We are all guilty of the occasional joke about foregoing sleep to pull an all-nighter or the involuntary sacrifice of sleep because the day got away from us, or we just cannot unwind enough to relax into sleep. But does sleep deprivation really matter? Or is it something that can be fixed with a couple of cups of strong coffee? This blog post takes a look at this underrated issue. If you struggle with weight loss or insulin resistance, or you feel like you are always hungry, it is time to look at sleep quality.Read More “Poor Sleep, Weight Gain, Appetite, and Insulin Resistance: Their Link and What to Do”
Despite knowing better and needing to eat better, I was overweight for years. I exercised but resisted healthy eating because it seemed like I was in love with the wrong foods, and I didn’t feel like I fit into “that crowd” anyway.
As it turns out, my reluctance to change was all in my head based on myths I accepted as truths. This blog post shares three myths that prevented weight loss and healthy eating from getting a foothold in my life. My hope is that by the end of the article, you’ll see, as I did, that you got this.Read More “Weight Loss is Hard Enough Without These Myths”
A metabolic disorder is when something goes wrong with your metabolism, making it difficult for your cells to access the fuel you eat or the energy stored within your body.
When disorders of the metabolism get a foothold, they can progress to conditions such as insulin resistance, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and type 2 diabetes. But this progression can be short-circuited. This blog post gives you the parameters to understand your current metabolic health and practical ways to improve it.Read More “Move From Metabolic Syndrome to Metabolic Health – 4 Things That Make a Difference”
Foods that are high in sugar spike your blood sugar. That is not something you want if you have insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, or trouble losing weight. So what happens when you remove the sugar?
There are sugar-free versions of many high-sugar snacks. But do these foods do what you hope they will do? In other words, can you keep eating candy and treats without the troublesome blood sugar spikes? That is what I set out to discover using my continuous glucose monitor to collect the facts.Read More “Blood Sugar vs. Sugar-Free Snacks: I Ran the Tests”
Our world is filled with toxins. We eat them, breathe them, and even make them inside our bodies. But do we need a special detox program to right these wrongs? Detox diets and supplements promise big rewards for minimal effort.
These claims are big and attractive, but ping that little voice inside your head that says, “This sounds too good to be true.” The good news is that you are designed to detox because of your internal detox machine (aka your liver).
I am often asked what I eat in a day. In this blog post, I share what I ate yesterday and how you can use those same foods to reach your health and weight loss goals.Read More “Forget Detox…THIS is MORE Enjoyable and Effective”
When insulin resistance is present, insulin cannot efficiently move sugar out of your blood and into your cells. This makes weight loss difficult because the resulting high blood sugar and insulin levels block fat loss and make you feel tired and hungry. If it is allowed to progress, this resistance can lead to type 2 diabetes.
A full diagnosis requires blood work, but there are markers that you can see on your body or that are revealed through your diet and lifestyle that may indicate that you have insulin resistance. This blog post shares what they are and what to do if you have them.Read More “You May Have Insulin Resistance If…”
Intermittent fasting is the practice of consuming your daily calories during a shortened eating window. Doing this helps you stabilize blood sugar levels and naturally reduce your calorie intake, leading to more efficient weight loss.
The challenge is that to get the benefits, you have to train your body to comfortably go for long periods without food. That is not a small obstacle, given today’s 24/7 access to highly appetizing foods. But anyone can achieve it with the right approach. This blog post shares four things that must be in place for fasting to work for you.Read More “Fasting Doesn’t Work [Without These 4 Things]”