Nutritional Nugget: Date

by Melissa Vertosick

This is the fruit is grown in India, Pakistan, Egypt, Morocco and points in between. It has been cultivated since 6000 B.C. and is enjoyed fresh or dried.

What benefits do you get by adding dates to your diet?

  • Potassium
    • This mineral helps regulate blood pressure, maintain intracellular fluid balance, and converting glucose into usable energy
  • Magnesium
    • This anti-inflammatory mineral supports prevention of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and reduces blood pressure
  • Fiber
    • High in soluble fiber to help with maintaining healthy blood glucose and cholesterol levels, eliminating constipation and supporting digestion
  • Sugar
    • Dates are 70-80% sugar by weight and most of the sugar is glucose and fructose
  • B Vitamins
    • Contains B5 (pantothenic acid) which can help with stress and anxiety
    • B3 (niacin)- helps with metabolism and with lowering cholesterol

How to add it into your diet?

  • As a snack or in baked goods
  • In a smoothie
  • In Granola or muesli as part of your morning breakfast

This food can be purchased at the Z’Harmony Wellness Store for your convenience.

Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP

Appointments now open on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Please make appointment at front desk by calling 724.468.3999. Visit the S’eclairer website at www.seclairer.com. For more diet and lifestyle information, visit thewholelifeapproach.com

Nutritional Nugget: Himalayan Salt

by Michael Sorg

This pure pink salt is harvested from ancient sea salt deposits in the foothills of the Pakistan Himalayan Mountains. These deposits date to the 13th century.

What benefits do you get by adding Himalayan Salt to your diet?

  • 84 minerals
    • They exist in the ratio that your body needs
    • The minerals are so small that they can be absorbed directly into your cells
  • Crystalline structure is easily metabolized by your body
  • Regulates water content in your body
  • Promotes a healthy pH balance in your cells

Other types of salt available on the market: 

Table Salt

  • Highly refined with only sodium and chloride remaining
  • 18 additives may be included in the salt to prevent clumping
  • Iodine added to help with thyroid health

Sea Salt

  • Hand harvested from the sea
  • Minimal processing though white sea salt is more refined
  • Check with brand- some add anti-clumping agents to the salt

Kosher Salt

  • Meets Jewish laws
  • Compression of table salt under high pressure to create larger crystals
  • Does not dissolve quickly- not good for salting after cooking=

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend less than 2,300mg of sodium per day. If you are over 51, then you are to limit your intake to 1,500mg per day. 1 teaspoon of Himalayan Salt has about 478mg of sodium. Table salt has about 2,300mg of sodium in 1 teaspoon.

This food can be purchased at the Z’Harmony Wellness Store for your convenience.

Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP

Appointments now open on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Please make appointment at front desk by calling 724.468.3999. Visit the S’eclairer website at www.seclairer.com. For more diet and lifestyle information, visit thewholelifeapproach.com

Educational Grand Rounds: The Deafening Roar of Silence

by Michael Sorg

Jim Ellermeyer and the students are joined by Ruthann Valentine to discuss the power of silence in your life and life situations like arguments, when your house is empty, and social cues.

A Silent Retreat: Silence and Moments of Peace!
Saturday, February 20, 2016
9 AM - 3 PM
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The following is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended as a substitute for medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  The content should not be used for self-diagnosis, or treatment of any health-related condition.  As always, seek the advice of your health care provider with any questions regarding a medical or mental health condition.  Opinions expressed are the personal opinions and do not represent S’eclairer Behavioral Therapy.

Nutritional Nugget: Turmeric

by Melissa Vertosick

The root of this South Indian and Indonesian plant is used in curries, mustards, and cheeses. Its flavor is peppery, warm, and bitter.

What benefits do you get by adding turmeric to your diet?

  • More than 2 dozen anti-inflammatory compounds are present
    • Curcumin is the most widely known
      • Gives the spice its yellow color
      • Studies have shown that it helps to prevent plaque build-up in the brain (protection against Alzheimer’s Disease)
    • Research is currently being conducted that supports its potential to help with
      • Irritable Bowel Disease (Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis)
      • Rheumatoid Arthritis
      • Cancer Prevention
      • Improving liver function
      • Reducing oxidized cholesterol
  • Contains antioxidant properties
  • Contains iron, manganese, vitamin B6, fiber, and potassium

How to add it into your diet?

This food can be purchased at the Z’Harmony Wellness Store for your convenience.

Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP

Appointments now open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please make appointment at front desk by calling724.468.3999. Visit the S’eclairer website at www.seclairer.com. For more recipes and healthy lifestyle inspiration, visit thewholelifeapproach.com

Nutritional Nugget: Lentils

by Melissa Vertosick

A brown or green legume that is small in size and quick cooking.

What benefits do you get by adding lentils to your diet?

  • Fiber (1 cup cooked has 16g)
    • Most of the fiber is insoluble
    • Helps to regulate bowels
    • Promotes better digestion
  • Protein (1 cup cooked has 18g)
  • Folate (Vitamin B9/ folic acid)
    • Supports nervous system
    • Supports energy metabolism
  • Potassium, Calcium, Zinc, and Niacin

To prepare lentils:

  • Rinse and remove any debris/stones
  • Bring 3 cups water to a boil
  • Add 1 cup of lentils
  • Return to a boil, lower heat and simmer, covered for 20-30 minutes

Other tips:

  • Pre-soak from 1 hour to overnight for softer lentils
  • Add Kombu to cooking water to reduce digestive upset
  • Skim any foam off the top of the water after lentils are added

Provided by: Melissa Vertosick, CHHC, AADP

Appointments now open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please make appointment at front desk by calling724.468.3999. Visit the S’eclairer website at www.seclairer.com. For more recipes and healthy lifestyle inspiration, visit thewholelifeapproach.com

Educational Grand Rounds: Mindful Cleanse

by Michael Sorg

Jim Ellermeyer and the students discuss purifying our mind and cleansing what is inside our head. How is your mind like an email box? How we use conscience choice, radical acceptance, and more!

Want an audio version?  Subscribe to our Podcast on iTunesSpreaker, or iHeartRadio

Follow the Educational Grand Rounds Playlist on Youtube

 Follow us on TwitterFacebook, or Google+ to get updated with the link when do occasional talks LIVE via Google Hangout OnAir! 

The following is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended as a substitute for medical or psychological advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  The content should not be used for self-diagnosis, or treatment of any health-related condition.  As always, seek the advice of your health care provider with any questions regarding a medical or mental health condition.  Opinions expressed are the personal opinions and do not represent S’eclairer Behavioral Therapy.