The Biggest Culprit Preventing You From Losing Weight – 57 hidden ways!

I’m sure you already know that you need to avoid sugar to lose weight.  The problem is food manufacturers are very sneaky at hiding it in their products.  They list it in the ingredients, but they are constantly coming up with new names for sugar to make them sound different and maybe even healthier to some people.

Please read this list of 57 names for sugar written by “The Huffington Post” and try to memorize it or bring it with you when you go food shopping.

No matter what you call it, if it’s a form of sugar, it’s going to have calories that will lead to weight gain.  Especially if you are eating it regularly.  That’s why it’s so important to be informed and learn how to read labels!

The most plentiful form of sugar on the market (hidden in 80% of processed foods) and most detrimental to your health is High Fructose Corn Syrup.  It’s in everything from bread to salad dressings, barbecue sauce, yogurt, granola bars, even protein bars!  Don’t be fooled by marketing techniques that try to make products sound healthy like “All Natural” or Nutritious”, “Healthy Alternative”.  The only natural, healthy alternatives are actually made by Mother Nature not a food manufacturer.  Unless there is actually no added sugars, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients at all.

If you do buy protein bars avoid any with high fructose corn syrup and more than 10 grams of sugar and less than 10 grams of protein. And absolutely avoid any artificial sweeteners such as saccharin, acesulfame, aspartame, neotame, and sucralose.

Check out this video posted by Mark Hyman, MD. He is Director for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder of The UltraWellness Center.

Doing Good for Others is Good for Your Health


My heart goes out to all of the people affected by the recent devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, I’d like to remind people how important it is to help others in need and it is actually good for your health!

So please go to this link and donate to “Hand in Hand” the telethon that is going on right now to raise money for hurricane relief.

Hand in Hand Hurricane Relief

After a year of divisiveness and protesting and violence against each other, we all need to stop and be grateful for everything that we take for granted and are blessed with every day in this country. Unfortunately it takes times of despair and crisis for people to put aside their differences and help each other.  Read below how “Doing Good is Good For You”:

Doing Good

Tips to Avoid Toxic Chemicals in Common Household Products

Avoiding exposure to toxic chemical ingredients is the first step to improving your and your family’s health.  It might be impossible to totally avoid every toxic chemical in our environment, but take a few minutes to learn about some common ingredients that you can easily avoid and you will be on your way to a happier and healthier home.

15 Toxic Trespassers

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A list of harmful chemicals that are found in products that most women use everyday.

Top 100 Holistic Blogs

I am honored and very proud to say I was selected as one of the top 100 Holistic Blogs to follow a holistic lifestyle! selected me from a very comprehensive list of holistic blogs on the internet.  Thank you for recognizing me – this was just the confidence booster that I needed!

Looking for a Natural Solution to Insomnia?

Insomnia-Guide-2015So many patients at our office suffer from insomnia.  Unfortunately, most of them rely on medications to “help them” sleep.  I feel that relying on something un-natural to make you go to sleep is just not beneficial.  People believe that they need these medications and they get downright nasty if they don’t get their refills in time before they run out!  I understand how desperate people can get after not having a full nights sleep for several nights and not being able to function during the day when they need to work and get through daily activities.  Unfortunately, when they turn to their medical doctor, they usually suggest a prescription sedative or anti-anxiety medication.  Some people have been relying on these prescription sedatives for years, even decades! Ambien, or Zolpidem,  the most popular one, has some extreme side effects called parasomnias such as sleep- eating, sleep-driving and various other activities while sleeping. One patient told me that he was given a prescription for Ambien by another doctor and he tried it once. That night he woke up behind the wheel of his car in a 7-11 parking lot and didn’t remember how he got there! He told me he went home and immediately dumped the rest of the pills in the garbage and refused to ever take it again!

Getting the proper amount of sleep every night is so crucial to your health and your energy levels, it supports learning and memory, tissue growth and repair and even plays a role in weight loss. Many important hormones are released while you are sleeping. One of them is called Leptin, which regulates your appetite during the day.  If you don’t get enough sleep your leptin levels decrease and you produce more ghrelin, a hunger hormone that stimulates appetite. (Taheri, S., Lin, L., Austin, D., Young, T., & Mignot, E. (2004). Short Sleep Duration Is Associated with Reduced Leptin, Elevated Ghrelin, and Increased Body Mass Index. PLoS Medicine, 1(3), e62.

I recently learned about Sleep Hygiene from a man who also once suffered from insomnia for many years.  His name is Peter Litchfield and he has done an incredible job of researching proper natural techniques to train your body to fall asleep and stay asleep for 7 hours or more a night, restoring the body back to health and vitality using a system he calls 6 Steps to Sleep.

Check out his site and you can learn about an amazing sound technology technique of listening to “Binaural Beats” embedded into soft relaxing music to entrain your brain to slow down its brainwave frequency.  It’s amazing stuff and he will explain the science behind it. All you need are earbuds or headphones and listen.  It’s a form of meditation, but much easier!

Are you Tired of Using NSAID’s?

Are you tired of using medication for Arthritis or any other inflammatory conditions? You might have tried several different NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Advil or ibuprofen, Aleve or naprosyn, aspirin, Mobic, Celebrex or Voltaren gel and are worried about the long-term side effects.  For some people, these don’t even help very much.   People with peptic ulcers or any GI bleeding should avoid NSAID’s as well as anyone with kidney disease, cirrhosis of the liver, uncontrolled hypertension or taking blood thinners. Asthma may be induced or exacerbated by NSAIDs  Source:

If you’d like to try a more natural alternative, give Virgin Coconut Oil a try!  Anyone that knows me, knows that I am a coconut loving freak!  I will consume anything made with coconut, coconut milk or coconut oil. I am always looking for recipes with it as well because of all of its health benefits.  While looking for a recipe over the Memorial Day weekend, I came across this amazing website: “Healthy Traditions”  Not only do they have a whole page of recipes: How To Use Coconut OIl, they also have tons of Peer-reviewed research about the health benefits of coconut oil.  One study published on, May 2014 states:

Polyphenolics isolated from virgin coconut oil inhibits adjuvant induced arthritis in rats through antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action.

These arthritic rats showed an increase in antioxidant enzymes and a decrease in white blood cells and c-reactive proteins when treated with Virgin Coconut Oil.

Another study in 2013 talks about how Virgin Coconut OIl reduces LDL cholesterol while raising HDL (the good cholesterol) you can read the study here.

You can purchase coconut oil, coconut cream concentrate (which I ordered and can’t wait to try!), coconut flour and dried coconut from their website.  It doesn’t stop there…. they also have coconut skin care products, essential oils, 80% dark chocolate from Costa Rica and Dominican Republic (dark chocolate and coconut: sounds like heaven to me!!!)  What I love about them is their higher standard of manufacturing coconut oil. They do not refine, bleach and deodorize the coconut meat with chemicals the way most mass-produced commercial manufacturers do.  They use a “wet milling” process that extracts the oil from the fresh coconut meat, not dried coconut.

If you order anything from this website, you will also receive a FREE e-book “Virgin Coconut Oil: How it has changed people’s lives and how it can change yours! This book is packed with testimonies and solid research showing how healthy coconut oil is, and it also includes over 85 recipes showing how you can incorporate coconut into your diet.

Image of the best selling book, Virgin Coconut Oil. Learn about the health benefits of Coconut Oil, read over 100 testimonials from Virgin Coconut Oil users and do not miss over 85 coconut recipes.

If you order by clicking on any of my links and have never ordered from Tropical Traditions in the past, you will receive a free book, as I mentioned above, and I will receive a discount coupon for referring you.  This will not increase the cost of anything for you.

“Little Things”



Would you like to elevate your mood?  Take notice and be aware of the “Little Things” that make you happy.  Be mindful of these things and really take the time to enjoy them instead of just rushing by and moving on to some other task or thought.

Sit down and make a list of 10 “Little Things” that make you happy or just make you feel good.  Then try to incorporate them into your day whenever you can.  You’d be surprised how much this will elevate your mood and help you ignore any negative thoughts or feelings going on in your head.  It is sure to lift your spirits!

“Little Things” by One Direction is a perfect example of how they appreciate all of the endearing characteristics of a girl that she may not notice or even like about herself.

Right now, one of my favorite “Little Things” to do is to sit in my back yard and watch the cardinals that I have been feeding with my bird feeder.  They are so pretty.  I’ve seen a male, which is the bright red one, and the female, which has a much more subtle red coloring.  They are never together.  I usually see the male early in the morning before I go to work and in the early evening, usually right after we finish eating dinner.  They are very cautious of other birds and squirrels, so their time at the feeder is usually very brief.  My daughter says I should name him, so I’ve come up with Harry (for Harry Styles).  When my daughter was younger she was a die-hard “One Direction” fan and my favorite of them all was Harry.

Some other of my favorite “Little Things” are:

  • A Freshly Cut Lawn
  • The Smell of Rain
  • Vacuum lines on carpeting
  • The smell of laundry from a clothes line
  • Ocean waves crashing
  • Fresh, clean sheets
  • Singing in the car along with a favorite song

Feel free to leave a comment with any of your favorite “Little Things”  I’d love to hear from you!