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by Lisa C. Cohn, MMSc, MEd, RD

Herbal GardenMany of my clients arrive seeking natural approaches to their problem. Having suffered side effects of medication or not gotten results, they seek information from their physician but often resort to seeking further information and advice on their own. Here are 3 reasons to Go Herbal but with guidance:

1. Herbal remedies are not always straightforward in their application. Many require preparation and hard to locate herbs. I suggest you consult on with an herbal medicine specialist before treating yourself for a more serious condition. Ask your physician to speak with the herbal specialist and bring written information on your personal health with you to your visits. Acupuncturists, Herbalists and Naturopathic Doctors can be good resources. Health food store or Asian market sales persons may not be most informed.

2. Do not assume that herbs are natural and thus harmless or safe. In fact, they are not. Herbs in various forms can interact with medications and can cause serious side effects. Read more on Herbal: 3 Reasons To Go with Guidance…

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Brain - Food for Brain Function

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Easy family friendly recipes are always in demand by my clients.  I look for new and creative, health conscious resources to share.  Organic is best and TinyGreenMom has a wealth of useful information including recipes for families.  Check out a couple of my recent submissions with power ingredients for growing brains and bodies of all ages.

Let us know how you like them and your comments on the site.  Enjoy!

Recipes on TinyGreenMom.com

Hemp Nut Butter Roll-Up

http://tinygreenmom.com/2011/04/organic-nut-butter-roll/

Hemp Cereal Sundae
http://tinygreenmom.com/2011/04/cereal-sundae/

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brain food - medical marijuana

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There is growing agreement that the use of hemp for medicinal purpose should be made legal.  Hemp leaves are a natural option to ease pain – in various parts of the body.  Easing pain is a challenge for most at some point in life.  For many, pain management is an on going battle.  For most of life, we face challenges which cause mental and physical discomfort, fatigue and pain.

New challenges come with growing pain – fear of the unknown, insecurity in skills or how to act – nervous energy – all contributing to suffering or sorts – often with gain.  When we suffer with uncertain purpose or out of necessity to survive, we seek to self medicate – to cope – seeking support and empathy from other to feel and ease our pain.

Eating is necessary for life.  Indeed, most animals soothe with food.  The chemistry of food influences mood as well as physical bodily functions.  Easing pain as a leisure or legalized medical measure can be nourishing to mind and body.

Read this Stoner Foods article for ways to pair pain management with  good nutrition.

Also be sure to check my blog post on healthy brain foods for more mindful nutrition.

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Park Avenue Nutrition Seal of Approval: Reviews


Marmara Mediterranean Restaurant
1160 3rd Avenue (Between 93rd and 94th)
www.turkishrestaurantnyc.com
Lisa Cohn gives her seal of approval to Marmara; this Mediterranean and Turkish style restaurant uses fresh and all-natural ingredients to create their delicious meals. The grilled calamari is prepared with tarragon olive oil and lemon juice. This delicious dish is low in calories and full of flavor. Getting an A+ from Lisa Cohn and her nutrition assistants.


Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health
Lisa Cohn gives her seal of approval to the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. This institute holds classes for the public on all different types of cuisine. One of Lisa Cohn's assistants, Naomi, had the honor of participating in an authentic Mediterranean vegetarian cooking class taught by Jennifer Abadi, author of A Fistful of Lentils. Mrs. Abadi shared that most of the spices in Mediterranean cooking came from India. The class made Laban, a tart thick yogurt that can be used as a spread as well as Shakshuka, a hearty tomato and egg stew with white beans.


Farainella Italian Bakery, Pizza & Panini
1132 Lexington Ave
www.farinellabakery.com
Lisa Cohn gives her seal of approval to Farinella, Italian Bakery, Pizza, & Panini. This pizzeria makes their food with fresh, all-natural and organic locally produced ingredients. The 4ft long rectangular pizza is baked to perfection, and the shape reflects on the way pizza is cooked in Italy. One of Lisa Cohn's assistants, who has just returned from living in Rome for 4 months, says Farinella's pizza is delicious and reminds her of living in Rome. She gives her seal of approval to the Primavera slice, loaded with fresh mushrooms and zucchini; the pizza has very little sauce but tons of flavor.

Park Avenue Nutritionist Lisa Cohn in the News

   

Lisa on WFAN 660 New York, NY
Topics
+The best ways to start and maintain a diet or nutrition routine
+Steps that can be taken nutritionally to address the winter blues
+How media/societal influences about body image impact persons with eating disorders.
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