What's a Diet?

I’ve had trouble controlling my weight for a long time, especially recently with the transition from being a full time student for 20+ years to opening my own practice. So stress is certainly a constant factor. In addition to the stress of running a business i have dealt with depression since i was a child. I have also been pre-diabetic for some time now. I have been able to manage those variables by modifying multiple areas of my life. I will elaborate on one of those facets today.

The BIGGEST key was and is my diet. When I say diet I mean the way I habitually eat, not something I do for a month or a few weeks. No master cleanses or any other cleanses either. The biggest change in my diet was the almost elimination of sugars. Sugar is now known to be highly addictive (see the attached on sugar’s effects above pages 2&3, do you see something on there that you are suffering or dealing with?). We never learn enough about nutrition growing up so it’s not our fault we don’t know a lot of this info. These 3 pages worth of info are a great way to start. After implementing these points I found that I didn’t have to exercise tirelessly to keep weight off. I also didn’t have to work nearly as hard to build muscle.

Until a few years ago I NEVER ate breakfast and pick the excuse- no time in the morning, not hungry in the morning, almost nauseous in the morning. Then I learned that the brain uses glucose (sugar) as its main food source. When we get hungry our brains know which foods will give us the fastest source of glucose to allow for proper brain function (you remember the brain, that lump of fat in our heads that runs every single bodily function, kinda important). This made a ton of sense as to why when I got REALLY hungry I wanted and desperately craved a Kit Kat or cinnabun instead of a nice steak. Our hunger and satiety or feeling of being full is all run by our…you guessed it – HORMONAL SYSTEM. Yes this system is more than sex and “that time of the month”. Our hormonal system dictates the way our body functions, from how we sleep to how we break down foods to how we regulate our body temperature and soooooo much more!

In today’s world we get hung up on nomenclature and labeling. Diabetes, anxiety, depression to name a few are now used as diagnoses when in fact they are symptoms. Symptoms are signs that your body gives you to say “HEY!! Something’s not working right!! Fix it!” I will take it a step further and say that gaining weight is a symptom. Not being able to put on weight is a symptom. They are both signs that our bodies aren’t functioning the way they can and SHOULD.

Epigenetics has recently been a hot topic that emerged in 2010. Epigenetics is the study of how genes can be turned off and on via environmental triggers. So when people say “oh, well my mom had ______ so I will end up having _______ too.” Epigenetics says “ahhh, not so much.” We can’t directly turn genes on/off (at least not yet, or not that the general public knows of) but we can make healthy choices and be aware of the toxins in our environment (Pharmaceuticals, synthetic fluoride in our water supplies, pollutants in the air we breathe, food that has been grown in soil littered with waste like birth control and pesticides). These toxins put stress on our liver (the organ of the body that filters the crap we put in) and are one of the main reasons our bodies are so INFLAMED. So the next time I thot “oh well my whole family has diabetes I will have diabetes too” I quickly checked myself and realized that I will go down that route only if I did what they did, ate what they ate.

For the last 8 years i haven’t taken any medications beyond the occasional ibuprofen or benadryl, and when i do its once in a blue moon. The side effects and byproducts that our bodies are forced to deal with when we litter our system with medications is an area that is typically overlooked by most of the medical community. Look for our “Pharmaceuticals” post in a week or so. One point to keep in mind is that if pharmaceuticals made people healthy then it would hold true that the healthiest person in our society is the one on the most meds. Think of the healthiest person you know and ask them how many medications they are on…NONE!

Inflammation is the number one cause of any chronic illness. We typically know of inflammation as the reason we swell up if we sprain our ankle. Well, inflammation can effect every part of the body- the gut(preventing proper absorption), our blood vessels, our lungs to name a few. We now have world renowned heart surgeons (http://www.nutrientrich.com/1/heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease-almost.html) that are speaking up and saying that heart disease is not due to cholesterol or fat. It’s due to inflammation of the arteries that suppl