Orthorexia!! Do you have it? I hope not!!

Orthorexia is an over obsession on eating healthy. Believing that there is always something better you could be eating and constantly worrying about whether or not you are eating the “perfect” meal for your body is having a negative impact on your diet. By now, if you have been paying attention to anything, you know what you should be putting in your body and what you should NOT be putting in your body!! The worrying about your diet creates a harsh environment inside your body that counteracts the benefits of your healthy diet. If you are eating mostly fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts, and lean proteins, and water, stop worrying!! Your diet is healthier than most americans. Stop worrying and have more fun. Life’s too short. If you really want to know exactly what you’re lacking, make an appointment at Main Line Integrative nutrition. There you can get tested for:

  • Micronutrient testing
  • Food sensitivity profile
  • Adrenal Stress Profile
  • Comprehensive stool analysis
  • Organic acid testing
  • hormone testing
  • gluten sensetivity
  • cardiometabolic testing (advanced cholesterol test)
  • heavy metal/Essential Element test

STOP WORRYING AND START LIVING!!!!!!! 🙂

Are your employees underperforming?

It could be what they are eating, or better yet, what they are NOT eating!! If I could guarantee that your employees would double their output by eating better, would you pay for their meals? Of course you would!! I would too!! Well I’m not gonna guarantee it but I’m just saying that a lot of times, employees have no incentive to watch what they eat.

Let’s take Bob and Constantine for example. Bob works hard, at least it looks like he does by the the amount of effort it takes him to do tasks. Bob gets up every day, has his coffee, bacon and hash browns and a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich from the local convenience store. Feels great for the 1/2 hour drive to work and then once he gets to work, hits the bathroom for 15 minutes and then goes to the break room for more coffee, or better yet, for more cream and sugar with some coffee in it. Bob is pretty much setting himself up for sucking at his job the rest of the day!! Basically, you may as well fire Bob now because even if he sues you, you could lose, pay him off, hire someone else, and still be ahead of the game.

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Constantine on the other hand, wakes up at 5:00am, goes to spin class, comes home, showers, has egg whites with turkey bacon, some blueberries and almonds, black coffee, and is at work by 7:00am with his laptop opened and his cyclebar water bottle full of reverse osmosis water! Constantine is a rockstar. DO NOT hate constantine because he has a mediterranean lifestyle and is always ready to go, it’s what works for him, and in turn, it’s what works best for the company!!

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It comes down to this. IT’S A CHOICE!! Don’t get mad at the boss because Constantine got the promotion even though you have been there 10 years longer!! You have let yourself go and have become complacent!! 😦 Blame yourself, not your boss. Nutrition is a huge part of who you are. If you want to be Bob, be Bob, but don’t get mad when someone calls you on it. Constantine might be Bob in 10 years, but today, he is a rockstar and deserves the promotion!!

For more info on corporate wellness and nutrition, contact Main Line Integrative Nutrition

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Have you ever heard of the above ingredient? Me neither, because it doesn’t exist!! I made it up. You wouldn’t eat anything if you looked at the ingredients and one of them was the above mentioned ingredient, would you? No, of course not. Just like this “made up” ingredient, most foods you find at the market have the same made up ingredients. Can you imagine that in todays world it is cheaper to MAKE an ingredient than it is to use a naturally found, organic one. Yet it is. And it is so much to the point that we can manufacture food at so little cost, that people can afford to eat it to the point of obesity. It’s so cheap to eat unhealthy, that people are literally sacrificing years of quality life with their loved ones so that they can eat cheaply.

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Your body has no idea what to do with manufactured ingredients!! Just ask the experts at Main Line Integrative Nutrition. You may as well put the word horrible at the end of 90% of the foods that are in most grocery stores. Here’s a guide line you can follow. If a food has a shelf life of say 4 days, such as broccoli, or spinach, or grass fed beef, or a pear or banana, then it will probably feel the effects of it for the same amount of time, and in a good way!! On the other hand, if you eat something that is filled with preservatives and has a shelf life of, let’s say, a year, you will also feel the effects of this food, for a year. Some of these effects you will know about physically and some, you will not know until it’s too late 😦

Do yourself a favor. Buy mostly healthy, organic, minimally processed foods. Yes, it’s more expensive, but you are overweight anyway and shouldn’t be eating that much. Also, drink a lot of water. I cannot stress this enough. WATER is the cornerstone to any healthy lifestyle. Any questions, ask the experts at Main Line Integrative Nutrition.

 

There’s no substitute for a healthy lifestyle

 

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Are you taking supplements? Have you asked yourself why? Is your answer, “because everyone’s taking them”!! That’s just stupid and a waste of money. The only way to know for sure exactly what your body is lacking is to do a micronutrient test at the cellular level. This can be done at Main Line Integrative Nutrition. Let the experts test you at your cellular level and tell you exactly what you should be taking, or NOT taking!! Some of the supplements your taking that you “think” are making you feel better, could be making you feel worse.

If you suspect that you aren’t getting the nutrients you need, consider shifting your focus from supplements to eating better. According to the Mayo Clinic, nutrient-rich whole foods — such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains — provide many benefits over dietary supplements:

  • Whole foods contain multiple micronutrients that may work together to provide more perks than they would alone.
  • Many whole foods are rich sources of dietary fiber. A diet rich in fiber can help lower your risk of many health conditions, including heart disease.
  • Many whole foods also contain phytochemicals. These substances may help protect you against heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other health conditions.

Always talk to your doctor before adding a vitamin or mineral supplement to your routine. If you’ve been taking supplements instead of eating fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-rich foods, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Remember, there’s no substitute for a healthy diet. For more information on cellular level testing, go to Main Line Integrative Nutrition.

Just because it’s there, doesn’t mean you HAVE to eat it!!

We have had 2 birthdays in our office this week. The first birthday resulted in a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. th-1The second resulted in some pre-packages brownies and chocolate chip cookies, mmmmmmm. Who can resist those?!?!?! ME, I CAN!! It’s called discipline people. If you are overweight to the point where your knees are caving in, use this elusive discipline to control yourself. On top of everything else, a rep came in and th-2brought two boxes of yummy donuts. There is absolutely nobody in this office that needs to eat a piece of cake, a cookie, a brownie, or a donut!!

Try this. Keep some healthy snacks in your desk, or at least somewhere accessible. May I suggest nuts, or fruit, or carrots, or sweet potato fries (which you can nuke). Or at the very least, if you just can’t NOT eat that stuff, make it yourself so at least you know what’s in it!!

Last but certainly not least, before you indulge in any of that crap, drink a whole big glass of waterth and at least if you still have to indulge yourself, your body will be more prepared to handle the inundation of carbs (sugar) you just put it through. Once you do it a few times (walk away from the crap), it gets easier. So the next time this scenario happens to you, DO NOT partake of any of it and see how you feel when you get home. Trust me, you’re gonna feel pretty damn good!!!!

For more info on a healthier lifestyle, please visit Main Line Integrative Nutrition

Normal Cholesterol Levels? You are still at risk of a heart Attack!! Track your bio-markers

Cardiovascular Risk

A healthy heart is vital to longevity. In recent years evidence has shown that preventing heart disease is not simply a matter of driving cholesterol levels down. Half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. New research shows that while cholesterol is important, it is only one of a variety of bio-markers that indicates cardiovascular risk.

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With advanced testing, we can evaluate not only cholesterol (density and number of lipoprotein particles) and triglycerides but also vascular inflammation markers. Together with family history we can determine your overall risk of heart disease and stroke.

For more information on tracking your bio-markers, go to Main Line Integrative Nutrition.

Blood Sugar or Hormone troubles?? Check this out.

It can all be a bit overwhelming to the average person, but with professional help, you can understand exactly what’s going on. Let one of the experts at Main Line Integrative Nutrition help you figure it all out.

Metabolic Health:

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Blood Sugar Dysregulation: Whether it runs in your family, or you have hypo or hyperglycemia, blood sugar dysregulation can be a serious health risk for further complications down the line. It is important to maintain stable blood sugar levels throughout the day as continual spikes and drops in levels can lead to hormone imbalances, stress and inflammation. Additionally, poor blood sugar regulation and unhealthy triglyceride and lipoprotein levels often present long before a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. Testing for specific biomarkers can identify metabolic abnormalities that may progress into diabetes.

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Hormone & Metabolic Health: Changes in weight, mood and energy may be the cause or effect of hormones. Specialized hormone testing can identify specific imbalances. Effective nutrition support with clinically trained practitioners can help rebalance essential hormone levels to get you looking and feeling better. Whether the issue is mood imbalance, weight gain, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), unwanted hair growth, or unpredictable menstrual cycles, we can develop a nutrition based protocol with a specific focus on addressing the root issue rather than masking the symptoms.

Digestive troubles?? Not any more!! Check this out

Gut Permeability

Gut permeability, or leaky gut, occurs from chronic inflammation in the gut caused by numerous chronic conditions, such as food allergies or sensitivities, Celiac Disease, SIBO,IBS/ IBD and chronic stress. Symptoms can vary greatly from digestive abnormalities to fatigue, chronic pain and depression.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

SIBO is an increase in the number of bacteria and/or changes in the types of bacteria present in the small intestine. The small intestine is the part of the gut where most digestion and nutrient absorption occurs. It is also an important part of the immune system, containing a large network of lymphoid cells that help fight infection. Dysregulation of this system causes GI symptoms, skin rashes and other inflammatory conditions leading to food allergies and sensitivities, autoimmune diseases, weight gain and heart disease.

The treatment for SIBO aims to repair the intestinal lining, ease inflammation, eliminate bacterial overgrowth, restore good bacteria and replenish the essential nutrients that your body has been unable to absorb.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a constellation of symptoms, including cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea and constipation. Food, stress, hormonal changes and underlying disease are common causes of IBS. Treating the symptoms alone is unlikely to lead to long term control. We seek to find the underlying cause of the symptoms and create an individualized plan so that you will heal and remain symptom free.

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease. It is triggered by consuming a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, barley and rye. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune systems responds by damaging the small intestine to the point where it is unable to absorb nutrients into the bloodstream, which can lead to malnourishment. Some people with celiac disease have additional food sensitivities and are at risk for other autoimmune disorders. We help address a host of health issues stemming from celiac disease and gluten sensitivity and help you embrace a gluten free lifestyle.

Learn more about specific testing for Digestive Disease & Disorders. These tests give us a snapshot of your digestion, microbiome health and any imbalances in microflora.

For more info, schedule an appointment here – Main Line Integrative Nutrition

Kids in Sports? Help them be the best!

Sports Nutrition

Athletes have unique nutrition requirements. Athletic performance and recovery are enhanced by attention to nutrition. We can help you reach and maintain optimal performance based on your age and the type of athlete you are. Long distance runners have very different needs than weight lifters and body builders.

We will help you identify the right quantity, quality and timing of food, fluids and electrolytes to support regular training and peak performance. As training changes throughout the year, your nutrient intake must adjust in order to maintain endurance. We are able to create a program specifically for all seasons of training.

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IMG_3064Conventional and specialized testing can allow us to see your overall nutritional status, detoxification/hormone clearing ability and food sensitivities. All of these are important factors when looking at providing your body with the best possible nutrients specific to your biochemistry. We have seen this improve many athletes’ training programs as well as the ability recover after workout sessions. Check out the different types of specialized tests we routinely run at MLIN.

For more info on Sports Nutrition, go to Main Line Integrative Nutrition