Karen Calomino, MS, FDN
January 2014 Newsletter
In Defense of Multivitamins
by Karen Calomino

Once again, supplements are being attacked by conventional medicine. The media is flooded with claims that multivitamins are a waste of money, unnecessary, and might even be harmful. The source of this information is the article "Enough is Enough: Stop Wasting Money on Vitamins and Mineral Supplements", published by The Annuls of Medicine, in which the authors warn that  "most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided."

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Choosing a Healthy Supplement

Answers to some common questions about supplements.

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are a superfood. Known as the richest source of lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant properties, flaxseeds also contain significant amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid.  It is also high in fiber and other vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that this food may help fight heart disease, diabetes, and breast cancer. Since our bodies are unable to manufacture ALA, it's important to add a daily supplement.
Try adding a couple of ground up tablespoons to smoothies, yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal, applesauce, pasta, or vegetables.

Flaxseed smoothie   
1/2 banana
1 cup frozen raspberries or strawberries
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 cup vanilla almond, coconut, or soy milk.
Blend and enjoy!             

Rather than making another New Year's Resolution that only sets you up for disappointment if you can't achieve it, why not try something different this year? Mindful Eating. A concept that helps us learn to hear what our body is telling us about hunger and satisfaction. It's about paying full attention to the experience of eating and drinking, including the colors, smells, taste, and even the sounds of our food. It is also about paying attention to the mind without judgement or criticism and noticing how eating affects our mood or how our emotions influence our eating.
Food is meant to be enjoyed. Learn some simple steps for mindful eating.
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Quote of the month

"Mindful eating is a way to become reacquainted with the guidance of our internal nutritionist."

                               Jan Chozen Bays, MD
Karen is a Holistic Health Consultant and FDN Practitioner. She resides in Kansas but consults mainly over the phone.
 She focuses on rebuilding health by looking for and removing hidden stressors in your hormone, immune, digestive, and detoxification systems. Visit her wesite to schedule a free 15-minute consultation and hear more about her Wellness Program. 

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