What’s thinking have to do with it?

March 1st, 2017 (No Comments)

Everything. Those of us with a weight problem tend to have a disordered relationship with food. If we ate only for sustenance, we’d all be eating some bland nutrient paste. I don’t know about you, but I’m not interested in nutrient paste. Food is good. We use food to celebrate, socialize and even to mourn. […]

Reclaiming Your Life

October 19th, 2016 (No Comments)

We often contribute substantially to the problems and hardships in our lives. We get into the habit of behaving a certain way, and tend to stick with these habits, even when they harm us or make us unhappy. Will Rogers once said, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” I think it’s one […]

Healthy Diet (part two)

October 11th, 2016 (No Comments)

A healthy diet incorporates plenty of healthy carbohydrates such as vegetables and fruit. Fruit and vegetable consumption is inversely proportional to all-cause mortality. Simply put, your risk of dying is lowered by each of the first 5-7 servings of fruits or vegetables that you consume daily. Less dying is good. Increased vegetable consumption can help […]

Healthy Diet (part one)

September 25th, 2016 (No Comments)

What is a healthy diet? This is a question which can only be answered with caveats. A healthy diet for a person with diabetes, food allergies or celiac sprue is different than for someone without these ailments. The subject of this blog is a healthy diet for someone without a chronic disease which requires special […]

Your future belongs to you

September 7th, 2016 (No Comments)

We all dream of a better us. We dream of getting back into shape again, feeling fit and strong, eating better and being thinner. It’s a long journey back into the skinny pants. We feel great and full of energy after a few months of regular exercise, better diet, and weight loss. Then we hit […]

Medications for weight loss (Part 2)

August 27th, 2016 (No Comments)

Contraindications. In an earlier post, we discussed indications for the use of weight loss medications. It is important to understand the presence, or history, of certain medical conditions, the presence of drug allergies or intolerances and current medications may affect the appropriateness of a particular weight loss medication or even class of medications. The final […]

Overcoming Adversity

August 23rd, 2016 (No Comments)

“In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.” Dante Alighiere, Inferno All of us will eventually go through rough times in our lives. It isn’t the strife that defines us; it is our response to our travails that demonstrates the […]

The conscious mind, subconscious mind and self-image

August 12th, 2016 (No Comments)

In Western medicine we separate the study of the physical brain, neurology, from the study of the mind, psychiatry. There is some overlap between the two disciplines, but they are distinctly separate. Today we will discuss one way of conceptualizing the thinking mind. We are unaware of many of the decisions, actions and reactions that […]

Mindful Eating

August 10th, 2016 (No Comments)

To change our habits we have to engage our conscious mind. When we identify a habit we want to change and accept that we the power to make the change, we have to consciously replace our old habit with a new one. It is much easier for us to choose to do something, like eat […]

Medications for weight loss (Part 1)

July 28th, 2016 (No Comments)

Are weight loss medications appropriate for you? Prescription weight loss medications may be appropriate if your weight poses a risk to your health. The guidelines for using these medications recommend that they be considered in patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of >27 in the presence of weight related health issues, or >30 without […]