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You can kick the sugar habit!

  • Written by Kimberley Barker, BA, LMT, CNMT, NTP
The average American eats over 150 pounds of sugar each year. Picture it. How much do you weigh? Do you want to eat your body weight in sugar this year? If you sneak treats throughout the day, get irritable or shaky when you don’t eat for three or more hours, or can’t stop after one piece of candy or chocolate, you may have a sugar addiction.

When you eat sugar and simple carbohydrates the effect is multi-fold. The sugars upset the mineral balance in your body; enzymes lose the ability to digest your food properly; your immune system is negatively affected; you can develop food sensitivities and allergies; and ultimately, you begin to feel sick.

It is possible to break the sugar addiction. First, start with 30 minutes of positive self-care each day. Exercise, take a yoga class, walk the dog, set aside time every day to do something you enjoy. You’ll need these healthy habits to fall back on when your addiction tries to take control.

Eat breakfast every day, and not sugary cereals, breads, rolls or waffles. Opt for scrambled eggs with vegetables or hearty oatmeal with nuts and seeds. Leftovers from dinner can also make a delicious, nutritious breakfast.

Pay attention to how you feel as you kick the sugar habit. Drink water, not coffee, to get that energy boost. Feeling down? Get out in the sun. Have a massage or chiropractic adjustment to help you relax.

You may find that you begin to lose weight with your sugar-free lifestyle, which is a nice benefit, but your real focus should be on healing so you can improve your life.

Don’t be mistaken thinking that sugar replacements are okay to eat. Products such as honey and NutraSweet still cause your body to react as though you’ve eaten sugar. Don’t let your brain trick you into eating sweets of any kind. Have a craving? Eat a ripe banana or some fresh strawberries. Better still, get out of the kitchen and go for a walk.

As you ride this rollercoaster you may find that you slip up occasionally. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Don’t give up in frustration. Focus on your positive self-care activities, remove yourself from the offensive food and jump back on that wagon. It will take some time but with commitment you’ll learn to control your cravings. Believe in yourself and know that it is possible to break the sugar habit, to feel better, increase your energy, regulate your moods, and improve your overall health. How you feel is up to you!

Now is the time!

  • Written by Revitalize Clinic

Look fabulous this summer by starting now! Winter is a great time for laser vein treatment and facial rejuvenation. Laser vein treatment is an easy, fast, and effective way to treat superficial veins.

Laser technology is used in the treatment of spider veins, vascular deformities such as telangiectasia, dilated and prominent blood vessels in sensitive areas such as the legs, chest, cheeks, nose and under eyes.

How does it work? The laser is precisely pulsed to the targeted vein or red area. This causes the treated blood vessels to become sealed off from the vascular system. Over time, the treated veins are absorbed and cleared through the body’s natural healing system. Some bruising may occur and limiting exposure to extensive sunlight is important, so the winter months, when it’s not shorts season, is a great time to undergo laser vein treatment.  Appointments are normal 45-60 minutes with minimal to no down time.

Another great wintertime treatment is laser facial rejuvenation. This treatment works to repair collagen in the dermis, or deepest layer of the skin, while gently erasing signs of aging in the top layer of skin.

This exceptional laser treatment selectively delivers amplified pulses of light to the dermis, which causes injury, followed by subsequent repair and stimulation of the existing collagen.  Since the epidermis is rarely damaged by this treatment, there are no visible signs that the skin is being rejuvenated as occurs with other traditional procedures. The laser rejuvenation can reduce the signs of aging and sun damage, including fine wrinkles, superficial acne scars, enlarged pores, freckles and uneven pigmentation. The beauty of laser rejuvenation is that it can quickly treat the entire face with little downtime, minor discomfort, and minimal risk. Prepare now to improve yourself for the warm summer months.

So, how is that low fat diet working for you?

  • Written by Cindy Hilliard at Revitalize Clinic /Woodinville
Americans have been on a low fat diet for over 20 years, yet the CDC states that in that time obesity in adults has increased over 60 percent and more than tripled in children.

Low fat food makers often replace the fat with carbohydrates to make the food taste better.

Carbohydrates make us fat, so eating low fat foods can actually prevent you from losing weight or even make you gain. Carbohydrates are also linked to type 2 diabetes.

We think low fat foods are healthier for us therefore it’s OK to eat as much as we want, wrong. They are usually highly processed and contain weird chemicals, not to mention they don’t taste as good as the real thing.

Maybe it’s time to realize low fat foods don’t work!

Our body is creating too much insulin to process the excessive amount of sugar and carbohydrates we eat. This is the leading cause that makes us fat and increases our risk of serious health problems.

We get fat by eating foods that lack nutrients —  because we end up eating more to get the nutrients that we need.  Lack of sleep and stress can also be contributing factors to not losing weight.

If you want to lose weight, don’t be afraid to embrace fat, fat is not the enemy.  Our brains need fat to function correctly, fat helps our bones to absorb calcium, feeds the heart and reduces inflammation.

Eating natural foods instead of highly processed food is much more nutritious and satisfying, therefore we eat a lot less. Eating a low carbohydrate diet is the key to losing weight.

Giving our bodies a well-deserved “carb break” allows our bodies to use fat and protein as its fuel source and you will lose weight.

So have a slice of cheese or a hand full of nuts and enjoy foods that are good for you and taste good.

Pilartis or the ‘chicken skin’

  • Written by Sima Rafii ARNP, Sima Medical & Cosmetic Clinic
Keratosis pilaris or “KP” is a very common skin condition often referred to as “chicken skin.”

If you have KP you’re not alone.

Forty to 50 percent of the adult population and 50 to 80 percent of all adolescents have varying degrees of KP. Most people with KP don’t know they have it.

While KP resembles goosebumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small, rough bumps on the skin.

Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can occur on thighs and buttocks or any body parts except palms and soles.

It is often confused with acne.

KP is unsightly but harmless.

KP tends to worsen during the winter months or other times of low humidity when the skin dries out.

Eventhough there is no cure for KP, there are available treatments to reduce the build up of keratin (the hard protein in the skin, nails and hair).

Could hCG be your New Year’s resolution for healthy weight loss?

  • Written by Dr. Elizabeth Thybulle

Unhealthy excess body fat is directly correlated to most chronic diseases in the United States.

Why is that?

Aside from the vanity aspect of successful weight loss, one can also focus on the prevention of most chronic diseases that are caused by obesity. When you lose excess, unhealthy body fat you can reduce your cholesterol, reduce your fasting blood sugar, reduce your blood pressure, reduce joint and back pain and increase energy. When you commit to a healthy lifestyle you can prevent the risk of high blood pressure, Type II diabetes, heart disease and chronic joint pain.

USA.GOV shows four of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions have to do with health. Now is the time of year to start thinking about how you are going to be proactive about your health for 2012.  Are you going to talk about the weight that crept up on you the last couple of months in 2011 or are you going to commit to your health, yourself, and make positive long lasting changes?  Instead of making New Year’s resolutions that last for six weeks, think about how healthy you will feel at your “goal weight.” It’s a great time of year to focus on a healthy lifestyle and how you can make that happen starting January 1, 2012.

As we gobble, gobble our way from October 31st through Thanksgiving, and then through all of the festivities of December we may lose track of how our indulgence affects our health.  It does not have to mean that we can’t zip our skirts or pants on January 2 when we return to work or school. It is actually possible to enjoy a family dinner or holiday party without packing on the pounds. How is that possible?  You can eat a light healthy meal of soup or salad before you go to the function so you will not be starving and feel the need to eat everything that is presented to you. It is also possible to eat foods that you know are high in fat or sugar, but stop after only enjoying 3 bites of that food.

Don’t forget that alcoholic beverages, and eggnog, are very high in calories and sugar as well. To decrease the amount of calories you consume start with your favorite beverage, and then have a glass of sparkling water in between each beverage.  Not only will you reduce the calories you consume, it will also make you safer behind the wheel if you happen to be driving home.

Unhealthy excess body fat is directly correlated to most chronic diseases in the United States.  Using hCG is an excellent method for weight loss since it is safe and effective when done under medical supervision.

The hCG program involves the use of a hormone called Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. It helps to mobilize deep, stored fat while on a very low calorie diet. Most people assume that a very low calorie diet should help you to lose excess fat. But, if your metabolism is not working properly due to years of blood sugar imbalance or other diets, then simple caloric restriction or exercise is usually not successful. Although it’s proven to be a successful weight loss program it is not for everyone.  It is a very strict protocol and my not work with many people’s schedules and lifestyles.

When patients follow the Health Moves medically supervised program for weight loss using hCG, they are taught exactly what to eat, what supplements are supportive during the program and when and how to inject the hormone. Blood tests check overall health, and an ultrasound body composition tests what their percent of fat is.

Once someone has completed the hCG program they are guided through the next phase of the protocol with a specific diet to assure that they stabilize at their new weight. The length of the program can vary from 21 – 40 days using the hCG hormone.  After the patient has maintained their new weight for a few weeks, it is possible for them to go through the program again if they are still working towards their goal weight.  Once the desired goal weight is met the patient is re-evaluated and results are compared to their initial results to assure that their metabolism is working properly.

Dr. Thybulle is a naturopathic doctor. She may be reached at Health Moves 17311 135th Ave NE Ste. C-800 Woodinville, WA 98072 Phone: (425) 402-9999 or www.HealthMoves.org  Most insurances accepted.