Food as Therapy: The Dark Side

Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine food.” I can totally get behind that. In fact, I have based my business on the fact that whole food, sunshine, and healthy movement is the best medicine. Eat well to be well, I always say.

But what happens when a person’s relationship to food becomes unhealthy? Even medicines prescribed to help people can be abused. Food can be misused in the same way. What I’m talking about is stress eating, emotional eating, using food to replace fulfilling relationships, yo-yo dieting, eating because you are bored, or even feeling shame around when, what, and how much you’re eating. I have even had a person tell me that there was no way she was going to give up her Oreos because they were the only constant in her life.

I’m sure you can relate. I can. You’ve had a hard day that you really had to slog through, so you decide that you deserve a treat on the way home. Or, the one that gets me, something went really well so you think you deserve a treat to reward yourself. Maybe you are just accustomed to having popcorn or chips while watching tv at night and simply don’t think about it. Read More

Dietary Solutions For PCOS

Many of the women I talk to either have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or suspect that they have it. In fact, a large enough number of women have talked to me about it that I decided to share a blog series all about PCOS with you today. If that many women have talked to me about it, I’m sure that there are many more out there suffering in silence. Please give these a read and pop any questions in the comments.

Faces of PCOS (the infertility episode)

Diabetes of Bearded Women – PCOS 2

Hyperandrogenism – PCOS 3

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Fat: The Good, The Bad and The Oxidized

I used to be the kind of person who would alter recipes to make them as lean as possible. I would buy the leanest cuts of meat, sauté things with vegetable broth, opt for skim milk, use flax in place of butter, and shun the yolks. You would find me eating every couple of hours, usually something plant-based probably with whole grains, likely in bar form (but only the healthy ones). Then I got fat and sick.

Now that I know more about how the body actually works, I work with my body instead of against it. I add fat to everything, happily go 16 hours a day without eating at all, choose mostly leafy greens and meat, eat the whole egg, and I wouldn’t touch most grains, whole or not, with a ten-foot pole.

The result? Lower cholesterol overall, higher HDL, lower LDL, lower triglycerides (which had been slightly elevated before), lower blood pressure, more energy, better sleep, less brain fog, more creativity, and I no longer take anti-depressants. My skin is less irritated, softer, and has an even tone. My hair, which was starting to thin, is thicker. The gallbladder disease that runs in my family (and was starting to rear its ugly head) has been kept at bay. The ultrasound used to prove this also showed a thoroughly healthy liver. Oh, and I’m down 12 pounds and counting. I don’t exercise nearly as much as I used to either.

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Vacation Blog: Dr. Fung explains fasting for weight loss

I believe in walking my talk. One of the things I talk quite a bit about is self-care and the need to take time out for yourself for the good of everyone around you. In honor of that, I am not working all this week during my vacation. That means no original blog. I do however have a fantastic blog written by Dr. Jason Fung that I would like to share with you. It originally appeared on his Intensive Dietary Management blog which I highly recommend following for views on high fat, low carbohydrate diets. I hope you find some useful tidbits here!

What? Fasting is NOT crazy, bats@* stupid?

by Dr. Jason Fung, M.D.

Megan Ramos and I started using intermittent fasting in the Intensive Dietary Management program sometime around 2013. At the time, the entire notion of fasting smelled faintly of quackery. The prevailing wisdom was that skipping meals was an entirely suicidal idea, from a weight standpoint. After all, everybody ‘knew’ that skipping meals would make you so ravenously hungry that you would be helpless to resist stuffing donuts by the box into your mouth.

Indeed, when we started, I had never heard anybody talk about fasting. It just sort of occurred to me one day that if you wanted to lose weight, then maybe just not eating was a good idea. I was a physician, and I ask people to fast all the time. When people go for surgery, they need to fast the night before. When people go for a colonoscopy, they need to fast for 24-48 hours. When people go for fasting bloodwork, they need to fast. So, I knew that fasting wasn’t completely out of the question.

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Chia Seeds for the Win!

Not long ago, I thought chia seeds were the stuff you started a Chia Pet with. Why was everyone talking about these little black seeds? Once I learned more about these beauties, it didn’t take long for me to start adding them to everything I could think of. For such an innocent looking tiny little black seed, chia seeds are really pretty amazing.

Chia seeds are from the plant Salvia hispanica native to Mexico. Ancient people prized them for the energy they provided. Interestingly, “chia” meant “strength” in Mayan culture. Runners and warriors used chia to sustain them during long bouts of intense exercise. Don’t let their small size fool you, these little guys are loaded with nutrients.

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