Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

As you may know, our bodies make vitamin D when our skin is exposed to the sun. If you’re very, very careful, you might be able to get most of your vitamin D via sun exposure, as long as you don’t overdo it, since too much sun can lead to skin cancer. Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D. of Boston University, a leading expert on vitamin D, says the skin is so efficient at making “D” that exposure to the sun in a bathing suit for the amount of sun needed to turn skin red (typically no more than 15-20 minutes on Cape Cod in June or July at noon) is equivalent to taking 20,000 IU of vitamin D orally! Spending 15 to 20 minutes in the sun a few times a week in the summer can bump up your vitamin D levels. But don’t forget to coat yourself with sunscreen after that.

WARRIORS BEWARE… CHEMICALS ARE LURKING!

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

WARRIORS BEWARE… CHEMICALS ARE LURKING!

Making savvy food choices, and being a warrior for your health, is foundational to living The Omni Lifestyle. Don’t let the container your food occupies sabotage your health! According to Prevention News, there are over 4,000 hazardous chemicals contaminating our food supply.

The laundry list of dangerous and synthetic substances include bisphenol A (AKA BPA - a plastic polymer used to line aluminum cans), polyethylene terephthalate (used in water bottles, soda cans, and other drink containers), asbestos in rubber packaging, parabens, and the list goes on and on.

Another Plus for Probiotics!

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Tuesday, 05 August 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

Another Plus for Probiotics!
If you’re familiar with my book ”The Omni Diet”, (now available in paperback), you know I’m a huge fan of probiotics, supplements that give a boost to all the beneficial bacteria and other essential microorganisms dwelling in your digestive tract. (Don’t say ”ew” - our bodies harbor both good bugs and bad ones, and for the sake of our health, we have to make sure there are more good ones.) Probiotics are best known for dealing with chronic diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders, but they also can help with some non-digestive problems such as eczema, other skin rashes, vaginal infections, immune disorders. They may even help relieve anxiety and quell panic attacks.

The Omni Diet Goes on the Road

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Wednesday, 30 July 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

The Omni Diet Goes on the Road
Summer is in full swing, which means vacation and travel time for most people. I’ve been traveling and away from home more than I’ve been home since summer started! I used to find it challenging to stick to The Omni Diet before I designed a clear plan. You don’t have to give into temptations that will sabotage your health. You can follow this simple plan. Whether you’re driving or flying to your destination, you can continue to eat healthy the Omni way. As you’ll find out, it’s often easy when you have the right mind set.

Avocados: Even Healthier than We Thought

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Recipes, Nutrition

Avocados: Even Healthier than We Thought
Don’t you just love it when you learn that something delicious is actually good for you? Me, too! That’s why I’m passing on some great news about avocados. We’ve known for some time that these fruits (yes, fruits — avocados have seeds) seem to have nutritional super powers. Not only do they provide healthy, monounsaturated fat and 11 grams of fiber, they can help lower your cholesterol and protect you from a long list of diseases.

Eating Out the Omni Way

Written by Tana Amen, BSN, RN on Thursday, 17 July 2014. Posted in Tana's Blog, Nutrition

Eating Out the Omni Way

Being on the Omni Diet doesn’t mean you have to eat at home for the rest of your life (although I hope you’ll give fast food restaurants a permanent pass). But it does mean becoming more thoughtful about where you eat and what you order. The more comfortable you become with the diet, the easier it will be to communicate your needs and ask for — yes! — some special treatment. Don’t think you’re the only one who asks restaurant chefs and managers for help. What about those folks with diabetes or potentially lethal food allergies or any number of conditions that require dietary adjustments?

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