Monthly Archives: July 2010

August 2010 Newsletter: Walking the Talk

Walking the Talk

One of the themes playing itself out lately in my life is the importance of both our words and our actions. While we can say whatever we want, what we do is really where the rubber meets the road. We see this all the time. People say one thing, perhaps because it is the socially or politically acceptable thing to say, but their real world behavior is quite different. We all know these examples: the doctor that smokes cigarettes; the dietician that is excessively overweight; the nutrition whiz that eats and drinks whatever they want; or even the yogi who preaches peace and love and yet performs harmful acts.

This past week I was struggling to come up with my monthly article for the local paper. I was going to use something someone else wrote and with their permission re-write it more into my language and expression. But, as I was going to do it, it didn’t feel authentic. It wasn’t me. While it was great information, it wasn’t what I wanted to communicate. Then it occurred to me. At almost every talk I do people ask me what I eat. And there it was – the topic for an article! As I wrote the article, I realized I do walk my talk for the most part. We all have an occasional moment of food weakness (usually a sugary temptation), but overall I was pretty pleased. My next thought, what about the people whose information I follow. Do they walk the talk? Well this month I was able to experience two of these people first hand and I’ll report on that below.

To read my article on what I eat, click here: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2010/07/walking-talk-heres-what-i-eat.html.

One last note. Also this last month I’ve been lining up my fall schedule and it is loaded already with nutrition and yoga workshops and talks, as well as with yoga teacher training. In October I’ll be at Copper Tree Wellness (Hartford, WI). In October, November, and December I’ll be at HeartSpace (Thiensville, WI). In late October I’ll be making a return to Cedar Falls, IA. And, in December I’ll be in Minneapolis. For details click here: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2010/05/rosen-wellness-news-and-events.html.

To learn more about the YogaOne Vinyasa Flow 200 hour Teacher Training program starting in October and running through June click here: http://www.yogaonestudio.com/pages/training.html

The First Lady of Nutrition

This past month I had the privilege of studying in person with Ann Louise Gittleman. I’ve spoken of her in prior newsletters and am a big fan of her nutrition philosophy which is shared in the over 30 books she has written. On my blogs you’ll see reviews of some of my favorites. To get to the point – she walks the talk! While I was there I was able to meet some of the other people at UniKey Health that I’ve spoken with over the phone over the past several years – Liz Beck, James Templeton, Carol Templeton, and Roz Livingston. They too all walk the talk! So thanks to all of you for making we welcome and a special thanks to Ann Louise for all the information she shared.

Ann Louise is an innovator in nutrition – always coming up with something new and interesting. Her latest book Fat Flush for Life is awesome. A new weight reduction program she recently developed is the Smoothie Shakedown. If you’re looking to lose some weight in a safe way over a two week period of time this is a great plan. For more information visit http://www.unikeyhealth.com/?a=1003 and click on Smoothie Shakedown. For more information about Ann Louise visit http://www.annlouise.com/

The Master Herbalist

Also this past month my daughter Mollie who is generally very healthy had an interesting physical ailment going on. I tried all the things that I knew of that I thought would help, but we really didn’t get anywhere. After about a week, I took her to see my local Master Herbalist and author Phyllis Heitkamp. Well sure enough, she figured it out, and within just over a day, Mollie was back to normal! And as a bonus, the next week she had me over, and taught me how to make my own herbal tinctures so I now have some important ones on hand and ready. Phyllis has written two books about herbs, both available at amazon.com

Need to Eat Gluten Free and/or Dairy Free

Give me a call or send an e-mail to learn about my healthy eating meal plans, complete with shopping lists and recipes. I have gluten free, dairy free, and gluten and dairy free weekly plans. It’s a great way to get started on the road to healthier eating.

Walking the Talk: Here’s What I Eat

As a nutrition consultant, one of the most frequent questions I’m asked by clients, friends, and other curious people is, “So, what do you eat?” That’s a fair question right? You certainly want your nutrition consultant to be eating healthy foods! You wouldn’t want them eating donuts for breakfast and fast food burgers and fries for lunch and dinner. Nothing worse than the doctor who smokes cigarettes! So, here’s a look at what I typically eat:

Breakfast: I’m a big fan of a protein shake/smoothie in the morning. I find them to be filling and satisfying and easily last me until lunch time. My basic ingredients are 8 ounces of water (or a special cranwater concoction), a high quality protein mix (either whey, brown rice, pea, or some combination of these – never soy!), a cup of berries (blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries or some combination of them) either fresh or frozen, a handful of nuts and/or seeds (Brazil nuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds), some fresh greens or green powder, flax seed oil or ground flax seeds or chia seeds, and on occasion some yogurt and/or kefir. What does this provide? Plenty of protein, antioxidants, fiber, omega 3 and 6 fats and a whole bunch of other vitamins and minerals. On the days that I don’t have a smoothie, I’ll have eggs on some steamed leafy greens or sprouted toast or in an omlete with a bunch of vegetables.

Lunch: Generally 2-3 days of the week it will be one of the egg dishes that I describe above. Other days it will be based on leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. There is usually some type of animal protein involved, it can be grass fed beef, turkey, or lamb. As a B blood type I don’t do real well with chicken or bean dishes, so I tend to avoid them. At the present time I am also limiting my fish due to mercury. A hair tissue mineral analysis that I did on myself indicated higher levels of mercury than I’d like to see which I believe that was a result of eating a lot of fish. Remember – everything in moderation! During the warmer month I tend to have this with raw vegetables in some type of salad and during the cooler months with cooked vegetables. I use a homemade salad dressing from olive oil and vinegar. Maybe once or twice a week it will be in the form of a sandwich on sprouted grain bread; on occasion it will be over brown rice or quinoa. I’ll also throw in some soup as I have a great curried cauliflower, carrots, and pea soup recipe that I enjoy.

Dinner: Dinner is similar to lunch on the days I don’t have eggs. There will be an animal protein along with several types of vegetables usually steamed or stir-fried in coconut oil. Once a week or so I’ll do my baked sweet potato fries. On about four of the days I’ll also have a whole grain side of brown rice, quinoa, or brown rice pasta.

I’m not a big snacker. As I said, the smoothie usually lasts me until lunch. Sometimes between lunch and dinner I’ll get a little hungry and I’ll have a hard-boiled egg, a protein bar, a piece of fruit, a handful of nuts, or a bit of cheese.

What basic guidelines am I following? I don’t skip meals. I’m having protein at each meal. I’m eating lots of vegetables of all different varieties and colors, both cooked and raw. I’m limiting my carbohydrates in the form of grains, only doing whole grains, and not more than once per day. I make sure I get high quality fats from the coconut oil, olive oil, flax seed oil, and organic butter or ghee. I eat real food, avoiding processed and refined foods. I have an occasional sweet, but of good quality. Nothing like a homemade organic chocolate chip cookie! And, I have an occasional sweet of not so good quality – yes you may run into me at Dairy Queen occasionally! And I do still love my pizza, but usually once a month at the most. I try to limit eating out.

As I tell my clients, the most critical component is to control your home environment. If it is not in your house, you’re not going to eat it, and after a while a nightly trip to go get ice cream will get tiring!

I do use some supplements for additional nutritional support, but that will be the subject for next time!

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Thiensville. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

The Fourfold Path to Healing

Looking for natural cures for chronic diseases (cancer, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, digestive issues, emotional issues, etc) then take a look at Dr. Thomas Cowan’s The Fourfold Path to Healing.  Billed as the “companion to Nourishing Traditions” (Sally Fallon’s excellent book), this book utilizes nutrition, nontoxic therapeutics, movement, and meditation to facilitate healing.  Truly a book that will transform your thinking and guide you along the way to vibrant health.

Eat Fat – It’s Good For You – 2 for 1 Today

Happy July 4th!  Celebrate your Independence, break away from the conventional thinking about fat.  Eat fat – it is good for you.  Of course it needs to be the right kinds of fat.  Today I offer two books that provide both scientific evidence, real life experience, and rational thinking as to what fats we need and why.  Eat Fat, Lose Weight by Ann Louise Gittleman and Eat Fat, Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon both explain how we don’t get fat from eating fat, and in fact eating fat will help us lose weight!

July Newsletter: Summer Time – Get Your Fresh Veggies

Wow! July already! Time to get outside and get that natural Vitamin D along with your healthy fruits and vegetables right from the garden!

As I like to say, you can’t make this stuff up! Apparently I suffer from a new mental disease called orthorexia nervosa. This was written up in England’s The Guardian and is used to describe people with “healthy eating disorder”! To read all about it click here: http://www.naturalnews.com/029098_orthorexia_mental_disorder.htm

One of the areas where I am growing my practice is the ability to work with out of town clients. With my new meal plans program and some new high quality supplement providers it makes is easy to work with people throughout the US. One of these new providers – BioPharma Scientific is highlighted below.

So, if you know anyone who could use some nutritional help, please pass along me name and information!

Gluten Free and Dairy Free Meal Plans

Over the past few months I’ve been mentioning that I now provide meal plans. I have several weeks of gluten free and dairy free eating. Gluten and dairy are two of the foods that many people are sensitive to. By following a gluten and dairy free diet for this short period of time most people will feel better and get relief from a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms. If you’ve ever wondered if you have a gluten or dairy sensitivity, this is a great way to find out. For more details, give me a call or send an e-mail. For a sample day of the diet click here: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2010/06/lose-weight-feel-better-sleep-better.html

Man Eating Plants?

Several months ago I attended the Weston Price Foundation annual conference and spent a very interesting day on the learning tract entitled “plant toxins”. While we are not exactly dealing with Audrey II the man eating plant of the Little Shop of Horrors, there is definitely some very important and useful information to understand about naturally occurring chemicals in plants that may be toxic to some people. Think about it – a plant is a living being and just like you and I, wants to survive. To learn all about phytates, protease inhibitors, the nightshade family, and oxalates continue to my blog: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2010/06/man-eating-plants.html

Introducing BioPharma Scientific

I’m always on the outlook for new and reputable products. One of my best sources for new products comes from other natural practitioners – so thank you to Dr. Ray Bisesi, DC for introducing me to BioPharma. The products I recommend are the NanoGreens and NanoReds – specifically designed for people who want to boost their consumption of anti-oxidants and for those who just plain don’t like to eat their fruits and veggies. Yes, I prefer that you eat your fruits and veggies, but not everyone listens!

What I also like about these products is that you can order them direct from the company through a web site. This allows me to provide improved and quicker service to my out of town and out of state clients. One tip with these – if you are consuming them just with water they taste better with a little squeeze of lemon juice! Check them out (and better yet, try some) at http://www.mybiopharmacy.com/a/2428

Have a great holiday weekend and a wonderful healthy month!

Bernie