Category Archives: healthy eating

Willowbend Weight Loss: An Introduction

I want a weight loss program that works and that is sustainable. I want the choices to be healthy…the weight loss to be healthy…the products we are told to take or eat to be healthy.

But alas, in order for that to happen I had to make it myself. I have tried without success to follow other templates. Or I have looked into diet plans and just not been able to follow them myself or recommend for patients because I didn’t really think they were healthy.

 

Being overweight is an enormous problem (no pun intended) for many people. Those of us who have weight issues are more likely to suffer from myriad illness. Not to mention self-esteem issues. And we don’t want to be heavy. One of my family members has been very critical of my weight – like I just one day decided to spend 8 years gaining 20 pounds/year by choice. (I do not mean that I don’t take ownership of my choices and issues, but many overweight people do not know how to make the changes necessary, or what to count on that will really work.)

There are hundreds of opinions on the best way. This is just mine. And from being a naturopathic doctor for over 10 years, and having lost weight on this program that I have kept off (and helped others to do so as well), I believe that this is an ideal weight loss program.

 

I hope you are willing to take the plunge and make some changes! Your health awaits!

 

 

The cornerstones of this program are:

  • Eat healthy foods
  • Track daily food intake (there’s an app for that :’)
  • No grains
  • No sugar
  • High healthy proteins
  • Lots of vegetables
  • Fruit is allowed but limited
  • Supplements that increase health, metabolism and replace a meal
    • Intensely good Multivitamin
    • Fish Oil
    • RAW protein powder
    • Probiotic
    • Fiber
    • Daily exercise
    • Adequate sleep every night
    • Weekly check in meetings for support and accountability

     

We are putting finishing touches on the guidebook and pricing for the 12-week weight loss program. Stay tuned!

Vitamin C – My Allergy Saver

It seems so simple, but it’s true.  Good ol’ vitamin C, which most of us have in our medicine cabinets, helps relieve allergy symptoms.

Vitamin C is an excellent mast cell stabilizer. The mast cells are the ones who release the histamines when in the presence of allergens. So when those cells are a little less reactive, as they are with vitamin C, one experiences fewer allergy symptoms.

I like the little effervescent packages called “EmergenC” (available at most health food stores) because they have some b vitamins in them as well, and since you mix it in water, it helps increase your fluid consumption at the same time – never a bad thing.

I also keep a bottle of esterified C on my desk at work – this is a little less acidic and less likely to cause bowel problems.

Which brings me to dosage. Taking 2-4 grams of C daily is no problem for most people. Ideally, you want to spread that out in divided doses, like 500-1000 mg at a time. The most common side effect of excess vitamin C is lose stools. So find the balance between symptomatic relief and digestive disturbance. And keep in mind that the low acid or esterified C’s are less likely to cause a problem, if you happen to be sensitive. Too much vitamin C also causes mouth sores (canker sores) in some individuals.

Using local, unpasturized honey along with the vitamin C may give you even better relief. They would not have negative interactions.

Happy Spring!

Ahhhh! The first days of spring. Feel the warmth, the movement of new plants, the freshness. We all feel a bit more motivated when the sun shines hotter and the days are longer.

Take advantage of the longer light to tend to yourself this spring. Sit outside and listen to the birds for 15 minutes at the end of the day. Breathe deeply. Drop your shoulders away from your ears. Tune out the news and demands of the day.

Find your local CSA or farmer’s market and get some good fresh greens and make a salad or some other fresh food for dinner.

Consider doing a detox or cleanse. Clean behind the sink. Smile when you are drying your hair.

Enjoy the spring!!!

Day one on Detox – looking forward

So far so good. I had brown rice tea with morning with just a little green tea mixed in. I must wean off caffeine. I haven’t had much lately anyway. I realize that overall i feel so much better without coffee.

We had oatmeal, lemon water, and some detox tea. Cleaned a bit of the house.

It’s interesting how spring inspires all of that type of cleaning. Both inside and out. I want to get rid of all of the dust and clutter.

We’ll also plan ahead a bit better. To be disciplined in a body that requires fuel for survival, one has to make sure to have plenty of healthy snacks and meals on hand.

Local organic sustainable produce

We (Geoffrey and I) went to the most wonderful place this weekend. It is called Green String Farm (www.greenstringfarm.com) and it is quite the find. If you live in the area of Petaluma, I strongly encourage you to visit.

Beautiful fall produce at Green String

Beautiful fall produce at Green String

The people are so friendly and helpful. Everything is pretty much $2/pound. You can just load up the scale with gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, apples or whatever strikes your fancy.

I got a container of figs that are out of this world.

We also bought all of the roma  tomatoes they had and spent the rest of the weekend playing in my passion for the perfect marinara.

Not only is this place a delight for you, but it is also good for the planet. They go beyond the usual organic farming practices to make it the most sustainable and healthful farm they possibly can.

Their commitment to growing crops in a way that does not harm the planet is certainly laudable. Not to mention inspiring to us little backyard gardeners.

We found a place on the way home that farms dahlias. Not sure that they have the same ideals in terms of sustainability, but they sure are pretty.

The bounty on my counter!

The bounty on my counter!

I got home and couldn’t resist taking a photo of some of my winnings. I think I was a farmer or photographer in a past life. It just made me so happy to see all of this out on my counter.

Shopping like this is also inspiring to cook and eat healthfully. I use my mother’s “antique” pressure cooker to cook the beets. They are good with tahini sauce or just plain or in a salad.

The carrots went in the bottom of the pan that my hubby roasted a chicken in.

The tomatoes and garlic are happily canned in 6 pints of marinara. That is where the peppers ended up too, after we roasted them.

I think the artichokes are for dinner tomorrow. Perhaps as an accompaniment to fish.

And that little purple cabbage – isn’t it cute?? I will chop that for my veggie wrap sandwiches or for a veggie stir fry when G is at work.

Sunflowers at the market at Green String Farm.

Sunflowers at the market at Green String Farm.