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A Lack of Information is Fattening

“I am lazy, stupid and fat!”  A cruel statement, right? But this is what my patient who is recovering from Bulimarexia hears in her head every day, all day long. The reality is that she is a hard worker, very smart and a normal weight after years of struggling with an eating disorder. But her fear of suddenly or somehow becoming “fat” is so intense that it may take another couple of years for this voice in her head to go away, and it may never go away completely. Sound crazy? It isn’t unusual for people to think this way.  We are afraid of being obese as a culture. The sight of an obese person strikes fear in the hearts of ...
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Don’t take away my Bacon! (As long as it’s non GMO, pasture raised)

This morning I woke up to twitter ablaze with the latest WHO findings that processed red meats cause cancer and that red meat is “probably carcinogenic.” I’m going to break it down for you, because to me, as a professional who deals with food myths on a daily basis, this report is irritating. In my practice, I am constantly dispelling myths left right and center, in hopes of educating people on how to eat to nourish their bodies for optimal function. When the article refers to bacon, what kind of bacon are these scientists talking about? Because to me, that is actually the important information. If it’s non-gmo, pasture raised bacon (which, albeit, can be tough to find) then I have to tell ...

When it Comes to Anorexia, Is It Willpower or is it Addiction?

According to the New York Times, researchers have found that when people with anorexia nervosa think about eating low fat foods, the part of the brain responsible for habit formation and addiction is engaged, which is the opposite for non-Anorexic individuals. In other words the researchers demonstrate that restricting may actually be more of a bad habit, aka and addiction, than a conscious choice. This represents a shift in thinking, in that we often credit the Anorexic with “super willpower” when it comes to resisting the foods that most people would find tempting. It turns out that they are not depriving themselves but are actually experiencing a reward for restricting; a reward that I believe they have consciously programed into ...
Why is my hair falling out?

“Dr. Norton, Why Is My Hair Falling Out?”

If you have Hashimotos, or any of a number of autoimmune diseases, such as Alopecia, or hyper or hypothyroidism, one of the most upsetting things that can happen is that your hair falls out. The traditional treatment for thyroid disease is Synthroid, which is a synthetic version of T4. But it doesn’t work for everyone. Several studies have shown that a subset of patients feel and do better on a combination of T4 and T3, not just T4 (i.e., levothyroxine drugs like Synthroid). My patients report that by adding T3, they have less depression, brain fog, and fatigue. This could be huge for those individuals that don’t feel well on their current thyroid therapies. However, even with the right combination, ...
No Eggs-cuses Breakfast

No Eggs-cuses Breakfast

No Eggs-cuses Breakfast Some of us have a really tough time making breakfast. In the rush to get the day started, these Egg Muffins have saved the day, many a morning! You can have all the convenience of “fast food” if you just take a little time once or twice a week to make these and store in the fridge. I actually love to have them on hand as a snack when my days are crazy. I need all that protein.  You can mix up the vegetables if you like, just be conscious of whether or not the vegetable has a lot of water (i.e. zucchini). Egg Muffins Ingredients 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced 1/4 cup carrots, grated 1/2 ...
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#MotivationMonday Change Stage Five-Maintenance

Here we are in my #MotivationMonday series about Change. This week we are talking all about, Maintenance. Now, if you remember last time, I told you that the number one mistake that people make while trying to change is thinking that Action is the last stage of change. It isn’t. Although modifying your behavior is the most visible stage of change, I would argue that the most important stage of change is Maintenance. During Maintenance you must work to consolidate the gains you have attained during action and other stages to prevent lapses and relapse. In fact, Maintenance is so important that I would warn anyone that if they are doing any kind of program or therapy that promises easy ...
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