New Weight Loss Plan with Dr. Rachel

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Are you, a loved one, a close friend or coworker looking for a solution to weight problems, diabetes, high cholesterol, or chronic fatigue? Maybe you’ve tried diets, detoxes, exercise plans and either can’t take it off or it comes right back after the program? We have a weight loss plan for you!

I have recently been trained and certified to offer the TRANSFORMATIONS®-360 Program and WICO® Score to my patients. This is an incredible technology that empowers people on how to take control of their health by learning to control blood sugar and body composition (healthy weight) for life!

The program has an incredible safety and efficacy record as close to 1,000,000 patients have used this program successfully since it was developed 15 years ago.

Patients lose weight faster, more easily and don’t have to take bars, shakes and pills. People eat real whole foods, and feel better than they normally do, as their body is bio-chemically set to burn belly fat not muscle mass. In this way, they can attain their goal weight without feeling hungry or having cravings, as they typically lose between 18-22 pounds every 5 weeks.

Most importantly, people learn correct food habits so as to not only maintain their weight loss over time, but to also be in control of their blood sugar to prevent diabetes. The program is very structured and simple to follow which means you will not have to keep calling with questions.

For those who like to have accountability, you can come in for a weekly appointment to be weighed and measured, and have any needed discussion. Otherwise, you will come back when you are within 5 pounds of your goal weight to be placed on a well-balanced maintenance program.

I will also be able to pinpoint the main food allergies or sensitivities you may have, and show you how to eat everything to keep your weight off for Lifetime success. This is critical, as maintaining a healthy body composition is perhaps one of the most important steps you can take to be preventative and wellness oriented with your health.

The cost is a function of how much weight you want to lose; however it is very affordable as people save between 30-50% of what they typically spend on food. This could mean just the food savings alone could cover the cost of the kit. To get started, call my office and tell them you want to see me for the TRANSFORMATIONS program. We will email you a questionnaire to complete and schedule your visit.

Once at the office we will do a body comp test, weigh and measure you and provide instructions on how the program works. You will leave with the kit, and start immediately with foods already in your kitchen. If you are ready to lose belly fat, look younger, learn how to NEVER become a diabetic, and feel better than you have in years, call the office ASAP at 612-564-2218.

You can also listen to some real patient testimonials at this link:
http://transformationsclinic.com/testimonials
As a gift to you we are offering a New Year Special of $200 off the regular price for the first 5 participants who sign up for the TRANSFORMATIONS 360 Program before February 28, 2018! Click here for more information on the program and how to sign up!

Five Places to Purchase Locally Grown Produce

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Most of us are aware that apples and pumpkins are abundant this time of year, but so are beets, Brussels sprouts, green onions and so much more. There are many places in the Twin Cities where you can find locally grown produce that is picked at its prime.

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Farmers Markets

The Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area is home to over 70 Twin Cities farmers markets. With so many markets to choose from, chances are high that you’ll find a market with an array of locally grown produce near you.

Farmers markets ensure that you are buying the freshest locally grown produce around. In addition to purchasing the most nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, shopping at farmers markets also keeps money in the local economy, encourages you to talk to those who grow the food you eat, and provides you with a sense of community. You can find farmers markets in your area through the Minnesota Grown Directory.

Food Hubs and Community Supported Agriculture

A food hub is a business or organization that actively manages the collection, distribution and marketing of local and regional food. Food hubs can vary in size, but their main goal is to provide the appropriate infrastructure and support for small and mid-sized farmers.

The Good Acre [i] is a non-profit food hub in Falcon Heights, MN that provides space and the infrastructure necessary for farmers to wash, process and store produce fresh from the field. Additionally, The Good Acre purchases seasonal produce from its network of growers and distributes these in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) boxes to its 450 members.

As a CSA member you pay an upfront fee. In return you receive a box of fresh picked produce every week, typically from mid-June to mid-October. Minnesota is home to a number of CSA programs. You can search for a CSA in your area through the Minnesota Grown Directory.

Food Co-operatives

Food co-operatives or food co-ops are food distribution channels that can sometimes look like a smaller version of a large supermarket. What makes a co-op grocery store different from the typical grocery store is that the co-op is usually member-owned and frequently purchases its products and produce from local sources. Often times, co-ops will detail where exactly its produce came from.

Normally, you do not have to be a member of a co-op to shop there. Being a member, however, may provide you with benefits not available to non-members, such as specials and discounts. Minnesota is home to a number of grocery co-ops. You can find a list of them here: http://bit.ly/2z4gL3J.

Grow Your Own

If you are completely committed to the benefits of locally grown food, why not experiment with growing your own? Plant and garden centers like Mother Earth Gardens [ii] , with two locations in Minneapolis, are committed to providing plants and products that have been grown in a sustainable way. At Mother Earth Gardens you can find seeds, fruit trees, plant starters and bulbs to help you prepare for next year’s harvest.

There are plenty of resources throughout the Twin Cities including The Good Acre, Mother Earth Gardens, grocery co-ops and more that can help you with tips and advice for cooking locally, and how to start an organic garden.

The health benefits of locally grown fruits and vegetables should help build up your immune system during this cooler season. However, if you find yourself or your family members feeling ill, please reach out to the naturopathic doctors at Balanced Care. We can run tests to determine the root cause of your illness and provide you with natural treatments for all of your ailments.

Drs. Katie and Rachel are wishing you a spooky Halloween!! They see patients in Edina and Woodbury, MN serving the Twin Cities. Their goal is to address the root cause by using natural medicines and nutrition. They offer complimentary 15 minute consultations if you would like to learn a little more. 612-564-2218

[i] www.thegoodacre.org
[ii] http://www.motherearthgarden.com

Sugar Free February

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Motivation for a One-Month Sugar Free Diet

Say it with me “I am so done with the sugar!” Yep, you said it, it’s time to cut out the sugar. The holidays can do a number, not only on our waistline, but our health too. You know sugar isn’t good for you, but you eat it anyway because you can and because it tastes good and because you deserve it and because your coworker brought it to share and the list goes on. Here is your chance to join me in saying “no” to the sugar this February.

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Need motivation? Here are a few good reasons to ditch the sugar in favor of a sugar free diet:

  • Low energy and fatigue. Feeling exhausted?
  • Inflammation. That is not water retention, but swelling from the inflammation sugar causes. I had it too and guess what? It goes away quickly once the sugar is gone!
  • That spring break trip coming up…swim suite required
  • Prevention (and treatment!) – why wait until you have a serious or uncomfortable health concern like diabetes, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, constipation, or reflux just to name a few.

According to the American Heart Association, American consume “20 teaspoons of sugar a day according to a report from the 2005–10 NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) database. Teens and men consume the most added sugars. Average daily consumption for men: 335 calories, women: 230 calories, boys: 362 calories, girls: 282 calories.” That is almost 3 cups of sugar per week! No wonder cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the US.

Mobile, app, nutritionListen, your body deserves better than a few cups of sugar each week to help deal with the fatigue, stress, or (insert sugar craving cause). Follow along with me on Instagram @balancedcare and Facebook @Dr. Katie Corazzo throughout the month of February. I will offer tips, inspiration, and recipes to help you quit the sugar and begin feeling light and health again.

 

naturopath, natural medicine, holistic, edina, woodburyDr. Katie is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Woodbury and Edina, Minnesota. With a focus on addressing the underlying cause using natural medicines and nutrition, Dr. Katie can help you too. Appointments can be made online here.

The Insulin – Cortisol Connection

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Do you have stress in your life? I think it would be fair to say that we are stressed at varying levels. But how does stress and insulin affect your energy, weight, cravings, or fat distribution? I talk about this with my patients all. the. time. Let me break this down.

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First, let’s talk about insulin. Insulin is famous for its relationship with glucose. As a hormone, it shuttles glucose into fat, muscle and the liver to be stored for use at a later time. We eat various forms of sugar and carbohydrates → increases blood sugar → pancreas secretes insulin → insulin directs glucose into cells → blood sugar levels decrease. → Make sense ← Check out this 1 minute video for a visual:

 

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Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes develop from a diet rich in processed foods and sugar. Eventually, if left unregulated, the pancreas will struggle to make enough insulin. This is prevented and treated with a proper diet and regular exercise. It really is that simple…Or is it?

Enter cortisol, insulin’s bestie. Remember that little thing called stress? Working too much, not getting enough sleep, life, kids, a marriage, bills to pay, a car to fix, a sick parent – we all have it. As you try to balance life, cortisol is there to help. Cortisol is released from the adrenal glands during times of stress to help you “survive”. The adrenals are part of the ‘fight or flight response’.

Chronic stress can cause a kink in the system. The adrenals start sending out too much or too little cortisol and at the wrong times of the day, resulting in adrenal fatigue. The consequence? Fatigue, sleep issues, weight gain (especially abdominal), and cravings.

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THE CONNECTION – if cortisol increases, so does insulin. A study looked at 766 Chinese men and women to see if cortisol and insulin are related. The study showed that the men and women who reported having “demands” and “insecurity” at work had higher levels of cortisol AND insulin resistance. The results “showed that chronic stress was associated with insulin resistance and may contribute to the development of insulin resistance.”

The reverse can cause problems too – when insulin is around cortisol triglycerides accumulate in the abdomen resulting in abdominal obesity.

Even if you are of normal weight or maybe a little over weight, but do not have insulin resistance, cortisol will still behave the same way for you.

Follow these simple tips to make the cortisol and insulin work FOR you and not AGAINST you:

1. Eat 3 meals per day with 1 optional snack ONLY. Snacking or eating several times throughout the day causes more spikes in your glucose and insulin throughout the day. Your metabolism will be A-OK with eating only 4x per day.

2. Find effective coping techniques to relieve stress – this will help reduce your cortisol and protect your adrenals. A bath, bike ride, meditation, walk, yoga, reading, painting or drawing are just a few ideas.

 

3. Stop eating so much sugar. Just stop! It is in everything so even if you think you aren’t eating it, you probably are. Indulge once in a while, but make sure it is very limited in your regular diet. Remember sugar spikes your insulin.

4. Eat balanced meals: tons of veggies, 4-5 ounces of meat or 20 grams of protein, and healthy fats.

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5. Have 5-9 servings of veggies daily!

6. Sleep! Your adrenals need sleep to repair and recover from stress. A study showed that for every 1 hour of sleep lost per day there is an increase of .35 in body mass index (BMI). This is about 2 pounds in a 35-year-old female who is 5’4” and 160 lbs. Sleep duration may also be a predictor of weight gain, insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

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Katie Corazzo, naturopath, naturopathic doctor, holistic, homeopathIf you are looking to dig deeper into this issue, please contact me for an appointment – I would love to help. We offer saliva hormone testing to help evaluate metabolic function with dramatic changes in patients energy, food cravings, weight, blood sugar, and overall healthy. I hope to hear from you soon! To schedule visits, including complimentary 15 minute in-person or phone visits at my Edina or Woodbury locations, visit this link.

 

 

Strength Training and Cardiovascular Health

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Strength Training and Cardiovascular Health information from Discover Strength

This post is from  Discover Strength  a premier personal training gym. They focus on science-based strength training with time-efficient affordable workouts. Dr. Katie trains with them and absolutely loves it. Check this article out about how strength training can not only improve your fitness, but your cardiovascular health as well.

It is well established that aerobic exercise increases the elastic properties of the arteries.  This is a very positive adaptation as the compliance of our blood vessels plays an important role in predicting cardiovascular events.

Until recently, physicians and researchers assumed that intense resistance training reduces the compliance of our major blood vessels; of course, this is a bad thing as increased “stiffness” of the blood vessels predisposes us to cardiovascular disease.  However, very little research has existed to support this contention.  Authors of a recent research study published in the Journal of Hypertension (February 2014) sought to determine the impact of long-term, intense strength training on arterial “stiffness.”  The researchers concluded,

“Long-term intense resistance training in men decreased aortic stiffness… and preserved cardiac structure/function when compared with well matched untrained healthy controls.”

This important study contributes to the growing body of literature that represents a paradigm shift from defining the benefits of resistance exercise as increased muscle strength, bone health, and body composition, to a more robust profile of cardio-metabolic health benefits.   Indeed, “strength training” is more properly coined, “resistance exercise.”

  • It is well accepted that aerobic exercise increases the elastic properties of central arteries (elasticity in our vessels is important in preventing cardiovascular disease!)

  • The research and/or opinions on whether or not strength training is good or bad for the elasticity of our vessels is mixed (and much of the thought is that strength training REDUCES elasticity AKA “compliance” of the vessel… and this is why many cardiologists have been anti-strength training. This was a longer term study with trained runners and trained strength training subjects (and the strength training group had to have been strength training 5 times per week!)… The researchers even speculated that half of the strength training participants were on steroids! Subjects were in their mid-30’s.

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  • Endurance running led to improvements in vascular function – “We confirmed that long-term endurance training is associated with the classical cardiovascular and hemodynamic adaptations and with decreased aortic stiffness.”
  • Main finding:  Our main finding was that long-term intense resistance training men presented decreased aortic stiffness (PWV values similar to endurance runners) and lower cAP, a trend to longer T1 and Trw, normal central aortic pressures, and preserved cardiac structure/function when compared with well matched untrained healthy controls.
  • In conclusion, besides the benefits of improvements in the musculoskeletal functions, it seems that long-term IRT is not associated with detrimental effects on central artery elastic properties or wave reflection or cardiovascular structure and function of healthy individuals.

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Take home message in simplest terms:

It has long been assumed that intense strength training over a long period of time has a negative impact on artery/vessel elasticity and function (this is a bad thing). However, the results of this study show that intense strength training actually improves elasticity (i.e. Decreased aortic stiffness) in healthy adults (a good thing!).

“Skinny” Rosemary Vodka

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This is a first! I haven’t mentioned drinks yet on my blog, but this recipe felt worthy. Confession: I indulge from time to time with an adult beverage. Ok, I said it. This does not mean I recommend it for everyone or even recommend it often. However, I know many of you out there indulge from time to time so I wanted to share this fabulous “skinny” rosemary cocktail with you.

Picture this: A long work week is wrapping up and you are hosting a cocktail party for friends this weekend. You want to impress your friends by serving a fun cocktail, but are trying to avoid sugar as much as possible or have made it a goal to lose some excess weight. Now what?!

Keep reading.

I have to give most all the credit to my sister, Erin who came up this genius idea (I am sure pinterest had nothing to do with it). Naturopaths love their herbs so when I can incorporate them into food or drinks, it is a win-win. Rosemary happens to be one of my favorite spices (a close second to cinnamon!) and it is also the star of this cocktail.

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Did you know that rosemary stimulates the nervous system to enhance your well-being? Studies have suggested that rosemary can help increase alertness and lower anxiety. Rosemary has also been shown to improve blood circulation which can lead to improved memory, vision, and mental clarity.  Lastly, rosemary can even help with digestion which can reduce gas and bloating. What more can you want from an herb?

 

Adding vodka to rosemary might alter the benefits a bit, just fyi ;).

For this recipe you will infuse vodka with fresh rosemary sprigs for a couple days before your party and wah-la! You have a creative, stylish, and tasty drink for your guests.

Ingredients (serves about 20 drinks, you may need to double or triple recipe):

1 liter organic vodka

1 package fresh rosemary

4 bottles soda water (not tonic water)

2  limes

2 lemons

2 cartons of raspberries

Directions:

Vodka infusion:

 

  1. place 3 sprigs of rosemary into liter of vodka 3 days before drinking

Skinny Rosemary Cocktail:

 

  1. Muddle 4 raspberries
  2. Add 3 ice cubes
  3. Add 1 ounce of rosemary infused vodka
  4. 4-8 ounces of soda water to taste
  5. squeeze fresh lemon and lime into drink
  6. Enjoy!

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~Your friend, Dr. Katie

Super Food – Yummy Kale Recipe!

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Have you ever considered eating your greens, rather than admiring it as a garnish? While embarking on a detox protocol that required me to eat kale, I decided to try it. I have (had) a strong distaste for raw kale, so cooking it was my only option. Over time I have tried different recipes and it morphed into this one. I even continue making it post-detox. Tip – For this kale recipe,  lemon juice is the key to cutting the bitterness and adding flavor.

Greens are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and when cooked correctly they are delicious. Kale is known for its high amount of Vitamin K which has recently been shown to help prevent various types of cancer. As a “super food”, kale is very nutrient dense and high in antioxidants. This recipe can be made using only kale, but the collard greens add flavor and texture to the recipe.

Kale Recipe

Kale and Collard Greens Side Dish

Ingredients:

½ bunch kale – chop and remove stem

½ bunch collard greens – chop and remove stem

1-2 cloves of garlic diced

1/8 cup diced red or yellow onion

2 tbsp olive oil

1/4 lemon

**1 tbsp white wine

Directions:

1. Place olive oil in medium sauce pan and turn to medium heat

2. Add garlic and onion when olive oil is warmed. Cook for 1 minute

3. Add kale and collard greens. Mix while cooking to make sure its cooked evenly.

4. **Optional: Add white wine for added flavor and liquid.

5. Remove from heat when greens are a bright green color. Do not overcook until they are brown – you will lose lots of good-for-you nutrients.

6. Squeeze lemon juice over greens and serve immediately

7. Enjoy!!

Veggies Aren’t Boring!!

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I hear a lot of people say that healthy cooking takes too long, and I just don’t have time. Well, here is one of the simplest and most delicious ways to make veggies. You only need the veggies, olive oil, and Braggs Aminos!

Ingredients:

1. Variety of veggies (choose 4-6 or whatever is in your fridge): Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, asparagus, mushrooms, onions, cabbage, cherry tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, sweet potato, peppers, and the list goes on, but I think you get the idea! So many options 🙂

2. 1-2 Tbsp olive oil

3. 1-2 Tbsp braggs aminos

Directions:

1. Set oven to 400 degrees

2. Chop up veggies if needed and place on a cookie sheet or glass dish (leave kale out and add to mixture for the last 2 minutes of baking)

3. Coat the veggies in the olive oil and Braggs Aminos

4. Place in oven immediately, no need to wait for the oven to preheat – we are in a hurry!

5. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes and serve immediately

6. Serve as a side dish or on top of a salad with beans or lentils

7. Keep left overs for lunch tomorrow!

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Braggs Aminos are amazing! Tastes and looks like soy sauce, but is made from soy beans and does NOT contain any salt!

Eggs AND Oatmeal in Your Pancakes | Healthy and Easy

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There are so many reasons to love this recipe – its healthy, high in protein, quick, easy, and did I mention that its delicious!!? The eggs make this high in protein and adding nut butter will increase the protein even more. I started making this 7 years ago and it never gets old! It only takes 5 minutes to make and kids will love it too. Have fun with the toppings, just make sure they do NOT contain high fructose corn syrup. My favorite topping is peanut butter and raw honey! Apple sauce, jam, nut butter, maple syrup, or honey are other great options.

Ingredients

2 organic Eggs

1/4 cup of Old Fashioned Oatmeal (If avoiding gluten, be sure the oats say “gluten free” on the label)

1/8 tsp Cinnamon

Small amount of olive oil

Directions

1. Mix eggs, oats, and cinnamon together

2. Pour small amount of olive oil into non-stick pan

3. Pour mixture into pan

4. Cook on medium heat for 3-5 minutes

5. Flip pancake when first side is cooked – will flip easily when done

6. Top with your choice: peanut butter, almond butter, honey, maple syrup, apple sauce, jelly

7. Serve immediately

Servings: 1

Eggs

Free-range, organic, Omega-3 eggs are the best eggs to use, but are a little $$ so be sure to eat the yolk because that’s where the omega-3 is! Omega-3 and omega-6 oils are essential fatty acids found mostly in fish and meat respectively. Generally we consume too much omega-6 oils and not enough omega-3 oils. Free range eggs have a 1:1 ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 (much healthier ratio); whereas commercial eggs have a 19:1 ratio (yikes).  The egg yolks pack added protein, healthy fats, calcium, vitamin D, folate, and selenium.

What about cholesterol in eggs you might ask ~ its true that eggs are high in cholesterol, but if your cholesterol is normal the egg yolk will prevent your body from making more cholesterol. If you are concerned, buy the omega-3 eggs, because they help lower cholesterol or substitute 1 egg white per yolk.