Introducing The Bliss Transformation Program

 

The Bliss Transformation Program

Are you READY to get healthy for GOOD?

– 2 Convenient Monthly Program Options to choose from:

Premium– $125/month (minimum 6 month commitment)

-2 consults/month (30 minutes each) to discuss nutrition, meal planning, detoxification & wellness lifestyle habits, 2 health plans (emailed) with consult notes and links for recipes and additional education

Value-$75/month             (minimum 12 month commitment)

-1 consult/month (30 minutes) to discuss nutrition, meal planning, detoxification & wellness lifestyle habits, 1 health plan (emailed) with consult notes and links for recipes and additional education

It’s not easy to change.  Whenever we are making changes in our lives, we must have education and support.  I don’t want you to FAIL so that is why you must make this commitment of 12 sessions so that you have all the tools you need to succeed and thrive.  Together we can make the changes you are longing for.

Bliss Nutrition & Wellness LLC is a purpose driven company.  In addition to receiving 50% off your first month of membership you will also receive $25 to be given to the charity of your choice!

Enrollment in my monthly membership program begins April 2017 and spots are limited! You must sign up by March 31st, 2017!

Questions?  I would love to hear from you!  Please connect with me at gail@blissnutritionct.com!

In abundant health,

Gail Perrella, M.S., C.N.S

 

Blissful Babies 101-How to decide when to start feeding your baby solids for optimal digestive, immune, and neurological health.

 When is the optimal time for solids to begin for your baby?  The typical answer is somewhere between 4-6 months, although as a professional I do feel 4 months is probably too early for most babies.  If your only motivation is too get the baby to sleep through the night, you should probably hold off.  If you are so exhausted you can’t function during the day, perhaps you should see a holistic healthcare practitioner that can help address your adrenal fatigue.  Being pregnant and caring for an infant can take a toll on your energy, especially if you have other small children, so make sure to take care of yourself too.   So when your well-meaning pediatrician tells you to throw some rice cereal into your baby’s bottle so they will sleep through the night; you may be wise to skip this particular advice.   Why?  The majority of medical schools teach very limited nutrition.  Of course, there are a few pediatricians out there who have chosen to educate themselves on nutrition, however they are still the minority.    Contrary to popular belief, highly processed grains are not easy for your baby to digest.  In fact, quite the opposite is true.  I do believe in allowing a mother’s intuition to help guide all areas of raising a child.  This includes when and what to start feeding your child.  Grains, however, are never a good idea and pushing your baby to sleep through the night when they are not ready is also (unfortunately) not a good idea.  I know it can be very difficult, but if your baby’s digestive system is not ready to start solids, please do not rush it.  In addition, exclusive breastfeeding is also recommended for at least six months  to help reduce the incidence of food sensitivities.  If you were unable to do this then there are certain healing foods and supplements that can help prepare your babies gut for solids. 

New research indicates that baby’s due dates could vary by as much as 5 weeks!  Just as babies are born should be allowed to be born in their own time, I believe the start time of solids can vary by at least that much as well.   We as mothers need to be in tuned to our babies and look for the signs.  As a digestion and immune expert, I really wanted to wait till 6 months to start solids with my son Hunter.   He, however, started to show signs that he was ready closer to 5 months.  I felt compelled to compromise my six month goal and gave in around 5 ½ months.  It was important to me to wait until his digestive tract was ready.   I was very careful with what he was fed initially,  but he was clearly ready before 6 months old.  On the other hand his sister Ava, who was born with Down Syndrome, had low muscle tone.   It made more sense to start her around 7 months.  Every baby is different and we shouldn’t assume that some magical light bulb goes off on our baby’s 6 month birthday to initiate this process.   It is really no different than assuming a baby should be born exactly at 40 weeks.  Trust yourself and your baby to figure out when that time is right for you all.

Please like this page or sign up for our newsletter to get more information on how to feed your baby solids for the best development of the digestive, immune, and neurological systems!  Any questions please reach out to info@blissnutritionct.com we would love to hear from you!

Group Detox Renewal Experience (Coming in January 2017)

Who wants to get healthy and meet new like-minded people within our community??!!

Group Cleanse Opportunities Starting in January 2017!

Why?  After working with many clients who want to participate in a detox/cleanse 1 on 1, their #1 complaint and reason for not achieving desired results is not having community support.   Since my #1 goal is to see my clients succeed, I am now offering this amazing opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals to help achieve greater compliance and in turn greater results.   I hope you will join me on this unique journey to create greater health and wellness. Spots are limited!  Sign up today!

Regular price $399 (tax included) -Book and paid in full by December 31st, 2016 and take 25% off! Email clientcare@blissnutritionct.com for coupon code.

 Gift Certificates now available!

2 time slots available book below:

Friday mornings– beginning Jan. 13th (4 weekly meetings)

Thursday evenings-beginning Jan. 19th (4 weekly meetings)

Included in this amazing experience:

*4 Amazing Products for Complex Systematic Renewal*

Detox Renewal Kit is designed to renew and enhance the body’s cleansing and detoxification capabilities. It combines four specially selected XYMOGEN formulations: ColonX™, Drainage™, ProbioMax™ Daily DF, and OptiCleanse™ GHI. When taken together, as recommended within the 6-Day Detox Guide, these complementary formulas work in concert to encourage the various detox-linked systems and organs of the body to process and eliminate waste and toxins.*

  • 1 Kick-Off Grocery Store Tour (1 hour) – Best tips on how to use the grocery store for optimal health and wellness.
  • 3 Group Coaching Sessions- including food and lifestyle tips (1 hour each session)-includes a weekly info packet
  • Session 1- Getting started- Why the detox renewal kit?
  • Session 2- Tips on how to make this experience as beneficial and enjoyable as possible.
  • Session 3- Now what? Life after the cleanse. How to make better food choices daily, cheat smarter, and how to slowly and occasionally start to add in (some) of the eliminated foods if so desired. We will also discuss functional lab testing options to look deeper into opportunities to create optimal health and wellness through a personalized health plan.
  • Closed FB Group for on-going support
  • Email support during the 30 days from me

 

Start 2017 off with the goal of learning how you can be healthier and happier this New Year!

Testimonials:

“After I committed myself to the Detox Custom Package from Bliss Nutrition, I was thrilled with the results in such a short period of time.  After a couple of weeks I was down 7 lbs. and feeling good.  It was a major change for me, but with Gail’s amazing support and incredible knowledge I’m making my way to a better me.  She’ll make you realize you’re worth it!” Jen P., Milford, CT

“People are often commenting on how great I look lately, but more importantly I feel amazing.  Participating in this detox program is actually easier to do than I thought it would be.  I have lost 17 lbs in 30 days and have more energy than I have had in years.  I am blown away with the results! ” Eric S., Stratford, CT

In addition to receiving 25% off for booking this experience by the end of the year, we are throwing in a free private 30 minute follow up consult if booked by Dec. 15th!!!

Questions  or comments about this experience or any other services offered by Bliss Nutrition & Wellness email info@blissnutritionct.com.  We would love to hear from you!

How to drastically improve your child’s digestive and immune health with 1 simple recipe!

 

Did you know that 70% of the immune system is actually found in the gut?  That is why digestive and immune health go hand in hand.  Turkey bone broth is truly a magical elixir.  I can’t tell you how many times I have used broth in help heal and protect my family’s digestive and immune health.  It’s great at preventing illness, but also at helping your body heal during an illness.  That is why grandma always made homemade chicken soup when you were sick!  However broth is not just for acute illness like colds and flu, but can also be very beneficial for chronic conditions such as leak gut or food sensitivities.  The gelatin in bone broth helps heal and protect the mucosal lining of the digestive track and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.

So don’t throw out those bones on Thanksgiving!

One of the easiest ways to assist your children in maintaining immune and digestive health is to make turkey broth from your leftover turkey bones. I am sure there will be some over indulgence happening on our beloved turkey day and you want to get your kiddos digestive system back on track asap.   It is simple to do and you can use it to make all the leftovers taste great!  You can whip up some turkey and kale soup or make a gluten-free turkey pot pie.

First, we have to discuss what type of bones to use.  Ideally you would be using bones from a turkey that is at least free range (organic and free range is even better) that has not been giving antibiotics or growth hormones. I cannot stress how important this truly is.  How can we expect to gain health benefits from an unhealthy animal?

This recipe is simple and is so much better tasting and more nutritious then the boxed stock in the grocery store. 

I recommend getting a stock bag and throwing everything into the crockpot making clean up a little easier.

Homemade Turkey Broth

12 lb. Turkey carcass- meat and skin removed

1 onion peeled and quartered

2 celery ribs cut in thirds

2 carrots cut in thirds (washed but not necessary to peel)

4 cloves of garlic

1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar (don’t skip this step very important for taking the vitamins and minerals from the bones)

A handful of fresh herbs (rinsed not chopped)

Filtered water

sea salt and pepper to taste

Instructions-

Place everything but water, salt, and pepper in the stock bag and place in crockpot.  Fill the crockpot with the water to the top.  Cook on low for 24 hours. Let cool and discard stock bag.  Strain if necessary.  Ladle stock into glass mason jars leaving at least an inch headspace to allow for freezing.  Freeze stock and use for any recipe calling for stock.  You can even heat up and sip on the warm stock. 

Enjoy!

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How to improve digestive health in kids with 3 easy foods!

Every child experiences digestive health issues at one time or another.  By adding in the following foods to your child’s diet, you will help increase the health of the digestive system.   That way digestive issues such as constipation and diarrhea only come around once in awhile or not at all!

1)      Flax seeds– Extremely high in nutrients this superfood is great for children who need digestive support.  In my experience, many of my young client’s struggle with constipation and flax has been very helpful.    They are high in insoluble and soluble fiber and healthy fats (Omega-3 fatty acids) and therefore can support healthy elimination.  In fact, flax seeds are the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids in plant-based form.  Flax seeds also contain a decent amount of protein and vitamins such as B1 and B6 as well as several minerals including manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, iron, potassium, copper, and zinc. Due to the high fiber content, if your child struggles with diarrhea you may want to skip flax seeds as it can further loosen stools. I recommend you use a coffee grinder to grind the seeds shortly before use as the seeds are difficult to digest whole and lose their nutrient value as they are stored as flax meal (ground up).  Then they are easy to sprinkle on oatmeal or add to smoothies.

2)      Prebiotic Foods– Say what?  Many people have never heard of prebiotic foods.  Prebiotic foods have been in the spotlight lately as more research is linking our health to a healthy gut microbiome.  Prebiotic foods nourish healthy bacteria in our gut.   These foods include garlic, onions, carrots, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, and jicama.   Some of these foods may be more kid-friendly than others, but get some in their diet if you can.  Carrot sticks are usually pretty easy to get kids to eat.  You could also make a soup of potatoes, carrots, peas, onions, garlic, asparagus, leeks, and salt and pepper and run it through a blender.  Yes the soup will be green, but if they can get past the color, I have found many of my young client’s love this soup, otherwise you can always try just potatoes, leeks, carrots, onion, and garlic to make it orange.

3)      Probiotic Foods– Foods that contain live bacteria is excellent for your child’s health, especially their digestive health.  These foods include non-dairy kefir or yogurt, kombucha, fermented vegetables such as pickles, beets, or carrots, miso, and raw apple cider vinegar.  Yogurt is probably the easiest to get into kids, just make sure there is not too much sugar or it defeats the purpose.  You can also buy unflavored and add raw honey and frozen fruit.  You can add a few of the fermented vegetables to salads or stir fries after cooking.  Try making your own salad dressing using half raw apple cider vinegar and half your preferred vinegar (such as balsamic), olive oil or avocado oil and spices.

It is important to maintain digestive health, but it may be even more frustrating or difficult if a child is taking medications, especially antibiotics.  Antibiotics work by killing all the bacteria in the body, unfortunately the healthy bacteria is destroyed as well.  The healthy bacteria help keep our kids from getting sick.  If we are not replacing the good bacteria they are more susceptible to illness.  This is often why you end up giving several rounds of antibiotics to your child to treat a reoccurring sinus or ear infection.   The gut microbiome must be balanced and incorporating these foods I discussed is a great way to start.

Who else wants healthier kids?! 4 Best foods for boosting your child’s immune system during the cold & flu season.

Try these easy tips for healthier kids!

1)      Garlic– a natural antibiotic, garlic is also considered a pre-biotic food meaning it nourishes the healthy bacteria in the body’s complex microbiome.  This increases the functioning of the immune system. Throw fresh chopped garlic in soups and stews for maintenance, however, if a cold is onset, it’s best to consume raw.  You can chop finely and add to a teaspoon of raw honey to help the taste and add in additional nutrients.

2)      Camu Camu– This superfood you may have never heard of, but you should definitely add it to your list of immune boosters because this superfood boasts 60 times more vitamin C than an orange! This antioxidant-rich berry from the Amazon is also a plentiful source of potassium, calcium, protein, beta carotene, amino acids and powerful phytochemicals.  The fruit is not readily available in North America, but the powder and capsules are easy to find.  Just throw it in a smoothie or mix in applesauce.  Also as a side note, it may be best to give in the morning because it provides a natural energy boost that may not be ideal for kiddos in the evening if you are not into late bedtimes like most parents.

3)      Elderberry– There are many health enthusiasts who tout this superfood full of flavonoids which are known to boost the immune system when fall rolls around and kids go back to school.  There are lots of great recipes to keep your kids healthy for example this homemade elderberry syrup or try these flu-busting gummies.  Just know this is a great maintenance food taken once a day, but if a cold is onset you will want to increase to 4 times/day.

4)      Liver– This nutrient-dense superstar is certainly one of nature’s multi-vitamins. It is nature’s most concentrated form of vitamin A, which is very important for immune health.  It contains many b vitamins as well as trace minerals copper, zinc, and chromium all necessary for healthy immune function.  Liver is a highly usable form of iron.  If children are anemic their immune systems will be weaker, so liver is a great way to help ensure a proper hemoglobin count.  There is also an unidentified anti-fatigue factor to liver.  This is very subtle so shouldn’t keep your kids up all night.  If me talking about your family consuming liver makes you want to gag!  Don’t worry,  it is available in capsule or powder form as well, which makes it pretty easy to sneak into savory dishes.  Throw a little of the powder into your crockpot beef stew and you and your kids (hopefully) will be none the wiser.

These small changes can make a big impact in the health of your kids so that you can enjoy more fun time and less sick time this fall and winter!

 

 

Why is it taking me so LONG to lose weight?

Or why is it I only lose weight during strict dieting and gain immediately back if not so strict?

Whether you want to lose 30, 40, 50+ lbs., patience and consistency are truly the keys for sustainable weight loss. I have a very important question for you in regards to your weight.  Did you pack on those pounds overnight or even over a few weeks? Unless there is an underlying health condition, and you are being honest with yourself, the answer is no. You have probably made some bad lifestyle choices over the past several months or years and now you want to fix it instantly. I too have craved the quick fix, after the birth of my first child; I complained with frustration that it was taking forever to get my “body back” to my midwife. She smiled and said, “Remember it took your body 9 months to change and prepare for the birth of your baby, it is going to take at least 9 months to get it back.” That really put it in perspective for me and I hope now for you. I have some really great tools, to help you with your weight loss goals, but you are in the driver seat, it’s up to you to show this is really something you want for yourself. It doesn’t have to be painful, but it surely needs to be consistent and remember if you fall down (eat something you feel you shouldn’t have or skipped a workout) you can always do better the next meal/day. Believe it or not, the more often you make the right choices, the more often your body can adapt and will be more forgiving of your missteps. According to Dr. Kellman author of “The Microbiome Diet,” once you reach the 3rd phase of his diet protocol (or reach properly balanced gut ecology) you need to comply with healthy eating only 70% of the time! In case you are not great with math, it means you can eat what you like 30% of the time. I don’t know about you, but that does not feel like a restrictive way to live and you can still enjoy your social life. Set up an appointment now and let me show you how to balance your gut microbiome!

Blissfully yours,

Gail Perrella, M.S., C.N.S

Why you need to hire a nutritionist now!

Happy New Year!

When potential clients first hear about my business, I am often times asked, “What is it exactly that you do?”  It is a great question, because so many people are not familiar with how my services may fit into their healthcare.  Let’s say you go to the doctor and discuss some symptoms you may be experiencing.  He/She gives you a diagnosis and a prescription to treat the symptom of that health condition.  Unfortunately, with this model, the underlying cause has not been addressed.  Further, there are often times side effects with pharmaceutical drugs, resulting in more symptoms and more pharmaceutical drugs to alleviate those symptoms.  That is why often times you may just start on one prescription medication and then within a few years you are taking several.  You are perplexed and wonder how you ended up taking so many prescription medications.   It really can be an ugly cycle, but it doesn’t have to be.  The sooner you are able to break the cycle the better.  Please understand I am not saying that pharmaceuticals don’t have their place, unfortunately they are grossly overused in our society.  You don’t just have to take my word for it.  In fact just this morning in my yoga class a pharmacist herself admitted that “Pharmaceuticals are failing.”  I work with clients to get to the root cause of what ails you.  Typically, we look at adjusting the diet specific to the health conditions that need to be addressed and adding in a very specific natural remedy protocol unique to each client.  In subsequent appointments, we continue to improve the diet, possibly order functional lab testing, and investigate for further healing by improving the client’s management of stress and their environment.  I help my clients with so many different areas of their life and well-being, that it would be difficult to list all of them in just one blog entry.  In a nutshell, I am passionate about helping clients improve their quality of life.  Notice I said “help clients,” in other words, I can only give you the tools, and if you are willing to take responsibility for improving your life, then you will be successful.  When you are successful at improving your quality of life, then you will most likely see other areas of your life improve as well.  It all starts with you making the decision to take control of your health and wellbeing and there is no better time than in the New Year.  

Blissfully yours,

Gail Perrella, M.S., C.N.S

28-Day Cleanse! Only 28 days to a healthier you!


Are you ready for summer and beach season?  It was a very long winter and I bet we all ate a little more junk food than we should have.  Never fear…

Now offering the 28 Day Cleanse using functional foods and a modified elimination diet only from Xymogen and for a limited time 25% off!

You may be wondering am I a candidate for a detox program?

Yes, if you do not feel as healthy and energetic as you should be

Yes, if you are chronically exposed to a toxic environment

Yes, if you have had a recent acute toxic exposure

It is theorized that the elimination of certain foods and the provision of a low-glycemic, anti-oxidant rich diet supports general health.  This plan goes beyond dietary modification and strives to achieve an optimal health outcome.  It incorporates very high-quality, clinically tested functional food “shakes” and supplements that contain ingredients that research suggests supports healthy body composition and the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms.

A message from David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, Xymogen Chief Medical Officer

“The fundamental first step in any interventional program for toxicity-metobolic, or cytokine-related health issues is reestablishing both normal GI health and hepatic detoxification function.  The 28-day cleanse using i5 or the OptiCleanse formulas provides powerful and comprehensive approach to achieving these goals.  Our patients find these formulas simple to use and appreciate the efforts made to develop truly good-tasting products.”

Give me a call to learn more 203-710-3925!

Blissfully yours,

Gail Perrella M.S., C.N.S


Super Food of the Week – Kale!


Happy New Year! Its the beginning of 2014 and since most people have resolutions revolving around health and weight loss I thought I would help out by offering a weekly superfood + recipe for the entire year. Superfoods or nutrient-dense foods offer the biggest bang for their buck, in other words, they are packed with nutrients based on the volume you have to consume compared with other foods with a less stellar nutrient profile. Why is this important? Because the more nutrients you get the less your body will want you to overeat resulting in potential weight loss. Also nutrients are responsible for repairing and healing the body decreasing the chances for illness and disease.

I must start the year with one of my favorite foods kale. I love eating kale so many different ways. Kale chips, kale in fresh juice, kale in smoothies, salads and soups. Kale has an abundance of vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C as well as large amounts of manganese, iron, copper, and calcium. Further kale is anti-aging due to powerful antioxidants knows as carotenoids and flavonoids which protect the body from oxidative stress. There have even been studies that have shown that there are specific flavanoids in kale that fight against the formation of cancerous cells. Kale is also rich in free-form amino acids helping build muscle. Kale is high in fiber that helps everything flowing properly which helps detox the body. Kale truly provides many amazing health benefits. I would recommend eating kale at least 2-3 times per week.

KALE GUACAMOLE (from Healthy Recipe Ecstasy)

Prep time:15 mins  Total time:15 mins

SnackServes: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • ½ of a medium shallot (yields approx. two tablespoons chopped)
  • 2 cups loosely packed kale
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped parsley
  • 1 small jalapeno, chopped and seeded (I wanted a mild guacamole, but if you want more heat, keep the seeds and/or use a larger jalapeno)
  • 3 medium avocados
  • Half of a lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Chop the garlic and shallots. Chop the kale and remove the hard stems. Massage kale to help it break down.
  2. Add garlic, shallots and kale to the food processor along with one tablespoon olive oil. Process until smooth. Add cilantro, parsley, and jalapeno to the food processor and process until all the ingredients are combined.
  3. Put the kale mixture in a medium bowl. Roughly chop the avocados so they’re easier to mash. Add the avocados to the bowl. Add two tablespoons olive oil and mash the avocados and kale mixture until creamy and combined. Add lime juice from the lime half and salt and pepper to taste. Give the guacamole a final mix.

Blissfully yours,

Gail Perrella, M.S.  C.N.S.