September 2012
Tara Skye Goldin,N.D. Newsletter
Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
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What Really Makes us Fat?
How do Carbohydrates Cause Weight Gain?
Paleo Diet Recipes
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Summer is winding down, the kids are back in school, the college students have arrived, and already there are a few clusters of yellow leaves on our aspen and cottonwood trees.  This is the time in the Chinese Medicine Calendar of Late Summer.  The Earth element dealing with digestion and metabolism is prominent and it goes along with the season of the harvest.  Plants are fruiting, food is abundant and the animals in the wild are feasting and storing up for the winter ahead.  We are also beginning to move into the fall.  That is the time when in my own personal history, and from the stories I hear from my patients every day here in the office, of letting go of that which does not serve you.  It is the time of year when I have purged closets, cleaned out the garden, and ended some relationships.  Just as the trees will start to let go of their leaves, one also may have the impulse to let go of the old things that no longer fit.  
Perhaps this is a good time to look at losing those extra pounds that have crept up on you!  The Ultra Lite plan offered here at my office has been very successful at helping many patients lose that extra weight and keep it off.  Perhaps it is time to start thinking ahead towards losing weight before the holidays hit!  Enjoy the shifting of the seasons and enjoy a bountiful harvest of local squashes, tomatoes, peaches, and apples! Blessings!
I will be holding 2 FREE 30  discussions at my office during the month of September!

Weds. 9/12 at noon a FREE discussion about weight loss - what works, what doesn't and helpful tips!

Weds. 9/19 at noon a FREE discussion about menopause and other hormonal issues! What is the best and most natural ways to balance hormones? What are the options? How can I make the best decision?

Please call (303) 443-2206 or email me to RSVP as space is limited! 

What Really Makes us Fat?   

A CALORIE is a calorie. This truism has been the foundation of nutritional wisdom and our beliefs about obesity since the 1960s. 
What it means is that a calorie of protein will generate the same energy when metabolized in a living organism as a calorie of fat or carbohydrate. When talking about obesity or why we get fat, evoking the phrase "a calorie is a calorie" is almost invariably used to imply that what we eat is relatively unimportant. We get fat because we take in more calories than we expend; we get lean if we do the opposite. Anyone who tells you otherwise, by this logic, is trying to sell you something. From the New York Times 

How do Carbohydrates Cause Weight Gain?


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says the main purpose of carbohydrates is to fuel the body with energy, with special emphasis placed on the brain and the nervous system. Depending on the chemical makeup of the food and how rapidly the sugar is digested and soaked up, carbohydrates are labeled as either simple or complex. The NIH says approximately 50 percent of your total daily calories should come from complex carbohydrates (whole grains, pasta, brown rice) as they provide fiber, minerals and vitamins.
Simple carbs are contained in table sugar, candy, and some syrups and non-diet soda. These so-called "empty calories" can quickly lead to weight gain when eaten in excessive amounts. In addition, a wide assortment of foods with a high sugar content such as chocolate, pastries, donuts and cakes are also high in fat or prepared with fat, making it easier to pack on the pounds when consuming simple carbs.  From Livestrong

Paleo Diet Recipes
The Paleo Diet has been shown to be very helpful for losing weight as well as maintaining a healthy weight.  Here are some recipes to help you to get started eating in a more paleo manner.  Read on...
I have been helping Boulder area families and individuals to acieve their health goals since 1993!

Tara Skye Goldin, N.D.
Boulder HealthWorks