Posts Tagged ‘loss’

I’m almost certain…

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My grandmother has been experiencing dementia for 20 plus years.  In the past 5 years she was diagnosed with full blown Alzheimer’s.  My grandmother has been on statin (cholesterol blocking) drugs for the past 25 years.  Based on early test results that indicated “high cholesterol” she was placed on a low fat diet and cholesterol suppressing drugs.  I’ve been suspicious for the past few years in my heavy focus on neurological disorders that statin drugs were largely responsible for her long-standing dementia and now Alzheimer’s.

Recent science based research has revealed that cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Rather, sugar binding with fats in the process known as glycation creates cellular damage and plaque within artery walls.  My grandmother was instructed to eat a low fat diet.  A low fat diet is replaced by an increase in carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates break down to sugars and an influx of carbohydrates can create insulin sensitivity.  Insulin sensitivity has been strongly correlated with Alzheimer’s.  And sugar is directly linked with heart disease and damage of neurons.   The brain is composed of primarily fats and requires fats for memory, mood and resilience.  

Statins and a low-fat diet is the root cause of her dementia, neuron degradation and now Alzheimer’s? I’m almost certain.

What do dinosaurs, weight gain and thumbtacks have in common?

dinoweddingphotobombSorry there is no punchline…even though it may seem likely with a title such as above.  All too often I read and hear about the latest drink mix, short term diet plan, or program that provides meals all for the purpose of helping women and men lose weight.  I also hear about those that struggle through counting calories, weighing themselves in front of peers and trying to fit into a pair of skinny jeans.  In America it’s estimated that more than 1/3 of Americans are obese… that is, severely overweight.  Let’s face it, people living in western civilizations are facing a risk factor of becoming overweight and the odds are against us all.

So why is it that diet fads consume the market and mass media but weight gain is on the rise?  Based on the functional medicine model and my experience, it’s because we are not identifying the root cause for the weight gain.  From a functional perspective weight gain is the thumb tack in the foot.  You can take an anti-inflammatory all day long but if the thumb tack remains, so will the pain for the long term.  Allow me to explain further.

Our physiology, biology and biochemical interactions are consistent with how the body functioned 40,000 years ago.  Yes, we have improved in intelligence since we were cave men/women but our genetic material has changed very little.  During prehistoric times we fought for our food, ran from dinosaurs and ate when it was possible.  Following the hunt and eat, the body would store the food as fat understanding that it will need a fuel source in the coming days; uncertain of its next meal.  Fuel is a matter of life and death for the body, so it prioritizes using the fight/flight response.   The fight/flight response is a built-in survival mechanism, adapting and compensating in order to protect itself, often without us asking it to.

Today, the body performs in much the same way.  When there are chronic stressors (external, internal or multiples) the body creates the same stress response: to store the fat.  Yes, we may not be running from dinosaurs but the body doesn’t make that distinction.  Regardless of the point of stress (food sensitivities, sleep problems, toxic overload, digestive issues, for examples); stress is addressed through the fight/flight response.  This is why all the shakes, diet plans and pre-packaged meals do not create the long term affects dieters are after.  They do not address why the body’s stressed. They rather attempt to act as the anti-inflammatory rather than the thumbtack.    

Are you interested in weight loss?  Then you need to identify the dinosaur(s) and remove the thumb tack.   Once this occurs, the body will resort to a state of ease, release the weight and function how we’d like it to, with long term success. 

Be well,

Lynn

Is it that time of the year again?

But why wait until spring? An “easy to manage” diet designed especially for you based on your body’s needs can get you there sooner than spring. Are you ready for a jumpstart? Stay tuned…  Be well, Lynn

 

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Last night’s presentation on Weight Gain

Thank you to all that attended last night to my first presentation on stress and weight gain. I do hope that it answered any questions you may have surrounding weight gain and provided you with some tools to use. I am working on uploading the videos and should have them up and available to you shortly. Here are a few items I hope you took away with you:
1. All calories are not created equal
2. The importance of keeping your blood sugar stable, by avoiding refined flours and sugars and placing emphasis on balancing your meals.
3. Chronic stress (both internal and external) how it affects the body.
4. Survival mode (fight/flight) and how that may prevent you from losing weight.

I’d appreciate any other feedback you may have in preparation for next week’s session on the digestive system and allergies.  I’ll be uploading the videos soon and will keep you posted.
Be well,