Why Does My Diet Not Work?

In 1990 I decided to become vegetarian. Well to be accurate Pescetarian – I continued to eat some fish and shell fish. My reasons were mostly because I had become more and more uncomfortable about cooking and eating meat and I disliked the whole idea of killing animals. I also had become very active in the new age movement at the time and the environmental cost of meat production simply did not make sense. It wasn’t long before even the thought of eating meat was distasteful and I have never been tempted to eat meat since.

However I did start to put on weight and I have continued to battle with my weight now for 25 years. When I changed gender and began taking hormone replacement therapy it got worse. I have tried the weight watchers diet, the lemon diet, the grapefruit diet, the 5:2 diet, the Mediterranean diet. the Beverley Hills diet, the cabbage soup diet, an Ayurvedic Diet, the Atkins diet (really challenging if you are vegetarian), the Paul McKenna Diet, the Think Thin diet – and many more I have now forgotten.

In that time the one diet that did work was Sure Slim – This is a very complex and also very expensive diet based on metabolic typing, Low Gi, Low Fat, low carb and personal food preferences. The diet involves blood tests, and an in-depth interview followed by regular weekly then bi weekly consultations. Every meal has to be meticulously weighed with ingredients selected from a quite restricted list. I lost about 4 stone in six months – and then put most of it back on in the net six months.

Every year since then I have resolved to lose the weight again and every year I give up after a few months and the weight returns. The problem is that I had stick to a complex diet even to maintain my weight and that made it almost impossible to eat out, or tuck into a buffet, or grab something to eat when on the road, or go to a dinner party.

I am sure most of you reading this article will have had similar experiences – and the older we get the more difficult it seems to be to lose weight and maintain good health.

However I am not giving up and I have recently begun looking in more detail at the Low carb Low Gi diets to see if I can find a way to simplify this process and find a more acceptable longer term diet that will work.

There are a few books that have contributed over the past decade to my growing understanding of diet. Rose Elliot’s Vegetarian Low Carb Diet is excellent – though you need to enjoy eggs and tofu to follow that diet in the first 14 days. That said she is one of the leading experts on vegetarian food and her explanations of the basis of the diet have really helped me to understand better the principles of the sure slim diet that worked.

Chris Woollams The Rainbow Diet is primarily about how to beat cancer by eating more healthily with a version of the Mediterranean Diet. But if you can beat cancer by changing your diet it’s the same process and the same diet to beat heart problems and diabetes and put you on the road to Perfect Health. The book has really helped me to understand how nutrition and the body works and what our diet can do to make it go wrong or make to work better. Why my doctor has not read this book I do not know.

Finally a book I came across over 20 years ago which is now out of print but available second hand is The Food Addicts Diet by Tish Hayton. In helping her son overcome a huge problem with allergies to many foods, Tish came to the conclusion that many of us are suffering from food addiction and the foods we are addicted to are wheat, potato, milk and sugar. When I first read it I didn’t want to believe it even though I knew it made sense. These four foods are the basis of all convenience foods. Between them they account for about 80% of everything we eat.

Putting everything I have read from these and many other books together I am beginning to understand why one diet worked, and why I then put all the weight back on. I am beginning to understand how to simplify my diet so that I can lose weight and keep it off. I have not managed to do it yet – but what I am doing is to record all my progress and will be writing further articles about my journey towards achieving perfect health.

My problem has been an addiction to foods that encourage my body to store fat. They are the reason why diets fail because as soon as we come off a diet we inevitably return to the foods that encourage us to store fat.

The food industry also knows this but they benefit so much from this food addiction that they are not prepared to even try to tackle the problem. Instead we have been conned and lied to for decades. We have been convinced that the villain is Fats. So we are all obsessed with low fat foods and diet drinks which are loaded with sugar substitutes like Aspartame.

But it’s not the fats in the food that are stored as fat in the body – it is carbohydrates – particularly simple carbohydrates from grains and sugars. It’s not just wheat and sugar. Our bodies need glucose for energy which comes from carbohydrates – any excess carbs are converted to fat as a reserve for times when we don’t have enough. In the past this was quite often – but now in the west we simply don’t get that hungry.

No matter how much you cut down on food, if you give the body more carbs than it needs it will store the excess and it will not burn the fat. The only way to get your body to burn fat is to starve it of carbs. Cut grain, sugar and even starchy vegetables.

I have been eating a healthy diet of fruit and vegetables for years thinking that would help me lose weight but it doesn’t. Many fruit and vegetables are high in carbohydrates.

So the first step in losing weight and keeping it off is to tackle the number one villain – SUGAR – wherever that comes from. Sugar, honey, fruit, corn syrup, maple syrup etc. Sugar is sugar – it is quickly separated into glucose. So my first piece of advice in tackling weight gain and making a permanent change to your diet is that you have to lose your sweet tooth.

The more you restrict your sugar intake, the less you will crave it until eventually you will find sugar sickly. It is not going to be easy but if you value your health and want to get to a good long term comfortable weight, your enemy will be sugar and it has to go.

Incorporate Healing Music Into Your Day: 3 Easy Tips

Are you wondering about how to incorporate healing music into your day? Good news! I’ve got 3 easy tips for you! First of all, how do you define healing music? Composers have been writing music specifically designed for healing or soothing/calming purposes for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Then again, there is music that has been written for many other reasons, that millions of people find to be healing, calming, comforting and soothing.

As you probably know, when we are feeling stressed out, our bodies produce a substance called cortisol. Cortisol is very damaging to the body and causes damage to organs and all of our body systems. When we listen to soothing music, our bodies begin to relax and natural healing processes take over. After all, our bodies are naturally designed to heal themselves. If you get a scratch or a cut on your body, you don’t need to do anything to make it heal, although putting a little Neosporin on it will prevent infection. But that doesn’t actually cause the healing. It simply speeds the healing and prevents your cut or scratch from getting infected.

Most of us, without even thinking, turn on some kind of music first thing in the morning. It’s usually something that we really like, but not necessarily. It can actually be something that we just “tolerate,” waiting for something better to come on. So my first tip is:

Become intentional about what you listen to! Think for just a minute, before you turn on your radio, or phone app, or even YouTube, exactly what you’re in the mood for. Are you looking for energy and some sonic caffeine; or are you looking for something that will calm you and help you start your day with relaxed focus.

Are you wanting to connect with people that will uplift you and make you feel”apart of” and not “apart from?” This leads us to tip #2:

Join a community chorus, band, or drum circle. If you played an instrument in the past and would like to again, please dust off your old instrument. If you always wanted to but couldn’t, sign up for some lessons at the local community college or music store. You will be so glad you did. With or without training there are groups you can join today and sing or play a percussion instrument. It will lift your spirits and make you feel a part of something bigger than you!

And finally tip #3:

Have you been to hear a live, professional, symphony orchestra, ballet, or opera? Live musical performances are the best of all because you have the vibrations of 70 or 80 instruments as well as hundreds of people around you who are loving this music. Look in the newspaper for a live, upcoming performance by one of your local performing arts groups. Invite a friend, or several friends, plan dinner before, read a little about what the performance will be about, and make a fun evening of it. Who knows, a whole new world may very well open up to you!

Building Health and Fulfillment

Good health is a prerequisite for happiness and fulfillment. So how does one pursue health? How does one build a healthy physique? And how does health set the stage for success?

Ten healthy habits:

Remove sugar from your diet. The down sides of sugar are numerous including:
Sugar Feeds candida. We all have candida. Healthy bacteria feed the gut. problems occur when candida overwhelms the system. Excessive yeast in the system can cause mental illness. This has hit me on a personal level. I was psychotic when I was a teenager due to excessive sugar consumption.
Sugar makes your blood acidic. A healthy body is seventy percent alkaline and roughly 30 percent acidic. Viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment. Alkaline foods are all vegetables. Acidic foods are all sugars, meats, poultry, and dairy. Sugar is the king of all acidic foods.
Sugar promotes aging and wrinkling. Take sugar out of your diet if you want to remain free of wrinkles.
Sugar can lead to osteoporosis. Take sugar out of your diet if you want to remain fracture free as you age.
Sugar rots your teeth. Do you want to maintain strong bones? Take sugar out of your diet. Give yourself the gift of health.
Remove gluten from your diet. There are five primary reasons why gluten is dangerous. One: Celiac disease is on the rise and most people are undiagnosed. Two: Gluten sensitivity is common and can ave serious effects. Three: Gluten can cause brain disorders including depression, schizophrenia, and autism. Four: Gluten can be addictive and can lead to other addictions. Gluten can cause problems with the cerebellum, with speech, and with brain ataxia, resulting in mental decline.
Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Some of the benefits of exercise include: weight control, reduction of heart disease and high blood pressure, elevated mood and energy levels, increased libido, and having fun
Take up the practice of tai chi. Benefits of tai chi include increased balance, strength, and aerobic capacity. relief from fibromyalgia, and stress reduction.
Do balance exercises daily. Balance can become an issue especially as we age. Doing a daily ten to fifteen minute balance routine can pay off in terms of reducing the chance of falling and fracturing a hip.
Do some aerobic exercises daily.
Make your diet mostly alkaline.
Maintain a cheerful attitude.
Be tested for allergies and remove all allergens from your home and from your diet.
Eliminate all dairy.

I’m Barbara Altman

Raised in an alcoholic home, I became depressed and riddled with anxiety at an early age. In an effort to build a good life, I turned to my love of classical music for comfort, financial resources, and a place in the community. Over the years, I have dealt with depression in a variety of ways, from counseling to alternative and traditional healing modalities. One of the purposes in my life is to convey hope to those who have suffered from depression and I hope to do this in my writings and in speaking engagements

Steps When Visiting A Chiropractic Clinic For The First Time

Many people today are opting for natural healing. And one of the most popular natural healing methods is chiropractic. Chiropractors are trained to provide relief to their patients as fast as they possibly can. A reputable chiropractic practitioner will recommend the smallest number of treatments necessary to help prevent the patient’s condition from recurring. If it is your first time to visit a chiropractic clinic, here are the steps that might help you.

– Before a patient is treated, the chiropractor needs to conduct an interview with the patient. This may be done face to face or over the telephone. During this interview, the chiropractor will discuss his philosophy and approach toward treatment.

– You will be asked to fill out forms which will provide the chiropractor with the information he needs to develop your treatment plan. The questions on the form will revolve around the details of your condition. Additionally, you may be asked to provide details about your family’s and your own medical history, past and current treatments, and other existing conditions.

– You will then undergo a chiropractic exam. The chiropractor will conduct a few general tests followed by other tests designed to evaluate your range of motion, muscle strength and tone, and neurological integrity. In some cases, the patient may be asked to undergo further chiropractic tests. Some patients may be asked to undergo diagnostic studies after the chiropractic exam. Diagnostic studies can sometimes aid in enabling the chiropractor to make a more accurate diagnosis. These may include x-rays, MRI, and other lab tests.

– Combining the findings from the patient’s history, chiropractic exam, and diagnostic studies, the chiropractor can then proceed to make a diagnosis. Once a diagnosis has been made, the chiropractor will explain his findings, whether chiropractic can help you, the treatment plan, and the length of the treatment process.

How Walk-In Care Clinics Help In Emergencies

Illness and injury can happen at any time of the day or night. This is when a patient needs an urgent care facility to help them with any medical problem that has just turned up.

Differences Between an Urgent Care Clinic and Walk-in Care Clinic

An urgent care facility, also known as an immediate care facility, is similar to a hospital emergency room, in which there are both pediatric as well as adult certified doctors and staff on hand, as well as x-ray equipment, IV units, and various other specialty medical equipment which may be needed in an emergency medical situation.

Most clinics are open late into the evening with several locations, so that patients who are far from a local hospital emergency room can find and use an urgent care facility for immediate treatment rather than wait to get to a hospital.

A walk-in clinic is similar, in the sense that a patient does not need a prior appointment. The patient can see the doctor and nursing staff who are on call and working that day.

Doctors at these clinics see patients in emergency situations as well as patients who may look for a second opinion on a previous diagnosis. They may also see a patient who may not be able to see their usual personal care provider at that time.

Practitioners at these clinics are also available to see patients for needs such as sports physicals, flu vaccines, and vaccines that are now required by local school systems prior to or for continued student enrollment. Sometimes these clinics may also suggest a more permanent care provider to patients who may not have one.

Walk-In Clinics for Convenience

Most walk-in clinics have several doctors on staff who also work with local hospitals, which is why they have both pediatricians and adult doctors on staff. Many of these clinics are convenient care clinics, which are necessary when sudden injuries from sports or play occur in children.

Walk-in clinics see patients who may have an emergency care need but who may not be able to get to a hospital in a timely manner before the emergency escalates. These facilities often work in association with a local medical center and the doctors who work here are typically affiliated with local hospitals and emergency rooms.

Urgent Care for Real Emergencies Round-the-clock

Most urgent care facilities have flexible yet constant hours and are open much later in the day than a more traditional walk-in clinic. Many urgent care facilities are better equipped to handle serious medical emergencies that the average walk-in clinic may not experience very often. Some urgent-care facilities are open 24/7, because emergencies happen any and all the time. Urgent care clinics are here for anyone and everyone, and are especially convenient-a literal life-saver-for patients who may live far from a hospital emergency room or medical center.