Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

Finding Energy – It’s More Than Just Choosing the Right Foods!

The first step to optimum health is making food choices that serve our unique bodies. Foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that can be used to create energy that makes us look and feel great!

So, if you feel like you are choosing the foods that will do this for you. If you are listening to my mantra and incorporating those foods into your lifestyle. Lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Don’t forget your healthy fats found in fish and the occasional piece of grass-fed organic beef. Yet you still are not losing weight and feel BLAH! Why is that?

To understand why you are consuming the right foods but still don’t have very much energy, let’s follow what happens after your food is consumed.

An Insider Look at Lunchtime in the Schools

I can’t believe that my youngest monster is starting his senior year tomorrow. If you have been following me, you are familiar with my son, Joshua, who we discovered is lactose intolerant while he was still in elementary school. Having a child with a food intolerance always makes social events interesting. You never know where a food that your child might not tolerate is lurking and the school lunches, despite drastic jumps in awareness and interest in our child’s health, are not always the best choices for our individual children. The truth of the matter is that we all just want our children to be happy, healthy and safe!

I am lucky to know Barbara Haimowitz. Barbara is a retired transitional kindergarten teacher. Because of her experience working in various schools, Barbara has insider information on exactly what gets eaten during school lunches and what many of the challenges are.

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

Hope Bars – A GF, DF, organic, portable option!

Many people have chosen to be gluten-free whether because of celiac disease or recognizing that they are sensitive to gluten and may suffer achy joints, headaches or fatigue from eating gluten. As a society, people are very used to reaching for a quick snack and often are looking for a bar to throw in their pocket book or bag as part of their “emergency pack” for when they are out and about and get hungry. Hope bars are gluten-free and made with organic ingredients.

In Christine’s own words, ” I created Hope Bars for kids using quinoa as a main ingredient, and combined it with other nutritious ingredients while making sure it was delicious and “kid approved”.  Since the schools in our town are nut free, I also made a nut free version using sunflower seed butter. ”

I tried the Dark Chocolate Cherry Hope Bars. They had just enough sweetness to make me feel like I had a special treat. They had a nice crunch and are packaged in such a way to be easily transportable. All that and they are gluten-free, dairy-free and 100% organic! She also offers nut free options. Visit their website to learn more and try them for yourself.

 

Why Are You Fat?

Are Food Intolerances Making You Fat?

When you were a kid you could eat anything and not gain an ounce. Now that you are an adult, the weight does not come off quite as easily. You eat the same. You are the same person on the outside but your insides are not the same. Why is that?

Let’s Talk Bugs…

Before we get in to that, let’s talk about bugs. The over 500 different types of bugs, also known as bacteria, that live in your digestive system. Before you start thinking that you need to do something to get rid of the over 3 pounds of bacteria, realize that they are supposed to be there. They help with digestion; they aid in breaking down your food; they create vitamins that you need to function optimally and, maybe most importantly, they are part of your intestinal immune system that keeps the bad stuff out of your body and breaks down the stuff that you need into teeny, tiny molecules that are used in various chemical reactions throughout your body. These different bacteria are in a combination that is unique to each individual. New research shows that the appendix, once thought to be a useless little appendage, actually stores the information for the right ratio of bacteria in our guts.