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Gluckstein Nutrition for Rehabilitation Blog Series

NUTRITION BLOG SERIES lNo. 1 : Breakfast Smoothies

WELCOME to our new monthly blog series called Gluckstein Nutrition for Rehabilitation!Here you will find helpful, healthful nutritional tips and recipes every monthto help you and your clients achieve optimal health and well-being.

One of the keys to this delicate balance is proper nutrition.

Aftersustaining spinal cord damage digestive function, metabolism and hormone balance are significantly altered and together these can contribute to the development of a host of other secondary health complications which can negatively impact an individuals ability to carry out day to day activities. Incorporating whole foods into your diet is an important way to help maintain your health, improve daily function, reduce the risk of secondary complications that often develop after spinal cord injury, minimize illness, and maximize your potential.

Let's begin with the most important meal of the day yes, our Motherswere right breakfast!

Its been estimated that people with mobility impairments exert seven times the energy to accomplish the same physical tasks as their able-bodied peers, so its vital to properly fuel your body every morning. Now before pouring yourself a big bowl of processed cereal or detouring over to your local drive through for a double-double and toasted bagel to get your morning kick-hold-on! These morning meals are loaded with salt and refined carbohydrates that can contribute to weight gain, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and low immunity all common secondary health complications that can develop post-injury. While these foods may give you a quick energy boost, theyll just as quickly give you an energy crash and before you know it you'll be reaching for the next quick hit of sugar ladened food again. Its this vicious cycle that can lead to packing on unwanted pounds.

What you need is a healthy, quick and easy to prepare meal that alsosustains your energy breakfast smoothies are the perfect answer!

These delicious shakes only take 2minutes to make less time than you spend in line at the drive-through - and, you'll never get bored of drinkingthem because you can add or mix your favorite fruits into them. Smoothies not only contain high energy complexcarbohydrates to keep you going all morning, but theyre also packed with muscle-building proteinand immune-boosting nutrients. On top of all of these tasty health benefits, Smoothies alsohelp increase your metabolism so they can actually help you lose weight. All you need are the followingingredients and a counter-top or hand blender. Enjoy!

R E C I P E l Grounded Earth Protein Smoothie

  • banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (can substitute or rice milk)
  • 2 tsp almond butter
  • cup dates (pitted)
  • tsp spirulina power* (can substitute greens or sea vegetable powder)
  • 1 tbsp oats

Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth in consistency.

*Spirulina is a nutrient dense algae that can be found in your local healthfood store andit doesnt taste bad we promise!

A B O U T T H E A U T H O R S l

Joanne Smith,B.A., BRT Dip, C.N.P andKylie James, B.Sc. (O.T.), C.N.P

Co-authors of nutrition guide book,Eat Well Live Well with SCI and Other Neurological Disorders. Launched in August 2013 with sponsors Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers and Henderson Structured Settlements, thisfirst-of-it's-kind nutrition guideis a 268-page practical, and comprehensive guide which addresses the specific needs of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other neurological disorders.

"As nutritionists whose lives have both been affected by spinal cord injury (SCI), we fully understand the unique challenges that those living with spinal cord injuries or other neurological disorders face tryingto stay healthy while living a full and active life.This blog will feature themed highlightsfrom 16 chapters ofEat Well Live Well perfect for those living with SCIand other neurological disorders, as well as for their families, friends, caregivers, health and medical professionals." Kylie and Joanne

W E B l For more information, or to purchase book, visit www.eatwelllivewellwithsci.com

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