7550 France Ave S. Suite 215, Edina, MN 55435
Bring on the Bean Diet

Bring on the Bean Diet

Learning more about a Bean Diet

Many of our patients have been asking our Nurse, Sarah, about the Bean Diet she is on. We got her to write down what she does and what the diet consists of. The diet is based off of Nutritionist, Karen Hurd, A.K.A. "The Bean Queen". Sarah has modified the diet to fit into her lifestyle. She feels this diet is good because it helps teach portion control, keeps you full and takes the confusion out of how to eat healthy. Feel free to email Sarah at nurse@idinhealth.com with any questions you may have about the diet.     Bean Diet All day long you should try to eat a total of 2.5 cups of vegetables. This can be in one meal or divided throughout the day! More than 2.5 cups is okay with veggies!

  • You can eat vegetables raw, roasted or steamed. Eat a rainbow of colors. Try to include as many colors as possible but focus on the dark green veggies.
  • If you are short on time or money buy bags of frozen vegetables. They often have more nutrients than fresh veggies and make meals in minutes.

Breakfast:

  • ½ cup beans (can use any type such as black, pinto, northern, etc.)
  • 1 serving protein (the size of your palm and thickness of a deck of cards)
  • Veggies

*You can toss beans and veggies into eggs for an easy breakfast that will stick with you for hours. If you have left over veggies and beans from last night you can use in the morning. Snack:

  • ¼ cup nuts or serving of nut butter of your choice (no added oils). You can enjoy nut butter on a piece of sprouted grain toast.

Lunch:

  • ½ cup beans (can use any type such as black, pinto, northern, etc.)
  • 1 serving protein (the size of your palm and thickness of a deck of cards)
  • Veggies

*Salads work great for lunch since they are easy to bring to work! Layer in a mason jar with dressing at the bottom and make ahead of time. Snack:

  • ¼ cup nuts or serving of nut butter of your choice (no added oils). You can enjoy nut butter on a piece of sprouted grain toast.

Dinner:

  • ½ cup beans (can use any type such as black, pinto, northern, etc.)
  • 1 serving protein (the size of your palm and thickness of a deck of cards)
  • Veggies

* You can make quick easy stir-fry’s or soups with beans, veggies and protein. Goggle easy recipes. If you make a different meal for your family with veggies and meat, just put beans on your plate.   Drink at least 8 cups of water a day. If you have an urge for a sweet treat have a piece of fruit. One day a week enjoy a cheat meal with the foods you crave. Don’t go crazy though! – Sarah, RN @Innovative Directions in Health   More information about the Karen Hurd or the Queen Bean's cookbook can be found at here.  

Am I a good candidate for a liquid lift?

Am I a good candidate for a liquid lift?

The term “liquid lift” refers to using a combination of injectables to rejuvenate the face. At some point in time, lines and wrinkles trouble us all.

By providing volume and a subtle lift, a liquid lift can literally plump up lines and erase wrinkles before your eyes. Injectables can be an excellent option to combat gravity as we age.

It is not a replacement for surgery, but when done correctly, a liquid lift can give excellent results with minimal downtime. Think of injectables (Botox Cosmetic and Dysport) and fillers (Juvederm, Perlane and Restylane) as Wrinkle Relaxers, Wrinkle Erasers and Line Preventers.

These treatments provide a quick fix and instant makeover. In order to maintain the results, injections every 3 – 6 months are common for Botox and Dysport and 6 – 12 months for fillers. If you stay on top of your maintenance protocol you don’t have to start from scratch at each session – we build on what is already there.

What can a Liquid Lift Do?

  • Erase lines
  • Define the cheeks
  • Balance the chin
  • Even out jowls
  • Increase volume

What Can a Liquid Lift Not Do?

  • Eliminate excess skin
  • Provide long-term results
  • Tighten skin

How is the treatment done?

After a consultation with our Injection Nurse you will receive advice on which combination of injectables will give you the most natural results. Often, injections can be performed that same day depending upon the treatment plan. Injectables typically take 15-45 minutes. In general, there is minimal downtime. There may be redness around the injection site that resolves in about an hour. Depending upon the type of injection, mild swelling may occur that could last a couple days. As with any injection there is also a chance of bruising that can last up to a week but usually can be covered by makeup.

If you are interested in exploring your liquid lift options, fill out this form and we will contact you to set up a free consultation.

Overnight Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Overnight Steel Cut Oats Recipe

Steel cut oats are hearty, healthy and relatively easy to make AND the flavor combinations are endless.

  These overnight steel cut oats are my family’s favorite way to eat them. Enjoy cold or heat up in the microwave for a quick and easy breakfast.           Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats or steel cut oats
  • 1 Chopped Date or 1 T coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp flax meal
  • 1 tsp ground vanilla beans
  • 1 T Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup almond milk or milk of choice

Combine ingredients in glass jar with lid. Stir, close lid, and refrigerate overnight.   Now you have a healthy on the go breakfast that takes little time to prepare. Prep a dozen jars at once to make sure you always have a healthy breakfast on hand for you and your family! Share your favorite combination with us!   Enjoy! Nurse @Innovative Directions in Health  

Should my skin “peel” after having a chemical peel treatment?

Should my skin “peel” after having a chemical peel treatment?

The skin does not need to “physically” peel in order to experience the benefit of a chemical peel.

Everyone’s experience will be unique and different.

 

Generally, healthy skin has less visible exfoliation. Exfoliation often takes place at the cellular level and is not always apparent to the naked eye. Conversely, some patients’ skin is so impacted that it can take a few peels to loosen dead cells enough to allow them to shed. Typically, these patients will see little or no peeling initially, and then see sloughing after a few treatments.

Peeling happens by a combination of high acid percentage and low pH level. As the peel is applied to the skin, the barrier is opened and the acids “breaking down” the “mortar”/lipids that hold together the “bricks”/epidermal skin cells. A lower pH level in the peel formula means the peel will penetrate deeper into the skin to induce regeneration at the basal cellular level rather than on the skin surface – which means less visible peeling.

Cell turnover is stimulated by the penetration of the acid, which causes skin injury. As it penetrates it loosens the lipid bonds in the outer layer of skin to induce peeling at surface level and cell regeneration in the lower layers.

The tighter, firmer feeling in the skin after the peel is evidence that a peel has penetrated and is working deeply, even though you may not experience visible peeling.

Generally, a higher pH level coupled with a lower peel percentage means that we are stimulating a gentler cell turnover processes while minimizing stratum corneum barrier damage, allowing faster repair.

We offer great “lunch-time” peels starting around $65 that involve little to if any downtime. If you are looking to improve your skin clarity and refreshing your skin contact us to see what peel would be the best for you. Our peels are even good for people with sensitive skin!