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Immune Boosting Tips for a Healthy Holiday Season

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By Statepoint

 

The hectic holidays and chill in the air can take a toll on the immune system and make one more susceptible to cold weather challenges. Stay healthy and vital all season by taking the following steps.

 

Be Balanced

From eggnog and cookies to champagne toasts at midnight, you may be more likely to over indulge during the holiday season than at other times of the year. Be mindful of what you are eating and drinking at parties and on a day-to-day basis, and then balance out these extravagances with plenty of rest, regular exercise, healthy hydration and an otherwise nutrition-filled diet.

 

Get Some Support

“We are learning more each day about what weakens the immune system and how we can strengthen it for better health,” says Larry Robinson, PhD, vice president of scientific affairs at Embria Health Sciences, a manufacturer of natural, science-based ingredients that support wellness and vitality. “Good immune health requires more than just getting enough vitamin C.”

 

For some extra support this season and beyond, consider taking an immune-supporting supplement that goes further than a standard vitamin C tablet. Those that contains Embria’s ingredient EpiCor, a whole food fermentate made through a proprietary process using Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a common single-celled microorganism, have been shown in scientific studies to support the body’s ability to initiate the proper immune response at the appropriate time. For example, NOW EpiCor Plus Immunity contains Zinc, Selenium, and vitamins D-3 and C, and can give you the nutrition you need to help you make it through the holidays healthfully. To learn more, visit nowfoods.com.

 

While all these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and this supplement is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease, many experts believe they can help maintain your daily health

 

Relax

The holiday season is meant to be joyful. Unfortunately, it can also be stressful. From navigating a shopping mall parking lot on the busiest day of the year to dealing with the extended family, stress can compromise your immune response. Use at least some of that time you may have off from work to truly relax, scheduling some down time for yourself — whether it’s curling up with a glass of green tea and a paperback, taking a bubble bath or doing yoga.

 

For a happy holiday season, take steps to treat your body right and to prioritize health and wellness.

Getting Fit

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Getting stronger is a beautiful thing. It’s what helps you see more definition and build more metabolism-boosting muscle. But according to new research in Current Biology, it also causes you to burn fewer calories during each workout.

For the study, researchers examined 300 men and women, specifically their levels of physical activity and the number of calories they burned each day. They found that while moderately active people burned about 200 more calories per day than the most sedentary participants, the most physically active people didn’t burn any more calories than those who were only moderately active.

“Think about your job. When you first started, there were some learning curves, it took more energy and more time, but you became more efficient,” he says. Exercise works the same way. Your body adapts to a specific demand. So you naturally become more efficient, and use less energy [a.k.a. calories] to meet that demand.” says California-based trainer Mike Donavanik, C.S.C.S.

But that’s no reason to forgo exercise in the name of weight loss or, more importantly, fat loss. After all, you want to lose fat, not muscle. Right? One obesity study of 439 women found that those who ate healthy and exercised lost considerably more body fat than those who stuck with dieting alone.

So how do you make sure every sweat session helps you burn more? Follow these rules of exercising for weight loss

Get FIIT
When it comes to making sure your body never gets too comfy with your workout, you’ve got to cozy up to the FIIT principle. It stands for frequency, intensity, time, and type—the four factors that determine the exact stress you put on your body during a given workout, says Donavanik. Changing up any one of them “surprises” and challenges your body in a new way. Remember, as long as your body is forced to adapt to progressively challenging workouts, it’s going to burn more calories during every workout. It’s when your body gets used to your current workouts that things start to plateau. “Look to change one to two of these variables every four to six weeks and you’ll keep losing weight,” he says.

And HIIT
In one 2013 study from Human Performance Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, people who performed a 20-minute HIIT workout torched 15 calories per minute—about twice as many as they did during long runs. Plus, with HIIT workouts, you benefit from the “after burn” effect, which a steady-state cardio just won’t give you. “So instead of burning 250 calories from your 30-minute session, you can burn up to 40 percent more throughout the next day or so as your body recovers,” says Donavanik. Follow the study’s lead: Perform all-out effort for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat until you’ve hit four minutes. Rest one minute, then repeat to complete a total of four rounds.

Prioritize Clean Eating
Eating junk can make your workouts feel more difficult, so even if you think you’re pushing yourself to the max, you’re not, he says. And sub-max workouts, as you might have guessed, burn fewer calories. He recommends limiting added sugar and focusing on eating lean protein, healthy fats, and whole carbs from fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

Don’t Forget to Fuel
While everyone thrives on a slightly different pre-and post-workout nutrition plan, research published in Sports Medicine shows that eating carbs before you hit the gym improves your performance during HIIT and endurance workouts alike. And tougher workouts burn more calories—both during and after your workout, Donavanik says.

That explains why recent research published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism found that downing coffee (or any caffeine) an hour before your workout can boost your post-workout caloric burn by 15 percent. After your workout, Donavanik recommends eating a meal that’s about 40 percent carbs, 40 percent protein, and 20 percent fat. The combination will help your muscles recover, get your energy levels up, and have you burning more calories as your body repairs…and, yes, adapts.

Back-To-School Checklist For Families With Asthma

By StatePoint  

Photo courtesy: StatePoint

Photo courtesy: StatePoint

For the more than six million children living with asthma nationwide, gearing up for another school year involves much more than picking out a new pencil case and backpack. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children in the U.S. under the age of 15 and one of the main reasons that students miss school due to illness, with more than 10 million lost school days every year.

With better asthma management, children are able to feel healthy and safe, and are ready to learn. For a full toolkit and free resources, visit Lung.org/asthma-in-schools.

To get ready for a successful school year, the American Lung Association also recommends this back-to-school checklist for families with asthma:

  1. Schedule a check-up with your child’s physician.

Use your yearly check-up to create or revise your Asthma Action Plan, check the effectiveness of asthma medication and dosage, and get prescriptions for back-up medications for your school nurse, coaches, after-school programs and other individuals helping with your child’s care.

  1. Assess your child’s readiness to self-carry medication.

All 50 states have laws that allow children to self-carry and use their asthma inhalers at school. Use the American Lung Association’s Self-Carry Assessment Tool to see if your child is ready to carry and self-administer his or her asthma medication, which can save precious time, as well as ease concern if your child has an asthma episode at school.

  1. Set up an appointment with your school nurse.

Remember to bring in your updated Asthma Action Plan and back-up medications. Take this time to sign all required medical forms and talk about whether your child can self-carry his or her own quick-relief inhaler, and how to manage any asthma emergencies that may happen during the school year.

  1. Talk to your classroom teacher.

Take a moment to talk to your child’s teacher about his or her asthma, what triggers might bring on an attack and what to do in an emergency — whether that is to head directly to the school nurse or use a quick-relief inhaler.

  1. Introduce yourself to the PE teacher and any coaches.

Kids with asthma shouldn’t have to miss out on playing outside or participating in gym class! You can quickly put minds at ease by talking about exercise-induced asthma, ways to manage symptoms and what to do in an emergency.

  1. Have fun!

There’s a lot to do at the start of the school year, but it can also be exciting to see old school friends and prep for a whole new year. Make sure to take a deep breath an

Business Feature: DV Urgent Care Takes Care Of You

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DV Urgent Care & Occupational Health is located at 6080 Hamner Avenue, Suite 100, in Eastvale. They can be reached at (951) 361-0104, or visit http://www.dvurgentcare.com. (Photo Courtesy: DV Urgent Care)


STAFF REPORTS

Eastvale – A warm, welcoming attitude, along with a passion for helping and connecting with patients is what separates Dr. Dan Vasile at DV Urgent Care from the rest.

Vasile owns and operates five Inland Empire Urgent Care Facilities, including the DV Urgent Care & Occupational Health in Eastvale, and Skin Envy Med Spa & Weight Loss in Rancho Cucamonga.

“Being a doctor was my calling since childhood,” says Vasile. “It takes painstaking determination and long hours to be an effective doctor. Each and every day I’m surrounded with people from all walks of life and through medicine, I’m able to touch their lives in a way that others can’t.”

DV Urgent Care offers treatments for a wide range of symptoms and ailments for both urgent care and walk-in patients. Facilities treat ailments from fevers, colds and flu, to burns, cuts and scrapes, to breaks and sprains – and everything in between. There is also a focus on women’s health issues and minor surgeries.

“Our patient’s well-being always comes first,” says Vasile. “Our mission is to provide unilateral care and treatment to the communities we serve. Our five urgent care clinics are staffed with highly trained medical professionals who are ready to serve you. We are always ready to offer you first class service when you need it the most,” he added.

One of the major concerns facing people today is the high cost of medical treatment and that is of deep concern to Vasile.

“At all of our urgent care clinics, we truly believe that money should not be a deciding factor when it comes to getting the medical treatment you need. We offer very competitive pricing and will work with you to get you the treatment you deserve at a price you can afford,” says Vasile.

Vasile also operates Skin Envy Med Spa & Weight Loss, which offers monthly discounts on services such as laser hair removal, Botox, microdermabrasion and weight loss treatment. Other treatments include a wrinkle therapy, liquid face lift, skin tightening, facials and chemical peels.

All of the DV Urgent Care clinics treat patients from children to the elderly and all patients are welcome on a walk-in basis.

“If you are away from home, do not have a doctor, or your doctor is not available, we are the best option for non-life threatening medical issues,” says Vasile. “There is always a warm, welcoming attitude and attentive care from our physicians, assistants, and staff,” he adds.

DV Urgent Care & Occupational Health is located at 6080 Hamner Avenue, Suite 100, in Eastvale, and can be reached at (951) 361-0104 or http://www.dvurgentcare.com. This location also has X-Rays, Physical Therapy, Pain Management and Orthopedic Services on site.

Skin Envy Med Spa & Weight Loss is located at 8112 Milliken Avenue, Suite 103-1, in Rancho Cucamonga, and can be reached at (909) 989-7720 or http://www.skinenvymedspa.com.

Eastvale: Save Some Green On Groceries

BY NICOLE GILLES, RD, CDE, CSR

Nutritionist-Nicole-Gilles

Nicole Gilles, RD, CDE, CSR

Have you noticed the price of groceries rises just as the summer temperatures do? Over the past few months, I have found myself wandering through the produce section at our local grocery store so appalled by the prices that I end up leaving the section with hardly anything in my cart.

As a Registered Dietitian and genuine fan of fresh produce, I would love to fill my cart with it. But just like everyone else, I have a certain amount of “green” to spend on greens. So after a few weekly trips I decided it was time for a change. I tried another store, and another. One store did offer slightly better prices, but still caused a major blowout to my grocery budget.

If you have found yourself in this same dilemma, I have a solution. As the temperature rises, take advantage of it by planting a few fruits and vegetables. Plants like zucchini, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, melon, and berries love this kind of weather. Whether you have space for a small garden or even just a few pots, these plants require little space and will provide an abundance of fruits and vegetables for the next several months.

Pick up some plants for a few bucks, and watch them save you lots of “green.” The cost of the plants will pay for themselves by your first harvest, and they will continue to produce for months. Another bonus of growing your own produce is getting your family involved. Ask your kids to help you plant, weed, and water, then stand back and be amazed. Odds are your kids will actually want to eat their vegetables at dinner, or even right out of the garden, especially if they had a hand in their care.

Enjoy these colorful, wonderful foods at meals and snacks. Before you know it, you will be getting in your recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables each day just trying to eat up all your food. And if your plants are like ours, they will feed a family of four and still provide more than you can eat. So what do you do with the extras? Share with others, get creative with recipes, or even just wash, cut, and freeze. Freezing the extras is easy and will continue to stretch your grocery budget even after the growing season has passed. But don’t stop then. The colder months are great for lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and potatoes. There is a great sense of satisfaction in enjoying a meal that you helped produce. Happy eating!

Eastvale: Eat Well, Feel Happy

BY NICOLE GILLES, RD, CDE, CSR

Have you noticed a change in your mood lately? Not feeling as happy and energetic as you used to? Food may be to blame.

Nutritionist-Nicole-Gilles

Nicole Gilles, RD, CDE, CSR

During the winter months, most Americans tend to eat more starch and fat in their diets, which can leave you feeling sleepy and emotionally
unstable. High fat food, like fried food, whole fat dairy products, and fatty meats take lots of time and energy to digest. All this strain on the body may leave you in need of a nap. Large portions of starchy food, like grain products, pasta, potatoes, and sweets will cause a dramatic rise and fall in blood sugar levels. This effect may cause your mood to rise and fall as well, leaving you feeling mad or anxious. Let’s face it. We could all use a little more energy, patience, and emotional stability to help us juggle our busy lives.

So what are we to do? Small changes in the diet may help support an improved and stable mood while providing increased energy levels. Can you believe food can affect your mental health that much? If you need more convincing, try it out for a month and see how you feel. Start by making small changes like avoiding fried food and switching to low fat foods for a week. The next week, continue your previous changes and start cutting back on starchy food. If this leaves you feeling hungry, increase your portions of vegetables and/or snack on one cup of fresh fruit between meals. The decreased fat and starch intake will decrease your body’s energy demands to digest food, leaving more energy for what you want to do. The decreased starch portions and occasional fruit snack will also support level blood sugars, which will support emotional stability. Together, these small changes can make a big difference in your mental health.

Celebrate Mental Health Month this May by making small food changes to feel better by June!

 

If you would like to slim down this spring, look no further than local Eastvale resident, Nicole Gilles.  Nicole is the owner of Happy and Healthy Nutrition and she is dedicated to helping you achieve your health and weight goals.  As a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition, Nicole is qualified to help you learn how to cope with emotional eating and learn to eat for your body’s individual needs.  Happy and Healthy Nutrition members discover when to eat, how to eat, and how to lose weight and keep it off permanently.  What are you waiting for? Start today, for a happy and healthy tomorrow!

Contact Happy and Healthy Nutrition at http://www.HandHnutrition.com, or call (909) 816-0977; and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/happyandhealthynutrition.nicolegilles. Virtual Counseling is also available. Check out their ad in the Eastvale Community News May publication for a special discount available to Eastvale News readers.

 

Eastvale: Watch Your Sipping To Slim Down For Summer

BY NICOLE GILLES, RD, CDE, CSR

Nutritionist Nicole Gilles

Nicole Gilles, RD, CDE, CSR

If you have taken a stroll through our local Eastvale stores recently, you may have experienced the same dreadful feeling as I have when you see aisles and aisles tiny bathing suits and cute summer clothes. That’s when you realize it’s about time to put those comfy winter clothes away and get your “beach body” ready for summer. If you are looking to sport your best beach body ever, now is the time to start. Begin the process by swapping those warm winter carbs, like pasta and potatoes, for fresh spring carbs, like seasonal fruits and vegetables. But our food intake is only half the battle; we also need to think about what we are drinking. Of course, any beverage with calories cuts into our food calories for the day. This not only includes juice and sodas, but also alcohol. The majority of Americans consume about 1,000 calories a day from their beverage choices, which does not leave much room for food. Choosing zero calorie beverages will not only whittle that waist line, but will also leave more room for food so you can shape up without feeling wiped out. One beverage in particular to watch is alcohol. But isn’t a glass of wine a day recommended for “Heart Health?” If one glass is good, two is better, right?  Wrong. The secret is moderation.  Just three ounces of wine or beer, or one ounce of liquor slows our calorie burning by 30 percent, and is full of empty calories. It takes a mile of walking to burn off each six ounce glass of wine or 12 ounces of beer.  If we want to protect our heart without slowing down our calorie burning, cut out the alcohol and change your focus to food and fitness. Eating five to six servings of fruits and vegetables each day and getting in 30 minutes of moderate exercise will protect our hearts and help us look amazing in those summer clothes. This April, spread the word of National Alcohol Awareness Month and ‘cut the booze to help you lose’ the winter weight and look slimmer for summer. If you would like to slim down this spring, look no further than your local Eastvale Registered Dietitian, Nicole Gilles, RD, CDE, CSR.  Nicole is the owner of Happy and Healthy Nutrition and she is ready to help you achieve your health and weight goals.  Through her program, you will learn how to eat for your body’s individual needs and learn how to deal with emotional eating.  Happy and Healthy Nutrition members learn when to eat, why you eat, and how to eat to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.  What are you waiting for?  Start today, for a happy and healthy tomorrow. Contact Happy and Healthy Nutrition at http://www.HandHnutrition.com, or call (909) 816-0977; and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/happyandhealthynutrition.nicolegilles.  Virtual Counseling is also available.  Check out their ad on this page for a special available to Eastvale News readers.

San Gabriel Valley: Straight Talk With Danice 03.07.14

Dr. Danice Akiyoshi, Naturopathic Doctor, Coaching, Counseling

Dr. Danice Akiyoshi

Dear Dr. Akiyoshi:

I am an esthetician. Every year I give my three best girlfriends a facial for their birthday gift. They each book their appointment for the week of their birthday like clockwork. If our schedules permit, I also take them out for lunch or dinner afterward to continue the celebration. For the last three years, one of my friends has ignored my birthday completely. If it was a financial hardship I wouldn’t give it a second thought, but it’s not that for sure. I am not a materialistic person, so it’s not about a physical gift. I would be sincerely happy with a card or a phone call. I am even mad at myself for having these thoughts. This friend means the world to me; I just don’t understand why the birthday wishes don’t go both ways. I have never mentioned this to anyone. I am just wondering what this means, if anything.

Anonymous

Dear Anonymous:

If your friend books an appointment with you for her birthday facial like clockwork, she probably looks very forward to your services. I must say that I am at a loss about why she does not make it a point to remember your birthday. This is a new year, so when your friend calls to book her annual birthday facial, let her know that you’ve decided to discontinue that routine. Wish her a wonderful year and suggest getting together for a visit. I say this, because giving a facial is a lot of work, and in your case, a labor of love. If you are feeling taken for granted in any way, then this is not the appropriate gift to be giving. If your friend is showing you that she is not really into gift ‘giving,’ then she should not really be into gift ‘receiving’. Keeping it simple will help you return to enjoying your friend without this weirdness between you. If she brings it up, you can honestly say that it was obvious to you that she was uncomfortable with gift exchanges.

I wish you a Happy Birthday, in advance.

Danice Akiyoshi, ND

Danice Akiyoshi is a Naturopathic Doctor and the head of Candid Coaching Service. She has a great passion for alternative healing and has over 20 years of experience in this field. She provides a form of energy psychology called The Emotion Code, where she helps people literally get rid of their emotional baggage. She also offers personal coaching services relating to all types of issues and concerns. This is a letter she received from an anonymous reader. To send a question to Danice, email her at straighttalk@candidcoachingservices.com. You can also visit her website at http://www.candidcoachingservices.com.

Eastvale: Put a ‘Spring in Your Step’ This Spring

Nutritionist Nicole Gilles

Nicole Gilles, RD, CDE, CSR

BY NICOLE GILLES, RD, CDE, CSR

Have you noticed that the days are getting longer?  We now have almost an hour of extra daylight in the evening, as compared to those fall and winter days.  Why not take advantage of the extra light and warm weather by getting out and moving more?

The average adult will gain one to two pounds a year after age 20 due to slowing metabolisms.  As our metabolism, or calorie burning, slows down we tend to gain weight. This extra weight can cause health problems like High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, and Heart Disease.  But we do not have to fall victim to these diseases. We can fight back!  Increasing our physical activity and decreasing our food portions will help us maintain a healthy weight and prevent or fight disease.  Adding in an extra 30 minutes of exercise each day will help prevent middle-age weight gain.

If you are interested in losing a few pounds, reduce your portions of food and choose more fruit and vegetables over cookies and crackers. Replacing one medium cookie or small bag of chips a day with a cup of delicious fresh fruit or crisp and crunchy vegetables will help you lose about a pound a week.

Increasing your activity and making small diet changes will help you get ready for warm weather and your spring wardrobe.  Understanding exactly how much that small amount of exercise can help you prevent and fight disease may put an extra spring in your step. So get out, move more, and chose more fruit and vegetables to look great and feel great this spring.

If you would like to slim down this spring, look no further than your local Eastvale Registered Dietitian, Nicole Gilles, RD, CDE, CSR.  Nicole is the owner of Happy and Healthy Nutrition and she is ready to help you achieve your health and weight goals.  Through her program, you will learn how to eat for your body’s individual needs and learn how to deal with emotional eating.  Happy and Healthy Nutrition members learn when to eat, why you eat, and how to eat to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life.  What are you waiting for?  Start today, for a happy and healthy tomorrow.

Contact Happy and Healthy Nutrition at http://www.HandHnutrition.com, or call (909) 816-0977; and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/happyandhealthynutrition.nicolegilles.  Check out their ad on this page for a special available to Eastvale News readers.

Inland Empire: Create A Valentine’s Day To Remember

BY NICOLE GILLES, RD, CDE, CSR

Have you ever wondered what would really make your Valentine happy?  You’ve tried the chaotic restaurant scene in the past, only to leave feeling uncomfortably full, tired, and stressed from the overcrowded restaurant and crazy parking lot.

This Valentine’s Day, show how much you care through actions instead of food.  Skip the busy restaurant and store-bought chocolates.  Instead, schedule some quality time with those you love.  After all, it’s the time we spend together that creates memories, not high fat food and chocolates.  If your loved one is feeling stressed, make time to snuggle up on the couch with their favorite movie.  Or give them a back massage to relieve stress and aching muscles.

Maybe your Valentine would like a meal prepared for them.  Consider making a romantic dinner for two at home with candles and flowers.  Preparing meals at home empowers you to choose healthier foods and smaller portions.  When you make the effort, your Valentine will feel the love in their heart and not on their hips.  After all, food only lasts a second on the lips, but years on the hips.

Has your child already requested Valentine cards to pass out at school?  If so, think about pairing the cards with healthier food options like pretzels instead of candy, or even non-food options like stickers or small toys.  Providing non-food options will subtly show the next generation how we can celebrate without depending on food.  Food should be used to fuel our bodies to keep them healthy and strong, as opposed to making emotional connections to temporarily improve our moods while permanently affecting our health.

The more you separate food from emotions, the happier and healthier you and your family will be.  So give the gift of true love this Valentine’s Day and show your emotions through your actions instead of unhealthy food.

If you would like to slim down this spring, look no further than local Eastvale resident, Nicole Gilles.  Nicole is the owner of Happy and Healthy Nutrition and she is dedicated to helping you achieve your health and weight goals.  As a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Expert, and Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition, Nicole is qualified to help you learn how to cope with emotional eating and learn to eat for your body’s individual needs.  Happy and Healthy Nutrition members discover when to eat, how to eat, and how to lose weight and keep it off permanently.  Start today, for a happy and healthy tomorrow! 

 Contact Happy and Healthy Nutrition at (909) 816-0977, or www.HandHnutrition.com; and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/happyandhealthynutrition.nicolegilles.  And see their ad on page XX for a special discount.

Diamond Bar: Massage Envy Offers The Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

Massage Envy Diamond Bar

Massage Envy is located at 1195 S. Diamond Bar Blvd. Suite B, Diamond Bar CA 91765. You can reach them at (909) 612-9700 or see their ad on page 7.


STAFF REPORTS

Diamond Bar – As the month celebrating love is upon us, it’s time to think about what you’ll be getting your special someone for Valentine’s Day. Massage Envy offers the perfect gift that everyone deserves: the gift of relaxation. With Massage Envy’s coupon on page 7, you can give your loved one a remarkable spa package for less. Take advantage of this exclusive deal for a quality massage by trained professionals.

Massage Envy excels in providing professional, convenient, and affordable massage therapy and facial services. They also customize each session to their clients’ needs, meaning that you’re not constrained to a specific routine.

The owners at Massage Envy decided to locate in Diamond Bar so they could develop a team of professional and intuitive therapists and estheticians to help improve the quality of life through the healing touch of massage therapy and facials.

At Massage Envy you will be immersed in a team environment with more than 10 years of experience, and where the employees constantly giving each other comments and suggestions to help make your experience that much more enjoyable. The employees strive to constantly provide motivational support to one another, allowing them to reach their maximum potential. By doing this, Massage Envy creates an environment where clients can feel the cohesive team effort which allows for a relaxing, inviting, and memorable experience.

Massage Envy also specializes in multiple types of services ranging from relaxation, hot stone, and therapeutic, which includes sciatic pain, headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia, back pain, neck pain, frozen shoulder, and more. They also have enhanced therapies such as deep muscle therapy, sugar foot scrub, and an assortment of aromatherapies.

Massage Envy has two holiday packages available when you mention The Weekly News. Check out their newest $99 Spa Package, which includes a 1-hour massage, 1-hour facial session and a free gift. This special package is valued at $220! You can also take advantage of the “Buy 3 and Get 1 Free” deal at Massage Envy. For more information about these specials, check out their ad on page 7.

Massage Envy is located at 1195 S. Diamond Bar Blvd. Suite B, Diamond Bar, CA 91765; on the corner of Diamond Bar Blvd. and Grand Ave., right next to Starbucks. They are open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. You may also contact them at (909) 612-9700 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Eastvale: Create a Valentine’s Day to Remember

By Nicole Gilles, RD, CDE, CSR

Have you ever wondered what would really make your Valentine happy? You’ve tried the chaotic restaurant scene in the past, only to leave feeling uncomfortably full, tired, and stressed from the overcrowded restaurant and crazy parking lot.

This Valentine’s Day, show how much you care through actions instead of food. Skip the busy restaurant and store-bought chocolates. Instead, schedule some quality time with those you love. After all, it’s the time we spend together that creates memories, not high fat food and chocolates. If your loved one is feeling stressed, make time to snuggle up on the couch with their favorite movie. Or give them a back massage to relieve stress and aching muscles.

Maybe your Valentine would like a meal prepared for them. Consider making a romantic dinner for two at home with candles and flowers. Preparing meals at home empowers you to choose healthier foods and smaller portions. When you make the effort, your Valentine will feel the love in their heart and not on their hips. After all, food only lasts a second on the lips, but years on the hips.

Has your child already requested Valentine cards to pass out at school? If so, think about pairing the cards with healthier food options like pretzels instead of candy, or even non-food options like stickers or small toys. Providing non-food options will subtly show the next generation how we can celebrate without depending on food. Food should be used to fuel our bodies to keep them healthy and strong, as opposed to making emotional connections to temporarily improve our moods while permanently affecting our health.

The more you separate food from emotions, the happier and healthier you and your family will be. So give the gift of true love this Valentine’s Day and show your emotions through your actions instead of unhealthy food.

If you would like to slim down this spring, look no further than local Eastvale resident, Nicole Gilles. Nicole is the owner of Happy and Healthy Nutrition and she is dedicated to helping you achieve your health and weight goals. As a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Expert, and Certified Specialist in Renal Nutrition, Nicole is qualified to help you learn how to cope with emotional eating and learn to eat for your body’s individual needs. Happy and Healthy Nutrition members discover when to eat, how to eat, and how to lose weight and keep it off permanently. Start today, for a happy and healthy tomorrow!

Contact Happy and Healthy Nutrition at (909) 816-0977, or http://www.HandHnutrition.com; and like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/happyandhealthynutrition.nicolegilles. And see their ad on page XX for a special discount.

Are We Making Food A “Four-Letter Word”?

By K.P. Sander

Eastvale – They say, ‘You Are What You Eat’, but what if I don’t want to be Potassium Bromate? What if Butylated Hydroxyanisol gives me the creeps (after all, “butylated” sounds like “mutilated”)? In today’s world of high technology and instant gratification, have we microwaved ourselves into a toxic nightmare of diseases, obesity and unhappiness? These are questions I’m willing to find the answers to.

The artificial sweeteners, preservatives, dyes and flavor enhancers that have been added to our foods for decades have fattened not only corporate pocket books through prolonged shelf lives and disguising cheaper, sub-standard products, but they have fattened us up as well. They have created maladies in our bodies including Alzheimer’s, cancers, diabetes and heart disease, and have contributed to emotional disorders in our children – even health concerns for our pets. A hundred years ago, when you grew your own food and fast food was a chicken on the run from the chopping block, these diseases were rare, and even non-existent. But with the initiation of processed foods in the second half of the 20th Century, the health of people everywhere has taken a turn for the worse.

And, are the poisons ingested in our bodies the only cause for concern? Is there more social anxiety prevalent because of social media? By involving more people into our lives via technology, are we becoming more anti-social by hiding behind it? Look around you. The majority of people walking around (and yes, even driving around) aren’t paying attention to where they are going because they are completely focused on their phones: texting, Facebooking, Instagramming.

I’m guilty of all of it, but I can’t remember the last time I truly felt full of health and vitality and just plain old GOOD. I wake up to caffeine, drive-thru when I’m rushed, crack open a can of high-fructose corn syrup for energy, and text instead of call. But I, for one, don’t want to find myself looking a heart attack (or worse) right smack in the face, knowing I contributed directly to it. I’m going to educate myself, read more labels, and avoid ingredients I can’t pronounce or know to be toxic. I’m going to buy more organic foods and less processed foods. I’m going to consider an apple and a handful of almonds as “fast food”. And I’m going to contribute to my general well-being by participating in some actual face time with those I love. I’m guessing my fitness routines will be enhanced, my body and mind will feel better, and my relationships will benefit.

I don’t want “food” to become a four-letter word to me, like “sodium nitrite”. I want it to be a source of joy and nourishment. I want to associate food in the ilk of other four-letter words that I used to describe things that contribute to my well being. Words like good, glad, hale, well, wise…and love.

Eastvale: New Year, New You!

Nutritionist Nicole Gilles

Nicole Gilles, RD, CDE, CSR

BY NICOLE GILLES, RD, CDE, CSR

Eastvale – This year, give yourself the gift of a successful New Year’s Resolution. The New Year often comes with a drastic resolution that may be difficult, or even impossible, to obtain. Making unobtainable goals can leave you feeling worse than before the goal was made.

Rather than make an outrageous resolution, why not set yourself up for success? Instead of saying, “This year I am going to lose 50 pounds and I don’t care if I have to starve to do it”, try making smaller, healthier goals that will help you reach your ultimate objective. For example, “My doctor said I need to lose weight, so I will find a local weight loss expert to help me and I will join the Eastvale Walking Group”.

Choosing smaller goals makes the process more manageable and essentially more obtainable than making one large goal. Instead of focusing on the distant goal, focus your time and energy on the present, and how you’re going to reach today’s goal. Try making a schedule of weekly goals that improve your lifestyle habits, like walking three days a week or limiting eating out to just twice a week instead of four times a week. Your goals should be individualized to you and the areas of your life that you are ready to work on. The small lifestyle changes that you make today will add up to a weight and health improvement before you know it.

If you are seeking a true food professional to help make your goals a reality, look no further than Eastvale Registered Dietitian, Nicole Gilles, RD, CDE, CSR. Nicole is the owner of Happy and Healthy Nutrition and she is ready to help you achieve your health and weight goals. Through her program, you will learn how to eat for your body’s individual needs and learn how to deal with emotional eating. Happy and Healthy Nutrition members learn when to eat, why to eat, and how to eat to lose weight and keep it off. Start today, for a happy and healthy tomorrow.
Contact Happy and Healthy Nutrition at http://www.HandHnutrition.com, call them at (909) 816-0977, and like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/happyandhealthynutrition.nicolegilles.

Straight Talk With Danice

I suspect my friend is seriously ill. She has recently lost a tremendous amount of weight, broken up with her long time boyfriend, and seems very withdrawn. When I ask if she is feeling ok she says yes, but it’s obvious that isn’t true. All her relatives are out of state. I’d like to help her, but she won’t open up.
Jan in Diamond Bar

Dear Jan,
When dealing with an adult peer, I think it’s best to respect the way in which they want to handle their own private issues. Make sure your friend knows you are there for her if she ever needs a friend. Make it easy for her to change her mind by respecting the boundaries she’s set. Stay available, polite, and open minded. Keep yourself in existence in her life but don’t push. Keep in mind that some people prefer to keep their personal issues private.
Take care,
Danice Akiyoshi ND

Dr. Danice Akiyoshi, Naturopathic Doctor, Coaching, Counseling

Dr. Danice Akiyoshi

Danice Akiyoshi is a Naturopathic Doctor and the head of Candid Coaching Service. She has a great passionfor alternative healing and has over 20 years of experience in this field. She provides a form of energy psychology called The Emotion Code, where she helps people literally get rid of their emotional baggage. She also offers personal coaching services relating to all types of issues and concerns. This is a letter she received from an anonymous reader. To send a question to Danice, email her at straighttalk@candidcoachingservices.com. You can also visit her website at http://www.candidcoachingservices.com.