Let’s Talk About Poop… Really!

UTIThere is a certain topic no one really wants to discuss, yet we all think about it and wonder. And it also plays a bog role in your overall health. Yep… we mean poop.  We discuss this with our clients at our East West Essentials’ clinics and while it can be an uncomfortable topic for some, it truly is vital to your health and well-being.

Our friends at the Chopra Center recently posted this wonderful article that we had to share with all of you. Learn what it should look like, what you should look for and when to call a doctor. Who knew you could learn so much from a trip to the bathroom?

What Does Your Poop Say About You?
 by: Leo Carver B.A. PSY
From the time we’re born until the time we die, there are a few things that are inevitable. One of those things is the need to eat. Another one of those things, therefore, is the need to poop. Everything in this universe that has life is constantly in one stage of digestion or another, ultimately resulting in elimination and the need to refill the tank.
As humans, we have concocted every way in the world to desensitize ourselves from our waste. Our overriding thought about it is that it’s nasty and filthy. Everything about it is a turn off, and for good reason! Even as infants we cry and are distressed by the feel, smell, and sight of even our own poop.
What Our Stool Says About Us
It was not until I began to change my lifestyle that I realized the value and information that poop really holds. As a sufferer of Crohn’s disease, I began to take note of my daily eliminations at the advice of my doctor. Very early on in my journey with this autoimmune bowel disease, I understood the importance of noting any major changes in my stools. Sudden changes could have major medical implications even within the western medical model.
It wasn’t until I began to get into Ayurvedic medicine that I fully appreciated the informational treasure that poop really is. When taking responsibility for your own health, it’s very important to analyze all aspects of your body’s activities. In Ayurveda, elimination contains signs of the quality of digestion, the doshic activity, the condition of the Agni, and other important health indicators.
All three doshas are present within the gut, the process of elimination, and the stool itself. Since Ayurveda teaches that everything in the material universe is some expression of our Doshas, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, why should feces be any different?
There are few better ways to snapshot your current state of imbalance, or vikruti, than to take a look before flushing. Since this practice involves regular perception of your waste, sometimes it helps to journal these observations. Once it becomes routine, journaling is not necessarily recommended unless one has a special need or health interest. Just simply making mental notes of what’s going on is sufficient.
Here are a few simple things to look for:
  • Color
  • Weight/floatation
  • Formation
  • Smell
  • Stickiness
If the thought of paying this much attention to your poop grosses you out, you’re not alone. But once you Read More »
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Heather’s Breakfast Power Shake

Breakfast is such an important meal, but with hectic schedules it can be hard to make something everyone will enjoy, let alone a healthy breakfast. This is a wonderful shake that can be made in under 3 minutes! It is healthy, affordable and my whole family loves it! Enjoy! -Heather


  • Optimal Protein Powder (2 scoops)
  • Fresh or Frozen fruit of choice
  • 1 packet of Stevia
  • ½ cup ice
  • ½ cup water, rice milk, almond milk or juice
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt (optional)

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.

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7 Ways To Crave Less Sugar

Let’s look at sugar by the numbers…

  • Americans consume a whopping 130 lbs. of sugar each year.
  • In 1822 Americans consumed 45g of sugar (the same amount in a 12 oz. soda) every 5 days. Today in that same amount of time we  consume 765g of sugar.
  • The average American consumes 3 lbs. of sugar each week and 3,550 lbs. in an entire lifetime.

There are more than 70 health disorders that are connected to sugar consumption. Some of the most common are: diabetes, poor brain development in children, lack of concentration, allergies, asthma, ADHD, hypoglycemia, mood swings, immune and nutritional deficiencies.

The bottom line? We need to reduce our sugar intake! The problem for many is that when they make a conscious decision to consume less sugar cravings kick in. But you can beat them!

Here are 7 great tips from Hit The Mark Fitness on how to crave less sugar:

1) Eat More Protein

A diet rich in protein keeps you full, satisfied and less likely to crave sweets. A great way to make sure that you are getting enough is to plan each meal and snack around a protein. Plan breakfast around eggs, lunch and dinner around baked chicken breast, and make snacks hard boiled eggs or baked meatballs. Try the recipe below for a protein-packed, sugar-busting snack.

 2) Avoid Artificial Sweeteners

One of the biggest fitness myths Read More »

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Let’s Talk About Bulletproof Coffee

BP coffeeWe have received many inquiries lately about Bulletproof Coffee. Let’s go ahead and call it a new fad! Dave Asprey, the creator, came up with the concoction after a trip to Tibet in 2004 where he enjoyed the local yak butter tea and sought to create something similar.

Enter bulletproof coffee:

 After years of fiddling with a coffee recipe to rival the yak-butter tea, he arrived at a well-frothed blend of low-toxin joe, one to two tablespoons of unsalted grass-fed butter (though he personally uses up to six), and 1 to 2 tablespoons of medium-chain triglyceride oil, a replacement for coconut oil “because I didn’t want my coffee to taste like a tropical beverage,” Asprey says. He called his concoction Bulletproof coffee Read More »
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May I PLEASE Have Coffee On My Cleanse?

fotolia_6853101_XSIf you have ever been on one of our Optimal Cleanse programs you know the drill… coffee and caffeine is a no-no because the program is designed to eliminate toxins – including caffeine and sugar – from your body.

HOWEVER… we know we are only human. And while the EWE team has been off coffee for years and favors Pero coffee substitute we understand that many of our clients still enjoy their daily cup of joe. That being said, if you are on any of our Optimal Cleanse programs and just can’t stop drinking your coffee we understand. And while we would love for you to stop drinking coffee altogether, we have a compromise:

Try switching to organic coffee. It will eliminate some of the issues of pesticides, mold and chemicals that are often used in non-organic coffee. And as for your creamer or milk, we prefer almond milk.
Best choice is almond milk.

Happy Cleansing! -The EWE Team


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Kids & Cholesterol: Too Soon To Worry?

We’re try to be aware of what goes into our bodies, especially those of our kids! But what about cholesterol levels? Is that something you also consider for your little ones? We checked in with Haylie to get her opinion.

Q: In today’s age of fast food, a la carte school menus, and highly processed foods, what are strategies for incorporating cholesterol-healthy diets into our children’s lives? And should I be worried about cholesterol levels for my kids?

A: This is not as hard as you think, and watching cholesterol levels is something that can never start too early! Here are four tricks to managing cholesterol and improving your child’s diet:

1. Make sure you have a whole fruit at the meals you do have control over, like breakfast and dinner.

2. Try to get nuts and seeds, preferably in the raw form, like raw almonds, in every day. Try adding things like raw cashews as a homework snack or raw sunflower seeds in their cereal in the morning. The combo of fiber, protein, and healthy fats make these so good for a healthy cholesterol.

3. Try to add Read More »

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East West’s “Essential” Homemade Hummus Recipe

I love hummus. All my friends and co-workers love hummus. It is affordable, delicious and goes with everything. I used to say I didn’t need to make my own because it was so delicious from the store, but after I tried it I have never bought it again! Homemade hummus is even better than what you can find at the store! It is less than half the price, too. And you can make any flavor you can imagine!


  • 1/2 cup sesame tahini
  • 2 cans garbanzo beans drained (keeping garbanzo liquid for reserve)
  • 1/3 cup liquid from the canned garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 clove garlic (optional)
  • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/3 -1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice


Using a food processor (ideally) or blender…

  • Mince garlic clove
  • Combine the minced garlic, tahini, garbanzo beans, Read More »
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Heather’s Tips: How To Eat Healthy On A Budget

Back by popular demand we are once again sharing Heather’s tips for HEALTHY eating on a REALISTIC budget! Our amazing Wellness Consultant, Heather Wilson stopped by CBS / KCAL9  to discuss different ways to prepare healthy food on a budget! Here is both the video and her top tips!

Watch the video here!

You can enjoy your food affordably… and it can also be healthy and delicious. Here are Heather’s suggestions…


1. Eat within a half hour after waking


2. Start off with protein

3. Make it simple but effective


1. Kids are going to snack, so make it healthy and convenient

2. For consistent energy and metabolism levels etc. eat something every 3 hours

3. Extra important for kids with extra physical activities


1. Durable, will Read More »

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7 Foods: Asian Pears

Our  7 Foods for 7 Days program lets you eat delicious foods while converting fat to muscle. There are fourteen power foods to choose from in this program (coupled with our Optimal Protein Powder, Optimal Fatty Acid Blend, and Optimal Movement), and one that has been very popular among our clients is the Asian Pear!

If you have trouble locating this at your local grocery store or Farmer’s Market, try asking for an Apple Pear. This is the same thing – some stores or growers simple label them as such.

Asian Pears are very low in Read More »

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Adaptogens: The Most Powerful Supplement Ever?

Most-Powerful-Herbal-Adaptogens1“Adaptogens” is a word you may have heard lately, and with good reason. Adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants that help balance, restore and protect the body. They are also an excellent way to treat an elevation of the hormone Costisol, also known as the aging hormone.

When cortisol gets too high it puts you into a “fight or flight” response which stimulates your sympathetic nervous system and your adrenal glands. When this occurs there is a decrease in your digestive secretions and a increase in blood pressure. This puts your body in a state of constant stress which will burn out your adrenal glands, stress your digestive tract, and cause you to age more rapidly. So if you want to look younger, feel younger, and be healthy you must get your cortisol levels balanced.

Seven of the top adaptogens are:

Ginseng is the most well-known adaptogen and Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) is considered the most potent. According to Wallace, research has validated Asian ginseng’s use for improving mental performance and your ability to withstand stress. This red ginseng also has antioxidant effects, antidepressant effects, and can help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. (There are a number of adaptogens referred to as ginsengs that aren’t technically ginsengs but have similar composition or effects.)

Holy Basil, also called Tulsi, is known in India as the “elixir of anti-aging.” Preliminary studies suggest that it can help you fight fatigue and stress, boost your immune system, and regulate blood Read More »

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