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How we're always rewarded for our efforts

Nature has designed the birth of a new baby chick out the egg such that it has to constantly peck and peck at the egg until at some point, the egg cracks and then it enters the world! However, if an outside force cracks open the egg, the chick is not mature enough and dies. Similarly, if you open up or mess with a caterpillar’s ‘cover’ (aka the larval skin) instead of giving it the time needed to become a butterfly to speed things along, it will die. Both of these scenarios require patience, and trust that whatever is going on is required in order for these creatures to thrive. When it comes to our metabolism, sometimes what we think may speed things along, may actually of hindrance.

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What to do in that moment you wonder if it's all worth it

You’ve been trying this food group for awhile, this medication for quite some time (or supplement), been told this food will give you more energy, and that exercise will help you tone up/lose weight (however you want to call it). At what point and for how long do you try this? How do you know if it’s working? Or perhaps it’s worked for a bit and now you feel like you’re at a standstill, and your time & energy is precious! And this isn’t always easy- we have life, vacations, events, traumas, all intervene with those goals so even though we know life isn’t linear, there may be a small part of us that still believes in all that we can control. I’ve been there.. there was a point in my life not too long ago I knew I was doing so much right yet results were slow- like waaay too slow for comfort.

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How to find your perfect diet (& addressing your most FAQ)

Another take on one of Hippocrates’ famous quotes of letting food be thy medicine & medicine be thy food. In other words, food can either help or harm us, yet there are so many variables- no wonder why following a diet or some sort of plan (even if just for a bit) is really enticing. We may ask ourselves questions like, ‘what foods exactly?’, ‘is it really thaat bad?’, ‘I eat this and I feel fine- all good right?’, ‘which foods to I eat/not eat?’, do I seriously need to give up ___?’, ‘how much is too much?’, etc. I believe you get the picture. There’s so much information and thoughts around us, and we’ve seen dozens of diets popularized by the media (and probably hundreds more that were only a one-hit-wonder), that can make us wonder what the next diet-du-jour will really be? Let me know if you have any ideas..

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Signals your body wants to you to know

Easy to say, not always easy to put into practice. Especially as we’re running around, out and about, tasks need to get done, family obligations, work obligations, trip coming up- and you need to fit in time at the gym, focus on not eating that food or those extra glasses of alcohol you enjoy so much, all while also finding time to relax, meditate, and show the world you’re doing just fine. And don’t forget to smile!!

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Common chemicals that you can do without

I find myself saying this a lot both to myself and others (when the topic arises) so let’s just put it out there- it’s not you it’s the world. It’s the compounding effect that our ozone layer is not what it used to be, and that we have so many chemicals found in our everyday life that it’s also really easy to want to live in a bubble, with everything natural, away from whatever is icky and gross. Since this is not the most likely scenario, the good news is that our body is equipped with many mechanisms that break down and get rid of toxins.

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Top tips to stay as consistent with diet (as you like) while traveling

I love to eat- I always have, and always will. Even with my history of portioned food plates as a kid so food wouldn’t touch, and being a bit of a late bloomer in trying certain foods (guess who used to poke avocado out of california rolls til I was 19? Now I buy avocados by the bag!), I love food. Yet in knowing this, I’ve tried so many different diets and ways to manipulate food to reach my health goals, unsure if it would really work (but it worked for others, so there’s some hope), and each time I never liked being restricted. There is something about being told to restrict or adjust portions that doesn’t feel good, kind of like depriving, a type of helplessness. Then add in traveling, where your choices can become even more limited, and soon eating becomes more of a chore than a joy.

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Don't let anyone push your 'kill switch'

I love cars. I was raised around them for so long I was going to car shows before I was fully developed. I loved the stories behind them, the design, the fact that you could see everything right then and there under the hood, and watching them change through the years as if to define what the world was going through as well. In cars, there’s something called a ‘kill switch’- a device that can be installed that cuts off fluid supply from the battery to the motor, so even if someone broke in and tried to turn the car on or jump the wires, the car wouldn’t turn on. Except if we forget or don't realize that we pushed it, try everything under the sun to start the car, feel frustrated, figure the whole world is against us, and over and over do all that we can and what we know to start the car. Yet we won’t get anywhere.

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3 basic strategies to help hit your weight loss goals at any time

Losing weight, maintaining weight should not be that hard, right? Eat pretty healthy, exercise, and still have fun because a few cheat meals and social-related habits are not going to put on like 50 pounds. Or will they..? More on that later. Cleanses, structured promising programs, all may be helpful to wrap our brains around something concrete that could give us desired results in a certain period of time, but the issue then becomes maintenance. Or what if that plan/program doesn’t fit as part of our lifestyle anymore? Or our social life is compromised? Or we’re just flat out bored, but unsure of any other method that will also provide results. This is the tough part- well, challenging, but I know you’re up for it.

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The support you need to expedite weight loss- & improve health

Even our body knows this. We have many different organ systems that serve multiple functions in order to support life. We also have checks and balances so if there’s too much of one signal, another organ system turns it off, or sometimes enhances it, depending on what our body calls for at the time. One common example is estrogen (one of our reproductive hormones), made by the ovaries, fat cells, liver, and adrenal glands, and when women enter menopause, the ovaries don’t really make any more estrogen. However, estrogen is still needed within the body and important for many functions, so it’s still made.

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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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