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10 Ways to Avoid Insulin Resistance

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Avoiding insulin resistance and keeping blood sugar stable are just as key to our health as supporting the thyroid (which I discussed in my last blog). Insulin, one of our premier fat promoting hormones, is a response to overconsumption of carbohydrates including sugar without enough fiber or fat. So, what can you do to get a grip on your insulin levels to enhance weight loss and prevent fat gain? Try Read More

3 Simple Steps to Protect Your Breasts

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Starve breast cancer today. It’s that time again when everything turns to PINK. After all, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I am not a real fan of what PINK conveys, much to the chagrin of my more traditional colleagues. I don’t think breast cancer or any cancer will be wiped out through a new vaccine or drug. But what I do know is that you can definitely take these Read More

The Cortisol Connection: Stress Less to Weigh Less

Stress isn’t just wearing you down, it’s making you fat! And, you likely have cortisol to blame. One of the main adrenal hormones secreted to provide energy in response to stress, Cortisol stimulates the release of protein from muscle so it can be converted to glucose, inhibits protein synthesis, increases the release of fatty acids from fat tissue and stimulates the conversion of noncarbohydrates to glucose. All of the resulting Read More

A Poison in Your Food Linked to Over 60 Diseases

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It’s why we are becoming the United States of Diabetes. Sugar has been linked to more than sixty different ailments, including Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and most recently— Metabolic Syndrome, said to affect 75% Americans to some degree!  Studies show that there are almost 30 million of us with Type 2 diabetes with another 70 million individuals that qualify as pre-diabetics. Sugar is very sneaky. It is so Read More

What Skinny Women Know About Sugar

It’s time to take your kitchen to the cleaners! This just in— straight from the pages of the Skinny Diaries! Here’s how to beat the odds in light of the new stats that suggest that the average diet lasts only about six weeks. Half of the dieters lose their momentum because of their lack of willpower while a full 25% give up because they become moody or depressed. This is what smart women do to obtain and maintain that slimmer figure – all Read More

Is Your Cell Phone Zapping Your Thyroid?

Electropollution saps energy—and packs on pounds. January marks Thyroid Awareness Month, and according to my colleague, thyroid expert and patient advocate Mary Shomon, it’s estimated that as many as 40 million Americans may be suffering from undiagnosed or misdiagnosed thyroid conditions. While there are many factors that can affect thyroid function, I find one risk to be specifically concerning—electropollution! Mobile phones and wireless devices are everywhere these days. Even if you aren’t using your Read More

Halt the Fat-Making Hormone

Stop the Feeding Frenzy and Zap Sugar Cravings. It’s not calories, but the hormonal effect of food that’s making Americans fat. Nearly 75% of us now qualify as being either overweight or obese. And, insulin is America’s fat promoting and storage hormone. It’s fed by high glycemic carbs—think cereal, bagels, rice cakes and sugar—which we now consume to the tune of 180 pounds per person per year. If Americans knew Read More

Fight Insulin Resistance and the Hunger Hormone

The bodybuilders’ secret to healthy muscles is the key. The number one cause of the number one health crisis of our time, the “diabesity epidemic“, is relatively simple— all those empty calories, refined carbs (rice, pasta, bread, cold cereals), and liquid calories from sports drinks, sodas, and juice that we consume day after day! Affecting almost 1 in 2 Americans, and up to 2 billion people world wide, this epidemic Read More

The 6 Fat Flush Commandments: Part 3

Lower your insulin and eliminate “false fat.” 5. Lower Your Insulin to Lower Your Weight Like cortisol, insulin is another fat-promoting hormone. Remember, hormones—and not just calories—dramatically impact weight. Insulin, the key hormone that controls blood sugar levels, is triggered by an excessive intake of carbs. Insulin helps store blood sugar in the liver and tissues as glycogen. However, the body can only store a limited amount of glycogen and any Read More

Eat Breakfast Like a Pauper?

Just make sure lean protein is king. According to conventional nutritional wisdom, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” This was deemed especially good advice for those with weight to lose. Imagine my shock when I read the latest study in Nutrition Journal trying to disprove this time-honored advice. Following close to 400 people and what they reported eating at each meal, researchers discovered that those who ate Read More