Organic, Allergy-Friendly and Vegan Easter Treats

To address the numerous inquiries I have received from parents wanting to offer their children and grandchildren a healthier alternative to the conventional Easter candy, here’s my roundup. First and foremost, let’s no forget to keep the daily sugar grams to 22 grams per day;)

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1. EnjoyLife: Personally, I would melt the mini chocolate chips and then pour the melted chocolate into molds, refrigerate the molds so they harden into the candy of your choice.
This company is casein-dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free, wheat-gluten-free, corn free:http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/chocolate-for-baking/
They also offers chocolate bars: http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/chocolate-bars/

2. Indie Candy: free of the top 8 allergens: free of wheat, gluten, casein, dairy, egg, tree nut, fish/shellfish or sesame products. http://www.indiecandy.com/category-s/119.htm

3. Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates are gluten, soy, corn FREE at: https://sjaaks.com/categories/show/Easter

4. Amanda’s Own Confections: great products & read this FAQ page for specifics on what products contain soy or corn. Most do not: http://www.amandasown.com/FAQ.html This company is understanding of many food allergies as well.

5. for chocolate bunnies: Premium Chocolatiers at: http://www.premiumchocolatiers.com/ these products are milk free, nut free, gluten free and vegan but they contain some soy and corn

6. Divvies offers nut, egg, dairy free candies at: http://www.divvies.com/ they contain some soy as an emulsifier

7. Ethereal offers gluten free, vegan but contains some soy: http://www.etherealconfections.com/easter-chocolate.html

8. Lake Champlain offer organic milk & dark chocolates containing milk at: http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com/seasonal-chocolates/easter-bunnies/

9. Allison’s Gourmet: contains non-gmo soy emulsifier Easter Chocolates: http://www.allisonsgourmet.com/vegan-confections-fudge/vegan-easter-gifts.html

10. Lagusta’s Luscious: contains soy lecithin, cornstarch: http://www.lagustasluscious.com/shop/seasonal-specials?zenid=97ffbb2c221313c1ca122f4465a8ec49

11. No Whey Chocolates: contains soy lecithin: http://www.veganlightchocolatenowhey.com/shop/bunny

12. Rose City Chocolates: contains soy lecithin: http://www.rosecitychocolates.com/vegan-easter-products.php

Here’s some other Easter candy companies:

For lollipops and gummies: http://www.yummyearth.com/
Here’s their allergen ingredients list: http://www.yummyearth.com/ingredients.html

Jelly Beans: http://www.surfsweets.com/

There are also many non-candy holiday ideas ranging from arts and crafts to cool robotic or sports-related products for boys and girls. We do not have to always involve candy around the holidays so less is better if we are choosing to offer some holiday treats. Whatever you decide, the children will feel special because you put love and consideration into your treat.

Wishing everyone a happy and healthy Easter.

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Promoting Wrinkles with your Diet?

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We are all familiar with the common suspects implicated with skin damage like sun exposure, smoking, frowning, and plain aging but what about looking at our food. Gasp, yet another reason to eat healthy and mindful! Well, one of the main culprits to promoting wrinkles is sugar. Darn that little sneaky white substance as it is in everything and so addictive.  Yes, it may provide some pleasure to start but let’s look at the science going on in the body and how it is messing with our face. Excess sugar in your body attacks your cells and bonds on to fats and proteins creating glycation and the end product is ironically called AGEs; short for advanced glycation end products! Inflammation occurs throughout your body and AGEs inhibit collagen production, make cells abnormal and creates free radicals.

The process of glycation happens to everyone so with a healthier diet void or low in sugar, void of white flour products, high fructose corn syrup, cookies, candy, pastries, pasta, whole grains, gluten, high glycemic foods are a good start. Drinking organic green tea, supplementing with alpha lipoic acid, Vitamin D and antioxidants like corn-free Vitamin C and E may also help. Your food intake and lifestyle choices definitely have an impact on the health of your skin.

Remember your health is worth it because You are worth it!

 

 

 

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Food for Life

 

foodforlifeblogEating healthy is important throughout your life and crucial to remaining healthy and feeling youthful! Balanced meals are the key and should be made up of organic or non-GMO foods that provide plenty of energy and satisfaction without toxic overloading or damaging your cells. Indeed, we are what we eat, what we absorb and even what we eat eats! Your food has a great impact on how you feel and how you look and age.

Here are some guidelines to eating clean, wholesome food:

Avoid dairy, gluten, corn and soy cause you do not need them to survive. The casein in dairy and gluten in wheat cause neuropeptide issues for many people. Corn is an excitotoxin to your adrenal system and can throw your neurotransmitters out of balance affecting one’s mood regulation, focusing, mental clarity and more. Besides the fact that corn and soy are usually genetically modified; there offer little nutritional value. If you have a problem with casein, then soy is going to be another culprit causing havoc in your body.

Avoid trans fats since they cause the silent killer named inflammation. Trans fats linked to cancer, diabetes, decreased immune function, obesity, heart disease, elevated LDL (bad cholesterol), asthma, and reproduction issues.

Avoid too much sugar and keep your daily intake to 22 – 32 grams. Sugar is addictive, feeds cancer cells, triggers weight gain, obesity, promotes premature aging and more! Average American annual intake of sugar ranges from 24 pounds to 180+ pounds of all forms of processed sugar! Every year, this national average of sugar intake increases so please monitor your daily sugar intake to determine what is your current intake range and strive to lower it. Do not fall victim to the sugar addiction and epidemic in this country. Substitute sugar with organic Stevia which is a highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant.

Avoid carbohydrate overload since it turns to excess sugar, weight gain, diabetes, obesity, cognitive impairment by the sugar reducing the level on insulin production in your brain! Researchers call this Type 3 diabetes since the brain as well as the pancreas produce insulin necessary for brain cell survival.

Avoid high sodium foods. If you kidneys cannot eliminate salt then it will back up into your blood, making your heart work harder and increases pressure in your arteries. Cook with fresh herbs, spices like onion, garlic, oregano, rosemary, basil , parsley and even apple cider vinegar to flavor food.

Avoid waiting until you are starving since you may grab unhealthy food choices devoid of real nutrients. Plan each meal as a little preparation goes a long way.

Avoid eating when stressed out as digestion actually slows down and you will not absorb your nutrients due to the cortisol (stress hormone) in your body.

Instead, choose organic, wholesome foods balancing each meal with a protein like lean meats, low mercury fish like shrimp, sardines and salmon, complex carbohydrate like green leafy vegetables, healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, and coconut oil. If vegan make sure you get your protein from the least processed protein sources like mung bean, black bean, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, spinach, almonds, cauliflower, asparagus, peas.

Bon appetit! Happy, Healthy Eating;)

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Weight Loss Plateau?

Weight Loss and management can be a struggle for many. I am a big fan of gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, corn-free, GMO-free, healthy eating regime removing anything artificial as well as processed sugars. This eating regime should jumpstart weight loss and act as a detoxification catalyst. If you are following a ‘clean’ eating regime and are experiencing difficulty with losing weight then there may be unknown food allergies or food intolerances causing fluid retention and inflammation. These food intolerances are weight loss resistant! A 2012 study reported an average of 12 pounds weight loss after being tested and avoiding IgG positive foods.

If you suspect reactions to foods then proper IgG Food Allergy testing may be crucial to your successful weight loss program. Call or contact us today to arrange for your IgG Food Allergy Test with Candida checking for 93 foods in order to create a customized food regime for you!

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Cold & Flu Season is Here…Are you Prepared? Part 3

At the onset of illness or if you have been in the midst of others with the flu/cold:

Take 1-2 raw garlic cloves immediately. You can wrap them up in lettuce leaves, apple slices or drink them in warmed chicken broth. Key is to eat them raw, so add the raw garlic to a mug or glass and pour the warmed broth over it.

Double up on good quality Vitamin C supplements.

Incorporate Garlic odorless supplements.

Take ViraStop on an empty stomach twice daily which supports immune function by breaking down protein invaders leaving them vulnerable to the immune system.

  1. Echinacea herbal combination supplement designed to provide a short-term boost to the immune system. The botanicals have been shown to support activity of T-cells, macrophages, and NK (natural killer) cells, making the immune system better equipped to fight off  pathogens. Can be used as an immune-booster in the presence of acute symptoms. For long-term, use in a pulsed fashion (3 weeks on, 1 week off) to avoid over stimulation of immune cells. Not recommended for use for chronic infections or in autoimmunity
  2. Take homeopathic remedies that target Virus, designed to help the body combat infection and address the multitude of symptoms associated with viral illness. Helps provide temporary relief from chills, fever, runny nose, body aches, and stomach discomfort.
  3. Homeopathic remedies that are immune strengthening, designed to enhance natural immune defenses and support immune cell activity in the presence of infection to protect the eyes, ears, nose, throat and lungs from both viral and bacterial pathogens. Can be used as a long term form of immune support or as an immune-boosting tonic in the presence of acute symptoms.
  4. If one is experiencing flu like symptoms involving a bronchial cough then add remedies to help soothe irritated mucous membranes and support the relief of persistent, hacking cough and itching of the pharynx. May also support expectorant activity, promoting the elimination and drainage of mucous.
  5. If one is experiencing sore throat, then remedies chosen to calm inflammation and itching of the tonsils and pharynx to soothe throat pain and discomfort. Promotes relief from persistent cough, breathing difficulties, and chest pressure while supporting the body in fighting infection.
  6. These two herbs are powerful: Mullein and Pau d-arco. Mullein comes in capsule, tea or liquid herbal that may provide relief from symptoms associated with respiratory infection by promoting removal of mucus and bronchial relaxation.
  7. Pau d’arco have many immune-stimulating properties as it activates human immune cells (lymphocytes and granulocytes) that mediate immunological reactions. What this means is that if you have a cold or flu and you need to kickstart your immune system then  Pau d’arco is the herb that can assist. It has been studied in Germany at the University of Munich to actively inhibit the growth of several viruses.
  8. Smart Silver is a powerful antimicrobial agent that, unlike alcohol-based sanitizers, distinguishes between good and bad bacteria. These topical gel, liquid, and spray formulations protect against infectious organisms while leaving beneficial bacteria unscathed.

We all have so much too day and being sick is not on our list. That’s why taking proactive supplements, herbals and homeopathics to protect against the flu and cold epidemic is crucial this time of year.

I’ve pulled together my top immune-boosting supplements in a Immune Boost recommendation package and if you want to order your Homeopathic & Herbal First Aid Flu package, then click here:
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Disclaimer: This information is supplied for educational purposes only. It is not for the treatment of any individual person or disease. If you are suffering any particular complaint please consult a physician or call emergency services.

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Cold & Flu Season is Here…Are you Prepared? Part 2

Daily healthy tips to incorporate into your regime to boost your immune system:

Start the day with a glass of water with organic 1/2 squeezed lemon and a splash of Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar.

  1. Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water, preferably room temperature not cold.
  2. Take good quality Vitamin C.
  3. Strengthen immune system with astragalus root capsule supplements twice daily.
  4. Take a dry Vitamin D3 capsule.
  5. Gargle with sea salt, lukewarm two – three times daily.
  6. Get enough sleep everyday to let your body heal.
  7. Keep a positive attitude.
  8. Wash your hands and avoid direct contact with others in public areas.
  9. Drink Yogi Cold Season herbal teas.
  10. Take a good quality probiotic.
  11. Meditate and de-stress to keep the immune system working properly.

 

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Disclaimer: This information is supplied for educational purposes only. It is not for the treatment of any individual person or disease. If you are suffering any particular complaint please consult a physician or call emergency services.

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Cold & Flu Season is Here…Are you Prepared? Part 1

Been getting many inquiries and office visits from individuals who want to be proactive in preventing the flu this season. There are many immune support products that include a wide range of homeopathics, herbals and nutritionals formulated to address both general and specific immune issues. As the weather gets colder, we are exposed to a multitude of germs, viruses, and bacteria that can make us ill. Research also indicates that lower levels of Vitamin D3 is a crucial factor in cold and flu season. Perhaps, it is because we are run down from the holidays and start of the new year. Whatever the reason, I want to share some strategies that you can incorporate on a daily basis to strengthen one’s immune system and other strategies to implement at the onset of feeling ill and keep the bugs at bay. Unlike conventional cold and flu therapies that simply mask symptoms and often leave one feeling drowsy or foggy-headed, the holistic remedies work with the body’s immune system to relieve symptoms and promote faster recovery.             Disclaimer: This information is supplied for educational purposes only. It is not for the treatment of any individual person or disease. If you are suffering any particular complaint please consult a physician or call emergency services.

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New Year’s Resolutions 2013

Getting ready to set your New Year’s resolutions for 2013? It’s time to think about yourself…your health in particular. Your health is worth it because YOU are worth it.  Now is the time to take charge of your life as you approach a new year, approach your health with a new attitude. Take a look at functional medicine and the non-invasive lab work to gain an insight of  all the influences and imbalances that may be at the root of illness and why you are not reaching your optimal health goals.  How is your lifestyle and environment interacting with your genes to create the imbalances or balances that are the real determinants of disease or health? Make yourself a top priority and book your appointment today. Make 2013 the year that you become your best health advocate for yourself.

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Protein Shake for Breakfast

Starting the day with a healthy breakfast is key to reaching your optimal health goals. Many people ask what’s the quickest breakfast ideas since they are too busy to sit down for a meal so early in the morning so they skip it all together. Your body is starving for nutrients so if you have time constraints in the mornings, running late or not really hungry,then here are some solutions:

(a) high protein shake – can be made the night before or whip it up in a minute and take it on your way, (b) raw, high protein health food bar, (c) prepare a sandwich the night before and take it to work; skip the regular ‘breakfast’ choices if it’s nothing but simple carbohydrates and zero nutrients.

My favorite protein shake contains 24 grams of protein, tasty in Vanilla Delight, Creamy Chocolate or Chai. It’s gluten, lactose, whey, casein, soy-free that provides the best balance of natural ingredients to support healthy body composition, and healthy immune system, promote gastrointestinal health, and optimize the body’s detoxification process and response to inflammation.

Shake Recipe: 2 scoops of shake powder, 1/3 cup of organic frozen or fresh berries, 1 cup of coconut, hemp, or sunflower milk or water with cup of coconut greek yogurt. Blend all together.

http://store.xymogen.com/ setup an account with code: COACH2010 and choose OptiCleanse Plus Chocolate/Vanilla/Chai (my favorite)

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Hi there! Sign up for my free ‘Health & Nutrition Tips’ newsletter. Listen to the Radio Shows on this website to get empowered by my expertise. If interested in partnering with a health practitioner that will listen to your concerns, and dig deeper to discover the core of your health issues then contact me to start the process. Metabolic functioning of the gastrointestinal, adrenal, nutritional, mitochondrial and detoxification systems need balance to reach optimal health goals. You will receive a customized nutraceutical regime to address your health issues. Your health is worth it because YOU are worth it!

  • About Nancy: Nancy Guberti is a metabolic and functional medicine specialist, certified nutritionist, Defeat Autism Now Practitioner, Gluten-Free Casein-Free (GFCF) diet counselor and healthy lifestyle coach.
  • Nancy practices a biomedical and nutritional approach to healing. Utilizing functional medicine testing and extensive health intake consult, she develops individualized treatment regimes customized to her client’s health.
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