This week NY Health & Wellness’ Nutrition Director Jacqui Justice took part in the fashion, beauty and wellness event, “Spice it up for Spring”— hosted by personality and blogger Stacy Geisinger of www.stacyknows.com — at Neiman Marcus in White Plains. Jacqui spoke to a crowd of over 70 women about simple lifestyle changes they can make to reach their health and wellness goals this season, and shared with them all of the exciting happenings taking place at NY Health & Wellness. Here are some highlights from the panel…
Stacy: What sets NY Health and Wellness apart?
Jacqui: NY Health and Wellness is the one-stop place to go for all of your health and wellness needs. We don’t just have a nutritionist on site—we have a doctor, a nurse, a fitness expert, a massage therapist, acupuncturist, and a holistic health counselor as well. Whatever your goals are, we’ve got you covered! And what’s really unique about our practice is that we do very, very comprehensive blood work. We will test you for things that many other doctors don’t usually test for. We do this in order to get to the root cause of your issue. Then, we’ll have all of our experts analyze the results and collectively come up with a customized program for you to follow.
Stacy: I’ve heard that soup cleanses are the latest trends. Do you suggest them?
Jacqui: Sure! Soup cleanses could be a good way to set your metabolism. They could be used as an alternative to a juice cleanse, since the soup will definitely help keep you fuller than juice. A soup cleanse could also be a good way to ease your body into a juice cleanse. Either way I recommend adding some spices—like ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, and cayenne—to the soups because they can help boost your metabolic rate and help your body burn more fat. At NY Health & Wellness we also have several detoxes that are very effective in cleansing the body of toxins and preventing the buildup of additional toxins. We’ve had tons of patients go through these detoxifications and see great results—weight loss, more energy, better sleep, clearer skin.
Stacy: What are your top five quick health and wellness tips?
1. Hydrate. I know you’ve heard it before but I can’t stress how important it is. Research has shown that drinking two 8-ounce glasses of water before breakfast, lunch, and dinner helps people lose weight, and keeps the weight off. Just keep chugging your water! Try to do it first thing in the morning when you wake up. Sometimes it helps to add some fruit to your water as well.
2. Balance your hormones. At NY Health & Wellness we have a really great program — The Balance 3-H Program, which helps you to balance your three weight hormones—leptin, ghrelin and cortisol. We evaluate your blood tests results and listen to your dietary and lifestyle habits and your goals to come up with a plan for you to correct any hormonal imbalances. If these hormones are not balanced you will never lose weight, especially that stubborn belly fat which is directly related to hormonal imbalances.
3. Sleep well. I know it is easier said than done, but you have to make sleep a priority in your life. Those three hormones that I just mentioned, that control weight and hunger, all three of them require sleep in order to be properly balanced. And of course, you will not have the energy to carry out optimal workouts if you are sleep deprived.
4. Learn how to manage your stress. I know, this is also one of those things that is easier said than done. But again, so important! When we stress our bodies, we go into the fight-or-flight response. Our digestive system slows down, our heart rate and blood pressure increases, and our pupils dilate. Thousands of years ago man needed to have this kind of response to stressors when something may have been life threatening. Today though, we have the same response to stress, yet the actual stressors are not really threatening our survival. Learning to manage how we react to stress can have a profoundly positive impact on our overall health.
5. Eat clean protein! Protein is a food source that can help balance your hormones. But you need to have the right kind of protein. Always make sure you are eating grass-fed beef (not grain fed), and organic, antibiotic-free chicken. Otherwise we are ingesting the hormones that they fed to the animals, and we don’t want that!