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About 2 weeks ago a lengthy article came out in the Huffington Post by Michael Hobbes titled “Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong”  I was both impressed and disappointed with the article - Just the subtitle was impressive: It’s time for a new paradigm.

We absolutely need a new paradigm - we’ve been trying and failing with calories in=calories out for too long, so I was hopeful. He got a lot of it right, however, he suggested that we need to be content with our size and weight, and this is where I disagree.

I loved Mr. Hobbes’ story about scurvy and how the cure was known and delayed for too long.  Like scurvy, the reasons for weight gain have been known and understood for years, yet the knowledge is ignored and we continue to try to fix the epidemic by rejecting good research and pushing  bad advice. Mr. Hobbes paints a compassionate picture of different people’s struggles with bullying as they suffer from obesity both from people they know and those they don’t. His descript...

September 24, 2018

Last week I had the pleasure of giving a talk at the annual meeting for the Association on Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  They were having their annual health care conference and invited me to come speak about eating a low carb, high fat diet and whether it is healthy and sustainable. I prepared over several months, and gave my talk to a full room. It was not just the AND crowd, but many of the other conference attendees as well.  In fact, my talk drew the biggest crowd all day.  The benefits of eating low carb, high fat are becoming better understood, and interest is blooming because it works.  

I began my talk with my own story, my own struggles with dieting and food, struggles that have plagued me for the majority of my life.  I went on to discuss a generation of people now in their 60s and 70s who are arguably the most unhealthy 65+ population in history...  a generation who had their babies at the time of the government rollout of the fo...

 updated Aug 20, 2018

Empower: to equip or supply with an ability; enable. 

Such a strong word.  It makes me think of strength, power, success, bravery...  Do you feel it?  Too often we are not empowered - we don't have the tools (or confidence) to do what we want to succeed; sometimes it is with career or finances, education, or even with nutrition.  

Why is that? Why does food have such control over us? Why is it that we feel very able and positive, and then the plate of nachos is passed in front of us, maybe the candy bowl on our coworker's desk calls our names, or our daily soda habit takes control of us?  "I was doing so well, then made some brownies for work and ate the whole pan," "I couldn't possibly give up bread." or "I did great for 3 weeks then fell off the wagon, and have not gotten back on." I hear this all the time.

FOOD is powerful. Most of our social experiences revolve around FOOD. We go on dates, and have F...

It has been quite a long time since I have written a post, and I'm sorry about that!  It is my goal to devote more time to educating and helping people achieve better health through nutrition, so I am excited to tell you about my new plan!

 I will be opening my own clinic, starting in January 2018.  

This won't be like other clinics you currently go to or belong to.  This will be a direct primary care clinic.  We all know that there is something significantly wrong with medicine at this point (if you need more evidence, read this), and we need to find a different answer.  I strongly believe that direct primary care will be part of the answer to this.  

With direct primary care, the only people responsible for your health care are you and your doctor. I plan to remove the barriers to truly individualized primary and preventative care. I will do this by working outside of the insurance industry where profits are often prioritized over patients and more than a dozen individual...

December 26, 2016

In my family medicine practice, I hear this more than, "My throat hurts."  

Bread has become an every day staple in American homes, but it really isn't what it used to be.  It used to be made by hand.  It was locally grown, whole grains that people milled into flour. It may have had a very small amount of sugar or honey to help with leavening, but was usually flour, yeast if available, and water.

It was then eaten with a meal, used to sop up gravy. It was also commonly used as a filler - protein is more expensive so starches such as bread and potatoes (and historically in other countries rice and pasta) were used to fill more people for longer periods of time. 

Now, bread is usually purchased at the grocery store, and is generally over-processed grains (with the good stuff taken out and then vitamins added in to "enrich" the flour, labeled "healthy" "whole" grains), with high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, as well as the unpronounceables:...

July 21, 2016

Updated 11/8/2018 in honor of the upcoming holiday season - there is always a reason to eat, but your health is a good reason to say no and choose real food!

I was looking through my Facebook page this morning and saw a great editorial about our Birthday cake culture and how it is one of the most dangerous things for our health.  I have similar discussions every single day and I completely agree!

How many of you try so hard to stick to an eating plan and goal, only to have a celebration at work or home derail you? Someone's birthday deserves cake. Celebrate end of summer - root beer float day. Great job this week - cookie day.  Just for the heck of it - ice cream sandwich day. There is always an excuse to eat - how can anyone survive without gaining weight? In the holiday season it is even worse, especially when people start bringing tins of cookies or candies to work. SML

It is difficult because we celebrate so many things with food!...

 

Empower: to equip or supply with an ability; enable. 

 

Such a strong word.  It makes me think of strength, power, success, bravery...  Do you feel it?  Too often we are not empowered - we don't have the tools (or confidence) to do what we want to succeed; sometimes it is with carreer or financial, educational, or even with nutrition.  

 

Why is that? Why does food have such control over us? Why is it that we feel very able and positive, and then the plate of nachos is passed in front of us, maybe the candy bowl on our coworker's desk calls our names, or our daily soda habit takes control of us.  "I was doing so well, then made some brownies for work and ate the whole pan," "I couldn't possibly give up bread." or "I did great for 3 weeks then fell off the wagon, and have not gotten back on." I hear this all the time.

 

FOOD is powerful. Most of our social experiences revolve around FOOD. We go on dates, and have FOOD. We have...

Inflammation is something we have heard about a lot lately, but what exactly is inflammation and why is it so important?  

                                     

Inflammation is a process in which the body tries to fight off harmful stimuli.  It is an attempt at self protection involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. The aim is to eliminate the initial stimulus, remove any dead or damaged cells, and begin the healing process.  Inflammation is very complex and can involve any part of the body. 

 

Inflammation is not the same thing as infection, although infection can cause inflammation. Think about the swollen red nose, sore throat and wheezy lungs you get with an upper respiratory infection; these symptoms are not caused directly by the virus, but instead by the body's response to the virus. 

  www.inflammation2011.com

 

Inflammation can be due to...

Many times I see patients and talk about changing their lifestyle with LCHF eating, and I will feel like I've done a pretty good job getting them started with handouts, internet links, books, and access to me through Facebook and this website. However, when many people return they will tell me they cut out the carbs, but when I ask about their fat they will admit they still eat low fat...that they are still scared to eat fat.

 

                     ourbestbites.com

 

Fat was unjustly vilified, starting in the early 1950s.  At about that time doctors started recognizing and diagnosing heart disease and heart attacks.  Then in 1955 President Dwight Eisenhower had his first heart attack, while in office. Because of some flawed research and what seems in large part to politics, fat, especially saturated, started to get a bad name.  Add in that Crisco and Margarine were much cheaper than lard and butter and that several docto...

 

Kids are eating sugar at an all time high!  I've seen sugar for kids being compared to alcohol for adults (6 Hidden Truths About Sugar), and see highly processed foods given to kids all day, every day. Pop Tarts! or cereal with juice for breakfast, Mac and Cheese with chocolate milk for lunch, frozen chicken nuggets or frozen pizza for dinner, fruit snacks or granola bars for snacks.  (Are You Overdosing Your Kids On Sugar?)  This is a deadly trend, we need parents, schools, medical professionals, government and food manufacturers to work together to halt this freight train!

 www.calypso.co.uk

 

 

I have 4 kids, age 4-10, all very busy and active. Do I feed my kids what I eat?   I get that question a lot...and the answer is MOSTLY.

 

I give them more leeway than I give myself. I figure if I can teach them how to make good choices most of the time then they can have the occasional splurge on sugar. 

I have been eating this way (LCHF) for only 4 years so...

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