No Soup for You! – Dr. Emile Allen M.D.

No Soup for You!

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We may not realize that the container our food is stored in may be leeching chemicals into our food.  Sometimes the toxicity of processed foods is not limited to the list of ingredients on the package or can.  We may be eating toxins without even being aware of it.  This is especially true of canned foods and the plastic containers used for frozen entrees and bottled beverages.

But there are other dangers lurking on the grocery store shelves.  Few people know that canned soups are lined with bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that has been linked to reproductive abnormalities and other health problems.  While BPA is not listed in the ingredients, it seeps into the soup via the lining.  The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that eating a 12-ounce serving of canned soup once a day for five days left participants with much higher BPA levels in their urine than when they ate soup made with fresh ingredients for five days.  In addition, many plastic food containers, such as those for frozen meals, contain BPA.

Being conscious of the quality of food containers as well as the food’s ingredients are critical for your overall health.  DeliverLean’s delicious, healthy diet deliver meals are not only chemical-free, but they are also stored in containers that do not contain BPA, which ensures the quality of your food.

Insulin Resistance to Love Handles & How DeliverLean Can help – Dr. Emile Allen, M.D.

Those Darn Love Handles…

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Do you have a little around the middle?  Well, those love handles aren’t so loving after all.  A little or a lot around the middle is the smoke signaling a life-threatening fire.  That beer belly or couple of extra notches in your belt alerts doctors to a range of metabolic imbalances from insulin resistance to full-blown type 2 diabetes.  Nearly 70% of Americans are overweight or obese, and 100% (that’s right – 100%) of them have pre-diabetes, which is an early stage of type 2 diabetes.  Pre-diabetes is not pre-anything.  It is a lightning rod for heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

How did we get there?  The American diet is full of empty calories made up of sugars from sodas, juices, smoothies, vitamin water, and sports drinks as well as refined starchy carbohydrates such as white bread, pasta, white rice, and potatoes.  Food marketing companies may want you to believe that these foods are healthy for you; however, consuming them leads to insulin, fat, and blood sugar imbalances.  When the body digests refined starchy carbohydrates, they are turned into sugar almost immediately, so the body processes them in the same way.  Eating white rice or a donut is nearly the equivalent of eating a candy bar to your body.

How does this happen?  Insulin is a hormone, produced by the pancreas, which regulates carbohydrate and fat metabolism in the body.  Insulin helps cells metabolize or use sugar as an energy source.  When you eat too much sugar (or refined starchy carbohydrates), the pancreas has to produce more insulin to keep the blood sugars at a normal range.  Otherwise, the high blood sugar levels become toxic to the body, which causes a number of serious medical problems.  Cells become resistant to insulin through the constant bombardment of insulin when too much sugar is in the blood.  This condition causes the cells to be unable to take in enough sugar.  The excess blood sugar is then stored as fat.  You can see the vicious cycle created here.

What can you do?  Don’t despair.  Fortunately, this condition is 100% reversible through proper exercise and nutrition.  If you just change your diet to eating lean proteins and complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, certain types of whole grains, and some fruits, you will be reversing the damage to your body.  DeliverLean makes it easy by giving you the right portions of nutrient-rich, blood-sugar stabilizing foods.

Dr. Emile Allen, M.D.

-Chief Medical Officer at DeliverLean

Could Your Teen be at Risk for Heart Disease?

Could Your Teen be at Risk for Heart Disease?

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Did it ever occur to you that your adolescent could be at risk for heart disease due to being overweight or obese?  According to a study published in the Pediatrics Journal (hyperlink to May AL, et al “Prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk factors among US adolescents, 1999 – 2008” Pediatrics 2012;129(6):1035.), this is true.  Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years.  More than one third of teens are overweight and obese, which puts them at risk for various medical conditions.  In fact, there is shocking evidence that overweight and obese adolescents, had a higher number of risk factors for heart diseases, (Hyperlink to blogs for:  Teens and High Cholesterol, Teens and High Blood Pressure, and Teens and Diabetes) as compared to their normal weight peers.

Nearly half (49%) of the overweight and 61% of the obese teens had one or more heart disease risk factors.  Obese teens with a Body Mass Index (BMI) (hyperlink to Teen BMI blog) of 30 kg/m2or more showed damage to the structure and function of their hearts.  These are early signs of heart failure, and may set your teen up for cardiac disease as an adult.

Clearly, proper nutrition and lower physical activity levels are the culprits in the increase of teen obesity.  Studies have shown the importance of helping your teen develop healthy eating habits to reverse the chronic health conditions that obesity sets up.  DeliverLean makes it easy for you to offer your teen healthy, nutritious diet delivery meals that even they will enjoy.  You just might be saving your child’s life.

By Dr. Emile Allen, M.D.

Meet Our New Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Emile Allen

ImageDeliverLean is proud to announce that we have added our first Chief Medical Officer to our staff, Dr. Emile Allen.

Emile A. Allen, M.D. is a Board Certified Urologist, and graduate of Northwestern University Medical School.  He completed his general surgery internship and urology residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.  As the former Chairman of Urology and Vice-Chairman of Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California, Dr. Allen led over 400 physicians and gained experience in corporate-style management and operations.  In addition, Dr. Allen owned and successfully ran two private practices.

After retiring from clinical practice, Dr. Allen has served as consultant and medical director for several health care companies.  Dr. Allen is also a sought after inspirational keynote speaker and author.  In his most recent position as Medical Director, he was involved in product definition, corporate strategy enhancement, as well as business and alliance development, which resulted in an increase in corporate earnings from $3.5 million to $5 million in less than one year.

Due to Dr. Allen’s ability to identify unique opportunities and implement successful strategies, DeliverLean is proud to have him join their team as Chief Medical Officer of our new Medical Division.  Dr. Allen is developing business alliances with health care providers in order to improve patient care by preventing or reversing chronic diseases through proper nutrition.

We are so excited to have Dr. Allen as a crucial component to our DeliverLean Team!

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