Menopause and Dietary Choices

23 Jun

Did you know eating a well-balanced diet and exercising regularly can help alleviate symptoms of menopause? Menopause can affect our health in many ways!

Menopause may cause weight gain, hot flashes, mood changes or a feeling of tiredness. To boost energy, mood, metabolism, and overall health you should make sure that you consume low calorie, high fiber fruits and vegetables. This will help to give you a full feeling and keep your weight in check.

Menopause can also cause dry skin, bone loss and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease.  Osteoporosis can be caused by decreased estrogen levels during menopause. This is when our body starts losing bone density. Calcium and Vitamin D are very important for our body during this time. Some calcium-rich foods you should consider adding to your diet are dark leafy greens, plain non-fat yogurt, and low-fat milk.

Post-Menopausal women are also at a risk for developing heart disease, caused by weight gain in their mid-section. Our heart is the most important organ in our body. To protect your heart you should consume Omega 3. A few good source examples that contain Omega 3 are salmon and spinach. These food choices will also help improve stamina and mood. Vitamin B, folic acid, and fiber are also needed to promote a healthy heart. A good source for this nutrition is from whole grain foods such as brown rice, quinoa, etc.

Exercise is also important during menopause and will not only will help reduce or alleviate side effects of menopause, but it can help you emotionally and mentally deal with other symptoms. Exercise may help you to fall asleep easier and to stay asleep during the night.

Original Article Here:  https://www.ahealthiermichigan.org/2017/04/05/dietary-tweaks-to-consider-as-you-enter-menopause/

Coconut Oil – Is It Healthy?

19 Jun

Coconut Oil – Is It Healthy?

Coconut oil is commonly marketed as a health food, but is it really healthier for you?

Recent research reported by the American Heart Association indicates that coconut oil is just as unhealthy as beef dripping and butter. Coconut oil contains a high amount of saturated fat, which can raise ‘bad cholesterol’ in the body. According to the AHA, 82% of the fat in coconut oil is saturated.  That’s more than in butter (63%), beef fat (50%) and pork lard (39%).

A recent survey reported that 72% of the American public rated coconut oil as a “healthy food” compared with 37% of nutritionists.  This difference in opinion is largely due to how coconut oil has been recently marketed.

Some believe that the mixture of fats in coconut oil make it a healthy option, but the AHA states there is no solid evidence for this claim.  Other myths that surround coconut oil are that it is good for your skin, that it increases your metabolism, that it’s heart healthy, but these claims do not have sufficient evidence.

Eating a diet high in saturated fat can raise LDL levels.  LDL, also known as bad cholesterol, can clog arteries, and increase risk of heart disease, or stroke.  Scientific research from the AHA indicates that limiting saturated fats helps to prevent heart disease and other serious health risks. One source of bad cholesterol is animal fats – try to limit eggs, red meat, and other fatty meats to help reduce bad cholesterol. Fiber rich foods and certain green vegetables will help to lower bad cholesterol. HDL, also known as good cholesterol, carries the bad cholesterol to our liver, where our liver gets rid of it.  It is important to limit saturated fats in our diet. To help achieve this, you can replace some saturated fats with unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, sunflower oil, and vegetable oil.

While saturated fat should be limited in our diets, fat is essential for a balanced diet, so it shouldn’t be completely cut out. Vitamins A, D, and E are absorbed by our body and fatty acids feed off particular fats in our diet to aid in this process. To help keep a healthy balance of fats in your diet, try trimming meat of skin, fat, and bone before cooking.  Also grill, bake, broil, or steam your food,  instead of frying.

Original Article Here: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40300145

AHA Research Here: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/06/15/CIR.0000000000000510

Weight-Related Deaths Affecting Non-Obese Individuals

15 Jun

A recent global study suggests that you don’t necessarily have to have an obese diagnosis, to be at risk for dying from conditions related to excess weight.

Of 4 million deaths that occurred in 2015 that are related to being overweight, around 40% were not considered clinically obese (a BMI of 30 or more.)

The study looked at 195 countries and territories over a period of 35 years, from 1980 to 2015, and indicated that 30% of the world’s population, 2.2 billion children and adults, are affected by excess weight and suffer from health problems related to being overweight (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers.)

“Excess body weight is one of the most challenging public health problems of our time, affecting one in every three people,” said Dr Ashkan Afshin, lead author of the study and an assistant professor of Global Health at IHME.

These results stress the need for reducing the prevalence of high BMI and its health consequences.

Original Article:  http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40220182

Full Journal Article:  http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1614362

Lose Weight. Save Money.

12 Jun

Lose Weight, Save Money.

Do you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA)?

Your plan may cover MWLC Services. Check with your FSA/HSA plan and book an MWLC consultation today!*

Book Your MWLC Consultation Here: https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

*Reimbursement is not guaranteed and is subject to your FSA/HSA plan requirements.

Watermelon Pairing Guide

12 Jun

Watermelon has a wonderful texture, flavor, and color, that pairs well with many other ingredients when cooking!  Check out these watermelon flavor pairings when whipping up watermelon dishes this Summer.

Plan Ahead to Eat Healthy

7 Jun

June is ‘National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable’ Month!  Celebrate by planning ahead to eat healthy and adding more color into your diet.

A simple way to add more color to your meals is prepping your ingredients ahead of time. Make a plan to wash, prep & store the fruits and vegetables you’ll need for the coming week, so you’re prepared for healthy meals and snacks.

1. Keep sliced vegetables in a container in the fridge for a quick and easy snack (carrots, cucumbers, peppers.)

2. Pack sliced fruits or vegetables when you’re on-the-go to help avoid fast food and vending machine temptations. Grapes are a great no-mess option.

3. Before grocery shopping, create a meal plan for the week and make a list of all the items you will need to buy, including quantity.  Include a variety of colored food.

Learn more at http://heart.org

Blue 365 Weight Loss and Discount

7 Jun

Did you know that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic through the Blue Cross and Blue Care Network member discount program, Blue365? 

Medical Weight Loss Clinic became a discount partner with BCBSM in September of 2015.  Since then, MWLC has had 2,616 BCBSM/BCN members take advantage of our discount and these members have lost 65,644 pounds (just under 33 TONS!) That’s an average of 25 pounds per member.  

This is big news at MWLC!  Why?  Because we are not only helping our patients lose weight, we are improving their health right along with it!

How can you get in on the savings and the same great results?

Simply show your BCBSM or BCN card to receive your Blue365 discount at any of our locations.  Some restrictions do apply.

Book Your MWLC Consultation Here: https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php

CCFA Take Steps Walk!

5 Jun

DON’T FORGET!  This weekend is the CCFA Take Steps Walk! 

This Saturday, June 10th, 2017 is the Royal Oak Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Walk at Meininger Park!  We encourage all MWLC patients to join the MWLC Talking Team to come out and walk with us this weekend!  It’s a great way help raise awareness about Crohn’s and Colitis, healthy living, and being physically active.

Don’t forget to register for the walk! Visit: http://mwlc.com/Community_Events.php and join the MWLC Team today!

Something NEW this year….MWLC patients that participate in the June 10th CCFA Walk, will earn a FREE week of our Freedom weight loss services and an MWLC Team Shirt.  And by making an online donation, patients can receive an additional FREE week of our Freedom weight loss services!  Walk registration and/or donations must be made through Medical Weight Loss Clinic’s Team Page.

We hope to see you at the walk this weekend!

Sweet Potato Caprese Sliders

5 Jun

Sweet Potato Caprese Sliders 

Recipe Yields:  6 Sliders.  1 Slider = 1 Starch, 1/2 Vegetable, 1 Morning Cheese,  1 Fat.

Ingredients:
3 medium Sweet potatoes, washed, peeled and spiralized
3 Tbsp. Extra Light Olive Oil
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 cup Cherry Tomatoes
6 slices fresh Mozzarella
1 large Egg
Fresh Basil, for garnish
Unflavored Cooking Spray
Pepper, to taste

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Spiralize sweet potatoes and place in medium-large bowl. Heat 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and add in “noodles”. Sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper and additional olive oil if needed. Cook for about 7 minutes then set aside in bowl to let cool for a few minutes. Beat the egg and mix into the sweet potato noodles.

Using the bottom of a muffin tin tray, form spiralized sweet potato into the bottom of the pan. Press down with foil if needed. Do this until all sweet potato is used up. Place these in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to form a solid structure.

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with unflavored cooking spray. Place the sweet potatoes onto the baking sheet and cook for 4-5 minutes in the oven on 1 side, flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes on the other side. When done, remove from baking sheet and top with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. Drizzle with MWLC Raspberry Vinaigrette salad dressing if desired.

HAP Weight Loss and Discount

5 Jun

As of January 2016, Medical Weight Loss Clinic has helped 481 HAP members lose 12,721 pounds!   That’s an average of 26 pounds and an average BMI decrease of 4.35 per member!

HAP employees and members can receive discounted rates for joining Medical Weight Loss Clinic.  Receive an additional 16% off ALL program services at MWLC, in additional to all advertised percentage discounts.  Present proof of employment at time of consultation.   This offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount, some restrictions may apply.

FSA/HSA reimbursement assistance is available.

Book Your Consultation TODAY at https://patients.mwlc.com/Book_Your_Consultation.php