Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

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.

Three Bite Rule

Does getting invited to a holiday party put you into a cold sweat after all the hard work you have done to lose weight?

It doesn’t have to be that way!

The big focus of any party or gathering is getting to spend time with friends or families but there is no reason why you can’t enjoy the food. Take the time to scan the offerings and decide what you truly want to enjoy. Maybe it’s Grandma’s apple pie or a piece of your friend’s fudge. Whatever it may be, remember the “Three Bite Rule.”

Why 3 bites?

The first bite is going to be as enjoyable as you think it is going to be.

The second bite is still wonderful but not as wonderful as the first bite.

By the third bite, you have enjoyed the food as much as you are going to.

It is time to set it aside and hit the dance floor or visit with a friend.

Don’t be afraid of this time of year! Get out and enjoy yourself and please share with the community how you enjoy the holidays.

You Love Coffee… but Does Coffee Love You?

Every morning I ride the train into Boston and what I notice, day in and day out, is how many people are either asleep on the 6 am train or holding on to a cup of coffee for dear life. What many people do not realize is that their morning cup of joe, while giving them a jolt to getting started, is actually contributing to their fatigue later in the morning.

Many people in todays society are under chronic stress. That stress may be physical from an underlying bacterial, viral or yeast infection, emotional from going to that job that they hate everyday or struggling to make ends meet or environmental from taking toxins into our bodies from contaminated food or the air we breathe and struggling to remove them.

Caffeine contributes to our stress.

What’s in My Morning Cup?

People often say to me, “You don’t drink coffee?” Coffee has been come so ingrained into our culture that people are shocked to find out that I use coffee as an occasional treat. To find out why, visit my previous blog.  So, how do I start my day?

Well, besides a little journaling and some reflective quiet time, I like to start my day with this concoction: