Expert Advises Against Detox Diets

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doctorIf you’re looking for a way to get rid of the toxins in your body through detox or cleansing diets, keep in mind that your body already has an all-natural way to do this, according to an expert at Baylor College of Medicine.

“There are a lot of detox and cleansing diets that claim to cleanse your body of toxins and reset your metabolism, but toxins in your body already are filtered through your gastrointestinal system, kidneys and liver every minute of every day,” said Molly Gee, a registered dietitian with Baylor. “Our body already has a built-in system to take what it needs from food – the nutrients, the energy – and then eliminate the products that are not needed.”

Gee cautions against diets that promise quick weight loss by eliminating certain types of foods and only allowing for other types of foods, such as raw fruits or vegetables in a juice form. Many of these diets then add supplements, herbs, vitamins and minerals to make up for the missing nutrients from foods.

“When the diet calls for you to include supplements while eliminating other foods, that should be your first clue that you are missing something,” said Gee. “Your diet needs to provide the adequate nutrients for your body to operate, like any piece of efficient machinery.”

Gee also cautions against diets that withhold a significant amount of calories from your body.

“Can you run your car on an empty gas tank? Think about what you’re doing to your body when you’re not putting any fuel in the form of food into it,” said Gee. “You’re putting your body under great stress when you eliminate foods as fuel.”

Gee said to never start any type of extreme diet without consulting with your primary care physician, who is the gatekeeper of your overall health. This is especially true for those with a compromised immune system, older adults, children and teens.

According to Gee, the best diet is the diet that works for you, and she believes that all foods can fit into a diet – it’s a matter of portion control.

“Try to be moderate in all of the foods that you eat,” she said. “Use good common sense, but don’t take the fun out of food.”

If you’re trying to lose weight, Gee said that a reasonable goal to aim for is half a pound or a pound a week, and the best way to do this is to cut back on your portions.

Reasonable portion sizes are usually a half cup to one cup of most foods, and for an animal protein, about three ounces cooked. Eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber with 6 to 8 cups of water are keys to a successful diet. Don’t forget regular physical activity like walking.

“Most extreme diets don’t work because you can only follow them for a couple of weeks,” said Gee. “You need to develop your own plan that will work for you.”

DHA: A Good Fat For Kids’ Diets

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groupkidsWhile the conversation about kids’ nutrition revolves around reducing fat, Dr. Holly Lucille, RN, ND, host of the Dr. Holly Lucille Show on, suggests that adding one type of fat–DHA, otherwise known as docosahexaenoic acid — to a child’s diet is essential to the health of cell membranes, as well as nerve and brain function. DHA is a form of omega-3 fatty acid that is safe and effective for developing children and sometimes absolutely essential.

“Omega-3 is associated with fatty fishes, not a favorite for some people, so DHA supplements are beneficial for moms that are pregnant or breast feeding, and are a good source for babies still in-vitro,” according to Dr. Lucille, who covers Mindful Medicine, an outgrowth of her background as a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant and television host.

She notes that DHA is also an effective way to control eczema, and that the brain benefits from DHA, especially helping to raise kids’ IQ scores and visual skills. DHA is now available in a gummy form, so kids can add it to their diets.

“DHA is an overlooked supplement that can benefit adults and kids alike. I tell all my pregnant friends to take DHA,” concluded Dr. Lucille, who is on the editorial advisory board of Alternative Medicine and Natural Practitioner.

The entire 10-minute Dr. Holly Lucille Show segment can be heard on the RadioMD archives by visiting here.

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Gluten-free Diets Offer Advantages Even For Those Without Celiac Disease

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healthillustratedWhen supermarkets and restaurants dramatically expand their offerings for gluten-free food, something big is happening in health and nutrition. Gluten, a protein in several grains, has come under fire for directly causing a variety of health conditions, and is connected to celiac disease.

The result, according to Dr. Decker A. Weiss, NMD, FASA and co-host of “It’s Your Health and It Ain’t Rocket Science” radio talk show on who has a gluten allergy, recommends that even if you aren’t allergic to gluten or have celiac disease, gluten should be avoided.

“The food industry upped their gluten content in many foods, such as pasta and flour, to make it more user friendly. But too much gluten isn’t good for anyone, and it should stay out of our diets,”’ recommended Dr. Weiss.

Substituting for regular co-host, Dr. Holly Lucille, ND, RN, was Melanie Cole, MS, RadioMD’s Director of Operations, who holds a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology/Kinesiology. Although Cole doesn’t have gluten sensitivity, she agrees that celiac disease is real, as are wheat allergies.

“A cynical person would say that the gluten-free craze has prompted supermarkets to add more gluten-free aisles. But if you have gluten sensitivities, you have a lot more options,” said Cole.

Dr. Weiss notes that those with gluten sensitivities can suffer from symptoms that include GI distress, cramping, bloating, gas, headaches (even migraines), fibromyalgia, and even mood shifts and irritability.

“If you have gluten sensitivity, read labels carefully and stick with brands that you know are actually gluten free. Make a habit of shopping in health food stores that you can trust. Remember that if you are gluten sensitive, even a little bit of gluten, like a little bee sting, can really have a dramatic effect on your body’s immune system,” concluded Dr. Weiss.

For a recap of the show, click here.

Pre-school Obesity

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exerciseFrom Your Health Journal…..”A great article from My San Antonio written by Jessica Belasco about pre-school obesity. Obesity is on the rise all over the world, affecting adults and children. So many children face obese related illness such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, asthma, weak joints, and heart disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, physical inactivity, high triglycerides, high insulin). There are many contributors to this epidemic, including large amounts of sedentary time – homework, technology….as well as poor dietary habits. According to a new report, public health officials are worrying about excessive weight gain in the first months and years of life. More than 20 percent of children between ages 2 and 5 already are overweight or obese. Not much research has been done in helping these young children reduce the obesity problem, as much of the attention goes to older children and adults. In San Antonio, health officials believe that interventions among minority preschool children can help them develop more healthful habits. So many of these pre-schoolers eating habits are established at such a young age, which is where working with parents is essential. Please visit the My SA web site (link provided below) to read the complete artilce.”

From the article…..

Parents fall in love with chubby-cheeked infants with pudgy thighs. As children grow, their parents encourage them to clean their plates to fuel their development.

But public health officials are worrying about excessive weight gain in the first months and years of life. More than 20 percent of children between ages 2 and 5 already are overweight or obese, according to an Institute of Medicine report released in 2011, and this can set them on a dangerous trajectory toward lifelong obesity. And minority children are at a higher risk.

While mountains of studies have focused on obesity prevention in older children and adults, there hasn’t been as much research looking at young children. But researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have found that interventions among minority preschool children can help them develop more healthful habits. Their study about a pilot program for preschoolers ran in the journal Childhood Obesity in October.

“So many of their eating habits are established at such a young age that this is where we’re really needing to work with parents and get the parents’ buy-in,” says Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center and a co-author of the study. “In the Latino culture, a healthy baby is a chubby baby. They do gain that cute baby fat, but we’re seeing nowadays so many parents letting them have so much sugared beverages and so forth at such an early age that they kind of become addicted to sweets and salt.”

The goal of the local study, called “Míranos! Look at Us, We Are Healthy!” was to create environments both at school and at home to help kids develop healthful lifestyle habits. The intent was not to promote weight loss, because the kids are growing, but to promote healthy weight gain.

The results were positive: Kids who received the intervention showed increases in outdoor physical activity and consumption of fruit, vegetables and low-fat milk, as well as higher gains of gross motor skills, compared to the kids who did not receive the intervention. They were more willing to drink water. And the intervention controlled their weight gain.

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Children And Diets

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junkfoodFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very good article in the Irish Examiner by Áilín Quinlan entitled Is it right to put a child on a diet? that I wanted to promote here to send some readers to their site. One question I do get asked often is about dieting for kids, which this article touches upon. This article first starts be discussing the plight of a young girl and her mother – as the child had been gaining weight, and the mom was trying to help her keep the weight off.

Now, this article comes from Ireland, and as many of my regular visitors know, I have been discussing obesity around the world lately to show that it is not just a problem in the US – but in Ireland, a study was performed to see if people felt children were overweight. In the Growing Up in Ireland Study (2011), 54% of parents of overweight children, and 20% of parents of obese children, reported their children were ‘about the right’ weight for their height. So, in ‘many’ cases, children and their parents thought all was well. The question then arises, is it safe for children to diet? My answer is it depends on the child and the family. First, no child should diet without discussion with their child’s pediatrician, dietician, or nutritionist. Most people do not properly apply a diet to a child, and neglect many food groups. Professional help is essential. Usually, for me to be okay with a diet for a child, they are morbidly obese, and need help immediately. Most children are still growing, and with a regular exercise program, correct portion size, reduction of liquid candy, and healthier snacks – most kids will be on the path to a better weight and healthier lifestyle. Regardless, please visit the Irish Examiner to read the complete article, the link is provided below.”

From the article…..

When Dara-Lynn Weiss decided to come ‘the heavy’ with her overweight seven-year-old, she couldn’t have imagined the controversy.

The New York writer’s account of putting her daughter, Bea, on a diet and micro-managing everything she ate, even in public, has provoked debate in America, and here, where two in ten Irish children are obese or overweight.

By the age of seven, Bea’s weight was worryingly high. “When we intervened, she was 20lbs above a healthy weight and 30lbs above average,” Weiss says.

Yet Bea did gymnastics and dance and regularly played in the park, and the family diet was healthy and didn’t include junk food.

So what was the problem? Quantity, says Weiss, who has written a book, aptly titled The Heavy.

Since the age of three, Bea, who loved food, had been overweight. Weiss decided to control Bea’s portions — but worried about the implications. “You’d be afraid of giving your child issues. You’d feel nervous about telling her to stop eating. At the same time, I knew she needed limits.”

That first, gentle intervention yielded poor results. “Bea gained 23 pounds in the year I was trying to help her,” Weiss says.

The family saw a paediatric nutritionist. Frightened by the numbers, Weiss decided to act the ‘heavy’. “I was very strict with Bea. This was a medical problem.”

Although the programme was not extreme, Weiss says she was “severe in my implementation,” because her daughter couldn’t fit into kids’ clothes. “She was shopping with me in adult stores. You’re terrified of the health implications, and also that your child’s experience of life is affected by being overweight — overweight children are made to feel bad about their weight. Bea complained and fought.

“We’d have dinner as a family and her brother would eat twice as much as her … but I had to be the enforcer.”

Weiss was tormented by doubts and the disapproval of others. Many people, including Bea’s grandparents, objected to the strict regime, but Weiss refused to yield. “You force your children to brush their teeth until they do it on their own — I felt, when Bea was seven, that I was forcing her to eat the right way.”

Bea is now a healthy weight for a nine-year-old. Yet Weiss is careful about preaching. “This is what I did for my family and it worked for us,” she says. “Every family is different and every child is different. The circumstances are so complicated, and I don’t agree with the one-size-fits-all theory.”

Things are not so different in Ireland, where child obesity is rocketing and, where, like Weiss, parents of overweight children are between a rock and a hard place.

If parents limit treats and portion sizes, they risk damaging their child’s self-confidence. Yet if they don’t, they may be putting their child’s health at risk.

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Guest Post – Maya Nahra, “I’ll Start My Diet On Monday”

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Guest Post – Maya Nahra, “I’ll Start My Diet On Monday”

“I’ll Start My Diet On Monday.” Two Crucial Questions To Ask To End This Addictive Cycle.

You know what you should be eating, but you don’t do it. Why don’t you do it?

The culprit is not the tempting piece of cake, the second glass of wine or the late night pizza, the culprit is the old pattern or the habit and the faulty belief system.

First, you must recognize and accept responsibility for the fact that, “I’ll start my diet on Monday,” is an excuse.

The old pattern or habit may be avoidance, laziness, or lack of motivation and drive.

The faulty belief system may be, “Dieting is too hard,” or “I will never lose this weight.”

It’s not about the cake or pizza and it’s not about the excuse. It’s the old pattern and faulty belief system which frustrate you. They are no longer in alignment with or support your desired goals of balance, weight loss, or real change. Your action and beliefs are simply are not congruent with your goals.

Kick the habit.


Newsflash, Real Change Doesn’t Start Monday, It Starts NOW

Newsflash, real change doesn’t start Monday, it starts NOW. Answer these two questions before uttering “I’ll start my diet on Monday,” again.

1. “Why do I even want to change?” Why do you even care? You don’t have to change anything. You can stay this weight, this happiness level or this way of being for the rest of your life. You don’t have to change at all. So why do you want to?

Your answer must be so strong, so emotionally rooted, so full of passion and desire that it hits you like an itch you can’t scratch and you must start NOW before it drives you crazy! In my group coaching sessions, I call this your ‘authentic reason.’ A falsified reason would be a desire to lose weight for a wedding or vacation. What diet do you return right after the event?

Your old one.

You authentic reason will be so true to the core of yourself that Monday start diets no longer exist. You must begin now, this very moment.

2. “Can I sustain this new habit for the rest of my life?” Every single choice, goal, or new habit you want to make should be brought in the light of this one question. If it is not sustainable as a habit for the rest of your life then it adheres to your old patterns and faulty belief systems, the very stuff you are trying to kick.

“Can I omit carbohydrates in any form for the rest of my life?” No.

“Can I go to the gym two times a week for the rest of my life?” Yes.

This mindset is unsustainable, tiresome and can impede on your larger life goals.

In what I do, this Monday-start pattern is a small piece of a much larger picture called the all-or-nothing mindset, often experienced by the yo-yo dieter. This mindset is unsustainable, tiresome and can impede on your larger life goals.

Food for thought, where else in your life do you practice the Monday-start pattern? Where else in your life to you play out the all-or-nothing mindset?

Maya Nahra is the behavioral nutrition expert, registered dietitian and founder of My Intentful Life. She is author of ’10 Weeks’ a holistic nutrition course and teacher/coach of the ‘The Magic Pill Mindset, a revolutionary 6-month group coaching system to end yo-yo dieting and put the all-or-nothing mentality to rest. Maya is a frequent guest on local and southwest media channels including Good Morning Arizona, Arizona Midday, Sonoran Living and Tucson News 4 at 4.