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Health Choice CT

  • A Microbiome Reset to Transform Your Weight and Health

    As a practitioner who focuses on microbiome medicine, I am still astonished at how much of our health is contingent upon the health of those little critters inside our gut. Earlier this year I brought patients through my first rendition of a microbiome reset and the results were impressive! Everyone who went through the program lost significant weight, improved their energy, mood, resilience, and eliminated pain. The best part, it didn’t include any calorie counting, portion control, or long hours in the gym. Let me give you a synopsis of how we did it so that you can start...

  • The Future is “Leading Up”! Your Supervisor’s Success Means Room in the Spotlight for You

    Years ago, while conducting an applicant interview, I asked the common question, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” To my surprise, the interviewee sternly gave me an answer that was anything but generic: “I want your job.” Quite frankly, I was a bit startled. A striking study in business culture and connections, “Leading Up” is a committed, meaningful approach to companies’ investing in their leaders. As I’ve continued to study creating effective work relationships, I often remember the bold, “I want your job” statement from that interview years prior. However, properly investing in Leading Up is not...

  • Creating Happy Memories for Dementia Patients and Loved Ones

    Dementia can make it difficult for seniors and their loved ones to enjoy one another’s company in the same way that the family is used to. Dementia can alter a person’s behavior and emotions in addition to memories and cognitive abilities. Unfortunately, dementia is a progressive disease, so it is important for families to make the most of the time with their loved one. Professional home caregivers may be able to help family members employ some tips and tricks that will help create happy memories for dementia patients and loved ones. Avoid Behavioral Triggers It is very common for...

  • Restaurants Keeping It Real: flora: plant food + drink

    Do you like to eat out? I do! Of course, cooking at home is more cost effective and can be the healthier choice but eating out is fun, relaxing and can be a delicious culinary treat. I have to admit that I am pretty picky about the restaurants that I choose however, because I will only go if I can eat real food made with the best ingredients. I thought that I would share how I figure that out and create a list of Connecticut restaurants that are getting it right. In the coming months, I will spotlight a...

  • Retirement Planning: Four Tax Changes You Need to Know

    Last December while many of us were preparing to celebrate the holidays, a new tax law was signed that impacted many people’s retirement savings choices. With Tax Day approaching next month, you already may be in touch with your tax and financial advisors about preparing your annual returns. Now may be an optimal time to discuss with them whether the new law affects you. Many people consider the law and its changes to the retirement industry long overdue. Following is a summary of the new law and four key takeaways that my team and I have discussed with our...

  • Reflexology: An Ancient Healing Art for Today’s Stresses

    Natural therapies evoke natural responses for the enrichment of mind, body and “sole.” With that thought in mind, I invite you to relax, take off your shoes, feel the ground under your feet and discover it’s time to step into your life with Reflex-“ahhh”-logy. You are about to discover that a change in life is only two feet away! Since the beginning of time, human beings have searched for new ways to maintain health, vibrancy and to ward off disease and the effects of accumulating stress on the body. Each generation has had to deal with an increasingly complex...

  • Get Your “Slinky” Back: Get Rolfed

    Remember watching a slinky roll itself down the stairs? It was one continuous metal coil that effortlessly flowed with ease, grace and symmetry, poetry in motion. We are actually designed with that sort of flow and natural movement. The injuries, accidents and traumas of life can either abruptly or over time create abberated patterns, taking us out of our rhythmic movement and proper body function. Everyday actions like putting on socks without pain or comfortably sitting at a desk for work or at a table to eat a meal, cease to exist for so many people. They suffer the...

  • Go with Your Gut!

    Everything you eat passes through the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, the tube-like structure of your digestive system. The GI tract is home to millions of microbes including bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses which are known as the microbiome. The microbiome is responsible for a number of important internal functions including synthesizing vitamins B-12 and K and some amino acids. Having the right balance of gut bacteria influences weight, digestion, skin health, and may reduce risk of certain diseases. Dysbiosis, a disturbance in the balance of gut microbes, is caused by infection, poor diet, and prolonged use of antimicrobial medications. When...

  • Could Your Lifestyle Be Causing Infertility?

    In the age of instant gratification, infertility can feel like a diagnosis that will never be overcome for many couples wanting to be pregnant NOW. More than five million people of childbearing age in the United States, or one in every ten couples, have problems with infertility. Infertility is defined clinically as not being able to achieve and maintain pregnancy after one year of having regular, well timed, unprotected intercourse, or after six months if the woman is older than 35 years old. According to the NIH, 9% of men and 11% of women of reproductive age in the...

  • Are You Buying Health Care…Or Disease Care?

    There is no doubt health care in this country has to change. The very first thing to change is the definition of health care. Health care is not insurance, pharmaceuticals, or surgery. These are disease care. Health care is eating good organic whole foods, getting good sleep and getting regular exercise. So, the question is: What do you want to pay for? Health care to prevent disease? Or disease care? The Cost of Buying Non-Organic Organic produce is not exponentially more expensive than regular produce. Producers of non-organic produce would like the public to think that. But much like...

  • 5 High Performance Anti-Aging Oils You Need This Winter

    There are many great uses for essential oils, including helping to combat aging of the skin as well as keeping your skin super hydrated and nourished in the cold, dry winter months. This is a benefit that most people are looking for these days and essential oils and extracts are a natural yet highly effective way to age slower, look younger and stay hydrated on a consistent basis. The 5 Best Anti-Aging Oils These are some of the leading oils for forehead wrinkles, eye wrinkles, mouth wrinkles and all of those other signs of aging that you may be...

  • Is Stress Literally WEIGHING You Down?

    Dieting can only take you so far if your mental state can’t create or sustain good habits. Moreover, if you live in constant stress, you probably simply don’t have the energy to do what’s right. January, a couple of years ago, a new client came to me because she wanted to release some excess weight. At some point during the conversation she said, “I just need to lose the baby weight.” I replied, “Congratulations! When did you have the baby?” Turns out, her little bundle of joy is now 7 years old. This happens so often. We want to...

  • 5 Tips to DeStress in the New Year

    While stress is a hot topic all year, the holidays and the start of a new year bring a heightened awareness to the topic. Even as we wind down from the season, self-care takes a back seat to the financial, social, energetic, physical and emotional demands that come up. There are ways we can (truly!) make this, or any, time of the year a special one. 1. Commit. Make a commitment to connect with yourself daily. This time, as short as it may be, (even 1 minute can make a difference!), can shift the course of a day. Feel...

  • The Final Resolution

    What if the New Year’s resolutions weren’t something that you decided to do once a year. What if it meant a start of a new lifestyle for the rest of your life. Resolutions are great as a yearly reminder to stay the course…that is if you are already on it. How can you go from the old to the new without excuses and gain action and momentum to your most important goals? Here are four questions to get you moving in the right direction and motivated to start fresh once and for all. Are You Ready to Change? Most...

  • Restaurants Keeping It Real

    Do you like to eat out? I do! Of course, cooking at home is more cost effective and can be the healthier choice, but eating out is fun, relaxing and can be a delicious culinary treat. I have to admit that I am pretty picky about the restaurants that I choose, because I will only go if I can eat real food made with the best ingredients. I thought that I would share how I figure that out and create a list of Connecticut restaurants that are getting it right. In the coming months, I will spotlight a different...

  • Hypnosis: A Proven, No Diet, Weight Loss Solution

    Those long, cold, dreary days of winter are finally upon us again. The beautiful holiday lights have dimmed. The festive decorations removed. All the endless shopping seems such a long time ago. We enjoyed celebrations with loved ones and friends, indulging on delicious food and sharing conversation as the wine and bubbly flowed. The glittering ball of crystals began its descent signifying the beginning of a brand new year, a new beginning for us all. Resolutions were made but many, unfortunately, will soon be broken. Like many, you may have promised yourself this would be the year! You vow...

  • New Year, New Financial Life

    Am I going to be okay? We all hear these words in our lives. Maybe your best friend asked you this question as she grieved the death of the partner that she loved. Perhaps your Mom said this to you as she worked through new and challenging health conditions as she aged. Or maybe you have wrestled with this fear in those few fleeting moments of alone time, when all you wanted to do was just breathe but your head raced about your life and your finances. You are not alone. We all are dealing with uncertainty. If anything...

  • Make Stress Your Goal This Year

    Most people want to alleviate stress in their life; so much so, that they stress over it, but there’s actually a good reason to embrace stress. Stress can make us think and behave in various ways, but you can control stress by the thoughts you allow yourself to think, and by the way you allow your body to respond. We often increase our own stress by losing sense of our personal power. We don’t set appropriate boundaries and then we become frustrated by the way people treat us. We say “yes” when we want to say “no”, and then...

  • Exploring Infertility with Shamanic or Hypnotic Regressive Techniques

    In my professional practice and personal relationships, I’ve witnessed the heartbreak that women, men and couples endure due to infertility. Sometimes there is a medical explanation for the inability to conceive or to carry and birth a healthy baby; sometimes there is none. Women are the child-bearers, but men can also carry emotions which may impair conception. In some cases, the individual or couple is told that they should be able to conceive without issue. When conception seems elusive or medical intervention produces no results, I am asked to present unconventional options. In some cases, hypnotic regression is chosen...

  • 5 Steps for The Basics of Improving Fertility

    Over the past 20 years, technological advances in fertility have been quite remarkable. Accordingly, it should come as no surprise that much of the attention rests on the fancy terminology and procedures that make up the modern fertility landscape. However, it is astounding how little attention is given to the basics of fertility. Fertility is still a biological process that can be enhanced naturally. Many reproductive practices require no equipment nor do they culminate in costly medical bills, just a well thought out diet and lifestyle regimen. In the United States, about 9% of men and 11% of women...

  • Do You Need a Detox?

    It’s that time of year again! We have overindulged, perhaps put on a few pounds, and made resolutions to be healthy. A time of year where gyms are enticing you with 8 week challenges, and every clinic (mine included) or online forum is offering some sort of cleanse or detox. Is there any validity to this idea of detoxification and is it right for you? Are You Toxic? The reality is that we are all carrying some toxic burden in our bodies. It is impossible to exist in our modern world without being exposed to toxicants. From birth the...

  • New Year, New You!

    Start your new year by changing some old habits that don’t really contribute to your well-being. Here are some quick tips to make a few easy changes that can give you more energy, an overall better feeling, ease of motion and less muscle ache. 1. Drink more water, eat more protein The latest health experts report that we should drink half our body weight in ounces of water a day as a minimum. A 150 lb person starts out with 75 oz of water and must adjust to accommodate physical activity and/or caffeine consumption. Since caffeine is a diuretic,...

  • 6 Ways Clutter Is Affecting Your Health

    Are these statements something you have said in the past … or are currently saying? “This clutter doesn’t bother me. I’m ok with it.” “I’m doing this organizing project for my … husband/wife.” “I’m able to find what I need.” “I know where everything is.” These are statements I hear many times from new clients. Today I want to challenge you that if these are statements you are making, you might be in a sense of denial. How can I say that? Because as I begin the process of organizing with these clients and see how scattered their thinking...

  • Is Stress Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Efforts?

    As for many people, your New Year’s resolution may include letting go of some extra pounds to improve your health and wellbeing. Maybe you have tried this in previous years and have gotten frustrated with weight not coming off despite best efforts. Maybe your excess weight returned promptly when you finally started eating normally again after weeks of deprivation. If weight loss seems daunting to you or you just can’t resist those cravings and are blaming yourself for lack of willpower, I have some good news for you: it may not be your fault! Calories In vs. Calories Out?...