Oh Happy Days! Being in shape and having boundless energy … is this how you start every Monday? Or do your Mondays consist of wondering how to lose weight and acquire endless joy? Or maybe your Monday starts with a plan only to hit Sunday night one pound heavier, totally exhausted and hopeless for change.
For most people, losing weight is not as easy as “calories in, calories out”. Nor is energy a matter of more sleep or the latest “energy” product. There are many ways to approach weight loss and energy production depending on each person’s current health concerns, lifestyle considerations, financial accessibility, time, motivation, support system and tools. In this article, I will attempt to paint a picture of various options to provide your body with what it needs to experience “Happier Days”.
After completing naturopathic medical school, board exams and CT licensure by 2011, I was just “hanging” on by a thread. At 39 years old I was exhausted from the inside out which had created a 20 pound weight gain, very low energy, inability to get out of bed before 9:30 every morning, weakness upon exercising, unclear thinking and moodiness. A urine and saliva test with NeuroScience Labs indicated very low functioning adrenal glands with imbalances found in some neurotransmitters and hormones. All this damage was the result of a seven-day school/work week for seven years. Stress had taken a VERY intense toll on my body. The saying, “you reap what you sow” is very real! So I decided to start sowing seeds of health … I am now reaping a 15 pound weight loss, increased energy, ability to wake around 7am, stable moods, great skin, strength with exercising, focused thinking and balanced moods.
The following naturopathic recommendations for weight loss and energy production come from my personal experiences and results from clients in my office and from Nature’s Remedy.* Free 15 minute consultations are available to get you started … please take advantage of this by calling me or stopping into Nature’s Remedy at 26 Monroe Street in Ellicottville. Prior to your consultation, please take time to write down your health goals, your obstacles to those goals and your realistic commitment level. In addition, I am offering a one-hour initial naturopathic consultation followed by three 15-minute weekly follow-up appointments (phone consultations available for those not in the area) for $100.
TAKE OUT THE TRASH
Don’t be fooled … you will not lose weight nor will you gain energy if you don’t cleanse your body from all that is creating disease and preventing healing. Remember, your body is an amazing “machine”; it has the capability to bounce back from major car accidents, cancer, heart attacks or near-death infections. Surely it can heal from the ill effects of physical, mental and emotional stress - particularly weight gain and energy loss.
You Are What You Eat! Stop eating “foods” that are not really foods! They are killing you! If you can afford to eat unhealthy, you CAN afford to eat healthier! I have estimated that 60-70% of the health concerns that walk through my door are from deadly food choices - sugar, processed foods, junk foods, fast foods and genetically modified foods. It is also estimated that Americans eat a half pound of sugar per day! (For sure the #1 drug in the U.S.) Please watch documentaries on youtube.com or netflix.com such as Food, Inc., Food Matters, Forks Over Knives, Simply Raw and Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, etc. Go to geneticroulettemovie.com to educate yourself on genetic engineering. It is very serious. Also, here are my two favorite books for directing your diet in a simple, practical way: It Starts with Food (the Paleo diet) and Crazy Sexy Diet (how to incorporate more plants foods into your diet). The combination of these two books will help you balance blood sugar levels, eliminate poor food choices and stimulate metabolism. My favorites websites are whole9life.com(It Starts with Food), hacres.com (plant foods - EXCELLENT info), kriscarr.com (Crazy Sexy Diet) and engine2diet.com.
Admit that you are an addict! Step one for AA says, “We admitted we are powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.” Admittance is Power and Freedom. It may not be alcohol or drugs, but rather sugar, bad carbs, fast foods, sodas (especially diet sodas), candy or too much dairy. It boils down to chemicals and sugar - two compounds that should never go into our bodies and are just as powerful on a global level as heroin and cocaine. After I did a few Candida cleanses I came to a very sobering conclusion: I am addicted to sugar and wheat. So that was it. I quit them both three months ago. A sample of either substance every once in a while reminds me that this is a lifestyle shift. I can no longer tolerate them, which is fine with me because at 40 years old I feel better than when I was 20!
Cleanse and Detox Your Body! This can be done with foods, herbs and nutrients. Juicing and Blending are great ways to consume large quantities of veggies and fruits every day. Recently I had a woman come back after juicing every day for one month straight. She did not need to lose weight but for being in her 40s wanted to lose the cellulite appearance and to have glowing skin. It worked! After one month of juicing she had no appearance of cellulite, her skin was glowing and her energy was uplifting. Watch Simply Raw orFat, Sick and Nearly Dead. You will be amazed. We also can walk you through various cleanses … Dieter’s Cleanse, Candida Clear, Taio He Chinese Detox, CleanStart or a Parasite Cleanse. These cleanses are a great place to start, usually lasting about two weeks and well structured. This week we had a man from Canada come back to the store. Over four months of cleansing and changing his diet, he has lost 40 pounds and has never felt better.
GIVE THE BODY WHAT IT NEEDS
Balance Your Hormones and Neurotransmitters! Problems with energy can have a root cause from hormone or neurotranmitter imbalances. Through NeuroScience Labs thyroid/adrenal function, reproductive hormones and neurotransmitters can be tested for focused therapy.
Adrenals. You can bet that stress over a period of time has taxed your adrenals. Herbal combinations such as Adaptamax, Licorice Root and Macacan restore health to these stress organs. Glandulars such as Adrenal Support orAdrenal Energyplus Nutri-Calm orB-complex can be used for three month to restore low functioning adrenals. Every time I use some of these products my energy increases, my weight is easier to maintain and my sleep is better.
Thyroid. Iodarol orBlack Walnutgives the body excellent sources of iodine to help the thyroid produce T4, which when secreted into the bloodstream from the thyroid travels to the cells and is converted to T3, the metabolically active form of thyroid hormones. Thyroid Supportis a glandular, which restores low thyroid functioning.
Reproductive. Many men have low testosterone levels, which can decrease energy and libido. Cinnamon, Korean Ginseng, Men’s Formula, Men’s X-action andMacacan improve prostate function and testosterone levels, and therefore libido and energy. Women can have estrogen/progesterone imbalances, high androgens or poor conjugation of hormones in the liver. Negative estrogen cleansing can reset the body for proper metabolism of estrogens. FlashEase T/R, Black Cohosh, Phyto-Soy, Licorice root andRed Clovercan help lower estrogen levels. Eliminating all fragrances from all household, detergent and bath/beauty products along with growth hormones from animal foods will decrease the amount of “bad” estrogens coming in the body. Try False Unicorn, Pro-G-Yam cream and Magnesium.
Nutrients: Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, Antioxidants, Omegas, etc. My favorite way to do this is with the following shake. I have gotten many positive results and feedback including weight loss, increased energy, improved skin, better sleep, strength with exercise, clarity of thinking and overall improvement in various symptoms/illnesses. One scoop each of Love and Peas, Nature’s Harvest, Ultimate GreenZone Powder andBee Pollen with one ounce of Ionic Minerals and one tablespoon each of hemp seeds and chia seeds.Try this for one month!
Exercise! Commit to Consistency. Western NY is great for the outdoors, especially Cattaraugus County. You know the deal … hiking, walking, running, biking, skiing, strength training, yoga, pilates, Zumba and exercise classes. The Challenge: commit to consistency and a partner!
Move them Bowels! Rule of thumb: we should be more similar to animals and babies who eat and poop than clogged pipes! Where do we think all that food is going if we are not pooping 2 to 3 times/day! Magnesium Complex, LBS II, and Nature’s Three Fiberwith increased water intake will all help!
STIMULATE THE QI
Homeopathy Works! I am completely blown away when I talk to some people about eliminating processed foods and sugar. They sit before me asking for help because they can’t live feeling sick anymore, but when challenged on their diet, most responses are unwillingness. Really, people want a magic pill. The closest magic pill I can offer you is homeopathy … if you are willing to go on a JOURNEY. Many people truly find it impossible to change their life even though they understand. Their spirits are willing but their bodies are weak and their willpower has faded. In this case, homeopathy can work wonders. A traumatic event, a long period of stress, a heartbreak, any loss or a shift in the body’s vital force can create imbalances deep within our bodies … really our souls. When the body cannot compensate and restore this imbalance, then symptoms exhibit themselves physically, mentally and emotionally. A two-hour intake reveals not only the totality of these symptoms but also the essence of the person. Through an analysis by the practitioner, a remedy is prescribed daily. I often get calls back within a month stating that something has shifted in them and they quit sugar or drinking or smoking or some other unhealthy pattern. Sometimes the emotional and mental picture needs to be cleared before a person can commit to their physical body.
Foods and Supplements! I fully realize that when we have no energy, this breeds hopelessness for change. For a period of time, turn to healthy forms of energy. Coffee and other caffeine drinks temporarily give you a boost of energy but at the end of the day rob you of vital energy. Foods and Herbs that give high energy resonance: plants, dark leafy green veggies and superfoods such as Cacao, Bee Pollen, Spirulina, Kelp, Chia Seeds, Maca, Goji Berries, Thai Go (Mangosteen) andNoni. Also drink functional, healthy energy drinks such as Kombucha, Mamma chia and Solstic Energy with Solsic Cardioin 20 ounces of water.
I guarantee that implementing a combination of these suggestions will yield positive results in one month - not only in weight and energy but also in overall health and wellness. The offer suggested above is highly recommended to jumpstart your path to enjoying weight loss and increased energy for this Spring and Summer! For $100 you will receive a one-hour initial naturopathic consultation followed by three 15-minute weekly follow-up appointments (phone consultations available for those not in the area). The initial consultation will provide you with a program tailored to your goals, needs and commitment levels. The three follow-up appointments will set you up for a 30-day success.
*This information is NOT intended to treat, cure, diagnose, nor be a substitute for the proper diagnostic assessments and treatments prescribed by your doctor. Naturopathic doctors are not PCPs, so always consult with your doctor for your health care needs. This article is only intended for your information, at your discretion and supplementing your allopathic care.