Current Science vs. The Tainted History of Heart Healthy Nutrition How Common Advice is Wrong and Why You Should Know the Truth

Your first heart cells begin beating four weeks after conception and don’t stop until you take your last breath.

This coordinated effort happens 100,000 times a day, beat after beat, without rest.

Each time I lay my stethoscope over the heart’s pulsating chambers, I marvel at its faithful, steady beat.

As a medical weight loss specialist, my goal is to keep hearts ticking in top form. I share this goal with my patients, who cite heart health as one of their most powerful motivators for weight loss and overall health improvement.

While many factors influence heart health, none are talked about as much as food.

It’s for good reason: food is one of the most powerful substances that we put into our bodies. It can have both positive and negative effects on the heart.

I prescribe low carbohydrate eating because it has been proven to be optimal for heart health.

Low carbohydrate eating reduces or eliminates many of the risk factors for heart disease—type II diabetes, prediabetes, insulin resistance, elevated blood fats, elevated blood pressure, and inflammation. And it induces weight loss, which in itself is good for the heart.

It’s not just medical journals and professional presentations that prove these benefits—I see it every day in my clinical practice.

When patients reduce their intake of refined grains and added sugar and replace them with whole foods, I see reductions in:

  • Blood Sugar
  • Insulin
  • Triglycerides
  • LDL Particles
  • Blood Pressure
  • Inflammation
  • Fatty Liver Disease

When people add meat, eggs, cheese, butter, olives, and nuts to their diets, their waists get smaller and they get healthier.

I know this flies in the face of the low-fat dogma that’s been pushed since the 1970s.

But a growing body of evidence suggests that low-fat, high carbohydrate eating is anything but “heart healthy.”

Two prominent physicians, Robert Lustig and David Ludwig have called it “an experiment that failed.”

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5 Steps to Stick to Your Healthy Diet in Someone Else’s Home

Jill was afraid to discuss her new dietary needs with her family for the first time.

Actually…she was terrified.

Jill has struggled with her weight all her life, a fact that her family reminds her of every time she sees them. Her slender sister—a self-appointed weight loss expert—lectures Jill endlessly about what she should be doing to lose weight. Then her mother chimes in, expressing “concern” about her weight, while her dad remains silent. Jill sits there frozen, waiting for it to end.

And when it does, her mother plops a carby treat on Jill’s plate and responds with hurt if she doesn’t eat it.

It’s a mixed message—one that she’s been getting her whole life.

And now…in just a week…she will travel with her sister to Atlanta for Thanksgiving with their parents.

As she thinks about it, her brain whirls with worst-case scenarios. But after all the progress she’s made with healthy eating…and feeling in control…she doesn’t want to stop now!

She asks herself, “What if I fall into bad habits again? What if I start eating carbs and can’t stop? What if I start feeling the way I used to? I don’t want that.”

And neither do you.

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3 Tricks for Escaping the Halloween Candy Trap

And 23 Halloween Treat Alternatives

Are you freaking out because Halloween marks the beginning of the weight gain season?

Are you haunted by memories of buying candy for the kids and then eating it well before October 31st

Then returning to the store to replace it…

Only to have the exact same thing happen all over again?

Maybe it’s already happened this year.  Let me reassure you, you aren’t the only one to tell this story.

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The Holiday Party Guide to Stay Healthy and Feel Great

The holidays are coming, filled with gatherings, joy, laughter… and temptations.  It can be a struggle to keep the healthy eating habits you have worked so hard to develop.

You may be asking yourself:

  • Will there be anything I can eat there?
  • Will I re-gain some of the weight I’ve worked so hard to lose?
  • Will I offend the hosts if I say something about my needs?

We all think it. We all worry about being a burden. But you don’t have to. I’m going to share some valuable tips with you to make your gatherings a joy instead of a worry!

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Resisting the Doughnut While Flying

Healthy traveling for weight loss when flyingWe live in a day and age when plane travel makes it possible to travel great distances in a relatively short period of time.   In the U.S. and Canada we can jet from coast-to-coast in as little as five hours.

As wonderful as this is, even a short two-hour flight can leave you without something to eat for several hours unless you plan ahead.  If you consider possible travel delays, it could be even longer.

Given how important it is to keep our energy up and our hunger down when traveling, a little research and planning can make the difference between feeling great or feeling lousy.

“Sounds good,” you say.  “I’m committed to feeling great, but I have no idea where to start.”

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How to Eat Healthy Even at the Airport – Plus Sea-Tac Guide!

For many of us, spending time in airports is a regular part of our travel life.  Given their prominence in our travel itineraries, it is important to know how to navigate the various offerings and temptations.

The last thing you want to do is fall prey to the cases of pastries and fast foods that line the gates of every airport.  Traveling is exhausting enough without adding the unnecessary energy crashes that these foods leave you with.

Whether it is 6:00 am or 10:00 pm, it is wise to arrive at any airport armed with knowledge, time, and a well-thought out plan. This guide will show you what to look for and what to look out for. And be sure to check out the Sea-Tac International Airport Quick Guide in this article for eating healthy when you travel through Seattle!

And be sure to check out the companion article – Resisting the Doughnut While Flying

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Eating Healthy with Airport Cuisine

Airports are not known for their healthy cuisine.  Most are packed with fast food restaurants and coffee stands with their cases of pastries.

Fortunately, things are gradually changing and healthy options are popping up at airports across the country.   No place is perfect, but there are many that have enough options to meet your needs.

A little insider’s knowledge can help you locate these places and make good choices when you are there.Discover More

Upcoming Engagements:
  • American Association of Physicians Assistants National Conference, May 18-22, 2019, Denver, CO
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight, co-presenting with Amy Ingersoll, PA-C
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications, co-presenting with Amy Ingersoll, PA-C
  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners National Conference, June 18-23, Indianapolis, IN
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications
  • Alaska Nurse Practitioner Conference, Anchorage, Alaska, September 19-21
    How to Talk to Patients About Weight
    The Art & Science of Prescribing Anti-Obesity Medications
  • Association for Counseling Education & Supervision 2019 Conference,Seattle, WA, October 10-13
    Co-presenting with Katie Christensen, MA, LPCA, NCC
    Recognizing & Reducing Weight Bias in Counselor Education & Supervision
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