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Mind Hacks to Overcome A Sugar Addiction
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 23, 2016
Mind-body Medicine Tags: emotional eatingIntegrative NutritionMind-Body MedicineSelf-EmpowermentStressWeight Loss

Did you just polish off a bag of potato chips and now you are trying to scoop out the crumbs? That pastry didn't really taste that great, but you could not stop eating. Busted. Guilt overtakes your mind. Guilt is followed by shame which triggered another round of eating for comfort.

This is your brain on the one drug that is not outlawed, regulated or even recognized for its dangerous power of addiction. This drug is sugar

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#NationalJunkFoodDay: Putting Sugar in Your Gas Tank
Written by Dr. Romie on Jul 21, 2016
Mind-body Medicine Tags: Weight LossNutritionIntegrative Nutritionintegrative medicineinflammationemotional eating

Would you put sugar in the gas tank of your car? 
Eating that donut, the ice cream or the cookies stashed away in your office drawer is putting sugar in the most important gas tank- your brain.

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3 Secrets To Overcoming Emotional Eating
Written by Dr. Romie on Apr 15, 2016
Mind Tags: Weight LossIntegrative NutritionHolistic Healthemotional resilienceemotional eating

What are you craving right now?

Tell me, what do crave in those moments? You know "those moments."

In a world of mindfulness, the goal is to live in the present moment without judgement to attachment.

"Those moments" are created by situations in our lives that trigger negative emotions in our brains. With negative emotions such as depression, fear, anxiety, or guilt it can be difficult to detach from the story, situation, and our associated moods. My go-to food in those moments are centered around vitamin C.  Not citrus. Chocolate.

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CAN CUTTING OUT CARBS IMPROVE HEALTH?
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 6, 2014
Mind-body Medicine Tags: Weight LossIntegrative NutritionHolistic Health

SO MANY FAD DIETS OUT THERE, WHERE TO START?

    Where to start?  You know and I know, something needs to change in our lives. I am that woman who has read through most of the fad diet books out there, half-attempted a dozen of them, and failed at executing all of them. Somehow I assumed if the diet book was sitting in my home, and I read the book, the pounds would magically melt off. The books collected dust, and I collected fat in my midsection, thighs, and rear.

     It was the first time I realized that I needed to change my lifestyle, not just start another “diet”.   This is what I want to empower you to try.  However, in order to create balance in your life, we need to create balance in your nutrition.   There is no one magic pill that will help us lose weight and increase our vitality. 

WHAT IS THE GLYCEMIC INDEX?

  The available carbohydrate in food is the total amount of carbohydrates minus the fiber.  The glycemic index (GI) measures how available carbohydrates in food raises a person’s blood glucose level.

  When a food has a high GI, the food breaks down and digests very rapidly.  This in turn will cause a rapid increase in the amount of glucose going into the bloodstream.  When glucose goes into the blood stream, insulin is released from the pancreas to bring the blood sugar levels down to normal.  We know over time the stress of insulin being released like this from the pancreas will cause type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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Gluten-Free Eating: Fad Diet or Health Fact?
Written by Dr. Romie on Jul 29, 2014
Mind-body Medicine Tags: Holistic HealthIntegrative NutritionWeight Loss
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“SO MANY FAD DIETS OUT THERE, WHERE TO START?”

Where to start?  You know and I know, something needs to change.  I am that woman who has read through most of the fad diet books out there, half-attempted a dozen of them, and failed at executing all of them. Somehow I assumed if the diet book was sitting in my home, and I read the book, the pounds would magically melt off.  The books collected dust, and I collected fat in my midsection, thighs, and rear.
 
I will tell you now, if you are looking for a quick fix, I don’t have it.  There is no one pill out there, no supplements, nothing in a bottle that will work the magic.  It is about the food (and beverages) we take in.

In my personal journey to heal my headaches, lose weight and improve my energy; I’ve discovered one thing.  There is a wealth of scientific evidence to back these findings up.  At the core of the most effective “diets” out there, one concept keeps coming up. The most common forms of carbohydrates in our American diet are not healthy.  This is due to genetically modified wheat products, specifically gluten. New York Times best-selling author, David Perlmutter, MD, discusses the science in detail in his book Grain Brain.


 

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