Marketers are well aware that we consumers buy product with our eyes. Key words such as: Healthy, Good sourch of calcium, No Fat, Low Fat, Fiber Rich, Natural Flavor, Fruit Flavored, No Trans Fats, etc. And then of course we are attracted to the pretty pictures with vibrant colors or celebrity endorsements. On this label your eyes go directly to the key words Yogurt and Calcium. Many people would immediately put it in the shopping cart thinking they are buying a healthy version of a frozen treat.

Many weight conscious people are trained to look at the Nutrition Facts on the label. Most look for calories and fat grams. Some pople are now looking to see how many carbohydrates and sugar grams are in there. You need to do a bit more reading of the labels before you decde to consume these products or give them to your family. At first glance this looks like a pretty good choice. It is pretty low in calories and fat grams. And it did say on the front of the box that it has calcium and yogurt. Right?

As a Health/Nutrition/Life Coach, I look at the Ingredients on the label. I apologize that you might not be able to read this one clearly to the right but I will point out a few things. Purple Berry Watermelon Vanilla
Ingredients: nonfat milk, non fat yogurt (cultured nonfat milk), sugar, corn syrup, milk fat, whey, maltodextrin, contains less than 1 percent of each of the following: calcium carbonate, mono and diglycerides, locust bean gum, guar gum, carrageenan, natural and artificial flavor, red 3, blue 1, caramel color, yellow 5, yellow 6, vitamin A palmitate, ice structuring protein. The list of ingredients is too long. If you are buying something from a package, find something that has 5 or less ingredients. Look at the first couple of ingredients. That tells you what the item has the most of. This one has a lot of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), corn syrup is listed again and sugar is listed later. HFCS is a highly refined artificial sweetener that packs on the pounds faster than any other ingredient, it increases your LDL “bad” cholesterol levels and contributes to obesity and diabetes. It has become the #1 source of calories in America. Food dyes: blue #1 & Blue #2 Red 3 and Red 40 Yellow 6 & Yellow Tartrazine known as E133 E124 E110 E102 are found in: fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cherry pie mix, ice cream, candy, bakery products, American cheese and macaroni and cheese. Artificial colorings, may contribute to behavioral problems like ADD and ADHD in children and lead to a significant reduction in IQ. Animal studies have linked other food colorings to cancer. To find out more about what’s in your nutrition label, contact me for a Health History Consultation or schedule a workshop at your church or workplace.

Ice cream and frozen yogurt are both frozen treats made from dairy, but there is a significant difference that sets them apart. In order for a frozen treat to be legally labeled as ice cream, it must contain at least 10 percent milkfat. This requirement is usually met through the addition of cream, and premium ice cream can contain as much as 16 percent milkfat. Frozen yogurt is not made with cream and does not have a fat requirement. Instead it is made with cultured milk such as yogurt though probiotics do not survive the freezing temperatures. Sometimes you purchase frozen yogurt because you are trying to cut down on the fat and calories but if you are getting something that has candy, syrups or marshmallows in it you are jacking up the sugar and calories again.

A better choice for a frozen treat:

freeze fresh fruit and eat it right out of the freezer
crush fresh fruit in a food processor or blender for a Make Your Own Slushee or Italian Ice
if you have a juicer, combine 1 or 2 fruits with 1 or two vegetables, pour into ice cube tray and freeze
make a smoothie using plain greek yogurt, almond or coconut milk, add pure vanilla extract (not immitation) and fresh fruit. The smoothies to the right are made with kiwi, strawberries and raspberries, orange and pineapple. They all have a handful of fresh baby organic spinach spinach. It’s a great way to sneak in some healthy green vegetables. You could drink it as is or add milk, yogurt, almond, soy or coconut milk.

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Miss America Puerto Rico 2012, Kiaraliz Medina from Moca Puerto Rico. I will accompany her as her Health/Nutrition/Life Coach “Nutritionista” on her journey as she prepares for the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas in January. I had a wonderful time in Puerto Rico and met some amazing people some of which will be my clients.

Contact me for a Health History Consultation. I off a Basic, Intermediate and Premium Program, One on One and Group Sessions, Workshops, Healthy Cooking Classes and Juicing Classes. I help people manage their weight, diabetes, thyroid and auto-immune disease. Don’t wait any longer. Let me help you improve your health and happiness. I have lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for almost 20 years and I am winning the battle with Hashimoto’s Disease (an auto-immune disease). It would be my honor to help you. We can enjoy our sessions together in my home office if you are local, at your home/office/church, by telephone, Facebook and Skype. No excuses. I’m here for you. Let’s get started on your Metamorphosis Body Mind and Spirit, a journey to a healthier life.

Juicing Classes
First Class was a great success last week! I myself lost 3 pounds in a week of juicing. I didn’t realize I would get so much enjoyment out of it and I feel great!

Join me. I will be teaching 2 more Juicing Classes: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 1:00PM and Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 1:00 (class is 60 – 75 minutes) at my home office in Shelton, CT
Some benefits of juicing: detoxing and losing weight, healing adrenal fatigue, getting rid of candida and yeast infections, boost your immune system, balance your thyroid function and of course become healthier and happier for life!!

I will be focusing on weight loss for the above 2 dates. I will give your suggestions of the best juicer to purchase. You will learn which fruits and vegetables are best for your individual needs and you will sample FRESH juice. Class is $30. per person or 2 people for $50.00. Contact me to register

Spring is here! It’s time to do a Spring Cleaning for your body.

Nutritional Health and Life Coaching Sessions

Nutritional Health and Life Coaching Sessions at Deb’s Healthy Plate aka Metamorphosis Body Mind Spirit
Private and confidential sessions are held at my home/office in Shelton, CT. Each session is one hour dedicated to you. I help my clients manage weight (loss or gain), Thyroid Management and Diabetes Management.
The cost of each one hour session is $75. As an option I can also prepare meals for you or you and your family based on your individual health needs. The meals are only $15 each per meal if you are paying for Nutritional Health and Life Coaching Services. A half sheet pan which will feed a family of 4 to 6 is $50 to $65.

It’s not just about the food. What’s eating you? How are your relationships? Home environment? Spirituality? Career? Confidence? Home Cooking? Physical Activity? Social Life? I will help you achieve your Metamorphosis- Body, Mind and Spirit.

Schedule an appointment TODAY! Feeling healthy and feeling good about your self is not a luxury. It’s an absolute necessity!!

Nutritional Health and Life Coaching Sessions in my home/office in Shelton or yours.  Schedule an appointment TODAY!  203-929-9414

Nutritional Health and Life Coaching Sessions in my home/office in Shelton or yours. Schedule an appointment TODAY! 203-929-9414

To your vibrant health and happiness!
Debbie Barbiero,
Certified Nutritional Health and Life Coach, AADP

These are some of the symptoms you or someone you love may be battling with a thyroid disorder

These are some of the symptoms you or someone you love may be battling with a thyroid disorder

Happy Valentine’s Day. I love you!

Happy Valentines Day I LOVE YOU!
It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician.”
~Meryl Streep

My clients often hear me say, “Eat a rainbow of vegetables every day. Every color of fruit and vegetables has different nutrients and health benefits.”
If the only vegetable you eat is broccoli, bravo! At least you are eating a vegetable. However, you are depriving your beautiful body of so many more vitamins and minerals that can reduce the risk of many cancers, help you with weight loss, give you more energy, lower your cholesterol and blood pressure and so much more.

The majority of people know that eating five servings of fruits and vegetables a day is very important. But, for optimum health we need to strive for closer to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Sounds crazy, right?

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Fruits and vegetables are so important to our health because they are whole foods, created by nature, that are rich in a large amount of nutrients. The processed foods that we often eat, can never compare to the health benefits from strawberries or broccoli, which have fiber, vitamins, and enzymes built right in.

Eating plenty of healthy vegetables and fruits helps prevent heart disease and strokes, diverticulitis, control your blood pressure, prevent some types of cancers, and guards against cataract and macular degeneration or vision loss.

The phrase “eating a rainbow” of fruits and vegetables is a simple way of remembering to get as much color variety in your diet as possible, so that you can maximize your intake of a broad range of nutrients. The colors of fruits and vegetables are a small clue as to what vitamins and nutrients are included. By getting a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables, your are guaranteeing a variety of different essential vitamins and minerals.

Potatoes are really not counted as a vegetable. They are mostly a starch and for optimum health we should eat them only in small amounts.

Red Fruits and Vegetables
Contain nutrients such as lycopene, ellagic acid, Quercetin, and Hesperidin, to name a few. These nutrients reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth and LDL cholesterol levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support joint tissue in arthritis cases.

Orange and Yellow fruits and vegetables
Contain beta carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C. These nutrients reduce age-related macular degeneration and the risk of prostate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, promote collagen formation and healthy joints, fight harmful free radicals, encourage alkaline balance, and work with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones.

Green vegetables and Fruit
Green vegetables contain chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, vitamin C, calcium, and Beta-carotene. The nutrients found in these vegetables reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, normalize digestion time, support retinal health and vision, fight harmful free-radicals, and boost immune system activity.

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables
Contain nutrients which include lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin. Similar to the previous nutrients, these nutrients support retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion, improve calcium and other mineral absorption, fight inflammation, reduce tumor growth, act as an anticarcinogens in the digestive tract, and limit the activity of cancer cells.

White fruits and vegetables
Contain nutrients such as beta-glucans, EGCG, SDG, and lignans that provide powerful immune boosting activity. These nutrients also activate natural killer B and T cells, reduce the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancers, and balance hormone levels, reducing the risk of hormone-related cancers.

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Join me for a cooking class! Class size is limited so please register early. I am offering 3 dates:
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 @ 6:30 PM
Sunday, April 14, 2013 @ 2:00 PM
Sunday, April 21, 2013 @ 2:00 PM

I will serve wine, water and tea and an entree. I will show you how it is prepared and you will eat a healthy meal.
The cost is only $20.00 per person. Mail checks to: Debbie Barbiero 32 Woodfield Dr. Shelton, CT 06484
If you have any questions or special requests email me:


“Dear Debbie, It was such a pleasure and so helpful to work with you as my nutrition/health coach this summer. I’ve always had questions about how the food I eat affects me, how my metabolism has changed in the last 5-10 years, and what were the best steps to get me started on a new path to lose weight permanently and feel better physically. I’ve had joint pain for years. When I heard that you could handle such conditions as Lupus and Hashimoto’s Disease for you and your daughter, I knew you were the one to come to. You’ve answered all my questions and more.

I now have a really usable list of foods that are good for me as well as a list of foods to avoid (and boy do I notice when/if I eat some of the wrong foods!) I’m really more in tune to eating healthy and it’s more than just “I should”, it’s become a new mindset for me for life.

Thanks for helping me make this huge transition. I’m down 15 pounds already and my joints feel better, my energy is up, and I’m really committed to staying with this for the long haul.

I have and will continue to recommend you to others. It was fun to take this journey with my sister. Now we have all new things to talk about!”
Thanks again,
Monica Leggett”

“I want to thank you for all your help in being my life coach it was a great experience.
Well, for starters I calculate that I lost about 28 lbs and I am in the process of revamping my wardrobe, now most of my pants are simply too big for me. Actually to think of it , that’s not a bad feeling.

Well, I have seen all the changes and intelligent choices I have made and I see and feel the results.
I pretty much eliminated a lot of my bad food choices and had focused on eating what is healthy.
I guess the 28 pound loss is testimony to that . In addition I feel and have so much more energy and and-overall positive attitude.
I also found under your guidance I have began eating smaller more nutritional meals and have begun to also eat a variety of different foods that previously I would never have tried.

Well again Debbie I want to thank you for all your help and I look forward to losing more weight and enjoying a more energetic and healthy life style.”
Glenn, New Britain, CT
“PS. I also found out that by eating more nutritious food I am not as hungry as often. And that is a good thing!”

“When Debbie began her Health and Life Coaching business, I decided to meet with her for a consultation and joined her 6 Month Program. I discovered she could really steer me in the right direction. Debbie got me on track with whole foods and supplements that support a healthy thyroid. Additionally, by explaining some irregular symptoms regarding my stomach, she realized that certain foods and products that contain gluten could be causing the issues. She has helped me feel great and has taught me how to think about the foods and products I use every day. Her positive attitude, willingness to focus on the individual and persistence to pin point the proper food for your mind and body is very inspiring! Thank you Deb.”

Sally Carter-Stratford, CT

Ravioli with Tomato Vegetable Sauce
2-3 cloves of garlic peeled
1 carrot, peeled
1 onion, peeled
1 zucchini ,ends cut off
optional: 1/2 cup red wine
2 cans tomatoes or 8 vine ripened tomatoes
a handful of fresh parsley
a handful of fresh basil
1 Tbsp grape seed oil
optional: Season with crushed red pepper flakes and sea salt

Use a food processor and chop or puree garlic, onions, zucchini and carrot. Saute the pureed vegetables in 1 Tbsp grape seed oil. If you are adding the wine stir it into the vegetable mixture and simmer for about 5 minutes. Crush the tomatoes in food processor with the parsley and basil. Add the tomato, parsley and basil to the sauteed vegetables stirring often. Simmer for two or more hours. Optional: season with crushed pepper corns and sea salt. You can substitute or include any vegetables of your choice. I love to include eggplant and onions or peppers, onions and mushrooms.

Sneak a little healthy in your day. Add vegetables to every meal.
Add broccoli, zucchini, onions, spinach, peppers or mushrooms to your scrambled eggs or omelet.
If you are having a sandwich or tacos add pickles, onions, peppers, sauteed mushrooms, leafy greens, tomatoes, etc
Having a baked potato, pasta or rice? Add some chopped vegetables
Add extra vegetables to canned soup or your homemade soup or stew

Is there a topic you would like me to talk about in a newsletter? Send me a email

Happy Valentines Day!
I am here for you to guide you to your own Metamorphosis~Body, Mind and Spirit
Make the time to love yourself. You deserve to be healthy and to have energy

When was the last time your doctor spent an hour with you?

I am a Certified Nutritional Health Coach

Your personalized program will radically improve your health and happiness. Together, we will explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover the tools you need for a lifetime of balance. The above picture is my office where we will enjoy our one on one sessions together if you are able to come to my office. I also coach via phone and Skype. I will mail all of the materials to you and we will have our verbal coaching sessions weekly or biweekly.

Could one conversation change your life? Yes! Let me sit down with you for one hour and we will discuss your unique situation in depth and determine how I can help you reach your personal goals.

I offer 3, 6 and 12 one hour sessions. You choose to meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. If you have a vacation in between that is fine we work around it and you still get 3, 6 or 12 sessions either way.

You can come to me at my home office in Shelton, CT or I could come to you if it is not further than 30 miles travel for me. We could also have the sessions over the phone (203-929-9414) or Skype debbie.barbiero1.
Group sessions of 4 or more are also available.

You Will…

•Set and accomplish goals
•Explore new foods
•Understand and reduce cravings
•Increase energy
•Feel better in your body
•Improve personal relationships

No one diet works for everyone. I will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support you. I will also help you to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable you to reach your current and future health goals.

Your Program includes….

•3 (Basic), 6 (Intermediate), or 12 (Premium) one hour sessions (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly-your choice)
•E-mail support between sessions (as needed)
•Monthly Newsletter
•Handouts (Diet plan, nutritional information, recipes, etc.)
•Goal setting and accountability with support
•Access to a lending library of health and wellness books
•If we are meeting in person, I also make you something healthy to eat with each Premium Session (12).

I practice a holistic approach to nutrition, which means that I look at how all areas of your life are connected. Does stress at your job or in your relationship cause you to overeat? Does lack of sleep or low energy prevent you from exercising? As we work together, we look at how all parts of your life affect the whole. Did your Dr. say, “You need to lose weight.” You say “OK, HOW?” I can help with that. Did your Dr. tell you that you have thyroid issues, gluten-intolerance, hypoglycemia, diabetes, etc.? I can help you manage them.
I am the HOW to your WHAT NOW!?


• Nutritional Health Coaching (Group or Individual)
• Weigh Less Program
• Group Diabesity Program (7 one hour sessions)
• Cooking Classes
• Juicing Classes / Juicing Parties / Juices to go for pickup or delivery
• Stress Management
• Healthy and Nutritious meals to go upon request for today or for your freezer. No chemicals or preservatives. Home cooking
•Corporate workshops (Invite me to your office, get the employees together for about 45 minutes for one session or a series of health and wellness sessions) Improved health = imprived attendance at work.

Contact me:
or email me

Debbie Barbiero
32 Woodfield Dr.
Shelton, CT 06484

Skype: debbie.barbiero1

Before Now
I have lost over 60 pounds and kept it off for almost 20 years. I am also managing Hashimoto’s Disease (an auto immune disease of the thyroid) and living a vibrant life.
I recently had my bloodwork and visit to my Endocrynologist. My cholesterol is down another 10 points with no help from medication.

Gift Certificates are also available.

Give yourself or someone you really care about

the gift of improved health and healing–body, mind and spirit!

* Weight Loss * Thyroid * Diabetes

To your vibrant health!

Thank you for making the time to read my newsletters. I hope you have found something helpful.

Debbie Barbiero, Certified Holistic Nutritional Health Coach, AADP

Adrenal Fatigue vs Thyroid Dysfunction?

Adrenal Fatigue vs. Thyroid Dysfunction: How to Tell

Posted by Christy Goldfeder on March 4, 2013

If you’re frequently tired, have the blahs, and feel like it’s difficult to keep weight off, you may be experiencing the winter blues if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere. Or it could be a more serious condition.

You might naturally assume your thyroid’s off balance if you have a family history of thyroid issues. However, adrenal exhaustion and thyroid dysfunction are closely linked and frequently mistaken. Some of the symptoms they have in common include extreme fatigue, never feeling well-rested, fuzzy thinking and memory issues, unexplained weight gain, and depression.

Adrenal fatigue and thyroid dysfunction are often confused because imbalances between the adrenals and thyroid are connected between their root origin in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus parts of the brain. These work together to increase and decrease hormones release by the adrenals and thyroid, as well as the sex organs. When one system gets thrown off balance, the other can be disrupted. This makes it more difficult to figure out if it’s adrenal or thyroid imbalance.

So how can you figure out if it’s hypothyroidism or adrenal exhaustion? Here are some telltale signs for both.

The biggest signs pointing to thyroid imbalance include:
•Paleness and dry skin
•Brittle nails
•Cold/heat intolerance (especially when everyone else is comfortable)
•High blood pressure
•Puffiness in the face and extremities

For adrenal fatigue, the biggest signs include:
•Dizziness on standing
•Low blood pressure
•Salt cravings
•Feeling overwhelmed by minor situations

If you feel like you may have either a thyroid imbalance or adrenal exhaustion, you can visit your doctor for specific tests. Adrenal tests may include having your cortisol levels checked or going through an insulin-induced hypoglycemia test to see how your endocrine system reacts. For thyroid issues, standard tests often include testing your levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), total and free thyroxine (T4), and total and free triiodothryonine (T3).

What if you test negative for both but still feel terrible? Of course, it makes sense to get a second opinion, as blood tests are not foolproof. And while we don’t recommend foregoing medical treatment if it’s necessary, it can be worthwhile to evaluate your food and lifestyle habits to see if you can make changes that will help boost your energy, improve your mood, and clear your thinking.

Some questions to ask yourself: Do you get enough sleep? Is it restful or restless? Are you fitting healthy movement into your life? Are you eating healthy meals at regular times? Do you eat for emotional reasons?

A Health Coach can help you figure out the answers to these questions if you’re uncertain about what you should be eating or how much sleep and exercise you really need to feel good.

As a Nutritional Health Coach, I help my clients manage thyroid disease. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease (an auto-immune disease of the thyroid).

I was dealing with the above symptoms and more. My cholesterol was 295! I had pain in my face that went to the back of my head, cold hands and feet, brain fog, forgetfulness and total exhaustion. I have also helped my daughter manage Lupus another auto-immune disease. We are both living a vibrant life now and I look forward to helping you or someone you know “get your healthy back” Contact me for a consultation

Healthy Cooking Classes and Other Class Options

Click on this link to purchase my latest EBook loaded with delicious and healthier recipes the whole family will love.
I offer one hour to 90 minutes cooking classes.  You can either tell me what you would like to learn how to prepare or I have several different healthy recipes that we will make together in my home. I can also travel to you. (add $15 for travel) I supply all the ingredients. If you are not local we can do the cooking classes via Skype. We will make it together and I will tell you what to purchase or have available in advance.:  debbie.barbiero1

I will prepare a 4 Course Meal for you in your home or mine and I even clean the mess.

I will prepare a 4 Course Meal for you in your home or mine and I even clean the mess.

When you arrive I will have the recipe printed out for you and all of the ingredients out and ready.  Some of the recipes that I have taught my clients are:  personal pizzas, tacos, brown rice pudding, garlicky asparagus with pasta, turkey vegetable chili, ratatouille, soups, quiche, granola, smoothies, chicken with mushrooms in a wine sauce, mango chicken, cheesy macaroni primavera, pasta with sauce and meatballs, shrimp scampi and so much more. Gluten-free, Vegan and Paleo diets available.

In addition to your personalized cooking class with each session you will learn valuable nutrition information that will improve your health and the health of your family.
Meals Prepared for YOU or a half sheet pan for you and your family
Choose any of the meals listed above or ask me for something else. If you are a client for Nutritional Coaching you will see the discounted rate below with Pay Pay. I also take credit card payment with SQUARE reader by phone or when you pick up your meal. I also accept cash and check
Are you ready to begin you metamorphosis ~ body, mind and spirit?  Register for Healthy Cooking Classes. 
Please call  Debbie 203-929-9414 or email me at

From Birthday Party to Bachelorette Party or Girl Scouts

From Birthday Party to Bachelorette Party or Girl Scouts

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Couples Cooking Class
Date Night
Girls Night Out
Bachelorette Party
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