Monthly Archives: October 2014

My Morning Smoothie

Zowie! This Was the BEST!

Truly delicious … and so pretty it deserved a special glass

Picture1This was the best smoothie yet. It is chock full of amazing things to make your body happy, but the best part is how great it tasted! No more tease. Here are the ingredients:

  1. 1 Scoop of Juice Plus+ Complete Vanilla (Get it here) (None of the protein powdery taste! Whole food based.)
  2. 1/4 cup of 100% cranberry juice (Vitamin C, amazing phytonutrients and all the good urinary tract protection that comes with cranberries.)
  3. 1 cup of Good Karma Unsweetened Flax Milk (great source of naturally occurring Omega-3’s) I buy this at Hy Vee in their Health Market refrigerated section.
  4. 4 medium/large frozen strawberries (or equivalent)
  5. 1/2 frozen banana (I freeze in chunks, on a cookie sheet, then store in a plastic bag)

Blend all ingredients and serve in a beautiful glass … makes you feel special to treat yourself like royalty!

I have to tell you that I have started my day, every single morning since I bought my first package of Juice Plus+ Complete, with a delicious smoothie. Some are fruity, others are peanut buttery … everyone once in awhile I just toss the scoop into a shaker jar with a cup of flax milk and shake it on my way out the door. It has made my mornings consistent and EASY!!!

Along with all of that, it solved my breakfast protein problem when I chose to go back to eating a vegan diet. The reason to reduce your consumption of animal products is that they are inflammatory. As you know, inflammation is the leading cause of almost every chronic disease so anything you can do to reduce inflammation is huge. Learning to rely on plant-based sources of protein will put that pain-free bounce back in your step!

If you’d like to try a sample before you buy, let me know and we’ll connect!

Nancy Oglesby, the Practical Health Coach
Simplifying Healthy Lifestyle Changes

Ummm … It’s About Your DNA.

dna 4I just got off the phone with your DNA. Yep, it’s true. It called because it’s concerned that you aren’t aware of its fragility now that you’re getting a little older. Sure, sure, you could do a lot of things when you were younger (and you did), but now your DNA is starting to feel a little out of sorts.

What’s happening as we age is that DNA repair is a bit slower unless we provide a solid nutritional base of fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s just not enough that we drop a multi-vitamin or supplement with vitamin A, C and E. As a matter of fact supplementing with some of those individual antioxidants, or multivitamins has proven harmful. Many studies show supplementation increases the incidence of cardiovascular disease, cancer and increases mortality from all causes. Now what?

Don’t want to read further? Just watch this two-minute video. It’ll make your DNA happy!

dna 1The key is to actually eat fruits and vegetables. Your DNA responds to nature’s packaging. When you eat an apple you’re not just getting vitamin C or A. When you eat broccoli and kale you aren’t getting three vitamins or seven antioxidants, you’re getting a nutritional package made up of hundreds of phytonutrients. Your DNA responds to whole foods because it has evolved through hundreds and thousands of years of eating the whole package. It does not know what to do with single nutrients isolated in a lab.

There is a lot of information on the internet, and a lot of misinformation. In researching this topic I came across a site that put forth specific antioxidants for DNA repair, including beta-carotene and vitamin E, both of which have been shown to cause an increase in overall mortality when taken alone or together. That’s simply irresponsible. Instead of taking supplements, make sure your diet includes nature’s packages high in those antioxidants: spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, peanuts, sunflower seeds and almonds, to name a few.

Don’t want to read further? Just watch this two-minute video. It’ll make your DNA happy!

This singe-nutrient focus hasn’t been around very long. It began in mid-1930 with vitamin B and a semi-synthetic vitamin C, but really took off when Linus Pauling got on board with a high-dose Vitamin C regimen in the 70’s. Prior to Pauling’s interest, there wasn’t much to intrigue the general public, but the cover of the April 6, 1992 issue of Time magazine was a colorful pile of pills with the lead article, “The Real Power of Vitamins: New research shows they may help fight cancer, heart disease, and the ravages of aging.” Unfortunately, the research was flawed, but the supplement makers were all over this and the rest is history. Except that …

vitamin 1In 1994 National Cancer Institute found that smokers who were taking vitamin E, beta-carotene or both were more likely to die than those on placebo. In 1996 another study showed higher mortality from cancer and/or heart disease in the supplement group.

In a 2004 review of randomized trials involving over 170,000 participants, researchers concluded that those taking vitamins C, E, A or beta-carotene had higher mortality. When reviewing the seven best studies, mortality rates were 6% higher in the supplement groups.

Burnt out now? Just watch this two-minute video. It’ll make your DNA happy!

I could list study after study, from 2005 through 2011 showing a strong correlation between vitamin supplementation and an increased risk of death from cancer and heart disease. I’m betting you’re just not that interested in reading all of them. If you are, I invite you to read this article in The Atlantic.

little girl appleThe bottom line in DNA repair is to toss those multi-vitamins in the garbage and focus on whole foods. The USDA recommends that we get 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. I would add that you should be thinking variety as well. If all you eat is grapes and oranges, you’re not getting a full spectrum of nutrients. If you or your loved ones subsist on green beans and corn, you aren’t even close to getting the nutrients you need. Variety. Fresh.

I’ll let Dr. Avery, an oncologist from the Cancer Care Center in Montgomery, Alabama have the last word on DNA repair. Click here for this two-minute video. It’ll make your DNA happy!