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Friday, November 14, 2014

Winter Health Check

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Winter is upon us...oh yes, the bitter cold winds, shoveling of driveways and cozy movie nights with a hot cocoa in hand. Winter time is also associated with colds and flu, dry skin, and sedentary lifestyles. Instead of hibernating inside all winter, be productive in maintaining your health and well being. Here's some tips from my favorite experts on winter health care.

  • Winter Skin Care: The cold air and indoor heating dry out our skin, so daily moisturizing is key. Make sure to also use a facial moisturizer with broad spectrum sun protection. According to Dr. Cynthia Baily, winter is not the time to put away sun screen. In order to prevent skin aging and irregular pigment, you need broad spectrum sun protection all year long. Read more....
  • Exercise: Don't let winter squash your exercise routine. Short days and long nights coupled with the cold makes maintaining an exercise regime difficult. WebMD has some great type to keeping a workout routine in the winter. Read more....
  • Nutrition: There is never a time in the year where nutrition should be compromised. Your immune system stays in shape when you eat a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables and healthy proteins. Nothing beats a hot vegetable stew, oatmeal with fresh fruit or a traditional pot roast. Check out EatingWell's top five healthiest winter foods.
  • Stay Hydrated: The Institute of Medicine now recommends that women get 91 ounces and men get 125 ounces of fluid daily. These are TOTAL fluid recommendations, including all foods and beverages (even caffeinated ones). About 80 percent of this should come from drinking water. If drinking plain water is unappealing, add citrus fruits to hot water or drink decaf hot tea.
  • Wash your hands: Don't forget to wash your hands every couple of hours. This includes before and after using the bathroom, as soon as you get home, before and after the gym, and after using electronic devises that have been used by others.

Today's Top Life Extension Blogs:
  • James Hamblin: Senior editor at The Atlantic. Hamblin writes about a variety of health topics.
  • NPRs The Salt: The Salt is a blog that covers almost everything related to eating.
  • Precision Nutrition: Eating doesn't need to be complicated and it is personal. This blog is dedicated to research driven nutrition counseling.
  • Black Girls Run: Tailored to African American women and covers nutrition, fitness, beauty and fashion. 
  • The Family HerbalistNatalie Vickery is an Herbalist, Author and Educator with a degree in Natural Health Studies and Naturopathy. 
  • Dr. Andrew Weil's Natural Health Tips: Offers simple, actionable, daily advice for maintaining optimal health.





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Jasmin Ilkay, MBA, MPH, RD, is a registered dietitian, consultant, university professor, author and sought-after speaker who specializes in weight management, eating disorders and healthy food marketing. Her goal is to empower families to live healthier lifestyles. Ms.Ilkay is a major proponent and advocate of public health, health awareness and education; she is continuously engaged in meaningful dialogues with food companies about issues regarding healthier ingredients and more effective education-oriented marketing to consumers. Ms. Ilkay is also a champion and activist in the fight against the obesity epidemic. She currently lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Telemedicine, Hello Google Doctor

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Google is testing their new medical component to be a part of Google's Helpouts service. They are integrating links in search result to pilot a program that will connect users with medical experts via video chat. Some of the consultations will be free, while others require payment via Google Wallet.


The program is already in the trial phase with no concrete launch date. The program is also reported to be HIPAA-compliant. In a statement released to Gizmodo, a Google executive explained that "When you're searching for basic health information - from conditions like insomnia or food poisoning - our goal is to provide you with the most helpful information available. We're trying this new feature to see if it's useful to people."

As someone who is an avid google searcher and delays going to the doctor, I am pretty excited about the possibility of getting medical advice without leaving my home. Would you use this feature for medical advice?



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Be Positive, Be Happy

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One of my favorite artists, good ole’ Willie Nelson states in The Tao of Willie “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” This is a concept that I try to live by and teach my children. 



Maintaining a positive mindset can be difficult at times. During these negative spells positive reinforcement is key.  I recently purchased The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal for Mothers, A Five Year Record. Not only does this one-sentence journal capture mine and my family’s major milestones and memories, it challenges me to pay attention to all the positive details and people in my life, clouding the negative, and mostly irreverent ones. The Happiness Project is one of many social campaigns for happiness. 

There are several blogs and movements dedicated to inspiring others to live more positive, happier lives. Check them out and see if they can inspire and motivate YOU. Winnie the Pooh agrees, in The Tao of Pooh, “Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you’ve got.”





Jasmin Ilkay, MBA, MPH, RD
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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Weird (and fun) Fitness Trends

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A regular exercise routine can get boring, not only mentally but physically as well. After doing repetitive exercises, your muscles start responding less. When the body is not stressed, the physiological response lessons, both in strength and aerobic capacity. The only way to abate this conundrum is to add variety to your exercise routine at least every three to four months. From fusion fitness classes like Koga to high intensity interval training, there are dozens of ways to add some spice to your exercise routine. Here are some of my favorites.



  1. Aerial Yoga: With the fun of a soft trapeze, Aerial Yoga combines basic yoga postures with the miracles of gravity. http://www.yoga-abode.com/node/392
  2. Yogaeira is a fusion of yoga, capoeira and Thai bodywork. http://www.ambercampion.com/yogaeira-dynamic-release-method/
  3. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a cardiorespiratory training technique that alternates brief speed and recovery intervals to increase the overall intensity of your workout. http://www.acefitness.org/acefit/fitness-fact-article/3317/high-intensity-interval-training/ 
  4. Hulas: The hula hoop isn’t just for kids anymore.Those looking to shed some pounds and trim that tummy are turning to the old school toy for a workout like no other. http://pix11.com/2014/07/23/the-new-fitness-craze-hula-hoop-your-gut-to-a-six-pack/
  5. Koga is much more than stretching and kicking, it fuses Kickboxing and Yoga together in a unique package Koga taps into your inner being, connecting your body with your mind. http://www.trykoga.com/what-is-koga.html 
  6. Personalized Online Training Programs: Instead of being left to your own devices to try to lose weight, gain muscle and generally feel better, there are myriad online resources to consult in order to shape your workout. http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/05/20/10-online-workout-programs/
  7. Tabata training is a High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) workout that lasts four minutes. http://www.active.com/fitness/Articles/What-is-Tabata-Training
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Monday, August 25, 2014

Top 5 Nutrition Apps 2014

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Need to lose weight? Want to improve your culinary skills? There’s an APP for that. Whether you are watching what you eat or need to add some healthy flair to your plate, there are many APPs available to guide you. These are my current favorites.

Health Watch 360 app helps you count calories, analyzes your diet and tracks symptoms or current chronic health conditions. The APP depicts your habits in charts and analyses how your lifestyle relates to your current health and nutrition status. This APP is free and available on Apple devises (Android coming soon). Learn more: http://www.gbhealthwatch.com/healthwatch360-app/  

My Fitness Pal tracks diet and fitness activity. Create weight, nutrition and fitness goals and MyFitnessPal tracks them. Meal and exercise reminders can also be set. With over 3 million foods in their database, it is probably one of the most comprehensive food databases available on a free APP. The food and exercise entry is relatively easy and fast. Learn More: http://www.myfitnesspal.com

Restaurant Nutrition is great for people who frequently eat fast food. Fast food is not the ideal fit for a healthy lifestyle and this app can help you choose the healthiest option when there are no other options. There are over 100 restaurants and over 15,000 food items. The app also allows more than one person to create a profile, so it is ideal for couples. This APP is free and available on iPhone and Android. Learn more: http://www.healthyandfitcommunities.com/iphone-application/restaurant-nutrition  

Cooking PlanIt is your sous chef in your kitchen. This is a great tool for those who want to improve their culinary skills. There are preplanned menus with synchronized chopping lists. The APP walks you through each step from prep to clean up. Voice and visual commands prompt you to prep ingredients for immediate and later use. The APP is free and available on the iPhone and Android. For more information: https://www.cookingplanit.com

Fooducate is a healthy weight loss and diet tracking APP. The APP searches beyond calories and nutrients and helps users choose healthier foods. Their unique food grading system rates foods based on scientific algorithms based on the nutrition facts and ingredient list. It recommends foods that are minimally processed, whole and naturally high in nutrients and antioxidants. This is a free APP available for iPhone and Android. http://www.fooducate.com

Obviously it’s tough to choose only five APPs out of the hundreds available. If you have a favorite APP or have feedback on the APPs featured, please share your thoughts.

Jasmin Ilkay, MBA, MPH, RD
Healthy Food Communications Specialist
jasminilkay@jicamamarketing.com

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Hello. If you’ve not yet joined “Colleagues Of Douglas E. Castle” on Sgrouples, you’re invited to do so by creating an account (ultra private inmail/email and Discussion Group, being run like a private club or community) at http://bit.ly/CODEC8. If you’ve already established your account, be certain to go to your Dashboard Page, go to “My Privacy Email” and click on (and choose) your “Notification Preferences”. Our group is a combination of the most secure email that you can access (check you inbox daily, or have your notifications forwarded to you) from member to member, combined with a Discussion Group [voluntary] which will have a completely practical focus: Members discussing specific business needs with other members. No theory. No selling or spam. Just requests and responses. It will be a great group -- I promise that much! Discussion posting guidelines will be posted within the next three days, so that we’re all of a similar mind. Thank you. - Douglas E. Castle
 
 
 
 
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Friday, August 30, 2013

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