“Debulking The Bulk”

In celebration of working hard throughout December and most of January (there was a little falling off the wagon over the holidays, but we all need treats now and then), I decided to hit up my favourite shops to see what’s coming for spring. Yes, I know thinking about spring now seem a little premature but February will fly by and then it’s March, which equals SPRING to me!

Adding even more to my springtime optimism is the realization that I have lost weight!

How? By eating right and exercising regularly, even though there were days I didn’t want to leave the couch. I know this is logical, but it’s just so very, very, very nice to start seeing the results of all the hard work I have put into getting back into shape. Since I often don’t pay attention to the scale, I generally go by how I feel, the changes in my appearance, and how my clothes fit.

There is absolutely nothing more satisfying then trying on a pair of jeans and needing to ask the sales clerk to get you a smaller size.  So feeling totally inspired when I got home, I decided to get rid of all the clothes that didn’t fit me anymore, that were too BIG or I hadn’t worn in over a year.

Being the clotheshorse that I am, I had to contend with the two storage containers under my bed, a dresser and two closets filled to the brim with clothes.  By the end of the night and after a mini fashion show of grievous fashion trend no-no’s (that all seemed so right at the time), I was left with three very large shopping bags filled with jeans, sweaters, shirts, scarves, shoes and a jacket. What’s better still is that in the process of getting rid of the clothes that didn’t fit, I was able to de-clutter and reorganize everything else.

Eventually, I walked all three bags to my Salvation Army drop box feeling great. Not to mention that I now have room for some new spring clothes!

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“Reshape Your Body” Seminar with Dr. Pearlman

On Wednesday night, the ladies from femMED attended Dr. Jennifer Pearlman’s “Reshape Your Body” seminar.  It was the first in a series of speaking events that Dr. Pearlman and her staff have begun to host for clients and those interested in learning about the different ways to improve their overall well-being as they age.

When we arrived, we were greeted by staff, and invited to mingle before being shown to an intimate seating area for the presentation.  There were lots of delicious, nutritious gluten free treats for guests to snack on throughout the evening. We particularly LOVED the caramel popcorn. So yummy! We also loved the gift bag featuring samples from the PearlRejuvenation product line – we just couldn’t wait to try them when we got home.

Dr. Pearlman and her staff covered topics including the affects of different foods on your gut and digestion, the importance of melatonin and better skincare, sleep practices and the impact of fluctuating hormones during major life milestones such menopause.

Our big takeaway from the evening is that it’s never too early to start making long term health decisions about how you will care for your body, and it’s never too late to start making better life style choices.  As well, women need to learn that it’s  alright to start spending time and money on themselves!

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Multivitamins and Antioxidants: THE BOTTOM LINE

Supplements, like so many other aspects of health information, are confusing! One extreme says we do not need any supplements if we are eating a healthy, whole food diet; the other side promotes using supplements to combat every possible health issue. I grew up with a father who believed in being pro-active with his health, so he took – no kidding – 25 different supplements every single day! He even took all the separate bottles with him while traveling! So, needless to say, I have had to do my homework to find a healthy balance between extremes. Supplements ARE necessary in addition to a whole food diet because much of our food today is nutritionally bankrupt and depleted of many vitamins and, most importantly, trace minerals that are vital for the body to function optimally. This is in part due to the fact that the quality of the soil used for growing food has become degraded and certain fertilizers binds minerals so they are less available for the plants and to us. This is true of organically grown foods as well.

Dr Gladys Block, formerly with the national Cancer Institute, conducted a large study comparing people who regularly took multi-vitamins and anti-oxidants with those who took none or only a low dose RDA multi-vitamin. The study showed that the regular takers had 73% less diabetes risk than non –supplement takers; 52% less risk of heart disease and were 74% more likely to rate their own health as “good” or “excellent”.

How to Identify High Quality Multivitamin Supplements
I do believe that dietary supplements — including vitamins and minerals — can help compensate for some of the damage your body incurs through living in a contemporary culture. However, it’s not wise to use supplements to justify a poor diet. In my experience no amount of supplements will ever be able to substitute for healthy food choices. That being said, the case for taking a daily, high quality multivitamin, mineral and antioxidant supplement is strong, especially as we get older. Several nutrients are less well absorbed later in life and because the body systems become less efficient and need more support to function optimally. You need to look for;

  1. A very high quality line. If the vitamins and minerals are not in the right form and quantities our body will not absorb it properly and it is a waste of money! I recommend femMed highly due to its commitment to nutritional excellence.
  2. Ideally split into two daily doses. Our body can only absorb so many nutrients at once and approximately 12 hours apart allows for optimal absorption.
  3. No binders, fillers, dairy, egg, yeast, gluten, artificial anything.

Multivitamin for Women
Balanced vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients (specific for women – our needs are different!) to enhance energy, stamina and performance. Look for one that also has folate, magnesium, and zinc to support a woman’s cycle; calcium and iron are also important for women as is selenium which can help with thyroid function. If you only take one supplement, choose a high-quality multivitamin that has these components.

Antioxidants
Helps us stay healthy and younger by providing a strong defense against free-radicals and may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Antioxidants: pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry, grape seed and lycopene can help combat free radical damage. Free radical damage is linked to many chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, cognitive disorders, cataracts, macular degeneration and accelerated aging of the skin, organs and blood vessels.

So, be your own health advocate, become informed and choose only proven, high quality supplements to support your body to be the best it can be!

 

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