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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 4/24/12: Dr. Oz's Supercharge Your Energy Type, Super Fast Energy Boosters for All E-Types, Cheats to Cut Cravings, Secrets to Your Best Skin, Comfort Food Goes Healthy

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: April 24, 2012
Dr. Oz's Supercharge: Do You Know Your Energy Type?

  • Learn your Energy-Type to tailor your energy needs
  • Boost your energy with these super fast acting tips
  • Cheat with these healthy foods that cut the calories and save the flavor
  • Support your skin by ditching these skin saboteurs
  • Big Daddy transforms chicken and dumplings for healthy comfort

This is a breakthrough show, says Dr. Oz. Do you feel run down? Exhausted? Can't get yourself going? Dr. Oz wants to let his viewers in on a secret to rewriting the rules of energy and show you how to restore, revive and energize. The key is to learn your Energy-Type, or E-Type, to know how to get your energy back.


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Dr. Oz's Supercharge: Do You Know Your Energy Type?

There are three Energy-Type, or E-Type, and they are connected to how the body responds to stress. Knowing your E-Type can help you make the best nutrition and supplement choices to support restoration of your energy.

Dr. Oz's Supercharge: Reactive E-Type

The three main symptoms of the Reactive Energy Type are:
  • Overly responsive to stress;
  • Constantly on edge; and
  • Carry weight on top of the body.

What these symptoms mean for the Reactive E-Type:
  • More likely tired in the morning;
  • Feeling a loss of energy because the adrenal glands can't keep up with stress; and
  • The key to fuel energy is to reboot the adrenals.

A Reactive Energy body type is one that gets worked up easily by stress that releases the hormone cortisol. When cortisol builds up in the system, energy is zapped and weight is gained in the top portion of the body.

Reactive Energy is made worse by a high glycemic diet with foods such as ketchup, BBQ sauce, soda, cereals, and pasta -all those high sugar comfort carbs.

Suffering from a battle between too much cortisol from stress and too much sugar from foods that zap energy, both which lead toward inflammation that further zaps energy.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Reactive E-Type #1: Cut Cortisol
The trick here is to curb cortisol hormones levels to not feel drained by stress. Replace high-glycemic carbs with low-glycemic carbs. It's especially important for the Reactive E-Type to focus on high fiber foods such as beans, greens, and whole grain foods.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Reactive E-Type #2: Black Out The Bedroom
Turn off all the lights in the bedroom including alarm clocks, DVD player, cable box. All those hidden sources of light needs to be turned off, covered up, turned over to support better sleep.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Reactive E-Type #3: Add in an Adaptogen
Adaptogens are used in many cultures throughout the world. To support the adrenal glands, Dr. Oz recommends taking astragalus at 1,000mg daily.

Dr. Oz's Supercharge: Fluctuating E-Type

The three main symptoms ;of the Fluctuating Energy Type are:
  • Unpredictable periods;
  • Tired at random times; and
  • Carry body weight from the waist down.

What these symptoms mean for the Fluctuating E-Type:
  • Tired for several days before period;
  • Reduce excess of estrogen over progesterone; and
  • The key is to balance hormones.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Fluctuating E-Type #1: Eat Away Your Estrogen
right foods natural inhibit estrogen activity
roots nuts eggs

Dr. Oz Solutions for Fluctuating E-Type #2: Limit Soy Products
Soy increases estrogen, many people don't realize how much soy they are eating. Hidden in foods such as canned tuna, sauces, and ice cream. Dr. Oz normally recommends soy to promote health but, he says, it's not suitable for all body types. [Soy is used in small amounts in many foods, it can build up in the system over the course of days, weeks, and months of eating small amounts.]

Dr. Oz Solutions for Fluctuating E-Type #3: Watch Out For Parabens
Parabens are synthetic preservatives used in products to extend the self life. Dr. Oz says parabens stimulate estrogen production which this E-Type is looking to reduce. Read labels of body care products and avoid any form of parabens in the products.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Fluctuating E-Type #4: Progesterone Cream
To support hormone balance, Dr. Oz recommends that the Fluctuating E-Type use progesterone cream up the amount in the system. Two weeks before the beginning of a period, apply ¼ teaspoon of progesterone cream, 14-28mg, onto soft areas of skin.

Dr. Oz's Supercharge: Sluggish E-Type

The three main symptoms of the Sluggish Energy Type are:
  • Tired all the time;
  • Sensitive to temperature change; and
  • Weight gain throughout whole body.

What these symptoms mean for the Sluggish E-Type:
  • Exhausted all the time because the thyroid gland is not functioning properly;
  • Slow metabolism and tendency to hold excess fluid; and
  • The key is to jump start the thyroid gland.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Sluggish E-Type #1: Get Rid of Goitergens
In the Sluggish E-Type, the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroxine due to not enough iodine in the diet and/or eating too many goitergens – foods that suppress the functioning of the thyroid. Kale, broccoli, and cabbage is the worsts of all. Dr. Oz says cooking or steaming goitergens for at least 10 minutes will deactivate the portion of these healthy foods that cause issues for the Sluggish E-Type.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Sluggish E-Type #2: Up the Vitamin D
To support the thyroid, Dr. Oz recommends taking a daily dose of Vitamin D, 1,000it daily. Without Vitamin D, the body cannot produce thyroid hormone.

Dr. Oz Solutions for Sluggish E-Type #3: Humming
Dr. Oz says he was caught off guard by this solution and would never have thought of it in his Western Medical background. Humming causes the thyroid gland to vibrate and studies show it stimulates the release of thyroid hormones. So hum away, while gently tapping on the neck, to get that thyroid working for you.

Dr. Oz's Supercharge: Super Fast Energy Boosters for All E-Types

Jennifer, from the audience, shared that her energy is always low. She is married, has two small children, and a demanding career. Before she opens her eyes in the morning she is thinking of everything she has to do during her day. By 3pm, she feels exhausted and have to force herself through the end of the work day before she goes home to her second job of taking care of her family.

[Does anyone else resemble that scenario?] Dr. Oz has four super fast energy boosters which are suitable for all E-Types. He says to start with one energy booster, see how you do, and add a second if you feel it's necessary.

Dr. Oz Fast Solution for Energy #1: Probiotic Puree
Probiotics support a reduction in inflammation throughout the body and help to improve the lining of the intestines. Adding powdered probiotics to pureed food makes for a simply way to incorporate it into your daily routine. Using foods like guacamole and apple sauce as a base, add one tablespoon of powdered probiotic per one cup of food. Probiotics

Dr. Oz Fast Solution for Energy #2: Ginseng Coffee Marinade
Dr. Oz recommends to create an infusion of ginseng in your coffee filter. Place ½ cup of purified water in a bowl with 30 drops of Siberian ginseng add a coffee filter and let soak overnight. In the morning, make your coffee as usual. [I use a French Press for my coffee, so I'm thinking to just add 30 drops to warm water for delicious cuppa stimulation.]

Dr. Oz Fast Solution for Energy #3: Soak Your Nuts
We don't normally get all the nutrition energy from nuts because a chemical, phytates in nuts blocks the absorption of some of its key elements. Soak your favorite nut in purified water overnight to deactivate the phytates. The nuts will soften and the nutrients that were dormant come alive boosting the energy value.

Dr. Oz Fast Solution for Energy: Frankincense Pillow Puff
We have to get good sleep to become restored. Dr. Oz says a little essence of the wise men can help support a restful nights sleep. Place 30 drops of frankincense essential oil onto a handful of cotton balls then place the cotton balls in your pillow case. 

Dr. Oz: Cheats That Cut Your Cravings

Pleasure centers in our brains are part to blame for all our cravings. The same feel-good endorphins are released when we eat our favorite that as with cocaine and heroin. Those surges and subsequent crashing create an emotional roller coaster and can be linked to the cause of huge amounts of weight gain.

If a hunger for salt, sugar, or fat is getting the best of you, Dr. Oz and his guest Dr. Mike Dow, Psy.D., an expert on food cravings and author of Diet Rehab: 28 Days to Finally Stop Craving the Foods That Make You Fat, have solutions to end your cravings once and for all.

Dr. Dow says that the brain and body may both be needing something when those cravings start to fire up. He says it's important to understand the Three T's of food, taste, texture, and temperature, in order to find healthy options to replace the saboteurs.

When the body and mind crave nachos, the underlying craving is for something crunchy and salty. A great cheat that satisfies both those needs is popcorn. Dr. Oz challenged Dr. Dow to find three more cheats for your biggest cravings.

Dr. Oz Cheats for Cravings #1: Cheese Fries
Cheese fries are another crunchy, salty treat as well as having some creaminess. Dr. Dow recommends Creamy Zucchini Fries. Panko bread crumbs provide crunch, zucchini provide flavor, and Parmesan cheese gives these fries that creamy texture.

The Numbers
Traditional cheese fries pack 740 calories, ½ of your daily calories [no fat content was given but, you know there's got to be a ton.]
Dr. Dow's Creamy Zucchini Fries have only 103 calories per serving, that's 90% of the calories while keeping the taste.

1 lb zucchini
1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
2 or 3 eggs

Preheat your oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Cut zucchini into thick “fries” and blot dry. Whisk the eggs together. In a separate bowl, mix the grated Parmesan and bread crumbs together. Dip the zucchini in the eggs and then shake the sticks to remove any excess egg. Roll the zucchini in the bread crumbs and then place them on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining zucchini, making sure the zucchini pieces aren’t touching each other. Bake for 10-12 minutes in the prepared oven then remove from oven, flip the fries, and bake for another 10-12 minutes or until the zucchini is not soggy and the coating is crisp and golden brown.

Dr. Oz Cheats for Cravings #2: Ice Cream
Audience member Marisa proudly brought out a tray of chocolate dipped, nut topped ice cream cones. These are her weakness. The hard shell and the nuts give crunch and the ice cream, of course, is creamy.

Dr. Dow says the focus with this cheat crunch, creaminess, as well as cold. His cheat solution is a Frozen Banana Nut Bar. Roll a banana in crushed nuts and chocolate chips, freeze and enjoy. [My kids are going to love this treat!]

The Numbers
A traditional ice cream has about 310 calories.
Dr. Dow's Frozen Banana Nut Bar has only 194 calories. Dr. Oz says you could have 2 and it's still a healthier treat [plus you're getting a serving of fruit with each treat].

1 banana
1/4 cup crushed nuts of your choice
1/4 cup crushed dark chocolate chips

Put the banana on popsicle stick, roll it in the crushed nuts and chocolate chips. Cover it in saran wrap, stick it in the freezer for up to 12 hours, until it’s completely frozen.

Dr. Oz Cheats for Cravings #3: Pancakes
Rebecca loves pancakes. She loves the smell, she loves the maple syrup, she loves that they are sweet, fluffy, and warm. Instead of pancakes, Dr. Dow recommends Greek yogurt with puffed wheat cereal and berries. Rebecca says this cheat is shockingly good.

The Numbers
A stack of blueberry pancakes is a shocking 1,617 calories!
Dr. Dow's Blueberry “Pancakes” in a Bowl comes in at 163 calories, 90% of the stack!

4 oz vanilla Greek yogurt
1/2 cup of puffed wheat cereal
1 handful of blueberries
A dash of cinnamon
1 tbsp organic maple syrup

Mix the yogurt puffed cereal and blueberries in a bowl. Mix in a dash of cinnamon to taste. Heat up the 1 tbsp organic maple syrup in the microwave and pour it on top of the whole mixture.

Dr. Oz: Secrets to Your Best Skin Ever

Is the mirror your enemy? Dr. Oz asks. If your skin is sagging, flaky, and wrinkled simple products in your home could be the cause of your skin issues. Your home may house your skin's worst enemy.

Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, dermatologist, went to the homes of three Dr. Oz fans and found they are using products that are causing skin damage that many women complain about. These are basic, everyday use products that many of us don't think twice about using.

Dr. Tanzi says she sees it all the time, women trying to correct the havoc wrecked upon their skin by products they use every day. Using hot water in the shower and to wash the face can cause fine capillaries to break. UV rays from the sun can come through windows causing premature aging.

Dr. Oz Best Skin Ever In the Bathroom: Loofa
A loofa, plastic or natural can be found in homes across the country and women are using them every day. Loofa's are scratchy causing irritation and inflammation that leads to a breakdown in collagen especially in the neck and chest area where the skin is more delicate.

An alternative to the loofa, says Dr. Tanzi, is the plain and basic washcloth with a general moisturizing liquid cleanser. She recommends using Dove Shea Butter Cream Oil Body Wash, cost about $7.00, once a week will provide the exfoliation most women are looking for.

Dr. Oz Best Skin Ever In the Bedroom: Pillows
You pillow could be aging your skin. Most people prefer to sleep on one side of their body. Favoring one side when sleeping cause weird shaped wrinkles to form.

Dr. Tanzi explains that science how shown when sleeping on one side that side of the face shows signs of aging faster than the other side. She has seen it in her own practice when patients require more Botox and other treatments on one side of the face than the other.

The solution is to either sleep on your back or to use the right pillows. Dr. Tanzi recommends Vasseur Skincare's Anti-Wrinkles Beauty Pillow. The cost is about $45 which, says Dr. Tanzi, may save you hundreds of dollars that would be spent on products to fix the damage caused by side sleeping.

Another option is to use a satin pillowcase which is more gentle on the delicate skin of the face along with pillows on either side of the head and body to encourage back sleeping.

Dr. Oz Best Skin Ever In the Kitchen: Antibacterial Soaps
Antibacterial hand soaps contain alcohol which strip the natural oils from the hands and accelerates again. This is a product people use everyday that is causing damage then we spend lots of money to find products to put the moisture back into the skin.

From a medical perspective, Dr. Oz says that antibacterial hand soaps are unnecessary and in fact are contributing to the rise in antibiotic resistant bacterias.

Dr. Tanzi recommends using Seventh Generation Free & Clear: Hand Wash - Just Clean and Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid. Take hand care one step further by wearing cotton-lined gloves when washing the dishes.

Dr. Oz: Creamy, Comfort Food Goes Healthy

Big Daddy, Aaron McCargo Jr, host Big Daddy's House, brings his mom's chicken and dumplings recipe and makes it healthier with Big Daddy's Chicken and Falafel Dumplings.

Instead of cream of chicken, Big Daddy uses a low-sodium chicken stock and bouillon. For a short cut, he recommends using either chicken breast or a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. This is a one-pot drop recipe where all ingredients are dropped into one cooking pot – easy! Big Daddy took out some of the fat and calories of his mom's recipe and jazzed it up with flavorful veggies and spices.

The dumplings are made with a chickpea flour that brings filling fiber to the dish. Use chickpea or falafel flour or make your own putting chickpeas in a food processor.

The Numbers
Traditional chicken and dumplings come in at 661 calories.
Big Daddy's Chicken and Falafel Dumplings has cut the calories nearly in half, with only 350 calories.

Click here to get the entire Big Daddy's Chicken and Falafel Dumplings recipe from

Dr. Oz Bonus Tips! Quick Fixes

Dr. Oz Quick Fix for Allergies
Dr. Oz recommends using the herb butterbur, 50mg twice daily, to help minimize the itchy eyes and runny nose during allergy season.

Dr. Oz Quick Fix for Facial Cleanser
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene, a beneficial antioxidants. Cut a tomato in half, dip the flesh side in granulated sugar and gently rub on the face to cleanse. Let it sit 10 minutes before rinsing. The sugar provides gentle exfoliation to the skin and allows the lycopene to absorb more easily,

Dr. Oz Quick Fix for a Peanut Butter Cheat
For a quick peanut butter cheat, Dr. Oz recommends tahini which is rich in 8 vitamins and high in calcium. Tahini is ground sesame seeds, traditionally used to make hummus. Spread tahini on toast and top with a little honey for a satisfying treat.

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  1. It was a great show. I can't wait to make the zucchini fries.

  2. Thanks for your comment Brenda. I'm a big fan of zucchini and am looking forward to making the fries too. You'll have to let me know how they turn out for you!