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DO YOU GIVE INTO YOUR CRAVINGS?
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 26, 2013
Mind-body Medicine Tags: NutritionWeight LossStress
Photo: "Good Eats" by B.C. Lorio http://www.flickr.com/photos/ackniculous

What are you craving today? Did you give in? If you could hear my inner food critics right now, they have been at it since this morning: IHOP’s stack of pancakes and I thought, I'm fasting, running errands, working, and maybe a little hypoglycemic.

I've been eating "clean" all month. My nutrition plan calls for following the 80-20 rule; or the 1 of 7 day rule. It honestly depends how emotionally stressed I am. At least 6/7 days a week or 80% of the time, I eat a low glycemic index diet. Meals are primarily protein, fruit, vegetables, little or no carbs. If there are carbs on the plate, its brown rice, quinoa, or something else that cost too much money at Whole Foods. Then there is the one day a week that I allow myself a little extra carbs: gluten free brownies or tortilla chips with hummus. But of course, nothing out of control. In fact, I have been in control of this lifestyle change for almost one year. So from where did the pancake monster arise?

As I write this to put out there in the universe, I am ashamed. I’m an integrative medicine physician; I am supposed to turn my nose up at processed carbs and sugar. It’s evil, promotes inflammation and leads to diabetes, depression, and death.

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EMPOWER YOUR BRAIN
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 1, 2013
Mind Tags: SpiritualityMindBrain

We see fascinating (and dare I say sexy) pictures of the brain daily. Articles are floating all over media about all the exciting discoveries in understanding how the brain works through neuroimaging studies, neurobiology, and neuropsychology.

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