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Five Ways to Ignite Your Spark

In holistic health, weight, wellness, www.irenefross.com on May 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Having a really crappy day?

No matter what life dishes out, your physical, emotional and spiritual health depends on you remaining positive. Sometimes people get so overwhelmed with stress that they acquire eating disorders which can then lead to digestive problems, weight problems, sleep deprivation, confidence and esteem challenges, and more.

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In fact, did you know that 43 percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress—and 75- 90 percent of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints?

It’s also important to remember that we attract what we put our energy on—so if you’re thinking and dwelling about the negative, chances are you’ll just attract more of the same. As the saying goes: “Worrying is like praying for what you don’t want.”

Here are some ways to cope when you’re having a bad day:

  1. Give yourself a “time out.”  Do something pleasurable, whether it’s playing with the kids or the pets, taking a long walk, gardening or bicycling.  If you’re in the office, close your door, stretch, move around– and take a few minutes to breathe deeply.
  2. Practice self-care:  It’s easy to neglect ourselves when we’re so busy taking care of other things.  But we can’t be much good to others if we’re not feeling up-to-par ourselves, right?  Get some “alone time”–take a hot bath, get a massage, read a good book—whatever you need to feed your soul.
  3. Eat Mindfully:  Eat slowly, savor every mouthful and give your body a chance to digest and your brain to register satiety.  Working through lunch?  Everyone has at least five minutes to eat calmly and peacefully; close the door, shut down the computer and let the phone go to voicemail.
  4. Breathe!  We tend to engage in shallow breathing when anxious, but when you feel that way, stop, take a few deep breaths and exhale.
  5. Strengthen your sense of community: Make a phone call to someone to whom you haven’t spoken in a while.  Re-connect with someone whom you haven’t seen in a long, long time (Hint: social media, like Facebook, is great for finding old friends.) Make it a point to say hello and speak to that neighbor with whom you’ve never connected.

Ok, so I’ll just keep saying it—have a consistent gratitude practice. Every night, make a list of 3-5 things for which you are grateful; even the worst day has positive moments.

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ABOUT IRENE:  Irene Ross is an integrative nutrition and holistic wellness coach who helps people alter unhealthy habits so they can transform their lives into one of vibrant health and happiness.

Her website is:  www.irenefross.com.

Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story. and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, she also writes a pet wellness blog called http://www.furryfriendshavefun.wordpress.com

 

 

 

Want a free “heal your body” session?

In heatlhy eating, holistic health, stress, Uncategorized, weight gain, wellness on March 11, 2013 at 1:25 am

canstockphoto9866137ayurvedateaAre you struggling with some sort of nagging ache, pain, or other frustrating physical condition? Maybe you struggle with your weight or have some challenge like high or low blood sugar, chronic stress and sleep deprivation, continual sugar cravings or low energy–among other things.

A lot of folks struggle with these kind of issues, and somehow they get magnified even more at certain times.

If you feel you’d really like to change about your body right now– help is a phone call away!

I’m offering a special free 30 minute “Heal Your Body” coaching session to make 2013 one of the best, healthiest, happiest year of your life.

Generally, these sessions are valued at $275 but it’s complimentary to you.

During the session we will…

Create a crystal clear vision for your ultimate physical health, energy and vitality

Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your body’s ability to heal itself

Re-energize and inspire you to get your body fully healed

If you’d like to take advantage of this special session, please  answer these 5 questions:

What are the biggest issues with your body

What do you most want to get resolved now?

How long have you been suffering from these issues?

On a scale of 0 – 10, with 10 being the most important, how important is it for you to get these issues settled once and for all?

What have you already tried to resolve these issues and how did that work out for you? Please include your full name & the best phone number to reach you on to schedule the session; someone from my office will get back to you within the next 24 to 48 hours to schedule your one-on-one “Heal Your Body” coaching session.

Click reply now to claim your session today.

And, hey, if you’d like to also pass this on to friends, colleagues or family, there are more than welcome. Just be sure they answer the five questions above and indicate in the subject line, “referred by (your name)”

To schedule, contact me through my website:  http://www.irenefross.com

 

ABOUT IRENE:

Irene Ross is an integrative nutrition and wellness coach who helps people alter unhealthy habits so they balance their lives.  She is author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story, and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life.

 

New Year, New You–Kick Those Cravings to the Curb!!

In healthful eating, holistic health, Uncategorized, wellness on January 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Is this you, or someone you know?

  • Do you need to reach for that sweet pastry or cookie every  mid-morning or afternoon–washed down, of course, by a cup of (often      canstockphoto4507289sugarsweetened) coffee or maybe even a soda? Then, the whole cycle starts over  again, and you can’t wait for your next sweet–or maybe you want something  salty to balance that sweet taste out.
  • Are you pretty heavy-handed with the salt shaker, often salting  even before you taste the food?
  • Do you crave crunchy, salty things at night like potato chips or pretzels?
  • Do you wake up feeling bloated, moody, irritable and tired, with  puffy eyes and “brainfog?”
  • Do you constantly fight that craving, usually by trying to eat  something “healthier,” only to give in later and STILL have that desired treat?
  • Do you feel like you’re ruled by your cravings and it always stops  you from losing those pesky last pounds?

We usually think of cravings as really bad things, to be fought at all costs. Problem is, we almost always lose that fight! They do give us some brilliant information about our bodies, though.

Once we understand what those cravings are telling us, we can learn to handle them, get rid of them for good–and then watch those last pounds release!

I’ll show you how on January 30th, when I teach for the NYC Learning Annex. You’ll learn what those cravings mean and give you some tips for handling them during my “Kick Your Cravings to the Curb” class at the Penn Mutual offices, 2 Park Avenue at 32nd St, Suite 300, NYC 10016.learningannex

During the class you’ll:

  • Understand what different cravings mean
  • Learn tips and suggestions for understanding, and then eliminating,  them
  • Walk away with a crystal clear vision for your ultimate physical   health, weight,energy and vitality
  • Uncover hidden challenges that may be sabotaging your body’s  ability to cope with those cravings
  • Re-energize and inspire you to handle them once and for all!

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  • Feel great, more energetic than ever, and any excess weight will   start to drop off.
  • Never feel deprived or have to use that dreaded “diet” word   or feel guilty –ever again

For more information and to register, click here.

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Irene Ross CHHC, AADP is a health and nutrition coach who helps people get off the diet roller coaster and alter unhealthy habits–so they look and feel great, have abundant energy and sleep better.

Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story, and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, her website is:  http://www.irenefross.com

Special Report: The Five Big Wellness Mistakes Everyone Makes

In holistic health, pets, Uncategorized, veterinary, wellness on December 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

 

As the New Year rolls around, people vow to lose those last pesky pounds or get rid of some unhealthy habit (such as smoking or lack of exercise)-or to eat more nutritiously, sleep better or-you name it.

Yet, according to According to Medical Daily, 60 percent think they’ll break their New Year’s resolutions! Here’s the good news: With a little knowledge and some easy, quick fixes you can help make 2013 the healthiest year of your life.

Here are the top five wellness mistakes people make:

NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP: A study by the Archives of Internal Medicine gave 153 people the rhino virus (common cold) by nose drop. It was found that those studied who got at least seven hours of sleep per night were 300% less likely to catch a cold. So here’s the bottom-line: Sleep deprivation leads to exhaustion, which can lead to chronic illnesses and injury–and even possibly weight gain since sleep has a direct effect on 3 hormones that regulate appetite.
SKIPPING BREAKFAST. Breakfast breaks the overnight fast and will start up your metabolism. If you skip breakfast (or any other meal) your body will think it is starving and will go into protection mode by lowering your metabolism. That means you could actually gain weight by not eating a meal and you’ll be fatigued, overly-stressed, fuzzy-brained and run out mid-morning for that coffee and donut snack. You might possibly overeat at the next meal. too, since your body will insist on making up those lost calories.
•NOT PAYING ENOUGH ATTENTION TO THE TOXINS HIDDEN IN FOODS: For instance, those processed meats, like bacon, hot dogs, and sausage, are often loaded with sodium nitrate, a preservative that can lead to heart problems and Type 2 diabetes; research even points to it possibly increasing your risk of developing certain cancers. Diet soda and artificial sweeteners can lead to prolonged exposure to aspartame, a neurotoxic chemical additive in these products that can result in nerve cell damage, dizziness, and headaches; mass-produced snacks, like cookies and crackers usually include hydrogenated oils to lengthen their shelf life and are also associated with diabetes and heart disease.canstockphoto0297892fruitsveg
TRYING TO FIGHT, RATHER THAN LEARN, ABOUT YOUR CRAVINGS: Cravings can give us brilliant information about our bodies. For instance, did you know that a sugar craving is often your body’s cry for energy? Deconstruct it: Is that your body’s way of telling you to slow down, engage in some stress reduction, or to relax and sleep a little more?? By the way, once you figure out what the body is telling you, you’ll handle the cravings-and the weight will start releasing.
canstockphoto4551528fitnessstuff•NOT EXERCISING ENOUGH: Anyone remember the episode of the television show “Everybody Loves Raymond” when Raymond becomes thrilled with the sudden, dramatic increase in his sex life–until he finds an exercise class flier–featuring the photo of a very handsome instructor on his wife’s bedroom table? He thinks the instructor is the reason for her sudden interest but, when he confronts her, she says: “Has it ever occurred to you that I’m just feeling much better about myself these days?”

So there you have it. Exercise makes us feel better physically and mentally. It fights fatigue by carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells and helps detoxify the body by getting rid of toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons. It also improves our mood by releasing those natural, feel-good substances, endorphins which, in turn, also help us handle stress and makes us sleep better.

… AND HERE’S A BIG WELLNESS MISTAKE FOR YOUR PET

The wellness-centered family includes everyone, even the 4-legged furry children. Even if we don’t realize it, we pick up on each other’s energy and dynamics. As one vet recently told me, “If someone comes in with an overweight pet, I look first at the owner–and chances are, he or she is also overweight.”

Even if you’re tempted by a rocky economy, don’t cut corners on your pet’s health. February is National Pet Health Month, so earmark it as a reminder to take your furry child in for a check up.

Just as with humans, early detection is best. Regular pet checkups will monitor your animal’s overall health, focus on prevention and education-and, quite possibly, save you money in the long-term.

Think that extra pound or two on your pet is no big deal? Think again: A couple of extra pounds on an animal is comparable to 30-50 pounds on a human.canstockphoto8139755petscookies

Please remember also that your pet can’t tell you when it’s in pain; what you might think is just routine bad behavior can actually be an acting out for a tooth-ache, stomach-ache, or something else. Ever hear the story of the cat that urinated in the bathtub? Turns out the cat only wanted to bring her urinary tract infection to the attention of the owner.

“When a problem is still small, it can be less complicated and less expensive to manage, and I see this a lot with dental care,” says Dr. Michael Farber, DVM, of West Chelsea Veterinary in New York City. “Sometimes people will wait until the tooth is abscessed before they come in, but if the problem was caught three or six months prior, that tooth probably could have been saved.”

 

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Irene Ross is a speaker and teacher who conducts workshops for both individuals and corporations. She has also conducted tele-seminars and has also been a guest on tele-summits and radio shows.

Speeches can be a customized, one-of-a-kind program targeted for your audience, or it can be one of her sought-after talks, such as:

  • KICKING  YOUR SUGAR CRAVINGS TO THE CURB
  • FIRING  UP YOUR DAY
  • ARE   YOU SICK AND TIRED OF BEING SICK AND TIRED?
  • WHAT  TO DO WHEN YOU JUST CAN’T SEEM TO LOSE THAT WEIGHT
  • THE   WELLNESS-CENTERED FAMILY
  • HOW  TO GET YOUR KIDS INTERESTED IN HEALTHY EATING
  • HOW   CORPORATE WELLNESS PROGRAMS HELP PRODUCTIVITY, MOTIVATION AND THE  BOTTOM-LINE

Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance your Life, she is also a wellness pro for the 4-legged, writes frequently on pet nutrition and wellness and is developer of the blog:  www.furryfriendshavefun.wordpress.com

If you or your company would like her to present a workshop, or if you would like her to be a guest on your tele-seminar, tele-summit or radio show, please contact her at: irener@eating4achieving.com.

For more information, please visit:  www.irenefross.com

She will be speaking on a podcast on January 2 at 9:30 AM EST on the topic of gratitude and health when she speaks with Doreen Guma, founder of Time to Play.  Link is: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/timetoplay/2013/01/02/timetoplaycoms-empower-half-hour

How’s Your Mindset?

In career, coaching, holistic health, Uncategorized, wellness on December 13, 2012 at 7:43 pm
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“Success from Within” was a wonderful 2-day workshop held by Robert Notter Coaching. Since then, I’ve been thinking a lot about mindset.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of mindset lately, because that is what sets us up to take action, striving for new endeavors, to challenge ourselves and to do things we had previously avoided. As we stretch ourselves, we feel an energy shift and our vibration rises. We get attention. We take action and have confidence and determination–and that’s, well, very client attractive.

We get to shake the “junk” out of our minds, focus and set priorities.That junk, by the way, usually doesn’t even serve us.

The thing is, many of us know the “what,” but we have no idea how to implement the “how” and even the “why.”  We live inside our own heads and don’t pay attention to those little internal messages, brilliant information we get from our bodies.

Two weeks ago, I attended a fabulous 2-day workshop called “Success from Within” by Robert Notter Coaching.

It was content-rich and the room was full of interesting people who nourished each other’s spirits.  And it was fun, too.

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Irene Ross

Irene Ross is a certified nutrition and health coach who helps people get off the diet roller coaster–to lose the weight, keep it off and let your
“fabulousness” shine.

“Healthy weight is a lot more about simply walking away with a list of so-called good foods and bad foods. It’s about a lot of things. Like learning how to balance blood sugar and knowing about the connection between hormones and processed foods and the adrenals and thyroid; and like learning how chronic stress and sleep deprivation affect our weight–among other things. And people need to know that everything feeds us; for instance, career, relationships, self-care, because if just one thing is out of balance they’ll always be, well, hungry.

“In short, I don’t just focus on the action (i.e., list of foods), but on the proper ecology (root problem) so that real and lasting transformation happens.”

Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life,  she believes that a wellness-centered family includes everyone–even the 4-legged furry kids, Irene writes frequently on the topic of pet wellness. She also has a pet wellness blog:  www.furryfriendshavefun.wordpress.com.

To learn more, please visit Irene’s website:  www.irenefross.com.  Her free, twice-monthly newsletter, “Power Wellness,” is full of information, tips and recipes for healthy eating and lifestyle. Subscribe to her awesome newsletter here.

Staying Stress-free During the Holidays: Everything Feeds Us, Not Just What’s On Our Plates

In heatlhy eating, holiday season, holistic health, Uncategorized, weight, wellness on December 6, 2012 at 4:38 am
At a workshop this weekend, the instructor reminded us that, in an emergency, airlines require you to first put on the oxygen mask before helping others.  The take-a-way?  You can’t help others until you help yourself first.

That’s an apt analogy for every day, but especially so during this hectic, frantic holiday season. canstockphoto2607600 Remember to take a little time each day for:
  • Self-care: Massage, a good book, journaling, a hot bath, skiing or skating–whatever it takes to nurture your spirit.
  • Stress reduction: Yoga, meditation and breathing can stimulate AND calm us. See below for two breathing techniques.
  • Sleep:Try to get at least seven to eight hours. Sleep deprivation leads to fatigue and accident proneness.  Chronic sleep deprivation can also make you gain weight, because it has a direct link to three hormones that affect appetite.
  • Eating mindfully and healthfully. In fact, practice the “Rule of 1.”  When you do go to those gatherings, keep your caloric intake in check by only filling your plate with a tiny amount of one protein, one green, one drink, etc. “That way, you get to taste everything and don’t feel deprived, but you’re still practicing portion control,” says naturopathic physician Dr. Laurie Brodsky, ND.=

Two of my favorite breathing exercises, both from Dr. Andrew Weil.  To learn more please visit: www.drweil.com

  1. The Bellows (Stimulating) Breath:.Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Your breaths in and out should be equal in duration, but as short as possible. This is a noisy breathing exercise.

Try for three in-and-out breath cycles per second. This produces a quick movement of the diaphragm, suggesting a bellows. Breathe normally after each cycle.

NOTE: Do not do for more than 15 seconds on your first try. Each time you practice the Stimulating Breath, you can increase your time by five seconds or so, until you reach a full minute. This increases energy and helps keep you centered and focused.

2. The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise:

This exercise is fast, easy and can be done anywhere. Best to sit with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

  • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.

This exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass.

Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens – before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.

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About Irene:

Irene Ross is a certified nutrition and health coach who helps people get off the diet roller coaster–to lose the weight, keep it off and let your
“fabulousness” shine.

“Healthy weight is a lot more about simply walking away with a list of so-called good foods and bad foods. It’s about a lot of things. Like learning how to balance blood sugar and knowing about the connection between hormones and processed foods and the adrenals and thyroid; and like learning how chronic stress and sleep deprivation affect our weight–among other things. And people need to know that everything feeds us; for instance, career, relationships, self-care, because if just one thing is out of balance they’ll always be, well, hungry.

“In short, I don’t just focus on the action (i.e., list of foods), but on the proper ecology (root problem) so that real and lasting transformation happens.”

Irene sees people individually or in groups and presents workshops and lectures and creates employee wellness programs.

There’s something for every budget, from tele-seminars to a  platinum “Six Step System”  to VIP Days for those who want fast, concentrated results.  There’s even a “3-Step System for Kicking those Sugar Cravings to the Curb in 30 Days” program.

Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, Irene is also a nutrition and wellness pro for our 4-legged furry friends and writes frequently on the topic of pet wellness.

To learn more, please visit Irene’s website:  www.irenefross.com.  Her free, twice-monthly newsletter, “Power Wellness,” is full of information, tips and recipes for healthy eating and lifestyle. Subscribe to her awesome newsletter here.

Huh? “As a health coach, what do you really do?”

In cravings, holistic health, Uncategorized, wellness on November 8, 2012 at 4:58 pm

It’s not unusual for me to be met with a blank stare when I tell people I’m a nutrition and health coach.  “What’s that?” I’m often asked.

Simply, health Coaches are knowledgeable advisors who provide ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness. As your Health Coach, I will listen carefully and help you to navigate the world of contradictory nutrition advice to determine what changes are necessary for you.  

We often have specialities, although we’re able to work in most areas–I’ve worked with POS, Leaky Gut, Allergies, Food Sensitivies, Excessive Stress, Sleeping Problems (a biggie), Work/Life Balance issues and more.

My biggest speciality is getting people off the diet roller coaster (and, no, I’m not a weight loss center!), so they can lose those pesky last pounds, keep them off, and learn to love and feel comfortable in their bodies.  After all, healthy is the new skinny, right??

SO, LET ME ASK YOU:

  • Weary from the diet roller coaster?
  • Sick of being continually over-or-under weight?
  • Want to stop “stuffing down” your feelings with food?
  • Tired of those last pesky 10-pounds that you just can’t seem to get rid of–no matter what?
  • Sick of the constant, gnawing hunger that can even wake you up at night?

I also work with people to help them instantly increase their energy so they can avoid that mid-morning or afternoon slump, get more done in less time and balance their lives.  In fact, I’m working on a book, called appropriately enough:  25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life.

As a client of my health coaching program, you will…

  • set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting
  • work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
  • understand and reduce your cravings
  • increase your energy levels
  • feel great in your body
  • learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them
  • improve your personal relationships
  • discover the confidence to create the life you want

About Irene:

Irene Ross  is a certified nutrition and health coach who helps people get off the diet roller coaster–to lose the weight, keep it off and let your “fabulousness” shine.

“Healthy weight is a lot more about simply walking away with a list of so-called good foods and bad foods. It’s about a lot of things. Like learning how to balance blood sugar and knowing about the connection between hormones and processed foods and the adrenals and thyroid–among other things. And they need to know that everything feeds us; for instance, career, relationships, self-care, because if just one thing is out of balance they’ll always be, well, hungry.

In short, I help individuals investigate new roads and new areas of development, then provide them with the resources to take action.”

Irene sees people individually or in groups, presents workshops and lectures and creates employee wellness programs.”

There’s something for every budget, from teleseminars to platinum “Six Step Systems” to VIP Days for those who just want very fast, concentrated results.

Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, Irene is also a nutrition and wellness pro for our 4-legged furry friends and writes frequently on those topics.

To learn more about me, my programs or my “3-step system for kicking those sugar cravings to the curb”, visit http://www.irenefross.com.

 

 

 

 

We Know Pets Can Help Keep Us Youthful, But Can They Also Keep Us Healthier?

In environment, holistic health, lifestyle, Uncategorized, wellness on July 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm

There has been a lot of research as to how animals can help keep people youthful, but a study from Finland recently found that children who are around pets the first years of their life are less prone to illnesses, especially ones like the ear infections for which kids are so known.

Although those around cats were still protected, they were a little less so than infants who were around dogs.

No one really knows for sure why and, although officials readily acknowledge that more research is needed, one thought is perhaps that the more time a dog spends outside, the more dirt he or she drags in–and that somehow stimulates the child’s immune response.

This story was reported on CNN; to read the entire story, click here.

What do you think about this?

How One School Changed My Life

In education, holistic health, lifestyle, New York City, nutrition, Uncategorized, wellness on July 13, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I was in the business world for several years (public relations executive) but, for many of them, I was the “go to” person in the office for advice on wellness and nutrition.  I always, mistakenly, thought that if something was a passion it was, well, a passion and a hobby.

Was I ever wrong!

In 2009, I enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  It’s headquartered in New York City, but students come from all over the world; I remember in one of my classes I sat next to a woman who traveled from Korea.  Once I heard two students from Brazil and one from India, speak.  Another time I met a student from Mexico.  Well, you get the picture!

While there, I received a world-class education.  My instructors included people like Dr. Andrew Weil; Dr. Mark Hyman; Geneen Roth; Deepak Chopra; Dr. David Katz and a lot of others.

It was a world different from anything I had experienced; I was now part of a movement, living my passion and mission–and having fun while I was at it.

Probably the biggest change came from my own transformation.  You see, months before I enrolled, I was stressed to the max and experienced many, many problems–personal and professional.  As a result, I gained 65 pounds, my blood pressure shot up and my knees hurt so badly that I actually remembering standing on the first floor of an apartment building–because I wasn’t sure I wanted to make the climb to the 4th floor apartment to visit someone.

So, as I learned, I also experimented on myself.  I actually consider myself my first client.  I tried all different dietary theories to learn what worked for me and what didn’t.  I experimented with different lifestyle techniques.  In short, I coached myself.

Today, I’m happy, successful, strong and passionate–and minus the 65 pounds that I had gained.

I’m also proud to be a school ambassador, so if you’d like to know more, please contact me through my website:  www.irenefross.com.  It’ll be one of the best decisions you ever made!

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Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a certified nutrition and wellness coach who helps people instantly double their energy so they avoid that mid-morning or afternoon slump, get more done in less time and balance their lives.  Author of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day:  Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, she also writes a twice-monthly newsletter called “Power Wellness.”  To subscribe (and automatically receive a free download of her mini e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story), click here: Power Wellness

IT’S NOT JUST FLUFF: THE TALE OF THE MARSHMALLOW

In heatlhy eating, holistic health, Uncategorized, wellness on July 3, 2012 at 2:53 am

EXCERPT FROM MY E-BOOK, SUGAR’S SOUR STORY

Very often, a processed food will include ingredients that look just like the real thing–but really isn’t.  For example, a client recently told me she was shocked to read the label on her package of marshmallows. They had an extremely low protein count and she couldn’t understand why. “Don’t you make marshmallow by whipping egg whites?

She continued, pressing,  “And aren’t egg whites pure protein?”

Yes, I explained, that’s how you’d make homemade marshmallow, but those mass-produced, highly processed little pillows aren’t really marshmallow. They only look like it and are really made with things like sugar, corn starch and gelatin. Corn starch, which is used as a thickener in a lot of sauces and gravies, is turned into sugar by the body. It’s also suggested that it might raise LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.  Depending on the type of gelatin used, it may contain high levels of sugar—so you’d really be getting a double or triple sugar whammy.

Remember those television commercials for a frozen food, where one young woman says, “But mine has NO preservatives?”  First, of course there are preservatives– it’s frozen!  And with those preservatives come sugar and salt.

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Want to hear more?  This is an excerpt from my e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story.  Get a free download; all you need to do it enter your e-mail address on the home page of my website: www.irenefross.com.  You’ll also get a subscription to my twice-monthly newsletter, “Power Wellness.”  Next edition comes out tomorrow afternoon (Tues) and it’s going to be a hot one–several Ayurvedic docs are going to discuss the 3 doshas and how they can be a path to wellness.

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