Monthly Archives: February 2011

Health Coaches from IIN featured in Oprah Magazine!

Very cool!  The March issue of O Magazine includes an article featuring health coaches, and specifically highlights 5 experts who happen to be grads from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition – the school where I did my nutrition training.  I can’t wait to get a paper copy and include the article in my portfolio.

Health coaching is still a relatively new profession and concept, and it’s great to see it (and IIN) receive some good press.  Dr. Oz has also recently endorsed health coaching – you can watch a clip on YouTube here.  I love how Dr. Oz explains that health coaches are a “layer” of the health care pyramid, and that we make it easy for our clients to make the right decisions for their health.  That’s what it’s all about – providing information but most importantly, the SUPPORT that you need to really succeed.  If you think you’d benefit from high-quality support to reach your health goals, contact me today!

By |February 22nd, 2011|General, Public Policy|

Diet soda increases risk for strokes and other vascular events

A study of more than 2500 people showed that drinking diet soda on a daily basis increased the risk for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke by 61%.  This is the first study to demonstrate a relationship between diet soda and vascular events, although other studies have also shown a link between diet soda and metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes.  It’s worth noting that the study did not prove a causal relationship so we don’t know whether it was the diet soda that actually contributed to the stroke vs other related factors.  But really, why take the risk? 

 If you’re looking to cut down on your diet soda consumption but want another low-cal fizzy substitute, try drinking club soda with a slice of lemon, lime, or cucumber.  You can also buy club sodas that are flavored already, but don’t have any sugar or artificial sweeteners.  You’ll find that these are actually more refreshing, and more hydrating than the soda!

Warm up with this Sweet Potato Stew

BRRR is it cold outside!  Warm yourself and your family right up with this simple stew.  Bonus: sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and C, which can brighten your skin and help fight off winter colds and flu. 

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
pinch red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons dried oregano 
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounces chorizo sausage, hormone-free (optional)
1 bunch kale, washed and sliced in strips
2-3 medium sweet potatoes or yams, peeled and cut into thick slices
4 cups vegetable or chicken stock or water
sea salt and pepper

1) Heat oil in a medium saucepan and saute onions until transluecent.  Add garlic, cumin, oregano, and red pepper and saute another minute, until fragrant.
2) Add chorizo and saute until browned (if raw)
3) Add stock, cover and bring to a simmer.  Add sweet potatoes and kale and simmer until cooked through and tender, about 20 minutes.  Add water as needed to cover sweet potatoes.
4) Season with salt, pepper and hot sauce to your taste.  Enjoy!

By |February 10th, 2011|Recipes|