Posts Tagged 'Challenges'

Eating Healthy this Holiday Season

Published on: 2017-12-15 6:35:33 AM | Motivational Letters

This time of year can be incredibly stressful and difficult when it comes to eating and being in control.  The following are some tips for getting through the season and feeling great about how well you managed!  Realize that you will be faced with many challenges; pre-plan how you will react to those challenges.  Thinking ahead is absolutely essential when it comes to feeling in control and making good decisions during an event.  Allow yourself flexibility - remember: ...

How Fast Will I Lose?

Published on: 2017-10-20 8:38:46 AM | Motivational Letters

This is such a common question, yet it is impossible to answer. For decades it was thought that weight loss was a simple mathematical equation based on calories in and calories out, but this equation has never worked and will never work.  It is based on the ongoing myth that eating 500 calories less, or exercising 500 calories per day will lead to a deficit of 3500 calories, and eureka one loses 1 pound per week.  But it doesn’t work.  It doesn’t work because our ...

Night Eating and Holidays

Published on: 2017-10-06 6:23:33 AM | Motivational Letters

This week, it struck me (yet again) how many of us struggle with evening snacks.  It’s almost a universal problem in our society, but how do we control it better?  Most of this is simply habit. Whatever receptors in the brain we have triggered with repetitive evening snacks, they now demand something at that time. We usually aren’t “truly” hungry. The mind “wishes” for some food –usually in the starch/sugar category.  But why? And ...

Mind Hunger vs. Body Hunger

Published on: 2017-07-14 10:05:10 AM | Motivational Letters

One of the greatest difficulties we encounter is distinguishing between “body” hunger and “mind” hunger. Authentic messages from the body are produced by one simple source: hunger, or the need for nourishment. These should not be confused with “mind cravings” which are initiated by intellectual or emotional processes. The urge to eat based on the time of day, mealtime, social events, availability or simply because it ‘sounds, looks or ...

There are no rules

Published on: 2017-07-07 6:21:06 AM | Motivational Letters

Last evening I was reviewing a lecture on all the pathways (hormones) that cause us to eat or not eat.  The gut alone (stomach, small bowel, even large bowel) have hormones which may either increase or decrease our hunger.  They follow pathways to an area in the hypothalamic area of the brain.  Stimulate one area, and your appetite goes up and metabolism down.  Stimulate another area and appetite goes down and metabolism up.  This area is impacted not only by gut ...