Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Cleaning to Promote Health and Beauty -

Now is the perfect time to give those elimination organs.. the liver, bowels, kidney.. a good cleaning after a year of accumulating toxins.  The great news is that the liver is the only organ that can pretty much reinvent itself with the aid of an elimination diet and cleanse.  

Who doesn't want to feel revitalized, combat depression and anxiety, sleep better, and have clear and radiant skin?  I tailor programs for my patients that include 2 weeks of an elimination diet, as well as supplementation to help in the metabolic process that changes with detoxification.

Toxins come in the form of the obvious and not so obvious.  The intake of chemicals, dyes, artificial flavors, and sugars through foods tax the elimination organs.  If these organs are not working efficiently the skin and lungs have to take over the process of elimination, resulting in asthma and skin problems.  What you may not be aware of is the impact of caffeine, alcohol, and environmental toxins, such as the heavy metals - lead and mercury.  A cleanse that begins with eliminating the basic toxins, like hard alcohol, caffeine, processed flours and sugars will enable those organs to work at optimal levels.  

Take a look at this interview that I gave to Andy Cohen for Bravo TV, and get some more information on cleansing.  I will also include menu ideas in the next posting.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Welcome to My Gateway

Welcome. I have been gathering a great deal of informative ideas and intend to use this gateway to provide my current and prospective patients with access to articles, events, and trends which I believe will enhance our ability to learn together and stay in sync with the latest developments in nutrition, holistic health, and psychological wellness now taking place across the globe.

Join me in this exploration. I encourage you to comment, and link with information relevant to our interests.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What should I have in my kitchen?

Many of my patients are so confused about how to begin to design menus that are creative, easy enough, and taste great. I think the best way to begin this and to feel excited when opening the refrigerator and kitchen cabinets is to stock with some high quality basic ingredients. It is important that certain foods are organic, so go to your local health food store. Here is my beginning list:

Organic Olive Oil
Organic Butter
Sea Salts
Fresh Garlic
Cumin, Tumeric, Pepper Corns, Red Pepper Flakes
Grains, such as Quinoa, Basmati Rice, Whole Grain Pasta
Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Cereal
Cheese, favorites, as well as Greek Feta
Canned Black Beans, White Cannoli Beans, Kidney Beans
Greek Yoghurt
Fresh Organic Berries
Baby Spinach, Mescalen Greens
Cage-Free Eggs
Grass-Fed, Hormone-Free Meat (to be frozen)
Antibiotic-Free Chicken Breasts (to be frozen)
Fresh Greens, such as Broccoli, Spinach, Kale, Swiss Chard

Recipes to Follow!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Artisanal Food Movement

A growing interest I have is the advent of small farms who demonstrate a commitment and passion to the making of wonderful food products which are organic, and wholesome. Check out this cool online farmers market and follow their stories...makes you feel better right away. One of my personal favorites are the Three Sisters who make sensational farmstead cheese.