Old School Bubble Gum

While chewing Eclipse Classic Bubble Gum for the first time in the car

Giles: Mom I really like this old school bubble gum!

Mom: Good dear!

Giles: I call things that are classic, old school.

Mom: That works dear.

All my best to you,

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach form Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

Physical Therapy After Total Knee Replacement

Physical therapy is really what it’s all about after total knee replacement. You really have to trust yourself and keep up with your exercises after total knee replacement. You want to get that flexion and extension to where it needs to be and it will only happen with hard work.

After my total knee replacement surgery, I had physical therapy the day of the surgery. I was up and walking the day of surgery. The surgery was in the morning and I was walking that afternoon around 4:00 PM. Heck, no rest for the weary! The next, day I was walking up and down stairs. That was fantastic! I was not going to be limited to one floor post op. On the fourth day, I went home to begin my long recuperation. For the first three weeks, I had a physical therapis come to my home to work with me. Then I had a driver escort me back and forth from treatment and by the fifth week, I was driving myself back and forth from physical therapy.

I am now about three months out and doing fairly well. I am having trouble with a suture reaction, but that will resolve itself overtime. It is seen frequently and is not much to worry about.

So the flexion and extension that is measured at every visit with the physical therapist as a marker of progress has to be achieved before your body shuts down and change can no longer occur. You see you have a certain window during which the exercises can affect your ultimate outcome from the total knee replacement. The more you work it, the greater your flexibility will be for the life of your replacement unit! So don’t forget to work it.

For extension, my primary tool is a rolled up yoga mat with the plastic wrap still on it. I lay in bed with the mat at the end of the bed with my ankle resting on the mat. I flex my quads and hold for five seconds, then release. I do this over and over while watching TV and taking care that my foot does not roll outward, like a duck. If anything, you want the knee to roll in toward the other knee. Then you press downward and try to get that knee as flat as possible. Having a leg that straightens out fully is important for walking.

For flexion, you start with knee slides. You will sit in a chair with a rag under your foot. On a wooden, or tiled floor you will slide your foot out and back. You can do this same movement while laying on the floor with your butt a foot or so away from the wall. Again with a rag or pillow case under your foot, you will slide your foot up and down the wall. If need be, you will use your other foot as a weight to help the operative leg to slide further down and then hold while you count to five. Then release and move leg and foot back up the wall. You can also do knee slides in bed, while lying down. Don’t forget you can use the non operative foot to press Your other ankle back, to give your operative knee a better stretch!

I also like to use my bar chair for flexion. I have noticed that with my non operative leg I can flip my foot around the back of the bar down below. So I feel like I should ultimately be able to do this same maneuver with my foot on the operative side. At first, it was quite a feat just to get my foot on the bar and hold it to stetch out the knee while watching TV. Later the job was to push my foot farther and farther backward; first to heel, then to mid foot, later to toes. The thing about this chair is the bar lets me know exactly where I am at with moving the process forward. I am sure you will find your own favorite techniques, as you approach your own quest toward greater mobility post total knee replacement.

Have you ever been through a round of physical therapy? What tips or tricks did you use? What advice do you have for others who are just beginning physical therapy?

If you think you would benefit from enlisting someone to talk you through the process and hold you accountable, contact me and we can schedule a time to talk.

All my best to you,

Lisa

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach from Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

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What Emotions Emerge For You During A Relapse?

Relapse is difficult. It causes you to watch your gains slip away, like sand sifting through your fingers at the beach. Sometimes it feels like you just can’t stop the repercussions. It’s as though all the good that came before can’t be maintained. Stopping the damage may be nowhere in sight. The big fear that is lurking in the background is: what if I end up fatter than I was before? It’s confusing too, because it seems like you’ve lost all control. And how can that be when you were eating so clean for so long? The juxtaposition of the two, train wreck versus clean eating is stunning. You had been so virtuous for so long, and now the converse is true. You eat whatever appeals, no holds bar.

So what emotions appear as you stumble, no fall into the abyss? Of course as mentioned above there is fear, but there is also mounting shame with each pound gained. Disrespect for yourself emerges as you pull out pants you thought you’d never need again. Thank goodness you never got around to tossing them. Then there’s the sorrow of the dream lost or fallen from your grasp. There is also regret. Regret that you couldn’t just maintain the gains you’d achieved. Couldn’t you have simply stopped losing and just remained on a grand plateau. That would have been nice. At least nicer than the glacial slide that’s been occurring. So just to review some of the emotions that accompany relapse include fear, shame, regret, sorrow. Sounds pretty miserable.

Have you experienced some of these emotions? Do you have lack of regard for yourself or suffer from low self esteem as your weight loss achievement eludes you and slips away? Think of five adjectives that ring true for you to describe what you have been experiencing during your relapse?

What caused your relaps? When did you chuck it all and really let go? When did you really dig in and start dishing up your favorites, despite promises to yourself to refrain? Why did you let yourself go for so long? Did it seem like it happened while you weren’t looking? When did you notice things where slipping? Did you experience self revulsion or self hate? Did those feelings cause you to eat even more? Did you experience despair as you began your ascent up the scale? Did you feel out of control? How did you feel as your body morphed back to where it had been?

What is the best thing you can do to catch yourself and stop the damage? Can you set a date when you will commence eating in a self respecting manner again? Can you clean out your pantry once again. Can you shop with control on your side? Perhaps go through the store with restraint, and then before entering the check out line, review what is in your cart, and then remove any items that don’t measure up to your standards of healthy eating. When you go home develop some healthy menus for the next few days, and then cook and eat with care. You could concentrate on no seconds and serving your food on slightly smaller plates. Did you know that your plate and bowl size severely impacts the amount of food you dish out? If you don’t have any smaller dishes you might want to consider investing in some.

How are you going to handle the set of emotions on your plate? You will have to find a way to soothe or baby yourself without incorporating food in that plan. It is as if the relapse has made you sick or depressed, and you must first deal with those emotions, before you can truly get better. The actions of beginning to retrace your steps and start losing again will help, but you will have to forgive yourself for the damage that’s been done, as you frittered away your gains. You will have to see your losses on the scale in a more sacred manner in the future, and covet them. You will have to see them worthy of protection and sacrifice.

How will you start to forgive yourself? Forgiveness is truly key here. Perhaps you can remember you are only human! This weight loss thing and letting go of sugar and carbs (or whatever it is for you, dairy and gluten or is it meat), is all gargantuan! It’s a tough road, but a worthy journey. Those who avoid certain cravings often live longer, as a result of their reduced size. Those who avoid foods they have sensitivities to, often live better. So don’t be afraid to re-double your efforts and strike out once again to slay that dragon. I say go for it. Do what you can. This just might be your lucky attempt. The one that brings you the joys that you seek. So make a plan and stick to it. And don’t forget to work on those emotions too. They lurk in the background and likely will affect you in a negative manner, if you don’t tend to them.

Best to you,

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach form Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

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When Should You Go Off Pain Medication after TKR?

I’ve had quite a few surgeries to date. Generally, when I go home, I go off all pain medications straight away. I did the same with the total knee replacement (TKR) I had in January. But turns out, that’s not the way they do it! Shortly after being free and clear of the pain medication, I was told by the physical therapists that I needed to stay on the medication for the therapy to work. I was like, “Huh? You’ve got to be kidding me!”

I got with the program and went back on my medication as suggested. I then went off it a few more times just to be told it was premature and that I needed to go back on the medication. They had put me on oxycodone and hydrocodone and that stuff is just not to be played with! It’s highly addictive and just the type of opioid medication that has lead many to become addicts, even though that clearly was not their intention, at the outset. I was leery! But I got through it! I wish someone had explained this part of the process to me, in advance.

Clearly my modus operandi, of getting off pain medications ASAP, did not work in this arena. I too had to learn to be more patient. I had to go against what I thought was the best practice. In essence, I had to learn a new trick, and learn I did.

I hope you too are not too rigid to learn new things, when life necessitates it. I hope I remember this lesson, when I face total knee replacement 2 head on!

All my best!

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach form Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

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Total Knee Replacement – What a Trip!

It’s been 9 weeks since my surgery and I am beginning to sense that my new knee is my good knee! It used to be that my left knee was my good knee and my right was my bad knee, so don’t you know it that I replaced the right knee. Just after 2 months out, my new knee is becoming my “good knee” and my formerly good knee is becoming my “bad knee.” Crazy huh? Well that is rapid recovery after total knee replacement (TKR). They call TKR a super surgery! I had physical therapy the day of my surgery. You heard that right! The same day I had surgery, they had me up and walking and the next day they had me walking up and down stairs! It was truly remarkable.

There was plenty of icing too! The swelling was just what you’d imagine! The fact that he swelling takes 3 – 6 months to resolve itself was the true surprise! Consequently, the icing continued well after the 4 days in the hospital. Indeed the icing continued for weeks with concomitant nose of above toes 3 times a day for 20 minutes a pop! Having someone to drag the ice to me and prop me up was key in my recovery!

I had a few weeks of in home physical therapy and then had someone drive me to therapy for a few weeks, until I could drive on my own.

All of the therapy basically hurts. They hurt you to help you along. Trust me it’s not for the faint of heart! But it is doable! The more you push the flexion and extension, the greater the range of movement you’ll have in the end. At first, it doesn’t feel like anything is going to budge. You are just stuck at a plateau and seems like you’ve ruined yourself! Then all of a sudden your efforts pay off and you get movement! You move forward a little, and then a little more, and then even a little more! Altogether it makes a big difference. I will never forget when I could finally bend my leg in bed with my knee up and my foot flat. That was a moment. Never felt quite so satisfied with a simple positional difference in bed.

I’ll tell you I really didn’t sleep well until around the 8th week. I just couldn’t figure out what to do with my legs. It was rough! But I got through it!

Have you been putting off a surgery? What stops you dead in your tracks every time you think of the surgery? Is there anyone you need to consult? Remember the decision is yours! Just be sure it’s an informed decision! Do you have a trusted partner or friend who you might be able to confide in to discuss this topic and help you move forward in your process? If not, maybe you can discuss it with someone who had the surgery who might be able to share some insights that you might not be privie to. Just remember try not to be an island! Bouncing ideas off others often helps you to make good decisions!

All my best!

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach form Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

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How Do You Climb Back On After Falling Of the Wagon?

I had total knee replacement 9 weeks ago, and engaged in numerous indulgences during the last 10 weeks. I realized there was no way around staying on my restrictive diet while in the hospital, but had no intention in doing what I’ve done. It’s been an all out free fall. I have been eating whatever I want without a care in the world and have gained back a significant amount of the 30 pounds I had lost during the last 5 months.

So here I go again. I need to pick up the pieces and begin to eat with dignity once again. I guess I have been horribly disappointed being someone who can’t be on the detox diet owing to kidney stones. Did I mention I had three over the Christmas holiday? So I’ve come to grips with having to supplement fruits, vegetables, protein and fats with grains and legumes. In short, although I can and probably should be on a dairy free diet, Testing shows I have no gluten sensitivity and therefore likely do not need to follow a gluten free diet. Due to my history of kidney stones, I need to eat less animal protein and probably need to consume legumes and grains as an alternate source of a complete protein.

What I need to concentrate on is reducing empty calories and processed foods. The question is how can this be accomplished? I have to go back to Joshua Rosenthal’s concept of “crowding out.” It seems old favorites, like a small handful of nuts, baked beets or baked brussel sprouts with ghee or coconut oil, salads with lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers, get seemingly forgotten amidst lasagne, submarine sandwiches, BBQ wings, pizza, hamburgers and hot dogs, chips and dip, cakes, cookies, candy and ice cream. Crowding out with more fruits, vegetables, legumes and grains causes you to have less space for foods that are devoid of micro and macro nutrients.

Today I had a salad at lunch along with a fake pizza made with a pice of pita bread, pizza sauce, cheese and salami. The fake pizza was only moderately good. The salad was delicious! Maybe tomorrow I can skip the fake stuff and concentrate on a satisfying salad! I could easily compliment that with a lovely bowl of Madras lentils and end of feeling nourished and full. I think that’s a great plan for tomorrow!

So how about you? How has your eating regimen been going lately? Are you on track? Do you need to straighten up your house a bit? Where will you start? What can you add in that is nutritious and satisfying? Can you think of one meal that would fill that bill that could become a go to meal? How about a menu for a whole day that sticks to your pre-determined standards as to what qualifies as eating well in your eyes.

Did you know that most people stick to about 8 different dinners and then repeat those over and over again. If you could think of 8 lunches and 8 dinners that are healthy according to you and then rotate those you just might be in good stead. Some breakfast seems to be a bit more formulaic for most folks, but you don’t have to be limited. Seems eating well could just come down to developing some basic good habits and several good recipes and then sticking to those. Certainly feel free to being more diverse than these 16 meals. You know what they say. Variety is the spice of life. When it comes to getting all your nutrients a diverse palette is king, so let your creativity take you away. Rely on those 16 menus as old standbys, but feel free to switch it up and try to eat clean while you’re at it!

Why not interview 3 freinds and see what meals they rely on. This might give you a few new ideas. If you aren’t quite that social, check out some cook books or recipes online and see what appeals. Why not attempt to incorporate two new meals this week?

So simple actions like returning to eating old favorites from a clean eating phase of your life will help you to get back to basics and begin your new journey of eating in a manner you find acceptable! Clearing out your pantry of foods that don’t belong there to begin with, may be another activity that will help you get back on track. Doing a bit of research to develop some new menus that are approved by you might also prove helpful. Can you think of any other activities that might help you get back in your own good graces?

You might choose a few weekly activities to pair with your eating regimen that might support developing a healthier lifestyle. Maybe a walk in the woods, or a swim in the lake or a bike ride or perhaps a walk around the block with a friend or loved one. It might be a game of hoops, or a bit of yoga alone or in a group. Lots of people are wearing fitbits these days to track their daily steps. Whatever form of movement compels you the most is the one to go with!

I look forward to connecting with you again in the future!

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach form Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

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Reset Diet to Detox Diet

All this time, I thought I was on the Detox Diet. Apparently, I was on the Reset Diet, which is far more restrictive, than the Detox Diet. Actually, I just learned that “Reset” is a new term, showing itself only in the last six weeks or so. There were always three different diets, with varying levels of restrictions from least restrictive, to more restrictive, to most restrictive. People were placed on one over the other depending on what types, and severity of medical problems they had.

Boy, oh boy am I ever thrilled! No one gave me an overview of the diet. No one explained that while you are on the diet, foods would be re-introduced back into the diet. So what does this mean for me practically? Over the course of the next few weeks, I will re-introduce apples, mangos, pineapple, and fruit and vegetable juices. This goes great with the additions that were made last week, such as steel cut oats, rolled oats, quinoa, brown rice, and wild rice.

After I have begun to recover from my knee replacement surgery, 6-12 weeks out or by mid April, I will be permitted to incorporate products like sour dough bread and some of the ancient grains like Teff, Amaranth, Spelt and Sorghum. Sounds like an interesting journey!

So it will be interesting to see how my body responds to the re-introduction of various food types. Given what we know about carbohydrate consumption causing fat to accumulate, it will be especially interesting to see, if I can lose weight on a regimen like this. I think I will lose weight, owing to keeping junk food out of my life, and concentrating on eating whole foods, without preservatives, sweetners, and other non-essential ingredients.

How about you? Are you ready to re-introduce any foods to your diet? Let me explain how you do it. Start out by not eating the food for 30 days or more. Next, consume no more than a half a cup of the food between meals. For many people this will be around 11:00 AM and then again around 3:00 PM. Then, document how you respond, over the course of the next 24 hours. Note feelings such as sluggish, gassy, bloated, diahhrea etc. Then skip a day, and repeat on day 3, noticing symptoms through day 4. If the food does not cause too many problems it can be back in the diet. If you have cramping and major discomfort caused by any of the symptoms you should stop consuming that food and try the procedure again in 30 days. Do not try to introduce more than one food in any 4 day period.

Best of luck!

Lisa

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach form Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

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I’m Having Total Knee Replacement

Several years ago, my rheumatologist told me that within 10 years time that I would require double knee replacement. Well, the first one will occur within the next week, and will be performed by Dr Peter Brooks at the Cleveland Clinic.

The surgery scares me a bit. They have this “Rapid Recovery” program, with an emphasis on education. Personally, I think they share too much. I nearly ran away and said, “Forget it!” Somehow, I pushed through and am having it done next Thursday.

So what scares me is the notion of a systemic infection causing damage to the unit, necessitating removal. In extremely rare causes, amputation has been the end result. Most people seem to do fine with the procedure, and most seem much more comfortable with the new joint, than their original knee. Our knees wear out and the replacement units do too. The average lifetime of the replacement units is 15 to 20 years, but some people keep them for 30 to 40 years. Holy moly do I ever hope mine lasts a long time.

The other thing that creeps me out is you have to take your advanced directives to the hospital just in case. That’s always unpleasant!

After my back surgery, my doctor, Elena Boruhk, MD, told me that many of her patients are too frightened to do a big surgery like this one. She told me, I was brave! Apparently, it is my bravery that allows me to push through.

Do you have any surgeries that you are putting off? Is there any cost to putting it off? What causes you to put it off? Do you think the surgery is in your best interest? Do you want to have it? What could make it happen for you, if you do indeed want the results that are likely with the surgery? Who needs to help you with this decision?

Best of luck, if you do decide to push forward.

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach at Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

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Total Knee Replacement Yikes!

I am having my total knee replacement, in a little more than 48 hours. Part of me just wants to hobble away and hide. Frank running has been out of the question for some time. This surgery seems so barbarric! I hope not to live long enough to learn that this surgery was definitely not the way to go, with this type of problem!

Every group of people, in every society, throughout time has had notions about how we should deal with various health concerns, and most clearly not all of them have been correct. My bones are telling me to run! They are screaming at me. However, state of the art surgery suggests this is the way. Seems like I am between a rock and a hard place! If I do nothing, I will continue to suffer, and there will be a point when the surgery will be much more difficult to perform. If I move ahead, there is reason to believe that I will feel better and lament not having moved forward sooner!

I hope when it’s all said and done, I am happy about my surgery, and have more functionality, as a result of the knee replacement. I so want to move about freely, with less modifications! I have had to change how I get along in the house, and out in the world! Although I can walk significantly further, than I could before my back surgery, I still cannot walk for long periods of time. Things have not been easy. I hope that the total knee replacement surgery, and recovery go well. Wish me luck!

Is there any health procedure you’ve been avoiding? How do you make decisions about procedures like these? Can you learn about the cost associated with forgoing the procedure, versus moving ahead with it? What factors keep you from moving ahead with it? Are these sound reasons for not pursuing the procedure? If yes, by all means, stay the course. If no, talk it over with your physician, and loved ones.

All my best to you and yours!

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach at Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little Brick in University Heights, Ohio

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How We Got Fat and How We Can Reverse the Tide

Everyone and their brother is obese in the United States. But it seems just 50 some years ago, this was not the case! Even 30 years ago, most of us were not obese. If you are old enough think back to when you were young and remember how people looked. Few people were fat. Most were average size and some were thin. How did we all get so fat, in such a short period of time?

What accounts for this massive weight gain? Yeah, yeah, we all know the prosperity theory, that as a community prospers, they have more dispensable income, and can spend more on food. But has that really been the cause of our epidemic of obesity? Is it the times in which folks play computer games and watch TV, drive, as opposed to walk? Is our frank laziness the cause of this epidemic? It’s really crazy to think that we have caused so much destruction in ourselves, due to refusing to get out there and move. I know, meals in restaraunts have gotten larger and more accessible, but is this the real culprit?

According to Gary Taubes, the calories in greater than calories out theory of obesity is untrue and meaningless. He posits another theory for how we got fat. Taubes contends, eating more calories did not cause the problem, and eating less calories, or eating a restricted number of calories will not correct the problem of being overweight. Similarly, exercising less did not bring obesity on, and exercising more, or expending more calories will not result in weight loss.

Instead researchers have suggested that we overeat, because we have excess fat! Some suggest our fat stomachs are hungry and must be fed! Taubes points out that Rosalyn Yalow explained that insulin controls fat metabolism. Anything that causes fatty acids to enter the fat cells causes us to get fatter, and anything that causes fatty acids to leave fat cells causes us to get thinner. Insulin reduction in the system causes fatty acids to leave the fat cells. Thus insulin reduction leads to leaner bodies.

Taubes points out researchers know that insulin is released when carbohydrates are consumed. Thus carbohydrate consumption causes fatty acids to enter the fat cells, as well as the overall accumulation of fat. Taubes contends excessive carbohydrate consumption is the cause of the obesity epidemic.

Taubes suggests not all carbohydrates are created equate. Foods like rice, bread, and pasta, as well as, sugar are the ones that cause insulin to be secreted and fat to accumulate. This is why Paleo type diets, like Atkin’s diet, are so effective in creating weight loss. Paleo diets are heavy in animal protein, fruits, vegetables and seeds and nuts, yet restrict dairy and cereal grain consumption. These diets limit carbohydrate consumption and cause weight loss.

Taubes suggests further that when we began to see fat, as the cause of weight gain, we changed the food pyramid and recommended that 6-11 servings of starchy foods should be consumed daily. People who followed this schema, subsequently became fat. Taubes suggests that restricting carbohydrates is the solution to obesity. Taubes points out that we were well aware of this fine fact back in the fifties and sixties, but got led astray.

We used to cook our food ourselves, and not consume all of this prepackaged, chemicalized food. By doing so, we had much more control over what we put in our bodies. We all need to get back to those pots and pans out, and stop relying on fast food. We really did become a fast food nation, in the last 50 years, and it hasn’t been good for us.

So with this knowledge, about restricting carbohydrates leading to weight loss, front and center, the question remains, what are you going to do about it? If you are fighting the battle of the bulge, can you devote yourself to restricting carbohydrates, and possibly giving up the concept of restricting fat? After all, research shows that fat accumulation is not caused by fat consumption, but by consumption of excessive amounts of carbohydrates.

Restricting carbohydrate intake is the key to reducing obesity. Are you up to the challenge? Are you interested in reducing consumption of the “bad” carbohydrates that cause the release of insulin, and thereby make you fat? If the answer is yes, you are really doing yourself a favor! Not only will you look and feel better, but you will avoid a great deal of suffering, owing to diseases you will not have to manage.

Remember you can eat carbohydrates found in most fruits, and vegetables. You have to avoids sweets, and starchy vegetables, as well as, breads, cereal, rice, and pasta. Can you forgo pasta with marinara sauce, and replace this with spaghetti squash and marinara sauce? Can you eat more salads, with dressing that has no sugar?

Sugar will cause insulin to release, and fat to accumulate. By avoiding sugar, you can avoid fat accumulation. Research demonstrates that after avoiding sugar for several days, your body stops craving it, if you just stay away from it, in the same manner in which a heroin addict must stay away from heroin, and other drugs, to get clean. Handling this sugar addiction is hardest at first, and gets easier overtime. Initially it’s a bear!

We know that a whole host of illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoarthritis and Alzheimer’s are affiliated with being obese. By avoiding obesity, you can avoid many illnesses. We now know that excessive carbohydrate consumption causes obesity and disease. How are you going to use this information in your wellness plan? Write down three things you can start doing today that will head you on a path to wellness!

Lisa J Lafave, PhD, MBA, ACC, BCC
CEO & Founder of Coaching Rocks, LLC
The Wellness Coach from Building Better Bodies Rocks
A Single Mom By Choice Raising Surrogacy Twin Boys
Written in My Little a Brick in University Heights Ohio

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