FedUpMovie.com (in theatres as of May 9) … this documentary about our current food industry will open your eyes and blow your mind. By the end you will completely understand why Americans are unhealthy and overweight or obese. In fact, according to the World Health Organization for 2012, the U.S. was ranked #17 out of 17 of the most affluent countries in the world for health. No one anywhere is arguing … we are an extremely unhealthy nation. The questions that matter: Why? And, what are the solutions?
Why are we so unhealthy and obese as a country that spends more money than ANY other country on health care costs? (OECD Health Data 2012.) My four personal “A-Ha” moments provide the answer that is excellently documented in “Fed Up.” In 1993, while attending undergrad for Biology, I read my very first natural health book, “Nutrition and Degenerative Diseases” by Weston A. Price (see westonaprice.org). Dr. Price traveled the world in the 1950’s with his wife, observing dental caries among indigenous populations and comparing them to the nearest “modernized” society. What differentiated the indigenous lifestyle from the “modernized” lifestyle was simply SUGAR! Almost 20 years later I simultaneously read a booklet called “Is Candida Sabotaging Your Life?” and watched a documentary called “Hungry for Change.” The message of both campaigns: Stop Eating Sugar! This year I became an In.Form coach (see info below on my In.Form classes in Ellicottville) and found much inspiration in Mark Hyman, M.D. Cut down or cut out sugar and all foods that convert to sugar.
For simplicity sake, Diabesity can be defined as any imbalance in blood sugar and/or insulin levels, leading to inflammation and causing obesity and other health concerns such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, mood swings, inability to focus and concentrate, hormonal disturbances, skin disorders, hypertension, high cholesterol and hyperactivity. Call it Diabesity, Dysglycemia, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes I and II (even III and IV), Hyperinsulinemia, Metabolic Syndrome X, or Syndrome X. But don’t ignore it! Here are eight ways you can start to balance your blood sugar levels and maintain them … you WILL see results in your health and your weight loss.
1) Three Month Program to Balance HighBlood Sugar Levels: Sweet Fx, Spirulina, Chromium GTF, ProPancreas andLiquid Chlorophyll. Also, elimination of sugar, grains, fruit, alcohol and starchy vegetables.
2) Educate Yourself: HungryForChange.tv, FedUpMovie.com, The Blood Sugar Solution and The 10-Day Detox by Mark Hyman, M.D., The 21-Day Sugar Detox and Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Zone Diet and In.Form (see below).
3) Food Elimination: sugar, processed corn and soy, wheat, alcohol, starchy vegetables, dairy and too much fruit.
4) Start your day with 20-25 grams of protein. The best way I have found to do this is with a shake: one cup non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, flax, hemp or macadamia - please no soy), one cup water, frozen berries of your choice, 1 scoop Love and Peas, 1 scoop Nature’s Harvest, 1 ounce Ionic Minerals, 1 Tbsp chia seeds and 1 Tbsp hemp seeds. Other things to add: cacao powder, powdered peanut butter (less fat and less allergens), Ultimate GreenZone or flax seed meal.
5) Exercise! Especially strength/reistance training and CrossFit workouts with Kim Duke at Core Performance. Zumba with Lillian Dirito at St. Paul’s Lutheran church on Mon/Wed/Fri from 8:00-9:00am. Hike. Run. Walk with me from 10:30-11:30am on Tuesday mornings at Nature’s Remedy.
6) Do a 30-Day Detoxification program: CleanStart for 15 days followed by Candida Clear for another 15 days. CleanStart consists of a fiber drink with three capsules that cleanses the liver and the intestines. Candida Clear consists of enzymes that break down the cell wall of Candida albicans and herbs that directly kill the years.
7) Juice with Jack LaLanne, Breville or Champion juicers and Blend with a VitaMix or BlendTec. The goal is to increase your intake of green veggies! Great website: rebootwithjoe.com/recipes.
8) Join my In.Form health and weight loss program (please call for details). If you are interested in joining late, I will personally catch you up on any missed classes with a personalized consultation. Dr. Hyman came to a very effective solution for permanent lifestyle changes promoting health and weight loss: COMMUNITY. The way people are changing is in a group. Please contact me for more information on this very effective, local weight loss group.
By the end of naturopathic school, I could not lose my extra 20 pounds even while running 3-5 miles/day! My classmate said, “Cut out all sugar and wheat … you will lose weight!” I was so unwilling because this was my comfort zone under so much stress. My addictions. As I now suggest this to my clients, I receive the same response. “Oh, no! What would I eat?” For most of you (excluding athletes) counting calories and exercising has not usually worked. It’s much bigger than that as the quality of the calories matters more than the quantity. The average American eats 175 pounds of sugar per year compared to 4 pounds per person per year in the 17th century. Our modern day food scientists are brilliant at creating “food-like” substances that create addictions and ignite the pleasure centers of our brains, similar to the neurological effects of alcohol, cocaine, heroine, and pornography. Please join thousands of people across the nation in gaining knowledge about our food industry, facing food/sugar addictions and taking the time to prepare whole foods again. Your whole life will transform as you transform your whole life!