People make changes at their own pace whether these changes are what they imagined for themselves or not. For some, change is as simple as making a U-turn in the middle of a busy four lane highway. For others, change is more complex and takes a bit longer, like trying to work your car out of a tight parking space, making what seems to be a 20-point turn. At times, these changes appear to be "impossible", frustrating, and beyond our grasp.
I've Done Both....And Some In-Between Maneuvers
At the beginning of my Health Changing Journey, I found myself making simple, yet very effective, changes in my diet and lifestyle. Simple and easy are not always equivalent, however. Breaking a sugar addiction can be very difficult, to say the least! (Did you know that sugar can be up to 7 times more addictive than cocaine??? Seriously, studies have shown this to be true.) Overlapping with the sugar busting was a period of time eliminating much of the processed foods that were in the pantry.
In January we discussed how hormonal changes or imbalances can contribute to weight gain and/or prevent weight loss. Increasing your activity and adjusting your caloric intake are essential for weight loss. However, sometimes, despite your best efforts you can plateau or get stuck. There could be a medical reason for this halt in your progress. Chronic stress can greatly contribute to weight gain by triggering your body to produce abnormal amounts of cortisol and DHEA, which are stress hormones produced by the adrenal glands.
Ladies AND Gentlemen, your stress hormones, predominantly cortisol, can make you crave sugar and other carbs, which make you gain weight or hold onto the weight you’re trying to lose. This wear and tear on your adrenal glands makes them “tired”, hence the term Adrenal Fatigue.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:
Negativity and inability to tolerate “ignorant” people
Difficulty waking up in the morning and don’t feel...
Ok, so let’s talk about Life in general for a minute…. How is your health affecting your career/job, relationships and friendships, physical environment, romance/intimacy, personal growth, financial situation, fun and recreation, and overall outlook on life? Have you ever really thought about it?
I wish I could count the number of patients who have come through my office who, although tired of going from provider to provider seeking help, feel something is missing and that they’re falling through the cracks. The ones who make it to me have a hunch that something is wrong with their thyroid or their hormones or some other suspicion, yet their lab levels are “in normal range”. Many of them are exhausted and barely meeting the minimum requirements in their lives. Some of these individuals are resigned to accepting that this is how the aging process must go. That it’s something they have to learn to deal with. They lose hope and settle into their unhealthy lives, giving into the illness. So...
The older and busier I get, the more I crave simplicity and peace! At times a theme runs through my life and all things point me in the direction of that theme. For me it is Divine Intervention so that I do not self-destruct beyond repair. For months, the theme was “SURRENDER” and that led me on a journey to evaluate myself to see what issues and situations I tried to control that I, in fact, really had NO control over in the first place.
Lately, though, the theme has been “SIMPLIFY”. My pastor is even preaching a sermon series on the subject, guiding the congregation toward living a more streamlined life. Most of my patients have been running in the rat race, on the proverbial hamster wheel, and have now run out of steam. Getting back to the basics has been a HOT TOPIC in my consultation room the past few months. When I share how effective simplification has been on my own health and lifestyle, my patients usually agree to try the techniques I suggest. On follow up visits, they are rep...
Whether we’re young, old, or somewhere in between, I believe most of us admire and desire healthy skin. While the face is what we typically see first and put more emphasis on, the rest of the body warrants attention too. Beautiful skin ALWAYS catches my attention and for more reasons than its obvious beauty. Sometimes the condition of our skin is a result of what is going on outside our bodies such as something we come in contact with (i.e. chemicals, nickel in jewelry or buttons, poison oak/ivy) or that we’ve exposed ourselves to (i.e. sun, water, wind, heat). Other times the condition of our skin is an indication of what is going on inside our bodies such as hormonal imbalance, food intolerances (allergic reactions or sensitivities), detoxification malfunction, or digestive dysfunction. I like to observe people as they gaze into their mirrors from every angle imaginable. They pick, squeeze, stretch, and tweeze until they feel they’ve done all they can do, give themselves a half smile...
How often do you find yourself struggling to find or maintain that elusive “Balance” we all long for? Most of us chase it all our lives and some of us are fortunate enough to find it—at least for a little while. The fact of the matter is, that we can find it and maintain it once we understand what balance is. Balance means something different for each and every person. In my search for finding information to share with my patients, friends, and family, I have discovered that balance requires effort and constant flow. Balance is not a steady state and it requires some resistance. For instance, if you are standing or sitting still—completely still—your body is balanced. Once you take a step forward or rise from your seat, you have created a state of temporary imbalance and gravity, your muscles, bones, brain, equilibrium all go to work to help you maintain that balance as you move about.
Feeling out of control and unbalanced usually occurs when some areas of our lives demand or require mo...
June brings to mind summertime, weddings, vacations, anniversaries, fresh produce, family time, working in the yard, and being out of school. Speaking of weddings and anniversaries, I have become acutely aware of how couples interact with one another. Perhaps it is where I am in my own life, but I have become The Great Observer. Recently I have encountered a variety of patients, male and female, who are in different stages with their relationships. Some are blissfully happy and are still married to their first spouse. Some are equally blissful in a second marriage. Others are “stuck” in a marriage whether it is the first, second, or third. Dating, marriage, work, and other interpersonal relationships all require attention, cultivation, and nurturing. What happens when stress and health imbalances take a toll on a relationship though?
Many of the imbalances that people live with day to day have a health component. Either their hormones, brain chemistry, nutritional status, sleep pattern,...
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