Integrative Health Blog

Holistic Nutrition: When Fruit is Not a Healthy Choice

Posted by on Mon, Jun 17, 2013

Anita's Healthy Tips                       


Summer officially starts this week, on Friday, June 21. Most of us have air conditioning these days, but many of us can remember sleeping on sticky sheets with the fan in the window during the summer! Which never worked, by the way!! When it gets hot, who wants to be in the kitchen using the oven or the stove? Now is the time to try all those recipes that don’t require cooking!!


Salads of all types - green salads, fruit salads, raw kale salads, gazpacho soups, cold cucumber or melon soups, and caprese salad - taste wonderful and don't heat up the kitchen.

Know Your Fruits and Veggies: The "Dirty Dozen" and The "Clean 15"

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Tags: holistic nutrition, diabetes, pre-diabetes, integrative nutrition, sugar, pesticides

How Young Do You Want to Look?

Posted by on Wed, Feb 13, 2013

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

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Tags: metabolic syndrome, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health

Warning Signs of Pre-Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Posted by on Wed, Oct 10, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Signs of Insulin Resistance/Pre-diabetes  

-  belly fat

-  sugar cravings

-  fatigue especially after meals

-  high blood pressure

-  high triglycerides

-  hypoglycemia

-  low HDL

-  high cholesterol

-  inflammation in the body

Family History

-  heart disease

-  obesity

-  stroke

-  dementia

Fact:  Pre-diabetes carries with it all the risks of having full blown diabetes

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Tags: belly fat, inflammation, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition

Sweetened or Unsweetened? Do You Want Diabetes With That?

Posted by on Tue, Jun 05, 2012

Healthy Tips

Dr. Mark Hyman has coined the term “diabesity”. It refers to the journey from a normal blood sugar level to pre-diabetes and finally to full blown Type II diabetes, often accompanied by obesity.

Sugar, Sugar, Sugar

Refined foods, sugary drinks and fast foods all turn to sugar very quickly in the body. After a high carbohydrate meal or snack, insulin is secreted by the pancreas so that the sugar can be transported from the blood into the cells where it can be used for energy. An abundance of sugar in the system (aka a normal American diet) causes a lot of insulin to be produced. Over time the cells no longer respond to the insulin and the body needs more of it to keep blood sugar in balance. This is called insulin resistance.

The brain, the liver and the muscles are the primary users of sugar or glucose. After that, all the excess gets stored as fat!  A common side effect of insulin resistance is weight gain.

Hidden Calories

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Tags: holistic nutrition, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition