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Assistant Operations Manager Wanted

Assistant Operations Manager Wanted

Full-time M-F 9-5 – with benefits

Our rapid growth has created a great opportunity for someone with a can-do attitude in what they do. We are a food manufacturer, specializing in natural sweeteners and savory sauces, located in NE Portland and expanding to larger facilities later this year in NW Portland.

Our Director of Operations needs an exceptionally motivated assistant, who is able to take on a variety of responsibilities immediately, while growing his/her expertise of our products and manufacturing process.

If you love to take ownership of your work and want to be part of a fantastic team of professionals who will appreciate and reward your high quality work, then we want to hear from you!

We are willing to train on industry-specific knowledge. Basic experiences/skills that are necessary in this role include:

– Detail orientation. This individual needs to be good with numbers and minutiae, which is important in documenting manufacturing procedures.

– Adaptability. The ability and willingness to move with shifting priorities, being flexible in your thinking and able to accommodate change.

– Quick thinking. The capability to learn independently, with an eagerness for information and growth as you learn about GMP’s (good manufacturing processes), third-party product certification programs (such as kosher, and non-GMO), safety and regulatory compliance and quality control. You will have, at minimum, a basic knowledge of all of these but you don’t have to be an expert. We’ll help get you to the level so that you will help create written documentation of policies and procedures for all of these realms and more. Rigorous attention to detail is a must.

– Analytical thinking. The ability to conduct independent research and analysis, identify issues, formulate options and make recommendations to solve problems, optimize production and control costs.

– Strong organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills.

– Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

– Collaborative team player, with a willingness & ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

– Outstanding reliability and follow through.

– Willingness to cross train in other areas and pitch in wherever needed.

As a smaller company (rapidly moving toward mid-size), we value and prize our employees who want to be a “Jack-of-all-trades”. You will have variety in your work, giving you a unique opportunity to learn new skills, expand your knowledge base and grow professionally.

– A sense of humor that you can maintain in the face of challenges.

– Moderate to high functional knowledge of Outlook, Excel and Word. We can bring you up to speed on QuickBooks Enterprise, as needed, but it would be great if you already knew the basics.

– College degree is preferred, but not required. The piece of paper is not important, but the ability to think and learn is.

To apply, please email your resume, including 3 professional references and a cover letter explaining what you are looking for in your next job, and what you are hoping to grow into for your future.

Sales Manager Wanted – National, Region and Local Key Accounts

Sales Manager Wanted – National, Regional and Local Key Accounts

Ingredient, food service and retail sales of all natural sweeteners and savory sauce bases

We are an established, (more than 15 years) profitable ingredient supply company looking to expand its sales.

This newly created position requires a respected food ingredient sales professional with excellent industry relationships. The ideal candidate has existing relationships with food manufacturers, food services, institutions, distributors, brokers and stores like Safeway, Kroger, Fred Meyer, Albertsons, Whole Foods.

Compensation

Salary: Base Salary plus commission, paid expenses and medical insurance stipend. Salary will be based on experience in both sales and applicable industry background.

Position Responsibilities

This Sales Manager position requires that you represent our family of products which includes all natural sweeteners and sauces. In the role of Sales Manager we will expect you to sell all product lines to a wide range of businesses:

  • Food Manufactures
  • Institutions (educational, hospitals, assisted living facilities, etc)
  • Distributors (wholesale and food services)
  • Retail Stores

As Sales Manager you must continuously research new sources of customers in order to increase the company’s sales, across all the types of businesses listed.

Further responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performs duties consistent with the company’s goals and policies
  • Sets goals for sales quotas with management; determines distribution within a specific market
  • Sells and services all accounts and prospects within the target market
  • Sells a balanced program to have all segments of line represented in territory
  • Presents advertising to customers to increase sales
  • Nurtures, grows and up sells accounts
  • Manages broker and distributor relationships
  • Researches and procures new brokers and distributors as you grow the position
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned by manager

Position Requirements

  • Reside in the Pacific Northwest and legal to work in the United States
  • Have a US driver’s license
  • Ability to travel extensively throughout designated territory
  • 5-7 or more years sales experience in the food, ingredient or natural products industry
  • Bachelor’s degree in business related field or equivalent skills, knowledge and abilities
  • Have strong relationships with the food manufactures, institutions, distributors, brokers, and retail store buyers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent computer knowledge
  • Ability to attend trade shows and sales meetings
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and plan time wisely
  • Must be a self-starter requiring minimal direct supervision in the execution of responsibilities
  • Be goal-oriented and strive to exceed established goals
  • Be a team player – works well with other members of the sales and corporate teams
  • Be customer-oriented and responsive to their needs
  • Be aware of market trends/competition and conveys information, as appropriate, to the other sales members and/or corporate marketing

Accountability

We require that our Sales Manager and sales associates use SalesForce.com. This is an on-line CRM (Customer Relations Management) System. You will record contacts, create sales projections and client interaction.

We are looking for a rainmaker. We are a sales driven company and the right superstar will find themselves well supported and well compensated.

Please forward your credentials and a few paragraphs telling us why you are the perfect person for this position.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Keeping a Healthy Heart

four habits to keep it pumping

Dr_Alisha_MoadabIt’s almost Valentines Day, and hopefully you are feeling loved! The healthy heart in the human body functionally serves as a circulation pump with an electrical impulses, using sodium, potassium, and calcium contracting the muscle and sending blood, oxygen and vital nutrients all through out the body. Heart disease is a huge problem in America, being the number one killer, with an approaching 600,000 people dying each year. [1]  Heart disease encompasses multiple afflictions and diagnoses, such as congestive heart failure, congenital heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease. [2]  Many health problems, like heart disease, can be avoided with diet and lifestyle. However, there is another component to good health, beyond the well known basics. Imagine a triangle, and in one form of medicine, Applied Kinesiology [3] , there is what is referred to as the “Triad of Health”. The foundation of this triangle is on the “structure” of the body, with the sides comprised of “chemical and mental”. It is is the realm of the “mental or emotional” category that can be a largely overlooked component of heart disease. Cardiologist Dr. Mimi Guarneri highlights all the hearts different aspects in her book The Heart Speaks. [4]  Do these 4 things regularly for a healthier and happier heart and life. (more…)

It’s Possible To Live Your Dreams

It’s Possible To Live Your Dreams

‘Your mind is your mental workshop. You can build anything you want in it.

Visualize what you want in your mind. See it, feel it, taste it, and believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and then begin build.

First, think about what you want out of life. The beginning always takes place in your imagination.

Then organize your thoughts into definitive plans.

Next, it’s time to transform your thoughts into reality by taking some positive action.

Visualize, then actualize your success.

There Is No Such Thing As Failures, Only Unexpected Results

learning from your mistakes and growing from your failures

Motivation speaker Anthony Robbins once said “There is no such thing as failure. There are only results.” I for one have experienced a lot of results that I didn’t expect and for that matter didn’t desire. But, from each result I grew. I looked at what I did right and what I did wrong and evaluated the results and adjusted my game plan to take me to a result that would be more desirable.

Self-examination and introspection are the tools of trade if you want to win this game and garner the results you are looking for. I am going to share with you a very personal experience and give you an example of results that I was not looking for and how it played out in my growth and learning.
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Creating Your Action Plan

five easy steps to plan your work and work your plan

Thom King - President of Steviva BrandsThey say “the fish rots from the head down ” so, when I run into a situation where I have one of my team members not live up to their best, I take it very hard. I take it as a personal failure. When they fail, I fail. The one factor I have seen lead to almost every failure, both mine and theirs is poor planning. That is why I try very hard to empower myself and those around me to have a solid action plan I openly share my action plans. By sharing an action plan you not only have witnesses that will hold you accountable but, would have the collective energy and imaginations of others working towards manifestation. Here are ten steps in creating an extremely effective action plan that will help you achieve any goal you set out to accomplish.

Set a destination: Knowing where you’re going is paramount. Successful people embrace the simple core concept of “if you don’t know where you’re going, you’re likely to wind up anywhere”. Don’t let this happen to you. Know where you want to end up.

Let the devil be in the details: Not only must your goal be specific, but you must also create a specific intention as well as very detailed tasks or steps that will move you toward your destination.

Create quantifiable milestones: Once you have a clear and concise idea of where you want to end up, as well as what action items you will need to execute throughout the time span of the project or goal, you are not ready to create measurable milestones or mile markers. Think of this as your road map.
Make a list: Create a list and time line of specific action items or tasks to complete in order to hit those milestones. For instance let’s say you wanted to learn French. Your two month milestone might be to learn at least forty new words or phrases. You action items might be getting a book on French and another may be downloading an app that teaches French phrases.

Take little bites: Your goal may appear insurmountable and some tasks or milestones may appear daunting. That’s when it makes sense to cut some task into little bites size chunks, making them easier to swallow. A journey of a thousand miles takes a series of steps and once broken down into the small steps you will gracefully move towards your destination.

Quantify each step and action with a timeline: Without specific time frames and deadlines, work will definitely expand to fill the time allotted, and some tasks may never get completed. Create a deadline and make it happen.
Make it visual: Once you’ve created your action items and set a specific timeline, the next step is to create some type of visual representation of your plan. You might use a flowchart, a vision board, a collage of accomplishment, a spreadsheet, a hand drawing or some other type of visual tool to accomplish this. Get engaged!

Work your plan: Don’t give up or stop until each step, milestone and action item is complete. Once your plan is established, and accomplishments are scheduled, the next step is simple but extremely critical. Take daily action and hold yourself accountable: Every night before retiring ask yourself “what did I do to take my plan forward”. In the morning look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself “what will I do today to get myself closer to my destination”. This will get you juiced!

Reset but never retreat: Change dates if you must, but never give up on the goal. Occasionally, circumstances or unforeseen events can arise that throw a monkey wrench in your ability to meet deadlines, complete tasks and achieve your goal. If this happens, don’t beat yourself up– revise your plan and continue working to meet targets and move forward.

Celebrate your success: Mission accomplished. You reach your destination. Give yourself credit. Go back over your written road map and really take in all you did to get where you are. You made it and this should be acknowledge and celebrated. This will motivate you on your next journey ahead.

You can use this action plan for anything you want to achieve whether it is personal or professional. As you feel yourself becoming empowered by it, it will become contagious. Share it!

Simple Methods For Cutting Back on Sugar

Simple Methods For Cutting Back on Sugar
easy ways to go from thick to thin

OK… so you have a sweet tooth and he has called in his friends. Never fear help is on the way. Here’s some advice for cutting down on sugar

Avoiding Teenage Waist Land
If kids are allowed to develop a preference for sweet foods, they may end up eating a high-calorie diet that can lead to excessive weight gain. sugar cubesThis can result in more complicated problems, including diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Too many sweets can also cause tooth decay and unhealthy gums.

Because of a decade-long obsession with low-fat consumption, we have managed to fill our store shelves with food that’s fat-free but loaded with sugar. The result is a steady increase in the amount of sugar eaten inadvertently through processed foods. We eat on average 19 teaspoons of sugar per day, whether it’s incorporated into foods by manufactures or added themselves. And as people become accustomed to sugary foods, companies have to make new products even sweeter. It becomes a vicious circle.

Hidden Sugars
While you may be aware of the sugar you do – or do not – add to foods, are you aware of the hidden sugar found in many products? From tomato soup to hot dogs, sugar can be found in the in most processes foods.

Sugar provides few nutrients, so processed sugars should only be a very very small part of a balanced diet. The time is now to develop new food preferences for the natural taste of unprocessed, unsweetened foods.

Here are a few suggestions that may help you to reduce sugar in you and your family’s diet:

Don ‘t ban sweets altogether: try a sprinkling of brown sugar, NEW Nectevia, Steviva Blend, Fructevia or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder on oatmeal or a teaspoon of maple syrup on winter squash.

Become a careful label reader: The sugar listed on the nutrition label is a combination of the naturally occurring sugar and the added sugar. If you spot the ending ‘-ose’ on a word, it could be a sugar in disguise. Examples are sucrose and glucose. Other common ingredients that are sugar in hiding include syrup, honey, brown sugar, fruit juice concentrate and high-fructose corn syrup (not to be confused with crystalline fructose which is low glycemic).

Don ‘t make desserts a regular part of every meal: Save them for special occasions or weekend treats. Buy breakfast cereals only if sugar is not one of the top listed ingredients.

Reduce the sugar called for in baking: Sugar can often be reduced by up to one-third and replacing it completely with NEW Nectevia, Steviva Blend, Fructevia or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder is ideal

Serve alternatives to sugar: Whole grain breads or muffins.

Top cereal with fresh fruit, NEW Nectevia, Steviva Blend, Fructevia or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder.

Use fresh fruit, NEW Nectevia, Steviva Blend, Fructevia or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder to sweeten plain yogurt: Pureed banana mixed with plain yogurt is great for a toddler treat.

Make your own frozen treats: Just freeze fruit juices with NEW Nectevia, Steviva Blend, Fructevia or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder.

Create smoothies: Blitz plain yogurt with banana and fresh fruits and NEW Nectevia, Steviva Blend, Fructevia or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder for delicious homemade smoothies.

Make your own soft drinks: All you need is soda water and your choice of fruit juice mixed with our NEW Nectevia, Steviva Blend, Fructevia or a dash of Steviva Brand Stevia Powder.

Stumbling Blocks as Stepping Stones

reframing negative situations into positive ones

Thom King - President of Steviva BrandsThere are two ways to look at the world: the benevolent way or the malevolent way. People with a malevolent or negative worldview take a victim stance, seeing life as a continuous succession of problems and a process of unfairness and oppression. They don’t expect a lot and they don’t get much. When things go wrong, they shrug their shoulders and passively accept that this is the way life is and there isn’t anything they can do to make it better.

On the other hand, people with a benevolent or positive worldview see the world around them as filled with opportunities and possibilities. They believe that everything happens as part of a great process designed to make them successful and happy. They approach their lives, their work, and their relationships with optimism, cheerfulness, and a general attitude of positive expectations. They expect a lot and they are seldom disappointed. This is the process of reframing your perspective.

Personally I have always lived by the philosophy of “when life hands me lemons I will make lemonade”. Sometimes this is easier said than done. So, how do we take these lemons and reframe them into a delicious refreshing drink? How do we reframe the glass as half full as opposed to half empty? It involves invoking the power of positive thinking and not being overly attached to the outcome as much as we are to the process.

Whenever you encounter a potentially negative situation try reframing the situation towards the positive. Spend some time incorporating positive thinking into your general perspective. Are wishing, hoping and positive thinking just magic or does it really work? Depak Chopra has proven that quantum healing does work to the satisfaction of the American Medical Association. Quantum healing already has well documented cases of being effective with cancer patients. The basic quantum healing process: along with a healthy diet, meditation visualizing tumor cells getting wiped out by good disease fighting T Cells has been proven effective in some cases. This is the power of reframing and positive thought in action. This philosophy of positive thinking and creative re framing and visualization does not only apply to health, but also love, money, and future desires. Since this re framing or positive thinking technique has been proven effective, is is really worth it to stay stuck in old patterns of thinking? Just think… if I were just more positive, had faith in myself, how much better my life might be?

Psychologists foolishly warn against wishing and positive thinking techniques, saying it’s childlike and delusional. Yet they make a big point about reframing. It is the same thing, take any situation, and visualize how could it better? Then focus on it, imagine every detail and practice overcoming whatever obstacles stand in the way of turning the situation to a positive. I am not suggesting that you avoid reality, but instead I ask that you envision how you could fashion your life into the most positive possible outcome.

Dieting Without Denial

by Lisa Houghton

Think of the word ‘diet’, and it’s probable you’ll start to yawn, or even weep! After all, the whole idea behind a diet is to stop eating the unhealthy foods we all know are the tastiest; something that requires unwavering self-control and extreme denial. However laudable the end goals may be, when thought of like this, the journey is not one most people relish. If you want to shift those pounds for good, maybe a better idea is to stop thinking in terms of going on a diet, and instead start developing an enjoyable and healthy eating plan filled with  exciting new ways  of enjoying your favorite foods.

The problem with diets

The main problem is that a ‘diet’ suggests a finite period of time; a restrictive regimen you’ll follow only until you lose the weight and reach your goals. But the question arises: so, then what? Once you’ve made friends with the bathroom scale once more and slipped into your skinny jeans, do you rush to the kitchen and reach for the cookie jar to celebrate, or maybe reward yourself with a take-out pizza? Whilst there’s nothing wrong with taking your foot off the gas once in a while, there is the danger of falling foul of the ‘slippery slope’. This is especially true if you’ve been following a very restrictive diet. Not only do you feel like you’ve reached the end of an unpleasant ordeal, but your body wants food. Specifically, it wants the foods you’ve been denying yourself; such as processed carbohydrates and those sweet treats you embargoed on day one of your diet. But if you don’t deny yourself those things in the first place, you can avoid those feelings. That’s where Stevia can help; by replacing the sweetness of sugar with a  natural sweetness  you can add to hot beverages, mix into homemade granola, or incorporate into your favorite dishes.

Breaking the ‘feast and famine’ cycle

How often have you refused a tasty treat with the words, ‘I can’t; I’m on a diet’? Psychologically, the whole process of refusal makes you feel like you’re missing out; especially in social or family situations where everyone else is tucking in and enjoying themselves. Often the easiest way is to just relent and have ‘a taste’, which, let’s face it, is rarely enough. This is one of the  issues with diet  plans that cause many people to fail before they’ve even started. It also promotes the cycle of restriction and overindulgence that can lead to an overall increase in body weight, rather than a reduction, as well as other potential health problems. A better solution to this kind of  yo-yo dieting  is to ensure the eating plan you adopt is something you can incorporate into your everyday life and live with every day for the rest of your life. This means finding foods and recipes that promote healthy eating and are enjoyable enough to not make you feel like you’re missing out.

Enjoy happy holidays!

If you’ve battled with weight loss over the long-term, then you’re bound to have encountered many difficult eating scenarios, such as the  Thanksgiving holiday  and more parties and dinners out than you care to remember. These are choppy waters to navigate for anyone looking to lose weight, even if your self-control is solid the rest of the year. There are many useful tips that can help you get through these food-focused events; such as filling up on vegetables rather than the calorific side-dishes, using a smaller plate if you’re eating at someone’s home, and remembering the two-fist rule (that’s the size of your stomach; so that amount of food is sufficient to fill it). If you’re cooking the meal yourself, or bringing along a contribution, you could consider preparing a  dish with Stevia , such as a low sugar pumpkin pie or holiday eggnog. This way you know can indulge a little bit without the guilt!

Long-term success

Imagine being able to enjoy cakes, muffins and even chocolate as part of your healthy eating plan. Whilst the ‘everything in moderation’ rule always applies, by substituting sugar for Stevia in some  great recipes , you can take a step towards ensuring those feelings of denial are a thing of the past and that your weight loss success is permanent. Combine this with a varied healthy eating plan filled with fiber, whole grains and natural protein sources and you’ll be going a long way to achieving those weight loss goals without going through the ordeal of a fad diet or self-imposed famine that is only going to end up being counterproductive.

This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

Satisfying cravings while dieting

by Lisa Houghton

Losing weight should be easy. After all, whether it’s ten pounds or one hundred, the formula remains the same. Eat less and move around more. That’s all there is to it. If you’re eating less than your body is using up, then you will burn off the surplus and lose weight. However, anyone who has ever attempted to lose weight knows that, in reality, it’s not that straightforward. Eating less doesn’t just mean reducing volume; it means making healthy choices and stripping out many tasty foods. This can lead to cravings, which can cause even the most determined dieter to fall off the wagon. Fortunately, there are ways to combat these cravings and  natural dietary replacements  that can make the job of losing weight a little easier (and sweeter).

Do you really need that sugar?

Often, you’ll find yourself craving a particular food item or group. This is especially true when you cut something out of your diet completely. Maybe you’ve decided to ditch cake, desserts and cookies to reduce your sugar intake. While this is a great idea, maybe a part of your brain doesn’t agree! It’s not uncommon to start craving the sugar you’ve denied yourself; even to the point where you’re actually convinced you need to eat that donut. While you think satisfying your craving is doing your body good and giving it something it needs, medical professionals disagree; instead putting those sugar cravings down to tiredness and stress , which can happen if you cut out too many calories, or because you need an energy boost. It’s understandable that you’ll occasionally succumb to one of these cravings, but it’s important to know what’s causing them and finding solutions that make you feel satisfied while still sticking to a good weight loss program and avoiding common weight loss myths .

Satisfying cravings the health-conscious way

Giving in to a sugar craving doesn’t have to mean making an unhealthy dietary choice. For example, if you find yourself reaching for the cookie jar, why not look for a natural way of bringing some sweetness back into your life that doesn’t involve sugar. A great option is to mix yourself a  fruit or vegetable smoothie  with a dash of calorie-free Fructevia or Steviva Blend. This way, you can get a hint of sweetness but also know you’ve made a healthy choice. Once you know what fruit and vegetable blends you like, you can make some in advance so you have a tasty treat in the fridge for when you get home from work, or any time you’re prone to snacking. Adding additional ingredients, such as oats and flax seed can up the protein content while also increasing satiety; meaning that cookie jar can stay on the shelf unopened! If you’re at a point where a smoothie just won’t do, think about adapting some of your favorite recipes to include Steviva instead of sugar. For example, whip up a batch of low-carb  cinnamon raisin muffins  each week and keep them around to satisfy those sweet cravings.

The main thing is to always be aware of what you’re eating. It may be impractical to count every calorie, but you should consult labels, or use an  online calorie counter  to ensure you have a pretty good idea of what the foods you select contain, in terms of saturated fat, sugars and calories per serving. This is especially important with sugar, as it is ‘hidden’ in many foods, such as breakfast cereal. Once you’re armed with this knowledge, you’ll find it’s easy to make the right choices and start the process of losing those unwanted pounds.

Never be hungry

One key piece of advice to remember when looking to lose weight is not to starve yourself. It may seem to make sense that the less you eat, the more weight you’ll lose, but this is only true in the short-term. Over time, your appetite and cravings are likely to increase because your body will demand more calories. You will probably hold on to these energy stores, as your body will want reserves in case it finds itself in ‘starvation mode’ again. This makes losing weight even harder over the long term. You will also be more likely to fail, as the more you deprive yourself, the more chance you’ll have of giving in to temptations in a big way. Cutting too much out of your diet can also lead to headaches, lack of concentration and zero energy, as well as some other unpleasant and  potentially dangerous side effects . While you may lose some pounds, you don’t want it to be at the expense of your quality of life or, more importantly, your health.

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

vanquishing lost dreams and regret

Thom King - President of Steviva BrandsLouise E. Boone, emeritus professor of business at the University of South Alabama was quoted to say “The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have and should have”. Motivational speaker and life coach Anthony Robbins says “If you live by Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda you are shoulding all over yourself”.

All of us have a mental list of Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda’s even you. These three words comprise regret. Regret is a negative emotional reaction to personal past acts or behaviors. Regret is often expressed by the term “sorry.” Regret can often bring up a feeling of sadness, shame, embarrassment, depression, annoyance, or guilt, after one acts or doesn’t act in a manner and later wishes not to have done so. Regret can show up from an act that has been committed, but also, importantly, regret of inaction. Many people find themselves wishing that they had done something in a past situation. Regret is something none of us should live with.

Here are a few tips on identifying the regrets or Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda’s in your life and taking steps to vanquish them.

Take a piece of quality paper. Divide it into three columns. The first column should read Shoulda, the second Coulda, and the third Woulda.

Let’s begin with the shoulda column and write, “I really should have…” Imagine you have less than six month to live. Let the phrase “I really should have…” settle in. Think about it, for days if need be. This is a work in progress. Once it has gestated begin your writing. “I really should have been nicer to Bill”, “I really should have gone back to school”, “I really should have laughed more”. You get the idea.

Now move to the coulda column and write, “I could have…” Imagine again you have less than six month to live. Let the phrase “I could have…” settle in. “I could have been musical if…”, “I could have gone to…” You get the idea. Keep writing until there is nothing left. Remember this is a work in progress so, you can come back to in anytime.

Lastly move to the woulda column and write, “I would have if…” Let this sink in. Some examples could be “I would have gone back to school but…” I would have traveled more but…” I am sure you have a few of these in your head by now.

Here comes the easy part. Now that you have the basic architecture of your regrets laid out, it is time to dismantle them. At the bottom of your three column page start your bucket list. If you are not familiar with a bucket list; it is a list of things you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket”. Everything in your columns should make it on your list, after all you did envision you only had six month to live, right? Now is the time to vanquish these shoulda, coulda, woulda’s. Start erecting your action plan to get rid of the pesky regrets. For instance; “I really should have gone back to school, so I am enrolling in classes next week and will get my degree in the next two years.” Or, I could have been a better father, so I am will listen to my children more and take an interest in their lives today.” Or, I would have traveled to Greece but, I had a family instead. But, now that my children have grown, I will enjoy a Greek holiday in the next two years.” Some of your shoulda, coulda, woulda list may not be able to be accomplished. People move and circumstances change. These situations will need to be let go of by making an agreement with yourself that you recognize these regrets as unresolved and you agree to not get into these situations again and then forgive.

In the end we only regret the things we didn’t do. You don’t need a near-death experience to decide to live your life to the fullest.

National Headache Awareness Week

three things that could be a cause
by Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.

Dr_Alisha_MoadabHeadaches come in various forms, for some it’s a minor annoyance and others it can be debilitating. There are more than four different classifications for headaches. In mainstream medicine the common tool is the prescription pad for to help alleviate the pain, or in some cases to try to catch it before it starts. Neither of these options are looking at why someone is suffering in the first place. Here are three things that could be contributing to head pain:

1. Gluten-it’s a protein found in many grain products and processed foods. Many people fall on a spectrum of their bodies tolerance to it. For some avoiding gluten can dodge the pain, in their head, or in other places in their body.

2. Hormones-a woman’s monthly cycle and the timing of headaches if correlating at time of ovulation or menses could indicate that estrogen or progesterone can be off balance, and be part of the cause.

3. Posture-tension headaches in particular may start with trigger points in the back muscles. These muscles can get imbalanced with some being overused and others underused with improper posture either while standing or while working at the computer or desk for prolonged periods.

For the next week, try going gluten free, keep a diet and headache diary, if you’re a woman also write dates of ovulation and menstruation. Also be sure that your ears, shoulders, and hips are all in line, so that if someone were to be looking at you from the side the could connect these points in a straight line, this is the form for good posture. These tips may help with your headaches. Take this information to your Naturopathic and Integrative Doctor to help get to root cause!

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.

May is Mental Health Awareness

three tests to ask for to mend your mind
by Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.

Dr_Alisha_MoadabThe mind is a beautiful thing, yet many people struggle with the health of it approximately 1 in 4 Americans suffer from various mental illnesses. Many doctors will just write up a prescription for an antidepressant, while never looking at the underlying cause of depression. There are a few common health conditions that can leave one feeling blue.

Hypothyroidism is often overlooked, due to inefficient test evaluations, and one of the many symptoms is feelings of depression. Low levels of folic acid or having a genetic defect that requires your body get the active vitamin form of folate is another potential cause for some mental disorders. Hormones that are both in men and women, cortisol can also be part of the mental madness if they aren’t in proper levels throughout the day.

Find a Naturopathic or Integrative Doctor in your area and ask for:

1. Full Thyroid Panel: TSH, Free T3 and Free T4. This will give a more accurate picture at how much hormones your thyroid is actually producing. There are additionally thyroid tests available, but this is a good start.

2. 5-MTHFR deficiency: An acronym for 5- Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase Mutations, C677T and A1298C. If someone tests positive for one of these mutations their body requires folate in the form of 5MTHF. This can be

3. Salivary Hormone Panel: This form of testing is thought to be a superior way of measuring the free bio-available forms of hormones in our body. In additional to cortisol, female and male sex hormones can be tested to see if there are proper levels of estrogen which is important for serotonin and other neurotransmitters. Progesterone another hormone helps promote restorative sleep, a must for a good mood! Low levels of Testosterone can affect men with a low mood too.  

For Daily tips to boost your mental health look at The Mental Health America Calendar  for some great simple ideas to start incorporating into your routine.

Remember, a mental health disease, is just like any other disease, no judgments should be made. Seek help from a professional and stay in close contact with your loved ones.

The Most Potent Anti-Oxidant

three ways to get more of it
by Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.

Dr_Alisha_MoadabDid you know that every cell in your body has a very powerful antioxidant that works to detox the body and boost the immune system? While this is made in your body, chronic disease, infection, cancer and other ailments will decrease your levels of glutathione. This potent antioxidant works all throughout your body and in your liver to help rid toxins. Glutathione can also be used in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, and cancer by making the chemotherapy more effective as shown in a study with ovarian cancer.

The building blocks of glutathione include three amino acids; cysteine, glutamic acid, and glycine. However, many other nutrients can aid in the bodies ability to manufacture it, such as Vitamin C, alpha lipoic acid, whey protein, B6, and selenium. There are food sources that provide a good source of glutathione, such as fresh and frozen vegetables, especially asparagus, avocado and walnuts, as well as fruit, meat, and fish.

Your body needs antioxidant power to combat all the free radical damage that we are now combated with, some of it just being a natural by-product of daily living, and others being diet/lifestyle, or disease induced. Glutathione is available in oral supplementation form, yet research doesn’t support its effectiveness at raising the blood levels.Therefore, the other options include:

1. Eat More of the Blocks: Recall that we make glutathione in our body, if we have the correct ingredients. A diet that consists of a lean and green should provide a good source of what you need. Salmon and asparagus anyone?

2. Supplement with Co-factors: Taking a few other nutritional products can create more of the building blocks, such has Vitamin C, B6 and selenium, as well as alpha lipoic acid. Your body will use this to make the initial steps for making more glutathione.

3. Intravenously: The superior method of delivery of anything, going right for the blood stream provides your body with instant access to the new ingredient, as well as it bypasses absorption in the gut, which often is an issue for people. There is some research showing that in animal studies, oral dosing was not absorbed in humans. Glutathione can be mixed with saline and put into the vein with saline and can take up to 10 minutes.

Whichever method is right for you, make or take more Glutathione for optimal health!

A Quiet Mind Creates a Garden of Inner Peace

“You need not leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. You need not even listen, simply wait. You need not even wait, just learn to become quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no other choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet.” – Franz Kafka

Thom King - President of Steviva BrandsMeditation is an effortless awake stillness of the mind. It is a continuous awareness of now, which has the aroma of total bliss. It is this aliveness that is behind your striving struggling thinking machine that never stops. It is the most playful witness of your being. It is your essence, your inner most core of consciousness, located at the very center of every experience you have.

Learning how to meditate is the essential foundation to peace of mind, happiness and a fulfilled outer life. When we become the master of our mind, we also master our life. By quieting the mind we can control it, and eventually tame it completely. Meditation enables us to hold our focus on what we want and attract that experience into our lives.

The greatest secrets in learning how to meditate are very simple and easy. In fact, there’s nothing you do to actually “meditate” you simply sit being unfocused and experience your own presence. However the mind tends to wander and may need more of a structure if it cannot stay in being unfocused. Here is the basic guidelines to learn how to meditate.

Relax your entire body. Sit comfortably in a chair (or on the floor) and release any tension in your body from head to toe. Imagine your body is filled with relaxing healing energy that releases ANY tension being held inside. Keep your spine vertical yet relaxed, as if your spine were a gently balanced stack of golden coins. Let you hands rest comfortably wherever they are.

Sit still and be very quiet inside. Do not move, yet do not try not to move. Simply be quiet, solitary and still. It may help to pretend you are a statue that just happens to breathe on its own. Don’t do anything. If you have to do something, focus on being unfocused and experience your own presence. Learning how to meditate happens when all your attention is resting inside. Pull yourself within this “vertical center” of your body (that runs from the top of your head to the base of your spine) and allow your mind to relax in here. Eventually it will slow down and stop the mental chatter. When thoughts arises, just watch and release them as they come. Notice thoughts without getting caught in them. Whatever distractions that arise, just let them, and return to being unfocused pure presence. Simply practice being completely empty, quiet and free. The state of pure unbounded consciousness is your natural state.

Experience your own Presence. Just experiencing your own presence is a way to transcend the mind. Be patient with taming your mind. Any results from meditation practice may take from 3 days to 3 months to notice any shifts at all. If you have been “meditating” for years and feel you’re not getting any benefit from it, your mind is still focusing and wandering. Try just being present to stillness. Down the road, your meditation practice will have great rewards. You’ll be more centered in times of chaos, more able to manifest what you want physically, and more healthy emotionally, mentally and physically. The devotion to yourself and constant self-love will be well worth it for years to come.

The Power of Protein

three sources to stabilize blood sugar

Dr_Alisha_MoadabA healthy diet is made up of carbohydrates, fat and protein. Unfortunately in American society we have gone into an extreme overload of the first two, creating high blood sugar levels and a rise in insulin resistance and diabetes. Sadly, the most affected age group is children. Often people reach for high carbohydrates when their blood sugar levels are low or on a roller coaster, this is where the power protein comes in, it can stabilize blood sugar levels.

Changing the way we eat starts with our first meal. Breakfast is a pivotal part of starting the day right, and it is done with protein. If you find your one of those people who runs out of the house on an empty stomach you got to change this bad habit! After a night of sleeping your body is a fasting state and to push it through a hectic morning only reeks havoc by stressing your body out even more. A good amount of protein each day can very depending on ones needs for women and men the minimal mount is and 46 and 56 grams respectively, however other sources suggest 1 gram per pound of body weight. Ideally, talk to your trusted health professional for your needs.

Try one of these three protein sources within one hour of waking in the morning and eat every two to three hours to maintain healthy blood sugar levels:

1. Protein shake: Quick and easy source of protein available as “fast food”. Look for a source that does not have artificial ingredients. It is best to probably find this out your local health food store. Most shakes provide 20 to 25 g of protein.

2. Eggs: An amazing food that can be made in so many ways. Each egg provides a 6 g of protein so best to have two or three. Make them scrambled, into an omelet or hard-boiled if you’re on the go. Buying organic is best.

3. Nonfat plain Greek yogurt: Easy and part of the conventional breakfast, add berries and ground flax seeds for added fiber and taste. Eat at home or in the office if in time crunch.

Keep the highs and lows of your blood sugar balanced with more protein.

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

This information and other information on this site is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

Drug Nutrient Depletion

four common drugs that cost you in more ways than one

Dr_Alisha_MoadabBeyond the co-pay cost for these commonly prescribed drugs, your body can pay another price with nutritionally from their use. Often medications will affect different biochemical pathways that can cause a depletion in one nutrient or another. While one problem can be solved, another maybe caused due to this. Below you fill find four drugs and the nutrients they deplete.

  1. Statin Drugs: This class of drugs helps lower cholesterol. Cholesterol is an important building block for all hormones in both men and women. While this drug is very effective, it will deplete your levels of the CoQ10, which is necessary to make cellular energy. Low levels of CoQ10 are associated with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
  2. ACE inhibitors: This class of drugs are used to treat high blood pressure and heart conditions. The cost will be lower zinc and sodium, related to lower immunity, wound healing, and lower sense of smell and taste for zinc. Sodium, which is lowered as part of the therapeutic affect and shouldn’t be replaced, when too low can cause dehydration, muscle weakness, low appetite, and poor concentration.
  3. Metformin: This class of drugs is used to lower blood sugar levels, while simultaneously lowering vitamin b12 which may appear as low energy, numbness and tingling, and psychiatric conditions amongst a few.
  4. Proton Pump Inhibitors: This class of drugs is used to treat GERD, commonly referred to as heart burn. Contrary to popular belief, is often a defect of too little stomach acid, which inappropriately moves the wrong way in the digestion track, up into the esophagus which isn’t made for the lower pH that is needed to break down food in the stomach. PPI’s will lower magnesium which is used in more than 300 bodily biochemical functions. A deficiency in magnesium can cause muscle cramps, contractions, seizures, abnormal heart rhythms, numbness and tingling, nausea, vomiting, and more.

While it is very likely that these prescriptions are medically necessary you should talk to your Naturopathic doctor about making sure that you aren’t paying too much nutritionally.

This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

Tastes Like Sugar But, Effects You Like Chlorine

saving your friendly flora

toxic_spillDespite advertisements stating “Made from Sugar, so it Tastes like Sugar”, which attempt to confuse consumers, Splenda® is not natural and contains no elements of natural sugar. You may also be surprised to learn that Splenda® contains chlorine. Yes, the same chlorine that goes in swimming pools. And here’s the worst side effect:

Just like chlorine kills off micro-organisms in swimming pools, Splenda® and sucralose kill off healthy bacteria that lives in your gut — healthy bacteria that is vitally important to virtually every aspect of your health.

Recently, a study at the University of Duke confirmed this very finding. Not only is sucralose a heavily-processed, chemical artificial sweetener, but it’s also damaging to your gut health, which goes on to affect every other aspect of your health.

Here’s a direct quote from that study:

“Splenda® suppresses beneficial bacteria and directly affects the expression of the transporter P-gp and cytochrome P-450 isozymes that are known to interfere with the bioavailability of nutrients. Furthermore, these effects occur at Splenda® doses that contain sucralose levels that are approved by the FDA for use in the food supply.”

Did you know that over 80% of your immune system finds its home in your gut? In fact, there are more than 100 trillion living bacteria in your gut that control many aspects of your health, and due to things like the ingestion of artificial sweeteners like Splenda®, most folks have created a massive bacterial imbalance in their body.

A recent study revealed that unhealthy gut health can lead to insulin resistance and obesity. What can you do?

Cut out the sugar! Bad bacteria like to feed off of sugar and refined carbohydrates, while our good bacteria feed off of fruits and vegetables.

Eat plenty of fermentable fibers (starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.)

Eat fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc., and/or take a high-quality, multi-species pro biotic.

Take a pro biotic supplement containing Lactobacillus and acidophilus.

Here’s to getting your gut back into sync.

Playing To Win The Most

never play to lose the least

Life is an all-in game. You cannot dip your toe into the pool of life and expect amazing results. You have to jump in all the way. So says one of the people I love the most in this world.

When I go through the list of things that I am most thankful for and most proud of in my life one thing stands out above all; my sister Gina King. Growing up I was always the “big” brother who doled out advice and played the role of mentor. I am not sure if my impact has been great but, I have always been pure at heart with my intentions. As I have grown older and my three sisters have grown wiser I have found that Gina has inadvertently become an amazing mentor and life coach for me. My frequent conversations with her have been grounding and inspirational. Recently I had been puzzled over some interactions I was having with some colleagues. I was meditating on a solution when lo and behold Gina called me. Serendipity!

My paradigm is I am “in it to win it” and I expect everybody to be on board with this notion. If they are not I can find myself taking it personally and blaming myself for my leadership skills not being up to par and maybe even some self-criticism for being too pushy. But, the reality of the matter, since my imagination has nothing to do with reality, is that some people are not ever going to be all in and maybe winning is not that important to them. They play a game of “how to lose the least” while I let it all hang out with my all-in game of “how do we win the most”. Neither is right and neither is wrong it is simply how you choose to play the game. But, it does beg the question how do you ever expect to win when you are playing to lose? You see, if you are playing to lose the least that you can then winning is simply impossible. When you play to win the most that you can than you always will win. Let me quantify this. Winning at any cost? Not good. I am not talking strictly business here. I am talking about the game of life and all of the beautiful things life has to offer. If you are in a relationship, go all in. Don’t play to lose the least by withholding and being prepared for the person to walk away. If that is what you are preparing for then that is exactly what will happen. If you are starting a business, going to school, rearing your children, don’t play to lose the least, play to win the most you possibly can. Playing to win the most requires you to reframe the way you look at the world and most of all taking a risk. There is a saying some people live by “Stick Your Neck Out and Dare the Blade”. It is easy to keep your nose to the ground and never stick your neck out. But, what will you ever achieve except getting to know the ground at your feet really well. I dare you to try it a different way. Take the risk. Let it all hang out. Stick your neck out. Play the game all in. Yes, there is much to lose but, so so much more to gain.

As for Gina, my life coach, mentor and inspiration, well, she is planning to climb Mt. Everest. She sets the bar pretty high. I suggest you check out her web site at http://www.ginaking.com there is a ton of free information and you never know you might get inspired.

Fish Oil

three reasons it helps your body

Dr_Alisha_MoadabOmega 3 fatty acids are comprised of EPA & DHA which are found in fish oil. These two components have anti-inflammatory effects in our bodies, and many diseases begin with inflammation. Supplements made from various fish such as mackerel, salmon, herring, sardines, cod, and tuna are often approximately 18% EPA & 12% DHA. Deficiency can arise if the diet is low in these fish. Taking fish oil has been reported to help with the following:

1. Lowering blood pressure: research has shown varying doses to be effective, some with as altitude as 3 grams per day of omega 3. Given that most supplements are only 30% total omega 3, one would have to look at doing the math to achieve the proper dose.

2. Lowering triglycerides: similar research to lowering blood pressure, approximately 3 grams of EPA & DHA have shown to be beneficial. However, flax seed oil which contains a different acid, ALA which can convert in our bodies to EPA & DHA has not been shown to be effective in this case.

3. Rheumatoid Arthritis: any ” itis” is often correlated with inflammation. EPA & DHA with the anti inflammatory effects are helpful at reducing the symptoms of RA. 3 grams is often suggested by doctors, and to continue for 3 months for the results to show.

Things to know when buying a fish oil, all supplements have the potential for contamination, specifically with fish oil, mercury is of concern. Good brands that are known to be free of contamination include Alms Bio, Nordic Naturals, Carlsons, as well as Kirkland. Fish oil can come in capsules and liquid forms. Flavors can range from lemon, strawberry or to desserts like peach cobbler and key lime pie (from Alms Bio).

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

Folic Acid

four reasons your body needs it

Dr_Alisha_MoadabJanuary is host of “Folic Acid Awareness Month”, which is a campaign targeted to women of childbearing age to take a multivitamin that provides them with the minimum dosage of 400mcg per day, to prevent a birth defect called Spina Bifida. This B vitamin, folic acid, is important to take prior to pregnancy as the brain and other neurological parts of the baby are formed in the very early stages, often before pregnancy is known. Further only half of pregnancies are plannned. Unfortunately only one third of women in the U.S. consume or supplement the proper amount of folic acid. What if your a man, or a woman outside childbearing age, why should you still be concerned about taking folic acid?

1. Lowers homocysteine: this is a marker of inflammation that contributes to heart disease. Folic acid at the proper dose is thought to possibly prevent 13,500 deaths from cardiovascular disease each year.

2. Decreasing depression: low levels of folic acid have been found in both in people who suffer from depression as well as alcoholics with depression. Increasing folic acid shows to improve mood.

3. Cutting colon cancer: multiple research studies show a correlation of low folic acid in the body with colon cancer, particularly indicating lower pre-cancerous polyps.

No matter what your age, or gender folic acid has four big benefits in our body: preventing neural tube defects, heart disease, depression, and cancer. Now time to go eat some beans and leafy greens which are good sources of folic acid.

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

Thyroid Health

have you been told yours is normal

Dr_Alisha_MoadabThe thyroid gland is located in your throat and is the center for metabolic activity, or lack there of if one is struggling with weight problems. A thyroid disorder can cause hypothyroidism, low functioning, hyperthyroidism, high functioning, or be a combination of these two. Hypothyroidism is most common and affects 10 million Americans, and approximately 10% of women. Common symptoms are fatigue, loosing hair, depression, trouble loosing weight, cold extremities, and dry skin.

Often in the main stream medical community the thyroid will be tested, however the results will be within “normal range”, and thus be a closed case, leaving a person to be still searching for the cause of their problems. However, this “normal range” is variable, and which tests are being run is a crucial assessment. An analogy to illustrate this point is let’s say you are in your living room with a guest, and they ask you what it looks like outside, and you look through the front door peep hole, and say it looks “fine or normal”, this representing taking a TSH test to check the thyroid, when in fact this hormone is actually coming from the pituitary gland. The anterior pituitary gland is secreting TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) to talk to the thyroid gland to produce its hormones. Conversely, one could open the front door to check how it is outside, representing taking multiple other thyroid tests to accurately measure what the thyroid is doing, such as Free T3, Free T4, and others.

If you have been told your thyroid is “normal”, yet you still have unexplained symptoms, investigate your thyroid further with a Naturopathic Doctor.

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

Out With The Old and In With The New

using the new year as a springboard for renewal

2012 was certainly a very intense year. It was filled with division and strife for some of the world. For others maybe 2012 was a good year but regardless of the quality of your year, we now bid a farewell to 2012 and have welcomed in a great new 2013. Particularly for you.

What I have learned over the years is that it is nearly impossible to change the world and if that was your desire it will take every moment of your life to do. Most of us have the desire but, not the wherewithal. What has worked for me is the philosophy of “circle of influence”. Each of us has a circle of friends or acquaintance that can be influenced in a positive way. I discourage you from trying to impose your will on your circle but, instead lead by example. In essence change begins with you.

Here are a few tips on creating positive change in yourself which will ultimately affect your circle thus making the world a better place one circle at a time.

1. Attitude determines altitude. Your attitude is everything. You get what you expect. You increase the likelihood of success when you expect it. So expect good things in 2011 and focus on the good.

2. Start every day with a six-pack. Not that kind of six pack but, the kind of six pack that gets you headed in the right direction. Think of it as your daily To Do List. Highlight the six most important things and knock them out first. Don’t sweat it if you can’t get you whole list done; simply roll it into the next day.

3. Cut yourself a break. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Take time throughout the day to have a cup of tea, take a few deep breaths, get centered and reflect on what’s working and what’s not working in your day.

4. Make exercise a daily priority. Exercise reduces stress and builds self-esteem. It also helps you recharge so you can prepare to take on the next day. Starting your day with some kind of physical activity for at least 20 minutes will create a profound effect.

5. Work smarter not harder. Learn to let the unimportant things go. Focus on your priorities. If it doesn’t need to be done today – it shouldn’t even be on your list. It’s easy to start something. The challenge is in completing it. If you can’t complete it, why start it. Focus on the priorities and concentrate on getting them done. To get more done, you may have to do less.

6. Journal your ideas. Get an idea book. Go out and buy a notebook and plan to keep it in your car. Form the habit of reflecting and jotting your thoughts and ideas in your notebook. This type of reflective writing builds inner strength for the author and is an amazing tool for reviewing the year and your accomplishments.

8. Read and achieve. Invest at least 15 minutes every day reading about your interests. Books, magazine articles, and even web sites, can make a big difference over time. Listen to tapes and CD while commuting. Fill your mind with positive and motivational content. You will become what you read and hear. You will also become what you think about most. So, when you’re reading make sure you’re thinking positive thoughts.

In conclusion, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. If you want 2013 to be way better than 2012 you can’t do in 2013 what you did in 2012.

Plan your work and work your plan and you will find 2013 to be so much better than 2012.

Look and Feel Better In This New Year

five ways to slim down

Dr_Alisha_MoadabAs you know weight loss is often a common thing at the start of a new year, it is a clean slate to leave old patterns behind and start healthier habits. Thinking about body composition v.s. weight loss can be more empowering. Body composition refers to the amount of body fat percentage compared to lean muscle mass. Muscle weighs more then fat, so it is possible that one is not loosing weight on the scale numerically but achieving a healthier body composition. The BMI (Body Mass Index)  is often used to make a calculation if an individual is under, normal, or over weight, or obese. This can be slightly faulty for the person who has a greater muscle mass, with the possibility for example of categorizing a former athletic gymnist as overweight. However, for the composition. average person, it can be a good tool. Here are a few things to do to enhance your body

1. Go on an anti-inflammatory diet: A voiding the common food allergens and causes of inflammation, when this is decreased the body can help get rid of fat. This means using a motto of “lean and green to be a fat burning machine”, and thus avoiding dairy, gluten, corn, and soy. And of course, avoid the addictive white powder, sugar.

2. Drink Alkaline H20: As a general rule, one should be drinking at least 64 oz of filtered water per day, or half their body weight in ounces, for example the 150 pound person should drink 75 ounces of water. Also, ideally out of a non-plastic bottle, to avoid toxin exposure with plastics leaching. Try calculating how many bottles you need to drink and if you have a stainless steel container, put 4 rubber bands on there at the start of day, and remove one each time you finish a bottle to help you keep track. Alkaline water is better than regular filtered water, as it aids the body in keeping the proper pH balance. Inflammation is also reduced with maintaining a non-acidic environment in the body. Alkaline water is also beneficial in providing tissues with increased oxygen saturation.

3. Breathe:  Take at least 10 big belly breathes per day. Start with an exercise by placing a hand on a stomach and the other hand on your chest, inhale and see which hand moves first, ideally it should be the lower hand on your belly, and then you will be doing this correctly. This can help decrease the stress response, which secretes cortisol, and can contribute to mid-section belly fat.

4. Protein:  Start the day with a smoothie, eggs, turkey bacon, or other source of protein, and eat within 45 minutes of waking up to avoid your body going into starvation mode. If you prolong or skin breakfast your body has to work harder, but it won’t be your metabolism. Remember, if you don’t use it you loose it! From this point on, eat every 2 to 3 hours to keep blood sugar stable.

5. Workout: Try daily activity of as little as starting the day with 5 minutes of a combination of jumping jacks, crunches, and holding the “plank” or push up position with extended arms stationary for one minute, or as long as you can, with may just start with 15 seconds or so. Do a strenuous workout a few times per week utilizing both cardio and resistance training.

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

Being Part of a Great Movement

clearing out the colon and three fiber sources for constipation

Dr_Alisha_MoadabHere is a topic that generally no one wants to talk about, but eliminating waste products is crucial to good health. Our bodies are designed to ingest food, break it down with stomach acid, absorb vitamins and nutrients, and then release the remaining product. Ideally, bowel movements are happening as often as you are eating meals. For example if you are eating three meals per day, one should expect three bowel movements per day. However, according to the Mayo Clinic there is no established guide to the frequency, as it does range per individual. Constipation is not only infrequent stools, but includes hard stools with excessive straining, or the feeling of incomplete evacuation.

Fiber is an excellent way to help clear out the colon while creating easier and regular bowel movements, as well as lower cholesterol. Insoluble fiber “acts like a sponge, pulling water into the stool and making it easier to pass.” It is important to remember that when fiber is increased, water also needs to be added, 16 ounces per serving of fiber. Here are three fiber sources to try:

1. Psyllium: There are two forms: the husks or the whole seeds. Both can also help blood sugar levels in cases of diabetes, as well as help lower triglycerides. If taking the husks one may take approximately 5 grams three times per day, or if taking the whole seeds it may range from 10-30 grams. Most over the counter products will have instructions and it is best to follow as directed.

2. Glucomannan: This is another dietary fiber, which comes from konjac root. It can act as a laxative at 3-4 grams per day. After ingested is can help move colon empty within 12 to 24 hours. This fiber can also aid in weight loss as it occupies space in the stomach, helping create a sense of fullness. At your local health food store, glucomannan can come in packages of noodle varieties to be made as pasta.

3. Flaxseed: Not only is this a great source of fiber, but of the omega-3 fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid (ALA). This can come in liquid oil, capsule, or bulk form. The ideal method of ingestion, would be taking the bulk form and grinding it into a powder, ingesting 1-2 tablespoons per day. If extra is left after grinding (coffee grinder), then store a couple days worth in fridge. It is best to not purchase the oil or the pre-ground seeds as the oils are thought to be volatile and go rancid easily.

Try one of these forms of fiber to help clean out your colon, and consider seeing a colon hydrotherapist for a colonic. Remember the road to good health is paved with good intestines!

 

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

Out with the Resolutions and in with a Promise

the one promise you must keep

It seems that every New Year’s Eve I go through the routine of outlining my goals for the next year followed by a thorough and scrutinous review of the previous year’s goals and what I did and did not achieve. So much has happened in my world as well as the world around us. I am sure the same applies for you.

This year was filled with a lot of highs and just as many lows. And just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, I was right. A glimmer of light started to shine through and serendipitously things got better. It even got much better, better than I expected.

Through good and bad one thing remained constant for me; the fact that I refused to quit. I just wouldn’t give up and neither should you. Promise me and yourself that you will never never never ever give up. No matter how dim matters appear to be remember the darkest hour is just before dawn. No matter how hard you get knocked on your butt, remind yourself; it’s not what happens when you get knocked down, what matters is when you get back up, dust yourself off and get back into the fight.

The year will soon be behind us. Good or bad it is in the past. Forgive yourself for any short falls if there were any. Turn your gaze ahead and focus on what you will do right this year. And above all, never give up.

Here’s to a great New Year and a great new you!

In The Spirit of Giving

five gifts of health

Dr_Alisha_MoadabHave you heard the saying “if you don’t have health, you don’t have anything?” Well, it is true! If you are too sick, you won’t be able to enjoy your free time, family, friends, or your finances. Americans are very giving, to their work, their family, philanthropy,etc, but there comes a point, when this giving can become an excess and create imbalances, in that they don’t have anything left for themselves!

Take the airplane scenario, in the event that the cabin pressure changes what are you to do? Put on your oxygen mask, and then help others with theirs. Lets repeat this, take care of your self first! Why not apply this philosophy prior to the emergency moment, and take this as a way of life. The more you give to yourself and meet your bodies needs (air, water, food, movement), the more you can help and give to others.

The holidays are time of giving, and here a few gift ideas to give better health, which will give back in so many ways.

5 Gifts of Health to Experience:

1. Massage:  Research shows that many illness have some correlation to stress, and healing hands can help melt that away! [1]  If you have a partner, consider a couples massage and create a massage memory together.

2. Soak in Hot Springs: This special type of water that is found at some resorts or other nature places and provides some muscle relief and can be helpful for some skin disorders. [2]

3. Fitness: Find out what type of activities the person likes, a kick boxing class, Zumba, yoga, etc and buy a one month package for them. Check out The Presidents Challenge to learn more about different types of fitness http://www.adultfitnesstest.org/

4. Check up: Has your loved one been to the doctor or dentist this year? Perhaps many people can chip in and make this happen. Regular check ups are crucial for good health care and prevention. Don’t forget a vision check up too! For those without health insurance look into alternatives such as health co-ops. [3]

5. Free Time: A most precious commodity, time always seems to be filled with “to do’s” that can wear us down. Offering to help some one with something on this list, or watch children for them so that they can have some time for themselves can provide them with a renewed sense of accomplishment or well-being of alone time.

Cheers to you in this holiday season, and remember just as you give to others, give to yourself; mind, body, and spirit are always in need of care from you!

[1] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/massage/SA00082
[2] http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/id/QAA326578
[3] http://www.ppcpdxcoop.org/

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

After Care of Trauma

three To Do’s for a tragedy

Dr_Alisha_MoadabTrauma is an “emotional shock following a stressful event or physical injury.” In our society, it seems like tragedy’s are epidemic and occur in a fashion that hit us all with immense shock. These tragedies can affect us on various levels, mentally, physically, financially, emotionally, and/or spiritually. The aftermath trauma care is what is crucial to picking up the broken pieces, and begin the healing and repair process of whatever devastation. Every situation is unique, however there are 3 things that are universal:

1. Be Aware: Take note of the reality of the event that has occurred. Did you just get thrown off your motorcycle but your saying you feel fine? Did you just lose someone near and dear to heart, but still living life as if they are here? Whatever the case of tragedy is for you, be sure that some part of you stays true to what is really going on. Awareness is often the first key step to healing.

2. Forget Yourself: If you are suffering, it is helpful to look beyond your own circumstances. Often there is someone else hurting too, focusing on others can often bring us out of the depths of our own despair. Swami Satchidananda said, “replace the ‘I’ with ‘we’ and illness becomes wellness.” If you have lost a loved one, consider after giving yourself a period of time to grieve, get out there and serve others, perhaps volunteering for a shelter, or start a new cause and raise awareness about an issue you’re passionate about.

3. Check in with Others: Recall from above that wellness is with “we”. If you desire to get well from a trauma you will need others on your team. This maybe a healthcare professional, for either the physical or mental problems of trauma. Ask around for a referral from someone who has used that professional before.  Also keep yourself surrounded by others, through a phone call, a visit over a meal, a walk in the park, or any other means so that you don’t become isolated, which keeps us in an illness state.

Unfortunately tragedy’s and trauma’s are a part of the world we live in, however, there is a strength that resides within your heart, you must tap into that, and it can carry you through.

“Fall seven times, stand up eight” ~ Chinese Proverb Quote

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

The Common Denominator in Most Illnesses

five signs of stress

Dr_Alisha_MoadabDefined as “an organism’s response to environmental demands or pressures”, according to a medical dictionary. For mostly all the diseases and illnesses that one person’s body could contract, that are multi-factorial often, in each case stress could possibly be linked to all. The book ‘The 21st Century Stress Syndrome” describes symptoms such as “ lethargy, lowered sex drive, and weight gain” as part of the stress syndrome, also known as “adrenal fatigue”. Do you think you may have it? Sometimes we know what is going on, and other times we are too busy to pay attention, but here are a few ways that your body is telling you, you’re a stress case!

1. Loss of hair: Do you see areas of your scalp that have gone bare? Is your pony tail not as thick? Or maybe you are seeing clumps of hair come out. Normally according to the Mayo Clinic, it is ok to loose 50-100 strands per day, and we have about 100,000 on the scalp, so usually those few aren’t even noticed as missing.

2. Changes in Weight: If you get on the scale regularly and there is an unexplainable change, or clothes are fitting differently, your body can be under pressure and seeking more or less food to help cope with what is going on.

3. Changes in Sleep: Are you hitting snooze often? Or spending more than 8-9 hours in bed, or can operate you on way less, and find yourself more wired? Sleep is your rest repair and will often be impacted when under stress.

4. Changes in Bowels: A faux pas topic of conversation, but fluctuating between constipation or diarrhea, or either for a prolonged time is a signal that your body is having difficulty being “regular”, as in normal, and not under severe stress.

5. Constantly Worrying: Once heard as being like “negative prayer”, are you unable to stop the train of incessant thoughts about Dooms Day 2012? Do you only view the cup as half empty? The inability to see the good in things is another possible sign, you’ve gotten afflicted by stress.

If  you have gone through this list and have one or all of these, check in with yourself, and possibly a professional to help see you through this challenging time. Always remember, “ This Too Shall Pass!”

In Good Health & Beauty,
Dr. Alisha Moadab, N.D.
Dr. Alisha N.D.

This information and other information is intended for general reference purposes only and is not intended to address specific medical conditions. This information is not a substitute for professional medical advice or a medical exam. Prior to participating in any exercise program or activity, you should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional. No information on this site should be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition.

Tis The Season For Portion Control

how watching portions will allow you holiday sweets and treats

Tis the season where sweets and treats are abundant, tempting and in your face at the office, home, friends and just about everywhere. We are hit with a slew of temptations from now until the New Year making it harder to stick with exercise and diet. Family gatherings and holiday travel make it sometimes difficult to continue on your fitness journey. The holidays revolve around good, rich and tasty foods which you want to and should partake in especially if you have been exercising and eating right diligently for the rest of the year. The key is portion control on the rich and sweet foods. Take into consideration the fact that it is not just one meal you will be attending that will include these foods so portion control is even more important.

It is easier to control a meal if you are the one hosting, making choices to use healthier alternatives which everyone will enjoy. This is a great way to give your guests some tips so they can use them for their own entertaining. Whipping up tasty treats for family and friends is a nice gesture but sharing nutritious meal tips can help your guests maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Food choices that are lower in sugar and fat can sometimes actually taste better than the original item. Using non fat plain yogurt in place of sour cream and mayonnaise can lower the fat of items such as coleslaw and other cold salads. Even egg and tuna salad is delicious done this way. You can also use lemons, grainy mustard and yogurt for a simple yet tasty, creamy salad dressing.

This holiday season, rather than serving sugary drinks and punches use all natural Fructevia, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend or Steviva Brand Stevia Powder. You don’t need to cut out sweets completely, just cut down on them and savor it with a small portion.

When being a guest, make sure to select the most nutritious items offered. Find a few of treats you like but take smaller portions so that you can enjoy more than one. Don’t go overboard, this way you can sample some more at your next outing and still stay inline with your calorie intake. If there is one item in particular you like best, forego all other sweets, then get a nice serving of that which you love the most and enjoy it.

Whichever course you elect to take, remember to have a great time and exercise moderation. Portion control will be your friend that helps you make it through the holiday season with out the gift of weight gain.

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Have a sensational week ahead!

Thom King
President
thom.king@steviva.com
Steviva Brands, Inc.

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