December 29, 2017

Eat greens, every day.

Eat greens, every day.

A study published in the Dec. 20, 2017 issue of Neurology, by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found some impressive results correlated less cognitive decline with eating more green, leafy vegetables.

People who ate one serving of leafy green vegetables daily performed substantially better on cognitive tests so much so that it would put them at an equivalent of 11 years younger than others their same age who were not eating greens on a regular basis.

We make smoothies on a daily basis and always include mixed greens. My 3.5 and 1.5 year old girls love them, see our go to recipe here

Read the complete article Daily Leafy Greens May Slow Cognitive Decline at

December 13, 2017

Our Children Need Us - Autism Rates Rise

What critical health condition is 1 in 28 according to data published by the CDC last month?
Autism. The rate of autism in boys is now 1 in 28. 
This is a national health crisis. We need to dedicate more resources, funding and attention to the prevention, treatment and care of people with autism and developmental disabilities. Help our children. Do your research. They need us.

December 12, 2017

More Coffee Links to a Longer Life

Good news for all you coffee drinkers out there, your 3-4 cups a day is backed by actual research now! Try to keep your last cup before noon so the caffeine doesn't affect your sleep. 
"They bring together evidence from over 200 studies and find that drinking three to four cups of coffee a day is associated with a lower risk of death and getting heart disease compared with drinking no coffee. Coffee drinking is also associated with lower risk of some cancers, diabetes, liver disease and dementia."                            
Share for all your coffee addicted friends to see.

December 10, 2017

Peppermint Mocha Protein Shake

While I teach people to enjoy their 20 percent, especially during the holidays, unhealthy drinks can really add up.
Skip the coffee drive thru, save money and get a healthy breakfast by making this peppermint mocha protein shake at home. 
1/3 cup full fat, canned coconut milk
1/3 cup ice
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
1/2 tsp peppermint extract (or less, try a drop or two and add more if necessary)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 packet of instant coffee grounds (organic is best)

Blend and enjoy!

December 8, 2017

Shop with a Hero

Read negative news have negative thoughts, read positive news have positive thoughts! 

79 kids were given $100 gift cards to shop for whatever they wanted at Meijer. To a kid that’s like winning the lotto! 

Full article of this amazing story can be found here at this link

December 2, 2017

Checking Your Vitamin D Levels

A few days ago I posted a video about preventing Seasonal Affective Disorder, and one of the tips was to increase Vitamin D levels. Many people ask how to get their levels tested, and how much should they take.
You can request a Vitamin D test through your primary care doctor or do an at home test through GrassrootsHealth (I've done this test and it is easy to do, a simple finger poke and you mail the kit back to them). I recommend Vitamin D levels to be between 50 - 90 ng/ml. Check with your primary care doctor, but this calculator can be helpful in determining dosage of Vitamin D supplements to get your levels high enough for optimal health.