Monthly Archives: June 2013

Is Fruit Good for Me?

Is fruit healthy?

“Is fruit good for me?”. This is a question that I often hear from my patients that are in treatment for obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder.

There are many conflicting views on whether it is healthy to incorporate fruit into our everyday diet. The topic can be confusing! On one hand, we hear that it is full of sugar, on the other hand we constantly hear expressions like “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and “eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”

Let’s look at the sugar content of fruit. Fructose is a form of sugar that is found in fruit and in many processed foods, in the form of high fructose corn syrup. Eating an excessive amount of fructose can lead to serious health issues. Excessive fructose intake is associated with:

  • leptin resistance
  • insulin resistance
  • weight gain, obesity
  • metabolic syndrome
  • inhibited calcium absorption, which leads to vitamin D deficiency
  • blood clotting ailments and high blood pressure
  • type 2 diabetes
  • increased cholesterol levels
  • fatigue

Thanks to the power of technology, it is really easy to find the fructose content of various fruits. The fruits that are lowest in fructose include cranberries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, clementines, grapefruit and cantaloupe. The fruits that are highest in fructose include dried dates, raisins, dried figs, dried apricots and prunes. So, if we stick to the low fructose fruits and avoid the high fructose fruits, we should be good to go, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Fruit contains two forms of sugar; fructose and sucrose. Fructose belongs to the single sugar family. All sugars in the single sugar family share the same molecular formula, but have different chemical structures; other members of this family include glucose and galactose. Sucrose, on the other hand, belongs to the double sugar family; other members of this sugar family include lactose and maltose. Double sugars are made up of two single sugars. When we ingest sucrose, the body divides it into it’s two single sugar parts; glucose and fructose. Glucose circulates through the bloodstream as blood sugar and provides energy to many cells within the body. The brain uses 25% of the glucose supply for it’s own energy requirements!

When we are looking for low fructose fruits, we need to consider sucrose’s contribution to total dietary fructose (or total metabolic fructose). The chart below shows what happens to the total dietary fructose levels of fruit once we take the sucrose content into consideration (serving size in the chart is per 100 g of fruit).

Metabolic Fructose Content

What is an appropriate amount of fruit to eat on a daily basis? If you’re eating a lot of processed foods you should limit fruit consumption, since there is a lot of fructose hidden in these foods. Fruits such as tomatoes, avocado, lemons and limes are very low in sugar, these fruits don’t really need to be limited. As a general rule, Dr. Mercola recommends a daily intake of less than 25 grams of fructose. He recommends a daily intake of less than 15 grams of fructose for people that are overweight, have insulin resistance, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Of course, if you’re going to incorporate fructose into your diet, I would recommend consuming it in the form of whole organic fruit. Just be sure to consider the total dietary amount of fructose!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Show Notes: The Benefits of Grassfed Meat and Dairy with John Wood

US Wellness Meats - John WoodOn this week’s episode, we talked with John Wood from US Wellness Meats. We covered a wide variety of topics including the benefits of grassfed meats!

In this episode we covered:

3:18 – About US Wellness Meats.
5:29 – How did US Wellness Meats get started?
12:22 – Review of US Wellness Meats in the NY Times.
12:58 – What is the difference between wet aged meat and dry aged meat?
16:43 – How to properly prepare grassfed beef.
18:50 – What is better organic or grassfed meat?
20:20 – How the US diet has changed over time.
23:30 – What is CLA? What are the health benefits of CLA?
28:00 – Caller Question: Is there such thing as grass fed pork? Do you get the same benefit from grassfed pork as you do from grassfed beef?
33:40 – What are the benefits of eating grassfed pork?
40:52 – What is the MSA grading system? Farming in Tasmania vs the United States.
49:00 – What is the mission of US Wellness meats?
50:58 – Healing leaky gut through the paleo diet.
52:49 – Eating grassfed meat on a budget.
55:04 – What US Wellness Meats products should our listeners try?

Links we discussed:
US Wellness Meats
Maji and Mongo – “Let’s Eat!”
Maji and Mongo – “Let’s Eat!” Book Review
Updated Online Survey
Dr. Norton’s Interview with Prevent Obesity
Caw Caw Creek Pork

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Clean Eating Recipe: Chicken, Green Bean, and Mushroom Soup

chickengreenbeansoup

I made THE most delicious soup yesterday! It only took five minutes  to make and clean-up was a breeze!

How’d I make it? I started by sauteing some mushrooms in coconut oil. Next, I added in some sliced up leftover cooked organic chicken breast that was seasoned with basil, garlic, and sea salt. Once the mushrooms were cooked and the chicken was slightly browned, I added in some cooked organic green beans and bone broth. I let it simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors meld together.

The results were incredible! It was satisfying and the flavor was divine! I heated up the leftovers for lunch today, and it was even better!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use – June 22-29 2013

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of June 22-29 2013!”

The 10 Most Common GMO Foods – Genetically modified organisms, such as plants and livestock are already found in our supermarkets. GM plants are much more common than many people realize too. Here is a list of the 10 most common GMO foods so you can be more aware while grocery shopping. LEARN MORE.

Obesity: It’s Officially a Disease – The nation’s largest physician group officially recognizes obesity as a ‘disease’ instead of a ‘disorder.’ Here’s what the name change will mean at the doctor’s office. LEARN MORE.

BPA: It’s Also Bad for Your Teeth – New research finds that bisphenol-A may destroy tooth enamel, making teeth more susceptible to pain, cavities and decay. LEARN MORE.

Infections Linked to Mood Disorders – Inflammation caused by an infection or autoimmune disease may affect the brain, increasing the risk of depression and bipolar disorder. LEARN MORE.

3 Good Non-GMO Developments this Week – Is it us, or is there an acceleration of events pointing to the inevitable labeling of GMO food on a national level? LEARN MORE.

Unauthorized genetically-modified flax found to have been exported to more than 30 countries around the world – Illegal genetically-modified wheat is not the only surprise transgenic crop being discovered unexpectedly on the commercial market. As it turns out, a long-abandoned variety of GM flax has reportedly been identified in at least 30 countries worldwide over the past few years, a discovery that has greatly stifled the Canadian flax market, which supplies most of the world’s flax. LEARN MORE.

When Weight Loss Surgery  Works, It’s Only Because of the Bacteria Changes in the Gut – Each year, roughly 200,000 morbidly obese Americans go under the knife for weight loss surgery. On the surface these surgeries appear to work, but a new study points out that there’s more to the story, that the weight loss surgery itself isn’t the reason why patients are losing weight and keeping it off. A new study links the success of weight loss after surgery to significant bacteria changes in the gut. LEARN MORE.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Gastrointestinal Infections

parasite infections

“In recent medical studies it has been estimated that 85%
of the North American adult population has at least one
form of parasite living in their bodies. Some authorities
feel this figure may be as high as 95%.”

As we discussed in the article “Why Am I Hungry When I am Morbidly Obese?“, infections are huge source of internal stress. Some infections can remain undetected for years, keeping the body in a chronic state of stress.

Chronic stress can have numerous effects on the body including, adrenal fatigue, hormone imbalances, leaky gut, liver issues, premature aging, and increased food sensitivities.Additionally, it can lead to an impaired ability to break down food, maldigestion, and malabsorption of nutrients. This is an issue for us all, but even more of an issue for those who are already malnourished as a result of an eating disorder such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and bulimarexia.

Symptoms of a parasite infection will vary from person to person. Some common symptoms of a parasite infections include: excess weight gain or weight loss, blood sugar fluctuations, food cravings, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity, constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, joint and muscle aches and pains, anemia, allergies, skin conditions, nervousness, sleep disturbances, teeth grinding and clenching, chronic fatigue, immune system dysfunctions, acne, cancer, and more.

“I believe the single most undiagnosed health challenge
in the history of the human race is parasites. I realize
that is a pretty brave statement, but it is based on my
20 years of experience with more than 20,000 patients.”
– Dr. Ross Anderson

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most common sources of parasite infections include water, food, blood, insects and animals. The CDC offers several tips on how to reduce your risk of becoming infected by parasites:

  • make sure your pet is under a veterinarian’s care to help protect your pet and your family from possible parasite infections
  • wash your hands frequently, especially after touching animals
  • avoid eating undercooked fish, crabs, mollusks, and meat

  • avoid eating raw aquatic plants (such as watercress)
  • avoid eating uncleaned raw vegetables. In restaurants, avoid all raw vegetables

  • follow the CDCs “Steps of Healthy Swimming

There are several options available if you suspect you have a parasite infection. You can address your concerns with your physician and request to be tested. Alternatively, you can work with a professional that specializes in natural medicine.

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use – June 19-22 2013

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of June 19-22 2013!”

New Study Strengthens Link Between Autism and Air Pollution – Women who live in areas with polluted air are up to twice as likely to have an autistic child than those living in communities with cleaner air, according to a new study. LEARN MORE.

More Countries Abandon GM Seeds, Crops in Response to Widespread Public Disapproval – Two more countries have taken a bold stand against genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), according to new reports. LEARN MORE.

Coming to a Store Near You: GMO Plants with Synthetic Biology that Makes the Glow  – A team of researchers from Stanford University in California wants you to donate your hard-earned money to them so they can continue to develop an unapproved genetically-modified (GM) plant that literally glows to generate light. The so-called “Glowing Plant Project” has already raised nearly half a million dollars from the online Kickstarter program, and researchers involved with the project hope to continue pulling in the dollars so they can one day unleash the technology on the commercial scale. LEARN MORE.

Report Provides New Sugar Recommendations for Adults – A teaspoon of the stuff might make your medicine go down, but exceeding your recommended sugar intake could lead to obesity, heart disease, and not-so-healthy eating habits. LEARN MORE.

Obesity Leads to Brain Inflammation, and Low Testosterone Makes It Worse – Low testosterone worsens the harmful effects of obesity in the nervous system, a new study in mice finds. “Low testosterone and obesity are common in aging men, and each is associated with type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease,” said the study’s lead investigator, Anusha Jayaraman, PhD, of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. “Our new findings demonstrate that obesity and low testosterone combine to not only increase the risk of diabetes but also damage the brain.” LEARN MORE.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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The Eating Disorder Pro Podcast – The Benefits of Grass-fed Meat and Dairy

US Wellness Meats - John WoodJoin us on Tuesday June 25  at 7:00 pm EST,  as we talk with John Wood, the founder of US Wellness Meats. We’re excited to talk with him about The Benefits of Grassfed Meat and Dairy. We’ll be taking your questions LIVE at 646-378-0494. You can tune in HERE.

“John Wood is a life-long resident of Lewis County Missouri.  Following a Farm Operations B.S. degree at Iowa State University in 1975, John returned back to a 5th generation family farm and was involved in day to day management of conventional Northeast Missouri family farm from 1975 to 2000.

John married in 1983 and added two daughters and a son into the rural community. All have prospered on a stubborn work ethic that has preserved the rural way of life for centuries.

In February of 2000, John and three partners created a pasture to consumer online grass-fed meat business on farms in Northeast Missouri and Western Illinois.  Grassland Beef, LLC dba US Wellness Meats was organized officially on September 1, 2000.  Marketing commenced on November 7, 2000, and continues today nationwide and into several foreign countries.  Grass-fed beef, lamb, bison, butter, cheese, free range poultry, pastured ABF pork, organic snacks, wild-caught seafood, raw honey and gourmet rabbit compose the core business model.  US Wellness Meats has been featured by professional athletes, chefs, doctors, trainers, authors and the likes of Fox News in recent years.

During the past 38 years, John has held leadership positions with Lewis County Extension, Lewis County Farm Bureau, Missouri Young Farmers, a three year stint on the Missouri Soil and Water Commission during the mid-1990’s, and is a founding member & chairman of Missouri Wind Resources, LLC.

It is exciting to be in an industry that supports animal agriculture, treats animals with respect, provides entry positions for young farmers with low overhead, is good for the land and plant community, good for the rural community and improves health and wellness for our consumers.”

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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News You Can Use: June 16-19 2013

News You Can Use

“As an Eating Disorder Professional, I know that many of my clients that are in treatment for Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder or Obesity are overwhelmed by all the information in the news about our health. In hopes of relieving some of the stress this can inflict on both my patients and readers, I’ve highlighted some of the weekly health news that was of particular interest to all of us at The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity. From my eating disorder and obesity treatment center in Cincinnati, here is your weekly news update for the week of June 16-19 2013!”

WHO urges tougher food marketing rules to curb childhood obesity – The marketing of unhealthy foods to children has proven “disastrously effective”, driving obesity by using cheap social media channels to promote fat-, salt- and sugar-laden foods, the World Health Organisation’s Europe office said on Tuesday.

The United Nations health agency called for tighter controls on such marketing, saying tougher regulations were crucial to winning the fight against childhood obesity. LEARN MORE.

Scientists Say New Study Shows Pig Health Hurt by GMO Feed – Pigs fed a diet of only genetically modified grain showed markedly higher stomach inflammation than pigs who dined on conventional feed, according to a new study by a team of Australian scientists and U.S. researchers. LEARN MORE.

Cuts both ways: Binge/purge and self-harming behaviors in adolescents – Besides the (obvious) binge/purge behaviors, one of the most common features of bulimia is self-harm. A recent study of adolescent ED outpatients found that, overall, around 40% of patients engaged in self-injuring behaviors. When they broke the data down, the researchers found that approximately 60% of patients with BN self-harmed, as did 60% of patients with a history of sexual and physical abuse. Rates of self-harm were roughly half of that in patients with restrictive EDs only (no binge OR purge behaviors) and no history of abuse. LEARN MORE.

BPA may contribute to obesity in girls – A Chinese study found that higher levels of bisphenol A in girl’s urine was associated with a doubled risk of obesity. The same was not found for boys. LEARN MORE.

Were there any news articles that you saw this week that really grabbed your attention? Leave a comment with a link. If the article helped you, it will likely help some of my other readers!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Why Am I So Hungry When I am Morbidly Obese?

overeating morbidly obese

“Why am I so hungry when I am morbidly obese?”. This is one of the most commonly asked questions from my obese patients. They often come to me feeling like a failure because they can’t follow the weight loss advice of their physician to “just eat less food”. This is extremely difficult to do when you are always hungry. What could possibly be creating these feelings of hunger?

There are primarily two hormones that tell us when we are hungry and when we are full; ghrelin and leptin. Leptin is produced by fat cells; it turns on the signal that tells us we are full and turns off the signal that tells us we are hungry. Ghrelin is produced by stomach cells; it turns off the signal that tells us we are full and turns on the signal that tells us we are hungry.

Obese individuals typically have high levels of leptin and low levels of ghrelin. Over time this leads to a firm of insensitivity to leptin and hypersensitivity to ghrelin.

So what does this mean? The brain is almost constantly receiving a signal that the body is hungry and rarely receiving a signal that body is satisfied. If you are overweight and are experiencing constant feelings of hunger, even after you have recently eaten, I encourage you to talk to your physician about having your serum leptin levels and serum ghrelin levels checked.

So what can be done to correct this imbalance? There are many sources that list a variety of supplements that can be used to balance out leptin and ghrelin levels. however, this approach treats the symptoms rather than the cause; an imbalance in these two hormones suggests that there is malfunction going on within other parts of the body. Supplements may help these two hormone levels fall or rise into a “normal” range for a short period of time, but if you aren’t treating the root cause it is likely that eventually you will need to take higher and higher dosages in order to keep them in a “normal” range. The cause of this malfunction within the body will vary from person to person, it could be anything from a parasite infection to leaky gut. We’ll be talk about parasite infections and leaky gut in an upcoming blog post. So stay tuned!

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Medical Advice Disclaimer: The information included on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan. Reading the information on this website does not create a physician-patient relationship.

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Clean Eating Recipe: Tuna Salad

tuna salad clean eating

Tuna salad is a favorite food of many of my patients that are in treatment for eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and bulimarexia. It’s easy to make, scrumptious, and full of protein! To avoid some of the not-so-healthy ingredients in store-bought mayo, I make my own. It’s so simple to make. Homemade mayo is mouthwatering and delicious; it beats the taste of store-bought mayo any day! My tuna salad recipe has become a favorite among family, friends, and patients. Organic, pasture-raised, chicken can also be substituted for the tuna to create an amazing chicken salad!

What kind of canned tuna is healthiest? According to Dr. Cate Shanahan, it is best to buy tuna that is in olive oil, rather than water. Olive oil preserves the essential omega-3 fats better than water. However, if it’s packed in another oil (such as canola, sunflower or cottonseed oil), Shanahan recommends opting for water-packed tuna. Canola, sunflower, and cottonseed oils tend to oxidize during processing. Not good news for your heart!

Tuna Salad

1-2 cans of wild-caught tuna, drained and flaked with fork (or cooked and cooled organic chicken, cubed)
chopped onion (to taste)
chopped celery (to taste)
4 egg whites (sauteed in olive oil and chopped) – save the egg yolks for homemade mayo
homemade mayonnaise (recipe follows below)
raisins or grapes (to taste)

Combine all ingredients. Serve on top of lettuce leaves, with a side of organic tomato slices and dill pickles.

Coconut Oil Mayonnaise

4 egg yolks + 1 whole egg
1/4 tsp ground sea salt
1/4 tsp garlic salt
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4-1/2 c white wine vinegar – (Coconut Secrets Vinegar)
2/3-1 c coconut oil

In food processor, very slowly process egg yolks and whole egg.
With processor still running, slowly add in sea salt, garlic salt, lemon juice, and vinegar ingredients until completely mixed.
Test for degree of saltiness and salt to taste.
With processor running, add coconut oil and continue processing until blended completely.

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of obesity and eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED) and the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Director of The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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