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Super Grains

Category: Lifestyle  |  Permalink

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Healthy and Delicious Alternatives to "Carbage"


So what is "carbage"? A phrase coined by nutritionist Heidi Skolnik, "carbage" refers to processed white carbohydrates like bread and pasta. Very low in nutritional value but high in sugar, many Americans eat "carbage" as a staple of their diet. We want you to break this habit! But just because you're giving up wheat doesn't mean you have to give up on all grains. Here we have some of the best wheat alternatives. Filling and delicious, these grains add variety to your meals without making you feel like you have to give up a huge part of your diet. Of course you still need to be careful as none of these grains would be considered low carb. But since they are so packed with protein and other nutrients you only have to eat a small amount to feel satisfied! Here are 8 of our favorites grains that we would love to share with you!





Carbohydrate: 25 g per ½ cup*


Tess is the world's tiniest grain. This is a good thing because Teff is too small to be processed or refined, ensuring you get the nutritional benefits of the full grain. It has extremely high calcium content and is 40% starch resistant which helps with weight loss. As an extra bonus, Teff has a sweet and mild, molasses-like flavor, which is why many like to eat it as a breakfast cereal. Teff tortillas are becoming increasingly popular and are great for making healthy and delicious wraps.





Carbohydrate: 20.6 g*


Millet is most commonly known as an ingredient in bird feed, but this amazing grain is not just for the birds! It contains high levels of magnesium and B vitamins, making it wonderful for relieving migraine headaches, muscle tension, and cramps. Studies have also shown millet has the ability to control diabetes and inflammations. When purchasing millet, be sure to get it hulled (not pearled) in order to get the full fiber content. It is quite versatile and be made into hot cereal, mashed like potatoes, fluffed like rice, or ground into flour to make pancakes, muffins, bread, etc.





Carbohydrate: 24.4 g*


Buckwheat is actually not a grain (its closest relation would be to rhubarb). It contains high levels of the antioxidant rutin. Rutin is responsible for improving circulation and lowering bad cholesterol. Many people like to buy buckwheat pancake mixes. It is also known as the main ingredient in soba noodles. You may see buckwheat in stores referred to as "kasha". Kasha is toasted buckwheat and has a slightly nuttier flavor.





Carbohydrate: 26 g*


Kamut is excellent for those looking for an energy boost. This grain has 40% more protein than regular wheat. It contains lots of fatty acids, B vitamins, and omega-3s (all wonderful for fighting inflammation) and well as high amounts of vitamin E (which strengthens the immune system). Kamut is high in lipids, giving it a buttery taste. You can purchase Kamut as pasta, breads, or even flour for baking. Try to look for whole grain Kamut in order to get more nutrients.






Carbohydrate: 54.5 g*


There's a reason quinoa has become so popular in the last year. Did you know quinoa is as nutritious as milk? Amazingly enough, quinoa is considered a vegetable as well as a complete protein. It contains anti-inflammatory phytonutrients as well as a diverse array of antioxidants which provide oxidative protection. Quinoa has a slightly nutty taste and many people love that it cooks even faster than rice.





Carbohydrate: 24.5 g*


Flaxseeds are known for their high level of omega-3 fatty acids (a powerful agent for fighting cancer). It is the #1 source of lignans among commonly eaten foods (7X the amount of the next runner up, sesame seeds). Lignans provide antioxidant benefits, fiber-like benefits, and act as phytoestrogens. These phytoestrogens bind to estrogen receptors, blocking the action of stronger estrogens that lead to breast cancer. Studies also show that people who eat flaxseeds have increased prevention of cardiovascular disease and decreased insulin resistance. Also considering flaxseeds are 70% fat, it's surprising to note that people who eat flaxseeds have decreased obesity, proving once and for all that there is such a thing as "good" fats.





Carbohydrate: 61 g*


Spelt contains vitamin B2, manganese, niacin, thiamin, copper, and magnesium. It's also very high in protein and fiber. Wow! Because spelt is water-soluble, all these nutrients are easily absorbed. Those suffering from digestive issues like irritable bowel syndrome will be happy to know that spelt is very easy to digest. It also helps prevent diabetes and other insulin-resistant diseases. Spelt has a mildly sweet and nutty flavor.





Carbohydrate: 63 g*


Amaranth is a leafy green vegetable that can also be grown in a grain form. As a result it's packed with nutrients like protein, calcium, and iron. Rich in the amino acid lysine, amaranth helps improve calcium absorption and decreases anxiety. It can be sprouted, popped, simmered, or ground into flour. Amaranth has an earthly taste that works best with savory dishes.



There You Go... 8 Super Grains for You!


All of these wonderful grains can be found in your nearest health food store! Because of their rising popularity, many supermarkets carry these grains as well. They're all very easy to incorporate into your diet. Just replace any sources of "carbage" in your recipes with one of these tasty grains. Then enjoy your meal knowing that you are giving your body powerful health benefits without having to sacrifice the taste and comfort of wheat!




Barbara Hoffman and your friends at Better Health Naturally





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How Can Progesterone Help You?

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014

Today I have a wonderful question that I was asked this week and I'd like to share it with you. The lady asked "Why will just using progesterone help me balance my hormones?"

Well, let me tell you!

Bio-identical progesterone restores the imbalances caused by estrogen dominance. Both women and men, and even teenagers can have estrogen dominance.

What is estrogen dominanace?

It is a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but has little or no progesterone to balance its effects in the body.

We are designed to be in balance with estrogen and progesterone. As we age and progesterone levels fall, estrogen is designed to fall also, so we stay in balance.

After the ovaries shut down, progesterone is naturally made in the adrenal glands and estrogen is made in the fat cells.

They will naturally stay in balance UNLESS a condition causes your estrogen levels to be too high for your progesterone levels. Then . . . you are estrogen dominant.

Ideally, the progesterone and estrogen levels should be 200:1, so you can see that progesterone is an important protective hormone.



Take a look. Is this you?

     · Weight gain - in hips and thighs

     · Insomnia

     · Fatigue

     · Memory loss

     · Irritability

     · Acne

     · Cramping

     · Irregular menstrual flow

     · Depression

     · Panic attacks

     · Osteoporosis

     · Cold hands and feet

     · Breast tenderness

     · Hair loss

     · Thyroid imbalance

     · Increased breast cancer risk

     · Fluid retention

     · Blood clots

     · Inability to concentrate


So . . . do you wonder why you feel bad? It's not all in your head.



Sad fact - when most women go to their doctor with these symptoms, they are likely to end up with prescribed (synthetic) estrogen which will only make the symptoms worse as time goes on.

When men have estrogen dominance, they experience . . .

- Poochy breasts

- Belly fat

- Listless

- Prostate problems

- Lack of energy

We do not want this for our hubbies!



-  Synthetic hormones (birth control pills, Hormone Replacement Therapy)

-  Xenoestrogens - Xeno means foreign. So, xenoestrogens are made from something other than the body. Many xenoestrogens are petrochemically based or are byproducts of petrochemical production and most estrogen dominance is found in industrialized countries.


How do they disrupt hormone balance?

These synthetic chemicals bind directly to hormone receptor sites in our bodies activating the sites and blocking normal hormonal activity. These substances accumulate in the tissues and wreak havoc on our ability to metabolize and eliminate toxins creating a state of too much estrogen in the body.

These harmful estrogens can be found in cows, steers, pigs and chickens, which are all given estrogen to be made fatter. Xenoestrogen exposure during embryo phase of life can make you more susceptible to estrogen dominance. Hormones in milk can also cause estrogen dominance.

Also found in . . .

     · Paint

     · Textiles

     · Herbicides - used on lawns and plants

     · Plastics or plastic wraps

     · The exhaust of cars (and gasoline fumes)

     · Tobacco smoke

     · Solvents

     · Some city water supplies

     · Commercial household cleaning products

     · Insect repellent

     · And pesticide residue on fruits and vegetables.

     · Stress - Cortisol can steal progesterone to make more cortisol. 

         Stress can even cause annovulatory cycles.

     · Weight gain, fat cells make estrogen, estrogen causes the body to

         store fat, so you have more estrogen being made!

         That is the definition of a "vicious cycle"!


Progesterone can help you!

You do not need a doctor's prescription to get natural, bio-identical progesterone. It is available over the counter.

Women feel better from within 3 days to 3 months.


What else can it do?

Natural progesterone is a natural mood balancer, stress reliever, and brain-calmer, and it squashes cortisol, a natural diuretic, antidepressant, and antioxidant.

Boosting this one hormone, will directly affect all the pauses.

-  Cardiopause - lowers blood pressure and prevention of arrhythmia

-  Can prevent breast and endometrial cancers and possibly other cancers

-  Menopause - balances estrogen and restores libido

- Osteopause - increases bone density

- Thyropause - improves thyroid function

- Vasculopause - relaxes peripheral vessels which can help circulation

Progesterone also increases

GABA - which in turn can increase joy, control appetite, lowers anxiety levels.

Serotonin - Which can elevate mood, balance sleep cycles and decrease cravings.


If you are looking for a bio-identical hormone doctor and cannot find one, or you found one but you cannot afford the expensive lab fees and office visits, we can help!


Better Health Naturally's ProHELP is an affordable alternative!

I have used many different creams for many years. They all had so many ingredients, or they did not contain enough progesterone. Finally, I spoke with Dr. John Lee, the 'father of natural progesterone'. He helped me formulate our ProHELP, Menopause Moisture Crème, and ProMEN. We created a simple, pure formula, with 1000 mg of natural USP micronized progesterone. Dr. John Lee was so pleased with the crèmes, he even listed them in his book "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause."

These natural progesterone crèmes  contain no soy and are delivered through the skin (trans-dermal).

Remember, you want micronized progesterone . Diosgenin or wild yam extract alone will not help. You want the actual hormone.

You can read testimonials that I have collected over the years at our website:



So, how can just using progesterone help YOU balance YOUR hormones?

There is your answer! You most likely have enough estrogen, and progesterone will help balance that estrogen.

There was actually a venture capitalists contest I recently read about where people would stand up and explain what they would like to do and why they deserve the money. One woman stood up and said "I want to help stop the wrath of raging hormones!" The crowd gave her a standing ovation and the judge yelled out "God bless you!" Yes, raging hormones are abnormal, they are miserable and that does NOT have to be you!

Women have been blinded for so many years to the dangers of HRT. But the Bible says . . .


"Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen" Isaiah 32:3


God wants our bodies to flourish into our old age.

Let's shop in His pharmacy, not man's pharmacy.


Ask for our 30 page "Natural Progesterone for You" booklet and our 10 page Men's Packet.


Posted by: Deb Taylor
Friday, March 21, 2014 @ 4:52:46 PM

I've been doing some reading on the amount of progesterone to use and one site says that ideally, to overcome estrogen dominance, the amount of progesterone should be 100-200 mg. instead of 40until symptoms subside. The theory is with a smaller amount, the body is always potentially in estrogen dominance. Is this true? Can I use more than 40 mg. of the Menopause Moisture Cream?? If so, how much more? I am experiencing many of the symptoms (and on the severe side) of estrogen dominance and within 2 days of using the MMC, I have had a rare hot flash/night sweat vs. up to 10 -15 in one day previous to using the cream (25 days of use so far). It feels like a miracle!! Please reply back soon as I would like to apply more cream daily if safe to do so. Thank you and God Bless!

Posted by: Barbara Hoffman
Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 9:19:31 AM

Your symptoms sound so typical of estrogen dominance. You may be anovulatory, meaning you are not ovulating and therefore not making progesterone. You would still have a period, of course, due to the estrogen factor. If progesterone is not available to balance estrogen, hair loss, breast tenderness, irritability and the other PMS symptoms occur. Anovulation is very typical in today's woman due to stress, environmental toxins, and other hormone disruptors. If you are trying to get pregnant, there is a blood test to check for ovulation. Progesterone is widely used for PMS. Vitamin B-12 is also excellent. Call us if you need more help or want to chat personally!

Posted by: Holly
Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 8:30:28 AM

I have heard of women using natural progesterone cream for hair loss and ended up losing more hair. Personally, I notice my hair loss increases right after ovulation (around day 14) and up to Day 2 of my cycle. As I understand it, progesterone increases after ovulation and drops somewhere mid menstruation (Day 3-7) when estrogen peaks again. I also experience breast tenderness, bloating, depression, irritability, anxiety, and excessive hunger (all PMS symptoms) right after ovulation...again, when progesterone peaks. Given my experience, I don't understand how progesterone cream can turn this around when that hormone seems the cause of it? I've had my hormones tested several times (via blood) and it all "looks" normal, yet the symptoms are severe. How can one make sense of this?

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Why We Get FAT and Stay FAT

Category: Weight Loss  |  Permalink

Published: Sunday, April 20, 2014

NEW recent information about weight loss that will change your eating habits forever.


It is literally going to take years for powers-that-be to truly inform the public that the old ideas about dieting and weight control are erroneous. This is because the wheels of change turn slowly.  But YOU can change your ways now and stop inevitable weight gain.  I want to help you be trim and fit for the rest of your life. A diet high in carbohydrates is making America FAT.




1 in every 3 Americans is considered obese AND  2 in 3 are overweight.  Why can't Americans get fit?  We are told consistently that we have to not take in more calories than we can burn and that we cannot lose weight if we do not exercise.


The Bad News:


We live in a Toxic Environment for obesity!

Specifically: fast foods, drive thrus, super sizes, junk snack foods that are marketed to us incessantly.  The phrase has been coined:  Obesigenic environment  This is an environment that takes a lean person (you) and turns them into a fat person. People do not get fat because they eat too much, but because they eat the wrong types of food.




It was ALWAYS thought that it was  "Calories in,  calories out" that controlled weight gain and weight loss.  Now scientific evidence shows this is NOT true.  We were also told that low fat, low calorie diets worked. We were told that high protein diets cause high cholesterol and high triglycerides and heart attacks.




The growth of our fat tissue is controlled by HORMONES, specifically insulin.  Yes, just as growth hormone makes children grow, hormones can make us grow FAT. When insulin levels are elevated, fat accumulates in fat tissue.  When insulin levels fall, we burn fat from the fat tissue and use it for fuel and lose that spare tire or other undesirable weight.


Simply put: the more carbs we eat, the more insulin we secrete.  When insulin levels rise, so does fat storage




Who are the CULPRITS? Refined carbs, starchy vegetables, sugar, high fructose corn syrup.


How does it work? Glucose wants to store as FAT.

Protein/fats want to burn as ENERGY.

Carbs make us fat AND carbs make us hungrier!



A famous study called the Womens Health Initiative (WHI)  followed 50,000 women for 8 years. Guess what? A low fat, low calorie diet did not result in much weight loss.....just about 2 pounds each in 8 YEARS! That is really pathetic for women who were diligently watching what they ate for many years.



 Under-eating does NOT cure obesity Just about every overweight person has tried it...IT DOES NOT WORK!

EVEN BY EATING JUST 800-1000 calories per day, only 1 in 20 patients lost any significant weight according to a large research study.  800 obese and overweight people were enrolled and were instructed to eat 750 calories less per day.  They were also given intense counseling to help them stay on track and also given a lot of help with meal plans that were low in calories.  The average participant was 50 pounds over weight. Despite all this diligence and denial,  they only lost only 9 pounds in 6 months!  AND they gained it back after a year. Undereating is not a cure and overeating is not the cause of all obesity



This is not the answer either

People in the US are getting fatter despite the proliferation of health clubs, aerobics, and leisure-activity sports that have exploded in recent years.  We have basically seen a "fitness revolution but we are still getting FATTER!

IN FACT, USDA guidelines do not suggest that weight can be lost by exercising.  Even faithful runners tend to get fatter as the years go by, even those that run more than 40 miles per week.  In truth, we do not burn a lot of calories by doing moderate exercise AND it often encourages us to eat more because we think we DID burn those calories.

Have you heard the phrase "working up an appetite?"  That's exactly what exercise can do!  After exercise the body wants to compensate for the energy drain.  Exercise is good for staying fit, but is not the answer for losing weight.  Most people who try to lose weight by exercise are also cutting out unhealthy foods.  Did you ever see a regular jogger or aerobics buff eating a donut after they exercise?  No, they are more likely to be drinking some cool water or having something half-way healthy at least.  That's why these people can stay lean.  If they eat the wrong foods, even the distance runner will gain weight.




It comes down to INSULIN!


Excess insulin works to promote the flow of fat into the fat cells and  will cause you to get fatter  Protein helps break down fat so it can escape from the fat cells and will make you thinner.


What is Insulin?


 Insulin is the hormone that is the main regulator of fat metabolism 

All carbohydrate breaks down into sugar in our bodies.  Your pancreas then secretes insulin to digest the carbs. Blood sugar (glucose) rises.  More insulin is secreted to lower the blood sugar. Insulin causes carbs to convert into fat and be stored in the fat cells.  The fat will stay in the fat cells until insulin levels drop, but we eat too many carbs and insulin levels remain high. The pancreas is over-active in order to secrete enough insulin to cope with your blood sugar levels.  It is like being on a merry-go-round with no getting off!

Insulin also works to create new fat cells. It works to increase the fat we store and decrease the fat we burn. Yes!  Fat cells can multiply.


We need to lower our insulin levels and secrete less insulin in the first place!

It is the proverbial Vicious cycle:

When we get fatter, we need more energy and our appetite will increase.  We will crave carbs because that is what insulin wants to burn for fuel. The insulin is now in control!






The more insulin you secrete, the likelier it is that your cells will become resistant to it....the cells will not open the door when insulin comes knocking.  So, it stays in the blood stream.  The body senses that there is still insulin in the blood stream and the pancreas releases MORE insulin.  More insulin release promotes a greater degree of insulin resistance.  The increase in insulin causes the fat cells to store more calories as fat.  We are more likely to become insulin resistant as we age and we store more and more calories as fat  Often, as insulin levels go up, blood pressure and cholesterol and triglycerides go up.  Metabolism is also slowing down.  So....even a lean person will get fatter without increasing calorie intake!  The fat accumulates around the waist (where fat cells are most sensitive to insulin)


Get the picture?  This is as simple as I can put it.  Carbs and sweets have to be avoided!

With sugar, there are studies that show can be as addictive as cocaine and nicotine even animals can be made to eat foods they do not like if we "sugar  coat" them! 




Will that help you give them up?  It's the only way to stay lean.




This occurs when we get fatter, lose control of our blood sugar, develop insulin resistance, develop high blood pressure, HDL cholesterol goes down, and LDL goes up. Metabolic Syndrome has been associated with Alzheimer's disease and cancer because insulin and high blood sugar can cause brain deterioration.  I was at a conference recently where the researchers called Alzheimer's "Diabetes of the Brain"  The brain needs fat (cholesterol) for its building blocks....NOT SUGAR. Also, regarding cancer, excess insulin can cause tumors to both grow and to metastasize




Not all carbs are bad!  Vegetables and leafy greens are also carbs.  Low glycemic index foods are good for us.  The higher the glycemic index, the more insulin will be secreted in response to it.  Do yourself a BIG favor: Download a copy of a glycemic index chart for foods.  Eat foods with a GI of 70 or under.  You will be eating GREAT foods and will LOSE weight!




The more carbs you eat, the more you will store fat.

Protein is key! You want your body to burn fat for energy.  Protein promotes this because it does not raise insulin levels



 Fruit contains fructose which can be fattening to anyone who is predisposed to put on weight.  I know many menopausal women in particular who will gain weight the day after they ate too much fruit.  I tested it on myself and a day after I ate nectarines and melon and a pear (all good, right?) I gained 1.5  pounds.  WOW!  Who knew?  So be careful with fruit. Think about it….fruit used to be seasonal and our ancestors just ate what was in season.  Now we have so much available that we eat all fruits  all the time. For myself, upon experimenting, I have found I am okay with blueberries and cherries and apples  YAY!  Do your own experiment to find your good fruits that will not store as fat.



Refined sugar

High Fructose Corn Syrup - this contains fructose, the same fructose that is in fruit.  It is about 1/2 fructose and 1/2 glucose and our bodies will process it into fat.  As a matter of fact, fructose is the carb that we convert to fat most easily.

SUGAR HAS TO GO!  It is NOT your friend!

No fruit juices.  Never drink your fruit!


KEY:  If you cut out the foods that make you fat, you will NOT be fat!  If you lose weight and add those foods back in, you WILL get fat  

RESTRICT CARBS, Keep Blood Sugar Levels LOW Carbs give quick energy so we crave them, but they make us crave more carbs if we eat too many.




do not let yourself get too hungry.  Just by thinking about eating, insulin will rise. Yes! The body begins to secrete insulin as soon as we think about eating in order to  prepare the body for the upcoming glucose onslaught.


Then, the higher the insulin  reaction we have, the more we will think the food tastes better.  It's not fair, right?  But that's how the body works to start controlling us and make us crave certain foods.  Remember, your brain is in control NOT your body!  Do not let your body bully you into overeating or eating the wrong foods!



This is not a wise choice at all because when manufacturers cut out fat they will replace  it with sugar to restore some of the taste.

Protein and fat  do NOT cause weight to balloon. The WHI study showed  no significant reduction in heart disease, stroke, breast cancer, colon cancer or weight gain when  20,000 women cut their total fat consumption by 25% as compared to the other 29,000 who could eat as much fat as they wanted.

Olive oil is excellent.  In fact, consuming olive oil daily has been shown to decrease risk of stroke by about 43%.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you replace saturated fat in your diet with other words instead of eggs for breakfast, you have oatmeal and fruit, your LDL cholesterol may go down, but your triglycerides may go up.  Carbohydrate rich diets lower HDL.  Low HDL is an excellent predictor for heart attack in women.  You do NOT want a low HDL.




These starve the body of protein that is required for energy. Fatty tissue is not targeted in a low calorie diet. In fact, your fat cells will work overtime to hang on to their fat.  Your body will also reduce its energy production and "slow down"  If you are cutting all calories across the board, you will still be eating a disproportionate amount of  carbs which will still impede any lasting weight loss.  ELIMINATE STARCH, FLOUR, WHITE SUGAR and INCREASE PROTEIN and you WILL lose weight.  I PROMISE



So why eat them?  DON'T!


By the way, scientists now agree that the old food pyramid with carbohydrates as the mainstay was WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!  But we have followed it for so many years....this is why we have become an obese nation!  Take a look at what we were encouraged to eat in the old pyramid.  Way too many carbs in relation to protein.  In fact, the whole bottle layer of the pyramid was nothing but carbs!  It has now been revised, but we were misled for many years.




A government-funded study was conducted and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2007.  It was called the A TO Z Weight Loss Study and compared 4 diets:  These were all low carbohydrate diets…just what I am encouraging you to follow.

People lost weight, their HDL (good) cholesterol went up, triglycerides went down, and blood pressure went down. 



  Did you know that LDL and HDL are really not cholesterol?  They are particles that contain the cholesterol and move both it and triglycerides around the blood stream. When insulin is high, LDL particles which are supposed to be large and benign, become small and dense and attach to the arterial walls to form plaque. A Carbohydrate-rich diet makes LDL small and increase the risk of heart disease..  It also lowers HDL (good cholesterol).  When we limit carbs, HDL goes up and LDL particles become larger and more innocuous.

This is proof that a low carb, protein rich diet will not increase risk of heart disease and will probably PREVENT IT! This is a complete reversal of previous recommendations.




Did you know that LDL and HDL are really not cholesterol?  They are particles that contain the cholesterol and move both it and triglycerides around the blood stream. When insulin is high, LDL particles which are supposed to be large and benign, become small and dense and attach to the arterial walls to form plaque. A Carbohydrate-rich diet makes LDL small and increase the risk of heart disease..  It also lowers HDL (good cholesterol).  When we limit carbs, HDL goes up and LDL particles become larger and more innocuous.

This is proof that a low carb, protein rich diet will not increase risk of heart disease and will probably PREVENT IT! This is a complete reversal of previous recommendations.



You all know that I am a huge proponent of balancing estrogens with progesterone.  Excess estrogen or estrogen dominance can cause weight gain and an increase in fat cells by itself and when compounded by high insulin, your battle with weight is lost.  So hormone balance is key.



If the mother has high insulin while she is pregnant, the child will develop more insulin-secreting cells.  The child will be born with more fat and have a tendency toward insulin resistance.  In other words, the child will be born with a predisposition to be fat!  "Bad" (Refined) Carbohydrates are to  blame!




Try eating less pasta, rice, white potatoes and all white foods.  Avoid sugar "like the plague".  (See the Stay off Sugar 6 part blog)


Try a week of just protein, or even a few days. Go slow but steady.  I will caution you women, though, that hormone balance is key.  Otherwise your body may simply refuse to give up the weight.  So use your progesterone crème.

Patience are improving your health, blood pressure, cholesterol.

It may have taken years for you to get to this point.  Every step in the right direction will make you feel better.  A body clear of excess sugars and carbs will begin to feel GREAT in terms of energy, mood, sleep, and libido as well as losing weight.

You will also notice that sugary things begin to taste WAY TOO SWEET after you have weaned yourself.  I used to LOVE pie, but today I cannot find any slice of pie that is simply too sweet for me to enjoy.  It will happen for you, too.  Remember that sugar is addictive, so you may need some help with 5-HTP, L-Tyrosine or GABA to help you out.

YOU WILL NOT BE STARVNG YOURSELF!  You can eat a lot of food if you give up the empty carbs. Do not consider this a diet.  We do not want to use words with "die" in them!




Once you start eliminating the "bad" carbs you will find:

  •         You do not think about food as much as you used to....only when you are hungry
  •         You will feel more energetic
  •         You may not need to snack as much, although I do encourage healthy snacks
  •         Your mood will be more even as blood sugar remains stable  (There is a great product for keeping blood sugar stable called PGX.  I LOVE it!  Call me if you would like a sample.  You put it in yogurt or any other moist food.  It helps you to burn fat for fuel and lose weight. It also creates a feeling of satiety while you are changing to your new lifestyle.
  •         Blood pressure should come down as the kidneys excrete the sodium they have retained due to high insulin levels


Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for YOU, declares the Lord"


I want you HEALTHY to fulfill those plans.  Call me if you need a Cheerleader of a Diet Buddy!  877 539-6200


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Write to me with YOUR tips and I will add them!





Posted by: WQ
Thursday, November 24, 2011 @ 1:49:05 AM

God bless you for website! I have tried L-tyrosine and 5htp before. The effects of L-tyrosine is so helps with the negative effects of my adhd medication. I can't believe doctors rather drug you then to have you try other alternatives.

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Be Alive With My Top 5

Category: General Health Information  |  Permalink

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014

Supplements for Energy, Sleep, Memory, Stress, Mood & Fatigue

Over the past year, I have attended hundreds of hours of seminars given by experts from all over the United States and the world.


In my quest to bring you "Better Health Naturally", I have asked these doctors and experts to reveal their top picks for anti-aging supplements. 




Over and over again, these are the picks for regenerating the brain, restoring sleep and energy, helping with weight loss, and balancing hormones.


You can just choose 1 or all and get started on feeling GREAT!

I personally take them all, every day.

Of course, as the "the Hope for your Hormones Lady" I love Bio-Identical Progesterone Crème for women and men.


Our ProHELP Moisture Treatment Crème, Menopause Moisture Crème with Red Clover, and ProMEN can help you become hormonally balanced. They also help lower blood pressure, boost heart, brain and bone health, lower triglycerides, lower cortisol levels, and prevent against stroke, so I like you to start with this first.

Next choose from the Top 5.







DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a
bio-identical hormone made in the human body, secreted by the adrenal gland.
Studies show DHEA levels peak at the age of 20 for both men and women and decline steadily after age 40. The symptoms of low DHEA include changes of memory and attention, depression, lack of energy, loss of libido, irritability, anxiety, panic attacks, osteoporosis, and increased appetite. 

Declining DHEA levels have also been associated with arthritis, memory loss, and heart disease. See, hormones are vitally important. They are the messengers of the body. I also love DHEA for mind, libido, strong bones and the infamous "belly fat". DHEA has become the #1 supplement recommended by Age-Management
Doctors worldwide.

Clinical Studies Have Been Done That Show DHEA:

  • Reduces abdominal fat - a potent weapon in the "Battle of the Bulge"
  • Increases muscle mass & strength
  • Improves mood in both sexes
  • Increases libido
  • Increases testosterone levels in women
  • Enhances the body's thermogenic process (transforms food into energy & prevents fat from accumulating)
  • Fights fatigue & improves stamina
  • Lowers blood cholesterol
  • Promotes ability to cope with stress
  • Can increase bone density to prevent or reduce osteoporosis


A typical testimonial follows:

"After 3 days of using DHEA I felt as though my body had been jump started. I had a positive energy shift and I no longer needed an afternoon nap."

~ D.H., California

This can be you!




#2 Melatonin



Melatonin is another vital hormone made by your body. It is called "The Sleep Hormone". If you cannot sleep, you are not deficient in Ambien, Lunesta or other sleeping pills, you need Melatonin. It is a hormone that helps reset your circadian rhythm back to normal. It takes a little while to work if your circadian rhythm has been disrupted, but don't give up. Proper sleep affects everything in your body, including your WEIGHT!



  • Helps you fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep
  • Enhances overall sleep quality
  • Can reduce daytime fatigue
  • Can improve morning alertness
  • Can lengthen total sleep duration
  • Good sleep helps other hormones stay in balance & can positively affect weight loss efforts


"I did not sleep through the night for 2 years. After 3 weeks of using Melatonin I slept all night long every night!" ~ D.M.


1-3 mg per night is a good dose. I personally take 9 mg a night and I get constant, wonderful sleep.




#3 Phosphatidylserine (PS)



Help! Where is my purse or wallet? What was his name again? Did I turn the coffee pot off? Is this you? For trouble with your memory, focus, or recalling information. PS is the best product for optimal brain function. It can even reverse brain aging. PS is a natural phospholipid, essential for maintaining neuronal membrane fluidity (cell to cell communication).


  • Improves memory loss due to aging
  • Can repair brain aging
  • Helps the brain to retrieve information
  • Improves focus and mental clarity
  • Helps balance high or low cortisol levels-great for those who are stressed
  • Can help prevent dementia & possibly Alzheimer's disease

In only 2 weeks users report improved: ability to focus, mental clarity, and memory. 


After just 2 weeks of taking 100 mg of PS daily, I actually remembered the color of my dress on the first day of kindergarten. Wow!



#4 L-Tyrosine



L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that helps the brain produce adequate amounts of the neurotransmitter L-dopamine. If dopamine levels are low, feelings of sadness, anxiety, irritability and frustration can occur. Also, you can find yourself losing energy and gaining weight. Dopamine is responsible for your feelings of ''joy".


  • Helps the brain to produce L-Dopa, Dopamine,
    Norepinephrine & Epinephrine
  • Suppresses appetite & aids in weight loss
  • Increases energy
  • Can help improve a low sex drive
  • Assists a lackluster thyroid to function better
  • Elevates mood and increases feelings of joy
  • Promotes energy and self-confidence


A good dose is 500 mg once or twice a day.


I have my entire family and all my friends on L-Tyrosine. We are a youthful, energetic group now!



#5 Super Adrenal Stress Formula

(This is a name brand)



Are you suffering from low adrenal function: Low energy, inability to handle stress, feeling run down, hair loss, reliance on caffeine, facial hair, low sex drive, etc.? This is the product for you! It is formulated by Dr. James Wilson, America's leading expert in Adrenal Fatigue. I recently spoke with Dr. Wilson and he told me that all perimenopausal & menopausal women should be on this for 3-6 months.


  • Provides fast therapeutic response in 1-2 weeks
  • Provides steady energizing effect & nurtures those poor, tired adrenals
  • Contains essential nutrients that help increase
    adrenal hormone production:  Vitamin A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, Biotin, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Chromium, Copper, Selenium, Bioflavinoids, L-5 Hydroxytryptophan, Choline, Kelp, Potassium.
  • Dr. Wilson says 3 months of this product is enough to jump start tired adrenal glands
  • Dr. Wilson recommends this for all peri-menopausal & menopausal women


"I created Super Adrenal Stress Formula to provide an optimal combination of the specific nutrients essential for: 1) supporting adrenal function during times of stress and 2) promoting normal adrenal hormone production. It works to provide optimal support for those experiencing stress or adrenal fatigue. The results have been fantastic!" ~ Dr. James L. Wilson


I have my office staff taking it to nourish and support their adrenal glands, which are the "work horses" of your body. They also make hormones for you.



There you have it! These are the best recommendations from leading anti-aging doctors and researchers I have known. I take all of them daily, but you could start with just one.


Let me know how you do!





Posted by: Barbara Hoffman
Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 9:12:48 AM

Yes, if DHEA is used in excess, it can disrupt. I have heard of people who use 100 mg per day. 10-20 mg is the normal physiologic dose for women and should not cause problems, but rather boost the user toward optimal health.

Posted by: Holly
Saturday, April 27, 2013 @ 8:34:23 AM

DHEA can cause hair loss in both men and women, but particularly women as it disrupts the delicate hormonal balance. Just Google "DHEA hair loss".

Posted by: Robin
Thursday, May 24, 2012 @ 11:10:17 AM

I am curious. I am a 28 year old woman with adrenal fatigue and I bought some of the supplements you suggested. I am curious though if there are any risks. When I read the side of the DHEA bottle it said if you are still in child bearing years dont' take it and it said you can grow facial hair. I also bought the L-Tyrosine and Pregnenolone, but am hesitant to take them because of any adverse effects. Any help would be appreciated.

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Menopause? Take Charge of Your Symptoms!

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Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Okay ladies, here is the scoop!


Menopause can be an ENJOYABLE period of your life.  Seriously!  The secret is to know what is to come during this transition period and be prepared for it Read on!


You've all heard about the undesirable side effects of menopause:  Hot Flashes, Night Sweats, Weight Gain (aka "muffin tops"), and decreased libido to name a few.  There are actually over 35 symptoms of hormone imbalance! These symptoms will vary from woman to woman. They are all indicators of the hormonal changes that are taking place within the body, at the end of menstruation.  The reality is that many women go through menopause without major issues- it is only the negative stories we all hear that cause us to think otherwise.  In fact, a study done by UK researchers revealed that a negative outlook toward menopause may actually lead to more severe symptoms.  So, let's be positive! Knowledge is power!  Let's look at 4 of the "big, bad" symptoms of menopause  and how they can be helped. There is no need to suffer!


Weight Gain:

Why do many women gain the dreaded "muffintop" or put on weight during perimenopause and menopause?  Well, metabolism does decrease by about 10% during this phase and that doesn't help However, the most pressing reason: changing hormone levels lead to a change in shape.  How? When estrogen and progesterone levels drop during menopause, the body ceases to store fat all-over in various parts of the body and concentrates where fat cells have ESTROGEN receptors. This is right around the mid-section; located here because during pregnancy you want some fat storage here. After menopause, when progesterone levels fall, fat  begins to store here producing the infamous "muffin top". Then this area becomes a fat-making area because fat encourages estrogen production and the estrogen leads to more fat!  Simple lifestyle changes help avoid this, including consuming more lean protein and low-glycemic carbs.  Insulin levels, if chronically high, also lead to fat storage.  See my blog on Why We Get Fat for an in-depth discussion (or write to me if you would like a hard copy sent to you).  Both insulin and estrogen can become "Bullys" and demand that your body stores fat.  This can be circumvented and I tell you how in the Why We get Fat blog and also on my YouTube channel under the weight loss videos.

In addition, the weight gain may be caused by an underactive thyroid, which is common among women as hormones fluctuate, particularly when estrogen becomes "dominant" in relation to progesterone. Have your thyroid levels checked if you have symptoms of low thyroid. Using bioidentical thyroid medication as treatment can help shed the unwanted pounds.  (Remember to ask for bio-identical) At the very least support your thyroid by using L-Tyrosine or any good thyroid boosting supplement.  For more on this, Email or call for my thyroid article.

Again, I promise, this weight can come off.  you can be free of this annoying symptom of Menopause!


Hot Flashes:

 Hot Flashes are  the most common indicator of menopause in women. They are caused by fluctuating and/or decreasing estrogen levels in the body which affects the brain's hypothalamus, which directly regulates body temperature.  Erroneously getting a signal that you are "cold", your internal temperature elevates resulting in hot flashes and sweating.  There are great natural hormone crèmes containing phyto-estrogens that are available over-the-counter and do not require a prescription.  Our Menopause Crème is great because it contains Red Clover, not soy. If you can locate a doctor who will prescribe  bio-identical  estrogen,  and progesterone, this can provide enormous relief for some women.  If not, the OTC crèmes are great.  Remember, bio-identical progesterone is available over the counter and it has a positive effect on circulating your natural estrogen.  So, if you cannot find a BHRT doctor, this is an excellent place to start.   According to many naturopathic doctors,, 40 to 80 mg/day of Black Cohash has been shown to be helpful with sweating and hot flashes. You can usually find a good herbal support for menopause.  Look for one that also contains chasteberry as this herb has known benefits for hormone balance.  I also like  rhodiola to help manage stress; stress has a negative effect on those all-important hormones!



This is so common!  Insomnia and sleeplessness in women occur most frequently in those between the ages of 45 and 65….directly correlating with menopause and peri-menopause.  You find yourself waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep for 2 hours hours or, in the worse cases, not at all.  This of course, can be devastating not only physically but mentally as well. What can you do? Taking a melatonin supplement before sleep can help immensely. Taking a 3mg melatonin supplement can help provide peaceful, undisturbed sleep. 

 I personally take 6 mg every evening. Two favorite are Natural Factors Melatonin 3mg Sublingual Tablets and SomnoPro chewable tablets with 5-HTP and L-Theonine for those with severe or chronic insomnia.  Melatonin also has other WONDERFUL benefits: combats premature aging, stimulates human growth hormone production, decreases cortisol levels and regulates other hormone production.  In addition, low melatonin levels have been associated with depression and breast cancer.  Taking melatonin supplements can help alleviate or avoid these issues.  Dr. Francisco Contreras, founder of the Oasis of Hope Cancer Centers told me that he gives his cancer patients up to 30 mg of melatonin per night.  So don't be afraid of those low doses we mentioned.

Want to learn more about insomnia and re-setting your circadian rhythm?

Email or call for our insomnia article.


This symptom will not hold YOU hostage if you address it with natural treatments.


Last, but NOT least for my married ladies: Low Sex Drive/ Libido:

Experiencing a disinterest in sex? During menopause this can be VERY common. is   Hormonal changes can directly affect  the vaginal tract.  There is less blood flow to the vagina, thus less lubrication which can result in vaginal dryness.  Sex  can become unenjoyable and even painful for women.  You may need an estrogen suppository from your doctor.  Estradiol or Estriol are both bio-identical and will help rather quickly.  Replens, sold over-the-counter is a good "fast fix" and has also been shown to have cumulative benefits for vaginal dryness.  Also, remember, natural progesterone will help your body circulate those estrogens that are in your body.

If it is more a lack of desire than vaginal dryness, there are some great natural products you could try.  DHEA is one.  Others are Tribulus Terrestis, and Avena Sativa.  Progesterone is also great for "amping up" the libido.


I have a great blog called "Help! My Sex Drive Drove Away", you can find it in the archives.  And, as always call if you need more help!


Well there you have it, a guide to better understanding yourself and menopause.  Don't despair.  God created menopause and there are answers in "God's Pharmacy" vs. "Man's Pharmacy".  Contact us for further questions you may have.  I want you to have a happy menopause, NOT a "Mean-Pause" or a "Men-Pause"


Love, Barbara


Barbara's Favorite Supplements for Menopause/ Peri-menopause:

  1. ProHelp or Menopause Crème
  2. DHEA- libido, bones, energy
  3. Super Adrenal Stress- adrenal support
  4. L. Tyrosine- Thyroid support/ dopamine
  5. Phosphatidylserine- memory
  6. Zen Mind (GABA + L. Theonine)- anxiety
  7. 5-HTP- depression (raises serotonin), cravings
  8. Vitamin D- Bone Health
  9. Milk Thistle- Liver support
  10. Testron SX- extra libido boost

Visit for more information on these supplements.  Ask about special blog pricing!

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