Living a Healthy Life with Diabetes

IMG_6384Happy New Year, friends!

Did you know that 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes? In my latest interview for Nexus TV, I discuss diabetes in depth including the risks associated with the disease, what to eat and what to avoid and surprising lifestyle changes. Watch the full interview here.

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30 Foods You Should Eat More of Once You Turn 30

magnesium-foods.jpgThe time around your 30’s is probably full of career growth, family growth…and waistline growth! Combat weight gain and lay a groundwork for a longer, stronger life by adding healthy foods to your diet that can help you feel younger and live longer. Read the full article on Eat This, Not That! where I’m interviewed on the topic.

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Drinking Poison: Why Has Turpentine Become A Modern Health Craze?

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When you think of turpentine, you probably think of a common paint thinner found in hardware stores.
In its pure form, pure gum spirit of turpentine was once used as a form of medicine centuries ago. Today, it’s back as a controversial new wellness treatment.
Watch my latest segment on CBS New York for my opinion on this new health craze.
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Debunking Superfood Myths on Fox & Friends

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Hello lovelies! You may have seen my recent appearance on Fox and Friends where I discuss how french fries can be just as good for you as blueberries. Yes. It’s true. I said it! But, in case you missed it, you can check it out here. Watch to find out why some of the so called bad foods are totally okay to eat (like bacon) along with the myth busting low down on why a superfood label is often overhyped and can limit your enjoyment of many flovorful and nutriitious foods.

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Spring Allergy Relief with Diet Changes

If you find yourself suffering this Spring with sneezing, itching or coughing well you’re not alone.

During peak allergy season you may find relief from staying away from certain foods that can intensify your symptoms and make matters worse. While these foods are healthy, if your susceptible to pollens from trees, grass or weeds, see what simple diet moves can do to not aggravate the problem.

Take a look at my segment on CBS 2 to learn more!

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Food Cures for Spring Fever

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Feed a cold? Yes! Starve a fever? Maybe.

When it comes to Spring Fever, it’s all about feeding your health and lifestyle right!

The right foods can make all the difference.

Are you feeling restless? Anxious? Excited? Energetic? Sexy?

Well, you’re not alone.

It’s very real.  Research has been exploring a link between daylight and how we feel and act.

Spring’s arrival marks a rapid increase in day length. It’s noticeable and eagerly welcomed.

Underneath this seasonal euphoria are hormone balance changes which can lead to greater energy and motivation, a positive outlook and less of a need to be a couch potato. Specifically, melatonin and serotonin are two hormones that are tied to day length and have been shown to be instrumental in how we feel and act.  It seems they are the real culprits behind Spring Fever.

Melatonin helps regulate our sleeping and awake cycle and it decreases with increased light. On the flip side, serotonin rises and this usually sparks motivation, energy, and an overall good feeling.

Sounds great but its not a done deal.

Between our 24/7 lifestyle and “eat it now, ask questions later” diets  we need all the support we can get!   Additionally, Spring’s abrupt hormone changes can reek havoc on our sleep cycle, appetite, activity, and yes, libido in ways that can lead to burn out, over indulgence, injury and relationship outcomes that may have you say, ” I wish I hadn’t done that!”.

On the flip side, cloudy Spring days may further confuse our moods and give us a bad case of the blahs. What better time to harness our wayward food choices and eating patterns?  Its a great time to maximize nature’s gift of motivation to renew our health and outlook,  tone our bodies and embrace the season to jumpstart wellness.

Wondering what foods you should be eating right now? Check out my recent appearance on CBS NY where I discuss the best food cures for Spring Fever!

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Click here to watch my segment!

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Spring Detox Tips With Probiotics

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Its that time of year again when we want to chase out the winter blahs and blues so we can look and feel great. This Spring, check out the many ways probiotic bacteria can help you enjoy good health.

I recently appeared on Emotional Mojo where I discuss how your gut bacteria can improve your nutrient profile, improve your skin and hydration, strengthen your bones, fight fat, and manage your cravings!

And be sure to visit my recipe page for a super healthy probiotic dish to help you detox this Spring!

 

 

How Bacteria in Your Body Can Make You Fat

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The battle of the bulge just got a little bit bigger. It’s no secret that fighting fat is hard and even harder to fix in the long term. Read on and check out my latest CBS NY segment for more on this great topic!

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Even if you eat less and move more your work can still be cut out for you, especially if you don’t have the right bacteria on your side. A growing body of research is pointing toward how certain bacteria can make you fat and make it even harder for you to lose weight.

Our body is a collection of bacteria, most of which are good, helping our body run smoothly and fight off disease. But the 10% that are not, are notorious fat-loving bacteria which have been discovered to be far more common in people who have weight problems.

Fat loving bacteria live in your gut and release toxins that can negatively affect certain genes involved in fat activation and breakdown. This in turn leads to more fat. These gut bugs also spit off inflammatory chemicals that increase your risk of cancer and other nasty conditions like heart disease and diabetes.

Fat loving bacteria are super hungry and very efficient at extracting and storing calories in you so they can survive. It’s a vicious cycle that can make it hard for you to manage your appetite as fullness signals are interrupted and hunger management is even more difficult.

The good news is that this may be fixable. You can starve your fat bugs by reducing calories. As you lose weight the proportion of lean bacteria improves. There are promising studies done in mice showing that transferring lean bacteria to obese mice led to their weight loss. While this is still experimental, in the meantime you can work to change your gut flora naturally.

But before you reach for a bottle of probiotics or start gobbling down yogurt, realize that there are many healthy strains of good bacteria that your body needs. Their specific role for various conditions is not yet determined so it’s best to look to a wide range of food sources to cover your bases.

The key to finding healthful probiotic bacteria comes from the age old practice of fermenting foods for preservation. Many cultures have their own unique food product that was routinely used in their diet. These foods provide nutrients, introduce healthful strains of bacteria, guard against illness, fight inflammation and may have contributed to a lean physique by fighting off fat loving bacteria.

You can find healthy bacteria in a wide range of foods, herbals and botanicals. Some are quite common like yogurt, kefir, leben, ayran, fermented cheeses, miso, tempeh, kimchi, barrel cured sauerkraut, aged unfiltered vinegars and kombucha tea, while others may still be considered relatively exotic and need to be purchased at ethnic markets.

Bring on the bugs but don’t forget to feed your little lean critters with their preferred food. Prebiotic foods give your healthful bacteria the energy to grow and colonize in your body. Switch out refined sugars and starches for fibrous plant foods. Top food sources include beans, legumes, sulfur rich cabbage family foods, onions, garlic, field greens like chickory and dandelion, bran, wheat berries, buckwheat, oats, flax, tomatoes, kiwi, cherries and berries.

Show your fat bacteria the door! In just a few days fighting fat just got easier as you put lean bacteria to work for a new you.  Check out the latest medical news on CBS NY!

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Nicolette Pace

 

 

Eat Like a Baby & Lose Weight:The Baby Diet Goes Viral

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Should we be taking diet and eating cues from our baby? It may sound strange, but small children usually eat healthy, well balanced meals and appropriate portions for their size.  I recently appeared on News 4 Jax in Jacksonville to discuss how eating like a toddler can help you lose weight, and things you can do to mirror your children’s diet to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. You can watch the segment here, or check out my advice on ABC News,  Daily Mail and Mother Nature Network.

Nicolette Sets the Pace on How to Curb Rapid Eating with CBS NY

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How fast you eat impacts how much you eat. In fact studies show that it’s worth your while to put the brakes on fast eating to help control portions so you can lose weight.

Eating fast is one of the most common habits people with weight problems face. Even though the body has an intricate signaling system to alert you as to when you’ve had enough, a 24/7 lifestyle can override these subtle suggestions and you end up wolfing down your meal.

Given these findings, a reasonable argument can be made for boosting your natural stop eating signals. While medications to help your gut hormones send out stronger messages and enhance satiety are under investigation, you could turn to technology for a drug free solution.

Innovative gadgets that promise to help you slow down your eating pace so that nature can take over are available. Whether you choose a beeping fork or a wristband that counts your bites, real time data and feedback on your habit can help you curb countless calories when you stop and savor your meal.

Take a look at my recent segment with CBS NY where I review these tools in action and see if taking matters into your own hand with mindful eating can reset the pace can for a new you!

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