Supplement Tools for PMS and Menopause.


Profemme, a gentle, natural hormonal balancing supplement helps decrease the symptoms associated with menopause and premenstrual syndrome. If you suffer from mood swings, cramping and bloating, fatigue, hot flashes or other symptoms of menopause or PMS, the all-natural, hypoallergenic blend of flower pollen extracts may be just the solution you have been searching for.

Profemme gently balances your hormones with a Neo-Nutritional blend of hypoallergenic flower pollen extracts specifically designed for women’s health. It works on both PMS and menopausal symptoms without side-effects.

This remarkable product is formulated based on over 30 years of research. Profemme contains no soy or estrogen… just the simple purity of Neo-Nutrition as Nature intended for women’s health.

Femerex®

Natural Menopause Relief and Support

Ideal Health’s Femerex for menopause relief  is an all-natural, proprietary dietary supplement contains the specific herbal extracts indicated for the relief of menopausal symptoms.

Healthy Highlights

The anecdotal evidence is so strong that Femerex is now part of an on-going one-year clinical trial being conducted by a prestigious clinical trials facility. Preliminary results in the first 10 weeks of this study are providing an exciting promise in symptom relief. In fact, most women are receiving relief from such distressing menopausal and perimenopausal symptoms as:

Sleeplessness

Hot flashes

Fatigue

Menstrual irregularity

Urinary tract symptoms

Decreased sex drive

Skin, hair, and nail changes

Brain fog/decreased concentration

Emotional changes (including irritability, anxiety, and depression)

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you owe it to yourself to try Femerex for your menopause relief.

Best of all, when taken as recommended with meals, virtually no side effects are being observed with this all-natural blend of phytoestrogenic (plant-based) herbal extracts.

If you would like more information or assistance with any of these dietary, lifestyle or supplements please speak to your Hungry Heart counselor.

Tools for Dealing with PMS and Menopause II.


From a lifestyle standpoint: Take care of yourself by taking time for yourself and reducing your expectations of what you need to accomplish at home or work. Enjoy some relaxation. Mild to moderate exercise will help reduce the challenges of strong hormones, increase endorphins, curb your hunger and calm you down. Avoid stress during this time frame. Put off making big decisions until you are up to it and cut down on responsibilities. Set yourself up for success!

Supplement Tools:

Researchers at the U.S.D.A. Forks Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota report showed that low blood iron levels were most common among women dealing with depression, mood swings, and breast discomfort. Mood swings and poor concentration were associated with low intakes of vitamins A, B2, B6, folate, calcium, copper, and zinc. They even noticed fluctuations in lycopene and lutein levels during the menstrual cycle.


Let Go of Worrying…


Let Go of Worrying….

Write down all of the issues you worry about, big, small, all of it

For each issue, write down if it is something you have control over or something you don’t have control over. If you don’t have control over it, let it go and park your brain somewhere else, because worrying won’t change it. Say STOP, Find a new thought to park your brain every time that unhealthy worrying comes up. Picture yourself on vacation walking on the beach and enjoying the day.

Write down, what are the possible outcomes of each situation. How realistic is it that it may happen?

If that outcome did happen how would you handle it, what would happen next, then what would you do, and then what would happen?  What you are doing is playing out each scenario of what you fear might happen, and what you would do each step along the way if it did.

You’ll recognize many things we stress over- don’t typically happen and if they do happen, you will go into action steps, and through a series of steps you will get over your challenge.


See here the Hungry Heart Story…


Stressed, Anxious, Lonely, Tired, Bored…


Picture 18I am aware that I overeat when I’m stressed, anxious, tired, lonely, bored, even happy or looking for a reward, but I can’t seem to change this frustrating pattern.



What would your life be like if you felt
good about yourself and took good
care of yourself?

You are worth taking care of.
Just think how your emotions
affect the people around you
and the things that you need to
accomplish each day. Every area of
your life will improve if your internal
stability and self esteem improves.

As you feel better about yourself, you are now in a position to
make permanent lifestyle changes and lose the excess
weight naturally.

-Andrea Crouch

I am very happy with my results from the program; I feel like my entire attitude towards food and my health has changed. Thanks Andrea for being an incredible counselor and for helping me to take control of my eating and my life.

-Patrice

Power Up Your Diet.


Screen shot 2009-09-24 at 4.39.47 PMAt The Hungry Heart, we know how difficult it can be to keep from emotionally overeating.  Yo-Yo Dieting is another common practice we see amongst our clients.  We find that it helps to have as many tips in our back pocket as possible to keep our diet on track.  Here are 5 suprising superfoods that will keep you on the right track!

When the experts want to get leaner, stronger, and healthier, they reach for these 10 surprising healthy food superstars. Meet your new mealtime secret weapons.

Tomato Salsa

This low-cal staple pumps up the flavor of everything from chicken breasts to scrambled eggs. “It’s jam-packed with antioxidants, including lycopene, which may reduce the risk of some cancers, and beta-carotene, which may help fight heart disease,” says Joan Salge Blake, RD, an associate clinical professor of nutrition at Boston University.

Eat It Up: Beta-carotene and lycopene are more easily absorbed by the body when consumed with a bit of healthy fat, so add some chopped avocado to your salsa-topped chicken. Or add salsa to Low Sodium V8 for extra fiber.

Nutrition facts per 2 tablespoons: 9 calories, 0g protein, 2g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0.5g fiber

Whole Wheat Pitas

Give your usual turkey sandwich a healthy upgrade by swapping the bread for a whole wheat pita pocket. If you put veggies in your sandwich, it’s usually a few lettuce leaves and a slice of tomato or else the bread falls apart. “But with a pita, you can stuff it full of vegetables and still get a healthy dose of whole grains,” says Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of The Flexitarian Diet. Just be sure to check the ingredients list: “enriched wheat flour” means the pita is an imposter. Look for the words “whole wheat.”

Eat It Up: Go Greek by filling your pita with feta, hummus, diced cucumbers and tomatoes, arugula, and black olives. Or put a Mexican spin on your sandwich by adding low-fat refried beans, salsa, avocado, and chopped romaine lettuce. Rather have a snack? Make pita chips. Cut a pita into triangles, drizzle with olive oil, add a pinch of salt, and bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, or until crispy.

Nutrition facts per 1 large pita: 170 calories, 6g protein, 35g carbohydrate, 2g fat (0g saturated), 5g fiber

Popcorn

“Because it’s super-low in calories, popcorn is the perfect food for those times when you don’t want to worry about portion size,” says Sharon Richter, RD, a nutritionist in New York City. And it’s loaded with fiber, which is crucial for staying slim. In fact, people who maintain a healthy weight consume an average of 33 percent more fiber daily than those who are overweight, according to research.

Eat It Up: Save calories (and money) by getting a basic air popper. One we like: Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Hot Air Popper by Presto ($25, bedbathandbeyond.com). Pop the kernels with a bit of salt and toss with nuts and raisins for a tasty trail mix.

Nutrition facts per 1 cup air-popped: 31 calories, 1g protein, 6g carbohydrate, 0g fat, (0g saturated), 1g fiber

Oranges

Apples get all the glory, but oranges are the unsung heroes of fresh fruit, says Susan Kraus, RD, a clinical dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. “They’re very low in calories and a good source of potassium, fiber, and folate,” Kraus says. Not to mention that a large orange has a day’s worth of immunity-boosting vitamin C.

Eat It Up: Add orange slices to a spinach salad topped with goat cheese, chopped nuts, and some slivered red onion. Or blend 1/2 orange, 1 cup yogurt, and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries for a delicious, nutritious smoothie.

Nutrition facts per large orange: 86 calories, 2g protein, 22g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 4g fiber

Plain Yogurt

“Yogurt contains the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, protein, and fat — the carbs give you instant energy, while the protein and fat are released more slowly, keeping you full longer,” Kraus says. In a recent study, dieters who consumed three 6-ounce servings of yogurt a day lost 61 percent more body fat overall than those who didn’t eat yogurt. The researchers believe that the calcium in dairy increases the activity of enzymes that break down fat cells. Look for yogurts that have at least 20 percent of the RDA.

Eat It Up: Mix plain yogurt with a teaspoon of cinnamon or top it with berries for an easy, low-sugar snack. Or use plain Greek yogurt for an extra protein boost in recipes that call for mayo or sour cream, like tuna salad, veggie dip, or salad dressings.

Nutrition facts per cup: 137 calories, 14g protein, 19g carbohydrate, 0g fat (0g saturated), 0g fiber

Eat Before You Overeat.


Eat Before You Overeat.

Eat Before You Overeat.

Stopping yourself from grazing the second you get home is as easy as one, two, three.

1. Find a diversion. Wait 15 minutes between coming home and eating something. (Or wait even longer.) Check blogs, log on to Facebook—do something relaxing that will break the connection that makes you think you need to snack the second you get home.

2. Have one small snack—while you’re sitting down. No standing at the counter shoveling food into your gullet. Try:
An apple, which has a low-glycemic index—meaning its natural sugars and fiber are digested slowly, making you feel satisfied longer. If an apple alone is too dull, add a one-ounce piece of reduced-fat cheese.
Carrot sticks or a bowl of berries.
A pickle (or a small bowl of cornichons) if you want something salty.
Pepitas (toasted pumpkin seeds). About 90 seeds (1/4 cup) are just 150 calories.

3. Be prepared to prepare dinner. To keep from picking and tasting your way through cooking, chew a piece of gum or suck on a cough drop to kill the flavor of anything you’re tempted to nibble.