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Five Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

Five Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

spinachHave you ever noticed that some foods just make you feel good while other foods get you up for a little while but then drop you like a load of stones? (Sugar is one of those for me and a lot of other people, too.)

In this article I am going to briefly talk about five foods that will boost your mood. In almost every case, this is because these foods, whether they be tiny powerhouse seeds or big green leafy vegetables, all contain minerals and vitamins essential to helping maintain healthy emotional states. Continue reading Five Foods That Will Boost Your Mood

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How to Stop Craving Sugar

Stop the sugar cravings!

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I always ask my patients to give me a detailed description of not only what they eat but when they eat. It strikes me that far too often people eat very poorly at breakfast or don’t eat breakfast altogether.

Neither of these situations is ideal for your body or your brain, which both need to be fed on a regular basis. The average person eats dinner between 6 and 7 pm and goes to bed without a snack. They wake up between 7 and 8 am. This represents a twelve-hour period without food—which is great if you are going to take a fasting blood test to determine cholesterol and blood sugar levels. Continue reading How to Stop Craving Sugar

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Guided detox diary: Part 4

My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant: Part 4

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My 30-day detox with Dr. Garry D’Brant is complete, and I’m psyched! I’ve lost nine pounds, and both my BMI and my abdominal fat have dropped into healthier levels. Also, since the end of the detox, I’ve been maintaining my nutritional goals.

Earlier this week I checked in with Dr. D’Brant to mark my progress and get some guidance for the future. Continue reading Guided detox diary: Part 4

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Stop the Sugar Cravings: Five Steps

You can curb your desire for sweets!

kidandcake by j4p4n on openclipartPatients will often start out doing great with not craving carbs and or sweets while doing my comprehensive detoxification program. However, after they are done with the program they will sometimes come in during our follow-up support sessions saying that the desire for sweets/carbs (cookies, cakes, candy, chips, etc) has either slowly crept back in or has quite suddenly become an issue again.

What I have seen, in over 30 years of helping people create weight loss programs that work, is that subtle shifts in the person’s life will have significant impact on whether they’re feeling satisfied or are experiencing cravings. Continue reading Stop the Sugar Cravings: Five Steps

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My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part III

My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part 3

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(but there is no finish line)

How can I commit to a new lifestyle of healthy eating, especially when I’ve “committed” to such new lifestyles multiple times in the past? Every time, weeks or months later, I’ve fallen off the bandwagon and succumbed to the pull of junk food and overeating.

That’s what I asked Dr. Garry D’Brant earlier this week when I checked in with him at his Infinite Wellness office. I was two-thirds of the way through the 30-day guided detox I’m doing under his care. Continue reading My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part III

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My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part II

My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part 2

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Today is day ten of my thirty-day detox program, which I’m doing under the guidance of Dr. Garry D’Brant at Infinite Wellness.

As I wrote in my previous blog, I’ve wanted to get off dairy, sugar, and unhealthy carbs for a long time, but for a long time I have not had the willpower.

I don’t drink, smoke, or do other drugs, but I had to do more if I wanted to lose weight and be healthier. That means eliminating foods that are biologically addictive, Dr. D’Brant writes in his article, “Why Can’t I Lose Weight?Continue reading My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part II

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How to Detoxify from Harmful Substances

How to Detoxify from Harmful Substances

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The top ten toxic chemicals to watch out for

  1. Arsenic
  2. Bisphenoyl-A (BPA)
  3. Dioxin
  4. Glycol Ethers
  5. Lead
  6. Mercury
  7. Organophosphate Pesticides
  8. Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCS)
  9. Perchlorate
  10. Phthalates

Read on for more details on each of these chemicals.

Arsenic

Like in the movie Arsenic and Old Lace, take enough of it and it will kill you. However, most of us won’t take enough of it in one exposure but will gradually have it build up in our systems from constant smaller levels of daily exposure.

Even in small amounts, arsenic can account for some pretty noxious symptoms, including bladder, lung, and skin cancer. It also is associated with hormone disruption in the pathways that aid sugar and carbohydrate absorption. Continue reading How to Detoxify from Harmful Substances

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My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part I

My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part 1

DeathtoStock_SlowDown1 I have been hearing about Dr. D’Brant’s detoxification program ever since I met him a few years ago. I’ve read some of what his other clients have said about it and said, “That’s good for them,” but I’ve hesitated for myself.

I thought I could lose weight on my own. I didn’t think such a drastic measure was necessary. And I didn’t think my body was that bad—for years I’ve kept within a range of weight that was at least 20 pounds below what I weighed in high school.

But I’ve gained weight recently, nearly 20 pounds over the last two or three years. At my initial assessment with Dr. D’Brant I weighed 158.8 pounds (I’m 5’3”), and my body fat percentage was 37.8. No one would look at me and say I was obese, but those numbers actually translate into obesity. Some charts say over 36% body fat is obese, some (including The American Council on Exercise) say over 32% is obese, but the bottom line is, I have too much body fat! Dr. D’Brant says my goal should be below 24%. I’d be happy to get down to the “average” range of 25-31%. Continue reading My guided detox with Dr. D’Brant—Part I

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Sluggish? Detoxification may be the answer

Sluggish? Detox may be the answer

How detoxification programs help

tired stick figureIn the more than 35 years I have been helping people regain their lost vitality, sense of well-being and health, I have never seen any health procedure have much of a positive effect as detoxification.

Very simply, detoxification is one of the most powerful tools in our arsenal of health strategies to put us back on the road to vibrant health. Detoxification in my opinion is more necessary now than it ever has been.

The reason I say this is because we are a nation of food addicts. We are addicted to sugar, salt and flour, to name the most prominent addicting foods. Every American eats approximately 150 pounds of sugar and flour every year. That comes out to nearly a pound of flour and sugar for every man, woman and child every day! Continue reading Sluggish? Detoxification may be the answer