Free Classes with Michele

Through August 2015 at Humana Guidance Center in Las Vegas

Humana is located at 8885 W. Charleston Blvd #140 (two doors to the right of Whole Foods Market).

Yes, these classes are free, open to the public . . . just come a bit early to fill out the paperwork to get a Humana ID card.

Tuesday  8am Bone Strengthening with Nutrition (35 minutes) July 28-August 25

8:45am Bone Strengthening & Balance (50 minutes)

Wednesday 8am Mindfulness (25 minutes) July 29-August 26

8:30am Qi Gong–Promoting Overall Health & Wellness (40 minutes)

Thursday 8:00am Super Safe, High Intensity Weight Training (35 minutes)

8:45am Bone Strengthening & Balance (50 minutes)

Friday 8am Mindfulness (25 minutes) July 31-August 28

8:30am Qi Gong–Promoting Overall Health & Wellness (40 minutes)

 

Bone Strengthening & Balance Class

Learn to naturally strengthen your bones with exercises developed by Dr. Miriam Nelson (author of “Strong Women Stay Young”) proven to reverse osteoporosis.

What to bring: Good supportive lace up shoes, beach towel and

a bottle of drinking water with a screw on top.

 

Super Safe, High Intensity, Weight Training

Inspired by Dr. Doug McGuff, author of “Body by Science” designed to safely build muscles and bones by working out only once a week.

What to bring: Bottle of drinking water with a screw on top.

 

Qi Gong Class–Promoting Overall Health & Wellness

Learn how to easily align breath, awareness and easy movements.

What to bring: Bottle of drinking water with a screw on top.

 

About the Facilitator

When Michele’s bones started spontaneous fracturing in her early 50’s she went on an extensive search to find how to naturally strengthen bones.   As she dug through medical literature she was surprised to find studies proving osteoporosis can not only be stopped but also reversed by doing specific exercises.  Michele also studied Eastern approaches to wellness discovering a world of movements shown to increase energy, circulation, and mindfulness thus promoting better overall health.

Michele Comeau’s qualifications:

Researcher/Author/Speaker

Grandmother/Health Nut

Certified Group Fitness Instructor ACE (NCCA Accredited)

Member, American College of Sports Medicine

Living on Live Food Certified Chef

Benefits of Raw Food Nutrition Certified Educator

Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition with T. Colin Campbell, PhD (China Study) through Cornell University

Coauthor Casino Customer Service=The Win Win Game

Featured with Ken Blanchard and Stephen Covey in

Discover Your Inner Strength            

Posted in Exercising Smart, Health, Stress Busters

Winning Stress — Stress-Proof Your Brain

A pile of research tells us meditating is beneficial for decreasing stress . . . but who the heck has time to fit yet another item on our to-do list?

When a new CD of meditations hit the market entitled “Stress-Proof Your Brain” I was skeptical.  You see, I’m an audio junkie . . . with an overflowing library of  “stress relief” CD’s to prove it.  Most have only been listened to once because I just don’t have the time.

I was skeptical of until I discovered it is by Rick Hanson, PhD.

A little bit about Dr. Hanson.  He’s a practicing neurophysiologist, author of several books and phenomenal teacher. Several years ago I was impressed when I heard him on a program with neurologist Richard Mendius, MD entitled “Mediations to Change Your Brain,” because it’s based on solid research.  Dr. Hanson knows what tools work for getting rid of chronic stress and (more importantly) HOW to teach them.

His new CD first explains why our brain is wired to create stress followed by short meditations designed to, “re-shape the brain to make you more resilient, confident, and peaceful.”  You will learn several valuable tools including:

  • How to replace your brains unhealthy reactions to stress with protective and self-nurturing responses . . .
  • How to re-wire your brain away from frustration, heartache, fear, and anger toward contentment, love, and peace.”

All the meditations run well under 20 minutes.

I’m loving how “Stress-Proof Your Brain” is quieting my mind all while building muscles to better handle stressful situations . . . almost like a shock absorber.

Preview “Stress-Proof Your Brain” along with information about ordering at:

http://www.rickhanson.net/media/audio/store

WinningStress Meditation Tip

Simply load your favorite meditation CD on your iPod (or whatever gizmo you use for music) and you’re ready for action.

Instead of lying in bed in the morning thinking about all the things you need to get done (wishing you could get more sleep)  click on to you favorite meditation.  At night (instead of having that third glass of wine trying to wind down) listen to a meditation to find an oasis from pesky thoughts of all those things you still need to do.

Much better than a sleeping pill without negative side effects!

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Winning Stress with Statins–Examining the Facts

Will statins really help us win the war against stress?

 

As soon as the book The End of Illness hit the New York Times Bestseller list, I was bombarded with questions about the value of statins to combat stress.  In the book, author and medical doctor David Agus explores the supposed benefits of statins and suggests that everybody can use the drug as preventive medicine to help reduce stress.

 

My immediate concern about Agus’ claims was that it often takes many years to learn about all the harmful side effects of pharmaceuticals and we are still in that learning stage for statins.

 

Case in point, though Agus’ book boasting about the positive contribution of statins for stress was released to the public on January 17, 2012, approximately 40 days later Reuters ran a story warning, “FDA adds diabetes, memory loss warnings to statins.”[1]  The article also reports that widely used cholesterol lowering statins such as Lipitor may raise levels of blood sugar and cause memory loss.

 

I don’t know about everybody else, but I most certainly see quite a downside to losing my memory and becoming susceptible to diabetes.  Add to this the other known possible side effects such as muscle pain and damage, rashes and flushing, and liver damage, and the glamorous promises of taking statins for stress begin to lose some of their glitter.[2]

 

If statins can be so harmful to us, why haven’t we heard more about it?  The answer can be found in the excessive revenue being taken in by the pharmaceutical companies.  The statin drug atorvastatin marketed by Pfizer under the name of Lipitor became the best-selling pharmaceutical of all time with over $7.4 billion in annual sales by 2002 and it is still pulling in a hefty sum with $9.6 billion in sales during 2011 alone.[3]  In addition, the 2012 Reuters article we quoted earlier tells us, “Lipitor, which became available late last year in generic form as atorvastatin, is the world’s all-time biggest selling prescription medicine with cumulative sales in excess of $130 billion  … Last year, more than 20 million Americans were taking some form of statin, according to IMS Health.”

 

Take into consideration that in 2011, worldwide income from Lipitor was “approximately 14% of total Pfizer revenues.”[4]  And now other pharmaceutical companies have their statin brands as well.  With companies that are focused on the bottom line, it is not too difficult to understand how they might react to news that statins might be harmful.  Can we expect them to immediately inform the public of the dangers and offer a safe alternative?  Not if you’re a large successful pharmaceutical company with billions banking on a drug where any upset is liable to result in a substantial loss of income and an immediate plunge in stock value.

 

Instead, you should logically expect pharmaceutical companies to bring out the big guns and suddenly produce super credible experts.  We can see this process so skillfully in play within the Reuter’s article where Steven Nissen, chief of cardiology at Cleveland Clinic, counters, “These are nuances, tiny little tweaks to the label, and the bigger picture doesn’t change. There are few drugs that have saved as many lives as statins and we don’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater here.”

 

Yes, of course, saving lives is extremely important.  Nevertheless, what these good doctors fail to mention is the extensive amount of research clearly proving that nutrition and lifestyle changes can fix the problem and save lives, all without the downside of harmful side effects that come with using statins for stress or other conditions.

 

You may be wondering, is it all about the money?  My personal experience in running a successful medical practice suggests that the answer is “Yes.”  Doctors wrestle with high overhead (including huge medical malpractice insurance fees and the risk of being sued) and often are overwhelmed with debt from student loans.  So, if a patient has high blood pressure, the “standard of care” is a prescription for a statin.  It’s quick, it’s easy (takes no longer than five minutes to see the patient) and offers protection from medical malpractice suits.

 

The physician just goes along with the program because everybody else is, probably not giving much thought to any of it.  Having a conversation with the patient about making changes in lifestyle and diet takes more time, is not as lucrative (since they can bill more for prescribing) and would unfortunately leave the doctor wide open for lawsuits due to breaching the perimeters of acceptable normal treatment.

 

Not fair?  True.  But the reality of the situation is that we as patients need to educate ourselves on how to stay healthy.  And why wouldn’t we?  Who has a bigger vested interest in our health (and the health of our family) then us?

 

With this in mind, I urge you to invest a little over an hour watching the latest nutritional research from NutritionFacts.org, “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death” for easy, safe solutions for the common killer illnesses.  It’s free and I promise you won’t get a doctor bill.

 

I hope this blog about statins and stress has left you with some helpful information and facts to ponder.  You will also find more quick, easy (and yummy) healthy suggestions on my website WinningStress.com.

 

Wishing you even more health, happiness and prosperity without all the stress.

 



[1] Berkrot , Bill and Ransdell Pierson. “FDA adds diabetes, memory loss warnings to statins.” February 28, 2012. reuters.com/article/2012/02/28/us-fda-statins-idUSTRE81R1O220120228

[2] MayoClinic.com.

[3] Simons, John. “The $10 billion pill.” Fortune magazine. January 20, 2003. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2003/01/20/335643/; Pfizer 2011 Annual Report, p. 5.  pfizer.com/files/annualreport/2011/financial/financial2011.pdf.

[4] Pfizer 2011 Annual Report, p. 5.  pfizer.com/files/annualreport/2011/financial/financial2011.pdf.

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Winning Stress Recipes: Raw Hummus

Living Hummus

Many thanks to Duncan Nash at Stop Theft in Auckland, New Zealand for complaining that my first posting of this recipe sounded WAY too hard.  Actually this dish is one of my all time favorites because it is so easy to make.  So here is the simplified version.

I love this dish because it gives a good shot of easy to digest protein & calcium, the healing power of garlic along with a healthy raw vegetable.  Most Hummus recipes call for tahini, or ground up sesame seeds made into a paste.  To get maximum nutrient value I prefer soaking raw unhusked sesame seeds and rinsing well to get rid of the enzyme inhibitors.  It also starts the sprouting process kicking up the nutrients the body can assimilate.

All my recipes are designed for a small food processor because I believe it’s important to eat fresh rather then storing leftovers in the frig.  (Again for maximum nutrients.)  If you are preparing for a large group simply double or triple the recipe and use a regular size processor.

Preparation: Simply soak ½ cup of organic sesame seeds (I prefer the unhusked) 4 hours, rinse and drain in a colander. They are now ready to use right away or any time that day.  (You will find they start going bitter if they sit for another day.)

In food processor:

I cup of raw organic cauliflower or zucchini (courgette)

Grind until fine

Add:

1/2 cup soaked and drained organic unhulled sesame seeds
3 Tbl filtered water
1 Tsp ground cumin
½ clove garlic
1 lime, juiced (or 1/2 lemon juiced)
Salt to taste

Blend the heck out of it until smooth and thick and you can no longer see the sesame seeds.  If not easily blending just add a couple of Tbl of water.  Once blended taste, then add extra salt or lemon juice.

Recipe modified and adapted from: Matt Amsden’s, RAWvolution Gourmet Living Cuisine.

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Winning Stress with REAL Whole Foods

Heart Healthy Food on a Budget

OK I can almost hear you saying that food is NOT the only solution to stress.  You are absolutely correct . . . it is only one of many solutions. The reason I like to use nutrition as a platform for Winning Stress is simply because it works so darn well.

Dr. Esselstyn in his landmark book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” woke me up to how valuable nutrition is by giving the example of Norway during World War 2.  When the Germans occupied Norway the first thing they did was confiscate all animal protein to feed their soldiers.  That left the Norwegians with basic plant rich foods they could harvest.

Interestingly enough, during the occupation, deaths from cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) went down . . . in spite of the fact the Norwegian population was under extreme stress.  That got Dr. Esselstyne thinking that heart disease could be reversed through diet alone.  His 20+ year study proves he is correct.

You may have heard President Clinton talking about his success with this way of eating in The Last Heart Attack Documentary made for CNN News  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Unn7LjFkI

Following you will find the recourses from a recent presentation I gave entitled “Winning Stress through Outstanding Nutrition—Quick, Easy, Cost-Effective and Yummy Solutions.”

Recourses:

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. This is the number one book I would recommend for a Heart Healthy Lifestyle.  Half the book contains yummy recipes that Dr, Esselstyn’s wife contributed.  Well worth the investment.  You can find his lecture on how to become “Heart Attack Proof” at: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5215695644951404318#

Shoppers Guide to Pesticides: http://www.foodnews.org/This is an absolute must!  You will want to print it out and carry it with you when you go shopping.

We talked a lot about nutrient dense fruits and veggies, you will find more information in the book, Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman MD.  You can also download info and a chart at: http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article17.aspx

John Mackey the founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market says this is the first book he suggests people read when they make healthy changes to their diet.I agree, it covers the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted along with references to over 750 other peer reviewed studies.  The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Campbell II.   You will find a number of interviews with T. Collin Campbell at: http://www.plantbasednutrition.org/plant-based-nutrition/interviews/

If you are not sure you are getting enough nutrients check out the Cron-O-Meter designed to track daily diet calorie, vitamin, mineral, fat, and protein intakes free at:  http://spaz.ca/cronometer/

You may be thinking, OK I’m sold, so what do I do next?   My favorite resource for improving nutrition is Dr. Fuhrman’s (mentioned above) newest book Super Immunity.  You will find lots of terrific suggestions at http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/default.aspx and terrific recipes at http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/recipes.aspx.

Thoughts & Audience Comments after the presentation  (Sigh of relief!)

When you stand in front of a group and suggest making MAJOR changes to what people have been eating, their whole life, you have to wonder what sort of reaction you are going to get.  The following comments tell me are on the right path:

“This presentation opened my eyes to new ways in bettering my life.”

“Most valuable was the information about the nutrient dense foods and recipe ideas.”

“Nutrition is VERY important to preventing heart disease.”

“Many things were new & opposite of what I’d heard-that olive oil is not good for you!”

“Emphasis on Plant Based Diet is what I liked best.”

The icing on the cake was this comment from well-respected wellness coach Vanessa Chamberlin Houssels:  “I thoroughly enjoyed Michele’s demo!  She is a seasoned pro with a command for the stage!  Her recipes tasted delicious . . . even my two young daughters gobbled up the tasty samples.  Job well done!

Many thanks to all!!!

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Winning Stress Recipes — Cantaloupe Smoothie

Cantaloupes are in season and this is now my clients new favorite to start the day.(Digests best first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.) According to www.whfoods.com, cantaloupe is a superstar in vitamin C & A along with being high in a number of other beneficial nutrients.By including the seeds (in a form that is easily bioavailable) it bumps up the nutrient density.

Serves 2

½ Cantaloupe

1 cup filtered water

4 ice cubes

Scoop seeds of the cantaloupe into a super blender (Vita Mix or Blend Tech) add 1-cup water and blend on high until seeds are completely liquefied.

Carefully remove the outer crinkly cantaloupe skin (OK to leave some of the green on) cut into large chunks and throw into the blender with ice cubes.

Blend just enough to make it smooth and the ice disappears.

Serve right away to maintain all the vitamins.

Enjoy!

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Winning Stress Recipes — Buckwheat Crackers

Inspiration for this recipe comes from the Go Raw Café in Las Vegas.

http://www.gorawcafe.com

My daughter fell in love with their “Garlic Stix” served on the side of her salad.  When we got home I threw this recipe together with what I had on hand in our pantry and it’s now a favorite.

Like the Stixs at Go Raw Cafe these crackers are; Live, Organic, Vegan, Gluten Free and Enzyme Rich.

1 ½ cup filtered water

2 Tbs fresh organic white onion

1 clove fresh organic garlic

2 heaped tsp of Costco’s Organic No-Salt Seasoning or 1 Tbl sea salt

4 cups sprouted organic buckwheat groats soaked and sprouted

1 cup freshly ground raw organic flax seeds

First soak the buckwheat for 6 hours in filtered water then strain and rinse in colander.  Rinse several times for the next 24 hours until you see a small tail emerge . . . about the length of the individual buckwheat.

In a super blender (like Vita Mix or Blend Tec) 1 ½ cups water, onion, garlic and seasoning or salt.   (Feel free to add any fresh herb you have in your garden.)  Add 3 cups sprouted buckwheat and liquefy.  Pour into a mixing bowl and mix in remaining cup of sprouted buckwheat then add the ground flax, mix well.

Spread on to a dehydrator tray with teflon sheet and let sit for a couple of minutes.  Score squares or long sticks before placing in dehydrator.  Dehydrate at 115 for 8 hours or until firm.  Turn over and remove teflyon sheet.  Dehydrate another 20 hours until crispy.

Stores great in the fridge for about a week (remember the healthy oil in the flax is very unstable) or in freezer for several months.

Thanks to Lu at Go Raw Café for the inspiration and if you would like to try her yummy selection you can order at: http://store.gorawcafe.com/brandcr.html

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Winning Stress — Poking Fun At Our Media

Poking Fun at How Our Media Reports on Preventative Health

Fellow students in a course in the Plant Based Nutrition Certification program at Cornell University suggested I share the below paper. (Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?)

After hearing a lecture on Calories, Obesity, and Diabetes by T. Colin Campbell (author of The China Study) we were asked to use information from the lecture and write a brief editorial targeting a health article or advertisement in a current magazine. Our editorial should challenge the information and recommend a better strategy.

For those too young to be familiar with AARP, it’s aimed at the over 55 crowd and claims to be the “world’s largest circulation magazine.”

Following is the editorial:

Letter to the editor: AARP Magazine

I was delighted to see the article “Reduce Your Diabetes Risk” in your November/December 08 issue. The article mentions that 57 million Americans have prediabetes and most people don’t know they have it. What a tremendous service educating your readers with specific tips from experts.

As I read it I was stunned to find “Mind your Meat” as the first tip, suggesting small portions of lean meat and removing skin from chicken and turkey. Study after study shows a plant-based, low-fat diet gives the best results for reversing diabetes. For example, a study at the Pritikin Center shows spectacular results with a low-fat plant-based diet and exercise. They found that out of the 40 dietetic patients on medications at the start of their program, 34 were able to discontinue all medications after only 26 days. This and other data was completely ignored in this article.

Another tip from the expert is to skim the fat from dairy products. If the above results achieved by eliminating animal products were so positive, then why would you encourage the consumption of dairy? As I thumbed through the rest of your magazine it became clear . . . a full-page advertisement for Niuragen PN with the heading “Diabetic Nerve Pain?” If readers maintain their illness, pharmaceutical companies find the perfect target audience with your readers.

At the end of the article, two of the three books to “Educate Yourself” are a laugh. Diabetes for Dummies (need I say more), and Living with Diabetes about management, monitoring, and medications. These would be perfect reading if you want to maintain the disease, rather than avoid it.

May I be bold enough to make a couple of recommendations to your readers who are serious about their health? An excellent book, Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes and the new documentary “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days” can be both found at Amazon.com.

Michele Comeau
WinningStress.com

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Winning Stress Recipes — Carrot Pate

Carrot Pate (or Mock Salmon Pate)

This recipe is a brilliant source of essential Omega-3 Fatty Acids with the walnuts along with nutrient dense organic raw carrots, celery, and onions.  You will notice the recipe calls for soaked and dehydrated walnuts.  The soaking and rinsing gets rid of the enzyme inhibitors making the walnuts much more digestible. Dehydrating gets them back to a lovely crunchy state.  I make a habit of doing this when I purchase walnuts and then store them in the frig so we always have them on hand.  (Great for snacks.)

Organic celery is a must because research shows celery has one of the highest pesticide loads of all produce.  If organic celery is not available I simply take this dish off the menu.

Since the Pate is brilliant served on celery sticks, I prepare the celery sticks first and then use the ends for the recipe.

½ medium carrot
1 stalk celery (or end cuts)
2 Tbl onion

Chop in small food processor until all chopped but not smooth.

Add:

1/2 cup walnuts soaked 12 hours, rinsed well and dehydrated on low for 24 hours.
1/3 tsp sea salt
Raw hot pepper or powdered cayenne to taste

Chop in food processor until all chopped but not smooth.

Serve on celery sticks and cucumber slices.

Adapted from Alissa Cohen’s book “Living on Live Food”

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