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WHY DO WE CRAVE CARBS?
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 26, 2013
Mind-body Medicine Tags: HormonesNutritionWeight Loss
Photo: R. MUSHTAQ. Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, California

Of course I analyze everything. The neurologist in me makes my left brain go into overdrive. (See other blog post about left brain syndrome). I was writing the blog post about craving pancakes and the universe gave me a two for one deal. Cute flip flop boy actually texted to see if I was free this week. While he was complementing my curves and asking to see me again, I bluntly requested a date to go eat the best pancakes in town. Now all of a sudden the craving is a bit more calm (but not completely gone).

Why do we crave carbohydrates? There is sexy brain scan data showing that when men eat a large load of carbohydrates the addiction center of the brain lights up; yes the same one that lights up for drug addiction. And, yes brain scan data is sexy to me. But no, I don’t use that line with men; I have figured that much out.

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I FEAR BEING LABELED CRAZY
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 26, 2013
Mindful Living Tags: Self-EmpowermentConfidence
Photo: "First and Coles" B.C. Lorio http://www.flickr.com/photos/ackniculous

You may have been flipping through the tabs of this website thinking, hmmmm. It’s all put together, catchy, and polished. Like so many other mind-body medicine physicians, this one is talking passionately about nutrition, lifestyle, and whatever else they can sell online. Oh, this Dr. Romie may be one of these doctors who knows what she is talking about. Now she is going to tell me how she figured it out in all those years of her medical training.

Girl, seriously, I’m not polished, pulled together, nor did I figure out any of the knowledge I am passionate about sharing in medical school. In fact, whatever I get to share with you, I learned despite being in the medical profession for the last 15 years. No, I am not here to slap the face of physicians. I am alive today because of the brilliance of a cardiothoracic surgeon. My father and one of my brothers are physicians. I just don’t feel like wearing a white coat and going into a hospital is my role in life anymore. Most of my childhood friends in Danville, Illinois will tell you it was never my role.

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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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