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Top 3 tricks to bounce back after an event- and if it's really weight gain

We’ve all been there.. the party, wedding, holiday, company dinner, Super Bowl, etc. and sometimes those events happen a little closer to each other than we’d like. Or, maybe it’s not a huge event and it’s get togethers, commiserating, celebrating, going out to a restaurant you’ve always wanted to go to- could be with any number of people for any reason, or perhaps you just took yourself out and just didn’t want to think twice about what you were eating (or weight, health, or any other little annoying voice in your head). Then you wake up the next morning, or after a few days, and you’re like ‘wtf, am I going to gain weight? Am I going to undo all the work I’ve put in?! Gahh…’

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The best way to measure weight

It’s true- there are so many measurements when it comes to weight, and sometimes difficult to know which one is the most accurate. And per person, no less! Unfortunately numbers can also create a sense of worth around them to varying degrees depending on the person. As much as we need to find what works for us physically, it’s important to be able to measure our progress, though that may look different for everyone. However, what he’s referring to is intrinsic motivation- that gut wrenching ‘why’ you don’t have to think twice about. Extrinsic motivation, on the other hand, measures progress through external rewards (i.e. praise, money), and not always sustainable in the long-run.

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Bones & hormones- they do more than just rhyme

I can’t quite help you with a funny bone or wishbone, but I can certainly help you with a backbone! Around the time of menopause in women, estrogen declines, and progesterone plummets, leaving bones susceptible to actually break down more than they’re built up, placing women at a higher risk of osteopenia and perhaps osteoporosis. Ironically, milk and calcium supplements would be recommended for bone health, as well as a common medications like bisphosphinates (i.e. Fosamax- can actually cause jaw necrosis and interfere with absorption), yet these don’t account for hormone imbalances… or the many other risk factors that can lead to brittle bones.

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When working out can hinder your weight loss efforts- or create weight gain

Eat healthy, go to the gym, drink more water- but “don’t eat/drink this, moderate that, don’t lift too much, spend 5 hours at the gym, take back to back to back classes, eat before and after working out, try the new bootcamp - right after you’ve done your own workout.” Sound familiar? We get this really vague advice, and may very well be from well meaning people! Doctors, other professionals, friends & family who we admire & trust, trusted health websites, who really do want to help us. However, if we’re not hitting our health/weight goals, and/or we’re miserable in the process, then we need to rethink the ‘balls to the walls’/’if this isn’t working I’ll just work harder’ mentality.

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Change your mind, change your body- why weight is so stubborn

“Consistency is key.” “Just keep doing what you're doing.” “Stay the course.” “You’ll get there!” This can be really frustrating, especially when you want to see results yesterday! We know we didn’t just gain weight in one day, and so losing weight in one day is not realistic, but it doesn’t stop us from having those moments of wanting a quick fix. Or some sort of sign that we’re doing things right, or maybe if we have a cheat day (or cheat week), that we can trust our body and our own habits to where we’re not going to feel like a bloated mess. What makes weight loss and especially those last few pounds so difficult is that we’re asking ourselves to change our habits, alter our life, step out of our comfort zone, and turn inwards (aka the opposite of googling everything for a single answer).

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Healthy hormones takes (healthy) guts- literally

Literally and metaphorically. We tend to think of the main systems involved in making hormones as the thyroid (makes thyroid hormone, our metabolism), and our reproductive organs, responsible for sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone. So much so that if we do experience hormone imbalance, treatments are targeted to replace or limit these hormones, sometimes directed at said organ systems like thyroid medication and birth control. Except there’s a few more organ systems involved in making and metabolizing hormones (why we don't always feel great on a replacement- or it works for a bit), and one of those being the gut. We don’t always have to have severe digestive disturbances, but even the more subtle bloated, heavy, ‘icky’, ‘blah’, ‘why can’t I eat ___ anymore?’ feeling are clues that your gut is trying to tell you something (perhaps along with a few other concerns).

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Sex drive not quite full speed ahead? What you can do now to change that

This was probably the most G rated quote too! While the quote may elicit a chuckle or some type of amusement, in all seriousness, low libido is very common and may have many different reasons. While many concerns tend to involve solely us, libido issues may involve how we feel with other people, or sometimes we feel guilty that we have these issues if our partner(s) are awesome people so then why should we feel this way?? On the other hand, some people don’t have the desire or urge for sex. The root chakra (base of the spine), holds our sexual energy, but also our life force/vitality, financial abundance, and creative capacity. How you feel is how you feel- so bringing this back to you, let’s ensure that we’ve covered all bases (no pun intended) on why your sex drive (or life purpose) is lower than usual, plus some great natural remedies.

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What blood pressure reveals about your hormones

Many times I hear from patients and people alike they’re going to different -ologists in order to get their physical/yearly blood work, or perhaps they’ve had a recent diagnosis of blood pressure that was too low or too high, or perhaps too ‘all over the place’. Perhaps along with feeling tired, can’t get a good night’s sleep, or have bursts of energy only to crash. Yet most of the time there isn’t any specific symptom to blood pressure alone, except when the numbers are discovered, there’s that watch and wait period before being offered medication. Yet there’s actually a significant link between how our blood pressure is regulated, and hormones like estrogen and testosterone.

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How your adrenals hold the key to weight loss & sanity

Have you ever felt tired but wired? Or perhaps you exercise, eat right (or along those lines), live a pretty healthy lifestyle, and still your weight is not budging or you’re not really feeling that much better? Or all of a sudden in the past few days, or weeks, you’re just not feeling yourself, want to sleep all the time (and can’t fall and/or stay asleep), craving carbs/sugar/fats (or find yourself eating them more than usual), and wondering what in the heck has changed?? We’ve been on the earth for a number of decades, and have generations of ‘stuff’ behind us that influence our health and livelihood. We didn’t just develop these concerns, in fact, they’ve been snowballing little by little over time when now we need to play detective to ‘what was the straw that broke the camel’s back?’

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Fast Track to Weight Loss - Literally

Fasting has been around since ancient times, well over 1000 years old, as it was utilized by Plato. Hippocrates (father of medicine) and later on Benjamin Franklin, also used this technique to heal. Fasting is also seen in various religious and spiritual practices with the notion that when the body is not using resources to digest, it diverts those resources to heal whatever may be going on inside our body. Consider when we’re sick, we’re typically not hungry- the body knows what it needs to do and at that point in time food will only be a diversion. Intermittent fasting is when you eat in a certain window of time (can vary), and fast in others.

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A simple strategy in getting back on track post New Year, holiday, weekend festivities, etc.

Around this time we are post New Year festivities, but you can definitely apply this to other types of celebrations. Like where you may have spent a few days recovering and getting back into your general routine to feel like yourself, and thinking about which diet, cleanse, treatment, etc. can get you back on track - whether or not it’s worked in the past? On the flip side, what if you knew yourself so well that you knew exactly what to do to feel like yourself again, or perhaps better, and trusted that your body will respond with those results?! Aka those pants will button quite a bit easier.

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Why stress can HELP your hormones (and improve your life)

“I’m so stressed out!” “Stress is the cause of all disease!” “I’m seriously so f’ing stressed all the time. I have no idea what I’m doing- I can’t sleep, I can’t lose weight, my mind is racing 24/7.” Usually followed by “I need a drink/chocolate/snack or a vacation - or all of it at once.” Deep breath (seriously, 4 counts in through your nose, hold for 1, out for 8 counts through your mouth). Stress CAN harm us, but we also need stress to survive. In fact, the same physiological pathway that makes our hormones like estrogen and testosterone, also makes our stress hormone, cortisol.

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Hair loss or hair thinning? What you need to consider & test

“What can I do for hair loss/hair thinning?” is a common question amongst both men and women alike as either they didn’t think it would happen to them, feel it’s happening to early in life, or just flat out feel like it shouldn’t be happening at all! Reflecting back to this quote, hair issues can develop for a number of reasons, so of course it’s important to provide supportive therapies, it’s just as important to address the processes of why we’re in this scenario in the first place.

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"But it's (weight) just diet and lifestyle right?"

Pretty much sums it up. Except change is hard. We can eat those veggies, the grilled chicken (or beans, depending on preference), eat super clean, and then little by little the foods that got us to this place where we realized we wanted to lose weight are back in our diet plan. Or maybe they’re not but now we’re just miserable. We feel like we can’t go out with friends, enjoy a single bit of _____ (fill in your desired food here), or we’ll get bloated/can’t sleep/gain weight, etc. So let’s rephrase- it’s not that it’s hard, is that it challenges who we are, our lifestyle, and those solid brain connections.

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How you can change your DNA to lose weight

Do you look like your family? Do they have the same health concerns? Well to some extent you can blame mom and/or dad for those cravings, body shape, difficulty in losing weight, etc. At conception, we receive either a X or Y chromosome from the father, and a X from the mother to determine if we are male or female, respectively. Each person donates an additional 22 chromosomes of information. Chromosomes are lined up next to each other in pairs, with a plethora of information on each strand.

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The most important change to make to lose weight

We are the only species that can make the decision as to our identity, and in the case above, an elephant has been conditioned since they were little to comply even though with their size and strength, they can easily tear down the tent. However, in humans, because we are the only ones to understand the unconscious and conscious mind, we can also have a lot of ‘stuff’ in our way. Different outcomes means different thought processes, habits, all requiring our mind AND body to undergo rewiring. As soon as you understand these reasons for holding you back, your conscious brain will start forming new connections with your unconscious brain to heighten awareness and shift what you’ve been doing.

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Have cravings? Or cravings have you..?

Tough love, I know, and we may have been there at some point, whether it’s the mid afternoon ‘pick me up’, end of the day decision fatigue where we just don’t give two hoots anymore, stress eating, eating because we’re bored, or someone orders something and we haven’t had that in forever.. And I’m sure there’s more scripts running through our heads (I already thought of a few more because I’ve been there too). We’re also brilliant and know to some extent what we’re doing, but change and willpower take energy, strategy, a plan, and then we may feel guilty. Good news- yes, we do need to take responsibility, but there’s ways of optimizing our physiology to tip the odds in our favor.

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3 lifestyle habits to jumpstart your metabolism

In other words, age and genetics to some extent play a role in our metabolism, but it doesn’t mean it has to be an excuse of why we can’t lose weight! It just means we may need to work a little harder in the meantime to change old habits that got us to this place, and truly understand/listen to how our body works. And truth be told… everyone is different.

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Why weight tends to go right to our abdomen and what to do

Weight is so much more than calories in/calories out- it plays a role, but that in conjunction with potentially may other things going on, can seem like an uphill battle. And it kind of is. Chances are you didn’t just wake up one morning however many pounds heavier, but it was over a period of time where you did wake up one morning, and your clothes didn’t fit right, you felt lethargic/not good, thought the scale was broken or that higher number is actually muscle (if you’re working out- oh I’ve been there too!), or wondered why it could went to your abdomen instead of _______-> fill in the blank with desired body part.

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Does your health routine reflect Toyota or Rolls Royce status?

“It takes about 13 hours to build a Toyota, and 6 months to build a Rolls Royce.” Just like in health, a few pieces of kale won’t cure everything, and a day at the gym won't turn you into a body builder (both are good starts). We’ve been conditioned that we can ‘take a pill for ____’ (Toyota level), except we’re not going out-supplement or out-medicate a less than optimal lifestyle. I’ve tried, my patients have tried (before they saw me), and people have told me they’ve tried. And if it works, it works for a certain amount of time that quells the concern/symptom, but then it comes back, or something else appears/returns, or a dose has to be readjusted- yet if we channel our inner child and ask ‘why is this happening’, do we begin to understand the our complexities and nourish the motivation it takes to become the Rolls Royce of health.

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