In The Kitchen with Maria Dello
Nutritionist Maria Dello (left) on News12
Marco Schaden (MS): What kind of diets do you recommend?
Maria Dello (MD): I developed the Lifestyle30 because every day I get a question about a fad diet. Right now, the most popular diet is the keto diet. Everyone should be evaluated, it’s very customized, your genetics are different and the way you work out is different. So, you really have to look at someone and say what is your body makeup, are you shaped like an apple or a pear. A big thing for me is looking at family history, so I’m not only treating someone for today, but I’m treating someone in 20 years. So if I were to evaluate you, I would say, how old is your mother? Does she have diabetes? How old is your dad? Does he have heart disease? It’s really important for someone to look at their goal when they look at their diet. Do you want to lose weight? Do you want to gain muscle? What is your family history like? On Weight Watchers, people are counting points, to me that’s a food prison. People ask if they can have popcorn or a treat after dinner–well are you hungry? Are you listening to your body?
MS: What do you say to someone that wants to lose weight?
MD: People say they want to lose weight, but what kind of weight do you want to lose? Most people as they age lose muscle mass so that is not the best thing to do, because with every inch of muscle you’re going to burn 50 calories. I don’t really go too much on the weight scale, I go on the body fat, and so the lower the body fat statistically shows that you will live a longer life and burn more calories. So, ideally, in a perfect world, you should be on a low-carb diet, paleolithic and Mediterranean diet.
MS: What is your diet regimen?
MD: It’s really important to know who you are and what your goals are. The number one diet is actually the Mediterranean diet. I pretty much follow the Mediterranean diet. I don’t eat gluten, I eat a little dairy, mostly some yogurt, and lots of fish. However, I also did my DNA testing, which gave me a specific diet to go through, so it basically took the guesswork out. Patients come in and they want to try the keto diet, but they gain weight on it. If you were to really narrow me down, I’m more of a qualitarian. I try and eat organic as much as I can, eat non-GMO and shop at local farms. I have not eaten a non-organic piece of hormone-free meat, very rarely, but I’m also not going to be a food-snob if I go out to eat. I will look for deep-sea fish, salad and vegetables when I’m out. Once a week you got to have some fun so you pick your fancy, have a cheat day. Pick your day, pick your fun.
MS: What is a Mediterranean and paleolithic diet?
MD: Thousands of years ago, there were not any grains so we as humans created processed foods. For example, there was wheat, and then, to feed the masses they processed it or they processed sugar from corn and you got high fructose corn syrup. Anything processed is not in the paleolithic diet and if you look at the history of humans, most of us have these fangs for teeth because they were supposed to eat protein. Protein is essential for the building block of muscle, without it you can’t build muscle and you can’t burn fat without muscle.
MS: What kind of diets do you recommend to someone that may be 50 pounds overweight? Do you factor in body type and genetics for someone like that as well?
MD: If someone is really trying to lose 50 pounds, I would say the number one thing they can do is be consistent. Without being consistent you can’t lose weight.
MS: Should they have a cheat day?
MD: Not initially. Remember, every time you eat something and if it is sugar, it will alter our chemistry. When you eat sweets, you want more sweets, it’s a catch 22. You have to be aware of that, the best thing this person could do is be on a low-carb diet and be consistent. Being accountable is another one and you can do that by keeping a food journal or meeting with a nutritionist—every week or every two weeks is crucial even if you wanted to do it virtually.
MS: Would you recommend that people find out about their genetics to understand what they should be eating or not eating?
MD: 100 percent. I have been practicing for 20 years and I have every diet you can imagine. I can practically make you lose weight overnight.
Nutritionist Maria Dello (right) and Lily Stolzberg (left) of News 12
MD: Really. I can make you lose weight by tomorrow. I can tell you three things today to lose weight, but can you keep it off. Anyone can lose weight, but can you keep it off and that is the problem with diets. When I discovered DNA testing, which I do here, it tells me exactly about food allergies, are you lactose intolerant, how do you deal with carbohydrates and are you sensitive to fats. All these people that are doing this keto diet, it might not be working for them because guess what? They didn’t test their DNA. This DNA test that I do at Dellonutritionals totally takes the guesswork out of dieting. It tells you if you should be on a Mediterranean diet, high-fat diet, high-carb diet, low-carb diet. This all goes back to the history of you as a human being and to your ancestors and what they ate. It’s also tells me what type of exercise is best from my history. Should I be doing more weights or cardio, or should I be doing both. This takes all the guesswork out of dieting, it’s a brilliant test, the results are amazing.
MS: What about prices for healthy foods? Low-income families struggle finding healthier food choices because the prices might be too high and the only food they can afford is the unhealthy option. Is there a way to work around that?
MD: It is a little bit pricier to buy organic or non-GMO, but I have realized that now every supermarket has aisles of organic food. There are the local markets that have food co-ops where you can buy a box of vegetables for $30 a week and believe me it’s a lot of vegetables and it’s all organic. I supply my patients with food sources that are not going to break the bank. The other issues with low-income families is they sort of have to be a hunter. They have to scout out different venues of food for better quality and purity. I think it is important that even if the prices are lower, really be a smart consumer and shop around. Nowadays, you can go online and look it all up and find the healthier choices.
MS: How do low-income families stay away from going to the $1 dollar menu than going to the grocery store when the unhealthier option is cheaper and easier?
MD: That is true, but if the idea is that there is no other food source that cheap—are they ordering a soda with it? There are other things they can do to offset that cheap unhealthy meal. Did they exercise that morning? Did they drink water that evening? Can they complement that meal with a piece of fruit? There is no doubt about it, fast food is always going to be around and it’s always going to be cheap. McDonald’s does not have closing signs, they seem to be doing very well. I think perhaps ordering a healthier choice there can help. Even Burger King has a vegan meal. Over time all these people that eat fast food, what do they get?
MD: They get sick. It’s much cheaper to be healthier in the long run because having diabetes is super expensive. I evaluated a patient one time and we figured out it cost them $400 dollars a month just to have diabetes. It’s very, very expensive.
MS: Do you find that our food system in this country is set up to make you obese? You’re not seeing advertisements on TV about healthier foods, you’re seeing McDonald’s, Burger King and Taco Bell.
MD: Absolutely, no doubt in my mind. Look, you’re in control of your own body. From what I see and I think everybody can almost agree to this, there are food advertisements everywhere, even if you’re on the treadmill—you’re seeing advertisements for pizza, burgers, french fries, donuts and we eat with our eyes. Now that you mention that, there is a reason we should be reading labels. Do you think the government cares that there is a FDC-number yellow or red dye number four and five and six in our foods? The healthiest person is an educated person.
MS: Do you think the government should be helping the consumer educate themselves in terms of providing better labels and showing us what is exactly is in the food we eat or things we drink?
MD: Yes, yes.
MS: Why is that not being done right now?
MD: Because we’re behind. All the European countries do it. Why? That is the big question. That I cannot answer. ‘Why’ is the million-dollar question because Europe is doing it, we’re way behind on everything. Germany and England don’t allow dyes and coloring in their food, only we do. Even Russia is before us.
MS: Why have we not gone with the European thinking towards our food?
MD: Like I said, I think we’re behind. I also think that big pharma, the drug companies, hugely influence the food industry. With that kind of combination, the only armor of protection is an educated consumer.
MS: Specifically, what kinds of things do countries in Europe do to protect the consumer?
MD: First off, they don’t allow dyes. It’s known that it causes cancer, it’s a carcinogen. My big pet peeve here is the aspartame. European countries don’t allow it.
MS: What is aspartame?
MD: Aspartame is the artificial sweetener. It’s in anything usually called ‘diet’ so the consumer thinks oh if I drink this I will be on a diet.
MS: So like a Diet Coke?
MD: Yes, like a Diet Coke. Over time these companies were forced to get on the bandwagon because consumers don’t want it. We know because there is so much evidence and I think with the internet, it educated people. People Google aspartame and they say ‘oh shoot I should not drink that’. It causes cancer in rats.
MS: Should we be relying on the government–
MD: No. We should become an educated consumer and that is the very thing I have been talking about in my lectures for the past 20 years.
MS: Do you think the government should help people become educated consumers?
MD: Yes, they should. The million-dollar question is ‘Why aren’t they?’ they should be. It’s like letting your kid out to play baseball in the middle of the expressway. No, because they will get hurt, right? We would like to think the government is watching out for us, but are they is another question.
MS: Have you ever heard a politician talk about the FDA or about nutrition?
MS: Should they be talking about it?
MD: I think so. I think it should also be a requirement that whoever runs to be a politician they should also be adherent to a healthy lifestyle. Just like parents, we teach our kids. Just like practitioners, we should be an example. All politicians should be an example of what we want our population to be doing. I think it is super important.
MS: When was the last time you ate fast food?
MD: Probably high school. That’s true.
MS: Do you remember what you ordered?
MD: It was at Great Adventure. It must have been a hot dog at one of those concession stands. That was the last time I had a hot dog.
MS: (laughs) Okay.
Maria Dello is a nutritionist at Dellonutritionals. Her office is located in Manhasset on 75 Plandome Rd.
Lions,Tigers And Plastic Oh No! GO GREEN WITH DELLONUTRITIONALS
Little Label That Says Non-GMO
Have you ever wondered about what GMO actually means and why people today are avoiding it? Nutritionist Maria Dello cracks down on the truth behind Non-GMO products and what it really means for your body.
Is The Silhouette Of The Middle-Aged Man Changing?
Concerned about Men's Health? Nutritionist Maria Dello explains what has happen to men and their bodies and ways they can turn around their life and improve their nutrition.
Maria Dello owner of Dellonutritionals of Manhasset spreading the word on "De-Plasterizing"
On Friday October 23 at Manhasset Public Library, Manhasset SEPTA hosted a Yoga for Special Needs Kids. A Free 4-week program where Children will learn breathing & relaxation techniques along with stretching to promote inner focus and body awareness. Ms. Dello was invited to attend and donate stainless water bottles to the children and mothers who attended to grow awareness of the importance of avoiding plastics and staying hydrated. Ms.Dello stated " I have been working with SEPTA for many years and I can tell you this program is Amazing, It was an honor to be apart of it and look forward to assisting on our next project." Special Thanks to Ann Marie Byrne Moschitta and President Blanca Herrera McKenna.
Maria Dello attended the Breast Cancer fundraiser at Port Washington Yacht Club
Manhasset Nutritionist Maria Dello Appears On CBS Channel 2 News
On Saturday, July 25th, Nutritionist Maria Dello was invited to CBS Channel 2 Studios to host a segment on healthy and delicious dishes for the summer season. Andrea Grymes, host of Channel 2 News, began the segment by explaining, "It's summertime, and with the nice weather we're having, who wants to stand over a hot stove to cook." One suggestion Dello offered was to layer a Mason Jar with refreshing organic veggies such as cut cucumbers, snap peas, peppers, quinoa, and mixed lettuce. Add dressing when ready to eat- Dello recommends apple cider vinegar. "The salads are healthy, great to bring to the beach, and environmentally safe," Dello said. She also made low-carb salad lettuce wraps, and homemade hydrating fruit popsicles for a summer kids treat. The full segment is available online at Channel 2 News. Stay tuned for more segments on CBS with Maria Dello. Dellonutritionals is located at 75 Plandome Road in Manhasset, NY. Call 516-365-1222 or visit www.Dellonutritionals.com to schedule an appointment.
Maria Dello Participates In Town Of North Hempstead Health Fair
On Monday, August 3rd, Maria Dello of Dellonutritionals in Manhasset, NY was invited to participate in the Town Of North Hempstead Health Fair. Dello served nutritious and refreshing Blueberry smoothies, and handed out nutritional protein bars to the senior citizens in the community. The senior citizens loved the nutritional benefits of the smoothies and protein shakes. Dello say's blueberries have an incredible amount of anti-oxidants, great seasonal fruit" One senior citizen quoted, "The Blueberry Smoothie was delicious, and would make a great breakfast." Dello looks forward to the fair again next year, and continuing to keeping our community healthy. The event was a great success, special thanks to the Town Of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Gia Montelbanoand Judi Bosworth. Dellonutritionals is located at 75 Plandome Road in Manhasset, NY. Call 516-365-1222 or visit www.Dellonutritionals.com to schedule an appointment.
Maria Dello writes for Gold Coast Magazine 25A
25A Magazine February 2015 Issue Pg. 50 What's Tilting Your Scale
Maria Dello appears on The Today Show
Maria Dello appears on channel 12
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Maria Dello Lectures Manhasset High School
By Stefani Pappas
On March 24, 2011, the Manhasset High School Nutrition Club hosted a lecture by Medical Nutritionist Maria Dello, proprietor of Dellonutritionals Inc. in Manhasset, NY. The lecture took place at Manhasset High School and a successful turnout of students and parents attended this event.
The night began with a focus on balancing everything and eating in moderation. Ms. Dello emphasized the leading causes of obesity in America, including sugar, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial sweeteners. She quizzed the audience as attendees were asked to guess which household foods contained the highest amounts of sugar. Ms. Dello supplied pedometers and Dellonutritionals Stainless Steel Water Bottles as prizes. She stressed examining ingredient lists and limiting sugar intake.
The evening then proceeded to focus on preparing meals for the week and starting the day with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast to stabilize blood sugar. Ms. Dello recommended that athletic students who often reach to Gatorade to hydrate should try coconut water to balance electrolytes without the added sugar in products like Gatorade. She mentioned brain foods such as wild salmon, walnuts, dark chocolate, green tea and blueberries, which can benefit students in both academics and athletics.
Finally, Ms. Dello discussed ways for students to avoid the so-called “Freshman-15.” She discussed how college students often get into bad habits, like not drinking enough water, eating fast foods, not sleeping enough and eating late at night when the digestive system should be resting.
Complimentary healthy snacks were provided by members of the Manhasset High School Nutrition Club, and Principal Dr. Dean Schlanger made a special appearance towards the end of the night.Raffles were auctioned off and proceeds went towards the Kids in Nutrition Program- an organization dedicated to providing nutritional counseling to underprivileged families on Long Island. Raffles included a cooking class to Sur La Table, a prom package to nuBest Salon and Spa, and Maria Dello provided three healthy gift baskets.
Attendees were raving about Ms. Dello’s lecture, saying that it was both educational and informative. Students called her “inspiring,” and “refreshing.” As the President of the Manhasset High School Nutrition Club, I am pleased to say that this was one of our most successful events and we look forward to inviting her again in the future. It was an honor and a privilege having her come speak to the club, and she is someone that we can both learn from and see as a “role model”. Ms. Dello is also a contributor to the Manhasset Indian Ink Newspaper, which features her articles that provide health information to students and their families.
Ms. Dello is dedicated to her passionate goal of teaching, guiding, and educating every individual who walks in her door or visits her website about the benefits of a salubrious lifestyle and diet. Maria’s proven combination of the most curative, nutritional advice and the latest state-of-the-art technologies coupled with the one-on-one support and daily guidance in her Manhasset office, makes her one of the gems of Manhasset’s North Shore. Testimonials by many of her clients reveal that Maria targets and helps men, women, and children with weight loss tactics, longevity through simple diet changes, and heart-healthy alternatives for healthier living. Many North Shore doctors have recommended Maria to their patients with successful results. Maria manages to fit sophisticated speaking engagements at local fundraisers and clubs into her monthly agenda. Finally, Maria writes an informative weekly nutritional column comprised of the latest research on health and nutrition for many local Long Island newspapers. For more inforamtion about Maria Dello and current events visit www.Dellonutritionals.com and for daily health tips visit twitter.com
“POWER FOODS” FOR KIDNEY HEALTH! By Maria Dello
More than 26 million Americans-one in nine adults-have kidney diseases. Millions more are at increased risk for getting it, and most don’t even know it. Chronic Kidney Disease includes conditions that damage your kidneys and decrease their ability to keep you healthy. Chronic Kidney Disease can lead to high blood pressure, anemia (low blood count), weak bones, poor nutritional health and nerve damage. Also kidney disease increases your risk of having heart and blood vessel disease. Early detection and treatment can often keep Chronic Kidney Disease from getting worse. Below is some information to enhance the well being of your kidney function and some Superfoods to keep your kidneys running smoothly.
FUNCTION OF KIDNEYS The kidneys excrete and reabsorb water and inorganic electrolytes in order to regulate the bodily fluids, mineral composition, and acidity in the body. This process aids in balancing these substances and maintaining normal concentrations in the extracellular fluid. Bodily fluid volumes regulated by the kidneys are related to blood pressure and blood volume in the arteries.
THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER Without sufficient hydration your kidneys cannot function correctly. Alcohol also has a major dehydrating effect and contains ingredients which stimulate acid production which your kidneys cannot cope with. Additionally, other foods high in purines can do this as well.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DISEASE • Sleep Problems • Swelling of the Feet and Ankles • Decreased Mental Sharpness • Fatigue and Weakness • Loss of Appetite • Decreased Urine Output • Vomiting • Muscle Cramps FACTORS • Diabetes • Hypertension • Heart Disease • Smoking • High Cholesterol • Age 65 and older
TESTING • Urinalysis is a test that checks to see if there is any protein or blood cells in the urine. These components are not usually found in the urine, so high levels can mean kidney disease. • Measuring the protein-to-creatinine ratio is the most accurate way to measure protein in the urine. • Testing the albumin-to-creatinine ratio is advised for people at increased risks for kidney disease, including those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, or have a family history of these diseases.
POWER FOODS •
RED BELL PEPPERS are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, folic acid and fiber. They also contain lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against certain cancers.
• CABBAGE contains numerous chemical compounds that fight against cancer and break up free radicals before they can do damage. High in vitamin K, vitamin C and fiber, it is also a good source of vitamin B6 and folic acid. Its low cost and low potassium make it an affordable addition to the kidney diet.
• CAULIFLOWER is a good source of folate, fiber and vitamin C. It is also packed full of in compounds which help the liver neutralize toxic substances that could damage cell membranes and DNA.
• GARLIC helps prevent plaque from forming on your teeth, while also lowering cholesterol.
• ONIONS are rich in flavonoids and powerful antioxidants that work to reduce heart disease and protect against many cancers. They are low in potassium and a good source of chromium, a mineral that helps metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
• APPLES reduce cholesterol, prevent constipation, protect against heart disease and reduce the risk of cancer. High in fiber and anti-inflammatory compounds, an apple a day may really keep the doctor away.
• CRANBERRIES are known to help protect against cancer and heart disease. They also prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall, thus protecting against bladder infections.
• BLUEBERRIES are rich in antioxidants and are full of nutritious natural compounds that reduce inflammation. They are a good source of vitamin C, manganese and fiber.
• RASPBERRIES contain phytonutrients that help neutralize free radicals and prevent cell damage. They are an excellent source of manganese, vitamin C, fiber, folate, and vitamin B. Raspberries are known to inhibit cancer cell growth and the formation of tumors.
• STRAWBERRIES are rich in phenols and powerful antioxidants. Known to provide heart protection and fight against cancer, they are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese and fiber.
• SUPPLEMENTATION B-vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium have been shown to prevent kidney stones. (Ask your doctor before taking).
In conjunction with our physicians at Urology Associates of Manhasset, you can now visit our nutritionist. Combine the best of nutrition with the latest in cutting-edge technology, necessary support, and guidance to achieve your optimal health. Below are some insightful facts that we can practice on a daily basis for your personal best kidney health. For further information on optimal kidney health and preventing kidney stones, visit our experts at www.Dellonutritionals.com and www.urologyassociatespc.com.
Maria Dello is dedicated to her passionate goal of teaching, guiding, and educating every individual who walks in her door or visits her website about the benefits of a salubrious lifestyle and diet. Maria’s proven combination of the most curative, nutritional advice and the latest state-of-the-art technologies coupled with the one-on-one support and daily guidance in her Manhasset office makes her one of the gems of Manhasset’s North Shore. Testimonials by many of her clients reveal that Maria helps men, women and children by utilizing meticulous weight loss tactics, simple diet changes to promote longevity, and heart healthy alternatives for healthy living. Many North Shore doctors have recommended Maria to their patients with successful results. Maria manages to fit sophisticated speaking engagements at local fundraisers and clubs into her monthly agenda. Finally, Maria writes an informative weekly nutritional column comprised of the latest research on health and nutrition for many local Long Island newspapers. Maria’s winning methods convey simple changes in a complex, fast-paced world that any person can easily adapt to in his/her busy life. Maria Dello will transform you into the best version of yourself.
Menopause written by Maria Dello
“Men-o-pause” may be a funny play on words but it’s no laughing matter to millions of women. When hot flashes, mood swings and memory changes are affecting your life, you want help fast. But where can you find it when the “newest” science says the old science is wrong? Below are suggestions to help ease the discomfort of symptoms of meopause.
1. Quit smoking
2. Limit alcohol consumption.
3. Daily exercise will help relieve stress, improve moods, and improve insulin function. Participate in a regular balanced exercise program that includes wearing a pedometer to ensure that you collect steps and move more. High intensity short bursts (20-60 seconds) of activity during the day is recommended to enhance growth hormone release. Also engage in resistance training that works all major muscle groups (work each group at least 2 times a week).
4. Practice good sleep habits and get between 8-9 hours of sleep a night.
5. Reduce stress levels and avoid extra obligations.
1. Eat lean, clean quality protein at each meal to stabilize blood sugar levels. Cold water fish is ideal.
2. Avoid sugar, refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fats.
3. Replace sugar with the polyol sugar xylitol or stevia.
4. Foods that contain phytoestrogens are helpful for ridding hot flashes. Examples of these foods are ground flax seeds, nuts, whole grains, apples, fennel, celery, parsley and alfalfa.
5. It is important to consume adequate amounts of antioxidants which can be obtained daily through 5-9 servings of vegetables and fruit (fruit must be limited to 1-2 per day due to sugar content).
In Good Health Maria Dello Ms. Maria Dello is a medical nutritionist and is located at 75 Plandome Road in Manhasset. is dedicated to her passionate goal of teaching, guiding, and educating every individual who walks in her door or visits her website about the benefits of a salubrious lifestyle and diet. Maria’s proven combination of the most curative, nutritional advice and the latest state-of-the-art technologies coupled with the one-on-one support and daily guidance in her Manhasset office, makes her one of the gems of Manhasset’s North Shore. Testimonials by many of her clients reveal that Maria targets and helps men, women, and children with weight loss tactics, longevity through simple diet changes, and heart-healthy alternatives for healthier living. Many North Shore doctors have recommended Maria to their patients with successful results. Maria manages to fit sophisticated speaking engagements at local fundraisers and clubs into her monthly agenda. Finally, Maria writes an informative weekly nutritional column comprised of the latest research on health and nutrition for many local Long Island newspaper. Maria’s winning methods convey simple changes in a complex, fast-paced world that any person can easily adapt to in his/her busy life. Maria Dello will transform you into the best version of yourself. Visit: www.Dellonutritionals.com for more information
KEEPING OUR FAMILIES HEALTHY
By Maria Dello
This month’s focus: Children It is not easy keeping ourselves and our families in optimal health, particularly when a family member has as special needs like a dietary restriction, or a health impairment. These types of needs can add stress to family concerns and turn simplicity into complexity on a daily basis. Maintaining our health should be a natural way of living, to provide the health of our families with quality of living. Small steps done on a daily basis can go such a long way. I know mom’s can all feel overwhelmed at times, we take on so much and at the end of the day there is not much left to dedicate towards our well being. The key is “good planning” and “small steps.” Each day try to incorporate a NEW healthy habit, by ends week these healthy habits become a “life style.” The information is provided to be resourceful for all parents and to create a positive healthy impact. REMEMBER: “The way you feel tomorrow depends on what you do today.” Healthy treats for school lunches – I recently read the label for Lunchables in the grocery store and thought to myself that this may be a form of child abuse. There are so many artificial ingredients that I would classify it as a non-food. Try making a mock version of your own “lunchable” with healthy ingredients. Ask for natural cold cuts which contain no hormones or pesticides and ask them to slice them into ½ inch think slices. Use a cookie-cutter, with a variety of shapes, to cut out the pieces. Use the same technique with natural cheeses. Add a cherry tomato and, “voila,” you’ve created a much healthier version. Also, a high grade quality protein bar is a good choice for a quick and easy snack. Fluoride, friend or foe? – The FDA forces toothpaste manufactures to print the following warning label on every tube of toothpaste that includes fluoride: “If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison-control center right away.” I have this unsettling feeling using something that may poison me, when using toothpaste, try a natural toothpaste like “Natural tea tree toothpaste” made by Desert Essence. Sugar and hyperactivity –Undoubtedly, sugar is the main culprit for hyperactivity and lowered immunity. It plays havoc on your pancreas and gives you highs and lows in your sugar levels. It is even worse in special needs children and can exacerbate behavioral issues. Try protein snacks (whey protein shake with berries) or (egg omelet wrap.) For a cookie treat “Aunt Gussies” makes a wheat free and gluten free cookie. Quinoa- This wheat alternative is a fine source of protein and calcium. It can be used as a substitute for wheat which can aggravate allergies and mood. Quinoa can be topped with your favorite sauce, sautéed or eaten cold. Check out www. Dellonutrtitionals.com and click on “recipes” for delicious ideas. In Good Health Maria Dello Ms. Maria Dello is a nutritionist and is located at 75 Plandome Road in Manhasset. is dedicated to her passionate goal of teaching, guiding, and educating every individual who walks in her door or visits her website about the benefits of a salubrious lifestyle and diet. Maria’s proven combination of the most curative, nutritional advice and the latest state-of-the-art technologies coupled with the one-on-one support and daily guidance in her Manhasset office, makes her one of the gems of Manhasset’s North Shore. Testimonials by many of her clients reveal that Maria targets and helps men, women, and children with weight loss tactics, longevity through simple diet changes, and heart-healthy alternatives for healthier living. Many North Shore doctors have recommended Maria to their patients with successful results. Maria manages to fit sophisticated speaking engagements at local fundraisers and clubs into her monthly agenda. Finally, Maria writes an informative weekly nutritional column comprised of the latest research on health and nutrition for many local Long Island newspaper. Maria’s winning methods convey simple changes in a complex, fast-paced world that any person can easily adapt to in his/her busy life. Maria Dello will transform you into the best version of yourself. Visit: www.Dellonutritionals.com for more information
ADDRESSES CHILD HOOD OBESITY
sponsored by Junior League of Long Island
Junior League of Long Island Tackles Childhood Obesity With Kids in the Kitchen Long Island Students and Families Learn Healthy Lifestyle Habits at Westbury Event Roslyn, N.Y. – March 15, 2010, The Junior League of Long Island (www.jlli.org), a nonprofit organization of women volunteers, joined the battle to end childhood obesity on Long Island with Kids in the Kitchen, an educational and fitness-themed event, on Saturday, March 13, 2010. One hundred students at Powells Lane Elementary School in Westbury and their families were given tools and tips to learn how to live a healthy, affordable, active lifestyle. The Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen event addressed the urgent issues surrounding childhood obesity on Long Island through interactive, hands-on activities and demonstrations from local nutrition and fitness experts. Incorporating an Olympic theme with opening and closing ceremonies, the kindergarten through sixth grade students of Powells Lane Elementary School enjoyed entertaining instructional sessions by Lucie B’s Jump N’ Fun, Breakthroughs to Fitness, Lilchefs.com, Dr. Michelle from Kids Smiles Dentistry Group, Nutritionist Maria Dello, C.N., and Lizzy Rockwell, author of Good Enough to Eat. “The Junior League has always been about improving the lives of children and our Kids in the Kitchen initiative empowers Long Island children to adopt healthy habits. Educating children is the key to reducing the obesity trend in our nation and its associated health issues such as diabetes and heart disease,” said Deidra Maleno, President of The Junior League of Long Island. “Our wonderful provisional class of new Junior League volunteers worked incredibly hard to make this event such a phenomenal success. Kids in the Kitchen would also not have been possible without the generous donations of time, talents and products from our many local sponsors.” The Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen initiative is supported by The Association of Junior Leagues International Inc. and over 200 Junior Leagues nationwide. About the Junior League of Long Island: The Junior League of Long Island is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Established in 1951, the Junior League of Long Island has over 300 members in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Headquartered in the Village of Roslyn, the Junior League of Long Island is affiliated with the Association of Junior Leagues International, an organization of 293 Leagues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and England. The Junior League of Long Island is designated as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Keeping Our Families Healthy
It is no easy task to keep our families healthy, particularly if a family member has special needs like dietary restrictions or a health impairment. With the added stress and work involved with special needs families, it’s paradoxical that parents have less energy and time to manage the most important family concern—promoting and maintaining good health. This article is dedicated to special needs families with the goal of providing helpful health tips for parents. The information is meant to be a resource for all parents to make small changes in their daily lives that will create a positive, healthy impact. The way you feel tomorrow depends on what you do today. Parents will be the focus of this article—how to proactively obtain better health as a mom or dad, and set a high standard of health for yourself and loved ones. Small steps taken on a daily basis can go a long way!
1. Parent Stress Survival Tip – If your days are laced with stress, try using lavender oil. A dab above your lip or a couple of drops while in the shower can relax you after a stressful day. In addition, do something for yourself or make more alone time, even if it is only ten minutes. My favorite get away is a yoga class to remind me of the importance of relaxing breathing techniques. Finding some balance to the stress is key to surviving stress overload.
2. Weight Loss Tip – It seems people eat everywhere but the table—on the train, driving in the car, in front of the computer, while on the phone, in bed, on the couch and even while walking. Eating on the go has a direct negative effect on digestion as well as commonly causing people to over eat. Slow down, eat at the table and breathe. I can guarantee eating a sleeve of cookies or an entire bag of potato chips won’t be as inviting when sitting at the table to eat them. Try it, even if it is just for breakfast or lunch everyday for a week—or better yet, try it for all three meals for three days in a row.
3. Exercise – I recently had a patient tell me, “I have to start the New Year off right. I am starting an exercise program five days a week.” How about starting with three days and gently increasing the days? Even just twelve minutes a day of activity makes a huge difference. Studies have shown interval training and burst training is key to burning fat. Check out Dr. Al Sear’s Real Heart Strength on the web—it can be downloaded.
4. Heart Health – February is heart health month, a great time to get regular check up and check cholesterol levels. To help keep levels in a healthy range, try a good antioxidant such as Q10 which will fight free radical damage associated with aging and cardio vascular disease. As a coenzyme, this nutrient aids in mitochondria (the powerhouses of cells) in the complex process of transforming food into ATP (the energy on which the body runs.) Coenzyme Q10 is a nutrient which has been found to help a surprising array of heart related health problems. For more information, log onto www.Dellonutritionals.com under the heart disease sidebar and check out heart health diets and supplements. Look for this article on the Manhasset SEPTA website, www.ManhassetSEPTA.org, with a new article every few weeks that focuses on keeping our families healthy. Upcoming article topics will include: Negative impacts on children’s health; Easy changes to make for improving the health of the whole family; and New ideas for cooking for optimal health. About the author: Ms. Maria Dello is a medical nutritionist serving the Manhasset area for more than a decade. Located at 75 Plandome Road, Ms. Dello is dedicated to teaching, guiding, and educating every individual who walks in her door or visits her website about the benefits of a salubrious lifestyle and diet. Ms. Dello’s proven combination of the most curative, nutritional advice and the latest state-of-the-art technologies is coupled with one-on-one support and daily guidance in her Manhasset office that yields amazing results for her clients. Affiliated with many leading doctors throughout the North Shore, Ms. Dello serves on the Junior League advisory board, is involved in the Kids 'n Kitchen program, and supports the Little Hearts organization for children who have undergone open heart surgery. In addition, she has given health lectures for organizations all across the North Shore including the Manhasset Breast Cancer Coalition, as well as being published in several health magazines and local newspapers. Ms. Dello’s winning methods convey simple changes in a complex, fast-paced world that any person can easily adapt to in his/her busy life.
Dello Nutritionals & SEPTA Partner to Support Optimal Health
Photo captions: Maria Dello, center, with SEPTA’s Helen Weitman (left) and Lori Mann (right) join together to promote optimal health.
Manhasset Special Education PTA (SEPTA) and local nutritional expert Maria Dello announce a partnership to support optimal health for parents and children in the community with a regular column for the SEPTA website. The new column, Keeping Our Families Healthy, is the second phase of a community outreach to promote awareness and healthy lifestyles with helpful tips and nutritional facts. The first column, which will focus on parents, appears today on the Manhasset SEPTA website, www.ManhassetSEPTA.org. This article can be accessed for next three weeks.
“Nutrition and a healthy lifestyle greatly impacts children with special needs like health impairments or developmental disabilities,” Manhasset SEPTA Co-President Lori Mann stated. “We are delighted to be able to bring this new column to the community, not only for special needs families but for all families in Manhasset,” she added.
The debut article will focus on parents, outlining healthy tips and ideas to help mothers and fathers take steps toward better health for themselves while setting a higher standard of health for their loved ones.
“We chose to start the health focus with parents,” nutritionist Maria Dello noted. “It like the flight attendant announcement that the adult needs to put on the oxygen mask on first before helping the child with theirs—that parents first need to be healthy and strong so they are able to then help their families,” she stated.
Ms. Dello also noted that although health is an important priority for all parents, it sometimes gets less attention because parents are exhausted by all the other daily demands. She highlighted that this is an especially challenging issue for parents with special needs family members, as the extra demands of a learning or developmental disability takes even more of the parent’s time and energy each day. Furthermore, many children with disabilities or health impairments have food aversions, food sensitivity and allergies that make proper nutrition even more paramount yet even more difficult to achieve.
“It is ironic that one of the most important things for special needs families—proper nutritional support—is often what gets the least amount of attention,” Ms. Dello stated. “My new column is designed to be a fast, informative read for busy parents while outlining easy to do changes to try, allowing parents to take small steps each day that will have a big impact on their overall health,” she added.
Dello Nutritionals and Manhasset SEPTA are proud to have started this long-term partnership to support special needs families’ health concerns in their daily lives. The Keeping Our Families Healthy column will appear on the Manhasset SEPTA website with a new topic highlighted each month. Upcoming column topics include: Negative impacts on children’s health; Surviving the winter months; Easy changes to make for improving the health of the whole family; and New ideas for cooking for optimal health.
The first phase of SEPTA’s partnership with Dello Nutritionals was awareness about plastic drinking bottles with a fundraiser from the sale of stainless steel drinking containers in December 2009. Dello Nutritionals donated 25% of all purchases to Manhasset SEPTA. Log onto www.Dellonutritionals.com or link to Dello Nutritionals to find out more about the hazards of plastic drinking bottles and the fundraiser, or to purchase a stainless steel bottle.
Maria Dello is a medical nutritionist who has served the Manhasset community for more than a decade. Affiliated with many leading doctors throughout the North Shore, Ms. Dello serves on the Junior League advisory board,is involved in theKids 'n Kitchen program, and supports the Little Hearts organization for children who have undergone open heart surgery. In addition, she has given health lectures for organizations all across the North Shore including the Manhasset Breast Cancer Coalition, as well as being published in several health magazines and local newspapers. Log onto the website for a summary of Dello Nutritionals’ services, health programs, and dietary support.
Manhasset SEPTA is a local chapter of the National PTA supporting Manhasset’s special education population, including teachers, school staff, children up to 21 years old and their families. Through expert presentation, workshops, community programs and local resources, SEPTA provides support for over 500 Manhasset families and more than 800 school staff members. Manhasset SEPTA proudly services the needs of students with disabilities, gifted and talented students, and students receiving academic intervention services.
Log onto their website at www.ManhassetSEPTA.org for more information about services and resources including new programs, free presentations and workshops for 2009-10, and free local resources like the special needs parenting section in the Manhasset Public Library. Contact Manhasset SEPTA by email at ManhassetSEPTA@gmail.com, or at Manhasset SEPTA, PO Box 155, Manhasset, NY 11030 for more information or to become a member.
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Wellness Section Summer Edition
THE MAGIC NUMBER 7.4
Statistics and wearisome figures cram into your daily news shows, but if you were to evaluate your overall health by using just one number, that number should be 7.4, the pH level maintained by our bodies to function harmoniously. A short walk on the scientific aisle will define the pH as the measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. Aqueous solutions with a pH level less than seven are considered acidic, those over seven being basic or alkaline. Just as our body temperature is rigidly regulated, the blood must be kept in a very narrow pH range, mildly basic with values between 7.34-7.45. A healthy body will go to great lengths to preserve that balance, including robbing minerals from teeth and bones to buffer the blood chemistry, which, as you may guess, it’s not good at all.
When you’re calculating the acidic foods’ impact on your wellbeing, remember that the higher the number, the more acid it contains. Meat, poultry, fish and eggs range between 18 and 34; milk and milk products have values in the 1-18 quota; corn oil, a 6.5 value, and white bread, ranking a 10 on the pH chart, are less harmful; wine is 16.4, while coffee leaps to 25.1; sweets and artificial sweeteners have a whopping pH of 17, respectively 26.
These figures are hugely important as the pH level affects every cell in our body. Chronic over-acidity can lead to, among others, weight gain, fatigue and diabetes. Unfortunately, the average western diet, based on fried and processed foods, burgers, high levels of sugar and artificial sweeteners, consists of 70 percent acidic foods and only 30 percent alkaline. Not to mention how different drugs, tobacco, stress and even air pollution contribute to an unbalanced pH level. Just to offer a worrying scientific fact, imagine that it takes 33 glasses of water to alkalize one glass of soda. Since the entire metabolism depends on the alkaline environment, when our pH level rises, certain mechanisms race to the rescue by storing unwanted acid in the adipose tissues (fat stores), hence giving you those “love handles” around your waist.
Yes, there is a silver lining over these gloomy circumstances. A powerful solution to the health-damaging dilemma begins by eliminating those eating habits that create such havoc in your body, and by adding more alkalizing foods, such as vegetables. And we’re not talking about “three quarters of a pound hamburger with French fries, lettuce and a pickle on the side, for decoration” kind of scenario. We’re talking about including in your daily eating routine items such as olive oil (with a pH of 1.0), asparagus (1.1), lettuce (2.2), zucchini (5.7), white beans (12), spinach (13.1), celery (13.3), uncooked tomatoes (13.6), endive (14), avocado (15.6) and your widely found cucumber (33). As opposed to the acidic foods’ case, the higher the pH indicator, the better.
In a nutshell, (pun intended, nuts are perfect sources for vitamins and omega-3s) ordinary foods, greens to be specific, can be the life force of our longevity. A more alkalized body translates into a stronger immune system, increased energy and a youthful, glowing appearance. Will such a change in one’s diet require effort? Yes, a lot! Will it happen over night, in a dream-like experience, with no struggle whatsoever? Definitely, not! But it’s revolution that needs to happen. Alkalizing your plate with nutrient dense vegetables will also provide looked-for minerals and enzymes, and ensure a healthful diet. So, go green, both from an eco-friendly standpoint, and especially from an epicurean perspective.
Belly fat: What you need to know
Learn why belly fat is unhealthy and what you can do to lose the extra pounds.
If you are carrying a few extra pounds whether in the form of belly fat, love handles, or a muffin top you're not alone. In recent years, the number of people who are overweight has increased dramatically worldwide. But this is one case where following the crowd is not the best idea, because extra weight especially belly fat can be downright risky. Belly fat, is the accumulation of visceral fat (fat deposited between the internal organs in the torso) resulting in an increase in waist size
How can you tell if you have too much belly fat?
The Body mass index (BMI), which gauges weight in relation to height, only tells us “half” the story of measuring obesity related diseases.
According to the results of a new study, belly fat is a better measure of the risks than BMI, and abdominal obesity could be a greater risk factor than overall obesity.
The severity of central obesity is determined by taking waist and hip measurements. The waist circumference (>102 centimetres (40 in) in men and >88 centimetres (35 in) in women) and the waist-hip ratio (>0.9 for men and >0.85 for women) are both used as measures of central obesity
When fat gathers in your abdomen as you age and your metabolism slows down, the amount of fat in your body slowly increases. Women experience an even greater fat percentage increase than men do. Then after menopause, your body fat distribution tends to shift — less in your arms, legs and hips, and more in your abdomen. You may think belly fat is limited to the stuff out front that you can grab with your hand — but it's the fat you can't see that's really a cause for concern. Visceral fat lies deeper inside the abdomen, surrounding the abdominal organs causing more of a health risk. While a slowing metabolism and decreased physical activity and a poor diet can all contribute to overall weight gain as you age,
Central obesity is known to predispose individuals for insulin resistance..
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Abnormal lipids — high triglycerides and low HDL ("good" cholesterol)
- Insulin resistance
- Metabolic syndrome
The main causes of central obesity are overeating and a sedentary lifestyle.
Prevention and treatments: When you lose fat through exercise and improved eating habits, you improve your metabolism. This reduces your risk of health problems.
What role does diet play in losing belly fat? Diet plays an important part in losing weight. Getting more exercise is important, but it is really tough to get enough physical activity to lose belly fat without changing your eating habits.
These methods may be a way to reverse the condition. Exercise Daily, moderate-intensity exercise is the a way to lose belly fat when you lose weight and tone your muscles, your belly fat begins shrinking as well.. Strength training Some research has shown that exercising with weights is effective in trimming tummy fat. Talk to your doctor about how to incorporate strength training in your exercise routine .
Healthy diet Changing unhealthy eating habits can help fight belly fat. Read nutrition labels. Increase low glycemic
fruits and vegetables, and reduce simple carbohydrates like white bread, refined pasta, and sweets. While reducing your portion sizes. Eating later in the evening with alcohol consumption will be a big culprit to adding on inches as well.
Have a visit with a professional to halt those unwanted inches.
Can you reduce belly fat with sit-ups? While you can't "spot-burn" belly fat, you can firm up your abdominal muscles.
An important part of staying healthy is not only losing weight, but also keeping it off. Don't despair, you can lose the spare tire, it just takes patience and effort. And once you shed even a few extra pounds, you'll feel better and lower your risk of health problems.
Written by Maria Dello
Go Green with your Heart
In today’s busy world, heart disease is on the rise and more people than ever are diabetic. Childhood obesity is an epidemic and we are all on diets or on a myriad of medication. People are so “health conscious” yet our generation is overcome by these conditions.
We Mix fad diets to shed those pounds, but are we forgetting the very pump that feeds our body?
We can all say we have heart and soul but let’s not forget to supply our plates with the super foods, that I believe our hearts need to keep us from skipping a beat.
Top ten super foods that will feed your heart.
The power of blue, a super anti-oxidant to knock out the free radical damage.
2.Walnuts and Almonds
Almonds in particular are rich in phytochemicals; plant components that promote heart and vascular health. Just one handful (one and one-half ounce) of almonds is a leading source of vitamin E and magnesium it also contains: Protein Fiber, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron,
3.Extra virgin olive oil
According to the report, adults who consumed 25 milliliters (mL) or nearly 2 tablespoons of virgin olive oil daily for one week showed less oxidation of LDL ("bad") cholesterol and higher levels of antioxidant compounds, particularly phenols, in the blood.
4.Wild Salmon and deep sea fishes
According to the American Heart Association, adults, except pregnant women, should eat at least two servings of fish each week. For those at high risk of cardiovascular disease, supplementing fish in the diet with fish oil capsules may also be advisable.
Already lauded as a powerful antioxidant, green tea extract may also help dieters shed fat. The extract may also be a safe improvement on traditional diet drugs because its benefits are not accompanied by an increase in heart rate.
6.Broccoli and greens
researchers found that the chemical, sulforaphane, switches on a set of antioxidant genes and enzymes in specific immune cells, which fight the damaging effects of free radicals.
Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, which is easily burned for energy. An avocado has more than twice as much potassium as a banana.
It helped reduce the fatty deposit buildup from the artery walls
Although They've always been a good source of protein and fat, and now eggs with higher levels of EPA and DHA are available. researchers from the Netherlands report of another nutrient-betaine, found mostly in eggs and liver also has this capability. are known to be able to reduce levels of homocysteine
10.Spices, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper.
researchers have found that ginger extract can have dramatic effects of cardiovascular health, including preventing atherosclerosis, lowering cholesterol levels, and preventing the oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL).
Cinnamon. Cinnamon may significantly help people with type 2 diabetes improve their ability to regulate their blood sugar. As a matter of fact, this study found that it increased glucose metabolism 20-fold
Cayenne pepper: A way to jump start your metabolism and a detoxifier.
Q.I have been eating egg white for years,” they said” egg yolks are bad?
A. I believe if you are eating something for a reason certainly understand why you are doing it, I understand people are watching there cholesterol, However, the yolk of the egg contains vitamin E and Lecithin the very component that lowers cholesterol, the majority of patients I see with elevated cholesterol rarely eat eggs They usually binge on sweets and other carbohydrates.
Q.I need to lose 20 lbs, should I just go on a diet.
Diets can be effective for a short term basis, ideally you need to relearn how to eat according to your needs, every one is different. For example we all have different exercise regimes, conditions and family histories. Seek help from a professional and let them design a plan for you, this takes the stress out of you figuring it out.
Q. I have my husband drinking pomegranate juice, every chance I get I fill his glass up, he has a family history of heart disease and I want to make sure he is doing something preventative, can pomegranate juice really help his heart.
A. There is research published demonstrating pomegranates beneficial impact on the cardiovascular system, however, solely drinking the juice isn’t the answer regarding your husband family’s history of heart disease, there are benefits of drinking this ancient fruit. Diet, regular exercise must be in his daily regimen along with getting regular check ups with his doctor. Another factor when choosing the right juice make sure to read the ingredient label, you could be choosing one with large amounts of sugar or high fructose corn syrup and that could be adding on the pounds.
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By Maria Dello
Women and hair loss
Can losing your hair be related to diet or can this be a sign of a health condition?
You are noticing more hair then ever being left behind in your hair brush, even upon wakening you notice your pillow is decorated with a few extra strains; you remind yourself to ease the anxiety. “we are supposed to lose hair daily” but are you suddenly noticing your scalp is becoming more visible then usual?
Can eating the right foods keep your locks filled with luster?
We do know age affects our locks along with hormones. In our thirties
we can notice our hair isn’t as shinny and full as when we we’re in our twenties. Hormonally our bodies do change, especially when a women gives birth,( post pregnancy), hormonal fluctuations do occur. Vitamin deficiencies can cause a significant amount of hair loss; this may occur do to lack of the right nutrients. Once deficiencies are corrected along with the balancing of hormones new hair growth will develop.
Another reason for hair loss is Anemia (iron deficient) this predominately occurs in women. Women in general need more iron then men, 10 micrograms to be exact, 18 in all.
Lets talk about stress, kids, career, and family can all wear and tear
on your brain, not to mention your hair. When the body is under significant amount of stress, different chemicals are released causing our bodies to go into a catabolic state, meaning our bodies “break down”. Think of when you we’re under stress did you feel the ill effects?
Try a Yoga class, deep breathing, or gardening.
At the age of Forty we are trying to cope with our new found color “gray” that’s when we expose our hair to color and flat irons and all the latest hair technology to preserve our natural color and shine. Perhaps a fine conditioning treatment can restore the shine we once had.
Clinically, I see patients experience hair loss that are diagnosed with
Hypothyroidism (low thyroid) this disease affects 1-in 50 women.
A patient can complain of being fatigue, weight gain and the more commonly then most “hair loss”.
A common blood test can determine if your thyroid is under active and treatment can be provided, so new hair can grow.
Take your vitamins.
We know getting older can play a harsh role on our hair, but some can be prevented by taking your supplements regularly to prevent deficiencies.
Here is what I recommend for new hair growth and healthy hair.
1.Biotin 2.500 micrograms
2.Multi-vitamin (keep in mind there are all not equal) choose a professional line that is certified, Ask your professional.
3.Fish oil, we know it has to be PCB pure.
4.Folic acid, this is also recommended for pregnant women, check with your professional for dosage.
Don’t be shy with your protein! Protein may help with the integrity of our follicles and keep them stronger. We do know consuming protein is the building block for muscle growth, the same idea is brought to our hair. Below are foods containing protein.
Anti-Oxidants are the key to binding up free radicals
On a cellular level, keeping a potent regimen of foods with color are most important to free up those radicals that age us, so eat those beautiful foods with color
Reds, yellows, greens ,purples.
Other foods to the rescue are walnuts, beans and olive oil.
It’s important to keep your hair looking well on the outside, but keeping your body healthy and in balance can keep your locks looking luxurious.
Maria Dello is a nutritionist.
BY MARIA DELLO
CAN MERCURY KEEP THE WEIGHT ON?
Mercury a heavy metal seems to be the big buzz word lately. We know eating fish can supply us with heart healthy omega 3 oils but is it safe? Mercury found in our air, collected in our rain then residing in our oceans absorbed in our natural food chain, can make it’s way into tonight’s dinner.
For years I have been advocating to my patients try to include more fish in your diet, and include a fish oil capsule as a part of your daily requirements. An abundance of scientific research substantiates the wide-range health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids in fish. However in an ideal world our fish would be pure of contaminants, sadly enough some of the fish we eat are polluted with mercury, the most recent study showed high levels of mercury in Tuna, swordfish and king mackerel. Other sources of Mercury are in amalgam which is commonly used in dentistry. What is fascinating isthis combination can set the stage for high levels of Mercury in our blood and cause a disarray of health problems.
One of them, I found to be true is weight gain, it seems to be when one has high levels of Mercury, the body performs a defense mechanism by holding on to adipose tissue (fat) around the surrounding muscle tissue recognizing the harmful metal as a “danger” to our vital system and begins holding on to the adipose tissue for dear life as our armor, with the hopes of protecting us from this deadly poison.
Once the levels are brought down either from removal of you’re amalgam fillings or from infrequent ingestion of fish containing Mercury, the body can now resume homeostasis and weight loss can occur. This is not the case in all weight loss scenarios, of course there could be other reasons why weight loss would not proceed, but one thing is for certain regularly exercise is a must and a healthy diet is imperative.
Now you should be asking how would one know if you have high levels of Mercury? You can surely get a blood test taken, and if your concerned about eating fish you can certainly choose a capsule omega 3’s (purity is most important when choosing.) This magical oil found in fish has so many health benefits, from anti-inflamortory properties to heart health. The list goes on for healthful benefits of this oil.
The answer is not to stop eating fish, the benefits outweigh the problem, try to choose fish which have lower rates of mercury content, such as Wild Salmon, Sardines, and deep sea fishes have been known to have lower levels.
Q. I know I should eating more fish, and I want to cook it for my family, but I just don’t know
how to prepare it.
A. There are hundreds of recipes in books and on the internet , you can even check a local school for a cooking demo for ways to learn to prepare fish, a healthy way is preparing it in Parchment paper, it will hold on to it’s natural oils.
Q. I recently started taking a fish oil, can my fish oil capsule contain Mercury?
A. Sure can, Unless it’s certified and it states capsule is pure from contaminants such as PCB’S and Mercury
You can be getting mercury in your daily fish oil capsule.
Best to ask a professional which is the purest brand.
Q.My wife and I like to go eat sushi, does the mercury level change if it’s cooked or not?
A. Cooked or uncooked Mercury levels don’t change in fish, try to choose the higher quality
Fish as well as fine restaurant with upgraded sushi.
Written by Maria Dello
Harmonious with hot summer days are words like diet soda, diet ice tea, or a cool sugar free ice pop. Staying cool is the objective in the summer time, perhaps pool side or by the beach. But should we be cooling it with the word diet?
When you are drinking a beverage and it has the word “diet” on the label, are we really drinking the unknown? Let’s take a look at when a product says “sugar free” or “diet.” That means they are not adding sugar. Instead, it is most likely they are adding an ingredient called “aspartame” a chemical known to cause an array of health issues. It is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol. Aspartame is the technical name for the brands NutraSweet, Equal, and Equal Measure.
Aspartame was approved for dried goods in 1981 and for carbonated beverages in 1983. According to researchers studying the adverse effects of aspartame, chronic illnesses were triggered or worsened by the ingesting of aspartame. So why do we drink it? Perhaps, a major selling point is to avoid weight gain. It is not unusual for people who are dieting to reach for a product that contains aspartame. Aspartame is “200 times sweeter” than ordinary sugar so the idea of fewer calories can be attractive. However, a closer look shows that aspartame may not help control weight gain. Interestingly, even the American Cancer Society confirmed in (1986) that “persons using artificial sweeteners gain more weight than those who avoid them.”
According to one article “aspartame may actually stimulate appetite and bring on a craving for carbohydrates.”
Let us explore the appetite. Perhaps mentally we think we are eating something diet, so therefore we are more at liberty to indulge in the fries. Can this way of thinking be causing us to gain? We may initially feel better about consuming less calories but fascinating enough, this causes people to consume more food. Normally when a significant amount of carbohydrates are consumed, serotonin levels rise in the brain, giving us a very relaxed feeling. Aspartame causes the brain to cease production of serotonin, meaning that the feeling of “having enough” never comes to be, leading us to over eat.
We now know that aspartame is a chemical. Remember, drinking is for staying hydrated and to nourish our every cell. Perhaps we can go back to old fashion water, filtered of course, or spiff up a seltzer with lemon or lime. Your waist line will be happier and I know you will be healthier for it.
Q. I like to make lemonade for the kids in the summer, what sweetener is best to use?
A. Try “Stevia”. It comes in packets, so you can take it with you on the run, and it also comes in liquid. It is extremely safe and also fine for diabetics.
Q. I like to have one soda a day, will one hurt me?
A. They say things catch up to you, why wait for the ill effects to happen? It is like having a little bit of poison each day.
Q. With so many new drinks on the market, how do I know what is ok to drink and to give my family?
A. Read labels and I don’t mean calorie counting. Get familiar with the words that are listed under “Ingredients.” You may be surprised at all the offensive things you will find. You can pick up a book at your local book store to explain the definition of certain words.
Lets all have a cool refreshing summer and a healthy and safe one at best
THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN
Summer time known for happy days, and bronze tans are a common pleasure of summer. Before we hit the beach, we make sure we have an amour of suntan lotions, protecting us from the harmful rays, but are we also blocking out a vital vitamin that protects are bones?
What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D, calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is found in food, but also can be made in your body after exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Vitamin D exists in several forms, each with a different activity. The liver and kidney help convert vitamin D to its active hormone form. The major biologic function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. It promotes bone mineralization in concert with a number of other vitamins, minerals, and hormones. Without vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, soft, or misshapen. Vitamin D prevents rickets in children and for adults weaken bones. There is a growing awareness that the prevalence of low levels of vitamin D. Recent findings showing the importance of vitamin D and how low levels are more common then ever.
So what exactly can vitamin D do for you? And why would you want to supplement with it, if your protecting your self from those harmful rays?
Although best-known for supporting bone health, Vitamin D3 is thought to have a number of additional roles in your body. A recent document on vitamin D attributes these roles . . .
- Helps regulate levels of calcium and phosphorus in the blood.
- Promotes bone formation and mineralization.
- Essential in the development of a strong skeletal system.
- Regulates cellular integrity.
- Promotes healthy immune function.
- Plays a role in healthy blood sugar levels.
- Helps improve mood.
- Helps promote a healthy heart.
- Helps regulate proper weight.
- Helps maintain a healthy reproductive system.
- Helps promote healthy tissue.
- Helps contribute to a sense of well-being.
There is indication that certain groups of people have greater needs for vitamin D than others, according to age groups. Vitamin D requirements increase as we age. Obese individuals appear to have lower levels of vitamin D too, possibly due to reduced bioavailability. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with insulin deficiency and insulin resistance. In fact, last year it was shown that vitamin D deficiency is likely to be a major factor for the development of type one diabetes in children. Fortified foods are the major dietary sources of vitamin D. Prior to the fortification of milk products in the 1930s, rickets (a bone disease seen in children) was a major public health problem in the United States. Milk in the United States is fortified with 10 micrograms (400 IU) of vitamin D per quart, and rickets is now uncommon in the US. Supplementation through diet is challenging because few foods contain vitamin D, especially the vitamin D3 form of vitamin D which is most similar to sunshine. This vitamin D3 form is found only in animal sources
Obviously, I recommend you continue to put on your sunscreen and before you start supplementing yourself with vitamin D, to check with your Doctor to check your vitamin D levels.
If you do need to supplement your levels of vitamin D, a fine source would be Cod liver oil, an old fashion remedy that now even comes in different flavors or perhaps you can take the pill form, be sure it’s Mercury free, be wise and ask a professional which is best.
MANHASSET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MAGAZINE6/08
COLORIFIC YOUR DIET
Written by Maria Dello
When mom said “eat your vegetables” perhaps she was on to something Rich in nutrients, high in fiber, full of anti-oxidants, fruits and vegetables are the source of life. When my patient reports they eat vegetables , I often learn it could mean a pickle on a hamburger or a piece of lettuce that decorates the plate.
Greens, purples, reds, yellows, and oranges, Colorific your plate. We now know the national cancer institute recommends five fruits and vegetables daily, why all the color? Each color has certain chemistry that provides specific nutrients to enhance our well being. You can reduce the signs of aging by brightening up your diet. You should be adding vibrant colors to your diet such as glossy red peppers, bright orange carrots, deep green broccoli, crisp lettuce, and velvety blueberries. Add more color to your diet and receive the benefits of all the antioxidants, for example:
Red – tomatoes offer lycopene, a carotene which is important for heart and prostate health.
Orange – winter squash contains alpha and beta carotenes.
Green – broccoli helps produce enzymes to fight against cancer.
Yellow – oranges are loaded with vitamin C which is especially good for immunity.
Purple – blueberries contain anthocyamins, a powerful antioxidant.
Q. I find in the winter time, I just don’t feel like eating salads, I know I need my greens but
I almost force myself to make a salad or order one in a restaurant, I find myself adding unhealthy salad dressings to make it a treat, how can I make it more appealing.
A. Just like the seasons change, so do our bodies, our systems need to rhythmically coincide with the changes that occur in nature. Try a vegetable soup or try baking your vegetables, you can add some tomato sauce and that could be a tasty way for the kids to eat a meal rich in nutrients.
Q.I recently started to eat blueberries, I heard they are very healthy, but I don’t see them in the grocery store as frequently.
A. The power of blue, Blueberries have the highest level of anti-oxidants of any fruit, for now they are out of season, however this powerful fruit can be found frozen and organic in your local grocery store, you will still benefit from the nutrients, and they can be enjoyed in your favorite shake or oatmeal, sprinkle on the cinnamon and what a delicious healthy way to start off your day.
Q. I have my husband drinking pomegranate juice, every chance I get I fill his glass up, he has a family history of heart disease and I want to make sure he is doing something preventative, can pomegranate juice really help his heart.
A. There is research published demonstrating pomegranates beneficial impact on the cardiovascular system.
However, solely drinking the juice isn’t the answer regarding your husband family’s history of heart disease, there are benefits of drinking this ancient fruit.
Diet, regular exercise must be in his daily regimen along with getting regular check ups with his doctor. Another factor when choosing the right juice make sure to read the ingredient label, you could be choosing one with large amounts of sugar or high fructose corn syrup and that could be adding on the pounds.