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Nutrition News & Research / student looking for client in Bay Area
« Last post by tanyanuter on March 15, 2018, 06:01:59 PM »
Hello everyone,

Iím a student at Bauman College in Berkley, CA working towards my NC certification.  In my last few months of the program, Iím looking for a client to work with for my final research project.  Iím researching and writing about how diet and lifestyle changes can affect anxiety.  If you or if you know someone in the Bay Area that struggles with anxiety and would like nutritional support, please let me know.  My email address is

We will start working together early/mid April and will need to meet once for the initial intake and then at least three shorter follow-up sessions.  The initial intake is in person and takes 60-90 minutes.  The follow-up sessions are about 30 minutes and can be over Skype or the phone if necessary.  I do need someone who is willing to try out some of my recommendations, so we can discuss in the follow-up sessions.   In return,  you will get nutritional support/advice, a personalized 5-day menu plan, and educational handouts.


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« Last post by krisandersen on March 15, 2018, 01:25:18 PM »

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Basil & Walnut Pesto

Luise and I met in Rome in Italy. Each date we had i took her to a new restaurant, constantly trying to impress her. It turned out that no matter how expensive the restaurants were, all she wanted was the oh-so-simple Pasta Pesto.
A couple of months later we moved to Sweden and we havenít (strangely enough) been eating very much pesto since then. Maybe because no one makes it like the Italians. But when our supermarket practically gave away flavory, organic Basil we began dreaming about the good-old-pesto-days again.
We used walnuts instead of pine nuts, they work just as well and Luise claims that they are even more nutritious.

Basil & Walnut pesto

Walnut Pesto

2 large handfuls of fresh basil
100 g walnuts
50 g parmesan
Ĺ clove garlic
60 ml / 1/4 cup olive oil (or more if youíre Italian Ö)
salt and pepper

Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix them until it becomes smooth.
Serve it with pasta, on pizza or in a sandwich.
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Learning a set of simple, specific guidelines can bring you relief from pain anytime, anywhere. The same guidelines that take away your pain also straighten your spine.
Come learn how at a Balance Method (aka "Spinefulness") workshop - "The 3 Myths That are Causing Your Back Pain".

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Thursday, May 10, 2018, 3-4:30 pm.
No charge.

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 Why do people in some countries have no back pain? 80% of the population in the United States suffers from back pain, compared to only 5% in many other countries, such as Portugal and Greece. These healthy people move slightly differently than we do. The teaching of the Balance Center is based on more than 40 years of research on these healthy populations. When you stand, bend, sit, walk, and sleep as these people do, your pain can be significantly reduced or eliminated.
 -Balance is based on studying healthy people
 -No special devices, special equipment or special chairs are needed
 -No exercises or radical positions are required
 -Balance dramatically improves your posture
 -You use this information immediately in your car, at work, even at the
 -A slight shift in position brings relief
 ďI have successfully used Balance Center instructions as part of a comprehensive treatment program for my patients with painful spinal conditions.Ē
 - William Firtch, M.D.
 "This class was a revelation for me. It increased my awareness of being out of Balance and I learned simple changes I can make to become more balanced and pain free. It was powerful learning what I can do on a daily basis to avoid pain. Dana taught us simple techniques to use everyday to correct bad posture and live pain free. Itís given me hope and has been a life changing experience that has put me back in control ."
 - Julie Shapiro, Oakland, CA
 "For 17 years I spent thousands of dollars for medical treatment and loss of work time to find a solution to relieve lower back pain due to an auto accident.  I sought treatment using acupuncture, acupressure, massage therapy, osteopathic and more. These treatments were helpful for a short time, but it did not teach me the proper body mechanics for lifelong relief. Surgery and continuous use of drugs was not a viable option.  The classes I took from Dana at Sonoma Body Balance were my saving grace. I learned how to properly sit, sleep, walk, drive, bend, lift, etc. I have not experienced any back pain since completing the classes."
  - Wayland Lew
 "Before I took the Balance class, I experienced chronic neck, low back, hip, and gluteal tension, in spite of the fact that I received weekly chiropractic adjustments. While taking the class, my tension decreased significantly. The tools I learned in the class also enabled me to teach basic sitting skills to patients which helped eliminate a major cause of recurring back pain for many of them."
 -Jay Bunker, Chiropractor
 Taught by Dana Davis, MA, Senior Certified Instructor by the Balance Center in Palo Alto and Certified Yoga Teacher. Class includes slides, practice sitting and bending in Balance, anatomy and individual hands-on guidance. Enrollment is limited. For more information, visit For information about the Balance Center, visit
 To register, call 707-278-8718 or visit
Nutrition Talk / Re: Kids and Milk
« Last post by paulaalexander on March 14, 2018, 07:42:57 AM »
Thank you for this great discussion!
 I no longer consume milk or any animal dairy products.   I have found through my research that milk is the perfect food, Not for humans,  but for a baby cow.  So I took the plunge and made our household dairy animal milk free.   I have found that my skin has a wonderful glow I never had problems with milk or cheese but craved it in such large amounts due to the casein which translates into a caso-morphine like substance in our bodies which induces the crave!  This makes sense as a baby cow needs to like it's mother's milk. 
I have found I like almond milk, Cashew milk is even creamier to my tastes now.  I have learned to make oat milk and the recipe is simple the Oh she glows recipe can be made savory or sweet which I like.  The other link suggests a 20 minute soak of the steel cut oats which saves me time.

I also learned to make a wonderful 'no cheese' cheese sauce with potatoes, sweet potatoes as the main ingredients.  I can make a grilled 'no cheese' sandwich and peas and 'no cheese' sauce or macaroni and 'no cheese' which has really helped to transition my family away from the animal based cheeses.
Nutrition News & Research / Re: Gastric Sleeve Client
« Last post by paulaalexander on March 14, 2018, 07:09:13 AM »
Shelia,  Thank you for sharing what you have learned as you have been working with your client.  I was told by my doctor that I would be a good candidate for such an operation.   Thankfully,  I am a big chicken when it comes to such procedures and at the time didn't have insurance so the out of pocket expense was prohibitive.    I think when my doctor said those words to me it forced me to begin looking for a healthier options and to begin to deal with my weighty issues! 
Nutrition Talk / Re: Balancing Hormones / Clear Skin
« Last post by James on March 14, 2018, 04:14:15 AM »
Posted this in another thread earlier:

"As for acne make sure this is what you actually have. Several skin conditions can mimic and be easily mistaken for acne.

If it is acne this is a problem that is aggravated by the androgen hormones (testosterone and progesterone), although the base cause would actually be bacteria in the pores.

A few things that can help are:

- Check medications such as steroids and birth control pills to see if they may be contributing.

-Digestive bitters to help the liver do a more efficient job of breaking down excess hormones. I recommend a half dropper full on the tongue and swallow before meals. Do not use bitters though if your gallbladder has been removed and make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day when using bitters.

-Supplementing with zinc. No more than 50mg daily.  Take zinc with your largest meals. It is also a good idea to use zinc supplements with copper. These are usually 50mg zinc with 2.5mg copper.

-Supplementing with trimethylglycine (TMG). This derivative of beet leaves is a strong methyl donor. Methylation is essential for about 4,000 reactions in the body, including the breakdown of excess hormones by the liver.

-Increase your fiber intake. This actually helps with hormone binding and feeds the flora that break down hormone metabolites."

Want to add on the vitamin E do not exceed 400IU daily. Higher doses can lead to hormone fluctuations.  Also note that vitamin E is not a singular vitamin but rather a class of tocopherols and tocotrienols. I prefer a mix of natural tocopherols and tocotrienols as opposed to the synthetic or a single tocopherol or tocotrienol.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Kids and Milk
« Last post by James on March 14, 2018, 04:05:37 AM »
Like with everything, I find moderation to be the key.  Milk, in my opinion, is absolutely a food that should be consumed in moderation and with discrimination.  Drinking poor quality, non-organic, hormone laden, additive filled milk is certainly not going to do you any good and will likely cause you more harm than going without milk altogether.  However, moderate consumption of high-quality, raw, organic, full-fat milk can be wonderful for many reasons - beneficial bacterial flora being one of the most noted.

When it comes to kids, I have found it most important to only have high-quality milk in the house and really limit consumption.  I grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin - land of dairy - and milk was the staple beverage at every meal - a large glassful.  As I grew up and began paying more attention to the cravings, reactions and feelings of my body in relation to what I consumed, I found that so much milk was not doing me any good.  Now as an adult, milk is more of a condiment I use for tea or cooking.  But I do believe children benefit from small daily amounts, not for the conventionally and commercially espoused reasons like calcium and protein as these nutrients are better absorbed in other forms, but in that it nourishes their craving for something sweet, creamy and wholesome and that it can help their little bellies tackle strange bacteria or adjust to allergens (if the milk is locally produced).  Reading about milk from perspective of Ayurveda helped me to understand the more intrinsic connections we have to milk and why it should be valued as a sacred and powerful food.

Want to point out a few things.

First of all even organic milk is full of hormones. You do not have to inject the cow with hormones, the cow produces its own hormones that end up in the milk. Cow's milk is designed by nature in large part to put a lot of weight on a calf quickly. This requires hormones.

Secondly milk is a very poor source of available calcium.  Read my other post on the  topic. I explain why and why milk actually harms bone.
Nutrition News & Research / Long Term Use of Allegra D and possible problems.
« Last post by sheilahunt on March 13, 2018, 01:13:15 PM »
I am working with a weight loss client and she just told me that she takes Allegra D every day and has for a couple of years for post nasal drip. 
I've been on PubMed and Google Scholar looking for any information pertaining to the possible issues of long term use of this product (Allegra D) and am unable to find any.
The client is not eating any dairy or wheat at this time and still has the symptoms.  These would've been the first foods I would've eliminated to see if this helped her symptoms. 
Is there anyone here who has any information on the possible side effects or problems from taking this drug long term?
Thank you,
Nutrition News & Research / Re: Gastric Sleeve Client
« Last post by sheilahunt on March 13, 2018, 01:04:50 PM »
Thank you for the replies and the links.
What I have learned is that due to her type of procedure (gastric sleeve) she had 80% of her stomach removed basically making it a long tube.  She has decreased ability to create and use stomach acid and therefore is subject to decreased B12 absorption, from the reduced amount of intrinsic factor her stomach is able to create now.  She also is at risk of acquiring more digestive disease since her stomach acid is reduced and she won't be able to make an adequate amount of acid to kill any bacteria on her food. 
She has had a tremendous amount of digestive distress since the surgery that we are still trying to sort out.
The information out there is sparce which I find troubling considering how many people are looking to this procedure as a solution for weight loss. 
Based on our 2.5 months of working together I can honestly say I wouldn't recommend this procedure for very many people.  From what I've learned thru Bauman I believe we need to keep every organ possible in order to be able to assimilate nutrients, vitamins and minerals from the food we consume.  Also from this short time together I would suggest that before going for surgery I would suggest working with a counselor to help people deal with their stress levels and any eating behaviors they might have. 
I would also suggest that someone work with a functional doctor to determine if there are any hormonal imbalances, not just estrogen but leptin and gherlin imbalances should be checked as well.  This client might not have had to have this surgery had she gone thru these steps first.
I wish you lots of luck in your nutrition journey and congratulations on that very significant weight loss.  I believe that as you continue to learn thru the Bauman program you will find other ways to help yourself on your continued weight loss journey. 
Nutrition Talk / Sustainable Gardening
« Last post by anniemariejack on March 13, 2018, 12:03:45 PM »
I have read multiple post where people are asking where they can buy organic foods, herbs an teas. We are in a generation where we are so accustomed to having what we want immediately, that we are willing to compromise our health and the health of our environment to get it. 

We need to look back to the way our parents, grand parents and great grand parents survived. We need to go back to basics. If we want quality products we need to learn how to grow, cook and produce them yourself. Growing a sustainable vegetable garden is something we can do for our health as well as the environment. Link up with neighbors, family and friends to contribute and benefit from the sustainable garden. We can trade our vegetables with someone that have fruit trees. Many times fruit rot on the trees.

Even the children can be involved and learn about sustainable gardening and the effects it will have on health and the environment of the community, in the future.

 Some people say they live in an apartment without a yard, I say grow in pots, buckets, or other containers that can be purchased online. Not only will you be contributing to the environment, you will be fostering relationships, setting  examples for the children and getting in some exercise.

For assistance, check out John Kohle , The Green Gardener on You Tube. I hope this helps someone. I challenge each person to grow at least one organic food item in a garden, pot, etc.  Are you up for the challenge?
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