Perspective Change for Healthy, Long Term Weight Loss

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By Ann Musico

bigpantsWhether you have to lose the extra 10 pounds or 100 pounds or more, your perspective can make all the difference between success and failure. All too often we look at weight loss as a “destination.” I suggest considering it a “journey” might be much more productive.

I believe pretty much every diet will work – initially. The problem, in my opinion, is that some are just too drastic to maintain long term. And therein is the problem. People can lose weight at first but because they can’t or don’t want to continue with a restrictive or drastic diet, they don’t maintain the weight loss long term. It’s not that hard to lose a few pounds – keeping them off is the more difficult thing. What if the goal was making gradual lifestyle changes so that you can create lasting health, rather than just losing a certain number of pounds?

Too many dieters fall into the trap of yo-yo dieting – dieting; losing a few pounds and then gaining them back and more and then dieting again. It becomes a vicious cycle.

Changing the way you think about food, what and why you eat is the only way to get to a healthy weight and maintain it. Get back to basics! Eat real food! Replace all the packaged, processed, “diet” garbage that passes for food and focus on one-ingredient, fresh, real foods. And go slowly. Take what I call “baby steps” and make one small change at a time. Once that becomes ingrained in your daily routine, make another healthy change. Studies show those who focus on one change at a time are much more likely to incorporate them into their daily lives.

One danger is becoming too legalistic about what you can and can’t eat. Learning that you are in control and there is no food off limits is empowering. You can eat whatever you want, however, just not every day. Making the best choices available to you and knowing that the way you fuel your body will directly affect your energy level and how you look helps you learn to make better decisions. Shame and guilt are counterproductive. Learning to love and nourish yourself for health is the bottom line.

scaleI know there are thousands of diets and fitness plans out there and I believe just about any one of them works temporarily. Most people can lose weight – it’s keeping it off that’s the challenge and that only happens long term, I have found, if you change how you think about food and fitness and create new habits. So my insightful take on the subject of healthy weight loss is this: Get Real.

By that I mean two things: get honest and be realistic about what you are willing to do. If you’re not willing to make lifestyle changes, gradually, then chances are very great that you will be trying a different diet very soon because any success you enjoy will be short-lived.

Make the focus getting healthy for a lifetime rather than just dieting and losing a few pounds.

– Ann Musico is a holistic health coach who helps women, at every age, to exemplify lives of vibrant health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body. Her mission is to show women how to adopt a healthy lifestyle in a way that is simple and achievable, empowering them to take responsibility for their own health in order to be a positive influence on their families. You can visit her website at threedimensionalvitality.com

Nutritional Supplements, Diet And Disease – Is There Evidence? An Integrated Perspective

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By Dr. Michael Wald

applevectorBelow we have provided just a few examples of links to the National Library of Medicine, a trusted source of scientific studies on virtually every condition and topic of scientific and health interest. You are free to search www.pubmedny.com (the website for the National Library of Medicine) for scientific articles on topics of interest. These articles are provided in an abstract form of full scientific studies or sometimes in complete free articles.

Studies are generally based on averages of individuals or animals or on other types of methods. They are not necessarily applied to the population at large or your individual needs. It is up to the practicing clinician to apply this information using careful history taking, individual testing and other methods of biochemical individualization. Not all of the studies provided below or on scientific websites like PubMed are in support of natural or nutritional approaches, nor do these studies entirely support the use of prevailing medical treatments or theories. Once again, it is the job of the practitioner to use scientific literature as a guide to determine how it can be best applied to the individual. Just because a study on vitamin E, or vitamin C is negative (showing it to be useless or harmful) does not mean that under a different circumstance it is not helpful and very useful. All too often, practitioners who are not scientifically minded, or are bias, fail to appreciate the scientific value of natural therapies. Sometimes nutritional therapies are dismissed simply because they are not taught in medical school. Few medical schools in the United States teach adequate nutrition. The average school provides less than 4 hours of training.

Our office acknowledges that medical specialties serve a valuable purpose, but are also limited by their compartmentalized approach to the “whole-person”. Our office researches medical and nutritional literature for information that may be applied to individuals, and then tests (i.e, blood work or other tests) how this information may be developed as part of a natural healing plan. Putting it all together is a special modality that we practice; we like to call it holistic-mindedness. Even the smartest, most compassionate and dedicated medical physicians in a given area of medicine will fall short if they fail to appreciate the interconnectedness of the individual patient and provide health care (and not merely disease care) that considers the genetics, current diet, health goals, medications, test results and other factors of the individual.

Confused by the difference in opinion found in books, on the news and among practitioners (even naturally-oriented one’s) that do not practice a truly integrated holistic approach? Well, you should be! By individualizing our treatments with our blood detective approach, our patience, and our dedication, we can “cut through” the confusion by applying our knowledge and efforts to the individual.

When someone says to us, “My doctor said that nutrition is a waste. There is no science behind it,” we hardly know how to respond. Just look at the number of studies that appear at the end of each of the scientific links below. These links are among thousands that are found on Pubmed and other search engines. Considering the confusion among many medical professionals, and the scientific evidence and concepts presented herein, it comes down to a matter of trust and common sense. The body requires nutrition to heal. Drugs provide symptomatic help, but do not replace good nutrition and nutritional supplements.

Your comments and questions are always appreciated.

SCIENTIFIC REFERENCES – Is there proof of nutrition and natural medicine

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=nutritional%20supplements%20and%20disease – Nutritional Supplements and Disease – Studies 7184

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=nutritional%20supplements%20and%20chronic%20disease – Nutritional Supplements and Chronic Disease – Studies 3171

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=nutritional%20supplements%20and%20longevity – Nutritional Supplements and Aging

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=nutritional%20supplements%20and%20infection – Nutritional Supplements and Infection

http://www.google.com/search?q=diet+and+disease&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a – Diet and Disease
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=vitamin%20c%20and%20disease%20treatment – Vitamin C and Disease Treatment

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=vitamin%20c%20and%20treatment – Vitamin C and Treatment – 14955 studies

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=vitamin%20A%20and%20disease – vitamin A and Disease – 4650 studies

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=vitamin%20E%20and%20disease – vitamin E and disease – 5842 studies

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Is Soda A Drug? A Nutritionist’s Perspective – Part 2

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By Christie Korth, CHC

Continued from part 1 of the article…..

soda* 45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

* 60 Minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

* 60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that were headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes and water. Not only is the soda an “empty” simple carbohydrate, it robs your body of many other essential vitamins and minerals, as well.

* 60 Minutes: Pay attention to your bladder, by now it is almost certain you have had to urinate as a result of your kidneys trying to excrete this mystery substance as soon as possible. When your body does not recognize a substance, it is very quick to send the appropriate signals to your body to digest rapidly. This is viewed as a state of emergency. It is as if the body is saying to your brain, “Help-Get this out of here fast-it’s doing us not good at all and it’s invading our nutrition supply!” Hence the need to use the bathroom an hour after soda consumption. While you were in the bathroom, you have now lost all of the water that was in the Soda. Sadly, not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for vital functions. Such as maintaining the ability to hydrate ones system or build strong bones and teeth. This is how soda drinking can lead to osteoporosis. The phosphates in the soda leech the calcium out of your blood and bones.

* After the fiasco in the bathroom, you will surely be overjoyed to learn that this will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (An added bonus: Count on the caffeine crash to occur in as little as two hours or less if you’re a smoker.) But, hey, have another Soda; it’ll make you feel better. And so another ride sugar on the sugar highway begins.

3 Quick Tips for Avoiding A Ride on The Soda Highway:

1. Drink plenty of water. If water is your beverage of choice, after awhile, you will stop craving sugary drinks. If you can replace one cup of soda per day with a cup of water you have the right idea. Over time, this will allow you to quit or cut down on your soda consumption.

2. Make a Pact: Make your own soda. If you want soda, only allow yourself to have it if you allow yourself to make it. For example, try club soda, with agave nectar, fresh lemon and lime juice and presto: you have made your own Sprite. Don’t love Sprite? Try sparkling seltzer with fruit juice for a fruity soda.

3. Occasionally treat yourself to organic soda. Stop buying soda at home and have it only at special occasions. Make sure everyone in your house adheres to this rule, so there is no cheating. Watch how much your consumption dwindles when you stop purchasing it!

Christie Korth is a Crohn’s disease survivor, author, certified health coach and holistic nutritionist who found her way to health and wellness after nearly succumbing to a severe case of Crohn’s disease. After harnessing the power of nutrition and gaining her health back, she then went on to be the founder and director of Happy & Healthy Wellness Counseling based just outside of NYC. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University and the Clayton College of Natural Health and is a certified holistic health practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Christie is the Corporate Nutritionist for Brain Balance Achievement Centers, where she designs the nutrition protocol for franchises across the country. Christie is a nutrition expert for Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com and frequently contributes nutrition articles to Long Island Parent Magazine. Christie is he author of The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book: A Guide to Releive Crohn’s and Colitis with Whole Foods. Christie lives in New York with her son, her husband, and her cat.

Is Soda A Drug? A Nutritionist’s Perspective – Part 1

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By Christie Korth, CHC

sodabottleHello everyone! I’m Christie Korth your favorite, fun-loving holistic nutrition expert, author, and founder and director of Happy & Healthy Wellness Counseling. My mission today is to permanently change your relationship with soda. Why is your relationship with soda so important? We know Coca Cola took the cocaine out of Soda almost a hundred years ago, but surprisingly, as far as your body can tell….not too much has changed. Confused? Take a look to see how your body reacts to America’s most consumed beverage and how the reaction is similar in the way your body reacts to one of the most addictive, deadly drugs….

Have you ever wondered why Soda comes with a smile? It’s because it gets you high. Yes, in 2013, despite the absence of cocaine, soda junkies everywhere are unsuspectingly subjecting themselves to a “high”. By simply drinking what is known as a staple beverage in the Standard American Diet (or SAD, as I prefer to call it) we are playing a deadly game of Russian Rulet with our health and exposing ourselves to diseases the more that we indulge in this commodity.

By now, I am sure you are wondering what I am talking about. What is the good old culprit responsible for these highs? It’s none other than….Sugar! But- this is not just any old sugar that we are talking about here. It is the mother of all sugars…high fructose corn syrup! I suppose the good folks at Coke figured, why not try something cheaper, and perhaps switch to a substance that was obviously not illegal. And so voila, after near 100 years of consumption, we have an alarming rate of childhood and adolescent onset diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity, digestive disorders, skin conditions, osteoporosis, candida, cancer. These conditions are all linked to access sugar consumption. If you are an avid soda drinker, your life depends on this. Please read on.

Every day, millions of Americans reach for a coke, some in hopes of curing that three o’clock lull one may experience after lunch when their energy levels feel zapped, while others have reported routinely drinking up to three liters per day! More alarmingly, children drink these beverages in school and at home.

A child’s body is no match for the sugar rush that soda produces. This seemingly innocent little routine has taken most of the public by storm, sending people down the Diabetes-Hypoglycemia Highway at full speed. The end result riding down the sugar highway is devastation in one’s health, yet the beverage companies continue to receive advertising grants in the form of government funding toppling in the billions. Meanwhile, health promoting advertisements, such as the FDA’s Healthy Food Pyramids slogan for “5 A Day” (signifying that one should consume a combination of five fresh fruits and vegetables a day.) received little or no media attention. No wonder the public is in the dark. Everyone has been brainwashed by advertisements to eat a food we know is not healthy.

What Happens To Your Body When You Drink A Soda?

* In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake by the FDA) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down. Clever trick by the scientists that make soda! Insert twilight zone music here: “do-do do-do do-do do-do”…I believe my food should made by a chef or purchased from an organic farmer-not scientists. Chemicals are not food. This is common sense that is often overlooked.

* 20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)

* 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness. Here comes your sugar high!

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article…..

Christie Korth is a Crohn’s disease survivor, author, certified health coach and holistic nutritionist who found her way to health and wellness after nearly succumbing to a severe case of Crohn’s disease. After harnessing the power of nutrition and gaining her health back, she then went on to be the founder and director of Happy & Healthy Wellness Counseling based just outside of NYC. She studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Columbia University and the Clayton College of Natural Health and is a certified holistic health practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. Christie is the Corporate Nutritionist for Brain Balance Achievement Centers, where she designs the nutrition protocol for franchises across the country. Christie is a nutrition expert for Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com and frequently contributes nutrition articles to Long Island Parent Magazine. Christie is he author of The IBD Healing Plan and Recipe Book: A Guide to Releive Crohn’s and Colitis with Whole Foods. Christie lives in New York with her son, her husband, and her cat.