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Sleep, Deep Restorative Sleep!

Written by: Caroline MacDougall

It starts with having babies. Somewhere in those years of waking up at random hours at night and early mornings when you can’t believe your wee one wants to play or nurse, a pattern of caffeine-exhaustion-706448XSmallsleep deprivation sets in. Our sleep gets disrupted and never returns to normal even after our kids sleep through the night. In your mid ‘40’s, you start to wake up in the middle of the night for no good reason at all and can’t fall back to sleep. Then comes fewer hours of sleep as we hit our 60’s and we wonder, why can’t we sleep those nice 8 hours that we got when we were younger?

You know you’ve had a good night’s sleep when you wake up feeling like your sleep has been deep. The brain feels refreshed. There’s a quality of sleep that nothing beats. How to achieve it? I’ve struggled with this pattern of less and less restorative sleep over the years even though I’m caffeine free and take melatonin to prolong the number of hours I sleep. Now I’ve discovered something that promotes really deep, restful sleep and I’d like to share it with you! Read More

Annette’s New Clients go No-Caf!

Written by: Ashley Vincenti

Annette Hottenstein, Registered/Licensed Dietician

Annette Hottenstein, MS, RD, LDN…Ambassador!

We are fortunate to have a number of health professionals in our Teeccino Ambassador program, and we recently received another great report from Annette Hottenstein, MS, RD, LDN, a Teeccino Ambassador and registered dietician who sees 3 – 5 clients a week in her new private practice, Sensational Sustenance. Annette is a food scientist and licensed dietician who works in corporate wellness and is now enjoying offering private counseling – and Teeccino herbal coffee samples – to her clientele! She told us:

“I gave out some Teeccino brochures and Tee-bag samples in several nutrition counseling sessions this week. They were well received! I work in corporate wellness and many of my patients perform shift work and rely heavily on caffeine.” Annette also said, “Teeccino has been a lifesaver for me!!!!  It’s the first time I’ve been able to successfully get off of caffeine and my fifteen-year battle with chronic insomnia has ended. I have started my own counseling office (until now, I focused on corporate wellness). I just helped a client yesterday with Teeccino!” Read More

Ambassadors Are Doing It For Themselves…And Others!

Written by: Ashley Vincenti

ambassadorCARTOONslogan1-yellowOne year ago this month, Teeccino Ambassadors attended the very first online Ambassador Webinar, and started sharing Teeccino samples at their community events of all sizes!  We were amazed at the variety of events we received requests for – from small groups like book clubs and office lunches…large health fairs and church socials…even vegan meetups and a sci-fi convention! We want to thank our Ambassadors so much for participating in this new program and making it so fun for us! We invite new readers to let us know if they would like to be an Ambassador too! You can find out more about the program here and read about some recent events with Ambassadors Sheryl, Fern and Kim –

Sheryl had a group of fifty at her Swim Club where she would be talking about the benefits of clean eating and the acidity of our diets. After the event, Sheryl told us: “People were Read More

Learning To Cook Without Oil

Written by: Caroline MacDougall

OliveOilTake a Mediterranean-loving girl like me and tell her no oil in your cooking, and it creates a complete mind freeze. Say what? I’m an olive oil devotee. Every dinner meal begins with fragrant onions turning translucent in olive oil. But when your beloved partner is threatened with a rare disorder for which the only possible recovery is via no oil or saturated fat, you learn quickly to adapt.

Fortunately, others have paved the way so recipe ideas have inspired me to new levels of creative cuisine. Plus, there is an upside – weight loss!

A little background… Read More

AMA Declares Obesity A Disease: What Happens Now?

Written by: Danielle Edberg

AMA Logo for websiteAfter years of mixed opinions on the subject, the American Medical Association declared obesity a disease last week.

The Facts:

– A person with a BMI of 30+ will now be classified as obese
– Numerous studies link obesity to chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes
– Obesity is a growing problem: childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. (CDC)
– Obesity is preventable by lifestyle modification.

How Does This Affect Healthcare?

As a result of this declaration, it is now a physician’s duty to diagnose and treat obesity just like any other disease. People with BMIs over 30, which consists statistically of more than one third of adults and 17% of children (L.A. Times), can now be classified as obese and treated accordingly. This new declaration will even the playing ground for private insurance companies whose benefits vary for bariatric surgeries and other treatments.

Ideally, this program will help bring up the uncomfortable topic of weight between a patient and physician earlier, as studies have found that most obese patients have never been told that their weight is a concern by their physician.

Possible Problems:

We’re willing to bet that this declaration will create more incentive for drug companies to develop and market new weight loss medications, moving the focus from a healthy diet and exercise routine to focusing on these types of drug treatments.

What can you do?

Since obesity is preventable and treatable without drugs that often have unhealthy side effects, the best way to combat it is to make healthy lifestyle choices, focusing on a primarily plant-based, low fat diet with adequate exercise. If you have children, this means helping them form good habits at a young age.

We’re hearing from customers eating our new line of TeeChia Super Seeds Cereal that it helps them control their appetite all morning long and sets them up for balanced energy the rest of the day. Whatever you choose to eat for breakfast, make sure  it’s nutrient-dense and keeps you satisfied all morning long. A bit of time spent thinking ahead about lunch and dinner, will help you prepare healthy meals ahead of time to avoid the temptation for snacks or fast foods.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids & Estrogen Metabolism

Written by: Caroline MacDougall

Screen Shot 2013-06-06 at 2.05.09 PMWomen are at risk for developing breast cancer if we are exposed to too much estrogen during our lifetime. During the time of perimenopause, women become estrogen-dominant and may not produce enough progesterone in our monthly cycle to offset our estrogen production. Girls, who start menstruating at a young age, are also vulnerable to high estrogen exposure over the course of their lifetime.

“Unopposed” estrogen can create havoc causing sleepless nights, heavy blood flow, irritability, digestive disturbances, fuzzy minds, water retention with other PMS symptoms, sensitive breasts and weight gain. Endometriosis and uterine fibroids are signs that estrogen is out of control and that hormonal imbalances are occurring. Read More