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


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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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News for Lemon Lovers

Who doesn’t love lemons? This wonderful fruit stimulates the release of enzymes and helps convert toxins into a water-soluble form that can be easily excreted from the body. Drinking lemon water, which is alkaline-forming, first thing in the morning will help to balance out the acidity of foods we’ve consumed. Don’t forget to add your ground flaxseeds to enhance toxin removal!

Here’s a fun lemony fact: It is believed that Read More »

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Heather’s Turkey Pasta With Pesto

Hi everyone! Happy “Recipe Friday,” as we call this day of the week here at East West Essentials! Today I am sharing another recipe from my kitchen, one that was featured on my most recent CBS segment. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this one. Enjoy! -Heather


Pesto Sauce 15-20 servings for pasta (can also use as dipping sauce w/ rice crackers)


  • ¼ cup Pine nuts
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 4 oz pkg of basil
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅔ tsp Sea Salt


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Slow Down Your Biological Clock… With This Common Fruit!

No, we can’t control nature. But we can give it some help – this time in the form of food as medicine: Blueberries!

Blueberries are ranked as having one of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit, vegetables, spices, and seasonings. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals that can damage cellular structures and DNA. Free radical damage can accelerate aging in your eggs as well as other parts of your body.

Blueberries are also a low GI fruit. GI is a common way of identifying the potential impact of a food on our blood sugar level once we’ve consumed and digested that food. In general, foods with a GI of 50 or below are considered “low” in terms of their glycemic index value. A recent study found that blueberries, along with other berries, clearly have Read More »

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All About the Backside

I was recently at a lunch meeting with a group of very amazing women. We were talking about food and how it can be used to shape different parts of the body. One of my favorite questions was asked of me: “Is there anything that can be eaten that will enhance the tone of my butt?”

The answer is yes!

Many of you already know the basics:

If you find rough terrain back there, eliminate caffeine and increase your water intake. My rule of thumb is Read More »

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Frisky Foods: Eat Your Way To A Better Libido!

As we age and our bodies change most of us notice some things not being as… ahem… strong as they once were. Yes, I am talking about our libidos. We have patients ask, “What can I do?” We’ve got the answer for men and women… you can eat!

The main reason for low libido in men is low testosterone. Protein is crucial for the production of testosterone, and we recommend. the East West Essentials Optimal Protein Powder for an easily digestible protein and the Optimal Male Energy.

Good circulation promoted by healthy fats or East West Essentials’ Optimal Fatty Acids increased libido in males and females.

Eat two to three of the foods on the list per day. These particular foods are great because they are protein and fat based.

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Cherry& Yogurt Pops (Also Good For Fertility!)

This is a fun, summer treat. You can substitute any fruit you desire, but I just sent this to a fertility patient with cherries on the brain. You see, they are quite high in antioxidants, making cherries an amazing addition to your diet if you are looking to boost your fertility (both women in men). Cherries also contain a lot of Vitamin C which helps sperm motility.


  •  2 cups pitted cherries
  • 2/3 cup apple juice
  • 2/3 cup full fat organic yogurt

Makes: 8 (3 1/2-ounce) ice pops.


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Bruises and Fatigue? Could You Be Iron Deficient?

We work with many patients who are vegan or vegetarian at East West Essentials. This is a personal decision for each individual, and there are many benefits to this type of diet. In fact, many of our family’s favorite recipes are vegan!

For those following these diets it is important to supplement your iron intake. Many people call us when suffering from iron deficiency, which can occur in vegan and vegetarian diets if you are not careful, however we also know plenty of meat-eaters who also lack the proper amounts of iron. As a note, the daily intake for women 19-50 years old is 18 mg.

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