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May 11, 2012

Tips for a Healthy Summer in Union Square

*Guest Post by Carla Hernandez from Wise Roots Nutrition

With summer right around the corner, the urge to show some skin and buy cute summer dresses, skirts and shorts becomes tempting, even for locals who tend to hide under layers of clothes. With the warm weather we’ve been enjoying, many of you are probably panicking about fitting into your bathing suits and looking and feeling great while enjoying summer activities. If you’re having trouble meeting your goals, I’d like to offer some guidance to help you get back to feeling confident and healthy.

Union square is filled with healthy eateries, athletic stores and fitness options like Club One, free group runs and yoga from Lululemon Athletica and the free run club from Nike. Yet, this might not be enough to get you feeling and looking great. Many of us have cut calories, committed to exercise and tried to live healthy lifestyles without seeing results. How can this be?! You’re doing everything you’re supposed to, right? What I have found is that many people focus too closely on calorie counting and exercise to get in shape, because they’re not informed about other factors that can affect overall fitness.

Our bodies are extremely complicated, and therefore sometimes the equation for health is not as simple as you think. There are many conditions and concerns that can affect your fitness. If you’ve been having trouble getting fit and healthy, here are a few culprits that could be affecting your goals:

1. Digestive Problems

2. Food Sensitivities

3. Yeast Overgrowth

4. Unstable Blood Sugar

5. Dehydration & Mineral Imbalances

6. Fatty Acid Deficiency

7. Stress & Adrenal Fatigue

8. Hormonal Imbalances

9. Toxin Overload

10. Brain Chemistry Deficiency

Many of these issues are part of a chain reaction caused by an initial imbalance or disturbance. Symptoms that can indicate any of the above include:

-Digestive Distress: acid reflux, heartburn, bloating, gas..

-Constipation and/ or Diarrhea




-Joint Pain/ Inflammation



-Depression/Mood Disorders

-Skin Conditions: Acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry skin….


Until these issues are addressed, getting in shape can be very difficult if not impossible. A proper diet that is tailored to your needs and focuses on these imbalances will greatly improve your health and weight loss success, but more importantly your ability to maintain it. If you’re feeling stumped in your quest for health and fitness, you might try eliminating key food groups that many people are sensitive to (gluten, soy, corn, dairy, nuts, alcohol, caffeine, etc.) one at a time and see if they relieve or lessen any of the symptoms listed above. If they do persist, you also might want to consult a doctor who can check for vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. Once you have established that you aren’t sensitive to any foods or missing any crucial nutrients, I suggest you pursue a whole foods-based diet. To get you started, check out my recent blog post on the five vital rules for healthy eating. If you still feel you need guidance to meet your goals, please consider stopping by my office on Maiden Lane in Union Square or signing up for my Get at the Roots Weight Loss Program. It could change the way you feel and look and make for a fabulous time shopping for warm-weather clothes and sunning yourself in Union Square Park!

About Wise Roots:

Wise Roots Nutrition offers a holistic approach to wellness that focuses on your individual needs and health concerns to address the root cause of your health challenges. Carla Hernandez, Nutritional Therapist at Wise Roots, offers nutritional consultations, grocery store tours, in-home pantry makeovers, and cooking classes to aide in a transition to whole foods lifestyle that supports the body and gives it the nutrients it needs to heal naturally. Carla specializes in weight loss, skin health, and infertility. She sees clients inside the chic BellaPelle Skin Studio on Maiden Lane. For more information on Wise Roots Nutrition, visit or to set up an appointment call 916-759-8947.