart need to function.  Do you really need that second serving?

Walnuts : The King of Nuts

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

Most of us know that incorporating nuts into our diet is important.  If you are like me you don’t necessarily know which nut is going to help with what, so you just eat a mixture and hope for the best.  After a lot of reading I’ve found that most researchers are putting walnuts on top!

Walnuts are part of the tree nut family which also includes hazelnuts, macadamia nuts (my favorite!), cashews, pine nuts, pistachios and Brazil nuts.  If you find you are having trouble getting your plant based omega-3 fats, grab a quarter cup of walnuts!  In that serving alone you will get 100 percent of the daily recommended amount.


Here are a few of the MANY benefits of walnuts for you to snack on:

  1. Heart Health : Walnuts contain l-arginine (an amino acid) and omega-3’s which both offer numerous vascular benefits.  Due to anti-inflammatory properties, walnuts can actually reduce the formation of blood clots.  Walnuts will raise ALA (great for your heart!), and help maintain healthy cholesterol.
  2. Male Fertility issues…look no further : Studies show adding just over a half cup of walnuts daily can significantly improve sperm quality, vitality, motility and morphology!
  3. Brain Health : Walnuts are packed full of Vitamin E, Folate, melatonin and antioxidants.  All of these are known to enhance cognitive and motor function, especially as we age.
  4. Cancer Fighting : A few studies have shown in mice, smaller and slower growing tumors (breast and prostate), in those that ate the human equivalent of walnuts for 18 weeks.  Just two handfuls a day can cut your risk in half!
  5. Diabetes : The healthy fat in the king of nuts can reduce fasting insulin levels in adults with type 2 diabetes who eat one quarter cup of walnuts daily!


Most of all, when you eat walnuts, resist the urge to remove the outer most layer, the whitish flaky part.  This part of the walnut actually holds 90% of the antioxidants and is the healthiest part to eat!  Furthermore, make sure to buy raw or organic nuts and not irradiated or pasteurized nuts.  You will lose numerous health benefits if you buy the wrong kind!

In conclusion, you will reap numerous benefits from a handful of raw walnuts a day! If you have questions about your diet and nutrition, please contact our office. 112 W Lake Street, Libertyville IL. 847-362-4476

Healthy Back to School Tips for your family

by Dr. Jordan Leasure
  1. Eat a nutritious breakfast.
    While there has been a debate recently about the merits of eating breakfast for weight loss, it is agreed that kids should not skip breakfast. Breakfast is a perfect opportunity to help your kids get a healthy dose of nutrients such as fiber, calcium, and protein. Great options include: whole grain cereal, and low-fat or fat-free milk, low-fat Greek yogurt and fruit, or scrambled eggs and a slice whole wheat toast.
  1. Limit liquid calories.
    The easiest place to start is to limit sugary beverages such as soda. Sugary drinks are simply empty calories and devoid of nutrients. Try also limiting fruit juice or diluting juice such as OJ with water to reduce the sweetness and the calories. Try also to  substitute sugary drinks for a glass of fat-free milk.
  1. Increase fruit and vegetable consumption.
    Fruits and veggies are rich in nutrients including antioxidant vitamins A and C, folate, fiber, and potassium. They are also low in calories. To help your kid increase their consumption of fruit and veggies, keep pre-washed produce available for your kids to simply grab and eat. Keep washed berries, apples, pears, and bananas on hand. Keep a bag of baby carrots and celery sticks around for kids to snack on.
  1. Plan dinner as a family.
    The best way to get your kids to eat healthy dinner is to engage them in the planning. Choose healthy options that everyone likes and let your kids select a veggie option and healthy whole grain option. Steamed broccoli, sautéed spinach, whole wheat pasta, and brown rice are some examples of healthy side dishes. Healthy main dish protein options include baked chicken or grilled fish. Try to make meals kid friendly and try to eat together as a family on most nights.
  1. Practice portion control.
    Finally, my favorite tip for families is to practice portion control. Minding your portions as well as those of your kids is, by far, one of the easiest ways to manage calories and avoid weight gain. I also love practicing portion control with kids as it allows for occasional treats instead of banning foods altogether. Portion out an occasional cookie for your kids’ snack and add additional healthy choices such as melon, berries or grapes.

~Kristin Stromberg