Sunday, August 7, 2016

We Are The Champions!

With the Olympics in full swing we are all impressed with the physical and mental strength of these exceptional athletes. They can seem super human, but we are all made out of the same stuff. The only difference is in the unwavering commitment and focus on a goal. We may not be aspiring to a gold medal and representing our country, but we are aspiring to something just as great in our own life and the lives of the people who love us. Committing to putting your health as your 
#1 priority can seem selfish when you have other people depending on you like family and friends, but in reality the most unselfish thing you could ever do for them is to be as healthy and happy as you can be. Just like being part of an Olympic team. If one member loses their drive, the whole team suffers. Don't let your team down! Start working towards your goal like it was your job!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hello Future You!

When you visualize your future self, say..1 year from now..what do you see? Do you see yourself as you are now, or do you see the healthier, slimmer, happier version of you? The you that is more active and engaged in life. The you that feels good in your clothes. The you that feels limitless in your choices and opportunities. What do you see? You first need to believe in your ability to change and transform yourself and your life before it can become your reality. Visualize the person you want to be and keep it forefront in your mind. We tend to gravitate towards what we focus our attention on. Stop dwelling on regrets and guilt and start putting your energy and focus towards positive progressive action! Cambridge Diet can be your stepping stone to your future self. Contact me today and let's get started!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Aspire Assist, The New FDA Approved Weight Loss Device

The latest FDA approved weight loss solution is a device called "Aspire Assist" that is designed to suck the food you eat OUT of your stomach before you have a chance to digest and absorb it. A tube is implanted through your abdominal area directly in to your stomach, similar to a feeding tube only in reverse, and it is designed to vacuum out 30% of whatever you have eaten through a port on your skin, and then empty in to the toilet. is medically facilitated bulimia. Supposedly you can eat whatever you like, then 30 minutes later excuse yourself to the bathroom, hook up your little vacuum pump to your port, flip the switch and expel the food in to the toilet. You are required to chew your food excessively so as not to get a blockage when sucking out the food. Have we really come to this?
I'm sorry, but this is just too much for me to get my head around. We've accepted removing more then half the stomach, rerouting intestines, swallowing balloons, gastric banding...we've gotten used to these invasive methods of forced food restriction in spit of the high rate of failure and long term side effects. But this seems to have crossed a line that the medical profession keeps pushing further and further away from responsible medicine. There is one doctor that has started a petition to stop the FDA approval and hopes to get 4000 signatures of fellow physicians.
Crazy methods of losing weight have been around a long time. Back in the 60's and 70's, people would get their jaws wired shut to prevent overeating. It didn't work. Surgeries, devices, drugs, gimmicks and gadgets...and now this. A stomach siphon.
I don't mean to be disrespectful to those who may be considering doing this. I personally understand the desperation of feeling powerless over losing weight. I've worked with thousands of people over the years who felt completely hopeless about getting themselves under control and were desperately searching for anything that would "fix" them. The problem is that you can not physically force an emotional healing. Emotional healing only comes from the personal sense of accomplishment and pride you get from changing your behavior and reaching your goals. Finely feeling powerful and in control of your own life.
Cambridge allowed me to lose over 120 pounds on my own. I learned to believe in my ability to change my life and achieve my health goals, which then led me to realize how much more I could be doing with my life. I learned the peace of mind of self control. I adopted positive actions and reactions. Without learning these things my weight loss would have been temporary and these past 15 years would not have been the healthiest of my life.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Changes And Challenges

If there's one thing that life teaches us.. it's that it happens while we are busy making plans.

We come to the beginning of our Cambridge journey with a common plan, to lose the weight and get healthy. We have no way of knowing what twists and turns our life may take along the way, and it can get pretty twisted at times! When you consider all that is required of us to succeed at this, it is not unlike a master juggler keeping all his objects in the air, even if the floor tilts or someone tosses in a few more items to the mix. It's no small task and requires a whole new collection of skills and practice.

Typically, when faced with challenges, we would self medicate with food and ignore a lot of the emotional and physical issues we are dealing with. "Drug of choice" and all that. Being stripped of that coping tool can cause some panic with the realization of how dependent we have become on comfort eating, or how much in denial we may be about our personal struggles. While you may have been prepared for the physical demands of being on a restricted diet, you probably were caught unprepared for the emotional ones.

As you begin, (or continue) your Cambridge experience, go in to it knowing that at times you will be required to face emotions you may want to pacify with food, or you may suddenly be faced with a health crisis that you will want to escape from temporarily by self medicating in the same way. These old habits and behaviors need to be removed from your arsenal of coping tools. Finding their replacement is part of the goal when changes and challenges come your way.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Research On Biggest Loser Contestants

The research that has been done with cast members of season 8 "Biggest Loser" has been interesting to say the least. Scientists followed 14 of the 16 contestants of the Biggest Loser for 6 years to try and understand why all but one of them gained the weight back, some even heavier then they were before the show. Their findings support what the obese community has known all along. The over simplification of "eat less, move more" and you will be thin is contrary to what was found. Also, the concept of the metabolism slowing down is being clarified.

It's valuable for dieters to understand going in to weight loss what their long term lifestyle will be to maintain it. It's also time we stop body shaming people who lose and then regain their weight. It's like shaming someone for limping after breaking their leg. Science has proven that for many, if not most of successful dieters, our metabolisms remain compromised and it is up to us to find that delicate balance of nutrition, activity, and acceptance of our circumstances to maintain a healthy weight, mind, and body.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Which Comes First?

It always interests me how the same person can have very different experiences doing the exact same diet at different times. The only thing that changes is the person's mind.

Typically, when we begin any diet, the first thing we do is clean out all the food that may distract us or tempt us. We purge the kitchen (as much as the family will allow) and try to clear the calendar of events where food will be the center focus. We plan our necessary grocery shopping trips and try to avoid those places we may have previously stopped for fast food etc. We structure our environment as best as we can to set ourselves up for success, but we completely forget that while purging the external world of distractions, it is our mind that is the control room of our behavior.

Just as a person purges their living space of distractions, replacing them with healthy alternatives, we need to purge our minds of negative distracting thoughts, replacing them with positive, forward thinking, progressively determined thoughts.

We can't always control our environment, but we can control our reaction to it and that is one of the keys to a successful weight loss, and just as important, a successful maintenance.