This edition will focus on Connective Tissue. Are you aware that you have an amazing body?! In terms of The MELT MethodTM you have an Autopilot which greatly affects longevity and optimal aging.
Your Autopilot is that aspect of your nervous system that keeps you upright against gravity and maintains your postural balances (or imbalances). If you are unable to lay on the floor without pain you need this!
Your connective tissue is the most abundant tissue in your body. It is embedded with the majority of your sensory nerve endings; more than your muscles! On an architectural level, your connective tissue is your support system. It is what holds you up against gravity using something called tensional integrity. You would be a heap on the floor if not for your connective tissue providing tensional support. When damaged anywhere in your body you can have pain, dysfunction, and postural imbalances anywhere else in your body. In other words, your area of pain may be caused by a completely different place in your body. Where you think it is, it ain’t.
Look at this body model of tensegrity (tensional integrity) by Tom Flemons. If you put stress in one area you will deform another area. That is what happens in your body.
You have a neurofascial system (your nervous system and connective tissue system working together) that provides connection, repair, and protection. It has been only recently studied (past five years) in depth. On a cellular level, this system provides your body with the ability to adapt, anticipate movement, and respond to vibrations.
Look at the beauty of this nerve cell that is capable of profound communication throughout your body! This complex structure is injured by: poor nutrition, inadequate water intake, lack of proper sleep/rest, exercise habits, stress, injury, pregnancy, and aging. When cellular injury occurs in your connective tissue your overall efficiency to move and adapt to your physical environment is hindered; creating pain and dysfunctional postures.
You have phenomenal cells called fibroblasts (see below) that are responsible for creating fibers like collagen, extracellular fluid components, and microvacuoles.
Microvacuoles ensure there is space between structures to protect them during movement. Your fibroblasts are directly affected by compression and dehydration and die when the compression is prolonged, like sitting for hours at your computer. The good news is that they can be stimulated to actually increase in number for optimal pain-free function. When you MELT anywhere on your body you stimulate the production of fibroblasts which produce fluid which then hydrates and lengthens your fasica (a type of connective tissue).
Fascia surrounds all your muscles, bones, vessels, and more. You literally have one muscle separated by ~700 compartments made up of fascia. When your connective tissue has efficient connection you have a major component to optimal health and pain-free function. To put it simply, you need to hydrate and lengthen your connective tissue (MELT) to ensure your neurofascial system is fit for a pain-free life. Learn how to MELT today!
Eliminate pain, the need for medications, and reclaim your life. Contact Eileen Kopsaftis or call 518-496-1265 for a comprehensive consultation. You deserve a long, healthy, pain-free life!
HLW Recipe of the Month: Coconut Macaroons w/ Chocolate Ganache
These are my family’s favorite cookies every Christmas! Use chocolate ganache to drizzle or dip or just use a chunk of non-dairy chocolate to push into the top just after baking. What goes better with coconut than chocolate?!
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 10-12 minutes
Servings: ~ 48 cookies
1/3 cup Earth Balance, softened (vegan butter)
1 package (3 oz.) vegan cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
½ small banana, mashed well
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 teaspoons orange juice
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 cups MOUNDS Sweetened Coconut Flakes, divided
Preheat your oven to 350’F.
Beat Earth Balance, cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add banana, almond extract and orange juice; beat well. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in 3 cups coconut.
Cover; refrigerate 1 hour or until firm enough to handle. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll balls in remaining 2 cups coconut. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven. Cool 1 minute; carefully remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.
2 tablespoons vegan butter
2-4 tablespoons non-dairy milk (less for more firm chocolate, more for a softer result)
6 ounces vegan chocolate chips
Heat butter and milk over low heat, until butter is melted. Stir constantly. Add chocolate chips, still stirring, until melted. Once melted, remove from heat immediately and let cool for ~10- 15 minutes, where the ganache can be handled without getting burned, but not yet set.
Pour ganache on top or dip cookies and place on waxed paper until set. Store in air-tight container. Be careful, these cookies can be addicting!
HLW Tip of the Month: Center Your Meals Around Healthy Starches!
You have heard from a myriad of sources to stay away from starches. “They are bad for you. They make you gain weight. Stop eating them and you will lose weight.” These are lies from the pit of hell! Healthy starches are just what your body and your brain need for optimal functioning and good health. Oils and fats make you fat! Healthy starches provide fiber, nutrition, and carbohydrates that are needed without fat and excess calories. Your body goes through very unhealthy processes to use excess proteins and fats to provide energy when you are not eating enough healthy starches. Yes, there are unhealthy starches: cookies, cakes, donuts, white bread, etc. You need WHOLE PLANT foods for good health.
WHAT TO EAT
• Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes
• Whole Grains (brown rice, millet, etc)
• Unrefined Flours
• Whole Grain Pastas (rice, corn, wheat)
• Roots (turnips, beets, yams, parsnips)
• Winter Squashes (butternut, acorn, spaghetti)
• Beans (canned are ok & time saving)
The evidence is profound. Whole food, plant-based eating is how to nourish your body for good health. You can actually reverse common conditions like cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. Experts have shown their patients how to do this for decades! There are fabulous websites with reams of information to show you how and why to do this. My favorite site that is loaded with research, videos, and recipes (all free) is www.DrMcDougall.com
If you have no idea how to do this I will be happy to show you how. Sign up for Nourish Your Body for Life Series and you will get to taste all kinds of delicious foods, learn the details behind food, health, and disease, and be empowered for lifelong wellbeing. In just four weeks you can decrease your Chronic Disease Risk Score by ~50%! I have seen this happen in every class series I teach.
Eat Healthy Starches to Have LifeLong WellBeing!