Chronic pain and the sugar connection

Chronic pain and the sugar connection

painroyatyfreeChronic pain may be one of the most underestimated health issues there is, but many sufferers are only looking for a quick fix and an easy pill but that won’t buy them relief – it only postpones pain and further degeneration.
 
Now, if I were to categorize people with chronic pain – we can say that they often have an underlying autoimmune issue. They are commonly over weight – even as little as 10 lbs over their ideal weight can cause issues for them. They usually don’t have the best diet, and they frequently have a sweet tooth. Some don’t get out and move enough – they say the pain prevents them from doing so, but in medicine there is an adage — “move it or lose it”, and this is certainly true. You have to exercise to challenge your abilities, or you will lose the level of mobility that you currently have. It won’t get better if you do nothing!
 
So, if you have chronic pain, this is something that you may not want to hear – you need to clean up your diet. Diet alone can cause an 80% improvement.
 
80%! Did you catch that? Exercise is only 20% of the equation.
 
Chronic pain specialists have been putting their patients on low-glycemic diets for years, and there is a very good reason for this – sugar is highly inflammatory. Not only does it cause systemic inflammation, but it irritates every vein and artery in your body. It hyperirritates your muscles. Each tablespoon of sugar suppresses your immune system for 4-6 hours. In simple words – it feeds your pain.
 
But sadly, many people would rather keep their cheesecake and sodas than change their diet.
 
Let me be blunt – sugar in all its forms is inflammatory. It doesn’t matter if it is honey, agave syrup, corn syrup, molasses, fructose, dextrose, maple syrup, grape sugar… just because you think it is ‘natural’ that doesn’t mean it is not sugar!
 
Artificial sweeteners are no better – they are both excitatory and neurotoxins. They will make you feel worse!
 
So, what is a hurting person supposed to do? First off – cut the sugar. This will be the toughest thing I ask you do to because sugar is hidden in everything and you have to become a master of reading labels. Second, look at minimizing these foods from your diet : milk & dairy, soy, trans fats, beer, fried foods, night shade vegetables, and processed foods. If you are hypothyroid, consider a gluten-free diet as well. Limit caffeine to 1 serving per day. When you are highly inflamed, excess caffeine will irritate you!
What does this leave you to eat? Lots! Make dark leafy vegetables a key part of your meals. Cold water fish, raw nuts, avacados, sea vegetables, ginger, berries, cherries, turmeric, flax seed oil, olive oil, etc. should all become routine parts of your meals. Eat the rainbow! Eat at least 2-3 things raw every day! Take vitamin D supplements until your vitamin D level is between 50-75 nmol/L. All of these thing will have you feeling like a million bucks!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears of Exercise.  Why too much exercise is just as detrimental as too little.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears of Exercise. Why too much exercise is just as detrimental as too little.

Goldilocks and the three bears of exercise… Once upon a time Goldilocks went to a nice doctor in Louisiana because she had a serious muffin top and no matter what she did, she couldn’t budge it. Goldilocks told the nice Doctor, “I used to not exercise at all, and I got fat! But then, I started running marathons through the woods, and I still stayed fat! I exercise more than I ever have in my life, and nothing helps! Tell me Doctor, what can I do?”goldilocks2

The Doctor replied, “Well, Goldilocks, just like the best porridge is neither too hot nor too cold, the same goes for exercise. You do have to ‘move it to lose it’ but you don’t want to over-do it with sustained exercise. You see, exercise makes the muscles release a compound called IL-6. This IL-6 goes to your brain and signals it to tone down your hunger. It goes to your liver and tells it to balance out your blood sugar fluctuations better. It goes to your fat cells and tells them to burn more fat. But life is not all comfy begs and toasty porridge. There are two key types of exercise – A) Sustained duration exercise, like your running through the woods, and B) short duration, high intensity exercise. Like those 5-10 minute microburst sessions where you have to get away from those scary bears!. Long periods of exercise induce chemical reactions which negate the benefits of IL-6, and they increase stress hormones, like cortisol, which can make it much, much harder to burn fat. It is the short microburst activity, like High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or weight training, that shuts down the production of the inflammatory compounds and aging compounds your fat cells produce . They also elevate your metabolic rate, and even stimulate your thyroid health. HIIT is MUCH better than sustained exercise if your goal is to burn fat! So Goldilocks, we need to find the ‘just right’ level of exercise for your body. This means when you exercise, you are going to give it your all for very short periods of time, 45 seconds! then work slowly for a minute, then do another 45 second burst of intense activity. Do this 5-10 times, so you end up doing 10-15 minutes of physical activity, and do this once a day. You can do this twice a day if you really want to. This will make your body burn fat for hours and hours! Bye-bye muffin top, hello skinny lederhosen!”

Weight Loss Magic Bullets & What REALLY works

Weight Loss Magic Bullets & What REALLY works

THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET WHEN IT COMES TO WEIGHT LOSS! That is why there is NO SINGLE THING that will work for everyone. There are simply too many factors involved. That said, we can encompass these factors into key categories: Dietary, Hormonal, Chemical, Exercise, and last but not least – Emotional. Dietary factors are the easiest to explain – you have to feed your body real food and provide it with nutritionally sound fuel if you want it to function at a decent level. You wouldn’t put bad gas in your car and expect it to run well, the same can be said for your body. The second imbalance is hormonal – while we have dozens of hormones that readily affect our weight, with women, thyroid, adrenal, or sex hormone imbalances are the most common culprits. Chemical imbalances are both the easiest and the hardest to change. You have control over the chemicals you expose your body to, you may not have as much control over the medications you take. Nearly every drug that is prescribed not only induces specific vitamin and mineral depletions, but many are highly toxic and have a plethora of side effects. There is a long list of medications that not only impair weight loss but can cause weight gain. If you are on prescribed medications which are associated with weight issues- speak to your prescribing physician to see if there are better options (with fewer side effects) available to you. Exercise is the factor which everyone underestimates. Now, I don’t think you need to run marathons or bench press your weight, but most people think they exercise far more than they do. Get a pedometer and keep a record of your physical activity. Walking is one of the best activities you can do. If you can handle more, look into HIIT, yoga, swimming, or even mild weights. Chiropractors are always fond of the saying, “move it or lose it” – if you are not actively moving your joints, you accelerate the aging process, and your strength and flexibility will decrease at a fairly consistent rate. Lastly – lets look at emotional factors. There is a HUGE emotional component to weight loss (and to allergies, but I will save that conversation for another day). Some of us get comfort from food. Some of us were conditioned as children to ‘clean our plates’, some are addicted to fats and sweets. Women that are nurturing and caregivers tend to struggle with weight more than those that are not care givers. Some use fat as an insulation against emotions. Some of us mentally *see* ourselves as a big girl, and can’t even imagine ourselves thinner. Some of us have given up hope.

Imbalances which affect weight gain

Let me be very blunt – no one will ever reach and maintain their ‘happy weight’ unless all of these factors are balanced. You might lose and regain the same 15 (or 40) lbs over and over, but you will not be able to maintain it. As a chiropractor, I am trained in balancing the body – that is what we do. We balance it so it works correctly. Moving into the weight loss realm isn’t that much different – you will notice that everything I suggest or recommend isn’t extreme, it is practical & doable. I focus on helping you achieve balance – and I give you simple tools to accomplish that. It could be supplements to balance what your gallbladder should be doing. It could be supplements which balance your body chemistry so you can enhance your metabolism. It may be easy activities like walking to increase your cardiovascular fitness and lymph flow. I may suggest you speak to your physician about certain medications, and I may even suggest other things which impact those emotional factors.

Weight loss is a process, your happy weight is the destination. The road isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard either – it just requires consistent effort. The process doesn’t usually occur at warp speed, but you didn’t accumulate those impairments to your health overnight either. I have dedicated my life to helping people – and if YOU don’t give up on you, I won’t either! Anyone who purchases products from me, whether it is Beta, TruVision, Vitamin D, – or anything else, becomes my personal client. I send you my personal phone number, my email, and make myself completely accessible to you. I will help you reach your goals, but I want you to know that I can’t do the work for you – only steer you in the right direction. You are always in control of your own destiny.

So, as you’ve read this, and are contemplating your own situation, ask yourself if you are balanced. Are you focusing all of your efforts on one factor and ignoring the rest? If you make a concerted effort to achieve balance in all of these 5 factors, I can absolutely guarantee you that you will achieve your happy weight and never leave it again!

By popular request – The *UPDATED* Plateau Buster Protocol!

By popular request – The *UPDATED* Plateau Buster Protocol!

My Plateau Busting protocol is a work in progress, as we discover new information in the literature – we tweak things accordingly.  By popular demand, I have enclosed the updated protocol  here so people can refer to it, but please know that this protocol is the “Cliff Notes” version, and the full program will be outlined in detail in my upcoming book.

One of my most popular videos on Youtube is “What To Do When You Hit a Weight Loss Plateau”, and due to it, and the popularity of my Facebook group  www.facebook.com/WeightLossResources,  I hear from many women from around the country (and around the world) that are immensely frustrated with their inability to lose weight.  Often these women are seemingly doing everything right – they are eating a decent diet, they are exercising, they are making a concerted effort to live healthier  – unfortunately, their bodies are rebelling, and eschewing all of their efforts to shed the pounds.  This is disheartening and demoralizing, and it creates a vicious cycle of trying the next new diet, failing, getting bigger, trying the next new diet, failing etc.

I want to make it clear – you are not a failure!  There is so much erroneous and misinformation in the diet world – you can’t help but be confused.  Furthermore, not every diet is a good match for every person.  Some people are able to thrive on a vegetarian diet, others fail miserably as their quest to avoid meat brings a plethora of low quality processed foods into their diet.  There is always a HUGE difference between how a diet looks on paper and how it is brought to live in a real world setting.  So let me say this; weight loss is never linear.  It always comes off in stair steps.  Our goal is to minimize those stair treads and maximize the risers!  I would love to equip you with simple, easy to implement tools which empower you to make lifestyle changes that result in a happier, healthier YOU!

First off, let’s throw the notion out the door that everyone needs to be a size 2.  It isn’t reasonable, it isn’t healthy, it isn’t practical.  Maybe you have always struggled with your weight, maybe the hormone changes from multiple pregnancies put you on your current course, maybe you have other underlying health challenges… when you set your goal weight, don’t pick one from a statistician’s magic graph, pick one that is reasonable and doable for you!  Make the first step in setting yourself up for success!

 

So, I am going to outline the key steps in helping you blast through those plateaus in 7 simple steps:

  1. Protein for Breakfast!  Our aim is to follow a ketogenic/”Death to Diabetes®”/ Paleo style breakfast.  Your ideal breakfast will be a ‘bulletproof’ coffee (coffee containing a spoonful of melted grass-fed butter and/or coconut oil), at least 35 grams of high quality protein (eggs, meat, fish), and unlimited steamed vegetables (if so desired).  Keep your carbohydrates, yogurts, smoothies, etc for later in the day.
  2.  Snacking  – If you must snack between meals – limit your snacks to protein, or 1-2 oz of healthy seeds or nuts.  When you snack on fruit, dairy, or carbohydrates – you create a bigger spike in your blood glucose levels (and subsequently your insulin), which lends you towards eating more and being hungrier.  It also stimulates you to release hormones which make weight loss more difficult.
  3. Inflammation – reducing your systemic load of inflammation is KEY to getting the pounds off permanently.  You can do this by ensuring that you are getting at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.  Getting your carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits as opposed to pastas, breads, and sweets will also help.  Supplements including fish oil, turmeric, boswellia, ginger, or proteolytic enzyme blends will go a long way to reduce your total inflammatory load.  Intenzyme Forte from Biotics Research is one proteolytic enzyme blend that I frequently use with my patients and clients.
  4. Tea time – instead of loading up on sodas, make a concerted effort to drink tea ( hot or cold work equally well) – at least twice a day.  Make a point however to mix up the types of tea that you drink so that you do not consume too much of any particular nutrient that may be found in certain teas (such as fluoride in green tea) .  Black tea, white tea, green tea, roobios tea, dandelion tea, yarrow, rosehip, cornsilk, pu-ehr, matcha, and ginger all have known anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties.  Lemon water or lime water will also work, and they have the added benefit of containing bioflavonoids – which also aid in the process.  TruVision’s Heart & Hydration is another acceptable substitute for any of your  daily cups of tea.
  5. Protein centered meals – While nutritionists vary on what they consider to be the ‘ideal’ daily intake of protein, I find it a good rule of thumb to use HALF OF YOUR IDEAL WEIGHT (LBS)  IN GRAMS (PRO) , so if you currently weigh 225 lbs, but your goal weight is 150 lbs, you need to take 150 divided by 2 = 75.  Therefore, you should strive to consume at least 75 grams of high quality protein per day.  I tell my clients to quit worrying about counting calories, and count grams of protein instead!
  6. Probiotics before bed – more and more studies are demonstrating that gut bacteria play a definitive role in whether you carry extra pounds.  Obese people and average weight people have very different ratios of gut bacteria.  Take 1-2 capsules of a probiotic from my approved list before bedtime, and rotate brands so that you can introduce multiple strains into your gastrointestinal tract.
  7. Move IT or Lose IT – You don’t need to take up decathlons or bench press 300 pounds, but you need to move those joints.  Chiropractors are always fond of the saying “move it or lose it”, and that plays true with your joints and your muscles.  Get out and walk, and if you can’t walk – get a stationary bike.  Most thrift stores have a ton of stationary bikes for just a few dollars!  Your quadriceps are the largest lymphatic pump in your body, you need to start working those on a regular basis and you will flush away the metabolites from breaking down fat.

Want to kickstart the weight loss process?

8.  The TruCombo’s  (TruFix/TruWeight&Energy, both Gen 1 and Gen2)  are one of my secret weight loss weapons.  They both help reduce your appetite, make you feel full quicker, balance glucose fluctuations, reduce cravings, and increase your metabolism.  The cornerstone of either  combo is TruFix, and it is a body balancing supplement. An imbalanced body stores fat, a balanced body will release fat!  TruVision can be an incredible tool in your arsenal to decrease those cravings that make it so hard for you to stick to a program.  It is literally “willpower in a box!”

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So now you know the basic steps, but you need to understand the science and rationale behind the recommendations:

 

Rationale 1 : The breakfast needs to be essentially carb-free. Do not ask me if you can have fruit, or yogurt, or cereal, or pancakes, or donuts, or oatmeal, or cheese, or anything else. We want ONLY protein so we are starting off the day by leveling glucose and insulin. Those other foods, even if they are ‘healthy’ choices, will spike your glucose and insulin, and then your TruFix has to work twice as hard to be effective. This is, in effect, a ketogenic or paleo-style breakfast. This type of meal “shifts the body’s metabolic engine from burning carbohydrates to burning fats”2 and improves insulin sensitivity and leptin resistance3. Consuming carbohydrates, even in healthy forms such as those from fruit (fructose) or dairy (lactose) causes surges in blood glucose levels which in turn initiate the release of insulin. People with excess weight have been shown to be insulin resistant4 and therefore if we by pass this, we set the stage for less severe glucose and insulin fluctuations throughout the day. In fact, in his book Death to Diabetes™, researcher DeWayne McCauley postulates that eating a paleo or ketogenic breakfast is the most important factor in modulating glucose levels throughout the day.5  If protein alone doesn’t fill you up, feel free to add 2 cups of any steamed  green vegetable.  You can season it with olive oil, vinegar, and Mrs. Dash seasoning.

Rationale 2 : Snacking should not stimulate the appetite, spike glucose levels, raise leptin levels, or be a major source of calories.  Most people grossly underestimate how many calories are contained in their daily ‘snacks’ and instead of being 100-200 calorie tide-me-overs, snacks have become 700 calorie crappucino’s, milkshakes, yogurt-covered extravaganzas.  If you stop drinking your calories, it is much easier to stick to your daily dietary recommendations.

Rationale 3 :   Where do we start? There are so many! First, let’s take a look at how inflammation makes you fat : Inflammation begins within the fat cells themselves. Most people think of inflammation and assume that means joint pain, but inflammation is so much more. At its very core a fat cell is an inflamed cell. “As glucose is moved into fat cells, they produce an excess of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) which in turn initiates an inflammatory cascade within the cell”7. As the percentage of body fat increases, the rate of inflammation increases exponentially. This inflammation causes insulin resistance, and can be noted with C-Reactive Protein testing. The inflammatory cascade eventually makes its way to the brain, specifically the hypothalamus, where it causes leptin resistance.8 Leptin is your ‘hunger’ hormone and is noted for controlling your appetite and regulating your metabolism. The more fat you have the greater potential you have for leptin resistance, which affects your glucose regulation, and slows your metabolism which results in more weight gain and insulin resistance. It is a vicious cycle that keeps getting progressively worse. Inflammation within the gut itself, where 80% of immune function resides, further causes both leptin and insulin resistance. An imbalance in the gram-negative bacteria in the gut has been shown to produce an endotoxin called lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and a cytokine cascade which causes inflammation, insulin resistance, and weight gain.9 But I digress, we will get into how bacteria are related to obesity in the step 6. Obesity makes fat cells act like they are infected.10 The stimulation of fat cells by excess calories causes the cells to make Major Histocompatibility Complex II (MHCII), which in turn sends your immune system into over-drive, mimicking autoimmune dysfunction.11 This breakthrough in understanding the fat cell may prove to be crucial future weight loss and aging studies.

Intenzyme Forte™ is a proteolytic enzyme formula. When taken on an empty stomach, it can be absorbed intact into the bloodstream12 where it can be directed towards breaking down those inflammatory products in the body. Proteolytic enzymes have been demonstrated to reduce Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF-a), a cytokine protein that signals inflammatory responses along with other pro-inflammatory mediators such as Prostaglandin E2 and Thromboxanes.13 Autoimmune dysfunction is associated with increased levels of TNF-a.14

In addition to the overwhelming capacity of proteolytic enzymes to interrupt this fat-inflammation cycle, certain ones, including bromelain, have a secondary action of helping the body to utilize insulin more efficiently which in turn helps to keep blood glucose fluctuations less dramatic. 15

To summarize all of this technical jargon : fat cells are inflamed cells. Think of each fat cell like a little water balloon filled with fat. The fat creates chemicals which not only irritate the body, but stimulate the body to keep making more and more fat cells. This is very stressful on the body which finds the inflammatory chemicals hugely irritating, so the body tries to dilute those irritants by sending more water to the area (bloating and swelling) to flush those chemicals away. This not only sends the body down the pathway to blood sugar dysregulation and even diabetes, but can result in premature aging and even autoimmune-type degeneration. Once you have made a fat cell, you can never get rid of them (barring surgery like liposuction) but you can deflate those ‘balloons’ of fat, and turn off the inflammation production. That is what we are trying to achieve with this step.

Mid-morning and mid-afternoon take Intenzyme Forte™ .  The protocol recommends 1-2 capsule(s)  of  Intenzyme Forte  mid-morning, and 1-2 capsules mid-afternoon on an empty stomach. Empty stomach usually means 30 minutes+ prior to eating or a minimum of 90 minutes after eating. *This HAS to be taken on an empty stomach or IT WILL NOT WORK!  Please note, if you have significant levels of inflammation, you can take additional capsules twice a day, but for simplicity and to curtail costs,  I suggest starting with 1 capsule twice daily.

If you choose to use one of the other anti inflammatory supplements that are listed above, then change the dosing accordingly.

Rationale 4 : All of these teas have a known mild diuretic effect and by keeping them in rotation our body will not accommodate to it- thereby it maintains its effectiveness. As we already discussed, the body likes to flood inflamed tissues with excess water, so if we drink tea, it’s mild, natural diuretic properties help us flush those inflammatory by-products from the body, and that will support healthy weight loss. Please note: many of the teas listed, particularly the herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free. Should you choose to use green tea or black tea however, it is the caffeine portion of it which acts like a diuretic, so make sure to purchase regular versions and not decaffeinated ones.

Rationale 5 :  Protein intake speeds metabolic rate.  You need to be consuming enough high quality protein in order to trigger your body to release the fat that it has accumulated.  Dieters that fail to consume enough protein will get muscle wasting – so it is in your best interest to make sure that you are consuming enough high quality, non-soy protein.

Rationale 6 :  An increasing body of evidence suggests that obesity is directly linked to the bacteria in your gut. In fact the bacteria in thin people differs from the bacteria in overweight people. 16 Thin people and overweight people have entirely different strains and ratios of intestinal flora.17 Researchers at Laval University in Canada, found that female test subjects receiving probiotics lost twice as many pounds as those in the placebo group over the course of a twelve week period.18 Furthermore, probiotics may normalize intestinal pH, making it more difficult for candida albicans to thrive, and may crowd out pathogenic bacteria species.19 There are variations of professional opinion on the best way to consume probiotics, but heat and acid are enemies of bacteria, so if you can get the probiotics through the stomach acid as quickly as possible, then you have created optimal conditions for the greatest number of probiotics to survive. Hence the need to take them on an empty stomach. Taking them at night coincides with the greatest period of bowel rest for most individuals, which allows for longer periods of contact between the probiotics and the intestinal mucosa, which may improve the rate of colonization. When you take probiotics with food, they stay in the acidic stomach for much longer, which kills off a greater percentage of the bacteria.  Again you want to take your probiotics on an empty stomach so it gets passed through your stomach acid quickly and so it can colonize in your large intestine while you have your longest period of bowel rest. If you take magnesium, this is an ideal time to take it too.

Rationale 7 :  You can not out-exercise a bad diet, and similarly, a clean diet alone will not compensate for a deficit of physical activity.  After  blood, lymph is the largest fluid which circulates in the body and it is very important to maintaining overall health.  Walking is the #1 exercise to encourage lymphatic flow, and moderate to fast paced walking is excellent aerobic activity.  It is a lifestyle modification that is easy to implement and that provides both immediate and long-term benefits.

Rationale  8 :  There are several. First, we want to regulate glucose and insulin spikes.  Even as little of five extra pounds of body weight indicates some degree of insulin resistance.  One, we are consuming the TruFix  at  or near the same time as protein. Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates and the stomach retains protein containing meals for longer periods of time before it is sent through to the small intestine. This enhances absorption of the TruFix ingredients.   Two, for those drinking tea or drinking the TruHeart & Hydration drink mix,  there is a well established neural-lingual connection between your taste buds and the brain. Primary gustatory fibers synapse centrally in the medulla, so upon consuming sweet substances, the sweet taste receptors in the mouth stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain. We can use this signaling to turn down the body’s desire for carbohydrate-rich or sweet substances; “…sweet taste is modified by circulating hormones. Recently, the effect of leptin on sweet-responding taste cells has generated much interest. Leptin, a protein hormone secreted mainly by adipocytes regulates body mass and suppresses insulin secretion by the activation of ATP-sensitive KCn . Its inhibitory effect on TRCs also involves the activation of a K+ conductance and membrane hyper polarization. Thereby the hormone partially blunts nerve signals indicating sweet taste, which, presumably, makes food less attractive.”6   If you hold the sweetened (stevia) tea or Heart & Hydration mix in the mouth for several seconds before swallowing it extends the contact time between the taste buds and the sweet taste – thus fooling the brain  into believing that it has consumed a significant amount of carbohydrates, which results in a down regulation of your appetite and sweet cravings.

Other Helpful Pointers: 

  • Meals – Make healthy choices when you can. If you can eat lower amounts of carbohydrates, you should see results faster. Try to eat GOD made foods and avoid as many Man-made foods as possible. *Perfect meals are meat & veggies*
  • If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to one (1) oz of hard liquor or 1 6(oz) glass of wine per day. If you drink more than this, it increases the difficulty you will have losing weight tremendously.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners
  • Keep your fruits and yogurts as side dishes to your meals – like dessert.
  • If you are having a smoothie – have it with lunch or dinner.
  • If you already exercise, keep continuing what you are doing. Please don’t start a new program at the same time you initiate a new diet. You want to know what is working for you and what isn’t.
  • If you are consuming the beverages as described, please make sure that you are drinking your water. These cups of tea do count towards your daily quota.
  • Please do not skip meals.

Troubleshooting for SPECIAL CASES: 

1) Autoimmune patients have difficulty losing weight.  They usually have elevated levels of inflammation and hormonal imbalances – both of which impact fat burning.  Before starting any diet program, it behooves you to see your physician and get a complete blood workup.  C-Reactive protein  and Thyroid panels are well worth getting.  If you are symptomatic for any autoimmune condition, now is the perfect time to have your endocrinologist review and balance your medications.  I will explore more options for autoimmune patients in future blog posts.

2) Gallbladder surgery can make weight loss incredibly difficult.  I have two very popular blog posts on what post cholecystectomy patients need to do to lose weight.  Supplementation is absolutely KEY to helping them balance the nutritional deficits caused by their surgery.  I have very specific recommendations for anyone who has had their gallbladder removed.

3) Bariatric Surgery is a double edged sword – it can be a life saver, or it can leave people feeling more frustrated than ever.  Bariatric patients all have altered digestion and at some point or another they all experience nutritional deficits.  An optimal body is a balanced body, therefore, bariatric patients need to be much more diligent about their diet and they should strive to supplement their diet with liquid-based dietary supplements whenever possible to ensure optimal absorption.

4) Consider getting ELISA (blood test) to determine your allergies and sensitivities.  Then you can take the guess work out of what substances are causing you inflammation and you will know exactly which ones to remove or limit from your diet.  ALCAT or ALLETESS are two that I use in my office.

 

Success steps: 

  • Start by taking before pictures – take a face view and a full body view. Clothed is just fine because that is how the world sees you!
  • Take your measurements, write them down and stick them aside.
  • Write down your goals!  This is important — remember the adage, “Write it down & make it happen”?  People that write down their goals are significantly MORE likely to achieve them than those who just dream about them.
  • Don’t let a bad day get you down.  A momentary lapse doesn’t mean you have to abandon your diet and health goals.  It isn’t about being PERFECT, it is about doing the BEST YOU CAN!
  • When you weigh yourself, weigh yourself first thing in the morning after going to the bathroom.  As a rule, I do not recommend weighing every day, but rather every week.  It is completely normal for women’s weight to fluctuate by 1-4 pounds per day.  What you eat, drink, and your physical activity all contribute towards this.  it is not uncommon for some people, particularly those with autoimmune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis or Hypothyroidism to fluctuate by more than 5 pounds a day when they are particularly inflamed.
  • Focus on how your clothes fit and how you feel – that is a better indicator of your momentum and success than a number on the scale.
  • visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/Weightlossresources for help and support.

 

 

1. McCulley, DeWayne. Death to Diabetes. North Charleston: BookSurge LLC.© 2005
2. Ketogenic Diet Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Numerous Aging Markers. Retrieved April 26, 2014 from: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/02/ketogenic-diet-health-benefits.aspx
3. ibid
4. Hyman, Mark. The Blood Sugar Solution. NY: Little, Brown and Company. ©2012
5. McCulley, DeWayne. Death to Diabetes.
6. Sweet taste signaling. Retrieved April 26, 2014: http://www.qiagen.com/products/genes%20and%20pathways/pathway%20details.aspx?pwid=425
7. How inflammation makes you fat and diabetic (and vice versa).
http://chriskresser.com/how-inflammation-makes-you-fat-and-diabetic-and-vice-
8. ibid
9. ibid
10. Obesity makes fat cells act like they are infected. Retrieved April 26, 2014: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145145.
11. ibid
12. Proteolytic enzymes among top 10 ways to help decrease inflammation. Retrieved April 26, 2014: http://www.enzymesinc.com/index.php?id=
13. Quell the fire of Inflammation the immense power of proteolytic enzyme therapy. Retrieved April 26, 2014: http://metabolichealing.com/quell-the-fire-of-inflammation-the-immense-power-of-proteolytic-enzyme-therapy/
14. ibid
15. Bromelain. Retrieved April 26, 2014 : http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1089-BROMELAIN.aspx?activeIngredientId=1089&activeIngredientName=BROMELAIN
16. The Microbes in Your Gut May be Making You Fat. Retrieved April 29, 2014: http://www.livescience.com/41954-gut-microbes-make-you-fat.html
17. ibid
18. Certain probiotics could help women lose weight, study finds. Retrieved April 30, 2014:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140128103537.htm
19. Why Use Probiotics For Candida? Retrieved Apriil 30, 2014: http://www.thecandidadiet.com/probiotics.htm

 

 

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Disclaimer: Consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. Dr. Miranda’s protocol is offered as generalized information and should not be construed as medical advice.
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Have you hit a weight loss plateau?  TruElevate can help you bust through it!

Have you hit a weight loss plateau? TruElevate can help you bust through it!

It has been a long time since I have done a product specific post, but I am so excited about the release of this product next week, that I just had to tell you about it…

TruElevateThe latest creation from TruVision Health, TruElevate is a synergistic blend of ingredients known to promote healthy weight loss.  In fact, TruElevate was designed to help individuals with resistant fat break through their weight loss plateaus. Furthermore, it comes in two unique versions – a delicious chocolate smoothie, or as easy-to-swallow capsules.  So how does it work?  In a nutshell, TruElevate acts to decrease appetite, balance glucose and insulin levels, burn fat (with an emphasis on stubborn abdominal fat), and provide you with gentle, sustained energy so that you can get out and enjoy life more!  While it aids in fat loss, it doesn’t do so at the cost of losing muscle.  It helps you to maintain your muscle mass and feel good while doing it.  It contains several ingredients that have balancing or reparative properties to ensure you have ‘healthy’ weight loss.  If you’ve been stuck in a rut – then give TruElevate a try!

Here is how each ingredient works:

Ribose – Is a pentose monosaccharide (simple sugar) which forms the backbone of RNA and plays roles in metabolism and energy (ATP) production.  Early research indicates that taking ribose supplements orally may improve energy, sleep, the sense of well-being.  Studies also show that it supports healthy heart function, a reduction in fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and may lessen symptoms associated with fibromyalgia . Ribose may lower blood sugar levels, so people taking insulin or other diabetic medications should monitor their blood sugar and consult with their physician.1

Inulin – A polysaccharide and functional fiber which acts as a prebioticPrebiotics are substances which support the growth of healthy intestinal flora and probiotics  (good bacteria) in the gut. In dietary supplements, inulin is most commonly derived from the chicory plant.  Studies have  demonstrated that inulin is beneficial in supporting healthy  blood lipid levels, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  It promotes bowel regularity, weight loss, and can also be used as a food additive to improve taste.2

Caffeine – is a natural CNS stimulant which is found in tea, coffee, chocolate, colas, and many other products.  It is commonly used to reduce fatigue and increase mental alertness.  Used in moderation, caffeine can enhance the action of other medications and supplements, and is widely recognized as being safe when used as directed.3

Yerba Mate – a tea derived from the evergreen bush ilex paraguariensis, and has been used for centuries to provide energy and improve concentration.  It has been demonstrated to promote normal blood levels of glucose and cholesterol.  Studies also indicate it may be beneficial for urinary tract health, colon health, bone density, healthy mood, and weight loss.  Consumers of Yerba mate report that it provides them with the energy and alertness of caffeine without any ‘jitters’ or sleep disturbances.4,5

N-Acetyl Tyrosine – An amino acid that may be difficult for the body to make in optimal concentrations. It is used as a building block to make new proteins and cells,  and to aid the recovery and repair of muscles and other systems.  One of its key roles is that it aids in the synthesis of dopamine – one of our main neurotransmitters.  Dopamine is directly correlated to your emotional responses, behavioral responses, and addictions.    Dopamine levels are also associated with norepinephrine  – a neurotransmitte related to adrenalin.  Maintaining healthy dopamine levels results in stress alleviation, enhanced mood, and improved energy and concentration.6

Taurine – A sulphur-bearing amino acid that is a required building block for proteins.  Certain tissues of the body have higher concentrations and  requirements  including the heart, brain, muscles, and blood cells.  It has been used to support healthy cardiovascular function, blood pressure, blood lipid profiles, and as an agent of repair for those with oxidative damage from diabetes and alcoholism.7,8  It also helps the body respond to mental and physical forms of stress.

Phenylethylamine – is a natural chemical found in the body which boosts mood, mental drive, concentration, productivity, and aids in fat burning.  It is also one of the components in chocolate that makes it so appealing.9

Green Tea – Used for centuries a daily tonic and all-purpose beverage, green tea is an extract form the Camellia sinensis plant.  Studies have demonstrated that green tea extracts have thermogenic properties, and can reduce body mass index (BMI) and obesity levels (particularly abdominal fat).10,11

Evodiamine – An Asian plant extract that has been demonstrated in laboratory studies to reduce both fat uptake, act as a thermogenic, and stimulate metabolism.12,13

Trimethylglycine – An organic compound found in many plants, but commonly isolated from beets.  Trimethylglycine is required for methylation, and for the synthesis of neurotransmitters.  It also plays a key role in energy production, and is beneficial for optimal digestion, liver health, and certain detoxification pathways.14,15

Theacrine –  is a natural plant extract which structurally resembles caffeine but appears to have fewer side effects, making it known as an acceptable alternative to caffeine.  It is noted to increase energy levels, and has stimulatory effects.  It may boost physical activity, motivation, concentration, and levels of alertness.  Anecdotal reports suggest it may be useful in reducing fatigue, and have anti-aging and immune boosting properties.16,17

Glucomannan – Often found in the cell walls of certain plants, Glucomannan is a polysaccharide/dietary fiber.  It has been used as a food additive to emulsify fats and act as a thickening agent.  As a dietary supplement, it can decrease appetite and it slows the absorption of sugars and fats in the gut;  which can help to balance glucose levels, and result in weight loss.  As the fiber passes through the intestinal tract, it absorbs water, which also helps glucomannan improve bowel health and regularity. 18,19

Huperzine –  purified extract from Chinese Club Moss.  It is associates with improved memory, mental focus and clarity, muscle function, energy use, and sleep.20

DHEA – Is a hormone (dehydroepiandrosterone) naturally produced in the body, however both stress and age decrease its production and many people turn to dietary supplementation to maintain optimal levels.  DHEA has been associated with enhancing immune function, energy production, normalizing hormones, building and maintaining muscle, bone health, and balanced mood. It is believed to have anti-aging benefits and plays a role in weight loss; particularly in the reduction of abdominal fat and insulin sensitivity.  Lower levels of DHEA are found in people with chronic health conditions, including diabetics, and those with cardiovascular dysfunction, inflammatory disorders, immune disorders, and with those taking certain medications – including corticosteroids and hormonal birth control.21,22,23

Xylitol – a natural sugar alcohol commonly extracted from birch trees for the dietary supplement market.  It is used in lieu of sugar in “sugar-free” products, and is believed to prevent dental cavities and ear infections when taken orally. It is considered a ‘diabetic friendly’ sweetener.24

Available soon: You will be able to get TruElevate as part of our convenient Combo-Packs

Available soon: You will be able to get TruElevate as part of our convenient Combo-Packs

**A note on resources – while I had the option to use any of a variety of available sources for the information contained above, I chose to stick to popular and widely accepted sites such as WebMD and the MayoClinic.  Whenever possible, I did not use sites associated with the manufacture or sale of dietary supplements so there would be no accusations of ulterior motivation. These resources are not all encompassing, but are user friendly, and I encourage you to be your own informed consumer and do your own fact checking.

  1. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-827-ribose.aspx?activeingredientid=827&activeingredientname=ribose
  2. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1048-inulin.aspx?activeingredientid=1048&activeingredientname=inulin
  3. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-979-caffeine.aspx?activeingredientid=979&activeingredientname=caffeine
  4. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401108/Is-Yerba-Mate-Tea-Healthy.html
  5. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-828-mate.aspx?activeingredientid=828&activeingredientname=mate
  6. http://nootriment.com/n-acetyl-l-tyrosine/
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2586397/
  8. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1024-taurine.aspx?activeingredientid=1024&activeingredientname=taurine
  9. http://nootriment.com/phenylethylamine/
  10. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/960.html
  11. http://news.psu.edu/story/310179/2014/04/02/research/research-suggests-green-tea-exercise-boost-weight-loss-health
  12. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1159-evodiamine%20(evodia).aspx?activeingredientid=1159&activeingredientname=evodiamine%20(evodia)
  13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11582540
  14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20108209
  15. http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2807004
  16. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1280-theacrine.aspx?activeingredientid=1280&activeingredientname=theacrine
  17. http://www.nootropicmind.com/theacrine-a-future-alternative-to-caffeine/
  18. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-205-glucomannan.aspx?activeingredientid=205&activeingredientname=glucomannan
  19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6096282
  20. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-764-huperzine%20a.aspx?activeingredientid=764&activeingredientname=huperzine%20a
  21. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/dhea/background/hrb-20059173
  22. http://www.webmd.com/diet/dhea-supplements
  23. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/331.html
  24. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-996-xylitol.aspx?activeingredientid=996&activeingredientname=xylitol

 

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TruVision Health vs. Commercial Diet Plans – The Price Comparison

TruVision Health vs. Commercial Diet Plans – The Price Comparison

Maybe it is because I was raised in Canada,  maybe it is because my grandparents were products of the Great Depression, but I am frugal.  I’m a dollar and cents kind of gal.  I always want to know exactly what I’m buying and what  it is going to end up costing.  So, in the course of my meticulous comparison shopping, I have created a small chart detailing the most commonly referenced weight loss programs on the internet and their respective costs.  Not that I consider it a true comparison, however, because  the TruVision combo works from within and does not involve  gritty shakes, bars, or meal replacements of any kind.  However, since so many people are watching their pennies in this day and age – this should give you good insight on what things actually cost and what you get for your dollar.

There are literally hundreds of diet products on the market, and I can’t investigate all of them, but the following list contains the ones that came up most frequently in my research. Each ‘system’ or ‘plan’ takes a slightly different approach — some focus on dietary restriction, other on pills, appetite suppression, shakes, etc.  Some involve extreme dietary restrictions for their duration, which I am not a fan of.  The long-term viability of program like that is not good.  Some involve healthy lifestyle modification, others position themselves as being ‘magically’ effective.    Popular products like Body by Vi will set you back $311 for 30 days of shakes.  NutriSystem costs anywhere from $299 to over $500 depending on the package of meal replacements you choose.  Isagenix, another shake and pill program comes in at $383.    Jenny Craig averages $100-$130 per week and involves follow-up office visits.  The TruVision combo isn’t for everyone, but it did work for ~80% of the study participants- which is a phenomenal track record by anyone’s standards.  It works to balance the underlying body chemistry so your body can release the weight it has been hanging onto.  It works even better if you take advantage of their 10K Fitbit program and work on getting in 10K steps per day (thereby winning free products from the company).  You eat real food of your own choosing and you never have to drink gritty shakes or consume chemical cocktail franken-foods.   I will be the first to admit that it is hard to compare apples to oranges, and some of these programs are very good and some are very bad.  I leave it to you research each plan’s individual components, but know this:  most good diet plans will have you lose 1-2.5 lbs per week on average, so if you are paying $80 to lose 10 lbs vs. paying $400 to lose 10 lbs – then your Cost Per Pound Lost is $8 vs. $40.  It is clear that you don’t have to spend big money to get big results!

 

Cost Comparison of Popular Weight Loss Programs

NAME Length of Program Style Retail Cost (average)
TruVision Health 30 days TruFix & TruWeightEnergy  combo, pills $102
Level  Thrive 30 days Pills, patches, shakes $190
It Works 30 days 4 body wraps, Thermofit, Greens, pills $155-$200+
Plexus 30 days Drink additive, pills, laxative, probiotic  $120- 220+
Weight Watchers 30 days Coaching only, food extra $69
Body By Vi 30 days Transformation kit: Shakes $311
Advocare 24 days 24 Day Challenge, pills, fiber, shakes, MR $190
NutriSystem 28 days Meal Replacements (MR) kits $299-$535
Herbalife 30 days Ult. Wt. Loss kit; shakes, pills $216
Saba 30 days Pills , shakes $60 – $120+
Isagenix 30 days Pills, shakes $383
HCG (homeopathic) 23-40 days Drops, $50-$120 per bottle, 1 bottle for every 20 days, $$$ charges for Dr.’s appt $50 – $240 av ++
Jenny Craig 30 days Paid per week @ $100-130/wk, MR $400-$520
South Beach online 30 days Centered on ‘good carbs’, foods can be costly $150
Xyngular Ignite 30 days Drink, shakes $300-$329
MediFast 30 days MR, does not include Center fees or food upgrades $300 +
Shakeology 30 days shakes $120/ bag
Skinny Fiber 30 days Pills (fiber) $60
Bystrictin 30 days fiber $80
LA Weight Loss 30 days 3 levels –  all have juice & bars, upgraded pkgs have additional shakes, fiber, and supplements $199 Silver$299 Gold

$399 Platinum

Javita 24 days Weight loss coffee, @ 2 per day $90
Amway 30 days Weight Loss Bundle; pills $193
Usana 5 days Reset Weight Loss, pills, MR, $149
Monavie 30 days drink $145
Shaklee 30 days 180 Turnaround Kit; tea, bars, shakes $270
Zija 30 days Smart mix, AM/PM combo, XM+;   drink, pills $320
 NuSkin /Pharmanex 30 days ReDesign Weight Mgmt ; pills, shakes $475
Physician Weight Loss Centers 16 weeks Coaching, supplements $480+
Fit Team Global 30 days Fit Sticks:  drink mix $114
Jeunesse 30 days Zen Shape: Mix, pills, shakes $245
BeachBody 21 days Shakes, portion control, exercise $140
Zeal 30 days Loyalty Pack, shakes, pills $200