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

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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.

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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”:

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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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Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

Click here for 15 Toxic Trespassers

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!  Blog.feedspot.com 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. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pmed.0010062)

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!