One Good Doc With One Good Answer

diabetes-1326964_960_720Nobody likes feeling stuck!

Many of the wonderful people I get to work with are stuck when I meet them. One good reason to hire a wellness coach is to get unstuck. Together we can find our way over, through or around any obstacle!

If your weight and health are not moving in the direction you want, here’s a book I often tell people about:

Always Hungry? by Dr. David Ludwig.

Now before you read any further, please do not hear me saying you should eat this particular way. This is merely one possible solution that I’ve found to be scientifically sound, especially for people who are struggling with weight related health issues.

Here are some of the reasons I like this book:

  1. It’s written with the understanding that eating mindfully and intuitively (liberated eating) is foundational. Without a reasonably healthy relationship to food and body none of us will ever enjoy a balanced or peaceful food-life, no matter how “perfectly” we eat.
  2. It’s especially beneficial for those with serious health concerns like diabetes, health disease, etc.
  3. It’s good science – as we know, there’s a lot of bad so-called-science out there.
  4. It’s not about deprivation, so people aren’t hungry eating this way.
  5. It’s not impossibly strict. There’s room for all foods “as tolerated”. After you have followed the eating guidelines and reached a comfortable weight, you can add back what you miss. You will know how much you can add by keeping an eye on how well your pants fit.

I admire Dr. Ludwig’s research and conclusions. As I’ve read other articles and interviews with him I find that I admire his balance. He doesn’t tout that he has THE ONLY ANSWER for everyone. He acknowledges there is not one perfect way to eat. He leaves room for individuality and intuition. He  admits that studies can contradict each other, and that there is no one-size-fits-all answer for everyone when it comes to eating for health. He seems to be genuinely concerned about people and their quality of life.

If you and your doctor aren’t happy with the progress you’re making with your health, this is a resource worth reading. Click here to check it out.

If I can help, just holler!

A True Story: From Bad Diagnosis to Good Health

Bob’s inspiring journey…

“Growing up, I was fortunate not to worry much about my weight or diet because I was always active.

Fast forward to 2008, age 60-ish. My doctor tells me that I need to lose weight because I’m in the pre-diabetic range. I half-heartedly tried several diet programs with no success.

Then in October 2013, my doctor told me that I was officially a card-carrying diabetic. He prescribed medication and sent me to a class where an expert explained that I would be diabetic the rest of my life, my numbers would worsen over time, and my meds would escalate as I aged.

That’s when I realized I had a real problem.

I started reading everything I could find on diabetes. I now know more than anyone should ever know about glucose intolerance, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, intermittent fasting, cholesterol, and triglycerides; and how weight loss, what you eat, and exercise all relate to these topics.

My doctor told me that if I would just lose 10% of my body weight, my numbers would drastically improve. I did and he was right.

These days I’m feeling really good! I exercise 3-4 times per week and have an “exercise accountability partner”. I have also altered my desk so that I’m not sitting down for long stretches of time anymore. I monitor my carb intake (yes, there’s an app for that), I mostly eat real, whole foods, lots of healthy fats, and I restrict highly processed foods and carbs. My daily carbohydrate intake goal is 120 grams or less. I monitor my blood glucose with a glucose meter. Since adopting this strategy, my numbers are much improved. My goal was not to “lose weight fast!” but instead to find what works for me – and something I could stick with.”

A NOTE FROM BOB TO US: I will be happy to provide a list of books, authors, websites, and blogs if you’re interested. Most of the resources are doctors and nutrition research scientists. 

Thank you, Bob!!!  – for sharing your journey with us and for offering to share your knowledge too! Dear Reader, email me if you would like to have Bob’s List of Best Resources, or if you would like to email Bob. He has combed through TONS of research and can share the best with you…so what are you waiting for?

Good health and good news await…