Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Learn how to not get sick this year! FREE WEBINAR

I’ve recorded my FREE WEBINAR “Learn how to not get the flu (or any other sickness) this year, whether you’ve had the flu shot or not!”.  

In my FREE Webinar you’ll learn what steps you can take.  This is all FREE information, loaded with invaluable tips that you can start practicing immediately!  

Please watch and share.  (You’ll want to start the webinar about 1 minute and 49 seconds into it when the webinar actually begins).  

This FREE Webinar only requires 30 minutes of your time and may prove to be invaluable!

I’d love to hear your feedback.

Be well,

Lynn

Register for a FREE WEBINAR: Learn how to NOT get the flu this season (whether you’ve had the flu shot or not)

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Join me in a FREE Webinar and learn how to prevent getting sick with the flu or any other virus or infection running rampant.  

We know that the actual flu virus only affects 5% to 20% of the American population.  The remainder of spreading results from other viral strains.  When affected the average recovery may take up  to 20 days.  

What you’ll learn:

  • It’s not your coworkers or your children that give you the flu
  • The triggers that make you vulnerable to get the flu and other infections 
  • That you don’t have to give up all of your favorite foods to feel great
  • You have complete power over your health.

Be sure to register and please share with others.

The date for the webinar is Monday, January 18th at 5:00pm PST  I’ll keep it brief but chocked full of tools you can walk away with. 

Register by clicking this link.

Helping you find the tools to be well,

Be well,

Lynn

 

Podcast #3- The functional approach to kids health with the F.D.N. Master Reed Davis

reeddavispicCome join Reed and I as we discuss the functional diagnostic nutrition approach to helping kids recover from health issues.

Learn why Reed Davis, began practicing nutrition and “labs”  with symptomatic individuals as far back as 20 years.  He is a pioneer as a practitioner, paving the way for an emerging specialty in functional diagnostic nutrition that merges clinical nutrition and functional medicine.

Reed Davis founded F.D.N.,Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® and has trained over 2,000 practitioners on how to practice with nutrition and labs.

In this interview :

  • learn why in F.D.N. we don’t ‘guess’ about systems, we ‘test’.
  • learn why Reed believes that good health is a ‘birth right’ and
  • the difference between symptoms and the importance of systems
  • what we can do as practitioners and as a parents to ensure great health.

Please listen to this podcast as Reed Davis shoots it straight and follow Kids Health 101 on iTunes. 

Also please register for updates on future podcasts, blogs and webinars and you’ll receive a FREE EBOOK “10 Truths about Kids Health Parents aren’t told, but need to know”

Best,

Lynn

rc1Welcome to Advocate for Healing.  

My name is Lynn Altieri-Need and I have one mission:

to help families find the tools they need so they can heal

You may find me discussing through podcasts, webinars and blogging:   Kids Health 101, Nutrition for Seizures, Stress Hormones and digestion as my main focuses but you’ll see by my testimonials that my training as a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner can help with nearly any symptom or illness that plagues an individual.   After all, I don’t treat the symptoms, I support the individual.  I don’t “guess”, I “test”. Come visit with me for a complimentary 30 minute consultation and be sure to sign up for updates on the right so you can be “in the know” of the most current knowledge available.



Balance the holiday festivities with these top 7 “how to’s”

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The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends.  It’s social for adults, families and children and typically involves foods that we may not indulge in on a consistent basis throughout the year but  are ever present at every event we attend.  So how do you get through the holiday festivities enjoying the foods and drinks but while also keeping your health intact?  The largest focus is to not create a total stress load on your body.  I often use the bathtub analogy which I won’t go into here.  But in essence, keep your tub from overflowing by not over-indulging.  For example all of these indulgences in a day may fill your tub to the rim:  3 cookies, eating dairy which you know doesn’t agree with you, a sugary drink which will keep you up half the night, stressed out from last minute holiday shopping  and travel, etc.  Sound familiar?  Here are 7 great how to’s to help keep your tub ‘low’ and help you keep in balance.

  1.  If it’s a potluck, bring a dish you know that you’ll enjoy and can meet your dietary needs (whatever those needs may be: ie., no dairy, no wheat, no corn, no sugar, etc).  For examples, I am strict about abstaining from dairy, so I’ll bring hummus.  Or my son needs to eat gluten free, so I’ll be sure to pack gluten free crackers (whether I’m asked to bring a dish or not).
  2. Eat the veggies that are offered first.  It’s best to fill up on nutrient dense foods before indulging in the “treats” whatever they may be.
  3. Try to keep with the real food options.  In other words, skip the prepackaged potato salad, fruit/whipped salad, store bought cookies, etc.   Eat home made meat skewers, veggies, avocado dips, etc.   These items require few ingredients and should be closer to “real”.  
  4. Stay away from the “treats” table.  Place yourself in a different location, as far away as possible.
  5. If you are going to indulge (just can’t commit to #4); do so with only one item.   Scan the options that are being offered and acknowledge that you will have the chocolate truffle that’s been waving to you from across the room.  BUT eat the veggies, meat options and other health “real food” items first.  
  6. Enjoy a beverage of your choice without sugars.  And if you do choose alcohol, try to refrain from sugary additives: fruit juices, syrups, etc.  Added sugars create an added toxic load on the liver and may even keep you awake half of the night.  Instead, opt for soda water as an additive with lemons or limes.  
  7. Alternate an alcoholic beverage with water.  I love soda water and that becomes my alternative.  (I will often bring this to a party as well as that I have this as an option).

Have fun.  Enjoy your time with friends and family.  And most of all…. be well.

Lynn

P.S. if you have other ideas on how to maintain a healthy balance through the holidays please share.  I’d love to hear from you.  

Teach them while they are young, before they risk a health crisis.

Kids Health 101 recently launched an interview with Middle School Exercise Science teacher, Todd Hensley.  In this interview he shares an understanding of the metabolic changes that kids go through in their pre-teen to teenage years.  He stresses that it’s the most crucial time for intervention; for them to understand nutrition and activity.  He feels that by teaching students ‘to take care of the one body they’ll ever own’ they may defy the odds.

http://kidshealth101.com/episode-2-health-education-is-as-important-as-math-reading/

Currently the odds are that 1 in 3 children face obesity and children as young as 8 years old are at risk of heart disease.  AND there’s strong evidence that the children of today may NOT outlive their parents.  

Please listen to the podcast while you are cooking, resting, exercising or just ‘hanging out’.  I’d love your feedback as well.

Listen to the interview here 

Please share and be well,

Lynn

 

Hormones making your crazy? Join me in a FREE WEbinar

anxietygirlJoin me in a FREE WEBINAR “Rule Your Hormones: How to Take Back Control”.  Register here

Hormonal imbalances can be at their wildest during the perimenopausal years; that is the 10 years before the onset of menopause.  In that 10 years first your progesterone levels drop and then eventually your estrogen levels.  For many women, they may feel as though their caught in a horrific storm with no end in sight.  There is no pattern and every woman is an individual destined for a time of potential hot flashes, weight gain, emotional rides and bleeding hell.  Yes, these symptoms may be common but they are not normal.  If you are not sure if this pertains to you refer to my article “Have you entered perimenopause yet?”

Fluctuating hormones  are part of a feedback loop involving  a very special part of the brain referred to as the limbic system.  In the limbic system the hypothalmus , the pituitary and the amygdala are the majors in  charge of determining hormone levels throughout the body.  For those of you that have seen my Brain/Body Diagram, this is a reminder that the brain and body and the body and the brain arealways communicating.  It’s a two way street.

The amygdala is the part of the brain that takes in stress and environmental input and manufactures your emotional and mental response.  Women especially between the ages 35 to 40 are greatly affected by the brain-hormone feedback loop.   Because the hormones are fluctuating there is a mismatch in the trigger and response by the amygdala. It works something like this: the hormones sputter, the brain gets the signal, stress is perceived in the outside world (a co-worker frustrates you) and the amygdala manufactures an emotional response (makes you cry).    Typically this would not be the emotion of your choice but it was the amygdala who did the interpretation.  So what to do? Blame it on the amygdala!

Many of you may be thinking…this just isn’t fair.  And I would entirely agree.  So what is the best way to address the amygdala and all other symptoms that are adding to the feelings of ‘crazy’?

 

Join me in a FREE Webinar on “Rule Your Hormones: How To Take Back Control”

Be well,

Lynn

How to get through perimenopause? FREE WEBINAR

I deal with so many women that need help through the 10 years of hormonal havoc that results just from being a women.  I’m offering a FREE Webinar, Monday, November 30th.  Register here.  In case you are not certain what’s causing weight fluctuations, a feeling of being out of control, hot flashes, feeling depressed, losing your mind and/or are just plain “off”?  If so here’s a blog posted awhile back.  

Peri what? Most women don’t know that perimenopause is the 10 years prior to the onset of menopause.  It can create the rockiest of moments and days.   In the first half of the decade the ovaries reduce their production of progesterone.  In the second half estrogen levels drop.  A woman’s  hormones fluctuate in this effort to eventually sputter out completely crossing the finish line at menopause.  In this hormonal fluctuation, wild emotions, low libido, weight gain around the hips, hot flashes and many other symptoms can introduce themselves letting the woman know that menopause will be arriving.  Many of you may be thinking…wow, 10 years is a long time.   How do you know if you are in the peri-menopausal phase?  And what can you do about it?

The assessment below was created by the great Dr. Sarah Gottfried.  If 5 or more of these questions seem totally related to you then yep you’re in perimenopause.

DO YOU HAVE, OR HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED, IN
THE PAST SIX MONTHS . . .
■ Feeling far less jolly about doing the grocery shopping,
laundry, dishes, and cooking than you did, say, ten years ago?
■ A preference for social isolation combined with wardrobe
malfunction (you’re newly introverted, reluctant to wear
anything other than your yoga pants if you have to leave the
house)?
■ A need to unbutton your jeans to make room for the roll
around your waist, which seemed to arrive overnight?
■ Emotional instability—for the first time in your life, you burst
into tears at work when in a crucial meeting and your kid calls
with an adolescent crisis?
■ A lack of satisfaction with exercise, since it doesn’t seem to
affect your weight?
■A general feeling of blah or reclusiveness; do you find yourself
watching the clock and wondering when it might be socially
acceptable to extricate yourself from normal activities and retire
for the evening?
■ A problem sleeping (indiscriminant debates and ruminations
awakening you in the middle of the night)?
■ A habit of waking up so sweaty that you need to change
your nightgown and sheets, and perhaps even your husband
(or partner)?
■ A face with crow’s feet and a permanently furrowed brow?
■ A lack of attention to personal grooming habits (you really
don’t care how attractive you look)?
■ An attitude toward your children that’s less gung-ho and more
ambivalent than it once was?
■ A menstrual period so unpredictable that you don’t know
whether you’re in for spotting or flooding or some weird
combination of the two?
■ Sudden forgetfulness when walking into a room (knowing
you had a purpose but searching for clues as to what it was)?
■ A continual doubting of your own instincts and insights?
■ More frequent announcements to the family that “Mom’s going
to take a nap now” or “Mom needs a time-out”?
■ A preference for chocolate or a glass of wine over sex (which,
frankly, may just be your lowest priority)?
■ A notion that Zoloft or a little Prozac sounds increasingly
appealing?
■ An opinion that addressing your mood issues by giving up
sugar, alcohol, and flour, taking various supplements, and
hormonal tweaking sounds like way too much work?
Taken from Dr. Sarah Gottfried_The Hormone Cure

If you found that at least 5 of these symptoms represent how you feel and behave then know that you are not alone.  You are officially in perimenopause and you have the black and white assessment to prove it (To Spouse: See babe, I’m not crazy).  Hopefully by now you are feeling validated in knowing that there is a name for this symptomatic time in your life.  So what can you do about it?

 

Join me in a FREE WEBINAR on November 30th, 2015 at 3pm PST.   Register here.

Be well,

Lynn

Introducing…Kids Health 101

Join me at www.KidsHealth101.com

I’m finally doing it! I’m launching KidsHealth101 Podcast today.  It will feature practitioners that have been successful at helping children heal and recover.   

My mission is “to make child healing and recovery a household conversation”.  

Podcast #1 is “live” as of today and features Dr. Shanna Bissonette interviewing me on why I’m creating a Kids Health movement.     In future podcasts, you’ll hear less from me and much more from my brilliant, pioneer driving professionals that are truly helping kids recover.  

Please join me in this movement by adding your email at KidsHealth101.com  and check out my first podcast!

At Kids Health 101 we will be discussing child developmental needs, growth, nutritional supports and sickness recovery by finding the right tools to heal using a functional approach to health.  Again, my mission is to make childhood healing and recovery a household conversation.  Register at KidsHealth101.com to receive updates of our future presenters.  And spread the word. 

I’m so excited!

Lynn

Is fast food really cheaper?

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As a busy parent, health advocate and outdoor enthusiast, I have struggled with managing time while still trying to get healthy nutritious “real” food, on the table each night.  I’ve heard the reasoning behind ‘limited time’ and the association of faster food being cheaper.  By now, most of you may have gathered that I love research and I love a challenge.  So I put myself to the test. 

My husband, two children and I were out of town for a soccer game.   I did have my emergency bag of healthy food on me at the time knowing that we’d have to return home it being a school night. But the kids were anxious for a burger and as I mentioned we were short on time.  So we pulled through Carl’s junior drive thru.  They are currently offering grass fed burgers so I ordered 3 burgers,2 protein style for my children and one regular style for my husband.  (The whole story is I ordered 4 but they only served and charged us for 3).  We also ordered 3 fries.  The total bill was $25.32 for a family of 3.  No drinks and less nutrition than what I would normally offer at my dinner table: organic 2 to 3 vegetables, possibly a grain, a grass-fed/organic meat and healthy fats.  Again, fast food was $25.32 for a family of 3 and the order took easily 30 minutes from the time we ordered until the time we received it.  

Two days later I visited our local grocery store and purchased a whole chicken, no hormones/antibiotics  priced at $13.26 (still not the best whole chicken but available thawed).  I purchased organic gold potatoes for $5.00.  I had other veggies at home (organic carrots, cauliflower and broccoli) these can be purchased for $5 a bag.  Total VONS bill is $18.26 (plus $5 for veggies).  The complete bill is $23.26.  

Here comes the fun part.  With all of this food I prepared for a family of 4:

Night 1:  Roast chicken, potatoes, carrots, cauliflower and broccoli.  Made gravy with a little arrowroot. The oven spent way more time on this meal than I did.  Easily 10 minute prep and 20 minute finish.

That night I threw the carcass into a crockpot; covered it with water and turned it on low.

chickenpotpieNight 2:  I had a gluten free shell in the freezer and filled it with chicken, veggies, sauteed in chicken broth from the crockpot.  I mashed the potatoes and put them on top.  Prep time 20 minutes? baked for 40 minutes.  Instant pot pie.  It was a hit too!

Night 3:  Homemade chicken broth filled with chicken meat, thrown into the freezer.  My kids couldn’t handle a third night of chicken in a row. BUT I have a near instant dinner for a third night.  

Other ideas: Add organic mayo to chicken with chopped veggies and have chicken salad for sandwiches or to place on top of salads.  

fastfoodCarl’s junior could feed only a family of 3 for ONE NIGHT for $25.32.  The whole chicken and it’s sides served a family of 4 for THREE nights.   Nutritious food can be affordable and efficient.  

I’d love to hear about your ideas?

Be well,
Lynn