Stop Your Sugar and Food Cravings Naturally!

I recently made the acquaintance of a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (RNCP) named Nancy DesJardins.  I was so impressed by her research, and her passion to help people overcome their food addictions and reclaim their health, that I wanted to share it with you.  Here is a short article she wrote on sugar:

Sugar. Even the word sounds sweet.

Did you know that by some experts’ count, we are all eating the equivalent of 160 pounds of sugar each year?  And that sugar is one of the worst ingredients – some say poison – you can put into your body?

If you crave chocolate, or cake, or any other sweet stuff, the fact is, like most people, you’re probably addicted to sugar. Of all bad habits, it’s one of the worst. In fact, this is one bad habit that can poison your entire life.

But you can change that. Because like smoking, you can break bad habits – and addictions. The choice is yours.

Step 1: You Decide

The first step, then, is choosing to trade your bad habits for good ones. Out with the bad, sugary foods, and in with the healthy. It’s as easy as that! With this one step, you can change your entire future.

Step 2:  Look Around

Once you’ve made up your mind, the next step is to look around and evaluate the foods you’re putting into your body. Why are you eating them? Are you getting any nutrition from them? There’s a lot of  learning and taking stock ahead. This won’t be easy.

Changing your beliefs and attitudes about yourself and your eating is one of the most difficult challenges you will ever face. But it can be done with good old-fashioned stick-to-it determination, effort, and education. Many people just like you have kicked the sugar habit. I know it can be done – I’ve helped people do it. Not only did they get a new outlook on life, they lost weight in the process!

Recipe for Success

If you are to be successful at breaking the sugar habit, then it’s important to understand how sugar affects your body. And how healthy food – your new, good habit – can give your body the nutrients it craves. Once you learn that, you will never again want to put poison into your body.

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Health, Wellness and the Adrenal Gland

Adrenal fatigue is a condition several people suffer from and for many is a condition under-diagnosed. This article will give an overview of what the adrenal glands do, and what can happen when they are overworked and become fatigued.

Flickr photo credit Dale Leschnitzer

The adrenal glands are endocrine glands which sit on top of the kidneys from which they are separated by a layer of fat. They are most known for their functioning when in situations of danger or stress the body moves into a ‘fight or flight’ state as they send adrenaline into the blood. It’s the adrenal glands that have the body ‘ready for combat.’

Their function goes far beyond this however. Hormones produced by the adrenal glands control the body’s use of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, suppress inflammatory reactions in the body and also affect the immune system. Other hormones inhibit the level of sodium excreted into the urine, maintaining blood volume and blood pressure, while others are responsible for the formation of male characteristics.

With prolonged stress and an unhealthy lifestyle, the adrenal glands become fatigued causing various symptoms including:

– premature aging

– dark circles under your eyes

– low blood sugar

– low blood pressure

– light headedness when standing up

– cravings for sweets – carbohydrates

– cravings for salt

– easily irritated

– dry, unhealthy skin with excess pigmentation

– heart palpitations

– excessive sweating or perspiration with little activity

– muscle twitches

– lower back and/or knee weakness or pain

– weight gain

– poor memory

– lack of libido

– alcohol intolerance

– fatigue, especially at midday, yet have insomnia or poor sleep

– lower immunity or increased susceptibility to infections

– increased environmental sensitivities

– allergies

Though this is not an exhaustive list, it gives insight into the vast array of problems that can be experienced when the adrenals become fatigued.


What contributes to adrenal fatigue? Common causes include, but are not limited to:

– imbalance or excess of emotions such as anger, guilt, worry, fear and depression

– sleep deprivation

– surgery

– chronic inflammation

– chronic pain

– toxic exposure

– excessive exercise

– overworked with physical or mental strain

– inability to absorb nutrients

– nutritional deficiencies

What can you do to help relieve the exhaustion? There are various nutritional and lifestyle changes that can be made to help alleviate the stress on the adrenal glands.

First, recognize that the body needs rest – sleep is vital to a healthy body. Get to bed early and aim for a night of uninterrupted sleep.

Eliminate sugar, alcohol and processed carbohydrates from your diet. Removal of these will help ease the adrenals as they help regulate your blood sugar. Eating regular meals can also help in this respect.

In aiming to keep your blood sugar regulated, it is suggested to avoid high glycemic fruits such as bananas, mangos, dates, pineapples, etc., for a period of time.

Ensure that a healthy fat is incorporated in each meal and eat healthy protein.

Because toxins stress the adrenals, eating organic food that is free of pesticides, insecticides and antibiotics can really rid the adrenals of excess stress when they are already in a stressed state.

Drink plenty of fresh filtered water and cut out caffeinated beverages.

It is also worth considering taking extra nutritional supplements specific to supporting the adrenal glands. Find a trustworthy nutritional supplement company and inquire about such products.


Do all within your means to live a balanced life. To the extent that it is within your control, keep your work time to regular hours and let go of activities and people that only add stress to your day.

flickr photo credit viewminder

flickr photo credit viewminder

Do not add to your stress by trying to implement all the nutritional and lifestyle changes at once. Start with one or two suggestions and add others as you go. Getting your adrenals back to a healthy state will be a gift you give to yourself.

The Importance of Healthy Adrenals!


Flickr photo credit Dale Leschnitzer

Did You Know?


In our body, we have what we call as adrenal glands that are the main system for handling the negatives effects of stress. As such, the adrenal glands are then responsible for safeguarding the other system from the effects of every type of emotional, physical, and mental stress.

However, there are really some instances that our adrenal glands function insufficiently which results to fatigue, allergic hypersensitivities, muscular weaknesses, hypotension, low blood sugar and food cravings.

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The Number One Adrenal Product!  

When the adrenal glands are not functionining optimally, you can have a condition that is known as adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion. Adrenal fatigue often develops after periods of intense or lengthy physical or emotional stress, when overstimulation if the glands leave them unable to meet your body’s needs.



Signs Of Adrenal Fatigue include:

  • excessive fatigue and exhaustion
  • non-refreshing sleep (you get sufficient hours of sleep, but wake fatigued)
  • overwhelmed by or unable to cope with stressors
  • feeling rundown or overwhelmed
  • craving salty and sweet foods
  • you feel most energetic in the evening
  • a feeling of not being restored after a full night’s sleep or having sleep disturbances
  • low stamina, slow to recover from exercise
  • slow to recover from injury, illness or stress
  • difficulty concentrating, brain fog
  • poor digestion
  • low immune function
  • food or environmental allergies
  • premenstrual syndrome or difficulties that develop during menopause
  • consistent low blood pressure
  • extreme sensitivity to cold


*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.




What Is Adrenal Revive?  






Adrenal Revive is made from all natural ingredients designed to restore your body to its core level of vitality.
Don’t think that being tired is the curse of getting older. You can have the young and vibrant feeling after using Adrenal Revive on a regular basis.
You can either take it twice a day, or since it’s a liquid, you might also want to put some in your water that you drink all day long so that it will be working for you around the clock-reducing the negative effects of stress.
Cortisol, which is the stress hormone, breaks down tissues and muscles so that you can get quick energy and run from danger. Your body uses cortisol from the adrenal glands (attached to your kidneys) to break down the body for quick energy.
Being scared, or shocked or in an accident creates that same reaction. If after a shock you don’t go out and run (like you would run from a chasing bear) to use up the cortisol, then the cortisol stays in the body and creates big problems. It will increase inflammation, cause pain, and can create headaches.




Our Approach




Beyond the standard approach of treating symptoms, we at Health and Harmony focus on addressing the root-cause of disease, so that results are lasting and complete. Our therapies simultaneously address dis-ease at physical, mental, emotional, psychological and energetic levels.
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Published in: on March 2, 2010 at 11:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Myzymes — Enzymes for Complete Nutrient Digestion

In order to understand MYZYMES we must first understand what enzymes are.  Enzymes are energized protein molecules found in all living cells.  They catalyze and regulate all biochemical reactions that occur within our body. They also play a part in digestion.  They break down proteins, fats, carbohydrates and fiber making it possible to utilize the nutrients found in those foods while removing the toxins.  Enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and allow this energy to be used in the body. Their potency can be determined by improved blood and immune system functions.  We know that the standard person’s diet lacks proper nutrition.  We also know that chemical factors and the way we eat our food leads to poor digestion and nutrient utilization. Enzymes make it possible for us to fully utilize the nutrients we consume. Standard products on the market today offer improved digestion.  Myzymes improves digestion on a “MultiDimensional” level.

Myzymes — 120 Capsules per bottle, $33.00

To find out more about this fantastic product, or to order, call my office at    (805) 644-0461.

Published in: on February 13, 2010 at 12:09 am  Leave a Comment  

ZeptoBiotic: The Best Probiotic Around!


The basic concept behind probiotics is that your body is host to microorganisms or bacteria known as gut flora that are essential to your health.  Substances containing these microbes can be taken as a way to improve your beneficial microbial population.  Probiotics have become an important part of nutrition because our microbial populations have been altered by the use of antibiotics and other substances that are designed to kill germs and disease.  While practices, such as antibiotics, are effective at killing germs and disease, they are also effective in killing your beneficial bacteria. By introducing friendly microbes to your gut flora you can strengthen your resident micro flora.  Although probiotics have not proven to be effective at taking up residence themselves, they can strengthen your resident friendly microbes over a period of time.  A healthy lower intestine should contain at least 85% friendly bacteria to prevent the over colonization of disease causing micro-organisms like E. coli and salmonella. Our colon can maintain its health with 15% unfriendly bacteria, if the body contains at least 85% probiotic friendly bacteria. Most people have this percentage reversed. As you can see the need of probiotics is becoming more aware across the country today.

ZeptoBiotic Gastrointestinal Support — 120 Capsules per bottle, $39.00

To find out more about this fantastic product, or to order, call my office today at:  (805) 644-0461.

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 11:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mega EPA/DHA — Get Your Essential Fatty Acids!

EPA/ DHA is an essential fatty acid which stands for docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid.  These essential fatty acids are  Omega 3 fats, which are usually found in cold water fish.  EPA/ DHA are highly unsaturated fats because they contain 6 and 5 double bonds on their long structural chain.  These polyunsaturated fats play a very important role with the function of our bodies. EPA and DHA are vital nutrients and may be taken to maintain healthy function of the Brain and Retina.  DHA is a building block of tissue in the brain and retina of the eye. It helps with forming neural transmitters, such as phosphatidylserine, which is important for brain function. DHA is found in the retina of the eye and taking DHA may be necessary for maintaining healthy levels of DHA for normal eye function. Mega EPA/DHA is something everyone can benefit from!

Mega EPA/DHA, 60 Softgels per bottle — $25.00

For more information on this great product, or to order, call my office at:   (805) 644-0461

Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

RESET! — A Simple Solution for Stress Relief!


Here is a FANTASTIC new product that I recently found:


Is  a clinically  tested  unique blend of herbal extracts used to reduce stress,elevate mood,  eliminate anxiety, and RESET! the nervous system.


Benefits Of Using RESET!:
* Works Within Seconds


* Increases Focus
* Relieves Stress
* Melts Away Anxiety
* Uplifts Moods
* Increases Sports Performance
* Stops Children’s Temper Tantrums


* Breaks Chronic Worrying
* Calms Mind
* Relaxes Body
* Easy Sublingual Spray
It has been suggested that every patient that leaves your clinic should leave with a bottle of RESET!

Well lets take a look at to why and how that can be beneficial…

Life does not wait for anyone. Anxiety is one of the main reasons why people stop living their lives and begin to live in stress. There are different types of anxiety and the more serious ones can actually lead to agoraphobia and other dangerous psychological conditions. Finding a good natural anxiety remedy is not difficult because the market is full of affordable and quality solutions that a person can choose from.

One of the simplest ways to get rid of anxiety is by learning various breathing techniques. When a person learns how to control their breathing by using a natural anxiety remedy, they will ensure that enough blood gets pumped into the vital organs. This way they will continue to function normally and stabilize the blood pressure.

A healthy body is less likely to suffer from anxiety. People who exercise every day will have the strength to maintain their vital signs in optimum levels. Everyday exercises do not have to be extremely hard; after all, not everybody has the time to become a professional athlete. Half an hour of sport a day is a natural anxiety remedy effective enough to relieve anxiety in a very natural and positive way.



To find out more about this great product, or to order, call my office at
(805) 644-0461.     CALL TODAY!

$29.00 per bottle, 1 fl. oz



7 Simple Ways To Eliminate Stress:
Stress and anxiety are the hallmarks of today’s busy lifestyle. While most of us bemoan our fast-paced lives and say we want to return to quieter times, the fact is that the tempo of modern life shows few signs of slowing down. In order to keep up, we must continually strive to adapt.


Stress is usually defined as what happens when the demands on your body exceed its ability to cope. Our bodies are well-programmed to deal with stress events, via the biological “fight or flight” reaction. When this happens our adrenal glands are then alerted, and in response send nutrients and increased blood to our arms and our legs. Nine out of ten times we will never exert ourselves to the point of having to use all of those nutrients and therefore our body dumps them. So our adrenals are now fatigued and we have a lack of nutrients to feed the cells and organs within the body.
Problems arise, when stress occurs in a repeated, or chronic, pattern. When levels of naturally-produced stress hormones remain elevated over a prolonged period of time, they begin to take a toll on several of the body’s key systems. The results can be heart attacks, high blood pressure, inflammatory diseases, IBS, digestion problems, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, pain, cancer, allergies, and psychological disorders. In fact studies show that over 80% of all doctors visits are due to stress.
So, what’s the solution? Avoid stress altogether? There are so many different causes of stress that it’s hardly possible to avoid it. The solution lies in learning how to manage stress.
*Learning Relaxation / Meditation
*Think Positively
*Practice Gratitude
*Natural Herbal Remedies


RESET! Is a powerful new formula for the resetting of the nervous system after flight -or- fight reactions or high stress situations. It is able to turn off the gnawing edge of distress or anxiety and when taken regularly it will help overcome the effects of long-term trauma . RESET! is based on a synergistic blend of several relaxant herbs which won’t make you sleepy or cause drowsiness but will relieve the angst of stress and raw frayed nerve reactions in a calming way. Excess stress results in lingering headaches, loss or increase of appetite, and eventually begins to effect your body’s immune system. Managing stress on a day to day basis can prevent many long term effects such as, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease. Stress can greatly affect our daily activities which prevents us from being fully tentative to our work and being able to enjoy their relationships and recreational activities to there fullest. Try RESET! today to take charge of the stress in your life and to live it to its fullest.
After everything has been said we can summarized this into a few bullet points:
  1. Studies show that 80% of all doctor visits are related to stress.
  2. Flight – or – Fight reactions are responsible for triggering most sickness and disease and is the first step in stress.
  3. RESET! is a great way to prevent this reaction and could prevent many doctor visits.
Try RESET! today for yourself and experience the elimination of stress in your life!

$29.00 per bottle, 1 fl. oz.

To find out more about this great product, or to order, call my office at (805) 644-0461.  CALL TODAY!
Published in: on February 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm  Comments (1)  
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