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Treating Obesity with Lifestyle Intervention

Treating Obesity with Lifestyle Intervention

The safest, most effective method for treating obesity is not weight loss or gastric bypass surgery. It’s lifestyle intervention. If you read my last blog post, you know that it’s a mistake to treat body weight as an isolated disease, and that you can’t “cure” obesity with weight loss alone. Obesity is a really complex(…)

Understanding Obesity: A New Outlook

Understanding Obesity: A New Outlook

Obesity is considered a disease. It is considered a risk factor. It is considered undesirable. It is considered, in essence, a sign that you are unhealthy, and it is treated as something to be done away with. This outlook on obesity is dangerous and needs to be revised. Keep reading to learn about the complexities(…)

Intestinal Microbiome: In Sickness and in Health

Intestinal Microbiome: In Sickness and in Health

Since the time you are born, you carry intestinal bacteria with you. Your intestinal microbiome is with you all the time—in sickness and in health. My previous post on Understanding Intestinal Bacteria explained what the intestinal microbiome is, how it impacts your health, and whether certain types of bacteria are “good” or “bad.” Important points(…)

Understanding Intestinal Bacteria

Understanding Intestinal Bacteria

The discussion within the scientific and medical community around the topic of intestinal bacteria, or the intestinal microbiome, is currently very alive. A good example of this heated arena is the work of Rob Knight, lead investigator of the Human Microbiome Project. A lot of important data and potential therapeutic models are being developed out(…)

Coconut Oil, Not Fish Oil, for Better Health

Coconut Oil, Not Fish Oil, for Better Health

Fish oil supplements containing omega-3 are not as beneficial as many popular health studies have claimed. If you look more closely at the science behind these studies, you’ll find that adding fish oil to the diet does not truly increase heart health or produce a healthier omega-3:6 ratio. To learn more about why fish oil(…)

The Five Categories of Stress

The Five Categories of Stress

Stress is usually thought of as psychological. But there are many different types, which can be divided into the five categories of stress: mental, physical, emotional, nutritional, and toxic. I have developed these general categories to help my clients better understand the various stressors in their lives. The body undergoes stress anytime it encounters a challenge(…)

Yoga and ELDOA: What’s the Difference?

Yoga and ELDOA: What’s the Difference?

ELDOA is a relatively new form of exercise often compared with yoga. Although there is some overlap between yoga and ELDOA, the two types of classes are actually very different. One is more holistic and encourages a free-flowing mindset, while the other is more analytical and intentional. Because of these key differences, many yogis find(…)

Myths about Lactose Intolerance

Myths about Lactose Intolerance

There are several myths about lactose intolerance floating around out there. My last post was devoted to understanding lactose intolerance, its symptoms, and the physical factors that affect your individual level of tolerance for digesting lactose. This post will explore popular myths stemming from misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and unproven theories about the nature of this condition.(…)

6 Guidelines for Healthy Holiday Eating

6 Guidelines for Healthy Holiday Eating

Over the holidays, many people fall into the pattern of overeating, feeling guilty, and then trying to repent by setting strict resolutions come New Year’s Day. Why do we believe the only way to make up for indulging in “bad” foods this time of year is to set unrealistic expectations for later? This attitude of(…)

Masa: The Healthy Flour

Masa: The Healthy Flour

Looking for a healthier flour that’s gluten free and rich in nutrients like calcium and vitamin B? Try masa, a traditional Central American corn flour. Grains typically contain toxins and nutrients that are relatively difficult for your body to utilize. However, the nutritional quality of grain-based foods can be significantly improved with good processing. The(…)