Beat The Battle of The Perfect “Sick” Storm (The Spleen Part 2)

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How Can I Keep My Immune System Healthy?

If you visualize the immune system, you may think of it as an army fighting to protect the body from alien invaders. And yes, this is how it works yet a little more complex. In fact, the immune system is a whole system of organs that work together to keep you healthy,

So if you are trying to dodge the getting sick “bullet” know that you must keep the body’s whole defense system in good condition.

Last week’s blog, “Beat The Battle of The Perfect “Sick” Storm: Part 1”,, started this series and discussed the role of the skin as the largest external barrier to germs and an important part of the immune system.

Internally, it is the lymph “system” (a network of organs: spleen, thymus, gut and bone marrow) that protects you from getting sick.

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Posted by on January 15, 2018 in Uncategorized


Beat The Battle of the Perfect "Sick" Storm (Skin Deep Part 1)

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Why do you think most people get sick during the fall and winter months? More germs floating around than other times of the year? The cold temperature? Low immune system? The answer may not be so simple.

Getting sick stems from several factors that stir up the right storm and then wham you get ambushed with the flu, a cold or just plain feel awful as you try to fight off the bugs that invade you. Throughout this season,  lifestyle shifts into hyper mode with all the usual responsibilities and pressure of daily life plus the stress of the holidays.

There is little time to breathe forget about focus on yourself and being healthy. The build-up of holiday expectations, preparation and coordinating plans with family, adds to stress and contributes to less sleep and more nutrient-less eating and drinking. The “sick” storm is in gear.

Eating right, sleep and exercise…

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Posted by on January 8, 2018 in Uncategorized


Protect Yourself Against The Flu

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‘Tis the season to wish people, “Happy and healthy holidays!” but flu season is here. A health wish will not help anyone escape the flu,

According to CDC data, the flu virus has caused between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses in the U.S. each year since 2010. Those cases resulted in between 140,000 and 710,000 hospitalizations, and between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths each year.

While the experts are unable to predict how hard we will be hit, if you are trying to protect your loved ones from falling ill you should know a flu shot may not help you this year, as outbreaks are being attributed to the low efficacy of the vaccine.

Flu shots are “based on predictions” and they contain preservatives and additives that lower the immune system and are not that healthy (formaldehyde…

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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Uncategorized


A Gift of Choice For The Holidays

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Happy holidays to all!

Rather than reading my blog this week, I thought you may want to sit back, relax and watch a few videos. The goal is to help you revolutionize your thinking and choices about what to eat.

I am strong proponent of eating to fuel. Use food! Use food to your advantage. Use food to feel your best, control your weight, health and sports performance.

Each video listed is ground work for eating more fat and less commercially prepared carbohydrate products. These videos support the use of a ketogenic diet for different needs; including cancer, obesity, cholesterol and sports performance.


Chris Masterjohn, vegetarian turned carnivore shares everything he learned about nutrition and why animal fats are good for you,

Low carb diet: Fat or Fiction,


Lucia Aronica, PhD, talks about the influence of diet on genes:


Many cancer cells thrive on glucose (carbs), eliminate the cancer food eliminate the cancer as well.

Dr. Fred Hatfield,  tells his personal story about how he stumbled upon a ketogenic diet after he was told by 3 doctors that he only had months to live.


Andreas Eenfeldt, Low carb high fat diets treats obesity,

Eric Westman, weight loss on a ketogenic diet;

Andrew Weil shares insight on obesity and its underlying hormonal causes underscoring that there is no scientific evidence showing that fat drives obesity.


Dr. Jonny Bowden (rogue nutritionist) and Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a cardiologist, on the Dr. Oz show, talk about cholesterol myths: and

Bill Davis, cardiologist and author of Wheat Belly,, dishes out the truth on heart disease and many illnesses connected to “healthy whole grains”.


RD Dikeman, type 1 diabetes:

Jason Fung, type 2 diabetes:


Professor Manny Noakes on a high fat diet and sports performance:

Jason Fung, explains muscle “non” wasting:


Watch “The Doctors” on television contribute to  perpetuating fat myths. This is irresponsible and not based on the facts. This is a perfect example of why people are so confused about what to eat. Do Not believe everything you hear or read,

As we approach the New Year, do not make a resolution to diet.  Make a change or changes to improve the nutrient density in your meals.  Food is a powerful fuel that influences more than just energy and weight. Your health depends on natural real foods that include fats as you minimize unhealthy carbs.

There will be friends, family and health experts who just can’t seem to open their minds and can’t actually accept the truth. For millions lowering or cutting carbs is a path to wellness, weight loss and improved quality of life.

I hope you enjoyed one or all of these videos and that they help you in some way to:

  • better your food making decisions
  • improve health
  • inspire you
  • provide support
  • encourage you to make healthy changes
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Posted by on December 25, 2017 in ketogenic diet, Uncategorized


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Make A Change To Make A Difference: Ready, Set, Go!

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Changing behavior is one of the most difficult things to do in life and do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Although “change” is a simple word, the process of change is complicated. If you have diabetes (or any medical condition that can improve with lifestyle changes), wish to lose weight or want a better relationship, your readiness to change will make the difference in your long term success.

Being diagnosed with an illness is difficult to digest. Desperately wanting to lose weight after many failed weight loss attempts will not make losing weight easier. In order to get on the right track to reach your goals, you must get “ready”.

READY” is defined as, “completely prepared” or “in condition for immediate action”. Therefore one of the best ways to ensure you will achieve your health goals is to get ready.

Make weekly appointment with youself. Set a…

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Posted by on December 18, 2017 in Uncategorized


30 Tactics To Maneuver Holiday Humps and Bumps (Part 2)

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The next few months are filled with holiday parties, family gatherings and food galore. “30 Tactics To Maneuver Holiday Humps and Bumps” was created to help you survive the holiday season. The first 15 strategies,, and the final 15 tactics should be exercised as needed on a daily basis starting now in order to avoid an avalanche of nutritional disaster during the holidays.

30 Tactics For Holiday Eating (16-30)

16. Stay well hydrated. Drink enough water and tea so your body has fluid on board to help metabolism and side track false hunger signals.

17. Identify and categorize foods into the “must-haves” or “have-nots”.

18. Maintain control, here are a few “how to” quick tips:

19. Stay away from negative people who sabotage your plan.

20. Do not sabotage yourself, make everyday count. No excuses. Yes, one-day off the nutrition plan does not mean much but too…

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Posted by on December 4, 2017 in Uncategorized


30 Tactics To Maneuver Holiday Humps and Bumps (Part 1)

Valerie's Voice: For the Health of It

Whether you are trying to lose weight or train for an athletic event, holidays, birthdays and “special” affairs can interfere with even the most dedicated dieters.  ‘Tis a 6-month season from October-February for parties, family and social events galore. Utilize this month to plan and get over holiday humps and bumps.

30 Tactics For Holiday Eating

  1. Honesty is the best policy. Plan a “stick to it strategy” be honest with yourself about your ability to “stick with it” despite temptation.
  2. Prioritize your “stick to it strategy” plan. It must be up front and center in your mind all the time. Never let your goal out of sight or mind.
  3. Create a practical plan. It is up to you. Will you stay the course? Will you strategize “cheats” that you can manage and maintain your weight? Will opt for weight maintenance until the spring?
  4. Enlist support. If you have supporters, you will feel…

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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Uncategorized