This could not be more true today than it was 17 years ago. I wasn't a parent then. Now I have three kids. We typically host and aren’t traveling to Ohio for Thanksgiving anymore. The food is mostly the same, the crowd is different. But it’s still my favorite holiday. I wrote this article about a habit that still, if in place, will reduce your holiday weight gain or even prevent it. Guaranteed. This article was published in Seattle in 2006! - I was even interviewed on NPR about it. I guess it resonated with more than just me!
Meet Julie. She has lost 50 pounds in the last 5 ½ months. Starting out at the beginning of March Julie would say she was:
Tired much of the time,
In terrible pain in many places in her body,
Unable to exercise,
She weighed the most she had ever weighed in her life. And had been using ibuprofen to manage her pain.
She is currently 8 pounds below her goal weight. How has this happened?
(Reposted from April 2022)
A friend of mine told me about this new book about a month ago. It was by a neurologist I have great respect for, David Perlmutter. I have heard him speak in person several times and basically trust anything he has to say. I nearly fell off my chair when I read some of the things he was saying. There was a new marker - using an old test - that could reveal information that could help me help my patients even more. I got so excited, I started testing all my current patients for it.
All of these conditions have this marker in common:
I was at a BBQ yesterday and it got me thinking. I was having a conversation with someone about a health and wellness retreat in Mexico. She was telling me about the meals that they served. My questioning was geared towards where I would get my protein. The reason for this? My goal every day is to keep my energy high and even. In order to do this I need to focus on
One fact is true for all of us. We are all getting older every day. Because of our conditioning with conventional medicine, most of us wait until we have something go wrong to address our health. And for some people it’s already too late. I have recently noticed a trend with new patients. There is a great frustration with a medical system designed to put a bandaid on symptoms. And often there is no bandaid and the patient is just told they are getting older and they’ll have to learn to live with it. Not great for quality of life! The number one reason prevention is the best way to go.
I work with people who want to lose weight - a lot. I always stress that getting healthy is number one, and that the weight will follow. It’s difficult when you are losing weight not to obsess about the number you see on the scale. We can’t live and die by the scale - and here’s why.
If you’re like most people during the pandemic, it resulted in one common thing - weight gain. And why does it seem so hard to lose? Even impossible? It’s probably because most of the time people are trying to exercise it off, or just eat less. Sometimes even changing their diet but without much success. There are so many recommendations out there, it can be hard to know what to do.
For over a year now, I have been learning about this. You’ve probably seen them on people’s arms. They hardly weigh anything. They connect to your phone. Diabetics use them. And now you can too.