How to Apply Current Health Trends to Your Lifestyle By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

Just like fanny packs, brass fixtures, jelly sandals, and fitness trackers, the health and wellness industry tends to be just as trendy as fashion, architecture, and home decor. This year has proven no different with trending topics like macronutrient counting, avocadoes, the ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting each becoming the main topics found in many forms of media, research journal publications, and marketing. None of these topics are wrong, however, are they right for you? The downfall of trending topics is as individuals, we never know how, when, and if the trend will actually provide the proper or intended improvements to our health, lifestyle or diet.
Trends may be popular, yet they are not always the right choice. People often forget the power food has on the human body. Just like medication, if a diet is not working, or the side effects make you feel worse when following, it is not the right diet for you.

Here are some tips when trying out new trends:

• Listen to your body. A healthy body does not feel bad. Do not ignore or try and justify symptoms. Symptoms are signs that something is wrong. A simple change in dietary intake can resolve many symptomatic problems.
• Implement small changes. Completely changing your intake or frequency of intake tends to decrease the chance you maintain compliance with the diet. Start with small, sensible changes.
• Who is recommending the change? Are they a trained medical professional with a nutritional background? Is someone trying to sell you something? Do they know about your medical history or current medications? Do you actually need to change? Ask questions. Do not assume.
• What are you changing? Are you giving up eating real food for “health products”? No amount of powder, bars or pills will replace the true power of a healthy diet.
• Investigate. Research. Look for reputable sources who have research to back up the health claims you are implementing.
• Realize you are an individual. No one diet should be recommended for everyone. We are not all the same. Every diet does not benefit everyone.
• Keep common sense attached. There is no one food, macronutrient, or supplement that is going to fix everything. Ask yourself if this dietary change is going to hurt you or help you in the long run. There are health benefits to most whole foods. Do not overuse or overeat anything. Too much of a good thing rarely is a good thing.
I regularly work with patients who are trying new products or diets. Some experience great success with weight loss, improved labs or the ability to eliminate medications, while others find themselves frustrated, fatigued, and fat (their words, not mine).

Finding the right dietary approach takes a few steps:

• An open mind. Most of the time, my recommendations for patients do not match their own thoughts. With an open mind, together, we can create the right plan for you.
• An integrative approach. Instead of focusing on a single-dimensional problem like losing weight or lowering blood sugar, let us help you look at your body as a whole. A full lab panel will not only help you understand your body; it will provide us with what we need to help you improve your health and outlook. Losing weight is not worth losing your health.
• Time and proper expectations. Losing 10 pounds each week is not realistic. Weight loss is generally estimated at one half to two pounds weekly, depending on the size, frame, and health of a patient.

With this integrative approach, I can help direct patients toward dietary choices and changes that will not only improve health, symptoms, and outlook but will also eliminate much of the confusion that comes with trying to understand dietary and lifestyle trends. If you are confused or are struggling with understanding your health, please call and schedule a free consultation to see how the Couri Center can help.

 

Leslie Rusch-Bayer, RD, LDN, CPT

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Take advantage of our summer sale: $50 OFF all TLC™ Integrative Wellness Programs!  Sale ends August 30, 2019.

What is Total Lifestyle By Couri, TLC™

Science-based, TLC™ incorporates in-depth labs, nutrition, and exercise. TLC™ is based on traditional and integrative medicine principles.

Tailored just for you, TLC™ incorporates food sensitivity, hormone, metabolic and expanded lab profiles. Whether you need a boost to lose weight & improve eating habits or a comprehensive wellness program, we can help guide you.

In 2012, Dr. Couri, MD graduated from a 2-year Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona under the direction of the all-inspiring Dr. Andrew Weil. Inspired to share the integrative principles gleaned from her Integrative Fellowship, with her patients, Total Lifestyle By Couri was born.  The TLC™ program combines the power of Integrative Medicine with the foundation of traditional Western Medicine for an unsurpassed experience that you will benefit from for years to come.

Is TLC™ a one-size-fits-all program?

No.  TLC™ is completely personalized!  Choose from a 60-minute integrative consultation, TLC™ Core, a 12-week program or TLC™ Plus, a robust 15-week program.  Each is customized just for you.  Schedule your complimentary consultation for details and to review pricing options.

How do I get pricing and learn more?

TLC Complimentary Consultation

Personalized Integrative Lifestyle Programs

Let’s face it.  The more you know about your health, the better equipped you are to achieve your wellness goals.  Dr. Michele Couri’s personalized, integrative wellness programs include:

  • detoxification
  • food sensitivity testing
  • hormone balancing
  • metabolic labs
  • nutrition
  • exercise

Curious how TLC can change YOU?  

Schedule your complimentary consultation below or call 692-6838.

Explore the Connection. Food Sensitivity Testing at the Couri Center

Food Sensitivity Testing

Research indicates that upwards of 70% of the US population has food intolerances.  These sensitivities can cause chronic inflammation and may be displayed in a variety of symptoms.  Food sensitivities can also contribute to weight gain and difficulty losing weight, despite positive dietary changes and exercise.

Food sensitivity reactions can cause inflammation, bloating, and slow digestion.

Common Signs of Food Sensitivity:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Indigestion
  • Acid Reflux/GERD
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Joint Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Bloating
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Weight Gain or Inability to Lose Weight
  • Obesity
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Depression/Mood swings
  • Skin Disorders (Dermatitis or Eczema)
  • Autoimmune Disorders
  • Chronic Congestion

Schedule your consultation today: 309-692-6838

Explore the connection between what you eat & how you feel.  

By identifying which foods you are sensitive to you can alter your diet to avoid the foods that are causing symptoms. Testing is easy.  We perform an extensive range of tests from a single blood sample taken right here in the Couri Center lab.  This test can determine the degree, class, and extent of your food sensitivity.

Food Sensitivity Testing Includes:

Our panels are comprehensive and include either 96 or 184 of the most common offenders.  With each food panel test, you receive a private consultation and an educational session with our registered dietitian, trained in integrative health.  We don’t just hand you the results, we provide detailed feedback and answer all the questions you will have to guide you moving forward!

 30-Minute Consult with our Registered Dietitian includes:

  • Explanation of results
  • Personalized nutrition recommendations
  • Dietary alternatives/replacement education
  • Supplement recommendations
  • Guide to processed foods

Discover optimal health & reverse signs of inflammation and dysfunction in your body.

Schedule your consultation today: 309-692-6838

We’re Growing! An Interview with Dr. Alexandra Mathern

We’re growing!  Meet the Couri Center’s new OB/GYN, Alexandra L. Mathern, MD.

Meet the Couri Center’s new OB/GYN, Alexandra L. Mathern, MD.  Dr. Mathern completed residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center through the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria.  She received her Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  She also received a Bachelor of Science and Minor in Spanish from the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Mathern’s Background

Dr. Mathern has explored many aspects of the medical field from an early age.  Her passion for women’s health began in medical school when she found herself surrounded by strong, compassionate women who prided themselves on taking the best, evidence-based care of the women in the community. She was inspired by their dedication not only to their craft but also the betterment of themselves and their families.

Her Passions

Dr. Mathern strives to make sure her patients are well informed and take an active role in their medical care.  She can offer a wide variety of medical and surgical options, stressing minimally invasive approaches, for multiple gynecologic issues. She has particular interest in reproductive age issues from menstrual irregularities, ovarian pathology, pelvic floor dysfunction, and perimenopause.

Born and raised in North Dakota she has made Peoria home with her husband and three children. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family.

How to Schedule

Dr. Michele Couri and the Couri Center team proudly welcome Dr. Mathern, MD, to our practice, August 2019!  Dr. Mathern is now accepting new patients and looks forward to meeting you.  Schedule your visit today:  692-6838 or visit our patient portal

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Detox Kit May 2019 Sale

Detox Kit-Save $10

Our 6 Day Detox Kit is designed to renew and enhance the body’s cleansing and detoxification capabilities. The detox kit includes the use of plant-based shakes, and an ultra-clean, whole food-based diet. A detailed instructional guide that provides clear supplementation and dietary recommendations, as well as the science behind detoxification, is included in each detoxification kit.

This detox process is easy and outside of food choices, it will not interrupt your daily activities. Bonus! Detox kits are discounted ten dollars during the month of May.  If you would like to join us on this detoxification journey, kits are available for purchase at the Couri Center anytime during office hours (8-4:30) for $120.

 

6 Day Detox Kit includes OptiCleanse GHI Vanilla Delight packets, 1 bottle of ColonX60c, 1 carton of ProbioMax Daily DF 30c, 1 bottle of Drainage 1 fl oz.

TLC Integrative Lifestyle Programs

Personalized Integrative Lifestyle Programs

Let’s face it.  The more you know about your health, the better equipped you are to achieve your wellness goals.  Dr. Michele Couri’s personalized, integrative wellness programs include:

  • detoxification
  • food sensitivity testing
  • hormone balancing
  • metabolic labs
  • nutrition
  • exercise

Curious how TLC can change YOU?  

Schedule your complimentary consultation below or call 692-6838.

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5:30 PM: Stop Counting & Romaine Calm:  Erasing Everything You Know About Healthy Eating                          

By Leslie Rusch-Bayer, Registered Dietitian, LDN, CPT


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6:30 PM:  What’s Hiding in Your DNA?  Knowing Your Risk May Save Your Life.  

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Determined to Regain Her Health By Leslie Rusch-Bayer

Women are complex creatures, as many of our husbands already know. We are often headstrong, goal-oriented and stubborn. We are also mothers, professionals, calendar-organizers, and chauffeurs. Life throws many things at each of us, but for many women, physical signs and symptoms are pushed aside due to lack of time and importance. At the Couri Center, we pride ourselves listening to our patients. We believe that each patient is different from the next, and each should be treated as such.

Dr. Couri has created a group of outstanding professionals who truly understand women and women’s healthcare. Her ‘toolbox’ is full of options that have proven time and time again to be life-changing. TLC™: Total Lifestyle by Couri is a resource for women who feel unbalanced, unhealthy and are looking to improve their overall health and well-being. TLC™ aims to piece together all of the issues that are often forgotten in women’s healthcare: hormones, food sensitivities, extensive labs, dietary changes, exercise, and proper supplementation. This customized program has helped countless women regain their health, outlook, energy, and body.   Below is Susan’s 2018 journey through the TLC™ program: 

Explain what your life was like before the TLC™ program. 

Life before the TLC™ program wasn’t much of a life.  One day when my husband and I were talking, he remarked that he felt as though no one could ever understand how bad I honestly felt.  He thought I was literally dying until I met with Leslie and started the TLC program.

 I was nauseous every moment of every day.  I suffered from migraines, IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, inflammation and swelling, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.  I underwent many rounds of testing to check for intestinal issues, trouble swallowing and persistent coughing.  I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009.  My exhaustion was over the top.  Housework was nearly impossible.  I would do ten minutes of work then rest about an hour before I could do 10 more minutes of work.  If I had to make a trip into Peoria from my hometown of Henry, it ended up a miserable day because I would do as many errands as possible to save on gas and drive time.  I carried extra clothes and knew where every bathroom was just in case I had stomach problems. My anxiety level was extreme.  Because I no longer had any strength, I could barely get groceries in the house.  I had to purchase lighter pots and pans and an electric can opener because I had no strength.  Sleep was non-existent.  When I did rest, it was poor, so I never felt rested.  I barely had any motivation or drive to do anything.  I no longer wanted to live a long life. Life was not enjoyable.

 I almost didn’t do the TLC™ program knowing I would have to make the trip to Peoria twice a week.  It took time to see improvement once I started, but as time went on I felt better, I was able to sleep and each week continued to improve!

 What methods did you try to fix your symptoms before TLC™?

 I have been to two sleep centers, met with several doctors and specialists, tried medications, worked on my diet and incorporated exercise.  I’ve done Weight Watchers, Curves, Nutri System, Seattle Sutton, and contemplated Jenny Craig.  I have met with dietitians, endocrinologists, gynecologists, gastroenterologists as well as having many tests and procedures. Nothing helped.  I gave up.

 What was appealing about the TLC™ program?

 I loved the idea that I was going to a comfortable environment full of friendly faces that felt less like a massive medical complex.  The purpose of finding something that would help me feel better and hopefully look better was extremely exciting. I felt as though the Couri Center really cares about all of their patients and genuinely wants to help everyone live a happier life.

 How did you feel after reviewing your pre- TLC™ labs? Did you learn anything new?

 I was absolutely SHOCKED! I learned that my so-called healthy, carb-conscious diet was causing inflammation, giving me GI problems, migraines, exacerbating my fibromyalgia, and affecting my sleep.  I couldn’t believe it when after a few weeks Leslie suggested that decreasing my chronic inflammation could positively impact my diabetes. I never imagined the potential of stopping my diabetes medications. I also loved being able to see different deficiencies in my labs. My supplement recommendations were tailored just to me, and I was given a full explanation of why each supplement was recommended.  I was left wondering why all those doctors and specialists hadn’t figured any of this out. 

 I did have moments of doubt.  It was at that moment when Leslie said: “you are not crazy and you are not fat” that I was able to switch my attitude to “let’s get this started!” I learned that everything I knew about nutrition was only basic recommendations for “most” people, and I did NOT fit into that mold.  I knew THAT day my life was going to change for the better.  I just had no idea how much better it was really going to get.

Did you struggle with the dietary changes recommended for you?  Do you feel satisfied with what you are eating?

 My struggle with dietary changes only came when shopping.  It did take me a little longer because I was reading each and every label to understand the ingredients.  I also found that I spent more time in the produce section than I ever had.  When it came to actually eating within my dietary changes, I had no struggles, especially when I started feeling better. I could not wait for the constant nausea to go away.  It took about 2 months before I noticed a difference in how I felt, but I immediately saw how I was not starving all the time.  I would eat a meal and be satiated until my next meal. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to stick to my food plan. 

 Tell us about the changes and challenges you experienced throughout the program.

 First, and foremost, I had been going to the gym only when my gym buddy was going.  I could not bring myself to go on my own.  I was ashamed of my body and was sure people would be judging me on my looks, how slow I walked and lack of athletic clothing. I felt horrible each time I got on the treadmill, and my workout buddy would walk faster than me. Even at a low speed, I could not talk while walking on the treadmill.  I felt trapped in the clothes I was wearing.  I always felt the need to hide in large clothing.  I did not want others to see what I saw in the mirror. 

 Finding motivation to get up and move was difficult in the beginning.  I was wearing my Fitbit that came complimentary with TLC™ and felt tethered to it.  The stress of wanting so badly to feel better finally, look better and improve my strength was hard at the start.

 What did your end of TLC™ labs reveal?

 My labs revealed that everything was improving!  It also saw two of my A1C (blood sugar) results were the lowest they have been in years!  My primary care doctor told me to stop taking my diabetes medications.  This left me feeling euphoric!

 How do you measure your success?  How have YOU changed since beginning the program?

 My outlook has changed immensely! I know I am successful because I have no problem sticking to MY way of eating.  I still enjoy lots of different foods, and I work out (by myself) 4-5 days a week.  I have been signing up and walking 5k’s and I workout with a local exercise group.  Not only is my success ‘measured’ in the 34 inches I’ve lost off my body, but by the changes in clothing sizes and the new found confidence I have. I no longer hide behind my clothes.  I am out there for the world to see.

 Was the program hard?

 The hardest part of the program was getting myself to sign up and show up to the consultation with Leslie. 

 Would you recommend this program to a girlfriend?

 I have been recommending this program to everyone that compliments me or asks me what I have done to lose so much weight!  I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Couri Center and the TLC™ program. I’m so very thankful I took that first step into a new life!

 How are TLC™ and the Couri Center different than other programs or offices?

It’s such a welcoming atmosphere. I love all the smiling faces greeting me.  As I continued my visits with Leslie, I found other employees checking up on me and giving me encouragement and compliments.  I never felt belittled, like a failure, or like they were too busy for me.  Not only does everyone care about helping me through the program, but they genuinely wanted to know how I was doing and feeling.  I love that Dr. Couri is top-notch at following my progress.  I always feel like I matter.

If you would like more information about TLC: Total Lifestyle by Couri programs, please schedule a complimentary consultation.

Leslie Rusch-Bayer

Curious How TLC can change you? Summer Lifestyle Programs

Let’s face it.  The more you know about your health, the better equipped you are to achieve your wellness goals.  Dr. Michele Couri’s personalized, integrative wellness programs include:

  • detoxification
  • food sensitivity
  • hormone balancing
  • metabolic labs
  • nutrition
  • exercise

Curious how TLC can change YOU?   Schedule your free consultation today or call 692-6838.

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