Monthly Archives: June 2011

July 2011 Newsletter – Best Testimonial Yet!

Best Testimonial Yet

Over the last five years I have received many wonderful testimonials from grateful and happy clients. They have ranged from “I got my life back” to “lost 20 pounds” to “lowered my cholesterol 40 points”, etc. I must say that last week my new favorite testimonial arrived. It is short and sweet. Here it is: “My husband said it is now safe for him to go in the bathroom after me.” If you’d like to read a sample of other testimonials they are on my web site. Click here. Testimonials

Since this is the first month of summer and the last thing you want to do is read my newsletter I’m keeping this one short and sweet.

I’m planning my Fall schedule and there is quite a bit of travel to my favorite locations:

September: Cedar Falls, IA

October: Charleston, SC and Charlotte, NC

November: Minneapolis, MN

I’m also pulling together a once a month lecture series at my new office at GreenSquare Center for the Healing Arts in Glendale.

For all the details of upcoming events click here. Upcoming Events

Start Your Day With a Healthy Breakfast

I first wrote this article a couple of years ago. I decided to update it with the latest and greatest information. I encourage “smoothies” for breakfast and the summer is a great time to enjoy a refreshing and healthy protein based smoothie.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” “Don’t skip your breakfast.” Or the old adage, “Eat breakfast like a King and supper like a pauper.” But are you doing it? And if not, why not?

For the rest of the article click here Healthy Breakfast

A Happy and Safe Fourth of July to all,

Bernie

Start Your Day With A Healthy Breakfast

I’m sure you’ve heard it before. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” “Don’t skip your breakfast.” Or the old adage, “Eat breakfast like a King and supper like a pauper.” But are you doing it? And if not, why not?

It is true – breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It sets the pace. A healthy breakfast gets the body’s metabolism up and running. Eating an unhealthy breakfast or skipping it and you are more likely to suddenly get hungry and grab quick things that are unhealthy (donuts and candy) or eat extra food at lunch to make up for missing breakfast. It has been documented that breakfast skippers notoriously struggle to lose weight.

Many people think eating less or skipping meals helps them lose weight. This is another one of those “sounds great, but not true” when it comes to nutrition. What actually happens is that the body is designed to adapt to its environment. If it is not being fed on a regular basis, it enters “starvation mode” to preserve nutrients by cutting back metabolism so it can survive longer. This adaption to a slower metabolism is why low calorie diets fail. Once people are off the diet they go back to how they used to eat, but their metabolism has slowed down. The result is adding the pounds right back on. Remember fat cells do two things – they expand and they multiply – they do not go away!

It is important to eat regular meals and if necessary snacks evenly throughout the day. I find the need for snacks is quite individualized. By consistently nourishing your body through the day, blood sugar levels remain more constant and provide balanced energy through the day. With fewer blood sugar spikes you will experience fewer food cravings.

Here are some examples of my favorite healthy breakfasts. Now is a great time to start with my favorite option the breakfast shake. It is summer time and there is lots of fresh fruit to include in your smoothie. Notice that all the choices have protein and healthy fat in the meal. Vary your breakfast so it does not become routine and boring.

1. Breakfast smoothie – Use a high quality protein powder made from whey and/or brown rice. Do not use soy protein powders and watch out for artificial sweeteners. A basic rule of thumb is to not use powders that say all you need to add is water. Use powders which you need to blend with other healthy ingredients such as: plain whole fat yogurt or kefir, one half banana, one cup of fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries), one tablespoon of flax seed oil or ground flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds.

2. Some combination of: Yogurt or kefir with fresh or frozen fruit, ground flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds. (Basically the smoothie above without the protein powder.)

3. Eggs – hard boiled is best followed by soft boiled or poached. Fried and scrambled are also options but do so at a low temperature and use organic coconut oil, butter, or ghee. You can include vegetables as a side dish or as part of an omelet. I like to sauté leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, or chard with onions in coconut oil. Feel free to do eggs 2-3 times per week.

4. Whole grain (please use 100% whole grain products) or sprouted bread toast with butter, ghee, organic natural peanut butter, almond butter, or humus. Limit to 1-2 times per week.

5. If you are really hungry and don’t plan on a mid morning snack you can do a combination of 3 and 4.

6. Steel cut oatmeal, also called Irish Style. These are the real whole oats. You can also add raisins, nuts, seeds, and after cooking, organic maple syrup, or Stevia to sweeten. A cooking tip: On the box it will say to cook for 30 minutes, however if you soak the oats over night in water and even a little yogurt they will cook in about 10 minutes. I’d limit this to 1-2 times per week also.

Now that you’ve read through my suggestions for a healthy breakfast, what do you notice is missing? If you are curious I invite you to give me a call or send an e-mail to find out why I have not included them!

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

June 2011 Newsletter – No Fancy Title!

Wow – June already! I don’t know about you, but for me May flew by. Between getting settled in my new space at GreenSquare and the end of the seemingly endless Spring Break season, I hardly found time to breathe! In fact, several times I needed my own medicine – slow down, take some deep breaths, and continue.

I’m still finalizing how to split my time between the two locations, but for now my plans are to be in Thiensville on Mondays, Tuesday afternoons, and Thursday mornings; and Glendale (GreenSquare) on Tuesday mornings, Wednesdays, Thursday afternoons, and Fridays. Of course it is all subject to change as the practices evolve.

I’ve been enjoying getting my feet wet with the Nutrition Response Testing and am pleased with the results with clients on the program. If you haven’t experienced it yet, I’d encourage you to do so. I’ve also found a local mentor who has moved into the office next to me at GreenSquare, so that is extra exciting! She NRT’d me a couple of weeks ago, we tweaked my supplement program a bit, and I can honestly say I’m feeling much more energetic than I have for months. A lesson to learn – we can only “self-medicate” so much until we need an expert opinion.

To read more about Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) click here: http://www.brwellness.com/docs/2011-Nutrition-Response-Testing.pdf

I also have a few workshops coming up this month. On June 11 I’ll be at Haleybird Studios in Wauwatosa presenting my Rejuvenation and Relaxation workshop. For details click here: http://www.haleybirdstudios.com/workshops.html. And, on June 25 I’ll be back at The Soul Source in West Bend. For details click here: http://www.thesoulsource.com/upcoming-yoga-events-in-west-bend-wisconsin.html.

MonaVie – It Is Still Caffeine and Sugar (Despite What They Try to Say)

You have to love slick marketing. With my background in that area (20+ years of marketing and strategic planning) I enjoy reading through various marketing materials and finding the holes.

At a recent event I was enthusiastically offered a MonaVie energy drink. The person handing them out was a big believer in the health and energy benefits of the drink. After all, it is in all the marketing materials and everyone who drinks them feels energized. The truth is – how can you not? They are loaded with caffeine and sugar. But to read the accompanying booklet you’d think this was the healthiest drink on the planet.

Let’s explore some of the “marketing”. To continue click here: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2011/05/monavie-it-is-still-caffeine-and-sugar.html

Know Your Nutrients – A Few More Important Minerals

This article completes the series discussing the key vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to perform at optimal function. Remember our body does not make minerals so we need to eat them and we get them from real food!

To read more about chromium, choline, manganese, and potassium click here: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2011/05/know-your-nutrients-few-more-important.html