10 Tips to Stick to Your Health Resolutions

New Years has come and gone, and chances are you’re doing pretty well keeping your resolutions!

If your resolutions include loosing weight or controlling those late night food cravings, here are ten health tips to keep in mind:

1. Build a new way of eating into your life. Sugars in the diet, especially rapidly absorbed, refined sugars, are a key cause of obesity. Learn to use the Glycemic Index. Eating foods low on the Index provides you with a range of delicious fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and more — all foods that will help you keep your weight down and still enjoy your food.

Salty potato chips2. Be aware of food cravings, particularly for sugary or starchy snacks, from creamy candies to salty chips. Watch for the foods, nutrients, and lifestyle habits that cut your cravings.

3. Address any underlying issue that may be causing cravings, whether it’s candida yeast, habitual low blood sugar, or some other type of imbalance.

4. Apply the False Fat Diet program so you can discover your food reactions, reduce your food cravings, and clear other health conditions.

5. Learn to use the rotation diet to minimize any allergies and keep your meals interesting and tasty by trying new healthy foods and meal combinations.

Strawberries6. Cut out junk food — If you don’t buy it, you won’t eat it. Carry healthy foods and snacks to consume when you need to eat. Buy wholesome snacks for yourself and your family, chosen from foods low on the Glycemic Index, such as apples and plums, nuts and seeds, or popcorn.

7. During any type of weight reducing diet, weigh yourself only once or twice a week to avoid weight obsessions. Pay attention more to how you look and feel. To avoid feeling deprived, allow yourself to indulge once a week.

8. Remember to exercise on a regular basis.

Remember to exercise9. If you’re looking for snacks or find yourself becoming obsessed with food, change the pace. Do something productive — take a break, take a walk, or call a friend. Then, plan the right snack or meal for you.

10. If you still feel hungry, bloated, or heavier than you want, there may be an underlying physical problem. Seek the help of a healthcare professional with training in nutrition and preventive medicine.

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10 Health Resolutions for the New Year

Happy New Year!It’s no secret that keeping New Years resolutions can be a psychological, and sometimes emotional, challenge.

So here are ten mindful tips to encourage yourself to stick to those health resolutions all year, and life, long.

  1. I eat the most wholesome of foods as Nature provides them.
  2. I eat the right amount for my body (not overeating), and eat only when I am hungry.
  3. I chew my food thoroughly and take time to eat.
  4. I avoid the junky and artificial foods as much as possible.
  5. I let go of any regular use of troublesome SNACCs—sugar, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and chemicals.
  6. I stretch my body and mind to be my most flexible.
  7. I exercise daily with enjoyable physical activities, such as walking, running, or working with weights.
  8. I open my heart to experience the greatest joy—giving and receiving love.
  9. I express my feelings to those around me in a wholesome and non-hurtful manner.
  10. I allow love and healing to pervade all levels of my life.

For more helpful, healthful tips by Dr. Elson, visit Haas Health Online.

Dr. Elson Teaches at The Science & Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine

integrative_holistic_medicine_brochure_2012_1On November 1st, Dr. Elson gave two presentations at the medical conference entitled The Science & Clinical Application of Integrative Holistic Medicine co-sponsored by the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. It was attended by about 500 physicians, most of them relatively new to integrative and preventive medicine.

The first presentation was to the entire audience on eating healthy with the seasons, with the simple, nutritional back-to-nature message he has been sharing for 30+ years.

Then he gave a three-hour intensive to 150 interested docs who signed up for this program on detox and elimination diets.

For him, the first level of care for many patients can be eliminating potential health-undermining habits and observe how people feel, what symptoms and problems go away, and then re-testing what happens when they’re reintroduced back into the diet.

He believes this is a helpful approach for many practitioners to support their patients, and he plans to continue this work with physicians over the coming years.

Our Children’s Health Is Our Nation’s Future

As many of you know, children’s health and childhood obesity prevention are subjects I have been talking and writing about for decades.  The genesis of my interest in the health of children comes from my own early life, when I needed to overcome my own childhood obesity.

What I have come to realize over the years is that we need a complete re-education for our families and children, with the support of our local, state, and federal governments and school systems in order to instill in children awareness and incentives for better habits and choices in their foods. This is a continual challenge in the shadows of the multi-billion-dollar processed and fast food industries, the giant sugar soda conglomerates, and mega agriculture. In order to make this change in our children’s health outcomes, it will require a consistent and tireless effort. It matters what we do, and how and what we consume. But our bodies and health are worth it!

Earlier this year, First Lady Michelle Obama stated:

“While budgets are tight right now, there are schools across the country that are showing that it doesn’t take a whole lot of money or resources to give our kids the nutrition they deserve. What it does take, however, is effort. What it does take is imagination. What it does take is a commitment to our children’s futures.”

This is great clarity from our woman leader who clearly cares about children and health. And it appears that science is now supporting Ms. Obama’s campaign.

State laws that curb the sale of junk food in schools may be helping combat childhood obesity, according to the findings of a new study published on August 13, 2012 in the medical journal Pediatrics. The study was conducted over three years and involved more than 6,000 children in 40 states.

In the first U.S. study to measure the impact of state laws that effect the sale of sugary snacks and drinks, researchers found that children in grades five through eight who live in states with stronger laws gained less weight than kids in states without such laws.

“It really shows that there can be an effect — a positive effect — by curbing the sale of junk food and sweetened drinks,” said Dr. Keith Ayoob, associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City (Dr. Ayoob was not involved in the study).

These findings are adding further “weight” to increasing optimism among public health experts.

And while lessening junk food in school is a good start, it’s critical that healthy habits extend beyond the classroom, “That’s where maybe parents can have a bigger impact,” said Dr. Ayoob.

Furthermore, when we begin to use these principles at home and with the entire family, less junk and less sugary foods, more fresh and wholesome choices—we will make a bigger difference in health, both immediate and long term.

So as you prepare your kids for heading back to school, make packing a healthy school lunch a priority, even if your kids occasionally trade in those carrots for a cookie. Here are a few ingredients that make a healthy lunch.

  • Sandwiches made with good-quality, nutritious whole grain bread. Try tuna salad, turkey (oven-roasted or other nitrite-free packaged or deli turkey). Add almond or other nut butter with a natural fruit jam or sliced banana and honey.
  • An apple or apple slices in a small sealed container
  • Other sliced fruit or a whole orange or banana
  • Raisins (organic and sulfite-free if possible)
  • Almonds or other nuts or seeds in a small baggie or container
  • Sliced carrots or celery, possibly with a dip
  • Healthy leftovers from last night’s dinner
  • Juice and water mixture, or just water, in a small thermos (or send it cold to keep the rest of the lunch cool)

Read more tips and guidelines on how to nourish your children and live healthfully NOW!

Elson Talks Calcium Intake with Healthy Woman from Bottom Line

Elson was recently interviewed by Healthy Woman for Bottom Line in their article “Stop Flushing Your Calcium Down the Drain” on things to avoid so that the calcium one does consume isn’t wasted.

Here’s an excerpt:

Caffeine. Do you often have calcium-rich yogurt for breakfast or take your calcium pill with your morning meal—then wash it down with a big mug of coffee or tea? Caffeine from any source works against strong bones by interfering with calcium absorption and causing more of the mineral to be lost through the urine. Better: Have your morning yogurt with a glass of orange juice instead, since its vitamin C and magnesium improve calcium absorption…or take your supplement in the afternoon or evening, after you’ve finished drinking coffee for the day.

You can read the full article here!