Mango Morning Shake

Maybe it is the warm summer weather, but lately I have been loving fruit shakes to start off my morning. This is my current favorite – and don’t forget to eat within 30 minutes of waking to kickstart your metabolism for the day!

Ingredients (one serving):

  • 2 scoops East West Essentials Optimal Protein Powder
  • 1 sachet Est West Essentials Optimal GI
  • 4 frozen organic mango chunks (or your favorite fruit)
  • 1/2 small packet of stevia
  • 1/2 cup of organic OJ or apple Juice (or water)
  • 3 ice cubs

Blend and enjoy! Add more or less of anything for your personal preference.

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Raw Food Myths Vs Reality

foodmashupI have been adding more and more raw food into my diet lately. Although I don’t practice an entirely raw food lifestyle, I enjoy many of the benefits. But as this has progressed I’ve ben surprised at how little people know – or think they know – about eating raw. To that end, I have composed some great information for anyone curious about raw food!

Myth: Raw food diets consist of only fruit and vegetables.
Reality: A raw food diet consists of many foods other than just fruits and vegetables. Seeds, nuts, nut milks, sprouted grains, seaweeds, juices, fermented foods, processed foods like soy sauce, kimchee, misoraw nut butters and cold pressed oils.
 
Myth: You cannot eat out anymore if you adopt a raw food lifestyle.
Reality: Raw food restaurants are becoming much more popular these days. You can look one up on Yelp in the city you live in. Salads and fruit smoothies are easily found in most all cities.
 
Myth: Eating raw foods is more expensive.
Reality: Just because it is a raw food doesn’t mean it is more expensive. Fruits and veggies go a long way! You can make several meals from different raw foods. Now, eating healthy may be more expensive in general as a whole… but not just because it is raw foods. 
 
Myth: All raw food is cold.
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Survive Summer With Chinese Medicine!

1796668_668626016532703_44505411_nHello my friends, and welcome to summer! How are you enjoying it so far? This is a wonderful time of year, it is great to get outside and soak up that sunshine (and Vitamin D!).

According to traditional Chinese medicine, each season is ruled by an element. Summer is associated with the element of Fire. The ancient theory of The Five Phases was introduced almost two thousand years ago, and discusses the idea that the structure of the cosmos reflects the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water. Each Season is associated with an element, with the Earth element relating to the change in seasons every three months. And along with its associated element, each season is related to parts of the human body and certain forms of energy.Summer is not only correlated with the element of Fire, but with the heart, small intestine, and the tongue. Knowing which element relates to each season can provide knowledge from traditional Chinese medicine regarding health in that season. Special attention should be paid to those aforementioned organs during summer. Fortunately, when the Fire element is in balance (as it often is in summer), the heart is strong and healthy.
My suggestion to you? Enjoy LIFE and GOOD HEALTH!
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Could Nut Butters Be The Secret Culprit Behind Your Weight Gain?

0210p117-nut-butter-mGood, ole’ peanut butter may be full of proteins and fiber, but the real butter magic appears in a variety of other nut butters available to us: almond, sunflower seed, cashew, pecan, hazelnut, macadamia and tahini (just to name a few!) butter have all grown in popularity and for good reason. Although most nuts and seeds share similar qualities, each boasts its own nutritional perks–from fat-burning potential to cancer protection–that become concentrated when the nuts are ground into butters. They contain protein, unsaturated fats, and antioxidants, and are naturally low in carbs. But, like most foods, can you get too much of a good thing?

I recently sat down with a new client who had adopted a very healthy meal plan, but had come to see me because she was gaining weight, and no matter what she did her scale continued to move up. After a quick evaluation it was clear that her choices were excellent, it was the portion sizes that had me concerned, specifically with one food in particular: almond butter.

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Dr. Wilson’s Quick Fertility Tips

Are you trying to get pregnant? We have an entire line dedicated to women’s and men’s fertility, and for the pregnant woman as well. Our East West Essentials co-founder, Dr. Jeanne Wilson, is a fertility expert. Today she shares some of her quick tips to increase fertility!

Women trying to get pregnant, or who are pregnant, need to increase their protein intake by 20%. Consider incorporating a protein powder, like East West Essentials, into your diet to help meet your body’s needs.

Approximately 40% of infertility cases are male-related. Excess weight in men can lower testosterone levels, which can lead to lower sperm count, motility, and/or sperm quality. Even small amounts of weight gain can make a big difference. If you are looking to shed some pounds try our 10-Day Optimal Cleanse prior to trying for a baby.

My best to you! -Dr. Wilson

 

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Yogurt Covered Frozen Strawberries

My family made this delicious treat yesterday and it was perfect a hot day! It is so easy to make – all you need are strawberries, vanilla-flavored Greek yogurt, parchment paper and a freezer. They were a hit with kids and adults!

 

 

Directions:

 

  • Wash and dry strawberries
  • Cut strawberries in half
  • Dip in your favorite vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Place flat side down on parchment paper
  • Freeze for at least 3 hours

-Straight from the kitchen of East West Essentials’ very own Heather Wilson!

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Spot The Difference Between Allergies & A Cold

Summer cold, summer allergies. It can be hard to know the difference mostly because the symptoms are similar but if you have one and treat the other you may wind up spinning in circles… and continuing to sneeze! If you have been reaching for the tissues lately and you aren’t sure what ails you, here are some ways to tell the two apart:

  • Duration: A cold will last anywhere from a few days to two weeks. Allergies can persist for months (as long as you are exposed to the allergen that is bothering you). If what you think is a cold has been hanging on for more than two weeks talk with your doctor about allergy treatments.
  • Onset: Allergies can start immediately whereas a cold can take a few days to fully present itself.
  • Mucus: Both colds and allergies bring mucus although it will be clear and colorless when accompanying allergies. Discolored mucus is a sure sign of something else, such as a cold.
  • Fever: While a cold rarely brings along a fever, it can happen. A fever will never occur with allergies.
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Swollen Feet? We’ve Got The Cure!

Swollen feet are no fun. We’ve all suffered with them from time to time, myself included. Outside of pregnancy I often hear of feet swelling when traveling. Acupuncture is a great way to relieve the swelling and pressure, but when you can’t arrange a treatment while on the road here are some easy things you can do yourself:
1.  Try to avoid sitting for a long period of time!  Get up and move around as often as you can.  Do “chair” exercises such as flexing your feet, circling your feet, doing knee bends while sitting, self massage your feet.  It’s all about the circulation of “qi” (energy) and blood flow in the feet. Don’t let the airline stewart’s “sit down” glare intimidate you from getting it moving!
2.  Avoid tight shoes, knee or ankle stockings, socks with tight bands – anything that cuts circulation to the feet.  Also avoid tight pants, waistbands, belts – again anything that cut circulation to the lower limbs.  Go “native” while traveling! Loose clothes, bare legs and thongs (shoes that is).
3. Keep cool while traveling – when you can, rinse feet in cool water or place barefoot on cool metal or floor.  Rocks are the best – but not too many can be found or plane, trains or bus!
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Optimal Movement vs. Smooth Move Tea

Our clients have enjoyed so much success with our Optimal Movement, and recently received a great question about it that our co-founder, Dr. Jeanne Wilson, is answering today on the blog. Remember: We LOVE it when you ask any and all questions, and we do our best to answer everything. Keep them coming!

Q: Does Optimal Movement replace the need for Smooth Move tea?

A: Yes, Optimal Movement does replace the need for Smooth Move tea. However, you can adjust dosages of each so that you can

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Play Our Grocery Store Game With Your Kids

You can make grocery shopping easier, more fun — and teach your kids about nutrition while you’re at it!

I don’t have many friends that like to grocery shop — though I do have one that makes her lists and delegates each kid to find or hunt down items to return to the cart. When I heard about this idea, I decided to take it and turn our grocery adventures into a hunt for healthy foods.

On the drive to the store, I will ask my kids questions like: Did you know the higher up the ingredient list an item is, the more of it there is in a product? So for example, if you are comparing two loaves of bread and both contain the word “sugar” in the ingredient list, the one that has “sugar” lower down the list would be the better choice. Or I will do things like ask: Who wants to pick what veggie we are having for dinner or what fruit we are having for dessert? Now my oldest is 11, and I actually give him a mini grocery list and have him venture out into the store to find items to return to our basket. My little one stays in the same aisle for her safety and the sanity of others. Both, however, since a very young age have been on the “hunt” for very healthy foods.

Four healthy things to have an older child hunt for:

1) Ask them to find a loaf of bread that does NOT have the word “enriched flour” in the ingredient list.

2) Ask them to get Read More »

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