It seems that everywhere we look, we are bombarded with images of fast food and ultra-processed foods!! This will be especially apparent when watching the commercials on Sunday during the Super Bowl!
Then on the other hand, everywhere we look in our diet crazed society, we are also constantly reminded about calories and carbs, and numbers on a scale.
How do we find a balance between prioritizing our health and just enjoying our life?
Or more specifically for this weekend, is it still possible to enjoy the festivities of the Super Bowl and still feel good about our health and our choices?
YES, it is possible! Contrary to what we are often told, prioritizing our health and enjoying our life do not need to be mutually exclusive. Rather, with the right mindset and plan, it is possible to live our best life-- and to feel healthy and happy, without ever feeling deprived.
So going back to this...
It has been estimated that up to 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail. But does that mean that we should abandon this practice of setting goals for the New Year?
I don't think so-- I believe that evaluating our priorities and setting goals at the start of a new year can be a great opportunity!
But in order to increase our chances of success, we need to make our resolutions with the right approach. Here are 3 of my recommendations, if you plan to make resolutions regarding your health or your weight this year:
When setting goals, try to focus on ROOT CAUSES. One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to “lose weight,” but recognize that excess weight and fat are actually a SYMPTOM of insulin resistance and poor metabolic health. While restricting calories, cutting carbs, and taking weight loss medications may work in the short term to help you lose weight, in the long term, these methods will not improve your...
Every year around this time, there are an abundance of articles and news segments instructing people how to stick to their diet during the holidays. There are suggestions like, use a smaller plate when you eat your holiday meal. Or, allow yourself to just eat one helping— don’t let yourself get seconds. I read one article where an expert recommended chewing sugar free gum while you cook to prevent snacking. In another article, the expert suggested weighing yourself daily during the holidays.
Ugh!! These types of articles and suggestions are so unhelpful and only lead to guilt, shame, and disappointment! I am a physician, specializing in weight loss and disease prevention, and I help people lose weight and prevent disease without deprivation, guilt, or counting calories.
In a research study done in 2016, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that on average, Americans gain about 1.3 pounds over the holidays. While...
This time of year can feel difficult, if we are trying to eat healthy! But eating healthy does not have to mean depriving yourself!
There are lots of ways to make your favorite foods healthier! These gingerbread cookies are a perfect example. Loaded with healthy ingredients, and easy to make-- to me, this is a perfect cookie! And my kids loved them too! :)
I adapted this recipe from @detoxinista, who has a ton of fun recipes on her IG and website. (I am excited to try the sweet potato eggnog next!)
Try making these gingerbread cookies this year-- which don't have any refined flour, refined sugar, or butter! You won't believe how delicious and easy these are!
3 cups almond flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
5 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
4 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
This is turning out to be a particularly bad cold and flu season, but there is a lot you can do to strengthen your immune system. Not only will a strong immune system reduce your chances of getting sick this year, but it will help you recover more quickly.
Published on Eat This, Not That, 4/13/22
More than 1 out of every 3 US adults has high blood sugar, and of those people, more than 80% are unaware that their sugar is elevated. I am a doctor who specializes in weight loss and disease prevention, and every day I see people suffering due to the silent epidemic of diabetes and prediabetes. The number of Americans with diabetes has doubled over the past 20 years and is projected to continue to increase rapidly. This is important because high blood sugar from diabetes can affect every organ in our body, and increases our risk for heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease, nerve problems, and vision loss.
Fortunately, type 2 diabetes and prediabetes are very often preventable. By recognizing the signs and your risk factors, and then making changes to your lifestyle, it is possible to reduce your blood sugar, prevent, and sometimes even reverse type 2 diabetes and...
Published on Eat This, Not That, June 7, 2022
What determines how fast we age? Why do some people live to be over 100, while for others, their life is much shorter? More and more we are learning that for the most part, the answers are not in our genes. It has been estimated that our genetics account for only 7% of our longevity— and our lifestyle habits, for better or worse are the key factor for how fast we age. I am a physician, board-certified in Emergency Medicine and Lifestyle Medicine, and I help people lose weight, prevent disease, and optimize their lifestyle habits, so they can slow down aging and live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
1. Eating the standard American diet.
When surveyed, 75% of Americans think that they are eating a healthy diet, yet the majority of Americans are not eating enough fruits, vegetables, fiber, or nutrients. The food we eat is profoundly related to how fast we age, our...
You may feel like you have tried everything. You may feel like it’s hopeless. You may feel like your genes are to blame, and that there is nothing you can do.
You are not alone.
There are many diets out there, and unfortunately, as so many people know from personal experience, diets often don’t really work. Or if they do work temporarily, the weight often comes right back.
Is this because people are lazy and have no willpower? No! In our diet crazed culture, that is what we are led to believe. The truth is that most diets don’t target both the biological and emotional root causes of weight gain.
Here are 5 reasons why you can’t lose weight, no matter how hard you try:
The diet mentality is not sustainable! Typically, dieting equals deprivation. And for most people, feeling deprived leads to cravings and hunger. It may be possible to fight against these feelings in...
A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggested that even a small increase in moderate to vigorous physical activity for US adults could result in a substantial decrease in preventable deaths. In this study, the authors estimated that an increase of even 10 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, could have significant measurable benefits, and could lead to 111,174 fewer deaths per year.
This study is notable— because this is significantly less exercise than has traditionally been recommended for health benefits. Per the guidelines published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, adults should aim for at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity physical activity for substantial health benefits. This is equivalent of a brisk walk 30 minutes a day for 5 days per week. If you are doing vigorous exercise, like running, it is recommended that you aim for at least 75 minutes per...
Per CMS, (the center for medicare services), The United States spent $11, 582 per person for healthcare in 2019, which is the highest in the world.
Large companies, on average, spend at least 10 to 15 thousand dollars on health care per year for each worker. Small companies may pay even more than that.
But despite this high spending, the US has the worst health outcomes compared to other developed nations, with the lowest life expectancy, 79 years in 2017. This is 5 years less than Switzerland, which has the longest lifespan on average.
Compared to these same developed countries, the US also has the highest rates of Obesity.
And the US has the highest rates of Chronic disease.
In the US healthcare system, the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a deep crisis in our health care system, highlighting substantial racial and ethnic disparities, leaving people of color, and people with higher rates of chronic disease, more vulnerable to the...