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Mindful Eating Strategies: Best Bites First

Posted by on Sep 5, 2018 in Food Fight, Health Coaching | 0 comments

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Saving the best bites for last is overrated and ultimately, a path to overeating.  In mindful eating, best bites come first.  Why?  Eating the best part of the meal when the food is the freshest, at its ideal temperature and looks the most appetizing is the prized moment of any meal.  As important, eating best bites first makes it more likely that you will use fullness as a signal to stop eating and leave food on your plate.

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Mindful Eating Strategies: Shift Out of Autopilot

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in General Health, Mindful Eating, Nutrition | 0 comments

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It’s easy to zone out when you’re eating, especially if you’re eating food for stimulation or comfort.  Just the anticipation of eating alone triggers a surge of dopamine to the prefrontal cortex, which amplifies the expected pleasure of the pending experience.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing.  We all want to enjoy our meals.  But the problem lies in the way autopilot eating deeply distracts you from other choices which are essential to improving and and protecting your health.

Topping the list is autopilot eating’s ability to make you lose track of proportions, satiety and frequency.  So, you quickly wind up eating too much, still feeling strangely hungry and before you know it, getting ready to eat more food.  The bad news is that this dopamine-driven closed loop haunts everyone who is struggling to make better choices about food.  The good news is that mindful eating can help you adopt a “transformative habit” that disrupts this autopilot behavior.

Although awkward at first, over time the habit of mindful awareness slowly guides you into making better choices about when, where and what food to eat.  As you cultivate this approach before and during eating, you will decrease the incidence of what has come be known as “mindless eating.”

You can reinforce the implementation of this transformative habit by recording in a journal or an online application everything you eat.   It’s helpful to record when, what and how much you eat.  For most women, the act of tracking food intake results in a marked decrease in autopilot eating.

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Something From Nothing: A Skeptic’s Odyssey of Untreatable Foot Pain

Posted by on Aug 28, 2018 in Supplements | 0 comments

“There is Nothing More We Can Do”

Nothing is more defeating in life than a doctor saying there is nothing more we can do for you, but that’s what they told my mom. So, for the last 20 years of he life, she was plagued with peripheral neuropathy of her feet. Eventually her symptoms gradually spread from her feet to her lower legs. She described her feet as having an unrelenting pins and needles sensation. No one found any treatment that gave her any relief. As she grew older, not feeling her lower legs and feet interfered with her balance and ability to walk. It was heartbreaking to watch her loss of vitality because of her feet.

Not long after her passing, I developed symptoms in an area on the bottom of my right foot about the size of a half dollar. At first it was very itchy to the point of driving mad when my shoe was on. Later the itching was replaced with a change in sensation to pin and needles and occasional itching. I saw many physicians and no one had any ideas about to how to treat it. Eventually over the time the sensations spread to both feet. Suddenly I now had pain with exercise on the elliptical trainer or walking. The worst was horseback riding, where the stirrup would dig into my feet causing unusual painful sensations. On the dismount I didn’t get much feedback from my foot when I landed and I worried about falling. “There is nothing more we can do,” all the doctors told me. I knew how this would turn out and wasn’t blindly going to accept my mom’s destiny. So I looked beyond conventional medicine’s nothing and found what turned out to be something: supplements.

 

Study Of One

I had heard from a number sources alpha lipoic acid and a super B complex high in B1, B6 and B12 might help reduce the pain and discomfort of peripheral neuropathy. But as a clinician, I knew I had some work to do before I began my “study of one”.

My first stop was seeing with my internist. I asked her to review my current list of chief medical conditions and all my current medications and supplements. “Do you see anything here that would prevent me from adding ALA and a Super B Complex to my daily supplements and medications?” I asked. “No” she said and cleared me to begin using the Super B Complex and Alpha Lipoic Acid.

The next stop was find these supplements in capsule form.began to look for the supplements in capsule form. This was important because years ago at a medical conference I had heard several physicians point out that sometimes tablets are not absorbed in the gut because they are compressed too tightly together. At the time, the example they talked about was magnesium. They had recommended taking supplements in a capsule form when you can find it for better absorption. The good news was that I found ALA in capsule form. The not so good news I had to settle for Super B in a tablet form. Even better, both supplements had the right manufacture’s pedigree. What do I mean?

 

How Do You Define Success?

The biggest problem with supplements is that they are not regulated by the FDA. That’s right. Not regulated. Then how do you know if the supplements you are buying don’t have the actual ingredients as stated. You don’t. The best you can is find supplements with a CL or a UPS mark on the bottle, that indicates they have been independently tested for actual ingredients. You’ll quickly discover that’s not always possible. In my case, I was able to locate a brand of Super B Complex with a UPS label but not the Alpha Lipoic Acid. With my doctor’s tepid blessing and the best versions of the supplements I could find, I was ready to begin my study of one. But before I took a single capsule or tablet, I need to answer one critical question about the study: How long do I take the ALA and B6 before I declare the study a success or a failure?

The answer depends on what body systems you are treating. I knew that neurological issues having to do with nerve function typically take a long time to develop and even longer to respond to treatment. I decided to try it for 6 to 12 months. My plan was 100 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid and one tablet of a Super B complex daily. I would start “low and go slow” which is the approach we use in clinical medicine medicine when introducing a new medication. With that, I began the study but with low expectations.

 

The Unexpected Minor Miracle

The supplements approach didn’t feel like much of a something and I feared it too would turn out to be just another nothing. So much for jumping to conclusions without the facts. The supplements were something on the scale of a minor miracle.Here’s what happened.

Within the first 6 weeks, the symptoms improved gradually first disappearing from my left foot and parts of the bottom of my right foot. Yes, neurological reversal of symptoms that by seven months had gotten rid of the tingling, burning, hurting and itching of the stubborn area on the outer mid bottom of my right foot And it has continued to stay that way as long as I stay on the the supplements.

I am profoundly grateful. I found perfect solution that was simple and affordable. I only wish my mother could have had a chance to if it would work for her.

 

“Skeptic’s Protocol” For Using Supplements  

For those of you who are considering a non-conventional treatment for symptoms that haven’t resolved with conventional medicine, start with your physician. Ask if there are any supplements that might be helpful. Physicians are beginning to educate themselves about the uses of supplements for some medical conditions. I have found several of my physicians to be helpful. Or you can research it on your own. I recommend looking at quality sites like Mayo Clinic, WEB MD, Dr Weil and other physician or medical centers of excellence. I would avoid sites that sell the supplements as there is a conflict of interest in recommending a supplement that is for sale by the same source. And remember: You never know when nothing will become something with patience and an open mind.

The Messy Choices of Breast Cancer

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Cancer | 0 comments

With breast cancer you are never done. I was reminded of this reality with the anniversary of my five-year remission from early stage invasive breast this year. While I was deeply thankful for the attaining this recovery milestone, I was also confronted with a new medical dilemma. Which of two treatment paths would I choose in my battle to sustain my remission? Like I said, with cancer you’re never done.

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Is Mindful Eating In The Cards For You?

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Is Mindful Eating In The Cards For You?

We all know expensive diets that involve buying special foods, drinking shakes or counting points don’t work. So what’s the alternative? Mindful eating is proving to be a breakthrough approach for women who are ready to end the dieting cycle. Here’s why: (more…)

Beyond Intentions

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Nutrition | 0 comments

Beyond Intentions

Few of us lose or maintain weight by desire because intentions without a viable game plan are no plan at all. We need an engagement process that offers a new awareness and approach to our love/hate relationship with food. We call this intention implementation system mindful eating. (more…)

Controlled Breathing: A Simple Tool to Manage Stress

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016 in Stress Management | 0 comments

Controlled BreathingThese are stressful times and it makes sense to talk about steps you can take to calm mind and body. Like a change in cabin pressure, the best action is to take care of yourself first so you are available to support others. You do that by partnering with your breath. (more…)

Pre Diabetes Drift

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in General Health, Health Coaching, Lifestyle Medicine | 0 comments

metabolicAs boomers drift into old age, their aging metabolism wanders into a precarious state called “pre diabetes.” The American Diabetic Association estimates 50% of boomers are afflicted by this benign sounding diagnosis that silently morphs behind the scenes into full blown- type 2 diabetes. How soon? The data indicates pre diabetics wind up as confirmed type 2 diabetics within 5 years. This is where I found myself a year ago when I became an official “pre.” (more…)

10 Signs You Need To Reserve Women in the Rockies Adventure Retreat

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Lifestyle Medicine, Nutrition, Stress Management, Uncategorized | 0 comments

10-signs1. You feel a deepening ache for the mountains in the fall. They are calling you.

2. Your dream mountain adventure takes place in a beautiful location with luxury accommodations. Roughing it is not your style.

3. You want to live a more healthy life and are at a loss of how to do it. (more…)

Top Five Secrets of Slender Women

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in General Health, Health Coaching, Nutrition | 0 comments

Top Five Secrets of Slender WomenMany women spot a slender woman and think her weight management must be effortless or maybe it’s just genetic. But that is far from true. As we age our metabolism gets slower and slower. Weight begins to creep up for ALL women unless we work harder on weight management. (more…)