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Instead of buying a mix with added chemicals and preservatives, let’s do a Juicing Party! I will bring the vegetables, fruits, recipes and teach your group the benefits of juicing. If you want to add a shot of something at your party, that is up to you. You supply the booze. Contact me to set a date. Juicing is fun and healthy! debbiebarbiero@yahoo.com www.metamorphosisbodymindspirit.com

Include a rainbow of colors in your meals daily. Every color has different health benefits. Contact me debbiebarbiero@yahoo.com to find out which foods are best for your individual body.

We should all be eating 9 servings of vegetables and fruit daily for optimal health. For many people that is overwhelming. With juicing it is easy. Let me show you how. Schedule a Juicing or Cleansing/Detox Class today.

Join me for the next Juicing/Detox Classes

Some of the benefits of Juicing are:
* detoxify and lose weight
* slow the aging process
* conquer adrenal fatigue
* bust candida and yeast infections
* boost your immune system
* balance your thyroid function
* become happier and healthier for life!

If you are interested in scheduling a Juicing Class, contact me. debbiebarbiero@yahoo.com

The cost of the class is $30.00 per person $50.00 for 2 people
To register for the class call me at 203-929-9414 or email me at debbiebarbiero@yahoo.com

Some of the benefits of Juicing are:
* detoxify and lose weight
* slow the aging process
* conquer adrenal fatigue
* bust candida and yeast infections
* boose your immune system
* balance your thyroid function
* become happier and healthier!

Contact me for more information. debbie@metamorphosisbodymindspirit.com 203-929-9414

2011-10-24 Health Tips

See below for update on classes.

Self Care Tips

What you may not know is that things that sometimes seem like unimportant everyday habits, or circumstances in your past, can influence how long and how well you’ll live. This information is based on the latest research from longevity.

Please read all the way down to the bottom of this Newsletter. I saved the best for last! Do you like chocolate?

Do You Drink Tea?

Both green and black teas contain a concentrated dose of catechins, which are substances that help blood vessels relax and protect your heart. In a study of more than 40,500 Japanese men and women, those who drank 5 or more cups of green tea every day had the lowest risk of dying from heart disease and stroke. Studies with black tea showed similar results. You really only need 1-2 cups a day to start doing your heart some good. Make sure it is a fresh brew. The ones you find in the Supermarket beverage section don’t have the same health benefits. Also some studies show adding milk might eliminate tea’s protective effects on the cardiovascular system, so stick to just lemon or honey.

Walk

Those who walk 30 minutes a day–are more likely to live longer than those who walk less, regardless of how much body fat they have, according to a recent study of 2,603 men and women. If you are overweight you can improve your heart health by adding just 10 minutes of activity to your daily routine. Take a walk on your lunch break. If you get a 30 minute break take 10 minutes to walk. The more you move the more you will be able to move. Instead of reaching out the car window to get your mail out of your mail box, park your car and walk the extra steps on purpose. Take the stairs as often as you can. During commercials, get up and walk or at least stretch. Dance to a song on the radio.

Skip The Soda (Even Diet)

Scientists in Boston found that drinking one or more regular or diet colas every day doubles your risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of conditions, including high blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, and excess fat around the waist, that increase your chance of heart disease and diabetes. “They believe it might be the additive that gives soda its caramel color, which upped the risk of metabolic syndrome in animal studies. Scientists also speculate that soda drinkers regularly expose their taste buds to natural or artificial sweeteners, conditioning themselves to prefer and crave sweeter foods, which may lead to weight gain”, says Vasan S. Ramachandran, MD, a professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and the study’s lead researcher.

Better choices would be to switch to tea if you need a caffeine hit. Many different tea flavors are available. I recently even saw one with the cola flavor. Have you tried ‘Teavana’ at the Mall? If it’s the fizz you are looking for, try sparkling water with a splash of juice. By controlling blood pressure and cholesterol levels, preventing diabetes, and not smoking , you can add 6 to 9 1/2 healthy years to your life.

 

Check out my website to see testimonials.

Diabetes,Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid, PCOS, Lupus Hormones are chemicals made in one part of the body that sends messages to other parts of the body, regulating growth, metabolism, and mood.

The trouble is in your hormones. Not in your head.

Are you ready to start transforming your health and life right now? I am ready to help you. I am offering:

Metamorphosis~Body, Mind and Spirit classes.

2 1/2 Hours with women dealing with many of the same issues you are. I will help you discover what you can do to manage these overwhelming issues in the comfort of my home in Shelton, CT

Did you ever wonder WHY you crave chocolate and carbs?

I will explain in the first hour some hormone imbalances and what you can do to make them more manageable. I will also make you something healthy to eat.

Carla Loxsom, my Yoga teacher, will teach a 1 hour Yoga class. Bring your mat or you can use a towel. Practicing yoga helps to regulate and control hormones secretion. An improved endocrine system keeps hormones in balance and promotes better overall physical and emotional health. Many yoga poses have positive effects for menopause such as bridge pose for decreasing hot flashes.

For more benefits see www.nursingdegree.net and www.yogaalliance.org

The 2 1/2 Hour Class is $40.00 per person and limited to 8 people for each date. If you would like to reserve your spot please email me at debbiebarbiero@yahoo.com

or call 203-929-9414.

Please reserve no later than November 1st so that I can confirm with Carla.

**I am offering 3 dates. If these dates don’t work for you but you are interested, please let me know.

Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 10:00 to 12:30 Class is full – thank you for registering. I look forward to seeing you this Saturday.

Thursday, Novermber 3, 2011 from 11:00 to 1:30 A few spots are still available.

Saturday, November 12, 2011 from 10: to 12:30 Spots are still available.

If you have not registered yet for one of the two dates available please make sure you do this week.

I lost over 60 lbs and kept it off for almost 20 years. I am managing my Hashimoto, auto-immune disease with healthier eating and lifestyle changes. I’d love to help you manage your health too.

METAMORPHOSIS ~ Body, Mind and Spirit.

I offer a combination of counseling, nurturing, education and accountability that can help anyone achieve their goals. Transform your health and transform your life. I am here to guide you.

Concord grapes, blueberries, red wine: They all get that deep, rich color from polyphenols, which are compounds that reduce heart disease risk and may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. Polyphenols help keep blood vessels and arteries flexible and healthy.

“What’s good for your coronary arteries is also good for your brain’s blood vessels,” according to Robert Krikorian, PhD. director of the Cogtnitive Disorders Center at the University of Cincinnati. Preliminary animal studies suggest that adding dark grapes to your diet may improve brain function. In a recent human study, researchers found that eating 1 or more cups of blueberries every day may improve communication between brain cells, enhancing your memory. I learned this information a couple of years ago. When I was going to Sacred Heart University I had a test or exam every week. Our professor told us we could bring in food and beverages so every week I was there munching on my blueberries. Blueberries are great by themselves or added to yogurt, added to hot oatmeal, etc. Have you had your blueberries, grapes or red wine today?

Red wine, chocolate, and blueberry pie, they’re all tasty, tempting, and terrible for you, right? Wrong! A little Merlot, a little Belgian dark chocolate, and a little of Mom’s homemade blueberry pie are all fantastic food choices that can keep you on the healthy side of life.

Just remember the key word is little. One glass of wine and a little of the high fat versions of chocolate and blueberries is good. More than that and the positive benefits you may have gained will rapidly decline into health threats. Interestingly, if you take your dark chocolate and blueberries without the fat, the Little Rule no longer applies.

These three super-foods are good for you because they contain high levels of antioxidants. When you eat them they patrol your body, looking for the harmful processes and toxins that are trying to break down your body. The antioxidants latch on to the bad guys and take care of them so they can’t harm your cells anymore. It’s a fantastically effective and easy system—you eat the foods, the foods keep you healthy. However, it doesn’t work if you don’t eat the good foods in the first place.

Studies show that red wine provides various types of antioxidants that can raise your good cholesterol and lower your bad, reduce inflammation, boost estrogen and block damaging reactions in the body that can cause mental deterioration. Studies have also shown that a specific antioxidant called resveratrol has been shown to inhibit certain kinds of cancers.

Dr. Brenda Hainey, ND, notes that even though resveratrol in red wine has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, it is not recommended in estrogen-sensitive cancers, such as uterine, ovarian, and breast cancer because its estrogen-like effects may actually increase the progression of the disease.

The same goes for other foods that contain resveratrol, such as grapes, grape juice, peanuts, blueberries, bilberries, and cranberries. Avoid them if you have an estrogen-sensitive cancer.

And if you are someone who wants to avoid wine or alcohol in any form, red grape juice is a great alternative.

Now, did someone say chocolate? Guess what? It’s healthy for you! An ounce and a half of dark chocolate and a glass of wine both contain the same amount of a type of antioxidant called poly-phenol. Jean Carper notes in her book “Your Miracle Brain” that a glass of wine and a piece of chocolate taken together have a synergistic effect, that is, you get more antioxidant power than if you ate either alone.

A tip: You want to look for the darkest chocolate you can find to gain the most health benefits. The higher % of cocoa the better. The darker it is, the more protective antioxidants you get. And to be super healthy, take your chocolate without the fat. You can do this by using cocoa powder to make tasty low-fat desserts or a warming cup of hot chocolate.

I know this was a long read but, I saved the best for last and I hope you enjoyed it.

 

 

2011-10-01 Time Management Ideas

A Dozen Easy Ways You Can Beat Stress

Have you ever wished for a few more hours in a day? I know I have! Why is it that some people seem to get everything done without any effort and others feel that time constantly flies by them? The secret to managing your time well isn’t working more hours. It is about prioritizing the important things and learning to use the time you have more efficiently and effectively. The secret is working smarter, not harder.

Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax, while others of us play first and work later. It is important to first recognize which type you are and whether your style is allowing you to have the life you really want. Maybe you are super- organized at work, but burned out because you don’t know how to make time for yourself. Maybe you are naturally a less organized person who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren’t fulfilling your goals and dreams.

Instead of labeling yourself or beating yourself up, realize that time management is an area of your life that you can strengthen. Like a new muscle, it takes practice and repetition to make it stronger. (You know when you just took an exercise class for the first time, lifted weights, did yard work-you have not used those muscles so you need to keep practicing and strengthen them and eventually it becomes a bit easier). To help you get started, here are some steps to help manage your days at work and at home.

Try the first one or two that jump out at you:

  • Allocate time for planning and organizing.
  • Create to-do lists that are realistic, not intimidating. Use only one to-do list.
  • Under-schedule your time: Leave time for the unexpected and for interruptions. when you estimate how long something will take, add on a third of that time.
  • Schedule your time in a way that reduces interruptions that lower your productivity.
  • Practice the art of intelligent neglect: Eliminate trivial tasks.
  • Prioritize what is most important and do that first.
  • Consider your biological prime time: At what time of day do you work best? Plan to do your most important work at that time.
  • If you say “yes” to everything that comes your way, learn to say, ” NO!).
  • Ask for help and delegate.
  • Set a specific time when you will end the task for the day ie; 30 minutes, 1 hour, 10:00 and stick to it! *In the evening make your to-do list for the next day, so it will be out of your brain and on a piece of paper.
  • Use your “NO” muscle. Sometimes you have to disappoint someone by saying “NO” but your body can only do so much. Say “I will get back to you” look at your schedule and see if you can manage ‘one more thing’.
  • If you are trying to manage your weight, write out what you plan to eat and drink for the next day. Many people that are not successful at losing weight didn’t “plan to fail” they simply “failed to plan”. Many of my clients that have weight loss as one of their goals email me daily what they are consuming. This is a great success tool.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first on.

~ Mark Twain

Acknowledge yourself daily for all that you have accomplished! What are you grateful for? Sometimes you may need to dig deep but we all do have many things to be grateful for. I am grateful to have you as my readers and even more grateful that many of you are my clients.

The two biggest hindrances to using time effectively: procrastinating and lacking purpose. We usually procrastinate when a job/task seems too overwhelming, large or complex, or when we feel we won’t be able to handle it. When you get that “deer in the headlights” feeling, try “chunking”: break the large task into smaller, manageable action steps and start with the first one. We also often drag our heels or use our time inefficiently because we are bored, unengaged and uninspired. The most effective people will tell you that they love what they do and are aligned with a greater purpose. When it comes to managing your time, you might need to ask the larger questions, “Am I doing what I love to do? Am I doing something meaningful to me?

As you strengthen your new time management muscle, keep your focus on getting organized so that you can live the life you came here for. Instead of being a chore, good time management can be your ticket to more fun, greater satisfaction and a vibrant, exciting life!

It’s 10:00. I am done with this for now.

ROOT VEGETABLES

The roots of any plant are its anchor and foundation; they are the essential parts that support and nourish the plant. Root vegetables lend these properties to us when we eat them, making us feel physically and mentally grounded and rooted, increasing our stability, stamina and endurance. Roots are a rich source of nutritious complex carbohydrates, providing a steady source of necessary sugars to the body. Instead of upsetting blood sugar levels like refined sweet foods, they regulate them. Since they absorb, assimilate and supply plants with vital nutrients, roots increase absorption and assimilation in our digestive tracts.

 

Long roots like burdock (you can find it at Whole Foods) carrots, parsnips and daikon radish, are excellent blood purifiers and can help improve circulation in the body and increase mental clarity. Round roots, like turnips, radishes, beets and rutabagas, are nourishing to the stomach, spleen, pancreas and reproductive organs and can help regulate blood sugar and moods, and alleviate cravings.

Roasted Root Vegetables

4-6 servings

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 turnips
  • 1 large rutabaga
  • 1 daikon radish (or substitute/add in your favorites, like squash, pumpkin)
  • 1 large onion/garlic
  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1-2 fresh tomatoes
  • 1-2 tablespoon grape seed oil
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Sage (fresh is best)

Preheat oven to 375

Wash and chop all vegetables into large bite-sized pieces

Place in a large baking dish with sides.

Drizzle with grapeseed oil; Mix well to coat vegetables lightly with the oil.

Sprinkle with sea salt, crushed black peppercorns and any/all of the above herbs.

Bake uncovered 25-35 minutes until vegetables are tender and golden brown, checking every 10 minutes to stir and make sure veggies are not sticking. If you don’t want to combine all of the above vegetables, roasting only one or two is final also. It makes a nice side dish.

 

The best medicine is what you put on your fork.

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Contact me for a Health History Consultation at the above website or email me at debbie@metamorphosisbodymindspirit.com