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Nutrition and Wellness Services

Nutrition and Wellness Services (NWS)
Providing nutrition educational and consulting services for the attainment of optimal wellness. NWS is located in Columbia, MD and serves the Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania areas.

Nutrition Recommendation
What is the best nutritional strategy to transform your health, attain optimal wellness, reach and remain at ideal weight, normalize risk factors, strengthen your immune system, optimize your digestive system, and balance your hormonal systems? We have reduced our recommendation down to just 6 words:
1.  Avoid Processed Food
2.  Eat Real Food

Real Food Nutrition Classes

Nutrition and Wellness Services Real Food Life Course
The Healing Power of Real Food
A one year program
Incremental Education
Second Annual Program starts September 18, 2014 at Owen Brown Community Center

Class Schedule
Sept 18 The Healing Power of Real Food (This class is FREE)
Oct 16 The Danger of Processed Food
Nov 13 Real Food and Where to Find It
Nov Vitamin D: How to Prevent Colds and Flu This Winter
Dec Diabetes: Preventable, Controllable, Curable
Jan Weight Loss: Real Food Solution
Feb Gut Health: Real Food Solution
Mar Heart Health: Real Food Solution
Apr Vaccination: Questions and Issues
Apr Consumer's Guide to Milk, Organic Milk and Raw Milk
May Dental Health: Prevent and Cure Cavities
May Dental Health: Fluoride and Mercury
Jun Grains, Wheat and Gluten
 

Upcoming Classes

Class
Schedule

All Classes 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Owen Brown Community Center
6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia, MD 20145

Classes are $20
To Register
Click this link

Sept 18

The Healing Power of Real Food (FREE)


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Oct 16

The Danger of Processed Food

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Nov 13

Real Food and Where to Find It

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Nov

Vitamin D: How to Prevent Colds and Flu This Winter

 

 Dec

 Diabetes: Preventable, Controllable, Curable

 

 Jan

 Weight Loss: Real Food Solution

 

 Feb

 Gut Health: Real Food Solution

 

 Mar

 Heart Health: Real Food Solution

 

 


 

 


Nutrition and Wellness Services Real Food Life Course

•  Monthly classes
•  Incremental education and implementation
•  Each month learn and apply what you have learned
•  Stay focused on your health and wellness goals

Goals

•  Complete health transformation
•  Lose weight without trying by eliminating hunger, cravings and addictions
•  Normalize risk factors (cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, insulin)
•  No dieting and no diet food
•  Reduce healthcare costs by 75% or more
•  If you are well, you have no need for over-the-counter or prescription medications
•  Real prevention by eliminating the cause not treating symptoms
•  Optimal wellness for a lifetime
•  Feel better, sleep better, look better, perform better, think more clearly, more energy
•  Optimize your metabolic, enzymatic, digestive, immunologic, hormonal, and neurologic systems
 
All with the healing power of real foods!

 

September Class at Owen Brown Community Center

The Healing Power of Real Food
This is the first class in a year long transformational nutrition program based on the healing power of real food.
We are providing this first class to you at no charge. Normal cost is $20/class.

No one makes significant lifestyle changes without a good reason. This first class provides you with the reasons to finally motivate you to start making the dietary and lifestyle changes that will put you on the road to optimal wellness for a lifetime. 

What are Your Goals?

•  Complete health transformation

•  Lose weight without trying by eliminating hunger, cravings and addictions

•  Normalize risk factors (cholesterol, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, insulin)

•  No dieting, no diet food, no pills – just real food

•  Reduce healthcare costs by 75% or more

•  If you are well, you have no need for over-the-counter or prescription medications

•  Real prevention by eliminating the cause

•  Optimal wellness for a lifetime

•  Feel better, sleep better, look better, perform better, think more clearly, more energy

•  Optimize your metabolic, enzymatic, digestive, immunologic, hormonal, and neurologic systems 
Achieve all of your goals with the healing power of real foods!

Over the next year, we will be offering new classes every month. This will allow you to make a total health transformation through a process of incremental education and implementation.
 

Fall 2014 Classes at Howard Community College

12 Week Body Transformation Challenge
For eight years the 12 Week Body Transformation Challenge has helped people lose weight, normalize risk factors and accomplish health and wellness goals. The successful guiding principles of the class are to replace processed foods with real foods. Concerned about health? Want to make a change? Learn about the healing power of real food. In this class you will evaluate your health, set goals, learn and implement a real food diet and exercise program, reevaluate and report. The winner will be chosen by the class based on accomplishment of individual goals. It’s a competition with no losers, only winners. No dieting, no pills, no procedures – just real food. Taught by Jim Pirisino, a board certified and licensed nutritionist.
Tuesday 7:00-9:00pm
Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 28, Nov 18, 2014

Nutrition 2014: Grains, Wheat and Gluten
We are constantly told to eat more healthy whole grains. Yet, a wide range of health issues have been linked to consumption of grains, wheat and gluten. These issues include weight gain, food sensitivities, food allergies, gut health issues, autoimmune disease, inflammation, and the recent identification of the impact of these foods on neurological conditions due to the gut-brain connection. Some of these issues have been described in the recent best selling books, Wheat Belly, Grain Brain and Gluten Freedom. How might grains, wheat and gluten be affecting your health and what can you do about it. Taught by Jim Pirisino, a board certified and licensed nutritionist.Tuesday Tuesday 7:00-9:00pm
Oct 7, 14, 21, 2014

To register for these HCC classes: 
http://coned.howardcc.edu/Courses/lifestyle_and_leisure/wellness_body_mind_spirit.html

 


Other Real Food Life Course Class Descriptions at Owen Brown Community Center

Heart Health: Real Food Solution

The main dietary factor leading to the development of heart disease is refined carbohydrate not fat.

The main developmental pathway leading to heart disease includes refined carbs (sugar, flour), hunger/cravings, addiction, weight gain, high insulin, insulin resistance, elevated risk factors caused by high insulin, obesity, diabetes, heart disease

The standard recommendations of low fat, low saturated fat and low cholesterol as practiced by those who promote processed foods and diet processed foods have all led to increased heart risk not reduced heart risk because:

1.  low fat = high carb    Low fat is the misinformation which has fueled an epidemic of obesity and diabetes – the conditions with the highest heart disease risk

2.  high carb leads to high insulin, insulin resistance and the development of heart risk factors – high blood pressure and high cholesterol (specifically small dense LDL)

3.  low saturated fat and low cholesterol recommendations led to the ironically ill-fated recommendations for processed foods and processed diet foods containing margarine or trans fat which causes heart disease

4.  low saturated fat and low cholesterol also led to recommendations for “heart healthy” processed foods and processed diet foods high in refined polyunsaturated omega-6 vegetable oils which are pro inflammatory, damage blood vessels and increase risk for heart disease

The main concern for heart disease is inflammation not cholesterol.

Cholesterol is an important nutrient necessary for
•  Synthesis of testosterone and estrogen
•  Bile and digestion
•  Vitamin D production
•  Cellular structure and function, skin and cell wall
•  Organs, bones, brain and heart health

Total cholesterol and LDL bad cholesterol have very little correlation with heart disease (50% of those who have a heart attack have high cholesterol and 50% have low cholesterol – no correlation)

Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome explains the heart risk factors associated with insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes and these risk factors include TG (triglycerides), HDL (good cholesterol), obesity, diabetes risk and blood pressure. Fat, total cholesterol and LDL bad cholesterol are not risk factors for Syndrome X or Metabolic Syndrome.

The most important cholesterol related risk factor is TG/HDL, which directly correlates to weight gain, insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

To control all of these risk factors, your TG/HDL should be between 1-2

Statin Drugs
  There are over 300 reported side effects
  60% of people prescribed statin drugs discontinue use due to side effects
  The main side effects are muscle deterioration – the heart is a muscle
  Statins prescribed to prevent heart attacks can cause damage to the heart
  The second most prevalent statin side effects – cognitive, memory, dementia
  One of the side effects of statins is diabetes (the highest risk factor for heart disease)
  Statins not only block the production of cholesterol, but also Coenzyme Q10
  If you take statins, it has been recommended that you supplement with CoQ10 (100mg ubiquinol, 2x/day)

New Guidelines on cholesterol and statins were released in November 2013 by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. These new guidelines no longer recommend that physicians treat patients with cardiovascular disease by trying to get their LDL bad cholesterol below 100mg/dl or below 70mg/dl because they found no evidence that this improves atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

What this means is that trying to get your LDL below 100 or below 70 does not work as a strategy to lower risk of heart disease. In fact the new guideline specifically says to treat if your LDL is greater than 190.

Here are the general guidelines from Nutrition and Wellness Services
  Avoid processed food
  Eat real food
  Avoid refined carbohydrate (sugar, flour)
  Avoid low fat, low cholesterol
  Eat good fat (real foods from healthy grassfed/pastured animals – butter, eggs etc)
  Avoid bad fats (trans fat, refined vegetable oil, fat from industrial feedlot animals)
  Control blood sugar and insulin 24hr/day
  Exercise (weights, resistance training)
  Track and keep TG/HDL between 1-2
  Supplement with Omega-3 (1000-1500mg EPA+ DHA)
  Supplement with Vitamin D (2000 – 4000IU)

Here are the recommendations from cardiologist William Davis, MD (Wheat Belly) who reports that he has virtually eliminated hearts attacks in his cardiac patient population. This strategy can not only prevent heart attacks but also reduce existing plaque:
  No sugar/grain
  TG <60, HDL >60, small LDL <10% total LDL  (TG/HDL = 1)
  Not being significantly overweight
  Having a normal blood sugar
  Having a normal blood pressure
  Omega-3 supplementation (3000mg EPA/DHA)
  Achieving Vitamin D goals >50  (between 60-70)
  Having normal thyroid status (TSH <1.5) and
  T4 and T3 upper half of normal

Good reference available at Howard County Library:
The Great Cholesterol Myth
by Jonny Bowden, PhD and Stephen Sinatra, MD

If you are interested in taking the Heart Health Classes, email rg (@) nutritionws.com. We will let you know when the next class is scheduled. 

 

Diabetes – Preventable, Controllable, and Curable

Empowering you with the knowledge to defeat diabetes at all stages
I don’t have diabetes. Why should I take this class?
The time to take this class is:
•  before you develop diabetes
•  before you develop pre-diabetes
•  before you develop all of the complications and health issues

Who should take this class? 
Do you have pre-diabetes? Are you on the road to diabetes and heart disease?
•  suffer from occasional or chronic hypoglycemia
•  feel bad after a meal or snack
•  experience hunger, cravings, addictions
•  have a relative with diabetes
•  have hormonal issues (PMS, PCOS…)
•  have yeast infections
•  have high cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar
•  have sleep issues

Are you
•  fatigued, tired – especially 1-2 hr after a meal
•  overweight
•  addicted to sugar
•  concerned about heart disease

Diabetes
•  this progressive process takes 10-20 years to develop (how far along are you?)
•  children, teens and young adults are getting Type 2 Diabetes (once called adult-onset diabetes)
•  1/3 of all adults are already diabetic or pre-diabetic
•  the longer you let it progress, the more damage
•  the longer you let it progress, the more stringent/diligent you will need to be to control/prevent complications
•  stop your progression to diabetes and heart disease - they are linked
•  identify and eliminate the cause
•  control blood sugar and insulin 24 hours per day

 

Consumer’s Guide to Milk, Organic Milk and Raw Milk

The basic nutritional recommendation from Nutrition and Wellness Services is:

•  Avoid Processed Food
•  Eat Real Food

Industrial, supermarket, pasteurized, homogenized milk is a processed food.

This presents us with a fundamental problem – is America’s staple dairy product a processed food and no longer the foundation of a healthy diet?

Pasteurized milk is the number one allergenic food in America and has been losing market share for the past 20 years.

In this class you will be given the Consumer’s Guide to Milk Chart that categorizes milk choices today from supermarket milk to organic milk to raw milk.

Which version of milk are you comfortable consuming and providing to your family?

You decide. This is your decision. Make an informed decision.

Raw milk may not be right for you but you need to understand what it is and how it compares to supermarket milk and organic milk.

In fact, milk may not be appropriate for you at all. There are many other forms of milk based dairy that can be consumed instead – yogurt, kefir, butter, cream, whey, buttermilk, cottage cheese, cheese, cream cheese etc.

You cannot make an informed decision without understanding how milk has changed from the 1950’s to today.

How has milk changed? We will go over all 25 ways that milk has changed.

Fluid milk is not the only issue here. Many processed foods contain milk and dairy components.

Is processed milk and processed dairy impacting your health?

An introduction to raw milk will be included:
•  what is the law pertaining to raw milk
•  where can you obtain raw milk
•  what are the benefits of raw milk
•  what are the risks of raw milk

How does your decision on dairy impact:
•  gut health
•  allergy, asthma, sinus, ear infections
•  immunity
•  digestive health
•  autoimmunity
•  food sensitivities

This is your one chance to learn about the issues surrounding of one of our basic foods.


Other Popular Classes at Howard Community College

Nutrition: Gut Health
All disease begins in the gut (Hippocrates). Why are so many people, including children, teens and young adults, suffering from mild to severe digestive gut health problems? Take control of your health and promote optimal wellness from the inside out. Using a whole, real, living, probiotic, nutrient dense foods based approach to building vibrant digestive health, heal and seal the gut wall, and build a strong immune system.

Nutrition: Diabetes Awareness and Prevention
Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) has reached epidemic levels.
The message is that diabetes (T2D) is preventable, controllable and curable.
Awareness – learn how the disease develops, the risk factors and the consequences.
Prevention – learn the diet and exercise lifestyle guidelines that get you off the road to diabetes and heart disease and onto the road to optimal wellness.
Diabetes – Just Say No

Nutrition: Nourishing Traditions
We are compromising our health with convenience foods and processed foods.
Where are the real foods that will guarantee healthy babies and children, that will help us maintain proper weight, that will build strong immune systems to fight and prevent disease, that will provide us with our ultimate goal - optimal wellness? Take control of your health, your weight, and your life by replacing your current diet of lifeless, chemical based processed foods with a nutrient dense traditional diet, using Sally Fallon’s book, “Nourishing Traditions” as your guide.

Nutrition: Weight Loss
Our number one nutritional concern is weight loss which is not surprising since 67% of American adults are overweight. Weight gain is the first sign that our metabolic, digestive, and hormonal systems are not functioning properly. To lose weight, we have to correct the underlying problems. In this class you will learn how to replace the foods that cause metabolic stress with foods that nourish, heal and regenerate the body leading to steady, long term and permanent weight loss. No more yo-yo dieting, no diet foods, no pills, no procedures.


Books/Guides

Nutrition and Wellness Services Resource Guide
You have decided to give up processed foods and transition to a real food dietary regimen. But supermarkets are nutritional wastelands of processed foods. Where can you find real foods?
It is not easy, but there are many resources available if you know where to look. Use the Nutrition and Wellness Services Resource Guide to find the best and most nutritious foods. Resources are provided in the Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania areas.  Products, services, support, supplemental information and resources are listed for the pursuit of optimal health and wellness.

Nutrition and Wellness Services Food Guide Workbook 
Learn how to evaluate foods. The surprising facts about the foods you eat every day will amaze and appall you at the same time. Foods, food labels and Ingredients lists are presented for each food category. Foods are segmented into four categories. Processed foods are categorized as either Bad or Better, while Real foods are categorized as either Good or Best. You will not see meaningful benefits until you transition your foods from Bad and Better to Good and Best. "Diet" foods are processed foods and will not help you achieve your goal of optimal wellness.

 

Jim Pirisino, MS, CNS, LDN
Nutrition and Wellness Services