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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
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!
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...
Changing the way that you eat can be difficult; this is even more difficult when on vacation or away from home.
For spring break I spent the last week at the high carb/high sugar capital of the world:
There was sugar everywhere, as well as many prepared fast food-like meals and snacks. All were fairly high in speed, cost and convenience, but not necessarily the best choices for someone who is trying to eat low carb. Challenge accepted!
At the Airport: Airport travel itself can be difficult. We planned ahead for early morning travel by packing egg muffins made with eggs, bacon, swiss cheese and heavy cream as well as nuts, and cheese wrapped with meat.
For drinks, at the airport we did get milk for the kids, but we also had reusable bottles with water that we used the whole trip, and I stuck with my favorite drink: Americano with 1 inch of heavy cream. Sparkling water on the airplane was also very refreshing....
I can't tell you how many times people come into my office and say "I just don't get it; I exercise an hour every day and watch what I eat, and I just can't lose weight!".
Exercise is great for the body - it is fantastic for building muscle, for improving mood, for balance and strengthening, and really healthy for the heart (great drug free way to lower blood pressure). Weight lifting and weight bearing activity can strengthen and protect bones from osteoporosis. Yoga and tai chi can improve strength, balance, and flexibility as well as help core muscle strength and back pain issues.
Aerobic exercise - running, biking hard enough to get increase your heart rate up has been proven to boost the size of the hippocampus (the part of brain used in memory and learning) and helps us keep our memories, even when fighting dementia (Harvard). This is especially beneficial now when a new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds globally. A regular exercise program ca...
Changing your lifestyle - they don’t make a pill for that. Changing the way that you eat takes both physical and mental preparation, and just like quitting or changing any other habit you must be ready for it. But it will be worth it. Do you want to reduce your risks for diabetes, obesity, sleep apnea, heart disease, dementia and more?
There are 5 stages to quitting anything - Precontemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Action, and Maintenance.
1) PRECONTEMPLATION STAGE - not yet ready to acknowledge there is a problem, much less a solution. Precontemplators usually show up in my office because of pressures from others… they are not ready.
2) CONTEMPLATION STAGE -ready to see something change. Contemplators acknowledge there is a problem and begin to think about a solution, but have trouble understanding the problem and it’s causes, and wonder about the possible solution. Many contemplators have nonspecific plans to take action in the near future. It...