Vanilla Cappuccino Dessert: Phase 1-4

Prepare 1 package of Ideal Protein Vanilla Pudding. Set aside. Crumble 1 Vanilla Peanut Bar and mix into the pudding. Stir in 1/2 package of unprepared Ideal Protein Cappuccino Mix. Place in 2 dessert bowls. Sprinkle with cinnamon and 2 teaspoons of Ideal Protein Chocolate Drink Mix.


(Equivalent to 1.5+ Ideal Protein foods with 1/2 being restricted.)


Swordfish Patties

Swordfish Burgers (phase 1-4) serves 4 


1.5 lbs (24 oz) swordfish steaks, skin removed

3 tbsp chopped chives

2 garlic cloves

1 Ideal Protein White Cheddar Ridges, crushed

lemon zest

sea salt and fresh pepper

olive oil spray

mixed greens or chopped romaine

1 1/2 cups Walden Farms Balsamic Vinaigrette



Cut fish into large chunks, and put about 1/4 of the fish into a food processor along with

garlic. Pulse until it becomes almost pasty. Place into a medium bowl. Place the remaining fish

into food processor and pulse on and off until chopped. Combine with the rest of the fish in

the bowl and add lemon zest, white cheddar crumbs, sea salt and pepper. Mix well and form

into 4 patties.

In a large non-stick skillet, spray a little olive oil and heat on medium. Add fish and cook about

5-6 minutes on each side.

To BBQ: Grill 4-6 inches above the fire on a lightly oiled grill rack. Grill on medium flame,

about 4 minutes each side.

Serve fish burgers over a bed of greens and drizzle with Balsamic vinaigrette and sprinkle

with chives.


Recipe Credit: Hope’s Recipes at Windsor Spine & Wellness Center


Mama Levin’s Favorite Chicken


1 chicken cut up into 8 parts (chicken breasts may also be used)

1/2 cup of soy sauce

1/3 cup of lemon juice

2 packets of Splenda

1 tsp of garlic powder

1/2 tsp of ginger powder

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the soy sauce, lemon juice, Splenda, and seasonings in a gallon freezer zip lock bag and shake. Add the chicken and turn several times to fully coat the chicken. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cover pan or baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the chicken on top of the foil and bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until fully cooked to a deep brown. Chicken could also be grilled.

Serve hot and enjoy!

Marinade can be mixed in to larger batches. Double or triple ingredients, and store in refrigerator.



Spinach Salad with Ham

3/4 pound of ham slices

8 hard-boiled eggs sliced 1/4 inch think

2 cups of green onions diced fine

6 cups of fresh spinach

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1/4 cup of cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon of sea salt

1/8 teaspoon of pepper


Cook ham on medium heat in 1 teaspoon of oil until crispy. Keep only 1/2 teaspoon of drippings. Add the green onions to the pan and saute for a few minutes. Remove from the pan and mix with the ham.

Dressing: Add vinegar to the pan and reduce. Add the remaining olive oil, salt and pepper.

Plating: Arrange spinach leaves, top with the ham and green onions. Garnish with egg slices and drizzle with dressing.


Makes 4 servings

Per serving: 353 Calories, 21g Fat, 32g Protein, 9g Carbohydrate


Research Shows the Link Between Vitamin D3 and Immune Function

Why do we get sick more often during the winter months?

Research indicates that the increase in incidence of cold and flu during winter months is more likely due to drops in serum levels of vitamin D3 (a hormone which is extremely influential in immune function) rather than in drops in temperature. In fact, temperature change has little to no measureable effect on the immune function. The human body synthesizes vitamin D3 when our torso is exposed to sunlight. During winter months, the earth is shifted further from the sun causing a reduction of Vitamin D3 levels and a subsequent drop in immune function.


Studies have shown:

  • Vitamin D levels reduce by approximately 50% during winter months
  • Vitamin D deficiencies are linked to:
    • o Increased incidence of the cold and flu
    • o Autoimmune diseases
    • o Cancer
    • o Cardiovascular disease
    • o Osteoporosis
    • o Loss of cognitive function
    • o Multiple Sclerosis
    • o A 39% increase in annual health care costs:
  • Vitamin D supplementation has already been proven to
    • o Reduce incidence of cold and flu by as much as 66%
    • o Up-regulate immune function through increase white blood cell production capability
  • Studies are currently underway to determine Vitamin D supplementation effect on dozens of other disease processes

Research indicates that vitamin D3 supplementation is most beneficial at 4000 – 6000 iu’s per day in adults and 1200 – 2000 iu’s per day in children.


At PostureWorks and NutraWorks, we only recommend and offer supplements of the highest quality. For Vitamin D3, we believe that the supplement with the most value is Nutri-West’s prescription grade Complete Hi D3 (5000 iu’s per tablet).  At only $16 for a 2 months supply this is likely one of the most valuable supplements one can take!

Diagnosis: Sitting Disease Studies Show Correlation between Inactivity and Shorter Life Expectancy

Our bodies may be paying the ultimate price for the comfort and convenience of our relatively sedentary lifestyles. Sure it feels good now, to get through an average day with minimal physical strain but, according to an article in USA Today quoting a recent study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the current amount of sitting that the majority of the U.S. population engages in could be hindering the nation’s overall life expectancy. Though the correlation between inactivity and poor health has long been recognized, new research suggests the possible prevention of chronic diseases like breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease and diabetes simply by getting up and moving more. This doesn’t mean that an active person has no risk but, the study suggests that their risk for developing such conditions could be up to 30 percent less than those with sedentary lifestyles.

In addition to diseases like cancer and diabetes, the accumulation of unhealthy practices over an extended period of time such as prolonged sitting also causes structural distortions in the body which can lead to a vast number of health conditions including high blood pressure, thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, headaches, dizziness, bladder problems, and asthma. PostureWorks, a premier spinal health and wellness center located in downtown San Francisco is dedicated to the prevention and correction of these debilitating conditions through our specially tailored corrective care techniques and top-of-the-line equipment and technology. Our highly trained doctors and staff not only treat your conditions, but teach you how to maintain your results and optimize your health for the rest of your life! Our goal is provide all of our patients with the tools and the knowledge to positively influence their future state of health.

To learn more about the resources that PostureWorks can provide for you, visit our web site or call us directly at (415) 373-3897. To learn more about the associations between activity level and overall health, visit the following links,

Out with the Old and In with the NutraWorks and PostureWorks – San Francisco’s Top Wellness Facility Welcomes New-Age Technology.

Our goal at NutraWorks and PostureWorks is to provide the highest quality service to truly optimize the health and vitality of our patients and in order to do so, we invest in nothing but the BEST. The doctors, coaches and staff of San Francisco’s top health and wellness centers are proud to introduce the latest and most advanced technology to support and regenerate our patients’ strength, flexibility and bone mass!

Power Plate Technology

Power Plate technology was originally created by the Russian space program in the 1960s to aid cosmonauts in re-building muscle mass and bone density depleted from extended time spent in space. It incorporates whole-body vibrations that induce rapid involuntary muscle contractions at a rate of thousands per second! Also known as “acceleration technology” for its ability to increase muscle strength and bone density at an accelerated rate, Power Plate technology has been implemented as a training and rehabilitation tool for Olympic athletes mainly for its un-matched efficiency and safety.  Countless medical studies have shown a number of health benefits that acceleration technology can produce including:

– Time & workout efficiency:15 minutes on the Power Plate = 60 minutes of gym training

-Increased strength and flexibility up to 10 times faster than traditional training methods

-Increased human growth hormone by as much as 350%

-Reduced pain in muscle, joints and tendons

-Reduced cellulite by 25%, cortisol by up to 150%

-Improved balance and coordination

-Overall less risk and more benefit!


At NutraWorks and PostureWorks, we believe that every person deserves the same quality of care and available resources as the pros therefore, we’re bringing this new-age technology, once only available to elite and professional athletes, to you! For more information about the services we can provide to optimize your health, visit our web sites at and or call us at (415) 373-3897.


San Francisco’s PostureWorks at the US Open

The United States Golf Association 2012 U.S. Open swings back into the bay area June 11th to 17th at San Francisco’s Olympic Club hosting some of the world’s finest professional golfers and some 245,000 spectators. Dr. Scott Levin, co-founder and clinical director of San Francisco’s state-of-the-art spinal rehabilitation and wellness center, PostureWorks, is one of the few health care providers selected to be a part of the PGA’s “Wellness Team” created specifically to work on the golfers and caddies. A Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certified health care provider, Dr. Levin will work side by side with the doctors and physical therapists of the Oakland Raiders, Oakland A’s, San Francisco 49ers and Sacramento Kings to provide optimal care and induce top performance for all those on the green.

Beyond the world of professional athletes, Dr. Levin believes that every person deserves the highest quality treatment. At PostureWorks, we are constantly pushing the forefront of true health care by bringing the latest and most advanced health technology off the green and into your daily life!

In honor of our love for golf PostureWorks presents you with this limited-time offer: During the month of June, Dr. Levin is offering a FREE HEALTH CONSULTATION. Availability is limited so call soon! Just mention “US Open” when calling to schedule your appointment. For more information, visit our web site at or call (415) 373-3897 today! Dr. Scott Levin joins the the elite doctors and physical therapists of the 2012 US Open Wellness Team

Common Pain Disorders Cost Big Money

Research shows that one of the largest contributors towards corporate medical expenditure and lost productivity time (LPT) is common pain disorders. According to the American Medical Association1, the American Productivity Audit shows:

  • Within a two-week period, 13% of the workforce experience LPT due to common pain conditions.
  • The average LPT due to musculoskeletal pain is 4.6 hours per week per employee:
    • Back pain 5.28
    • Headache 3.51
    • Arthritis 5.19
    • Other MS issue 5.70
  • Costs American employers an estimated $61.2 billion dollars per year.

Further research published by the European Journal of Pain demonstrates the links between chronic pain, reduced worker effectiveness, and the hidden costs faced by employers.

  • The average pain sufferer lost the equivalent of 30 workdays per year due absence and lost productivity time.
  • A worker with chronic pain earning $36,000 per year will cost their company $3,700 annually.
  • As the salary paid to a pain sufferer increases, there is a significant increase in cost of their LPT.

Finally, studies agree that the use of a chiropractor as a primary care provider, vs a medical doctor, is more cost effective. When instituting this practice, AMI Insurance Company’s costs ranged from 57.1% to 88.1% below their predicted budgets for four consecutive years.

Bad Posture Saps Your Energy

Nobel prize winner, Roger Sperry, taught us that:

” The more mechanically distorted a person’s body is, the less energy is available for thinking, metabolism and healing.”

Most people do not realize that inside of them, over 640 named muscles act in harmony with thousands of tendons and ligaments to create a vast system of levers and pulleys.

This system moves the 206 bones of the adult human skeleton creating our movement, known as locomotion. This intricate network makes your body one of the most complex machines known to mankind.

Just as any complex machine benefits from regular maintenance, so does the human body.

By restoring proper balance and function to the musculoskeletal system, our care may have a number of effects beyond the resolution of pain and discomfort. Current areas of research into additional benefits of chiropractic care include:

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Hypertension
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome