How many times have you heard medical professionals talk about how your  intestines ( your gut) have a major impact on your overall heath?  Well its very true. But do you know about the DIRECT connection between the  gut and the brain?

The best way to have a healthy ,sharp and active mind, it to feed it the right foods.What you eat controls the bacteria ( microbiome) of your gut. That in turn can cause systemic inflammation , lower you immune system and result in numerous chronic diseases. Extensive research has been done proving the connections between the gut microflora and diseases like ALS Alzheimers ,MS as well as many cancers.

But this is an easy fix. You just have to start changing what you “put in” to get a better result of what ” comes out. Changing one food at a time ( remember my book), makes the change long lasting. It becomes a  lifestyle not a diet !!

If you can’t commit to drastic changes ( decreasing certain foods)  try adding these foods to your diet. Adding is alway more fun than subtracting, and you’ll start to feel better too:

Leafy Greens- Contain anti-oxidants, folate and vit K

Nuts- Vit E and  Omega 3s ( protect the brain)

Red Wine-one glass a day only ( more anti-oxidants)

Fish- Helps decrease systemic inflammation ( which leads to  diseases like MS and Alzheimers)

Poultry- Vit B and choline which are good for brain development

Olive oil ( EVOO)-Good omegas, helps with blood flow which is good for the brain

Reduce sugar intake- old news, but it really does causes a lot of damage and leads to chronic disease

So.. start wherever you’d like, but you have to START TODAY. You’ll notice a clearer head in no time



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As a physician, I am familiar with how the body works and what it takes to keep it running properly. More people are overweight and obese in this country than ever before. We have to take steps to stem this tide, especially for our kids.

One of the ways to start this change is by developing a different relationship with our food. Learning to file our bodies and our minds by changing ONE FOOD AT A TIME!

PANTRY MAKEOVER: Once you decide to make the change, it’s best to do it gradually. One step at a time, and one food at a time (to prevent a family revolt for one thing). Also, you will be less likely to be depressed or feel deprived of certain foods.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Finding and maintaining a healthy weight can sometimes be a daunting challenge. But we all know “yo-yo” dieting NEVER works. Learning HOW to eat, WHEN to eat and WHAT to eat are the keys to permanent lifestyle changes.

EXERCISE: If you’re looking for weight loss, it does not happen without exercise. If you are banking on overall better health, you have to MOVE. Start slow, go slow. Walk, run, dance, bike, stretch. Whatever it takes. Commit to it and start TODAY.

SUPERMARKET TOURS: One of the most important ways to make your change permanent is to know what you are eating. The best way to do that is to learn to read labels! It’s also impossible to be successful without learning to navigate the aisles of your local supermarket safely. For example, fresh foods and vegetables around the outside, processed foods in the middle. BEWARE!

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Love What You Eat

Love What You Eat By Nickie MartinThe true food pyramid

How certain foods affect us

Learn MINDFUL eating

What are the CLEAN 15

Why do we eat certain foods

How to change ONE food at a time

Step by step guide on making changes

Why these changes will save your life



Success Stories

“I learned to think about what I was eating BEFORE I put it in my mouth. Soon the change just became second nature.”
– Monique L

“My health has really turned around since I gave up the processed foods. I don’t eat perfectly, but I’m getting better and feeling better—One Food AT A TIME.”
– Felece M

“It took my family a little while to get on board with my new eating plan. But introducing the changes SLOWLY made the transition much less challenging.”
– Jennifer E

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Our mission educates the reader about the many factors that contribute to overeating and obesity while teaching the importance of mindful eating for longterm health and wellness. Learning to eat differently without starving your body or your wallet is our unique approach. This program will give you the options you want and the simplicity you desire!

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Get Moving

Warm Up

You should never start exercising, even walking, without a warm up period. Stiff, cold muscles are easily injured or torn when stretched too fast, too far. Slow easy movements 3-5 min for all areas involved.


A great way to get started, especially if you’ve been on the couch for the last few years. There are many courses for beginners and even seniors. If you’re really inflexible consider “hot yoga”. It warms deep tissues which makes it easier to stretch.


Another low impact exercise, that has a high impact on your health. For those with poor posture and/or back pain, this is great for core strengthening and stretching. Beginners welcome.


It’s the easiest, least expensive exercise that exists. You do need good shoes, but other than that, just walk out the door, around the office or through the mall. You’ll build strength and stamina in no time.


The second easiest exercise after walking. All you need is good shoes and off you go. This is a great way to burn calories fast. The more you run, the better you feel. Don’t focus on pace or distance, just keep moving.

Resistance/Weight Training

As with any other new endeavor, “start low, go slow”. Isometric exercise can help get muscles used to working. Use machines over free weights and pay close attention to body mechanics.


What a great way to spend time with your kids. Once you learn you never forget. Start just around the neighborhood on a smooth flat surface, then progress to hills. Stationary bikes are just as good, but make sure to add a little resistance.


If you have arthritis or severe injuries, this is the exercise for you. “NO” impact on joints, but helps increase flexibility and strength. Its resistance training without the weights.

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Snacks To Live By

Apple/Kale/Avocado Smoothie: Easy to make and full of good carbs and good fat. You’ll be satiated for hours. Add some nuts or flaxseed for protein and enjoy.

Peanut Butter/Banana Mix: This is great before a workout. Lots of energy, and it will keep you going even during an intense workout. Use PLAIN yogurt as your base to control sugar intake

Hummus: There are many different flavors  to choose from, and it can be used to top meat, veggies, and pita or crackers. Great on the go or between meals.

Healthy Wraps: Wraps can be a great source of fiber. Make sure you fill them with high quality protein. Try to buy tortillas without sugar.

Crunchy: Chewing is better and keeps you full longer than drinking. If you need crunch, choose pretzels over chips. Watch the salt content, and add some protein. Popcorn (air popped) is another good choice.

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