8 Whole Foods You Need to Add to Your Diet This Summer

8 Whole Foods You Need to Add to Your Diet This Summer

When I was twelve, whole foods meant the pack of 2 S’mores Pop Tarts I would pop in the toaster and enjoy as an after-school snack. Oh, the joys of being an 80’s child! Ignorance is bliss, right?

Yes, and no. Now that I am in my 30’s, I understand that what feels good in the moment won’t feel good for my body long term. I also understand that eating as close to nature as possible is the way to make me feel as healthy and happy as I possibly can every day.

So, I traded my Pop Tarts for roasted kale with garlic salt, and I celebrate by spending an extra hour or two at the Florida beach every summer – there’s always a trade-off!

If you’re looking for some foods to add to your summer beach shopping list, here are 8 expert recommendations for whole foods that will make you feel whole again:

1.  Pumpkin Seeds
Maggie, The Pumpkin RDN

From gourmet flavors, to simply putting them on a salad, pumpkin seeds are not only a source of protein and fiber, but also boast many minerals that people often don’t get enough of. Bonus, the actual action of chewing pumpkin seeds causes you to slow down and chew your food completely, a huge benefit to your digestive system as well as your mind telling you that you are getting fuller.

2.  Bone Broth
Donna Brown, MS, MBA, Nutrition Kitchen

Bone broth remains my go to food for packing a powerful punch for both its nutritious profile and for its healing properties. I recommend it for clients who have a compromised gut, low immune system strength, are recovering from surgery or injury, and for overall skin, hair, and bone health. I call it “liquid gold” for its therapeutic properties plus it should be part of everyone’s “beauty” regimen.

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3.  Medicinal Mushrooms
Jillian of RosehiveSuperfoods

Medicinal mushrooms have been scientifically shown to hold anti-cancer, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and liver protective activities. Chaga, reishi, cordyceps…these fungi’s are having all the fun in 2017! Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Coffee blends and Purely Elizabeth’s new medicinal mushroom granola bars (which will be popping up on shelves this summer) are just a few of the products getting on the medicinal mushroom train.

4.  Ancient Grains
Dr. Jenna Bell, RD with a Doctorate in Health & Human Performance

Ancient grains are more than retro, they have a long history of cultivation and consumption. Amaranth, farro, kamut, quinoa, teff are all part of this ancient grain category. Along with the energy they provide from their carbohydrate content, they contain fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. For those who cannot eat gluten – amaranth, quinoa and teff are gluten free grains.

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5.  Chia Seeds
Dr. Tamika Bush, Holistic Integrative Pediatrician

I incorporate chia seeds into everything I eat including smoothies, yogurt and oatmeal. Chia seeds are a natural source of energy, protein and pack antioxidants to keep your immune system healthy.

6.  Turmeric
Rene Ficek, RD and Lead Nutrition Expert at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating

Turmeric is a brilliant yellow spice common in Indian cuisine that you can find in any grocery store. The chemical responsible for turmeric’s golden color, called curcumin, is considered a strong anti-inflammatory. And because inflammation can cause a plethora of diseases and chronic conditions, turmeric has been cited for its variety of health benefits.

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7.  Spriulina
Carl Jorgensen, Director of Global Thought Leadership-Wellness at Daymon

Spirulina is a dark blue-green, spiral-shaped algae that contains magnesium, calcium, vitamin K, potassium and a slew of other healthful minerals.

8.  Salmon
Annessa Chumbley, RD from AnessaRD.com

For years now I have been saying, “If you don’t know what to eat…just eat salmon.” Seriously, it is one amazing food! Most health care providers agree that the benefits of healthy Omega-3 essential fatty acids cannot be overstated, at least until they because a part of the daily intake.

My favorite quality of salmon is the fact that it is rich in astaxanthin, an antioxidant that is the main reason the salmon is bright-pinkish orange. As the salmon swims, it eats up little phytoplankton that have been soaking up the sun. Those nutrient-rich phytoplankton then do amazing things to protect your body. To me, the brighter the salmon, the better it is for you. A good start, and an easy way to think about it, is to eat seafood 2 times per week. That’s a noble goal for 2017!

The beauty of all these wonderful whole foods is that they make you feel beautiful too!  They restore you from the inside out, just like The Vampire Facelift or HCG Diet Plan, using your own body’s biology to work for you – not against you. If you eat just two or three of the whole foods on this list regularly, you will be on the road to better health and a better life this summer!

Testimonial: Stylist Coleen Otero’s Inspiring Journey

Meet Coleen Otero. She’s a make-up and hair stylist based right here in Central Florida. She spends her time making celebrities feel and look beautiful and her work has been featured on CBS, Bravo TV, BET and CBS.

However, recently, this mom of five decided to spend some time focusing on herself.

That’s how she found Solutions Weight Loss.

Coleen has been working with Dr. Newsome for over a year to help her find her ideal weight and restore her self-confidence and control over her body.  We helped her raise her own metabolism naturally and decide exactly what she can and cannot eat.

And to her surprise, she didn’t have to eliminate everything from her diet either.

“When he said I could eat carbs, I knew he was the one.” Says Coleen.

How is she doing now? When she first came to us, she weighed around 220 pounds with a goal of 163. Now, she is at 158 pounds.

“I crushed my goal!” says Coleen. “This is the smallest I’ve ever been.”

We couldn’t be more proud. Watch the video below to learn how she flipped the switch in her brain and made the decision to pursue her weight loss goals.

Juvederm: Embrace Your Wisdom, Not Your Wrinkles

Juvederm: Embrace Your Wisdom, Not Your Wrinkles

If there were two pieces of wisdom you’d offer your younger self they would probably be:

  1. Don’t let Amanda from the eighth grade make you feel bad about getting bangs.
  2. Wear sunscreen every day.

Unfortunately, you can’t go back in time and defend yourself from Amanda’s bullying or from the sun’s UV rays.

But now you’re wiser, and perhaps your wrinkles are showing that. While you should embrace your wisdom, you don’t need to embrace forehead wrinkles.

Juvederm is a nonsurgical and noninvasive method of getting back your youthful skin. It can take care of all the wrinkles and lines that start to take center stage on your face; no bangs necessary.

Take that, Amanda.

What happens when you age?

While aging is never something to be ashamed of, it can still be daunting. Your appearance slowly changes over time. While that is in response to life experiences, laughter, and memories, it can be a little nostalgic at best.

When you are young, your skin is firm and elastic because there is a sufficient amount of collagen present in your body. Collagen is a protein which provides strength, firmness and elasticity to your skin. It also helps in replacing the dead cells of your skin. As we grow older, the production of collagen naturally slows


Courtney Cox has been known to make subtle changes over the years.

down. This degenerative process makes your skin lose its elasticity causing wrinkles and lines.

Also, lifestyle factors: like smoking, poor dietary habits, and excessive sun exposure cause our body’s collagen levels to fall.

Additionally, a polysaccharide called hyaluronic acid makes our skin more elastic. Similar to collagen, we lose our store of hyaluronic acid (HA) reduces as we age, which causes deep lines and sagging skin.  Hyaluronic acid has the ability to improve the appearance and texture of your skin, which is why it is also a key component involved in the Vampire Facial, Vampire Facelift and other nonsurgical aesthetic procedures.

Produced by our body naturally, HA is present in large concentration in our skin, eye sockets, joints and other tissues. Hyaluronic acid helps increase moisture, it provides elasticity and above all assists in retaining collagen.

What is Juvederm and how does it work?

Juvederm is an injectable gel, or dermal filler,  that has the reputation of being a “liquid facelift”.

In fact, because the liquid is no natural for plumping sunken areas of the skin, it is the most common form of cosmetic prevention in Hollywood. According to two top Beverly Hills plastic surgeons, injectable because the transformation is subtle yet impactful enough. Most likely, any given celebrity has experience with Juvederm; they just aren’t forthright about it.


Even Molly Sims who leads a healthy lifestyle is said to use fillers to preserve her youthful glow.

Benefits of Juvederm:

There are several dermal fillers available on the market, but Juvederm is the only FDA-approved gel known to provide great results.  Juvederm is widely used as the most preferred filler for correcting facial aging anomalies.

Some of the major benefits of Juvederm are as under:

  1. Safety:

Juvederm is safe because it contains hyaluronic acid, which is naturally present in our body making it safe for any skin tone. As well as being noninvasive, the procedure typically is done under an hour. That means there is relatively no downtime needed for recovery and no risk of infection or anesthesia from surgery.

  1. Instantaneous results:

Juvederm provides instantaneous results, so you can start to see the improvement immediately after the procedure. While some minor swelling or bruising may appear around the injection sites, results are faster after use of icing. Usually about three rounds of injections will provide the most substantial amount of results.

  1. No discomfort:

While you may still feel uncomfortable with needles, Juvederm treatments are coupled with a pain reliever called lidocaine. This means the only sensation you feel during the producer is the initial prick of the needle.

  1. Smooth and natural looking results:

Most other HA fillers are made of granular gels, whereas Juvederm is a smooth gel that has even consistency. This makes Juvederm’s appearance under your skin more natural and smooth than any other HA filler. Don’t forget, the HA is working with your body’s natural chemistry.

Now keep in mind that while Juvederm helps reduce the appearance of aging, it is not a sole anti-aging force. SPF sunscreen is still your greatest protection from sun damage. Additionally, moisturize nightly to restore what your daily environmental exposures may disrupt.

Before considering Juvederm, find a trusted physician or local family practice who will have a consultation before the procedure.

If you are the Orlando area, contact Solutions Weight Loss and get rid of your wrinkles, fine lines around the mouth and nose or those bags under the eye. Make your lips fuller or make your cheeks plumper. We offer The Vampire Facelift, Vampire Facial, HCG Diet Plan and Botox Cosmetics services in Orlando, Florida.

You can love your wisdom and age, but you don’t have to let them show in wrinkles.


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