Don’t miss an evening of optimal health & delicious food.

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
healthy-cooking-classesDon’t miss an evening of Optimal Health & Delicious Food!
It’s the New Year and Time to Kick Start Your Health Into High Gear!
No more excuses when Beth from Bliss Kitchen and Dena from Dena’s Healthy U, will make getting healthy quick, easy and delicious! 

Beth Cohen, Plant Based Food Specialist and Dr Dena Mendes, chef to the Kardashians, come together for an inspiring and informative 2 hour Presentation on the benefits of Plant Based seasonal food. Delicious food tasting to follow!
Beth & Dena will share their coveted recipes and secrets for planning quick, delicious healthy ant-inflammatory plant based meals at home. They will teach you how to unlock the mysteries of finding the tastiest healthy alternative substitutes for all your favorites, determine what foods must be bought organically, and learn what foods will promote alkalinity vs. acidity.
Join us on February 11th at 7pm for a fun filled evening!  You can sign up by emailing dena@denashealthyu.com or blisskitchenhp@gmail.com, by February 6th.
Refreshments and Samples will be served.
$95 per person, pay at the door.
Space is limited!

Everybody Cheats! (We are talking Food, not Sex!)

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015
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I was on vacation at an all-inclusive resort, where the food they offered was actually delicious! They had all manners of sweet temptations: yummy irresistible ooey-gooey-sweet rolls, croissants, French baguettes with homemade preserves loaded with sugar, and (my favorite) crepes! I don’t actually like to call it cheating; I prefer ‘eating more liberally.’ While I enjoyed every bite thoroughly and without guilt, I paid the price dearly. When one eats healthy/clean 95% of the time they become sensitive in nature. People always ask me, “How can I even get sick when I lead such a healthy life?” I reply, “I am having a human experience and I am truly like a butterfly with delicate wings that need to be treated with care. That care means no pesticides, no chemicals, no wheat or genetically modified organisms.”

The most important concept I can express is that coming down with something is nothing to fear, everything is “fixable,” and not the quick “fix” with antibiotics as so many of us so desperately and impatiently grab at. Illness is necessary, it is the beautiful brilliant body’s way of expressing, it’s need to discharge or expel toxins. To get sick with anything is a healthy natural process of getting the body back in balance. This is where people like I come in, I hurry to “fix” the impatient patient before they take the anti- life/antibiotic, so we may detoxify and then rebuild, building and strengthening the immune system so they either don’t get the pneumonia, flu or respiratory infection the next season or get a much more milder of a case.

So due to my  “wider” eating/drinking choices while on vacation, I suffered immensely from an intense sore throat (kidney toxicity), lost my voice, and for the finale, an upper respiratory infection (mucus from wheat/gluten). It was painful and I was absolutely miserable. Unfortunately, I did not have enough of a supply of the supplements I needed (which I will detail for you below). I had given away the most important ingredient – Oregano Oil – right before I left town to someone who needed it for pneumonia. Those of you who know me can vouch that my homemade Oregano Oil is the bomb! You cannot buy this level of potency anywhere else. I did, however, find some natural things at the hotel growing in the wild, like Oregano leaves and Garlic, which I proceeded to crush into olive oil and eat. That helped hold me over until I got home and was able to go to war armed with my kick-ass cold concoction!

Starting down this healthy lifestyle path in which you heal thyself naturally, is a bit like being a warrior; you must stay focused, committed and steadfast to the path you believe in. There will be temptations and trials everywhere you turn. You might find the healthy warrior path can be inconvenient. Health is a precious gift to be shared and cherished. You must find the path that sings to you – the one that grabs your heart – and then walk it to the best of your ability. This does not mean you will be perfect at all times, and in those times of weakness we must find self-forgiveness and gratitude for knowing how to get back on-track. You will fall flat on your face and in doing so you will notice how quickly your body will work to discharge and dispel the toxins (i.e. gets sick). You will experience sore throats from weakening of the kidneys or headaches from liver congestion and intestinal disturbances due to the wider choices in food that you are no longer able to digest.

Much like the New Year, it is a new day, week or month, and you can start again. So just as you are flying high, feeling great in the best health physically and mentally, you suddenly find yourself indulging in one too many drinks or sweets over the holidays. Or maybe you take a vacation that increases the difficulty of staying on your path. In both cases you will fall flat and feel like shit. This is the time to wipe the mud from your face, have a good laugh and say aloud, “I enjoyed the hell out of those sweet rolls.” Be humbled and know that this path is not easy, nor is it to be taken too seriously (or too lightly); there is always that balance of yin and yang.

Come home from your trip/binge and get back on track with miso soup for breakfast with seaweed to replenish the depleted minerals from the sugar you’ve over indulged in and take this kick-ass concoction of:

Dr.Dena’s Miracle Concoction

(which can be ordered by emailing dena@denashealthyu.com.

Also, go to Dena’s Healthy U to download a free cookbook filled with quick, easy, healthy, and delicious recipes.

Ready for a Change in only 10 days? Clear Change Program includes everything you need to start helping you feel your best. Get started today!

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Head over to Metagenics to order some today!

 

Health & Light,

Dena Mendes

P.S.- Studies have shown when you are not satisfied sexually, you will crave more sugar…surprise!dena_gray_suit-198x300

Health for the Holidays

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Health for the Holidays!
‘Tis the Season for Dena’s Healthy U Holiday tips!

DHU’s Healthy Holiday Tips
  • Eat seasonally-correct, warm, nourishing and expansive foods; not cold, constricting and raw foods this cold season. More soups, stew and hearty roots!
  • Plenty of warm fluids in this dry season (a time when we are not really thirsty). Try hot water with lemon, fresh grated ginger, a pinch of cayenne and a dash of coconut syrup.
  • Less sugar, as it is kidney season and sugar/caffeine/alcohol deplete kidneys.
  • Less late nights. Go to bed earlier as often as possible so you can rise early to meditate on the seeds you are planting throughout hibernation season. Look forward to harvesting the fruits of your planting in the coming Spring.
  • Pull inward for winter by lighting candles in your home. Listen to great music  – which studies have shown improve Seasonal Affective Disorder. Cooking more at home as it is a yang/grounding/rooting process that heals the entire family.
  • Start one healthy new thing right now; don’t even wait for New Years! Buy more organic, more grass-fed, try a new root vegetable like burdock root. Change to a better-quality cereal for the kids or try an alternative coconut sugar to your grandmother’s brown sugar to bake this season.
  • Nurture yourself by using essential oils, such as sesame oil, all over your body three mornings or evenings a week. Notice the difference in your skin! Yes even your face and every few weeks treat your hair too!
  • Cuddle up this season with your kids and watch It’s A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Story with Natalie Wood, or perhaps my favorite: Love Actually.
  • Do something nice for someone you know or don’t know just because it’s Christmas.
  • Be the bigger person: step away from your ego and apologize for something, even if you think you are in the right.
  • Get out of your Winter-rut by trying a new physically-fun activity, go snow shoeing, ecstatic dance at Heaven Meets Earth yoga studio, or drop in to a mediation class at Full Bloom Lotus. Come up with your own Winter fun!
  • Sofia (my trusty assistant) says to eat before you go to any holiday party. If you are starving you have no willpower over the typically unhealthy selection of food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gratitude for Physical, Mental and Emotional Health…

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

During this time of Thanksgiving we hear so much about gratitude! I am certainly grateful for the physical health I enjoy today, which seems to have been much easier to attain than the emotional components of my health-awakening journey. In sharing the health with others, I find it of equal importance to look at a person’s mental and emotional health, as it is to look at their actual, physical ailment. We cannot afford to underestimate the power of emotional healing. I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, but after 25 years of working with people with all manner of dis-ease, I have found that there is typically a correlation between the physical, mental, and emotional components of any dis-ease.

The first part of one’s awakening is always the food, which I believe and have seen first-hand, is the root and foundation of all healing systems. For example, improper food causes just as much inflammation in the brain as it does in the body – this impairs our ability to see things clearly and deal with stressful emotions. Make no mistake: if we are living on an emotional rollercoaster, food is a huge culprit to that drama. On the other hand, if you take a look with an open heart and soul, you will see how our emotional-self has had a direct correlation to our physical-manifestations. Often times I find, of the two, this is the harder to earnestly and thoroughly examine.

In the beginning of a cancer diagnosis 14 years ago, I was not prepared for the amount of emotional work I would need to address in order to stay alive. Today I am grateful for the opportunity to grow and to be able to roll up my sleeves and do my required work. It’s like I say to my kids, “It’s our only job on this Earth: To wake up and take a good look at what makes us tick, why we react the way we do to certain people or experiences, who’s pushing our buttons and what about us they are mirroring. What lessons are we here to learn, and how we can resolve past and present issues regarding self-love and respect?” My motto is, ‘Stop complaining, don’t hide in your addictions, and go to work!’ My main motivation behind doing this work is that I do not wish to come back to face these same players and do it all over again. I hope to
graduate with flying colors in this lifetime!

Recent studies have shown that it is not only the body that needs healthy food, but also the mind. This is due to the direct effect inflammation and toxins have on the brain. The motives we have in “cleaning up” physically, is so that we might come to a clearer place in which we are alert enough to see what the in-depth work truly is.  Whether we have been diagnosed with an illness or we struggle with emotional or mental challenges, we need to find our inner strengthen which will enable us to do self-exploration, self-diagnosis and then self-healing and most importantly self-love.

When the brain gets inflamed due to sugar, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten or dairy, it will wreak havoc on us emotionally. There are also hundreds of chemicals, known as neurotoxins, which affect the brain’s ability to function in a cohesive and healthy manner. These neurotoxins come from MSG, also known as glutamates, which hides in many other ingredients. Also “sugar free” chemicals such as nutriasweet, sucralose, saccharine and aspartame, which are commonly found in chewing gum, soda, and home-cleaning agents. Additionally, all manner of preservatives, steroids, herbicides, pesticides, chemical pollutants and biochemically-engineered food have a strong negative impact on the brain. When toxic chemicals have invaded the brain, it is tough to think and see things clearly, and equally as tough to behave in calm and rational manner.

What came first: The chicken or the egg? Do we present with physical ailments or emotional ailments first? In all honestly, it depends entirely on both the situation and the person. One thing I know for sure is that if we eat like shit, we feel like shit, and when we feel like shit, we actually think like shit. Therein lies the vicious cycle I call the shits!

Do we pollute the brain and then feel the effects mentally and emotionally? Thoughts can be just as toxic as any neurotoxin on Earth. Our minds are capable of producing positive, negative, evil, jealous, or even paranoid thoughts. Ruminating thoughts and old, stuck beliefs or emotions can make us just as physically-ill as poor-quality foods. When people come to me for a cleanse, simply changing food is enough, more often than not. This quick change will also give them the experience of a mental and emotional detoxification. After years of being trapped in an unhealthy cycle, we may be physically and mentally stuck in the correlating organs, such as the liver -> anger, or the kidneys -> frustration, fear and anxiety. To clear this pain, we must not only change what we are putting into our bodies (food and liquids), but also emotionally and physically detoxify through a technique I love: Dahn Yoga, which focuses on qui gong beating of organs, tissue and meridians. The majority of our old, stuck emotional trauma is held in meridians, cells, tissue, naddis and organs.

We must be equally aware of what goes into our body, as what goes into our mind and the environment and energy in which we live. We know that being around chaotic, dramatic and negative people can have a profound effect on our health. We also know that like attracts like; if we are living an unhealthy lifestyle then we will energetically attract more of that type of unhealthy energy.  I have realized that a human who is stuck physically, mentally, emotionally, for instance someone in an unhealthy relationship, will have a difficult time making things work, synergistically-speaking, in all other areas of their lives.

As you start to clear out the toxic food, toxic thoughts, toxic relationships and stuck, old negative emotions, you can move forward in a healthier way, witnessing all manner of beautiful blessings that now have a clear and open path to your clean new vessel. You will find that goals, which you work toward, will fall into place with greater-ease. Remember: like attracts like, so the longer you stay on this new, healthier path of clean and healing foods, higher-level thinking and positive people to surround and fill your body, mind and emotional spirit, the quicker you will see your life become a blessing, and not a curse.’

Health and Light,

Dena Mendes

This Holiday Season Give Yourself The Gift of Kidney Health

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Make sure to check out the easy, all natural Fruit Crisp recipe video below, perfect for the Holidays!

Kidney season is upon us, what does this mean? It means it is time to pull inward, to hunker down and make ready for hibernation. Its time to stuff our cheeks with nuts and seeds, soups and stews, and more steamed and boiled. It is a dry season and we forget to drink water, as we are not hot and sweaty like in the summertime.  Try incorporating more leeks, garlic and onion as they moisten the lungs as well as help to kill fungus and mold, which are also prevalent at this time of year. Try my favorite onion soup, perfect for a chilly day!

This season can be the most challenging season for many of us due to all the holidays. We typically deplete the kidneys with sugar, alcohol, caffeine, late nights and heavy concentration of poor quality animal fats and/or dairy. Sadly these are all the things we indulge in during the season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!

So how do we create a healthier and happier holiday season? Simply going to bed earlier during the week will help the kidneys and adrenals to heal. Eat the alternative sugars, like coconut sugar, agave and stevia, which are lower on the glycemic index. Make modifications in your drinking, maybe try only drinking on the weekends and not mixing your alcohol with sweet sugary beverages, but instead simply a lime or lemon or even soda water. Tequila, Tito’s gluten free vodka, and organic, gluten-free beer are better options.

Better quality animal fats, like grass-fed beef and lamb are good choices, as well as more greens to alkalinize your bodies’ terrain. Making more soups and stews will give you the grounding yang you need, so if you must indulge in some sugary yin-like substances you will already have a strong base.

Stay warm. Your feet, neck/throat, and ears relate to your kidney, so make sure to bundle up. Add a little ginger, lemon and a pinch of cayenne to hot water if you run really cold in the morning. Rub and beat your kidneys in your lower back to stimulate, detoxify, and move stagnant qui.

Your kidney houses your Jing essence, which is your life force qui or essence, so take care of them and do not abuse them with drugs. Why do you think that all prescriptions medications come with warnings of kidney damage? Too much Marijuana depletes the kidney of Jing also. I see a common occurrence from my pot-smoking clients of dark skin under the eyes, especially my teenage clients, showing me weakness in their kidneys. With the legalization of the already addicting Marijuana, we can become overindulgent, as some believe these new laws give us the ticket to over use. Careful, Marijuana will deplete your kidneys creating a weak constitution and eventually all manner of issues including premature balding, since kidneys rule the hair.

Here’s a video of an easy, all-natural Fruit Crumble, just in time for the holidays! Make sure to take a look at DHU’s free, downloadable Cookbook- filled with delicious, quick, anti-inflammatory recipes.

So enjoy the holiday season responsibly and treat your kidneys with care!

Have a happy and healthy thanksgiving,

Dena Mendes

Dr. Dena has joined the FitRats Wellness Community!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Dear Friends,

We have an exciting announcement:  We have joined a new online Fitness and Wellness Community called FitRats.com.  This is a free online resource that features the best in fitness and wellness on the North Shore, cutting-edge blogs, the lowdown on what’s happening in your neighborhood each week and more. Make sure to head over to FitRats TODAY as Dr. Dena Shares the Health here!

 

Also, be sure to sign up for their FREE rewards program called FitBucks so that you can earn coupons towards any of the resources on the site, including Dr. Dena’s products and tips.  For more information on this program head over to FitRats.com

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Their site is changing everyday so check back often for the latest in fitness and wellness in your neighborhood, but make sure to head over TODAY to see Dr. Dena’s healthy tips.

 We are proud to be featured on on FitRats.com and look forward to seeing you there!

Health and Light,

Dena

Metagenics & Harvard University teamed up to create Ultra Glucose Control

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control

Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control

Metagenics has teamed up with Harvard University’s Joslin Diabetes Center for the next generation medical food formulated for the nutritional management of Glucose Response.

This powder is a breakthrough in Glucose Control Management for individuals who may need additional support in controlling their blood sugar levels and support a healthy insulin response. It also provides satiation and supports muscle-building capacity. What makes Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control so great is that it delivers a ratio-balanced combination of carbohydrates, protein and fat (40-30-30), it also features 22 essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D3 chromium and biotin, which supports overall health. Take Control also has 15 gram of pea/rice protein blend enhanced with added branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine) to support energy production and promote muscle growth and retention. Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control comes in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors, making it extremely easy to add to your smoothies!

Make sure to head over to Dena’s Healthy U today to order some!

 

Health and Light,

Dena Mendes

Improve Your Libido Naturally!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

 

Metagenics from Dr. Dena Mendes

 

Make sure to take a look at Metagenic’s newest products, HisSynergy and HerSynergy. Both are formulated to improve libido which can support multiple key markers of sexual function and arousal. HerSynergy’s formula has targeted vitamins and minerals to help address estrogen metabolism and other issues related to libido, such as mood and stress. While HisSynergy provides premium Ayurvedic, an herbal extract that supports male sexual function, libido, and vitality all in ONE formula. Head over to Metagenics today and order a bottle for you AND your significant other!

Emotional Healing

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

During this time of year in the Jewish religion, it’s common practice to reflect on both mistakes and the bad you’ve done or said to others. Asking for repentance, making amends and atoning for our sins are all supposed to grant people forgiveness from G-d.

Meditation class, at Full Bloomed Lotus, offers other options to consider. This story Rama shared shed much light on the subject for me.

Monks are not supposed to even look at women, much less talk to them. One day the Monk and his pupil were walking by the river when they saw a woman who needed help across the river. The Monk quietly picked up the woman, carried her across, set her down and kept walking, all without saying a single word. The pupil was very upset that the monk broke his vows and after walking away said, “You are not supposed to have any contact with women, why did you carry her?” The monk calmly replied, “I left her back there; you are still carrying her.”
 

This is what most of us do, right? We carry old baggage filled with shame, blame and guilt well-past when we should This is what occupies our minds and creates liver-stress and toxic-overload mentally, which in turn effects our physical health. I wrote in my book, A Survivors Guide to Kicking Cancer’s Ass, about the emotional connection to dis-ease. I am again looking at this concept in my life, studying more on the liver’s connection to anger, frustration and old, deep resentments. I am exploring the possibility of being free from the constraints of my mind and past wounds, and reclaiming my power to be happy, instead of stuck in the emotions that create physical illness.

We are not meant to be perfect; we are simply meant to be in the present moment while we are having a human experience. We are not our minds, or our thoughts; indeed our mistakes and problems do not define us. I am learning that we are, in fact, our attention, which is our true essence. This means that whatever we focus on or give our attention to is what shall be. Whatever we allow will continue. If we focus on being angry then we shall live in anger. My meditation guru says it perfectly: “Whatever we turn our attention to will be like MiracleGrow; it will thrive!” I tell people not to claim cancer by saying “my cancer.” Likewise, Rama says that if you keep saying, “I am sad,” then sad is what you shall be.

More than just reflecting on how we have treated others, though, perhaps we should take a long, objective look at how we have treated ourselves. Have we allowed people to be unkind to us? To abuse us? To shame, blame or label us?  Have we neglected to put up healthy boundaries and love ourselves unconditionally, no matter how we are bombarded with messages of being “bad”?

Many clients of mine exhibit signs of being depleted and exhausted, and many of their illnesses are caused by being mal-nurtured. Not malnourished, but quite-literally depleted in self-nurturance. I too am guilty of this.

In meditation we learn that we don’t have to be perfect, or even “good;” the greater gift is to be present and appropriate. And guess what? If we are not perfect then we should forgive ourselves, as we are simply beings having a human experience. Forgiveness for our past imperfections or crazy behavior is imperative for our sanity and health. The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to be imperfect; to be in the moment, no matter what that moment brings us. Try choosing forgiving friends and partners. Stay away form eggshell people – those who ridicule and judge you for every word and move you make. Steer clear of anyone who continues to remind and ridicule you of your past mistakes and doesn’t allow you to grow and move on.

This time of year is the time of the goddess – a time when we are supposed to take care of, be gentle and kind to ourselves. It’s a time for nurturance of the goddess energy in all of us. So start with forgiving yourself.

 

Health and Light,

Dena

Share the Health with Dr. Dena at the “Knocking Out Cancer” Fashion Show

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Come share the health with Dr. Dena and the Barbara Bates Foundation at the “Knocking Out Breast Cancer” Fashion Show and Gala. The evening will begin with a reception and a silent auction, then at 7pm there will be a fashion show featuring Dr. Dena and other breast cancer survivors! All proceeds will go towards a $500,000 commitment to Mt. Sinai Hospital to create the Barbara Bates Foundation Imaging Center. Purchase your seat here!

 

254Hope to see you all there.

Health and Light,

Dena