Which diet should I choose for weight loss?

There are probably over a hundred diets out there including Pritikin, Zone, South Beach,  Weight Watchers, Dukan, Atkins and Ketogenic (to name a few) as well as dozens and dozens of juice or shake-based diets. While each diet has its own positive and negatives, none of them offer us a magical formula to wellness and weight loss. The biggest problem I…

While we are discussing this diet or that diet we are missing the point

While we debate endlessly about Paleo vs. vegan, Weight Watchers vs. Jenny Craig, etc., we are missing what I believe to the MOST important factor in any diet: GREEN VEGETABLES. Everyone want to talk about carbs and sugar and protein but veggies are so un-sexy. In my opinion that is ALL we should be talking about. How many we eat,…

What exactly is a healthy diet?

This is a question I get frequently. And, it’s a good one that typically comes from people who want to eat better and maximize their health. If you ask 5 nutrition experts you will likely get five different answers. My initial answer is: a healthy diet is any diet that you can sustain (stick to long term) that fulfills your…

Daily habits that help with weight loss

In a previous post I discussed the habit of always sitting when eating and taking one bite at a time Today I’ll cover some other habits that have helped my clients feel more in control. I find that when people start losing commitment with their health and weight goals these habits are often the first to go: Pick a day and time…

Stop feeling guilty (doesn’t work) and press RESET (works)

When you make a mistake or lose commitment whether it’s your diet, your exercise regime, your relationships, work or whatever do you feel an overriding sense of guilt and failure? If so…ask yourself “is this guilt going to help me get to my goals?” You will likely notice that the guilt spiral is not getting you the results you want…

The blessings of shin splints (or how I stumbled into Nature Therapy)

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with running. The love part: feeling mentally great after a run as well as the fitness and health benefits. The hate part: debilitating shin splints that lasted for days afterwards. If you have never experienced shin splints the best way I can describe them is to imagine someone tearing your shin bones out of…

Lesson from back to school night: changing your habits is uncomfortable

Last night was back-to-school night at my youngest son’s high school. I was struck by what one of the chemistry instructors said. She said that a lot of what the kids were learning was new and that could be  “uncomfortable” She was using that feeling to describe what it’s like having to change your brain to learn new things. There…

Sorry…no amount of alcohol is safe (and what to do with this info)

A recent study published in The Lancet (one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world) concluded that any small benefit of alcohol consumption is far outweighed by the potential harms including cancer (other risks include heart disease, diabetes, cirrhosis, TB, infections, not to mention alcohol poisoning and accidents).  The guideline published by the Chief Medical Officer of the…

My top 10 reasons to avoid protein shakes for weight loss

#10 They don’t really help with sustainable weight loss. Sure, if you reduce calories you might lose weight BUT what happens when you re-introduce food again? #9 Many of the claims (e.g. this product will magically help you lose weight or build muscle) are extremely misleading and often times completely unproven. #8 They typically contain sweeteners which can cause blood…

Stop judging the *&@# out of yourself

Are you not where you want to be in life, with your weight, with your relationships etc.? What are you doing about it? If you are like most people, you are sitting around comparing yourself to others or to your own expectations of yourself i.e. judging the HOLY CRAP out yourself. Sorry but you can’t turn off your inner judge…