I had a conversation with a man who wanted to know more about Nutritional Therapy. This man is in his late 30s, a bit overweight (and not happy about it), a father and businessman. He asked me one question after another. He wants to shrink his belly fat in particular and was hoping for belly shrinking foods.
I explained to him the basics of a good diet. Combine the macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates (as vegetables), and fats. I explained what the body does with the food we eat, how it is converted to glucose, and how fat deposits happen. He listened intently, found out a lot of stuff he hadn't known before.
I explained also that he is a sugar burner right now, and as matter of fact, the vast majority of Americans are. After a lifetime of being preached to about eating low fat diets, we've become quite efficient at burning sugar. I told him that the body can relearn to go from sugar burner to fat burner. The question is, how much does he want it? The truth is that the first couple of weeks may be difficult. He'll experience cravings, maybe brain fog, irritability and in some cases even flu life symptoms, as his body rids itself of the inflammation and all the excess water it stores on a high carb diet.
Then he asked me if it is worth it, cutting out those foods (non-foods) and going through this rough time. My initial thought was to say, OF COURSE IT IS! Instead I asked him this: You are now 39. If you continue as is for the next 10 years, you'll be 49. Look at yourself at 49. Where are you? How do you feel?"
I could see his brain working. I knew he saw himself in front of his inner eye. He imagined life at 49.
After a couple of moments I asked, So, is it worth it?
He smiled. He hadn't thought about it that way. In his eyes, there was just the dieting, not feeling good about it, anxiety about giving up foods he loves. It wasn't about a lifestyle change, it wasn't long term. And he never once thought that changing his ways was a reward, not a punishment.
Where do you want to be in 10 years? In 20 years? Are you happy with where you are now? Can you truly say you feel healthy? Would you like to make some changes, but you feel a little intimidated... or a lot intimidated? There are a lot of resources out there on the world wide web. But sometimes you just need someone to hold your hand and guide you through the process. Hit me up if this is you. And I can tell you one thing, it is most definitely worth it!
I've recently acquired the lovely nickname "Poop Lady". That's because someone at my kickboxing gym told someone else at my kickboxing gym that I like to talk about poop, and then I did a video segment for said gym on just that subject. If that makes me the poop lady, then I will gladly accept my new name and carry it with pride!
The reason I do love to talk about poop is because I understand that poop is a direct result of what happens inside our gut. And if the gut is the second brain, that we have a lot of thinking to do about our excrements. When is the last time you talked about your poop to anyone? Not exactly dinner conversation material, right? And unless you have constant and raging diarrhea chances are you never brought it up during a doctor's visit... nor have you been asked the question, "Hey, Patient, how's your poop these days?"
And even IF you have suffered from constant and raging diarrhea you may still not have told your doctor about it, and this is something I know because I have talked to countless clients about it. One of my very first clients came to me after suffering from diarrhea for 5 years. It took less than a week of clean eating and a couple of supplements to stop the diarrhea. The only thing this client had ever been told was that her "liver numbers" looked bad and she needed to change it. No instructions on how. Needless to say, she went back after a couple of months and her "liver numbers" looked almost normal.
If you started today to look at your poop every time you go to the bathroom you'd find very soon that it is a reflection of your lifestyle choices. Solid hard stools are the result of dehydration. Insoluble fibers like corn will pass through you undigested. Fatty loose stool or diarrhea is a sign that you are not secreting enough bile to break down fats. Undigested foods are occasionally fine, but if it's a regular thing and especially if it occurs with diarrhea can be the result of an intestinal infection or even an inflammatory disease that needs to be diagnosed by a medical professional.
Check out the Bristol Stool Chart for more information on what poop should and should not look like and start taking care of your diet now! There is no better moment than the present moment.
Hello, my name is Ute and I am a sugar addict.
This may sound funny at first, but the truth is really not funny, and I know that I am just one of millions of people with this very same problem.
According to this post on Harvard Health Publications, added sugar makes up 10% of the calories of the average American's diet in just one day.
"A sugar-laden diet may raise your risk of dying of heart disease even if you aren’t overweight. So says a major study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Added sugars make up at least 10% of the calories the average American eats in a day. But about one in 10 people get a whopping one-quarter or more of their calories from added sugar."
This is just one of the articles you'll find on sugar these days. The evidence really speaks for itself, what with about 65% of American adults being overweight or obese and suffering from diet related problems including diabetes right there at the top.
Here is the real problem, though. Sugar is in everything, and it is not regarded as an addictive substance. You won't find warnings on cookie or cereal boxes that the consumption of sugar may lead to obesity or even death. As a matter of fact, we mindlessly use sugar as a reward for everything.
Think about it!
The first time we get in contact with sugar is usually when we are small children (or we have small children) who were and are rewarded with candy for using the potty or behaving like a "good girl". We promise a piece of candy if the child can last through the grocery store trip. Dessert will be offered as a reward for eating dinner.
Doctors and even some dentists offer candy to children if they are brave during their visits.
Once school starts, sugar treats are offered for good grades, good behavior (once again) or simply a job well done.
On Halloween (which to this day I'm struggling with as a German girl), we send our kids out to retrieve copious amounts of candy which will send them into a sugar induced temper tantrum followed by "coma".
Vending machines with sugar laden snacks can be found in schools, airports, sports arenas and pretty much any public place.
And what do we find at the register in the grocery store? Trash magazines and candy.
I am the first to admit that I fell victim to the sugar trap, both as a child as well as a parent. I have gained and lost a ton of weight because of my sugar addiction, and yes, I promised sweet treats to my children for jobs well done or good behavior. To this day, I reach for sugar treats (chocolate preferably) when I fall off the real food bandwagon. I am an m&m's junkie! See me blush!
Recently, I spoke with a client (posted with her permission) who told me she would go on diets only to reward herself with a big bowl of ice cream if she made it to the end. Not a new dress, not a visit to the spa, not a movie with a friend... no, she would treat herself to a big bowl of sugar. This would send her on eating binges, and she would regain all the weight she had just lost through hard work, calorie restriction and suffering. She called it suffering. There was no joy in it. The only reason she went on these diets was to lose weight. It never occurred to her that she might suffer consequences other than just regained weight if she fell of the bandwagon. She hadn't made the connection between her headaches, fatigue, brittle nails, and constipation and her terrible sugar habit until she met me. I am pleased to say that she is doing so much better now. She has lost weight, yes, but she really shifted her focus on her health.
As for me, I tried to stay strong during the Christmas season, but of course I was not successful. I fell of the bandwagon, ate a bunch of cookies, drank too much wine, and started feeling like crap. I know what to do. I know how to help people find better health and wellbeing. I love the success stories on my testimonials page. And I know that I will continue to do this work for many years to come. But I cannot kill that demon that is addiction. This is a fight that each person has to fight for themselves.
The desire to beat addiction has to come from within. No amount of outside pressure will lead to the successful elimination of that addictive substance. The good news is that, even after you do fall off the bandwagon, you can jump back on and continue on your path. And I will be happy to guide you through the process of cleaning up your diet and on your whole body approach to health, physically AND emotionally.