Summertime. Children are out of school, and for many, the pool, beach, and vacations are in full sight. It is indeed that time of year when we must face our bathing suits, shorts, and the reminder that we forgot our new year's resolution to lose that last 5-10 pounds.
Whether it is in our integrative medicine clinic, my speaking engagements, or social media- the one question on top of our mind has to do with our bellies. How can I feel good, fit into my short shorts, and not starve myself?
7 DAY SUMMER CLEANSE WITHOUT STARVING YOURSELF
Let's talk about a 7-day cleanse where you can eat from a list of anti-inflammatory foods, still drink coffee, and have the following results:
1. Lose belly bloating. Most individuals drop at least one dress or pant size in 7 days.
2. Safely lose 3-5 pounds.
3. Cleanse without becoming hangry or feel like you are starving
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 sugarRead More
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.
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.
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.