April 2015

FITNESS BLOG #2: Journey to HEALTH – From SICK to STUNNING!

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

How can YOU go from SICK to STUNNING?

In FITNESS BLOG #2, I will introduce you to my struggle with autoimmune disease and Toxic Mold Poisoning, and I will explain specifically the physical manifestations I experienced including menopause, hypothyroidism, gut dysfunction, and even testing positive for rheumatoid arthritis.  In addition, after years of trying to find the right diet and having a severe phobia of carbs, a change was needed, and was found in this program!  As a result, I committed to a dedicated fitness and wellness program, Fit in 42, offered at Next Level Fitness in Palm Desert, CA.  Why JOIN A DEDICATED FITNESS PROGRAM?  Great question, therefore, I will lead you through the benefits of having a fitness COMMUNITY to support you with nutrition and exercise.  Be prepared to take your body TO THE NEXT LEVEL.  What is the NEXT STEP in MY journey?  Find out here!

Gain important insights into this unique healing journey and be prepared to be inspired, motivated and energized to find ways to teach YOUR body HOW-TO HEAL ITSELF!


Gluten-Free Zucchini VEGGETTI Spiraled Pasta DIY Quick and Easy How-To Cooking Demo

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

Would you LOVE to know how to make spiralized vegetable pasta?  This quick and easy DIY cooking demo video will show you how to make zucchini pasta in under a minute using my inexpensive handy-dandy VEGGETTI TOOL!  Join the clean and healthy eating revolution by substituting regular pasta with this gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and low carb, paleo or vegan option!  This is a winner! Heal Yourself Beautiful one meal at a time!


The Amazing Sunshine Vitamin!

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

The autumn flower of sun flare.

The autumn flower of sun flare.

Fat-soluble Vitamin D, also called “The Sunshine Vitamin”, is actually not a vitamin, which must be consumed through the diet, but a HORMONE, which is produced in the body. It is acquired through sunlight, diet or supplementation. Numerous experts agree, this hormone is responsible for general good health and well-being, and up to 85% of Americans are deficient in this hormone! Vitamin D is necessary for growth and development of bones and teeth, boosts immunity, reduces inflammation, aids in blood clotting, and helps maintain normal thyroid function. In addition, it protects against cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression, dementia, falls and fractures and even the flu!

Very few foods in nature contain Vitamin D. Wild fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, and sardines, and fish liver oils are among the best sources. Small amounts of vitamin D are found in beef liver, cheese, real butter, fortified milk (although in D2 form) and egg yolks.

Who should supplement? Everyone! Numerous studies have proven the general population is deficient in Vitamin D and this has led to an increase in many diseases. Studies show many of the 23 million Americans with diabetes are deficient in Vitamin D. The following factors can cause deficiencies: increasing age, fat malabsorption from the gut, fat-blocking weight loss agents (like Orlistat), certain medications (like prednisone and phenytoin), and sunscreen (by preventing Vitamin D absorption from the skin). Also, African Americans should supplement due to high skin melanin, as well as obese individuals (BMI > 30) or those who have undergone gastric bypass surgery.

Research from Vanderbilt University reported that Vitamin D3 is far more effective at reducing death than Vitamin D2 (6% vs. 2%). Vitamin D3 is made by your body in response to sun exposure, whereas, Vitamin D2 is irradiated plant matter and fungus. Vitamin D3 is natural to your body, it is more available, is more potent and, therefore, better than Vitamin D2.

I can’t stress this enough, KNOW YOUR LEVEL! No single dose is right for everyone. In order to have adequate supplementation to obtain optimal blood levels of Vitamin D, your physician needs to obtain a 25-Hydroxy Vitamin D, or 25(OH)D, blood level. Most physicians recommend 2000 IU to 4000 IU daily for most people, however, you should take enough supplemental Vitamin D3 to keep your level in the optimal range of 60-80 ng/mL. Levels < 30 ng/mL have been linked to hip fractures in elderly, increased risk of heart attacks, fatigue, even multiple sclerosis and cancer. It is necessary to take calcium when taking Vitamin D. Take with your fatty meal of the day, or at the same time as fish oil supplements. In addition, try to get sun exposure on face and arms for 10-15 minutes, at least three times a week without sunscreen.


Gluten-Free DIY Homemade Colorful Fresh Veggie SALAD Quick and Easy Cooking Demo

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

Salads are one of my favorite meal staples.  But, I don’t like just an ordinary lettuce and tomato salad… I like the rainbow of colors in my salads and a creation that will impress my guests.  I also like added “crunch” without adding croutons, so I sub nuts or crunchy veggies instead.  I never buy salad dressings sold in the grocery store and opt for creating my own homemade dressings.  Creating salad dressings can be so much fun to meld so many flavor combinations!  Give it a try, or just follow my instruction and duplicate this recipe.

In this QUICK video, I show you how to make a very simple COLORFUL and BEAUTIFUL salad you can serve at your next meal, and as an added bonus I show you my version of a raspberry vinaigrette utilizing the following ingredient list:  Trader Joe’s Pomegranate Vinegar, Annie’s Dijon Mustard, Bragg’s All-Purpose Seasoning, Himalayan Sea Salt, Meyer’s Lemon Preserves, and EVOO.  Go shopping at your local Farmer’s Market for the freshest organic ingredients, or grow your own!   This dish is so versatile it is paleo, vegan, food-allergy friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, and LOW-CARB!  Watch as I demo this recipe for you!


Gluten-Free Zucchini VEGGETTI Spiraled Pasta DIY Quick and Easy How-To Cooking Demo

Posted by Dr. Lori Arnold

Would you LOVE to know how to make spiralized vegetable pasta?  This quick and easy DIY cooking demo video will show you how to make zucchini pasta in under a minute using my inexpensive handy-dandy VEGGETTI TOOL!  Join the clean and healthy eating revolution by substituting regular pasta with this gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and low carb, paleo or vegan option!  This is a winner! Heal Yourself Beautiful one meal at a time!