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Motivational life coach, Tony Robbins, claims if you ask yourself better questions you get better answers and better solutions.1 Lets give this philosophy a litmus test.

“Why can’t I lose weight?!” I have heard this many times over the years. Unfortunately, it is a very unproductive question.

You see, our brains are designed to solve problems; that’s what they do! When you pose a question, your brain searches for answers.

With a self-directed question like “Why can’t I lose weight?” the answers that arise depend on one’s inner self-chat.

If a person tends to be overly self-critical, they might come up with an answer like “because you are a lazy fatso, how could you possibly lose weight when you sit on your butt eating bonbons all day!”

A person with a positive inner dialogue might come up with something like, “It’s just not in the cards, I mean seriously it’s probably genetic, everyone in my family tends to be overweight.”

In either case, where did those answers lead them? Nowhere. What solutions arose? None. What action will they likely take to address their dissatisfaction with being overweight? None.

What if they changed their question to “How can I lose weight?” All of a sudden, in either scenario, a list of solutions will automatically arise: eat healthier, exercise, stop drinking soda pop, take up jogging or kick-boxing, etc.

Will this cause them to lose weight? Of course not, but their mental problem solving efforts will have been much more productive. It will put them one step closer to their desired outcome, and in a position to take action rather than feeling helpless or sorry for themselves.

What questions are you asking yourself? Could you ask them in a way that leads to more productive answers? Give it a try. You might be surprised at the results!

Thanks for taking time to read our newsletter. I hope you found it helpful!!

Yours in health and well-being,

Allison

References:

1. Robbins A. Morning questions: Use the power of questions to change your life. Available at: http://training.tonyrobbins.com/morning-questions-use-the-power-of-questions-to-change-your-life/. Accessed 2/23/2015.

 
 
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Hey everyone!

In the previous post, I discussed why counting calories is a counterproductive obsession. But let’s be clear; it is important to monitor your food intake, eliminate the intake of unhealthy foods (e.g., sugar and processed foods), restrict the intake of foods that are less nutrient dense (starchy foods like potatoes, rice, and certain grains), avoid food contaminated with toxins (chemicals and pesticides), avoid unhealthy fats (trans fats and hydrogenated oils), and enjoy a moderate amount of protein and healthy fats (e.g., avocado, coconut oil, flax, nuts, and seeds).

When eating this way, fat becomes the largest source of total calorie intake. And that is OKAY! In fact, more and more studies are identifying some surprising potential health benefits of low carb high [healthy] fat diets including weight loss, improvements in chronic diseases, such as hypertension and type 2 diabetes, even reduced frequency of epileptic seizures, and inhibition of malignant cell growth in cancer.1–4

So when I say “stop counting those calories,” I am encouraging you not to obsess over calories in general and especially calories affiliated with healthy fats (saturated fats). I also encourage you to keep your intake of carbs and unhealthy fats on a very tight leash. Not all carbs and fats are the same. Aim for quality fats and carbs, and you will be well on your way to becoming the healthiest you possible.

Again, I hope this post was helpful and thank you for reading our newsletter!

Yours in health and well-being,

Allison

1. Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat. Available at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/07/carb-loaded-diabetes.aspx?e_cid=20150207Z1_DNL_B_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20150207Z1_DNL_B&et_cid=DM68795&et_rid=834323216.

2. Samaha FF, Iqbal N, Seshadri P, et al. A low-carbohydrate as compared with a low-fat diet in severe obesity. N Engl J Med 2003;348:2074–2081. Available at: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa022637.

3. Schachter SC, Kossoff E, Sirven J. Ketogenic diet. Epilepsy Foundation 2014. Available at: http://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/dietary-therapies/ketogenic-diet.

 
 
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We have been taught to be obsessed over the caloric content of food. Personally, I find it to be misleading and a waste of time. Seriously, have you ever tried to keep track of every calorie that you consumed in a day? It is a full-time job, and it is totally unnecessary.

But how can that be? Energy in minus energy out determines whether your waistline grows or shrinks! Well… that has been one of the presiding philosophies for a long time and it is difficult to let go of because it seems so logical. Here’s the thing: it is not totally accurate.

It is easy to think of your body as being similar to a car. You put fuel (energy) into it, it converts that energy into physical motion, and as a result waste is produced and released. Any unused energy is stored for later use. In a car, the fuel remains in the tank; in our bodies, the energy is stored as fat. This type of thinking leads to the energy in/out calorie-counting methodology for determining how weight is gained or lost in our bodies.

However, this model is too simplistic. Unlike your car, your body is organic—it is a wet machine. It is self-sustaining, it has healing capabilities, it is comprised of trillions of cells, and it is an entire ecosystem in and of itself!

Did you know that you have more bacterial organisms in your gut than human cells in your entire body?1 And, all these cells and organisms are communicating with each other and your brain to keep you safe from harm, sustain your life, house your spirit, heal your wounds, cleanse your insides, and follow your marching orders all at the same time. It is fantastically amazing!!!!!

Our personal ecosystem, which could be likened to the earth’s ecosystem, requires a balance of many variables to maintain itself and function optimally. When any particular element strays too far from equilibrium, something goes wrong. You catch a cold, develop a chronic disease, develop dementia, etc.

In order to maintain a healthy equilibrium, your body requires a combination of water, fat, cholesterol, vitamins, minerals, salt, bacteria, and other substances to function, as well as a certain amount of activity and rest. And in order to function optimally, it requires a very specific combination of these things.

One way to ensure your body is getting what it needs to function optimally is by getting regular exercise and eating a nutrient-dense diet that excludes processed sugars, processed foods, unnecessary toxins (like pesticides, chlorine, genetically modified substances, etc.), or other foreign or unnatural substances.

In other words, provide your body with what it needs, minimize your exposure to toxic substances, exercise, and get adequate rest, you will look good feel good, and your weight will automatically adjust to the ideal range, and you won’t have to waste another moment obsessing over calories.

I hope you found today’s newsletter interesting and insightful. Thank you for reading!!

Yours in health and well-being,

Allison

Resources:

1. Wenner M. Humans Carry More Bacterial Cells Than Human Ones. November 30, 2007. Available at: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-humans-carry-more-bacterial-cells-than-human-ones/.

 
 
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Greetings Readers!

Today’s topic is of extreme importance when it comes to your health.

Inflammation is the sidekick of nearly all disease-related symptoms regardless of whether it is a chronic condition, a temporary disorder, or the side effect of an injury.  And, inflammation generally causes the pain or discomfort that makes you aware that something is wrong in the first place.1

For instance, if you cut yourself and the wound gets infected, the affected area becomes swollen, red, and sore. Or, if you have an asthma attack, your bronchial passages swell and you experience difficulty breathing. Regardless of the disorder, inflammation generally accompanies it, which causes discomfort or pain. 1

Taking measures to reduce or eliminate overall inflammation in your body can be life-changing. It can reduce or eliminate pain, increase overall well-being, prevent disease from occurring in the first place, and in some cases reduce or reverse chronic conditions. 1

People often take analgesics (e.g., Tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen, or Aleve) when they experience pain or discomfort. While these pharmaceutical remedies may provide temporary relief, they have potential side effects of their own, including stomach upset, diarrhea, heartburn, or worse.2

The good news is that there are natural alternatives that can relieve symptoms with no unwanted side effects (e.g., ginger tea for indigestion or turmeric for pain). And, the great news is that you can take proactive measures to minimize overall inflammation in your body, and this is where you can really create some life-changing effects. Reducing inflammation may prevent the development of chronic disease, enhance the way you feel in general, or improve or eradicate a pre-existing chronic condition by eliminating the root cause of the disorder.1

Chronic inflammation in the body may not sound like something to be concerned with, but it has been linked with some very serious and debilitating disorders, including Alzheimer’s, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and others.1

So, taking a proactive stance to reduce or eliminate inflammation in the body can not only improve your current health and well-being, it can also improve your chances of maintaining a high quality of life as you age.1

There are many causes of inflammation, but gut dysfunction is directly linked to inflammatory disorders. Other causes of chronic inflammation include medications, stress, poor dietary habits, sedentary lifestyle, and alcohol use, just to name a few.1

So, if you want to reduce the overall inflammation in your body, here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Eat a healthy diet. For most people, this means eating little to no sugar or processed foods, consuming small to medium portions of high quality protein, and lots of fresh vegetables, healthy fats, and whole fruits. (join the FIYB Healthy Lifestyle Initiative and you can download my eating plan for free!<link: http://fitinyourbody.com/new-year.html
  • Consider taking a probiotic supplement
  • Eat fermented foods, and
  • Proactively address the factors associated with inflammation (e.g., exercise regularly, reduce stress by meditating, get adequate and quality sleep, etc.) 

I do hope you found today’s topic interesting and helpful. Eliminating inflammation is truly life-changing!

Yours in health and well-being,

Allison

P.S. While the content of this newsletter was primarily composed using the information presented in the first article below, there is a lot of information available on the internet about natural ways to reduce inflammation and improve gut health. Check it out!!

1. Marquis DM. How inflammation affects every aspect of your health. Available at: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/03/07/inflammation-triggers-disease-symptoms.aspx

2. ShareCare. What are the side effects of analgesics? Available at: http://www.sharecare.com/health/analgesic-pain-relief/side-effects-analgesics