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ARE SUPPLEMENTS OVERTAKING THE SHOE COLLECTION?
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 26, 2013
Mind-body Medicine Tags: NutritionMind-Body MedicineIntegrative Nutrition
Photo: "Shoes in the Air" B.C. Lorio http://www.flickr.com/photos/ackniculous/sets/

In the course of one day, I went to Whole Foods Juice Bar, the yoga studio, the primary care physician's office, CVS, and the spa where to get my hair done.

Everyone is selling different supplements that I MUST have in order to be "balanced”, “healthy”, “whole”, “a real woman”, and “to be able to breathe".

Really? I got sucked into Juice Plus and then came home to find my pantry has more supplements in it than I have high heeled shoes. Okay, I am being dramatic. If you know me well enough, you know I would need urgent brain care if I had more supplements than shoes in my home.

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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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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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