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.
|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," 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.
Find out more....