By Dr. Shannyn Pearce, D.C., Nutrition Specialist
Health and nutrition can be very overwhelming. The doctor on TV says one thing, your friends say another, the latest book claims something totally different, and you are left confused and not making any changes. So let’s get simple. I am going to break down the three most common factors that keep you from reaching your health and weight loss goals, and explain what you can do about them:
Fat does NOT make you fat. Rather, when we eat the wrong kind of fat, our body can’t burn it. We are a culture of “low fat” or “no fat” everything, yet we continue to get bigger! Fats are essential for healing and weight loss, but when we consume the wrong kinds of fats, it damages our cells. Most of the fats consumed in America are trans- fats, inflammatory fats, and rancid fats that our bodies cannot process. These include things found in most of our kitchens and include deli meat, canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, conventionally-raised meats, poultry, and fish. Fats should be healthy, whole fats found in grass fed meat, free range chicken and wild caught fish. For cooking, try using organic, unrefined coconut oil or grass fed butter and cold pressed olive oil at room temperature (olive oil is not heat stable and should not be used at high heat). Conveniently, these items can now be found in most grocery stores! Of all the changes you can make, this one should be a priority.
Sugar is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. It mimics the effects of cocaine in your brain, so it’s no wonder we are all addicted. Sometimes the best way to break an addiction is by eliminating it completely. Eliminating sugar is not easy, but it’s worth it. Sugar causes inflammation, which is the root cause of almost all disease including heart disease, chronic pain and autoimmune conditions. Eliminating sugar, and all things that convert to sugar, means doing away with the bread, pasta, rice, juice, soda and even high sugar fruits. But there are great alternatives like nut flour, stevia and birch xylitol for sweeteners, garbanzo bean flour, black bean noodles, lentil noodles, and grain free options that make this change a whole lot easier. I challenge everyone to make this change for at least 30 days and see how amazing you feel!
The American diet is full of toxins. Dyes, artificial sugar, preservatives, and “natural” flavors are commonly found on the ingredient labels of our favorite foods. These are known neurotoxins and create a number of health issues including memory loss, irritability, weight gain, weight loss resistance and fatigue. Your body is brilliant; if there are harmful toxins in your system, it puts up a defense in the form of fat cells. The fat cells surround the toxins so they don’t circulate to your vital organs, but the downfall is that your body won’t release the fat cells until it feels like the toxic danger is gone. This creates the classic “plateau” in weight loss or the inability to lose weight despite lifestyle changes. Eliminate the toxins and create a weight loss breakthrough! The key to this change is reading the labels on everything, including your vitamins.
Don’t let health changes overwhelm you. Start by focusing on these three basic changes, read labels, and most importantly, don’t give up!
Dr. Pearce, D.C. specializes in natural health and offers free nutrition classes at Reve Body Sculpting. For more information on how to start improving your health, call 859-219-0626.