Dr. Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter, The Insulin and Sugar Issue Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
November/ December 2007


With the holidays here and continuing for the next month I always find it timely to include nutritional information to help my patients and friends to get through the holiday season without gaining those 3 - 7 pounds that the average American gains. Insulin and sugar metabolism is a huge issue these days with rising rates of both adult and childhood obesity in America. Rather than saying " it's OK to be fat because everybody is" which is the vogue in some circles, it can be prevented by making a few simple shifts in your diet. This way we can be more height / weight proportional like our European counterparts. There was so much good information on this subject that I decided to not write my own featured article this month and to put a link to the official site of the glycemic index. I hope that you find it useful. Please note that I am not promoting the Hollywood ideal of the anorexic body. I am promoting a healthy body. Obesity and Type II Diabetes are now public health issues costing us billions of dollars per year in the associated medical costs of treating the long term effects of these diseases. Please enjoy the holidays and feel free to utilize my favorite trick. Eat your large meal in the middle of the afternoon, fill your plate with 1/2 vegetables and salads and take a walk in the fresh air afterwards. have a joyous and healthy holiday season. Please note that my office will be closed Nov 22nd for Thanksgiving and Dec 24th to Jan 1st. I will be back in the office Jan 2nd. Please call my voicemail at (303)443-2206 for pharmacy information and the number for the on-call naturopath.

in this issue
The Glycemic Index Trans Fat Ban Sweeping the Nation Is the Food Industry Playing Games With Our Children? Cinnamon, Cloves Improve Insulin Function, Lower Risk Factors For Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease Low Carb Holiday Menus

Trans Fat Ban Sweeping the Nation

Cities, food conglomerates, theme parks, and restaurants have one thing in common these days: a growing desire to ban trans fats from food. These fats, which can be a by-product of partially hydrogenated oil, contribute to heart disease, Type II diabetes, and weight gain, and their removal could prevent over 500 deaths each year in New York City alone, according to Dr. Walter Willett, the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. Who are the people and companies concerned with your health and well-being? More than you might think. by Nora Wall

Is the Food Industry Playing Games With Our Children?

Is the food industry playing games with our children? You bet it is. A recent report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, "It's Child's Play: Advergaming and the Online Marketing of Food to Children,[1]" provides a comprehensive look at this increasingly popular type of advertising. From Medscape

Cinnamon, Cloves Improve Insulin Function, Lower Risk Factors For Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease

Two studies presented at Experimental Biology 2006 provide new evidence for the beneficial effects (and biochemical actions) of cinnamon as an anti- inflammatory agent and support earlier findings of its power as an anti-oxidant agent and an agent able to lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and glucose, and improve how well insulin functions. From Medical News Today

Low Carb Holiday Menus

Many people choose to go on a low carb low glycemic index diet for various health conditions. It is especially effective for weight loss , type II diabetes and insulin resistance. Here is a link for holiday recipe ideas. You can adapt these to a natural foods diet by using organic foods in the recipes and by avoiding any artificial sweeteners and using stevia, agave or real maple syrup instead. Enjoy!

The Glycemic Index

Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. Choosing low GI carbs - the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels - is the secret to long-term health reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes and is the key to sustainable weight loss.

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