Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes, and 57 million have pre-diabetes.

To get to the root of these problems we need to look at the chronic inflammation that happens when we are exposed on a daily basis to toxins, foods that we should not be eating. Highly processed carbohydrates, with sugar, flour, and omega 6 oils. When we eat these foods regularly we create small inflammation that turn into more inflammation, which becomes chronic. The body responds to this. The body’s response to inflammation works well when the inflammation is acute and ends, however with chronic inflammation the defenses become overloaded and break down.

Eating processed food packed with sugar starts a chain reaction of increased blood sugar, overworked pancreas, confused insulin results, and glucose ends up either stored as fat or in the blood vessels causing inflammation.

Processed foods that are loaded with, and/or soaked in omega 6 oils have a similar effect. They throw the omega 6/3 ratio out of balance, excessive cytokines are formed which adds to the inflammatory process going on in the body.

Cholesterol is just one of the bodies defense mechanisms against this inflammation in the vessels. It is sent in to smooth over the injured sites.
When these structures continue to be inflamed the cholesterol builds up in defense.
Therefore getting rid of the chronic inflammation as a start, is a better place to focus our attention rather than lowering the amount cholesterol.

The answer is to return to a more natural whole foods diet. Foods without labels, Complex carbohydrates like vegetables and fruits, protein from legumes nuts and seeds and healthy animals. Healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil.

If you need help sorting these types of health issues out I can help you. 
No one style of eating is right for everyone. 
I coach clients in making healthy choices about their food and lifestyles.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Do you get cravings for "a little something sweet after meals?"
 We Americans are conditioned to crave sugar because of the amounts of processed foods that we are exposed to. Sugar is hidden in many products. This craving is not only bad for your weight, it also has many health repercussions, from type 2 diabetes, heart disease, to dementia. Sugar is also known to feed certain types of cancers.

So how much is too much? The Heart Association suggests no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar/day for women and 9 teaspoons for men. Studies show that we are actually consuming on average 22 teaspoons/day! To convert that to grams, which are often found on labels, there are 4 grams of sugar per teaspoon.

Sugar has addictive properties similar to drugs like cocaine and heroin. It actually changes the chemistry in the brain to want more and more.

So how do you know if you have a problem with sugar?
- Do you constantly feel tired and turn to sugar for energy?
- Do you constantly crave "a little something sweet"
- Anxiety can also be a sign of sugar addiction.

How can you treat this problem?
- Start drinking more water.
- Eat a more balanced diet with an emphasis on vegetables and fruits.
- Get enough sleep.
- If stress is your trigger eliminate or manage your stress.

As a health coach I can help you through the process of changes that will set you on the path of a healthier relationship with sugar, before it becomes detrimental to your health.

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