Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

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Your parents ailments do not belong to you!

Relax! Your genes are not set in stone.

Just because your mother got breast cancer, or your aunt or your sister, does not mean that you will get breast cancer. Similarly, just because your father is diabetic does not mean that you will become diabetic.

What genes we express, or don’t express, are determined not by the genes that we inherited but by the choices we make that activate those genes.

What do vegetables have to do with sex?

Did your mother tell you all sorts of strange things when you were a kid?  One of my favorites was, “stay away from the pigeons. They are dirty!” I can remember thinking, “it’s a bird. How dirty can it be?”

And, of course, there is the age-old adage that every mother shares, “Eat your vegetables!”

Why are vegetables so important and why do we have to eat them every day?!

Well, as it turns out, Mom was right. Vegetables are really important.

Did you develop aches and pains as you aged? Do your joints creak? Do you have regular headaches? High blood pressure? All these things are signs of oxidative stress.

Oxidative stress?! What is THAT?!

Juicing versus Blending – What is “Healthier”

What is better – juicing or blending? This is a question that is much debated in the wellness community and, I have to admit, one that I have gone back and forth a few times for my own personal health.

Generally, for day-to-day intake, I am much more likely to recommend “blending” to clients vs. juicing of vegetables and fruits.  There is a great advantage in benefiting from the entire spectrum of nutrition found in an apple or a stalk of broccoli, including the fiber and fiber-bound nutrients such as minerals.

Juicing versus Blending

Juicing versus Blending

What is better – juicing or blending? This is a question that is much debated in the wellness community and, I have to admit, one that I have gone back and forth a few times for my own personal health.

Generally for day-to-day intake, I am much more likely to recommend “blending” to clients vs. juicing of vegetables and fruits.  There is a great advantage in benefiting from the entire spectrum of nutrition found in an apple or a stalk of broccoli, including the fiber and fiber-bound nutrients such as minerals.  Fiber is critical for maintaining gastrointestinal health and is a key source of nourishment for the beneficial microbes there which balance our immune system, nurture the intestinal mucosal lining, and help to escort toxins out of the body.

Breakfast Experiment

We are all different. I encourage you to experiment with your unique body to find out what foods serve you best.

As a way of tuning into your body and learning to listen to its messages, explore eating a different breakfast every day for a week. Jot down what you eat and how you feel, both right after eating and again two hours later. Sit quietly after you eat and reflect. Note how your energy level, your moods and your physical symptoms are affected by the food in your body.

 

Day 1:  Eggs

Are You Listening to Your Body?

That headache that you are suffering from is not just an annoyance. It is your body telling you something is wrong.

Ditto for the achy joints that you are experiencing, chronically runny nose, diarrhea or constipation, inability to clear your throat, problems sleeping, fatigue or heartburn. Even your inability to lose weight may be a sign that something is not right.

Did I miss anything? Yeah, that’s a sign that something is wrong too!

Are you listening?

Refrigerator Stir-Fry Surprise!

When I was in college, Wednesdays were my roommate, Dawne’s, turn to cook and she usually took whatever leftover vegetables we had, a can of beans and a pound of ground beef and threw it together. Voila! Hamburger surprise!

This recipe might be a tad more grown-up but no less fun. It comes from my friend, Tracy Harrison, at www.eatonpurpose.com. It’s an awesome recipe and a great way to clean out the refrigerator produce drawer and make use of veggie odd’n’ends.  If you don’t have the vegetables  recommended, substitute a chopped cup of whatever you do have on hand.  Be creative!

I’m Adopting the Caveman Mentality for the New Year

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are two of my favorite holidays!

Why?

Because it offers us a chance to reflect on the past and wipe the slate clean.

One of my favorite New Year’s Eve activities is to set the timer for 10 minutes and write down all my successes for the past year, big and small. It is empowering to see that I have successfully launched a kid into the college life, doubled the size of my business in one year (thank you to my clients and referral partners – old and new!), and seen my own markers for diabetes go down as I continue to manage my stress levels, eliminate sugars and grains from my diet, work on decreasing my coffee intake and, the best part, greatly improved my sleep! WOW!

What have YOU accomplished for yourself in 2015? I bet it is more than you realize.