De-stress During the Holidays!

I love the holiday season. But with all the parties, presents, and chaos comes stress.  If you are feeling less than thankful this year, I have a few quick and easy remedies in mind.

First, I'd suggest a 30-minute visit to our Far-infrared Sauna. Not only is this the best stress-busting bargain on the North Shore ($30 for 30 minutes), it also will relax and gently detoxify your body.

Just one relaxing twenty-minute session on the MindFit Neuro Trainer will reduce the effects of stress, and enhance your sense of health and wellbeing. Most people feel a difference after just one session on the MindFit Neuro Trainer, but for optimal results, try 4-5 sessions.

Acupuncture is another wonderful way to reduce your stress this season, while at the same time increasing your whole body energy.

Treat yourself to a relaxing massage. Our wonderful massage therapist, Clare, works the stress out of your tired muscles, preparing you for more holiday shopping.

We wish you and yours a very happy holiday season, and make sure to take some time for self-care during this hectic time of year!

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid

 

 

 

 


Are you living with Neuropathy pain?

Are you living with Neuropathy pain?

Do you suffer from…

  • Numbness in your hands and/or feet?
  • Painful tingling in hands and/or feet?
  • Nighttime discomfort and twitching in hands and/or feet?
  • Needle prick pain with every step?
  • Burning sensation on the bottom of the feet?

Have you ever been told…

  • You have Neuropathy?
  • You have to live with the pain?
  • There is nothing that can be done?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you are in LUCK!

If you are your loved one suffers from neuropathy then you cannot  afford to miss the informative talk on

Wednesday, November 12 at 2:30pm.

PureBalance, 1332 Waukegan Road, Glenview, IL

Dr. Tom Bayne will explain why you are having this problem, and the steps you can take to reverse this degenerative nerve disease and eliminate the numbness, tingling and pain you are experiencing. Call PureBalance today at 224-521-1212 to reserve your seat!

 

 


Trick or Treats?

Trick or Treats

Many people want to stay healthy during the Halloween candy season, but have a difficult time finding good options that satisfy their sweet tooth and don’t break the bank. Preferably, we would all be eating organic, low sugar, preservative and flavoring free treats for Halloween, but this eliminates most easily available candies. I’ve provided a handy list of good, better, and best options for Halloween candy that will minimize negative health effects.  Another great option is to hand out homemade goodies like these Easy Chocolate Almond Butter Cups by PaleOMG.

Good

Focus on gluten free candies, such as:

  • Hershey’s Kisses, Milk Chocolate
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Snickers Bar
  • Plain M and M’s

Better

These choices are gluten free, and lower in artificial colorings and preservatives:

  • Raisinets
  • Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzels

Best:

These treats are gluten free, contain no artificial colorings and preservatives, and some are even organic:

  • Annie’s Homegrown Fruit Snacks
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate
  • Surf Sweets (all varieties
  • Raisins

 


Does It Have to be Organic?

I am often asked the question ...Do I have to buy Organic fruits and vegetables?  

To make the best decision for my family I follow guidelines set by the Environmental Working Group (EWG). The EWG empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

The EWG has put together a Shopper's Guide to help you make decisions on what to buy organic and where you could save your dollar.  They highlight the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally raised fruits and vegetables in two categories, “The Dirty Dozen” (highly recommended to purchase organic) and ”The Clean Fifteen” (okay to buy conventional).

Please find the link to the list attached; it will help you make better shopping decisions!

https://donate.ewg.org/images/2014_Shopper_Guide_to_Pesticides_in_Produce.pdf

Happy shopping!

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid


Paleo Pumpkin Waffles

A delicious way to start a fall day! We enjoyed these waffles at last Sunday's brunch, they are fluffy and delicious!


The Paleo Kitchen Pumpkin Waffles

Recipe by PaleOMG

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 20 mins

Serves: 5

Ingredients:

  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) pumpkin puree
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1⁄2 cup (125 grams) almond butter
  • 1⁄4 cup (50 grams) melted coconut oil, plus more for greasing the waffle iron
  • 1⁄2 cup (75 grams) coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of fine-grain sea salt
  • Maple syrup, for serving

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the waffle iron.
  2. Combine the bananas, pumpkin puree, eggs, almond butter, and coconut oil in a food processor or blender and mix well until the bananas are well blended with the other ingredients.
  3. Once smooth, add the coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and salt and blend until well mixed.
  4. Lightly brush the waffle iron with the melted coconut oil. Using the waffle manufacturer’s guidelines for suggested cup [milliliter] quantity, ladle the batter into the preheated and greased waffle maker and spread it evenly across the surface, leaving a 1⁄2-inch (12-mm) border (the batter will spread with you close the lid).
  5. Cook, following the manufacturer’s directions, and when done set aside on a plate and keep warm while you cook the remaining waffles.

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid


What's For Dinner?

Greek Turkey Breast - slow cooker recipe

A modified recipe from the Gluten-Free Recipes by Better Homes and Gardens

Slow cook: 6 hours on low or 3 hours on high

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup snipped dried tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup organic chicken broth ( home made or store bought)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. Greek seasoning blend
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 2-lb. turkey breast
  • Crumbled feta cheese

Directions:

1. Combine onions, olives, dried tomatoes, broth, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons of the Greek seasoning, and the garlic in a slow cooker.

2. Brush the turkey with the olive oil and  cover with the remaining Greek seasoning, salt and pepper. Place turkey in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.

3. Remove the turkey from the slow cooker and serve sliced with the olive/tomato/onion mixture on top. Can be topped with crumbled feta cheese for a nice finish.

The Bayne family enjoyed this meal combined with steamed broccoli and a fresh green salad.

Who said eating healthy is boring?

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid

 


Back to School Special

Have you ever wondered if your child’s behavior, lack of focus or anxiety could be linked to a nutritional deficiency or food allergy? What if you could support your child’s immune system so they weren’t sick all winter?  We live in a society of fast foods and convenience and as a result our children are much more nutritionally deprived than we were.

Nutritional deficiencies and food allergies may be at the root of:

  • Focus and attention issues
  • Poor performance academically and athletically
  • Chronic cold and infections
  • Digestive issues
  • Fatigue, malaise, and chronic pain
  • Anxiety, depression and sleep issues

What if you could test your child’s nutritional status and create a customized nutritional plan so they could reach their optimal academic and athletic potential?At PureBalance we have a simple blood and urine test available that does just that.

The single best test that we have found to assess the health status of children and teens is a Triad profile.  This 3-part test analyzes both the urine and the blood for both nutritional deficiencies and potential allergens.

The TRIAD® Profile allows simultaneous assessment of:

  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Essential amino acid deficiencies
  • Oxidative stress and antioxidant status
  • Detoxification capacity
  • Functional status of B-vitamins
  • Brain chemistry imbalances
  • Cellular energy status
  • Specific markers of bacterial and yeast overgrowth in the intestines
  • Food sensitivities
  • Intestinal inflammation/malabsorption

Get this school year off to a great start by scheduling your child’s Triad profile today!  Call PureBalance at 224-521-1212.

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid


Lemon Poppy Coconut Flour Muffins

Coconut flour is a healthy alternative to enjoy baked goods guilt free…you just can’t eat a lot of it.

Health benefits of coconut flour:

  • gluten free and grain free
  • high in fiber
  • high in beneficial fats
  • high in protein
  • gentle on blood sugar levels due to it’s low level in digestible carbohydrates
  • inexpensive

In experimenting with this flour I have come to the following conclusion…stick to a recipe designed for coconut flour …a little coconut flour goes a long way so you can’t substitute for another flour in a recipe.

I modified this recipe from Elana’s Pantry's Cookbook and these fluffy little muffins were a big hit in the Bayne household…just limit yourself to 1 or 2…they are quite filling.
A perfect little treat for those up coming lunch boxes!

 

Gluten free Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

 

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • ¼ cup raw honey
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seed

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine coconut flour, salt and baking soda
  2. In a large bowl, blend together eggs, honey, coconut oil and lemon zest
  3. Blend dry ingredients into wet
  4. Fold in poppy seeds
  5. Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into lined muffin pan
  6. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes

Cool and serve
Makes about 18 mini-muffins

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid


Fresh Cucumber Salad

The abundance of summer garden fresh vegetables such as cucumbers make for wonderful, simple summer salads.This easy cucumber salad is great side dish with any meal.

 

Fresh Cucumber Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1½ large cucumbers
  • 1-2 tsp. sea salt (for salting the cucumber)
  • 4 large green onions
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • ¼ cup extra virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • 1/8 tsp. fresh pepper

Directions:

  1.  Slice cucumber very finely (If you have a Mandolin Slicer, set to 1/8” thick).  Sprinkle cucumber liberally with salt and let sit in a colander in your sink for 1 hour to drain liquids.
  2. 
Rinse cucumber thoroughly to be sure you’ve rinsed all the salt off.  Let the cucumber slices drain on paper towels or a clean towel to dry completely.
  3. Slice green onions.  Finely chop cilantro.  Finely zest lemon.  Combine onions, cilantro, lemon juice, lemon zest, olive oil and pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Pour dressing over the cucumber, stir to incorporate and serve!  You can refrigerate this salad for several hours up to overnight.

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid


Mint Ginger Lemonade

I love this refreshing lemonade with a minty and gingery zing!

Fresh Mint & Ginger Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup packed chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (or to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cups cold water

Directions:

  1. Combine chopped mint, ginger and honey in medium bowl; add boiling water and allow to steep for 30-40 minutes; strain into a 4 cup glass measuring cup, pressing on solids to extract liquid; add lemon juice and enough cold water to measure 4 cups total.
  2. Fill glasses with ice cubes; add lemonade; garnish with mint leaves and fresh lemon slices.

Enjoy!

Cheers to a healthier you!

dr. ingrid