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Does Your Child Suffer From An Eating Disorder?

Children that are bullied over their size are more likely to develop psychological issues, such as depression, anxiety, panic disorders, and eating disorders. 26% of sixth graders are bullied, teased, or rejected daily based on their size. This increases to 61% by high school. Additionally, obese children are 1.6 times more likely to be bullied by non-obese children.

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The Key to the Ketogenic Meal Plan

Recently I discovered that my blood sugar and insulin levels were elevated. After doing some research I discovered that the underlying reason my blood sugar was elevated was that I had been taking Red Rice Yeast extract. Why? It was recommended to me as a natural alternative to taking a statin. What I failed to do while taking it, was also supplement with CoQ10. This is super important for anyone considering taking statin or taking red rice yeast extract.

Determined to lower my blood sugar level, I recently embarked on a ketogenic meal plan. Ketogenic meals are typically associated with people seeking weight loss, precisely because they lower blood sugar and insulin levels. But there are actually many reasons someone might want to try this type of eating.

graphic courtesy of www.myketokitchen.com

The great thing about a ketogenic meal plan is that it is whole food based. That means there are no processed foods when eating this way, and food sources should be the highest quality that you can afford.

While eating this way, each meal consists of 70% good fats, 20-25% protein and 5% limited and low glycemic load carbohydrates. Yes, you read that right, 70% healthy fats. The key to the ketogenic meal plan is healthy fat. At first trying to determine these percentages can be a bit daunting, but once you understand the formula and the foods that fall into the categories, it becomes easy.

So what are the good fats? These include coconut oil, avocado, grassfed butter, olive oil, avocado oil, and lard. You will also enjoy full fat cheeses, yogurts, cream cheeses and crème. You will be using these fats in cooking, as well as creating delicious sauces and dressings (hello, avocado sour cream dressing!)

For protein choices, consider the following options: grass fed beef, bacon, pastured chicken and turkey, wild caught fish- really any protein in its whole form is acceptable as long as it is not processed. Again, you are looking for organic, grass fed, wild caught, pastured proteins.

What’s a low glycemic load carbohydrate? It’s a non starchy fruit or vegetable. For fruits, think berries- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries. For vegetables, think vegetables that grow above ground- lettuces, kale, collard greens, spinach, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchinni, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, eggplant, artichokes, cabbage, bell pepper, fennel, bok choy. Stay away from corn,carrots, beets, and potatoes of any kind.

The goal of a ketogenic diet is keeping your body in a state of ketosis. When you are in ketosis, your body burns more fat.  There are three things that prevent you from being in ketosis. 1) You are consuming more carbohydrates than you should be. You could also be consuming starchy carbohydrates. 2) You are not eating enough fat. We are so trained to think that fat is bad for us, when in fact healthy fats are critical to our health. 3) You are not eating enough protein. Satiety, the feeling of fullness, really comes from protein being consumed with healthy fat. You will be eating much more fat than you are normally accustomed to consuming.

The hardest part for me was eating less protein, as it only makes up about 20% of the calories. I knew it would be hard to stop eating all of the fruit, as I am sort of a fruitaholic as it turns out. But cutting back on the protein was trickier than I imagined because I had to keep checking to see what has protein in it and what does not. So heavy cream has no protein and coconut milk next to none. But a steak has a lot of protein and buffalo meat has even more. Fish is a very good choice, as well as chicken.

So what does a day of eating on a ketogenic meal plan look like?

Consider the following quick and easy breakfasts: an omelette with cheese on top cooked in coconut oil; An egg baked in half an avocado with cheese or bacon melted on top; Berry green smoothie made from blueberries, sour cream, spinach, and heavy whipping cream. I also throw in some of Dr. Axe’s collagen powder or some Naked Whey protein powder, but not too much.

Have I mentioned how much I love this product? Dr. Axe’s Collagen Protein.

For lunch, a meal may be something like a bacon lettuce and tomato salad; cauliflower cheddar soup; an omelette with bacon and veggies cooked in coconut oil, crab salad stuffed avocado.

Dinner are mostly protein and vegetable. For example,  lamb with pesto zucchini noodles; turkey meatloaf made with heavy cream and fresh parsley served with creamed spinach; garlic braised short ribs served with cheesy mashed cauliflower.

And don’t forget, you should be eating 2-3 snacks a day. Some of my favorites include, homemade crispy parmesan crackers; almond butter fudge; a smoothie; desserts called fat bombs and bacon and cheese deviled eggs.

Does all this sound pretty rich? Indeed! The whole idea of ketogenic meals centers around eating healthy fats. Consuming these healthy fats with proteins is what keeps the person feeling sated throughout the day. The way it works is that it resets your fat metabolism. In other words, you burn fat more efficiently. I have also found that I am building muscle much more easily. Mostly, I have no inflammation, sleep better and have thicker hair and eyelashes.  I am awaiting my blood sugar test results.

I’ve been using some of the recipes from The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners by Amy Ramos, and have found it to be concise and easy to understand. I also like it because most of the recipes have only 4 or 5 ingredients.

Every recipe I’ve tried in this book is delicious, more importantly, simple. There’s a super helpful shopping list as well that is for two weeks.

So, if you are looking to increase your levels of HDL and lower triglycerides, lower your blood sugar and insulin response- or if you are seeking the neurological benefits of this meal plan because you have epilepsy, anxiety or depression- you want to try this.

-Dr. Norton

#GetSunEatCleanBeWell

 

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. 

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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. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

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#MotivationMonday for Eating Disorder Recovery *Eclipse Edition*

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity.

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What is Wrong With the American Heart Association? Are They CocoLoco?

The American Heart Association (AHA) just keeps getting it wrong. In an article in USA today in mid-June, the organization is quoted as saying that coconut oil is bad for you. Really? Coconut oil may be one of nature’s most perfect foods. But the AHA has a long history of mistaking saturated fats as dangerous foods while touting grains and vegetable oils as good substitutes. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is thanks to the AHA’s Low Fat Guidelines in the 1970’s that we took the fat out of milk and put sugar in its place. Ever since then, Americans have been getting fatter and fatter.

Think I am exaggerating? Consider these facts:

  • US children, 30% of whom are currently obese, are projected to have shorter life expectancies than their parents. This is unheard of historically unless the country experienced a nuclear attack or the plague.
  • The US has the distinction of being the Wealthiest/Unhealthiest country in the world. That’s right. Among the 16 wealthiest nations in the world, we are dead last for health.
  • But for those of you who tend to be competitive, never fear because we are #1 for obesity, top of the list, fattest country in the world! We literally have every other country in the world beat when it comes to being fat.

Clearly the AHA’s recommendations are not working!

First the AHA told us to that all of the delicious nutrition that comes in whole fat milk was bad for us and now they are saying that coconut oil is bad for us! I smell a rat. They base this finding upon a report from the Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease Advisory, which reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials. “Because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, a cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and has no known offsetting favorable effects, we advise against the use of coconut oil,” the American Heart Association said in their advisory.

There are several things wrong with this “finding” (and I use the term loosely.) First, just because coconut oil increases LDL cholesterol, doesn’t mean that the result is bad for us since not all LDL cholesterol is bad. Secondly, coconut oil has been shown to have incredible health benefits. Thirdly, it would appear that the AHA is funded by organizations with a special interest in promoting the lipid theory of heart disease, or a theory that blames saturated fats, when most of the cutting edge science has shown that saturated fats are not the problem.

Let’s start with whether or not LDL cholesterol is the problem. It isn’t clear from the article in USA Today which type of LDL cholesterol the AHA is talking about and this is important because there are different types of LDL. The researchers at the AHA seem to be saying that LDL cholesterol causes CVD, but the scientific data on the role of LDL has changed and much of the research today actually points in the opposite direction. In other words, not all LDL cholesterol is bad.

In the 1970s, when LDLs were first discovered, they were found to be higher in people with cardiovascular disease, so the assumption (a key word here, assumption) was that they were bad and lowering them became the focus for most practitioners. What wasn’t understood at that time was that there are two types of LDL: Pattern A and Pattern B. One is dangerous, the other is not dangerous and may even be beneficial. It depends upon the particle size of the cholesterol.

  • Pattern A: The particles are large, light, and more or less buoyant, just floating through the blood. As such, they do not cause plaque to build up which is what clogs the arteries, so they are harmless. Guess what contributes to the big fluffy particles? Coconut oil and other healthy saturated fats.
  • Pattern B: The particles are small to very small in size. The smaller the particle size the more likely it is to wedge itself under the epithelial cells that line the walls of our arteries and damage the surfaces. This is what stimulates plaque formation. This type of LDL is dangerous. Guess what contributes to the small particles? Hydrogenated vegetable fats.

 

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Bottom line: LDL cholesterol gets a bad rap because it is correlated with CVD. But correlation is not causation.

 

The following is an excerpt from my soon to be released book:

                  

                 Food Kills: Food Cures

                  You Decide!

Cholesterol travels in “containers” that are made up of protein, cholesterol, phospholipids and triglycerides that are referred to as lipoproteins. The lipoproteins range from largest to smallest in density compared with the surrounding water. Think of little suitcases and the smaller the suitcase the more tightly it is packed. The smallest suitcase, High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) is the most densely packed and the largest suitcase, Very Low Density Lipoprotein (VLDL), is the least densely packed. They are different sizes, and have different compositions, because they have different jobs, depending upon where they end up. (Chylomicrons are in a class by themselves and are mostly triglycerides.)

 

  • Chylomicron is the biggest carrier. It is produced in the gut and directly provides the fuel from fats that the body needs to fuel its cells. It also delivers fats to the liver, where the fats are then sorted out and redistributed into lipoproteins. It mostly contains triglycerides.
  • VLDL (very low density lipoprotein) carries fat, cholesterol, fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants to cells. So we depend upon it for the absorption of vitamins and antioxidants. Good stuff!
  • IDL (intermediate density lipoprotein) which is a bit smaller than VLDL, carries something similar to VLDLs, just in smaller packages. More good stuff.
  • LDL (low density lipoprotein) is what is left over after VLDL has delivered most of its healthy content to the cells. It is called “bad cholesterol“ because it is easy to attack. Using the suitcase analogy, it is like that old battered suitcase you have that no longer zips or stays closed. You have to tape it together and even then, it may fall apart at the most inopportune time.     

 While traveling, this LDL gets hit by microbes, free radicals, toxins, and glucose (or the pollutants and excessive sugar from our           food and environment). It is in the most fragile container and as such, it is the most likely to be damaged, especially if there is a lot of glucose (sugar) floating around. Sugar causes glycation or “inflammation.” Inflammation is the reason for most of what ails us today in America.

  • oxLDL (oxycholesterol) is LDL after it has been attacked and oxidized. So now the suitcase is a filthy mesh bag, leaking gunk that clogs our arteries. Turns out, this is the really dangerous form of cholesterol and the most likely cholesterol to cause vascular disease.
  • HDL (high density lipoprotein) is the smallest suitcase with the highest density. This is the “good” cholesterol as it is very robust and reliable. It is like a Tumi (very expensive sturdy luggage) with James Bond technology built into it. HDL not only resists attack just like Bond would do, it actually saves cholesterol (the damsel in distress?) from turning into the damaged oxLDL. Finally, in a totally James Bond move, it destroys pathogens by infiltrating the pathogen and then from inside the cell of the pathogen, destroying it! It deserves the reputation for being the “good cholesterol”.
  • HDL-A1 – is the form of HDL that brings good cholesterol to the liver so it can be further distributed. It is produced when the cells in the skin are exposed to the sun and produce cholesterol sulfate.
  • B – HDL – is the form of cholesterol that goes specifically to the brain and again, requires sun exposure.

(Notice that the last two require sunshine in order to produce these incredibly beneficial forms of cholesterol? Stay tuned for a preview of my Sunshine Chapter.)

 

Contrary to what the AHA keeps saying, saturated fat is not the problem. Carbs are the problem, particularly hyper-hybridized grains and chemical versions of sugar, along with the hydrogenated fats in processed foods. These are the things clogging our arteries and causing inflammation. The AHA would have us believe that eating carbs and unsaturated vegetable fats is a good thing, when it is not. Low carb diets work, low fat diets do not.

Notice that in this study on the markers of metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, middle fat and type 2 diabetes) that on a low carb/high fat diet, glucose went down nearly 13%, insulin went down almost 50%, blood pressure went down nearly 20%, triglycerides went down more than 50% and HDL cholesterol went up almost 10%. High fat/low carb works.

The other problem with the “findings” of the AHA is the statement that coconut oil has “no known offsetting favorable effects”! Are you kidding? It may be one of the most perfect foods on the planet. It contains all of the amino acids, making coconut water the perfect hydrator when you are trying to restore electrolytes. In terms of its’ impact on weight management, coconut oil is metabolized by the liver and converts to energy instead of body fat. It has a high smoke point making it ideal for frying foods.

In the next article, we will explore the embarrassment of riches that we find in the coconut. In the article to follow and our conclusion for this series, we will look at why the AHA and it’s backers, Big Pharma and Big Food, might be promoting the lipid theory of heart disease and dissing coconut oil.

-Dr. Norton

#GetSunEatCleanBeWell

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity.

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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. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

©2017, Dr. J. Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr. J. Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2017, Dr. J. Renae Norton. //www.eatingdisorderpro.com/

 

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Sweets!

This post is for my sweets lovers. It’s that certain time of day, when you have a hankering for something sweet. But you want to eat the best quality sweets that are available to you- so plan ahead and make sure you have some of my favorites in stock.

Strawberries Dipped in Dark Chocolate

Yeah, this never gets old. It just doesn’t. And now that we are in strawberry season you can get those amazing strawberries with the old fashioned flavor- it’s like a little slice (or bite) of heaven.

Is there anything more beautiful and delicious than a strawberry off the vine in season?

Make sure you are using organic strawberries and organic dark chocolate. Don’t know how to easily melt the chocolate? Make a double boiler by doing the following. Bring a small pan of water to boil. Remove from heat. Place a smaller bowl inside or on top that pan so that they are nesting. Place the dark chocolate chips or pieces in the top bowl and let the heat work its magic. As the chocolate melts, stir it. Voila! Dip your strawberries and enjoy!

“Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”

Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate Ice Cream Topped with Fresh Blueberries

Dairy free, soy free, gluten free, low glycemic, certified organic ice cream- Hallelujah! I’m there! In fact, I’m there with organic, fresh blueberries. Need I say anything more?

Top with blueberries. (Trust me.)

Gluten Free Fudge Brownies

Yes, you can have gluten free brownies that are amazing. I promise you these brownies are delicious. I swap traditional sugar for coconut crystals and honey and wheat flour for either sorghum or coconut flour and almond meal. But don’t let the batter trick you as you are making it! At first the consistency will seems like cake batter, but keep beating it!

“You’re gonna love me…” (my fabulous gluten free brownies channeling their inner Jennifer Holliday in Dreamgirls.)

My Recipe

(Use all organic ingredients)

20 ounces high quality 100% dark chocolate (Sunspire)

2 cups expeller-pressed unrefined coconut oil

3 cups coconut crystals sugar

¼ cup raw local honey

1/2 cup almond meal

1/4 cup sorghum flour (or coconut flour)

1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

8 organic free-range eggs, beaten

4 tablespoon bourbon vanilla

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper.

Melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil, sugar and honey in a saucepan over low heat, gently stirring. (Or melt in a microwave safe measuring cup and stir together to combine.)

Beat the eggs

In a mixing bowl whisk together the almond meal, sorghum flour, fine sea salt and baking soda. Make a well in the center and add the beaten eggs, and vanilla extract. Slowly add the melted dark chocolate mixture. Beat on low-medium for two minutes, until the batter begins to come together.

At first it will seem thin, like cake batter, but keep beating until it thickens and becomes smooth and glossy. If you are adding nuts, stir in the nuts by hand and spread the batter into the prepared baking pan. Even out the batter with a silicone spatula. Stud the top with some dark chocolate chips and press in slightly.

Bake in the center of a preheated 350ºF oven for 32 to 35 minutes, or until the brownies are set. Cool on a wire rack; and remove the cooled brownies from the pan by gripping the parchment edges and lifting the brownies out as a whole. Chill for an hour before cutting. (They are good warm and gooey.) Yield: 16 servings

Fresh Fruit

Everyone has their favorite fresh fruit. Depending on the season, the sweetness and quality of the fruit can really be hit or miss.  Strawberries out of season, from across the country, can sometimes be really disappointing. The same goes for stone fruits like peaches or plums. My most beloved fruits to snack on when I really want something sweet and juicy are grapes and rainier cherries.

Behold, my beloved rainier cherries!

So, the next time you have a taste for something sweet, step away from the high fructose corn syrup whatever it is, and dig into one of these real food sweet treats!

-Dr. Norton

#GetSunEatCleanBeWell

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. 

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©2017, Dr. J. Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr. J. Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2017, Dr. J. Renae Norton. //www.eatingdisorderpro.com/

 

 

#MondayMotivation for Eating Disorder Recovery

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity.

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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. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

©2017, Dr. J. Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr. J. Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2017, Dr. J. Renae Norton. //www.eatingdisorderpro.com/

 

#MotivationMonday for Eating Disorder Recovery

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity.

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©2017, Dr. J. Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr. J. Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2017, Dr. J. Renae Norton. //www.eatingdisorderpro.com/

 

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Snacks!

It’s 11 a.m. and you are so hungry but lunch isn’t for another 90 minutes, or worse, 2 hours. What do you eat?

It’s 3 p.m. and you are really dragging but you still have miles to go before you are done for the day and able to head home for dinner. What do you eat?

It’s 7 p.m. and you had dinner, but suddenly you are hungry.  What do you eat?

I’m so glad you asked!

So many of us are on the go from the time we get up in the morning until we finally return home at the end of the day. Whether we are at work, or school, or running kids around from activity to activity, the best option is to plan ahead (like I always advise my patients about meals) and bring along some snacks. Even if you are at home, it can hard to choose foods to fill in the gap between meals.  So to make it easy, I’m introducing you to some of my favorite snacks.

Homemade Kale Chips

Store bought kale chips can be one of those items that has stuff in it that you wouldn’t necessarily want. So after much experimenting in my lab- my kitchen-  I’ve come up with a way to make kale chips at home. And they are so much better than store bought kale chips.  I use organic lacinato kale.

Lacinato kale can sometimes be referred to as dinosaur kale, or tuscan kale. It’s texture and size is different than traditional kale, and it is the best choice for making these chips.

Lacinato kale ready to be harvested. Isn’t it beautiful? I just had to share this photo.

Wash it really well and then let it dry completely. If I know I am going to be making these chips ahead of time, I just let it air dry for the day after washing it. If I’m in a hurry and want to make them right away, then I use a blow dryer to completely remove any moisture from the leaves. These will not become “chips” if there is any water on the kale when you add the oil, so remember, dry kale is the key. Once my kale is dry, I separate the leaves from the stem. This could be time consuming, but I’ve mastered the art of quickly separating the leaves from the stem by making two small slits at the bottom and running my two fingers down the stem on either side. Cut your kale leaves to the chip size that is ideal for you. (I like my kale chips medium sized.) Melt some coconut oil and add whatever spices you desire. It could coconut aminos and cayenne. It could be salt and herbs de provence. It really depends on your taste. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Add the kale chips to the spiced coconut oil mixture and make sure they are well coated. Place the kale chips in a single layer on the parchment paper. I bake these in a preheated 300 degree oven for 20-30 minutes to achieve that crispy, crunchy texture that I love about kale chips. I store them in a paper bag sealed tight if there are any leftovers.

Brown Bag Popcorn with Coconut Oil

We all love popcorn. Love it! Love the crunch! Love the salty, buttery flavor! What I don’t love is all the terrible ingredients in microwave popcorn. Have you ever flipped one of those bags over and read the ingredients? Half of them don’t even sound like food.  Instead, you should try my brown bag microwave popcorn with coconut oil. It’s delicious. Okay, here’s the key. You have to stand at the microwave and listen to your popcorn. Otherwise a) you will burn the popcorn and the bag or b) it won’t all get popped and you’ll have a bunch of seeds. First I melt the coconut oil, or grassfed butter, or a blend of both. I put my salt and spices in the melted fat and put it to the side.  Next, take your brown bag and fill the bottom with one layer of popcorn kernels. The amount of popcorn you put in the bag, depends on the bag size. So again, we just want a single layer of kernels. Don’t add anything else to the bag. Fold it over a few times so that it is sealed tight. Put it in the microwave and turn it on for five minutes. IT WILL NOT TAKE FIVE MINUTES. Now, I want you to listen as the popcorn is popping. When it gets to the point where it is 2-3 seconds between pops, pull that bag out. Open it up, pour the spiced, melted coconut oil or 100% grass fed butter into the bag. Shake it up really good, and enjoy! I swear this is the best popcorn you’ll have ever had.

Hummus and Vegetables

This is super easy. I make my own hummus, but you can use store bought as long as all the ingredients are real and it is organic (no citric acid, we are looking for lemon juice.) I love hummus with carrots and celery. It’s so fast and easy. If you love raw veggies, try green beans, tomatoes and peppers, zucchini and cucumber sticks- the list can go on and on.

Fresh Fruit

Seriously, it doesn’t get any easier than this. We all have our favorite fruits.   My favorite fruits include bing cherries, grapes, and bananas.

Hummus with Almond or Rice/Seed Crackers

This is also super easy. If you can find a real ingredient hummus (remember, organic with no citric acid, we are looking for lemon juice) try adding one of these two crackers to your snack. I’m including the pictures because it helps when you are looking for them in the grocery.

Note: These particular rosemary crackers are made with real ingredients. For some reason, some of the other varieties of the simple mills crackers have different ingredients. But these rosemary ones are amazing. The almond meal makes them super satisfying.

 

 

 

 

 

Guys, these are my favorite snacks! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Do you have a favorite snack? Tweet me @drrenae.

-Dr. Norton

#GetSunEatCleanBeWell

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity.

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©2017 Dr. J. Renae Norton. This information is intellectual property of Dr. J. Renae Norton. Reproduction and distribution for educational purposes is permissible. Please credit ‘© 2017, Dr. J. Renae Norton. //www.eatingdisorderpro.com/

 

#MotivationMonday for Eating Disorder Recovery

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment and recovery of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. 

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Oh, Sugar!

Copy of Copy of Copy of NATURAL OPTIONS FOR ANXIETY-4In my practice, I spend a lot of time trying to educate my patients about food. One of the major learning curves for my patients is sugar. It is truly astounding how much sugar is in our food. I blog about this all the time. So I thought I would address the number one myth that I encounter in my practice:

“I don’t add sugar to my foods, so I am ok, right?

WRONG.

You don’t have to add the sugar, it is already there.

Most people believe that “added sugar” means the sugar you add to your iced tea or put on your cereal. The Centers for Disease Control defines added sugar as “all sugars used as ingredients in processed and prepared foods such as cereals, breads, cakes, soft drinks, jams, chocolates, ice cream, and sugars eaten separately or added to foods at the table.” Examples of added sugars include:
➢ Coconut sugar
➢ Brown sugar
➢ Raw sugar
➢ Corn syrup, corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup
➢ Malt syrup
➢ Maple syrup
➢ Pancake syrup
➢ Fructose sweetener
➢ Liquid fructose
➢ Honey
➢ Molasses
➢ Anhydrous dextrose, crystal dextrose, and dextrin

Sugar has developed a well-deserved reputation for being dangerous. In its natural form, however, it is one of the most important sources of energy we have. For humans, sugar is the only carbohydrate that circulates in the blood stream and serves as the primary energy source for the brain and the cells throughout the body. In the plant world, it is formed through photosynthesis, and is vital to the propagation of the species of each plant. Sugar is found naturally in many foods, such as fruits and vegetables, and even in milk.

The two main types of sugar that we must know about in order to be healthy are glucose and fructose.

Glucose  is a monosaccharide (simple sugar) found in the sap of plants, and in the bloodstream of humans where it is referred to as “blood sugar.”
Glucose is one of the analytics your doctor looks at when you have a physical. The normal concentration of glucose in the blood is about .1%, or between 70mg/dl to 120mg/dl. It can be too high, as in pre-diabetes or Type II diabetes, or it can be too low, as in hypoglycemia. Because it is the primary source of energy for the brain, it influences psychological processes such as self-control, decision-making and mood. Thus, when glucose is low, these mental processes may be impaired. When it is too high, we end up with insulin resistance and ultimately diabetes.

Glucose From Grains
Glucose may come from fruits or grains. The one that gives us the most trouble is the glucose from grain. The majority of the glucose found in grain is called either amylose or amylopectin. Both are starches and as such have a higher glycemic load, a term used to describe how fast a sugar raises blood sugar levels. This is important because, gaining weight and diabetes are more about high blood sugar levels than anything else. Keep your blood sugar levels under control and your weight will be much easier to manage and you will not be at risk for Type 2 Diabetes. Contrary to popular belief, weight gain is not nearly as much about the number of calories you eat as it is about how high your glycemic load is or how high your blood sugar levels are.
Not all starches are created equal in terms of how much they raise blood sugar levels. Those with fiber have a lower glycemic load than those without it. Legumes, (beans) for example, convert from amylose into glucose + fructose, which lowers their blood sugar level. Whereas sticky rice and potatoes convert from amylopectin into glucose + glucose, which makes them two of the worst foods you can eat if you are trying to keep your blood sugars levels under control and manage your weight. (Raise your hand if you thought rice was good for you.)
U.S. grown grains have been hyper-hybridized to make them cheaper to grow. They are also starchier, more addicting and more fattening because they have a very high glycemic load. Grains in Europe, on the other hand, are still fairly simple genetically, which is one of the reasons that you can eat pasta in Italy and not worry about gaining weight. That’s how pasta got the rep for being good for you. The problem is that it doesn’t hold true here in the U.S. so if you are eating home-grown pasta, you are likely raising your blood sugar levels and gaining weight.

Glucose from Fruit – Fructose
Natural fructose, or fruit sugar, is a simple monosaccharide found in many plants. It is absorbed directly into the bloodstream during digestion. Fructose is found naturally in plant sources such as honey, tree and vine fruits, flowers, berries, and most root vegetables. In this form it is not harmful, unless your health is already compromised, in which case, you may have to limit even these foods until your blood sugar levels stabilize. In general eating fruit is better than eating most grains, especially hyper-hybridized grains, because the fruit has more water and fiber which is why it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels as much as a starchy grain might.
Sugars to Avoid

Commercially derived fructose is “made” from sugar cane, sugar beets, and corn, all of which are usually genetically engineered. This is where things get sticky. Commercially derived sugars are really just chemicals that resemble sugar. Most of the sweeteners in U.S. foods are no longer sugar, but are toxic chemicals designed to delight the glutamate receptors in the brain and basically fake them out. Unfortunately, sugar is one of the most common ingredients in processed foods. There are three important forms of commercially derived fructose: crystalline, sucrose and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Crystalline Fructose
This form of commercial sugar is a monosaccharide. It is usually created from cornstarch, but other starches such as rice and wheat can also be used. In this method, corn is first milled to produce cornstarch, then processed to yield corn syrup, which is almost entirely glucose. The glucose obtained is treated with a series of chemicals to convert nearly all of it into fructose. The fructose is then allowed to crystallize, and is finally dried and milled to produce crystalline fructose.

Sucrose (Table Sugar)
This commercial sugar is a disaccharide compound made up of one molecule of glucose and one molecule of fructose. It is the organic compound commonly known as table sugar. A white, odorless, crystalline powder with a sweet taste, it is best known for its role as a food enhancer, meaning it registers in the brain in a way that makes us want to eat more of anything containing it. It is used in baked goods because it dissolves easily.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
HFCS is both a food additive and a preservative made from GMO corn that is ground into a fine powder and then broken down further with a fungus and a bacterium. It lasts longer than real sugar, tastes sweeter, and most importantly, from the food manufacturer’s perspective, it is cheaper and therefore much more profitable. Most important of all though, is that it is highly addicting and almost guarantees that the consumer will be more likely to repurchase any product containing it. This gives new meaning to the term consumer loyalty. Never mind that our bodies don’t know how to digest it and it can lead to a fatty liver (see below), Type 2 Diabetes, or obesity.

Good Choices
The best sugars on the market are:
Unrefined Coconut sugar or Coconut Sugar Syrup (coconut nectar) – They both come from the coconut, have a relatively low glycemic load and taste delicious. Both can easily be used in recipes. It is light brown in color so it looks more like brown sugar. Here are some of the main benefits:

Raw Manuka Honey – Honey has many medicinal properties. But the best is the raw Manuka honey in my humble opinion. I put a teaspoon in my sleepytime tea every night with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar.
➢ Anti-Bacterial
Hospitals around the world have been using bandages soaked in Manuka honey on patients in order to reduce inflammation and prevent MRSA staph infection in wounds and sores. One study found that when Manuka was used to treat infected caesarean and hysterectomy wounds, it had a success rate of 85 percent.

➢ Wound Healing
Not only is Manuka anti-bacterial, but it has also been found to help wounds heal faster.

➢ Anti-Fungal
Studies have found Manuka honey to have powerful anti-fungal properties. When used in its raw, natural form, Manuka honey is a great way to treat various types of fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, ringworm, and jock itch.

➢ Gum Disease Fighter
Studies have found that Manuka fights off three different types of mouth bacteria that can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. It might seem counterintuitive to rub a sugary substance on the gums, but research has found that rubbing Manuka on the gums after brushing can reduce plaque and bacteria in the mouth.

➢ Sore Throat Treatment
Manuka fights several bacteria that cause sore throats. When sore throat rears its ugly head, take a teaspoon of Manuka several times per day, swishing it in your mouth before swallowing.

➢ Acne Treatment
Studies have been done on Manuka as an acne treatment with positive results. When applied to the skin, Manuka can fight bacteria associated with acne and when taken internally, it can help fight bacteria in the intestines that may lead to skin blemishes as well as balance intestinal flora that are thrown off by antibiotics prescribed to combat acne.

➢ Sunburn Treatment
When applied to sunburned skin, Manuka can soothe the soreness and speed healing.

➢ Anti-Inflammatory
Manuka is a natural anti-inflammatory, which explains why it helps in wound healing, soothes sunburn and sore throat, and boosts the overall health of the body.

➢ Acid Reflux
Manuka honey can help with acid reflux because it coats the esophagus and intestinal tract which prevents damage from stomach acid and relieves symptoms. Manuka may also help to heal the damage already caused by acid reflux.

➢ Digestive Support
Using Manuka honey on a regular basis can prevent and treat bowel problems such as ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome. Manuka also encourages the growth of “good” bacteria in the intestines and gets rid of unwanted bacteria.

➢ Stomach Ulcer Treatment and Prevention
Research has found that Manuka honey prevents the growth of h. pylori (helicobacter pylori), the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers while maintaining good bacteria in the stomach.

➢ Energy Booster
Studies have found Manuka to be a great source of energy thanks to its healthy carbs and has also been found to improve the performance of endurance athletes. It assists the body in post-workout muscle repair and helps the body to maintain blood sugar levels during and after exercise.

Monk Fruit Sugar – Only buy it if it is without additives unless the additive is Erythritol, as Etythritol is a sugar alcohol that has a very low glycemic load. (See section on sugar alcohols below.) Monk fruit is indigenous to China and Thailand and is said to be 500 times sweeter than sugar. It’s colloquially referred to as monk fruit because it was said to have first been used by monks in China in the 13th century for medicinal purposes. Today it is thought to help in treating a cough and sore throat. The only problem I see with it, is that the hyper-sweetness makes it harder for us to appreciate natural sweetness.

So Just How Do I Cut Out All This Added Sugar?

➢ Limit processed foods as much as possible.
➢ Cut out sugary sports drinks, soda and flavored milk.
➢ Cut out artificially sweetened foods altogether. “Diet” foods, such as diet soda, are the worst and have been shown to increase cravings for sugary foods and to have neurotoxic effects on the brain.
➢ Replace sugary foods with those that are naturally low in added sugar. This can include fresh fruit, small amounts of unsweetened dried fruits or unsweetened cacao nibs. Jovial Foods makes a delicious ginger cookie that has a small amount of coconut sugar. Or make your own baked goods using coconut sugar, raw Manuka honey, or Xylitol sparingly as sweeteners or on hemp cereal.
➢ Avoid foods that contain any sugar made with corn, corn syrup, or high fructose corn syrup like the plague as these sugars are like sugar on steroids and they will make your child crave sugar all the time. Look for foods that contain “no added sugar” or “reduced sugar.” Just make sure that the sugar hasn’t been replaced with an artificial sweetener.
➢ Avoid processed foods that are marketed as being “low fat.” When food manufacturers remove fat from a product, they often add in more sugar to compensate for the reduction in flavor and texture. This is especially true of milk. Buy only 100% grass-fed milk.
➢ Avoid products that contain “hidden” sources of sugar such as flavored yogurt, processed cereal, granola bars, dried (sweetened) fruits which also often has canola oil added as well, energy bars, apple sauce, ketchup, flavored instant oatmeal, fruit spread, store-bought salad dressings, store-bought bread, etc. You can make your own versions of these foods and sweeten them naturally or find the ones that are not sweetened with harmful sweeteners. A good rule of thumb is the fewer the ingredients, the healthier the food if it is processed.

How to Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners From Your Diet
➢ Check your food labels at home and throw out everything that has in it: Aspartame, Acesulfame Potassium (K), Saccharin or Sucralose, Equal®, NutraSweet® or Splenda®
➢ Use natural sweeteners like coconut crystals, coconut nectar or organic raw honey, Monk fruit or Xylitol.
➢ Avoid products that are labeled “low calorie,” “diet,” or “sugar free,” since they all likely contain sugar additives, some of which are likely to be artificial sweeteners.
➢ Drink purified water instead of diet drinks.

-Dr. Norton

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. 

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What Do You Mean “It Isn’t Really Olive Oil?”

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If my readers know anything, they know that I am on a fake food crusade. We are all tired of buying foods that appear to be one thing, when in fact they are actually something else entirely.

Take for example, olive oil. One of the basic staples of every kitchen. My guess is you have a bottle of it in your cabinet right now. If you are like me, and love to get a good deal on a quality item, you probably have a rather large container of it in your pantry. I’m guessing your bottle says it’s 100% extra virgin olive oil, that it is imported, and possibly it has some other phrases that lead you to believe it is what it says it is.

Have you ever heard of the Agromafia? Neither had I.

Now watch this.

As if it weren’t bad enough that our food supply has GMOs everywhere, now we are being told that our olive oil isn’t really olive oil, it is diluted with other unhealthy oils, like canola or sunflower, or chemicals or deodorants (who knew?!)

The truth is that no matter what your olive oil container SAYS, there is a very strong chance it isn’t really 100% extra virgin olive oil.

How do you find it?

I’m so glad you asked.

Also, be on the lookout for certifications. If it’s from California, it should say “COOC Certified Extra Virgin.” Also recommended is the Extra Virgin Alliance (EVA) and UNAPROL, the respected Italian olive growers’ association. But if you are going to purchase an imported oil with nothing to rely on except its country of origin, both Chile and Australia are considered the safest best.

So basically, buy your EVOO from a small producer, make sure it’s that unique, luminous green color, and be prepared to spend more in order to get the real thing.

-Dr. Norton

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. She is also the author of The Sun Plus Diet, due out in summer 2016. 

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Why Is Diet Soda Dangerous for Anorexics?

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Why is diet soda dangerous for anorexics? One word: Cholesterol.

Inflammatory Toxins

I talk a lot about inflammation. There are a number of additives that have been shown to be inflammatory. Here are a few of the most common ones.

  • Aspartame – H.J. Roberts, M.D., coined the term “aspartame disease” in a book filled with over 1,000 pages of information about the negative health consequences of ingesting aspartame, which included headache, dizziness, vomiting, memory loss, and fibromyalgia among other disorders. Aspartame is composed of Aspartic Acid, Phenylalanine, and Methanol, all of which have serious side effects.
  • Aspartic Acid. Aspartic acid, or aspartate, makes up about 40 percent of aspartame. In the brain, aspartate acts as a neurotransmitter, helping information get from one neuron to another. An excess amount of aspartate in the brain releases free radicals and, in turn, kills the neurons by allowing an excess of calcium to be absorbed. Multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, dementia and Parkinson’s disease are only a few of the chronic illnesses linked to excessive amounts of aspartate over an extended period of time. The FDA has also reported nausea, vision, sleeping problems, migraines and more as side the effects of excessive aspartate consumption too.
  • Phenylalanine, an amino acid, makes up about 50 percent of aspartame. Phenylalanine raises blood phenylalanine levels, which can decrease serotonin and lead to depression, seizures and even schizophrenia.
  • Methanol. Methanol, also known as wood alcohol makes up the remaining 10 percent of aspartame. This is where things get especially dangerous. Methanol breaks down into formic acid, which is harmless for all animals except humans. In humans, the alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) enzyme converts methanol into formaldehyde, which wreaks havoc with sensitive proteins and DNA. The formaldehyde, or methanol poisoning, is a neurotoxin causing such conditions as:
  • Headaches
  • Ear buzzing
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Weakness
  • Vertigo
  • Chills
  • Memory lapses
  • Numbness and shooting pains in the extremities
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Neuritis

The most well-known problems from methanol poisoning are vision problems, including misty vision, progressive contraction of visual fields, blurring of vision, obscuration of vision, retinal damage, and blindness. Formaldehyde is also a known carcinogen that causes retinal damage, interferes with DNA replication and may cause birth defects. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends a daily limit of 7.8 mg a day of methanol, which equals half of an 8 oz. aspartame-sweetened beverage.[1]

If you don’t believe that there is formaldehyde in your Coke just smell it when it is warm.

By-Products of Aspartame

Diketopiperazine (DKP) is produced by the body when aspartame is metabolized. Uterine polyps and increased cholesterol levels have been linked to DKP.

Many of us in the eating disorders field are seeing anorexic patients with high cholesterol levels, especially among those who also binge and purge. Perhaps this is due in part to the fact that most patients suffering from anorexia live on diet soft drinks, thus influencing DKP levels. DKP may also help to explain this paradox of high cholesterol and low body fat among the bulimarexic population . [2]

Are you drinking diet soda?

-Dr. Norton

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[1] Documentary: Sweet Misery

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[2] Rigaud D. Diabete Metab. 2009;35:57-63.

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Your Thanksgiving Questions. My Thanksgiving Answers!

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You asked. I have answers. The always fun Thanksgiving Question and Answer blog post.

Before we get into the nitty gritty, I want to take a moment to let you know that I am infusing some humor into this special post because, quite frankly, this is the most difficult holiday for folks with eating disorders and their families. Humor is a special kind balm in every sticky and uncomfortable situation that gives us perspective.

Here we go!

Thanksgiving stands firm as my favorite holiday – cooking/baking, Macy’s parade, family, time off work and of course, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! But, each year poses another struggle to overcome in this journey called recovery. I am 12 years going strong (on December 18th) in recovery to an eating disorder. The path has not been smooth travel; but, every hardship created strength within. This year, God presented before me the one struggle I cannot release. . .eating in front of others. I have always been criticized, critiqued and condemned for what’s on my plate. When knee deep in eating disorder behavior, it was condemnation over lack of food and combinations created to fill my cravings with least calories possible. Travelling through recovery, I continue to get criticized and critiqued over foods chosen (now much healthier portions and recipes made from scratch). I hear comments like, “Well, we know you wouldn’t eat that,” “You eat so healthy (in a condemning voice),” “What are you eating? (in a disapproving connotation)” There are other comments made about my lifestyle, which is now very healthy emotionally and physically. It gets old hearing others comment about my looks or eating habits when I know I continue each day to choose what is best for my health. Others do not realize that staying healthy and choosing recovery every day is not easy. Their comments do not help. It makes me fill with anxiety when eating with others and so I often avoid it. I am presented with the challenge to kindly stick up for myself and become a bit more transparent. With God’s help, I will enjoy every part of this Thanksgiving and respond to any comment accordingly.  

Everyone with an eating disorder struggles with these issues as you so eloquently describe them. Sometimes people are genuinely trying to say and do the right thing and it comes out wrong. And sometimes they are just being intrusive. In any case your responsibility starts and ends with being kind while taking care of yourself. You said it, stick up for yourself graciously. What does this look like?

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Don’t be petty.

Kidding! That’s what you say INSIDE. Outside you smile and say, “Yes, it’s just so delicious,” or “I’m truly enjoying this moment.” And then you transition to something else. “Did you see the Bengals game last Sunday?” (I’ll talk about transitions a little later.)

Most importantly, enjoy the parts of this Thanksgiving that have the most meaning for you. It might not be the food.  THAT IS TOTALLY OKAY. If you need someone to give you permission to acknowledge that your favorite part of Thanksgiving has nothing to do with food or eating in front of people- I grant you permission. Sometimes just releasing yourself from that expectation is helpful.

Thank you so much for addressing Thanksgiving for those of us who cannot get happy about it due to our eating disorders and food allergies. Some of my issues concern becoming like amnesia when asked to bring “a dish” to a dinner.   I mentally freak out and can’t think of anything I can make to bring. Then there is the comparison issue going on at the event – who made the best dish and so on. I can’t do that anymore. There is the issue of timing of the meal. My son and daughter in law eat around 7 pm. That is too late for me to eat that much food and I’m starving – not a good thing. Also food allergies – mine are gluten, dairy, turkey, soy. After many mistakes and problem issues I now prepare my gf dressing, sugar free cranberries, roasted chicken and gf pumpkin pie. They can eat the cranberries I bring and I take a regular pumpkin pie for them and whip cream.

Want to mention that one of the best Thanksgivings I ever had was with my former partner we were in Nassau and had the most wonderful, fresh caught that day seafood with a French cream sauce and capers and Caesar Salad. Unforgettable!

So this letter went on a little longer, and I cut it short so that parts that might identify this person were omitted. But let me say this. This is all very common. Food allergies, the comparing of the dishes, the time of the meal-  so many people share these frustrations. Here’s what I think. Or rather, what I’d bring. You say, you had this amazing Thanksgiving in Nassau. I would bring Caesar salad. Because a) it’s something you love. b) who doesn’t love caesar salad? c) it’s easy.

To address the other issues that were in this question (both public and omitted), I say this: Come when you can. Leave when you have to. It is what it is. You can’t control people, places, things. No is a complete sentence.

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Do I approach the subject of food to my daughter or just avoid the topic?

I am assuming that she has an eating disorder. DO NOT APPROACH IT. SAY NOTHING! That being said, here is what you should say: “We’re so glad you are here!” Talk about anything but anything related to food.

How do I protect my child’s privacy and still appropriately answer questions from relatives about a) Why is she not at Thanksgiving (if she chooses not to attend) or b) How is she? or c) Comments about what she is eating or how she is looking.

Make sure you are within kicking distance of the people asking the above questions. A good kick to the shins under the table should solve the problem. Kidding! In all seriousness, you can’t really warn them ahead of time, that actually makes it worse, but you need to practice and master the art of transitions. What are transitions? I’ll give you a few examples.

Well meaning family member (let’s give them the benefit of the doubt):  Where is your daughter? Why isn’t she at Thanksgiving? 

You: She wanted to do something else this year. What are your children doing for thanksgiving? or She wanted to do something else this year. Can you help me get people drinks? Can you go ask Aunt Shirley what she’d like to drink? or She wanted to do something else this year. Boy, Judy sure looks busy in the kitchen, I’m going to ask her what I can do to help. 

Well meaning family member: How is she? (concerned furrowed eyebrows)

You: She’s good. How are you? or She’s good. Did you see this new recipe I’m trying? or She’s good. Did you see I made grandma’s green beans? or She’s good. Did I tell you i just started watching this new television series on Netflix that I love? Do you have Netflix? It’s so much better than cable. 

Well meaning family member: God, she looks so thin. 

You: (Saying nothing.) Did I tell you I’m going full out black friday shopping tomorrow? I’m literally lining up at 6am to buy a television for $5. (or whatever). or (Say nothing and ignore the comment) Hey I’m thinking about going to see Second City’s Holidazed and Confused at Playhouse in the Park for the holidays. I saw them on TV and it looks so funny.  When you directly ignore the comment it sends a very strong message.

In all these examples, you are appropriately answering their questions, while also protecting her privacy. Anyone looking to get into a deep conversation on Thanksgiving about how your daughter is doing needs to examine their own reasons for essentially starting an inappropriate conversation at an inappropriate time.

What is the best way to convey how loved and wanted she is at these family events?

Just say it, lots.

Guys, just remember, stay away from the politics. Stay away from the food talk. Express your sincere gratitude at having loved ones with you. And if you don’t have it, you don’t have to say anything. And make sure you have a good thanksgiving soundtrack, it helps with the lulls at the table.

Just remember:

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Happy Thanksgiving!

-Dr. Norton

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. She is also the author of The Sun Plus Diet, due out in 2016.

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Thanksgiving! Final Call for Questions!

Last Call! It is the last day to send in your questions/concerns related to Thanksgiving.

Every year I receive questions and concerns that so many of us can relate to.  I’d love to hear from you.

Maybe your concerns relate to an eating disorder. Maybe the family dynamics make Thanksgiving a dreaded holiday. Maybe you have a politically divided table (a problem a lot of families are facing this year.)

My goal is provide some tools to manage the holiday. I’ll include my answers in my blog and newsletter on Tuesday November 22nd.

So, please tweet me your questions @drrenae, send me an email at drnorton@eatingdisorderpro.com with the subject Turkey Time, or message me on Facebook. All questions and concerns will remain anonymous.

I promise, with a little courage from you asking the questions, and me giving you the tools, this Thanksgiving will be different. Because you’ll be prepared. Let’s face the fear before we sit down at the table.

-Dr. Norton

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. She is also the author of The Sun Plus Diet, due out in 2016. 

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Thanksgiving. You Have Questions. I Have Answers.

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Thanksgiving is a really hard holiday for a lot of people.

For people who are newly recovering from an eating disorder it can be tough. For obese patients, the thought of having to face all that food is enough to make them want to skip the holiday altogether. For binge eaters, who are in an already stressful situation, they just want to hide out in the kitchen eating. For a patient with an eating disorder who is not in treatment, it can be an incredibly uncomfortable situation. For parents of a child with an eating disorder, the thought of having all that food on the table and the person not eating can make them livid. I could go on and on. But I won’t.

Instead, I want to hear from you. What is your concern about Thanksgiving? Do you have a specific question? I’d love to hear from you. I’m compiling questions to answer in a blog post right before Thanksgiving. My goal is provide some tools to manage the holiday. I’ll also include my answers in my newsletter on Tuesday November 22nd.

So, please tweet me your questions @drrenae, send me an email at drnorton@eatingdisorderpro.com with the subject Turkey Time, or message me on Facebook. All questions will remain anonymous.

I promise, with a little courage from you asking the questions, and me giving you the tools, this Thanksgiving will be different. Because you’ll be prepared. Let’s face the fear before we sit down at the table.

-Dr. Norton

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. She is also the author of The Sun Plus Diet, due out in 2016. 

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Recipe: Meatloaf

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So this past week I posted a photo of my latest greatest quick dinner recipe on Facebook and I received so many requests for the recipe, I decided to post it. It’s super simple, and you are going to love it. I served this meatloaf with mashed carrots with sour cream and some homemade kale chips (unbelievably delicious and crunchy!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 lb beef (grassfed, organic)

1 egg

1 cup mashed carrot

1 cup diced onion

1 cup bread crumbs made from dried out sourdough garlic toast

1 cup crushed tomatoes

1 tsp real salt

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp italian herbs

1 tsp bourbon smoked paprika

2-3 tbsp bbq sauce

Start by preheating oven to 350 degrees. Grease a baking dish with coconut oil.  Fork together the beef, eggs, carrots, onion, bread crumbs, crushed tomatoes, and herbs.  Make sure everything is mixed well.  Put into baking dish.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, then top with bbq sauce and bake for five minutes more.

Remove, slice and enjoy!

-Dr. Norton

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. She is also the author of The Sun Plus Diet, due out in 2016. 

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Welcome to Medicine’s Newest Lab

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For anyone trying to change his or her eating habits, going to the doctor can be discouraging. Often, efforts to reverse chronic disease using nutrition is met with skepticism, condescension and a prescription when discussed with physicians.

However, there’s good news in Cincinnati!

UC’s Institute for Integrative Health and Wellness has strengthened its partnership with our areas largest organic farm.

Medical students and other health professionals will now make regular trips to Turner Hill Farm, in Indian Hill, to a new teaching kitchen, to learn how food can be used to prevent disease. This comes on the heels of a growing movement in medicine that aims to educate patients on the importance and value of nutrition.

Dr. David Eisenberg, associate professor at the Harvard University School of Public Health, recently spoke at UC to announce the partnership and highlight the contradictions that are inherent in our health care system. Hospitals still serve notoriously unhealthy foods. Physicians are more likely to write prescriptions than discuss specific healthy eating protocols for patients.

Dr. Eisenberg encouraged students to think of the kitchen at Turner Hill as a laboratory where medical students could reflect on their own eating habits while considering and developing programs for patients.

As a clinical psychologist who works very closely with patients looking to make behavioral changes in order to reach their health goals, the news of this partnership between an organic farm and the next generation of doctors, is incredibly inspiring.  To have a major medical school both acknowledge and commit to training physicians to use organic food as the first line of defense is long overdue.

Welcome to medicine’s newest lab- the kitchen.

-Dr. Norton

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. She is also the author of The Sun Plus Diet, due out in 2016. 

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Natural Anxiety Relief

NATURAL OPTIONS FOR ANXIETY

Treatment for anxiety does not have to equal “drugs.” You have nothing to lose, and everything to gain, by applying lifestyle modifications before trying medication. You may be surprised by how much such changes lessen anxiety naturally. If you often feel anxious or have panic attacks I strongly recommend the following:

  • Exercise

In addition to the creation of new neurons, including those that release the calming neurotransmitter GABA, exercise boosts levels of potent brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress. Many avid exercisers also feel a sense of euphoria after a workout, sometimes known as the “runner’s high.” It can be quite addictive, in a good way, once you experience just how good it feels to get your heart rate up and your body moving.

  • Optimizing Your Gut Flora

Your gut and brain work in tandem, each influencing the other. This is why your intestinal health can have such a profound influence on your mental health and vice versa. It’s also the reason why your diet is so closely linked to your mental health.

Prior research has shown that the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus had a marked effect on GABA levels in certain brain regions and lowered the stress-induced hormone corticosterone, resulting in reduced anxiety- and depression-related behavior.  The probiotic known as Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 has also been shown to normalize anxiety-like behavior in mice with infectious colitis.

So optimizing your gut flora with beneficial bacteria is a highly useful strategy. This is done by eliminating sugars and processed foods and eating plenty of non-starchy vegetables, avoiding processed vegetable oils, and using healthy fats. Additionally, eating plenty of fermented vegetables like sauerkraut or taking a high-potency probiotic would be useful to reestablish healthy gut flora.

  • Omega-3 Fats

Your diet should include a high-quality source of animal-based omega-3 fats, like anchovies, sardines, wild-caught Alaskan salmon or krill oil. The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA play an important role in your emotional well-being, and research has shown a dramatic 20 percent reduction in anxiety among medical students taking omega 3s.

-Dr. Norton

#GetSunEatCleanBeWell

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. She is also the author of The Sun Plus Diet, due out in summer 2016. 

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. She is also the author of The Sun Plus Diet, due out in summer 2016. 

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Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, specializing in the outpatient treatment of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, bulimarexia, and binge eating disorder (BED), as well as obesity. She is also the author of The Sun Plus Diet, due out in summer 2016.

Let’s Connect!

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Contact Dr Norton by phone 513-205-6543 or by form

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. This information is not necessarily the position of Dr. J. Renae Norton or The Norton Center for Eating Disorders and Obesity.

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Positive Self Talk!

POSITIVE SELF TALK

Everyone could use a reminder about the power of positive self talk.

Self talk is that inner voice that helps us calm our monkey minds once the hamster wheel of anxiety or depression starts spinning.

Self talk is just a part of DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) but it can be applied in any moment to help us cope with the present emotion.

For example, it is Monday morning and you are dreading going to work.  You have a project to work on that seems like it will never be finished.  You literally cannot get your butt out of bed to get ready to leave.

Here’s how to use positive self talk. As soon as you think, “I really don’t want to go to work because I am never going to finish that project.” Tell yourself (either inside your mind or quietly) “Stop- I am. I can. I will.” You should feel a literal difference in your body- your breath, your heart rate, etc.

A good sign that you could use a little positive self talk is if you find yourself saying “always” or “never” in relationship to a negative feeling your are having. For example, “I am never going to finish this project.” That should send up a little signal that you need some positive self talk to get you through this moment. Remember, as our arousal level goes up, problem solving goes out the window. So if you want to complete the project, you have got to bring the arousal level down.

“Always” and “never” represent black and white thinking and can get us into trouble.

The best thing about positive self talk is that the more we practice it, the better we become at it. It becomes second nature to have these positive thoughts as a response to our negative ones.

Here are a few of my favorites in case you need some new positive phrases to try:

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Definitely feeling confident thinking this.

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Yes! The ultimate! For when you really need to get pumped up. “Let’s Do This!”

What’s your favorite self talk phrase? Tweet me @drrenae 

-Dr. Norton

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Christmas Week Self Care Strategies

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If ever there was a week for self care, I would say the week of Christmas is one of them.

Unless you are extremely organized, and have been working towards Christmas all year, chances are you are scrambling to make it to Christmas. Last minute gifts, trying to cram in as many traditions as possible- it can leave a person exhausted.  It’s no surprise people are totally burned out by Christmas Day.

I cannot stress how important self care is during the holidays.

What does self care look like?

Here’s my top ten list of self care strategies!

  1. Take a nap.  Yes, you! Lay down and take a nap. Everyone could use extra rest. If you can’t sleep, even just laying down for 20 minutes with your eyes closed may help reduce the feelings of anxiety or stress you are feeling.
  2. Color.  I’ve been posting a lot of articles about how coloring in those adult coloring books is scientifically proven to be as effective as meditation. So go grab your crayons or colored pencils, your fancy coloring book and zen out. In a pinch, I suggest a pen and a piece of paper. Doodling should have the same effect. There is a whole art form devoted to doodling called Zentangle. Check out this article from Psychology Today.
  3. Go listen to some music. You can do this while coloring, or while napping/resting. Or you can just do it on its own. Think about the last time you just sat and listened to music. It was probably a really long time ago.
  4. Call a friend. This is an excellent time to phone a friend. You can commiserate about how nothing is wrapped, or how your mother in law is driving you insane or whatever. Trust me, you’ll feel better.
  5. Take a walk. Just going outside, especially if the sun is shining (which it isn’t today in Cincinnati) and feeling that sunshine on your face and hands while you walk can really help you relax.
  6. Spend some time with a pet. Pets just make us feel better and more relaxed. So take your dog with you while you walk, or spend five minutes playing with your cat.
  7. Cut a corner. If you feel yourself getting worked up about something on your list of to-do’s ask yourself if you can cut a corner. Does everyone really need homemade bath salts? Or can a jar from the store work just as well? Sometimes what we plan doesn’t match reality in terms of time or ability. And that’s okay.  There were  good intentions, but reality has constraints. Cut a corner.
  8.  Nourish yourself. Make sure you are eating foods that are nourishing you- not draining you. There’s a lot of sweets floating around this time of year and quite frankly, most of us don’t feel great after we overindulge.
  9. Gratitude check in. Sit down with a piece of paper and spend two minutes writing down things you are grateful for. You might be surprised at what comes to mind, but go with it. Gratitude in even the smallest things can help us bear the anxiety of the holiday.
  10. Call your therapist.  If you can get an appointment with your therapist during christmas week, take it and don’t give it up! That is gold!  A conversation with your therapist during christmas week can help reinforce all the good things you’ve been doing for yourself and bring perspective to whatever your worries. Truly.

-Dr. Norton

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Want to hear more about the holidays and eating disorders? Check out my interview with Mark Heyne of Cincinnati Edition on 91.7 WVXU Cincinnnati.

 

Mark Your Calendars!

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Hey guys, I’ve got great news! If you missed the chance to ask me a question about the holidays and eating disorders, you have another chance to ask me!

Mark your calendars for Monday December 14th at 1:30 p.m. I’ll be joining Cincinnati Edition host Mark Heyne to talk about eating disorders during the holidays. We will have time to take questions.

You can tune in online!

 

Healthy Cyber Monday Purchase! Free Shipping!

I’m thinking about what great products and gifts I am going to share with you all in the next few weeks to help you with your holiday shopping.

However, I couldn’t resist offering you a fantastic discount on my Maji and Mongo kids books series on this lovely Cyber Monday.

These heart warming, charming books feature the love of my life (my dog Maji) and his beloved friend Mongo.

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Use these books to help revolutionize and reframe how your children think about food and being active.

Are you intrigued? You should be! Your kids will love these hardcover books! And you will love the message.

So I’m offering you a great deal. You can get both books for twenty bucks INCLUDING FREE SHIPPING!

What are you waiting for? You can buy them here. 

Give your kids in your life the gift of health this holiday season!

-Dr. Norton

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I Am Anorexic And It Is Thanksgiving. HELP!

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If you are reading this, you are probably in recovery. (Or you mistook it for some Pro-Ana trash. Sorry, but read on anyway). All of my patients, whether they are suffering from Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating or Obesity want to know what to do at Thanksgiving. Depending upon the disorder, there are very specific challenges. If you have food addictions, the holiday is triggering. If you restrict, you may be attacked with a spoonful of mashed potatoes by a well-meaning grandmother. If you purge, you may be trying to remember where the most remote bathroom is at your Aunt’s house in case you blow it.

I put out a call to action on Twitter and Facebook for questions/concerns about the holiday and here’s what I got:

Any ideas/coping skills to get through eating at a dinner table of 20 or more people? I have to eat in front of people, which I hate doing. I have bulimia. I feel like everyone is staring at me when I’m sitting there.

This is a very common feeling/reaction. There is a lot of shame associated with bulimia. The reality is that no one is paying attention to you and most people are worried about how people are seeing them. Try to focus on making the person next to you feel comfortable and it will make you feel more comfortable. Think of yourself as the helper and not the helpless, the therapist and not the patient.

I have been working really hard to kick my sugar habit. I’ve been stressing about how I am going to face the dessert buffet. There are certain desserts that are “family” recipes that we have every year. I just know that sugar is a very slippery slope for me. I don’t want to start back down that road. Is there a polite way to say no thanks?

I think that you can legitimately say that you are allergic to processed sugar. That’s one way. You could also say, “that looks delicious but I promised myself no dessert.”  You could also say you worry about your blood sugar levels and you promised yourself no dessert. (I wouldn’t comment on the fact that you only allow yourself to eat “good sugar.” This can be misconstrued.)

This is going to sound crazy, but then again we’re talking about my family, so here goes: I cannot eat gluten. About three quarters of my family gets it, but inevitably, the preparer of most of the food (my mother) makes everything with all kinds of gluten. I’ve politely suggested adaptions that are easy but she claims she cannot do it. It won’t turn out right. I’ve kind of just given up. Is it rude to just bring my own food?

Absolutely not! If you are gluten intolerant it is your responsibility to take care of your gut and lead by example. Avoiding gluten is absolutely critical. I say, bring your own food!

My question is totally not related to food at all but has more to do with family- when a certain member of the family starts talking politics it gets really uncomfortable because obviously not everyone shares the same feelings on a lot of hot button topics right now (i.e. syrian refugees, presidential candidates, conspiracy theories.) Do you have any advice? I hate having to sit and listen without being able to challenge the person’s point of view, but at the same time, I know better than to engage. Thoughts?

I’d get real behavioral on this person. Nod when you like what the person is saying, make eye contact and smile. Give no response, not even a nervous smile, and make no eye contact if you don’t like what the person is saying. Look at your plate. Then get up. It’s time to go do the dishes. Eventually even an amoeba will learn to stop doing this at the table.

My daughter has been in therapy for anorexia for about six weeks. Any advice or words of wisdom? 

Just remember that this is extremely anxiety provoking. Any focus on how she looks, what she is eating, what she is going to eat, or what she ate, just makes it worse. The biggest issue for the parent of the anorexic is dealing with their fear. Because the fear turns into anger in a flash. And your daughter can’t help that she is anorexic. It is a disease (of the mind.) Not a choice.

Finally, my holiday tips which have helped my patients over the years get through the holiday relatively unscathed.

  1. Get perspective.  This is a holiday to celebrate survival.  The pilgrims and the Indians came together to give thanks that they made it through another bitter winter and that they had enough food.  So yes the focus is on food, and we have taken it to the extreme, but the real thanks is about how people, families and even members of different cultures/races work together to survive.  This is a holiday that recognizes the importance of the family and the role that our grandparents and their grandparents played in our family history. Families are important, no matter how annoying they are.

So here is a tip: Understand that this is not about you, or your eating disorder.  No one really cares how you look, they just want to make sure you are ok. Translated, that means that if you don’t want the focus to be on you, focus on the person next to you.  Ask her/him questions.  Think of yourself as a Jr. shrink or an investigative reporter.  You will find that people love to talk about themselves and you have control of the conversation when you are the one asking the questions.  (You like control, right?)

  1. Plan ahead when it comes to the food.  If you know that there will be no food there that you can eat without getting triggered or sick, then take some of your own food.  The safest thing to eat is turkey, especially the breast meat.  Take a side dish to go with the turkey that you can share and you are all set.  Try some sweet potatoes, that are prepared this way.

You can also take your favorite snack for before dinner.  Popcorn that has coconut oil and sea salt on it is awesome and way better than the chips or pretzels dipped in who knows what.  Or shrimp and cocktail sauce that you make yourself out of organic catsup and horseradish with a dash of Coconut Aminos. Yummy!

Take your own drink and if you are inspired, your own desert.  Don’t feel like making desert? How about some organic gelato or ice cream? Cinnamon flavored ice cream is my personal favorite.

Worried about what people will think?  Don’t.  No one cares what you are eating.  Worry more about them eating the delicious stuff that you bring.  In fact, you may want to plan on sharing.

  1. Pace yourself.  Use the days off to rest and pamper yourself.  Get in an extra workout.  Start a new book.  Take a walk, before or after dinner.  Organize a closet that has been driving you nuts, but don’t organize the whole house or spend days cooking by yourself.  Take short cuts wherever and whenever you can.  Hold a baby.  Pet something.

Just remember, whether you are hosting or are a guest this Thursday, this holiday is about survival, adapting and gratitude. That first brutal winter, after the Mayflower arrived, most of the colonists remained on the ship where they suffered from outbreaks of contagious diseases and scurvy. Only half of the Mayflower’s original passengers and crew lived to see their first New England spring. And it was only because the Native Americans were willing to share their wisdom on how to survive in this new land that the pilgrims were able to survive.

You can see why my patients are such an inspiration, especially at this time of year. On they tread, to territory they don’t necessarily want to explore, and yet they know they have to. They must adapt, their lives depend on it. And as they move through recovery, I see them blossom as individuals and in relationship to their loved ones.

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Dr. Norton
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“These Are a Few of My Favorite Fats…”

Dale Carnegie

(Imagine Julie Andrews spinning through the alps, praising my favorite fats…)

My four favorite fats are:

  • Canola Oil
  • Crisco
  • Soybean Oil
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.

Just Kidding! Those are my most disliked fats.

My favorite fats are:

  • 100% grass-fed raw butter
  • 100% grass-fed Ghee
  • Organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin coconut oil
  • Italian, cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil

Best sources of fat:

  • 100% grass-fed animals and game
  • Wild caught fish that are low in mercury, high in selenium
  • Coconuts and olives

In general, those first four fats are hydrogenated, rendering them a trans fat and/or they contain GMO ingredients. Whereas my favorite fats are raw except for the Ghee, which is a clarified butter, and the fats found in grazed animals and wild-caught fish.

Raw Butter

It is hard to find raw butter in some parts of the country, like Ohio. Here you have to join a herd share. But it’s well worth it. For one thing it tastes amazing. In addition, raw butter from 100% grass fed cows is the best fat you can get. It is the only fat with a perfect ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fats, which is 1:1. This is important because we get way too much Omega 6 fat in the standard American diet, like 30:1. Experts say that the ratio is as high as 60:1 for individuals that are really unhealthy.

Ghee

Ghee is a class of clarified butter that originated in ancient India and is commonly used in South Asian cuisines, traditional medicine, and religious rituals. Ghee is prepared by simmering butter, which is churned from cream, and removing the liquid residue. The texture, color, and taste of ghee depend on the quality of the butter, source of the milk used in the process, and the duration of the boiling. This is one of the dairy products that can be heated without destroying the goodness because it has no lactose and very little protein.

Coconut Oil

I am going to do an entire blog on coconut oil. Go here to listen to Bruce Fife and I talk about it. He is the coconut king.

In a nutshell, no pun intended, coconut oil is as good as it gets. I fries well, has a high smoke point, tastes great (no it doesn’t make your food taste like coconut) and doesn’t store as body fat. It basically is pure energy as it goes straight to the liver. It emulsifies fat and actually does reduce cellulite. It is also amazing for your brain and you can use it on your skin and in your hair.

Olive Oil

I loved Olive Oil, even as a kid, she was my nerdy, flakey hero! But it just barely makes my list, and I use it sparingly as it is an Omega 6 oil. Usually I only use it in salad dressings (unless I make them from yogurt or heavy cream). I also marinade fish in olive oil and lemon juice, although I fry the fish in butter or ghee. Make sure that your olive oil is actually really olive oil. Word on the street is that they are lacing it with canola oil and other lesser oils. So buy organic and from a known source. I prefer the old Italian family olive oil makers as they seem to make the best oils.

Fat From 100% Grass-fed Beef

The one thing you need to know about this fat is that it stores as muscle, not fat! That’s right conjugated linolenic acid, (CLA) the main fat in grass-fed beef ends up as muscle, not fat. That is why people didn’t like grass-fed beef initially as it did not have the “marbling” or fat that grain-fed beef had. But guess what? The thing that makes the cow full of fat, makes us full of fat too. So you decide. Pastured animal fat is also GMO free, another big plus.

Fat From Wild-caught Fish

 Definitely one of the healthiest fats you can eat. Omega-3 fatty acids are helpful for the heart, immune system and against a range of diseases.

They have been shown to lower elevated triglyceride levels, curb stiffness caused by rheumatoid arthritis, lower depression levels, reduce symptoms of attention deficit disorder and protecting against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to WebMD. That’s a lot!

“I simply remember my favorite fats, and then I don’t feeeeeeeeeel, soooooooooo baaaaaaaad!”

-Dr. Norton

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Thanksgiving. You Have Concerns. I Have Solutions.

diwali festivalThere’s still time to send me a question for my special Thanksgiving Q&A blog post next week.

If you have an eating disorder, or have a loved one with an eating disorder, and Thanksgiving is keeping you up at night, send me your concern.

If you have been free from bingeing but the thought of navigating the dessert buffet is stressing you out,  send me your concern.

If you have food issues and Thanksgiving is less of a gratitude event and more of a “grit your teeth through it” event, know that you are not alone.

Send your Thanksgiving issue to drnorton@eatingdisorderpro.com or tweet me @drrenae. I’ll answer it in a special blog post next week.

-Dr. Norton

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Thanksgiving. You Have Questions. I Have Answers.

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Thanksgiving is a really hard holiday for a lot of people.

For people who are newly recovering from an eating disorder it can be tough. For obese patients, the thought of having to face all that food is enough to make them want to skip the holiday altogether. For binge eaters, who are in an already stressful situation, they just want to hide out in the kitchen eating. For a patient with an eating disorder who is not in treatment, it can be an incredibly uncomfortable situation. For parents of a child with an eating disorder, the thought of having all that food on the table and the person not eating can make them livid. I could go on and on. But I won’t.

Instead, I want to hear from you. What is your concern about Thanksgiving? Do you have a specific question? I’d love to hear from you. I’m compiling questions to answer in a blog post right before Thanksgiving. My goal is provide some tools to manage the holiday. I’ll also include my answers in my newsletter on Tuesday November 24th.

So, please tweet me your questions @drrenae, send me an email at drnorton@eatingdisorderpro.com with the subject Turkey Time, or message me on Facebook. All questions will remain anonymous.

I promise, with a little courage from you asking the questions, and me giving you the tools, this Thanksgiving will be different. Because you’ll be prepared. Let’s face the fear before we sit down at the table.

-Dr. Norton

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A Lack of Information is Fattening

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“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 many. Unfortunately we often hate the things we fear, which leads to stigma. And stigma, especially in the case of obesity, gets in the way of recovery, as it tends to be internalized by the individual being stigmatized. It also impacts members of our society that are not obese in ways that are detrimental to their health.

What I see when I look an obese patient is a person with a medical condition, a person that is often very ill. As a health care provider that has had great success working with the morbidly obese, I know that the problem can be reversed and that with the right information the person can lead a perfectly normal life.

But most people will not see or relate to the illness. They will react with fear, and/or they will stereotype the individual that is obese. Research on the stigma attached to obesity shows that overweight individuals in the U.S. are assumed to be lazy and lacking in intelligence. They are often viewed with disgust. They regularly experience bias in the workplace as well as in many other areas of their lives. Even their own doctors may be biased when it comes to treating them.

For example, according to an article in Psychology Today “A survey involving a nationally representative sample of primary care physicians revealed that, not only did more than half of respondents think that patients who are obese were awkward and unattractive, but more than 50 percent believed that they would be noncompliant with treatment. One-third thought of them as “weak-willed” and “lazy.” 

I recently published an article in Western Pennsylvania Healthcare News on the failure of medicine to treat obesity effectively. While doing the research for that article, I discovered that the rates of obesity are high among physicians, many of whom are overworked and most of whom do not understand the role of nutrition in obesity. For example, the standard advice today from most physicians is still to recommend eating more grains and less fat, which is exactly the opposite of what you should be doing if you are overweight. (Link to why grains are bad for you and why saturated fats are good for you) So much for “Physician heal thyself”.

But the other thing that really stood out while I was researching the article was how overwhelmed physicians felt while trying to treat obese individuals. I also get this from my doctor friends. In another study the researchers found that as the patients’ weight increased, “physicians reported having less patience, less faith in the patients’ ability to comply with treatment, and less desire to help them.” 

When it comes to my own patients, I am always amazed to discover that the issue of their weight does not come up with their primary care doctor even when they have serious complications of obesity and/or need to lose anywhere from 100 to 200+ pounds. One patient said “Talk about the elephant in the room! If I were oozing blood or had a terrible rash, I am sure my doctor would mention it. But because it is my weight, and he makes the assumption that I can’t or won’t do anything about it, we gloss over it.”

The problem with this is that the stigma of being obese can lead to more obesity as well as to other serious problems. Being stigmatized for being obese sets up many vicious cycles or self-fulfilling prophesies. For example, if going to the doctor doesn’t help, then going to the doctor becomes less likely. This in turn means that the complications of being obese, which include diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, may not be diagnosed until they are advanced.

Likewise, many obese individuals are uncomfortable going to a gym or putting on work out clothes because of their fear of being judged. Obviously this makes it less likely that they will workout or get fit, and more likely that they will continue to gain weight.

The obesity epidemic may also be one of the reasons that younger children, older women and more men are developing Anorexia; I believe that these conditions are over-reactions or maladaptive responses to the fear of being obese. Of course, fear of being obese also leads to bingeing and purging, or bulimia.

The point is that obesity is a serious medical condition. However I do not believe that it has anything to do with will-power or motivation, and it certainly is not related to one’s intelligence. It is the direct result of the polluted nature of U.S. foods.

In other words, OBESITY IS NOT THE RESULT OF EATING TOO MUCH. It is the result of EATING POLLUTED FOOD.

The sooner we face that as a nation, the sooner we can stop blaming the victims of food pollution and start fixing the problem. Some people would have us believe that the obesity epidemic is getting better. It isn’t. The reason I say this is that nearly 30% of today’s children are obese. Nearly 72% of men and 67% of women in my generation are currently overweight or obese. When we were children, only 10% of us were overweight. This does not bode well for the future or for our children.

U.S. foods are polluted with addictants, obesogens, carcinogens, GMOs, MSG and trans fats to name a few of the pollutants. All of these “ingredients” drive overeating and/or bingeing. They also cause us to store more fat than we need and feel less like being active. Finally they damage the mechanisms for regulating eating and fat storage.

Yes, that is correct. Even if you eat a little of them, you can gain unneeded weight. (You can also develop many other problems, like vascular disease, autoimmune disorders, cancer and type 2 diabetes.)

Sound like an over statement? Consider that the U.S. is the wealthiest unhealthiest country in the world. We are also the most obese and we are nearly dead last when it comes to general health, with one of the lowest infant survival rates, despite having the best medical technology.

Are you surprised? I find that most people are surprised to hear these things despite the fact that this information is definitely out there. We just don’t think of ourselves this way. We have all drunk the coolaide. But ignorance, in this case, is not bliss. It is sheer agony and it makes those who are the victims feel ashamed and weak, which makes them more vulnerable to remedies that do not work, such as dieting, or bypass surgery, or cryochambers. (link to article on woman dying)

What disturbs me the most is that if we keep believing that we can eat anything, as long as we eat it in moderation, we are not going to fix the problem. The foods that are the most dangerous are “designed” to make us keep us eating them.

We cannot fix the problem with this kind of thinking even though it is very fixable! Find out more about what your food is really doing inside your body. You may be surprised. What I can promise you is that lack of information is fattening.

-Dr. Norton

#GetSunEatCleanBeWell

 

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

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, hair loss can still be a problem. Hair loss can be so stressful that it makes it even harder for medications and supplements to work.

What is Normal for Hair Growth?

Normally, each hair grows about a half inch a month for about three years, and then it goes into a resting period. One in ten hairs is in a resting period at any one time, and after about three months of resting a new hair pushes the old one out. When too many hairs go into a resting period at the same time, or the conversion process speeds up, hair loss occurs.

One of the things that speeds this process up is the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. DHT is very unfriendly to the hair follicle. It attacks it and shrinks it, sometimes making it disappear entirely. Hair becomes thinner and finer, and may stop growing entirely.

The conversion of testosterone to DHT seems to speed up in some patients with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism, despite what is considered sufficient thyroid treatment.

The key when it comes to hair loss is patience. That said, being open to alternative medicine in the form of supplements is also very helpful. For example, evening primrose oil (also known as EPO) is a nutritional supplement that seems to work well. In his book, “Solved: The Riddle of Illness,” Stephen Langer, M.D. points out that the symptoms of essential fatty acid deficiency are very similar to hypothyroidism. He recommends evening primrose oil – which is an excellent source of essential fatty acids — as helpful for people with hypothyroidism and hair restoration.

Kenneth Blanchard reinforces the usefulness of evening primrose oil, “For hair loss, I routinely recommend multiple vitamins, and especially evening primrose oil. If there’s any sex pattern to it — if a woman is losing hair in partly a male pattern, like the bald spot on the back of the head – -then, the problem is that there is excessive conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone at the level of the hair follicle. Evening primrose oil inhibits that conversion. So almost anybody with hair loss probably will benefit from evening primrose oil.

As an individual with hair loss and as a practitioner that sees a lot of hair loss, I can vouch for it’s effectiveness. Again patience is a virtue, as it takes a few months to a year.

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In one study, Dr. Hugh Rushton, a professor at Portsmouth University, also found that 90 percent of women with thinning hair were deficient in iron and the amino acid lysine. Lysine is the most difficult amino acid to get enough of via diet.

Lysine helps transport iron, which is the most important element in the body and essential for many metabolic processes. When L-lysine and iron levels are low, the body probably switches some hair follicles off to increase levels elsewhere. Meat, fish and eggs are the only food sources of lysine. There are also supplements that contain lysine. I take L-lysine every night. It also prevents fever blisters.

Some other natural ways to deal with hair loss include:

  • Arginine (be aware that L-lysine and Arginine compete and net each other out. So take one in the morning and one in the evening to get the benefit of each)
  • Cysteine
  • Organic Green Tea
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Progesterone (in a bioidentical drop form)
  • Saw Palmetto
  • Trichosaccaride
  • Vitamin B6
  • Zinc

Did I miss a protocol that you swear has resulted in hair growth? Tweet me @DrRenae and let me know!

#MotivationMonday Change Stage Five-Maintenance

Precontemplation

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 change- to reconsider. I can almost guarantee them that the program will not address or acknowledge that Maintenance is a long, ongoing process. This is actually one of the reasons why I am unsupportive of inpatient residential facility treatments for eating disorders.

What can you expect during the Maintenance stage of your change? You can expect to be surprised that after doing so well, for so long, suddenly an old behavior will creep up again.

Are you surprised by that? Take heart. If you have been coasting along feeling like everything is clicking along and then you hit the holiday season and start to find yourself backsliding, then know that you are in the maintenance stage. And you need support. Stressful events, and triggers can send a person who thinks they have changed into feeling like are on the brink of losing their all their hard work.

That’s why it’s so crucial to your success to be working with someone throughout the change process who knows your history.  You need someone you can call up six months, seven months, 2 years into your change process and just check in with them.

Join me next week when we talk about the final stage of change, Termination.

Fastest Dinner in the West

Okay people. You went crazy for this on Facebook, so I’m officially posting my fastest clean eating dinner in the (Mid)west.

This is wild caught red Alaskan salmon that I cooked in raw butter. (don’t cook fish in coconut oil because it turns it into fish mush. Coconut oil is wonderful when you want to tenderize something but not so wonderful for fish.)
I had it with root vegetables that I get at Costco, frozen. (They offer a fabulous variety of frozen organic vegetables at around six dollars  for a five pound bag. You can’t beat them!) I spiced it all up with my Bourbon smoked paprika blend. Yummy and I really don’t care for salmon that much, but this was scrumptious.

It can’t get any easier than this. Organic frozen veg? Wild caught fish? My dinner was ready in 30 min.

And you know I had my Q ginger ale.

wild caught salmon and roasted root veg

Go forth and eat clean, my friends.

-Dr. Norton

#GetSunEatCleanBeWell

 

#MotivationMonday Series – Action

Precontemplation-5

Week Four of my #MotivationMonday series on Change. This week we are talking all about Action.

Action is the stage in which people most overtly modify their behavior and surroundings. This is where you walk the talk of the previous stages.

Now, the action stage is the most visible stage of change. You modify your behavior and implement the plan of action you prepared. Action requires the greatest commitment of time and energy.

Remember, Action is only the fourth stage of Change. There are six. So action has the possibility to be deceiving, in the sense that it sounds like it is the end stage of change. But it isn’t. You’re just over half way there.

Disappointed?

Don’t be. It takes a lot of energy to make a change. You may feel like you are really doing well. It’s day one and you called that friend instead of binging on candy at 4 p.m. Go you! The newness and high of the change has the ability to fuel the change for a while, but the fuel that feeds the day to day maintenance is not in place yet.

This is where change is very tricky. At this stage, most people erroneously equate action with change, overlooking the important, more challenging efforts needed to maintain the change.

You have to maintain the change. You might be surprised to discover that encouragement is scarce and find support dwindling just when you need it most.

It’s one thing to stop binging on candy at 4 p.m. for seven straight days in a row after five years of this behavior. It’s another thing to be in your third week of this change and discover that you forgot your tennis shoes, and your friend didn’t pick up the phone. Now what?

Remember, change never ends with action.

Join me next Monday, when we talk about Maintenance.

#MotivationMonday Stage 3- Preparation

Preparation

Here we are in the third week of my #MotivationMonday series on Change. If you looked for me last week, but didn’t find me, it’s because I was honoring Labor Day. Everyone deserves a day of rest!

Last time we met, we were talking about the contemplation stage of change. You know where you want to be with the change you are seeking, but you aren’t quite ready to go.

Preparation is the third stage of change. Most people at this stage are planning to take action within the month, and they are making adjustments before they begin.

What does this look like?

Let’s go back to my example of a patient who binges at 4 p.m. everyday on candy.

In the contemplation stage, the patient was considering doing some lunges or phoning a friend instead of eating candy. Well, if they were in the preparation stage, they might be considering that they need to be wearing comfortable shoes, and making sure that everyday those shoes were in their car. They might be thinking about their schedule every day at 4 p.m. They need to have the ability to stop and do some lunges. So maybe they are avoiding meetings at 4 p.m. If they were still considering phoning a friend, they would want to reach out to those people and just let them know that they should expect a phone call everyday and making detailed notes about who is available at 4 p.m. and who is not.

This brings me to my next point about Preparation. It is important to make public your intended change.

Why?

Well for one thing, in the preparation stage, a patient might still have some ambivalence about the change. Talking about it publicly can help air some of those feelings. For another reason, a patient needs support. This way, loved ones can be as supportive as possible in this endeavor to change. A patient may also discover that some people are not as supportive as they would like, and that’s an important discovery as well. It helps to prepare the patient.

Patients who prepare are more likely to succeed. Patients who cut short the preparation stage lower their chances of success.

So, theoretically, could you wake up one day and just stop binging on candy at 4p.m.? Yes.

But I would challenge you to consider this: how would you feel if you failed? Would it keep you from trying to tackle the problem again?

Afterall, if you have a plan, you can always examine the plan. You can analyze what part of the plan was successful and what part was not. Without a plan, it can feel like it is just a failure.

Next week, we’ll discuss the fourth stage of change and its complexities for both the patient and the professional.

Get Sun. Eat Clean. Be Well.

-Dr. Norton

 

 

#MotivationMonday Stage 2- Contemplation

Contemplation

Today we are continuing my seven week #MotivationMonday series on Change.

Last week we talked about precontemplation and the role that denial plays. If you recognized the role that denial played in your attempt to change, then you may already be at the second stage of change, Contemplation.

When you are contemplating change, it means that you have acknowledged a problem. It means that you consciously recognize that a behavior or situation is not serving you. It is working against you, creating psychological and/or emotional problems.

Perhaps you find yourself thinking about why you have this problem, its roots. You may find yourself thinking that if you can just understand why you are doing something then you can change your behavior.

One of the biggest roadblocks to change at this point is fear. Many patients in my practice know where they want to be, they may even know how to get there, but they are just not ready to make the change.

Why?

Well, fear of failure is powerful. What if you make a change, and then go back to your old ways? Are you really ready? What happens when it’s four o’clock and for three days, you haven’t binged on candy and then on the fourth day you find yourself sitting in the car binging on a king size chocolate bar? I mean, if you’re just going to end up binging, why stop at all? Many folks with disordered eating use this all or nothing thinking.

But it’s difficult to even consider solutions, when we are so focused on the problem. This stage is almost like a hamster running on a wheel. Around and around we go, chasing the problem, our fear keeping us from getting off that wheel.

Now, if you are thinking about the change you’d like to make in your life, and you are not worrying about how at 4 p.m. you are usually bingeing, then you are ready to go to the next step. Maybe at 4p.m. you are considering doing some lunges, or perhaps you are considering calling a friend and actually trying to decide which friend could you call, and what would that be like. If so, congrats! You are actually at the end of the contemplation stage and transitioning to the next stage of change, Preparation, which we will discuss next week.

In the meantime-  Get Sun. Eat Clean. Be Well.
Dr. Norton

“Wanna a Coke with That?”

Coca-Cola has been in the news a lot this week. They know their days are numbered and that the end of Coke is near. Now Coca-Cola is funding scientists to spend their time performing studies that confuse consumers into thinking that soda is not a primary contributor for the epidemic rise of obesity and metabolic disorders in our country.

I think that we can agree that there is more pressure than ever before, for parents to participate in the processed food insanity in the grocery store. Between the sugar laden processed foods that we know are not good for us, and the organic processed foods that are masquerading as “healthy,” the right choice isn’t always obvious.

A huge misconception in my line of work, that I am still surprised to encounter, is that people think exercise is responsible for weight loss. Exercise really expends far fewer calories than one perceives. In the New York Times Well article this week, it was pointed out that “A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola, for example, contains 140 calories and roughly 10 teaspoons of sugar. ‘It takes three miles of walking to offset that one can of Coke.’” That’s one can. One of those small bottles of Coke, which is roughly 2.5 servings, would have 25 teaspoons of sugar.

Now, am I saying that you don’t need to exercise? No. I’m not. Exercise really has an important place in keeping our minds and bodies healthy. There are so many health benefits to exercise, that I cannot list them all here. But exercise alone will not help people lose weight. I tell my patients that weight loss is 80% food and 20% exercise.

I think that people really underestimate just how powerful clean eating can be in battling obesity. And it’s not just obesity- autoimmune disorders and chronic disease patients also can see a remarkable turn around when clean eating is applied.

So today, I thought I’d tackle the Coca-Cola issue by sharing something that I really enjoy drinking. I want you to know that you have delicious options if you are eating clean, and you can find them in the grocery store. This beverage gives me the satisfaction of drinking soda- the fizz, the flavor, the feeling of having a treat- but I’m staying within the sugar guidelines that I have set for myself.

Eating clean isn’t about deprivation. Eating clean is about the freedom to eat as much nourishing food as you need to feel satisfied, with no processed food health hangover later in life.

Get Sun. Eat Clean. Be Well.

-Dr. Norton

Talking With Kids About Weight

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Parents ask me all the time how to handle the binge eating of their overweight child or teen. Gently, and with kid gloves, is what I tell them.

Today, about one in three American children/teens is overweight or obese according to the American Heart Association. As a private practitioner specializing in the treatment of obesity and specific eating disorders, I see a connection between the two.

Children at a very young age know that being overweight is not a good thing. This fear may be driving the spread of Anorexia that we are seeing today among younger children, including boys. There is solid research that the desire to be thin begins with little girls as young as 3 years of age. The children in the study refused to play with the “fat” game pieces calling them “stupid and ugly”.

Children suffering from Anorexia who were formerly obese, often take longer to recover and are more likely to relapse than those who were a normal weight. Many relate that a parent’s efforts to help them with their weight issues triggered the decision to stop eating.

The general wisdom is that we should be able to eat anything in moderation. The problem is that processed foods are rarely eaten in moderation. Moms and dads may come home to find a child parked in front of the TV with a bag of potato chips that were fried in Canola Oil and a soft drink loaded with 12 teaspoons of sugar, or worse a sugar substitute. These foods are addicting and damaging to the systems that regulate healthy eating and fat storage.

If a food is addicting, and if it is there, it will find its way into the hands of the addicted.  When the parent comes home and finds the bag of cookies or container of ice cream empty, the unfortunate culprit hears about it. Of course, this reaction provokes guilt and/or defiance.  What it doesn’t do is lesson the likelihood of bingeing. It often leads to a decision to be less obvious (or “sneaky”, as many parents see it) in the future.

Now when mom or dad come home, the evidence is not as obvious. It isn’t until they look under the child’s bed, where candy wrappers, soda cans, and/or empty chip bags are found, that they discover the behavior hasn’t changed.  This is the beginning of sneaking food and eating it on the sly.  The guilt, which can also be a guilty pleasure, sets in motion a pattern of closet eating/bingeing that can last a lifetime.

So what’ s a parent to do? Get help from someone that knows about the healing impact that “clean” food has on the systems that regulate eating behaviors and weight. Clean foods are organic, grass-fed, wild caught, unprocessed, and have few if any additives.

Get rid of the soft drinks. Eat at home more. Make your popcorn with coconut oil and/or grass-fed salted butter. Make homemade fudge or homemade ice cream. Go Paleo-ish!

Help your child to focus on her gifts, not her girth.​

 

About Dr. Renae Norton

A family practice psychologist for more than 20 years, Dr. Norton specializes in the treatment of Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder, Obesity, and the consequences of disordered eating. She’s been featured by NPR, CNN and was five-time guest on Oprah. She coaches individuals and organizations via Skype worldwide. Visit: //www.EatingDisorderPro.com

New Video: The Maji and Mongo Book Trailer

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist in private practice with a specialty in the treatment of obesity and eating disorders including Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, Binge Eating Disorder (BED), Obesity and Emotional Eating. As a published author, Dr. Norton is currently completing several new books concerning the epidemic of obesity and eating disorders. Let’s Eat! Maji Teaches Mongo What It Means to Eat Clean is the second book in the Maji and Mongo series. The books are targeted to lifestyle issues in children from ages 3-10. You can order the book here!

What are people saying about ‘Maji and Mongo books? Read the latest book reviews!

How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch! (Richard R. Blake)
Let’s Eat! Maji Teaches Mongo What it Means to Eat Clean (Richard R. Blake)
Let’s Eat! Maji Teaches Mongo What it Means to Eat Clean (The Midwest Book Review)

Children’s Book Provides Inspiration for Children to be More Active

Dr. J. Renae Norton is a clinical psychologist, published author and Director of the Norton Center for Eating Disorders in Hyde Park, a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. For the past 10 years she has noticed a connection between the epidemic of childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in her clinical work as well as in her research.

Recently, Dr. Norton completed the first two books in a series of children’s books on lifestyle issues designed to help parents protect their children from the dynamics that would otherwise rob them of their health and well-being. The books delight readers from 3 to 10, because the adorable pups, Maji (rhymes with magpie) and Mongo (rhymes with bongo) make being healthy an exciting and fun-filled adventure. The first book in the series is entitled “How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch.” The second book is entitled Let’s Eat! How Maji Teaches Mongo What It Means to Eat Clean!

Fitness is an important part of the problem, but it is not the only issue. The other important piece of the problem is the nature of the food that our children eat. Unfortunately, the U.S. food industry targets children’s foods for additives that damage weight regulatory systems. The next Maji & Mongo book, “Let’s Eat!” addresses this issue in an endearing and encouraging way, as Maji introduces Mongo to foods from the ground, not from a bag. Maji also helps Mongo discover the amazing power of Water, Water H2O! in the next book in the Maji and Mongo series. The remaining Maji & Mongo books cover Green Living, Eating Disorders, and Diversity in the same appealing and engaging way.

Dr. Norton is on a mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to prevention for U.S. children, who currently hold the dubious distinction of having the highest rate of obesity (tied with Scotland) among the world’s developed nations.

Dr. Norton is available for media interviews, book signings, coaching and speaking engagements and can be reached at jill-l at live.com. For webinar or video conferencing inquiries, email DrNortonPR at gmail.com. To contact Dr. Norton directly, email drnorton at eatingdisorderpro.com or call 513-300-8042. More information is available at her website www.eatingdisorderpro.com. Maji & Mongo books are available on AmazoniTunes, and at Dr. Norton’s website. Quantity discounts are available. If you order directly from the website, you can obtain an autographed copy of the book!

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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Prevent Obesity Interview

PreventObesity.net

Prevent Obesity
is the only online national network of people solely dedicated to reversing the childhood obesity epidemic. They connect Leaders across the movement with hundreds of thousands of supporters in advocacy efforts to implement policies that will help reduce childhood obesity nationwide.

A project of the American Heart Association, Prevent Obesity offers free tools, services and support to the people and organizations who are working to ensure children everywhere can eat healthier and become more physically active. Recently, I was honored to be featured on their website. Be sure to check it out HERE.


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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Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Interview is Now Available

Livin' La Vida Low-Carb

My interview with Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb is now available for streaming online. Jimmy and I discuss the epidemic of childhood obesity, food addiction, disordered eating and a few other interesting topics. You can listen to the interview HERE.

For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb podcast, here’s a little background info about the host, Jimmy Moore!

“In January 2004, Jimmy Moore made a decision to get rid of the weight that was literally killing him. At 32 years of age and 410 pounds, the time had come for a radical change of lifestyle. A year later, he had shed 180 pounds, shrunk his waist by 20 inches, and dropped his shirt size from 5XL to XL. After his dramatic weight loss, Jimmy was inundated with requests from friends, neighbors and complete strangers seeking information and help. Jimmy is dedicated to helping as many people as possible find the information they need to make the kind of lifestyle change he has made”.

 The podcast will be available within the next few days through iTunes, so be sure to check it out HERE!

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My Interview with Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb

Livin' La Vida Low-Carb

I’m excited to announce that I will be a featured guest on the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb podcast on Monday, September 24th. I will be talking with Jimmy Moore about the epidemic of childhood obesity. For those of you that are unfamiliar with the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb podcast, here’s a little background info about the host, Jimmy Moore!

“In January 2004, Jimmy Moore made a decision to get rid of the weight that was literally killing him. At 32 years of age and 410 pounds, the time had come for a radical change of lifestyle. A year later, he had shed 180 pounds, shrunk his waist by 20 inches, and dropped his shirt size from 5XL to XL. After his dramatic weight loss, Jimmy was inundated with requests from friends, neighbors and complete strangers seeking information and help. Jimmy is dedicated to helping as many people as possible find the information they need to make the kind of lifestyle change he has made”.

 The podcast will be available through iTunes, so be sure to check tune in HERE!

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Maji and Mongo – The App

The Maji and Mongo App is now available! Now you can take these adorable pups with you on all of your adventures!

Many of the pages have an optional “Paint Me” feature for children to finger paint the pages and create their own custom version of the book.  Additional features: Professional voice over, table of contents control to navigate easily through the book and an audio on/off control.

You can get the app in the iTunes store here!

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Maji and Mongo’s Road Journal

Greetings! I’m hitting the road with Maji & Mongo to spread awareness of the childhood obesity epidemic and to provide inspiration for children to be more active. First stop? Waterstone Barnes and Noble in Cincinnati, Ohio for a book signing and book reading! Here’s some photos of the days adventure! Enjoy!

Signing a copy of 'How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!'

 

 

Chatting with one of Maji and Mongo's newest fans!
'How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!'

Book reading of 'How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!'

Reading 'How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!' at Barnes and Noble

I’d love to do a book signing and reading in your city! Be sure to get in touch with any suggested stops on our tour!

 

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

“For the past 10 years, I have noticed a connection between childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in my clinical work as well as in my research.  As part of my mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to US children, I find it important to provide both by readers and clients with relevant informative articles.”

In my radio interview “The Weight of Childhood Obesity” on the Underground Wellness show, I had the privilege of speaking to Sean Croxton’s listeners about my new children’s book ‘How Maji Gets Mongo Off the Couch!’. One of the callers to the radioshow asking for information on how to improve the quality of food served in their local schools. I recently discovered an program founded by Jamie Oliver, that is doing just that!

“More must be done to invest in an all-round food education for our kids; one that includes learning about where food comes from and how it’s grown as well as the hands-on experience of cooking in the classroom. I strongly believe that teaching our kids these life skills gives them the best start in life, for their own health, the health of their kids and their kids’ kids. And if our kids are also getting a tasty, nutritious meal at lunchtime, their prospects are even better. It’s been proven time and time again during the last five years that a healthy school meal improves a child’s ability to learn and do well at school. We can’t ignore that; we must continue to feed our children better, even better. We must invest in our kids; they are the future and they deserve it.”
-Jamie Oliver

Food Revolution was started by Jamie Oliver upon receiving thousands of letters from Americans that were worried about the quality of food their kids were being served at school and the risks associated with these foods; including obesity, diabetes, behavioral problems, and poor school grades. The mission of Food Revolution is to replace processed and junk food with freshly cooked meals that are made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, cooked from scratch by properly trained cooks in well-equipped kitchens. Oliver points out the importance of not blaming the school cooks for the quality of food served in our schools. Budget restrictions limits the foods and kitchen tools they have access to, they are doing the best job they can do with the resources they’ve been provided.

In Jamie Oliver’s TED Talk, he discussed how Food Revolution improved food quality in a school in Huntington, West Virginia; at the time West Virginia was the unhealthiest state in America. He became an ambassador to the school cooks, helping them find local sustainable foods and arming them with additional training in the kitchen. He also worked with the children in the school, providing them with food education; currently the average American elementary school child only receives an average of 3.4 hours of food education per year….that’s less than most kids watch TV each day!

The Food Revolution website offers support, and many useful tools for parents and teachers that want to start a Food Revolution in their child’s school.  Be sure to visit the website at www. jamiesfoodrevolution.com to take advantage of the support and tools they provide.

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Sugar Consumption Among US Children and Teenagers

Sugar Consumption in the US

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“For the past 10 years, I have noticed a connection between childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in my clinical work as well as in my research.  As part of my mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to US children, I find it important to provide both by readers and clients with relevant informative articles.”

Recently, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a data brief which examined the consumption of “added sugar” among American children and teenagers. On average, today’s children and teens obtain 16% of their daily calories from added sugar; the USDA recommends that no more than 5-15% of daily calories come from a combination of added sugar AND solid fats. CDC defines added sugar as “all sugars used as ingredients in processed and prepared foods such as breads, cakes, soft drinks, jams, chocolates, ice cream, and sugars eaten separately or added to foods at the table”. Examples of added sugars include white sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup, maple syrup, pancake syrup, fructose sweetener, liquid fructose, honey, molasses, anhydrous dextrose, crystal dextrose, and dextrin.  Other key findings from the study include:

  • Non-Hispanic white children and teenagers consume more added sugar than Mexican-American children and teenagers
  • There was no difference in consumption by income among children and teenagers
  • More added sugar calories are coming from foods than beverages
  • More added sugar is consumed at home rather than away from home

Although it is unrealistic to remove all added sugar from our children’s diets, there are several dietary changes that can be made that will greatly reduce sugar consumption:

  • Cut out sugary sports drinks, soda and flavored milk.
  • Cut out artificially sweetened foods. “Diet” foods, such as diet soda, tend to increase cravings for sugary foods.
  • Replace sugary foods with foods that are low in added sugar. This can include fresh fruit, small amounts of unsweetened dried fruits and unsweetened cacao nibs.
  • Avoid foods that contain sugar, corn syrup, or high fructose corn syrup. Look for foods that contain “no added sugar”, “reduced sugar, or that are “low in sugar”, just make sure that the sugar hasn’t been replaced with an artificial sweetener.
  • Avoid processed foods that are marketing as being “low fat”. When food manufacturers remove fat from a product, they often add in more sugar to compensate for the reduction in flavor and texture.
  • Avoid products that contain “hidden” sources of sugar such as, flavored yogurt, processed cereal, granola bars, dried (sweetened) cranberries, energy bars, fruit snacks, sweetened apple sauce, ketchup, flavored instant oatmeal, fruit spread, store-bought salad dressings, store-bought bread.

Diets high in added sugar reduces the production of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Reduced levels of BDNF has been linked to reduced memory function, learning disabilities, depression, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Alzheimer’s disease, Huntington’s Disease (HD), dementia, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder (BED). Decreased levels of BDNF negatively affect leptin and insulin signals in the brain, resulting in an increased tendency to overeat.

There are several simple lifestyle changes that can be made to increase and maintain brain levels of BDNF:

  • The most effective way to increase BDNF levels in the brain is through aerobic exercise. After exercising, levels of BDNF surge. Exercise regularly and BDNF levels remain increased.
  • BDNF can also be increased through dietary changes. Acetyl-L-Carnitine, omega-3 fatty acids (such as those found in fish oil), pantethine (found in foods like dairy, eggs, sweet potatoes, peas, spinach, and mushrooms), blueberries, and the curry spice curcumin have all been shown in increase or maintain BDNF levels.
  • Anti-depressants are proven to increase BDNF levels in the brain, so if prescribed anti-depressants be sure to take them as directed.

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BDNF Prevents and Reverses Alzheimer’s Disease
Consumption of Added Sugar Among US Children and Adolescents
What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain

Chronic Sugar Intake Dampens Feeding-Related Activity of Neurons Synthesizing a Satiety Mediator, Oxytocin
Tips for Reducing Your Child’s Sugar Intake

Childhood Obesity + Food Addiction

Food Addiction

“For the past 10 years, I have noticed a connection between childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in my clinical work as well as in my research.  As part of my mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to US children, I find it important to provide both by readers and clients with relevant informative articles. You can view all of my Childhood Obesity Articles here. Also, be sure to read my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

As shown in my Childhood Obesity Infographic, the childhood obesity rate in the United States has increased by 500% since 1970 and it shows no sign of slowing. It is predicted that 43% of our nation’s population will be obese by 2018. Are our country’s children becoming addicted to food? Is it possible that food addiction is playing a role in the seemingly uncontrollable childhood obesity epidemic?

According to Mark Gold, chief of addiction medicine at the University of Florida’s McKnight Brain Institute, food addiction involves:

  • Eating too much despite the consequences, even dire consequences to health
  • Being preoccupied with food, food preparation and meals
  • Trying and failing to cut back on food intake
  • Feeling guilty about eating and overeating

Although there are many factors that contribute to children becoming addicted to food, one of the most common causes are diets that consist primarily of processed foods. It is estimated that 90-95% of processed foods today contain food additives. In the past 40 years, we have seen an increase in food additives that are known for their addictive properties. For example, since 1948 the amount of MSG that has been added to processed foods has doubled every decade. In a 60 Minutes interview Givaudan, one of the largest producers of food additives in the world, openly admitted that the main purpose of food additives is to cause consumers to develop a strong desire for the foods. The company executive even agreed with Morley Safer’s word “addiction” in describing the strength of this desire.

What amount of food additives are our children consuming? Consider this:

  • 180 days of every year 31 million children in our country eat a processed fast food breakfast and processed fast food lunch in the school cafeteria
  • 84% of parents take their kids out to eat fast food at least once every week
  • 30 years ago children ate one snack a day. Today’s children eat 3 snacks a day, with 1 in 5 children eating 6 snacks a day.  According to the most recent NHANES III analysis, the most popular snacks for children aged 6 -11 in order of preference are:

o   Soft drinks

o   Salty snacks such as potato chips, corn chips and popcorn

o   Cookies

o   Non-chocolate candy

o   Artificially flavored fruit beverages

o   Whole milk and chocolate milk

o   Two percent/reduced fat milk

o   White bread

o   Chocolate candy

o   Cake

o   Ice cream

o   Fruit

  • More processed food is consumed in the United States than any other country. In 2009, 787 pounds of rocessed food was consumed per capita. In comparison, the same year 602 pounds of fresh food was consumed per capita.

Food addiction can be prevented by becoming educated as parents about the role food additives play in food addictions and why children’s foods in particular are targeted.

Food addiction is a treatable disorder, with family-based behavioral therapy being the most successful treatment. Therapy often focuses on family lifestyle changes, weight-related behavior, parenting skills and setting achievable goals. Family-based therapy that incorporates Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is thought to have an even higher success rate. If you are unsure,or if you or your child is affected by food addiction, check out the Yale Food Addiction Scale and discuss the results with your doctor.

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//my.counseling.org/2011/03/31/prevention-and-treatment-of-food-addiction/
//www.ted.com/talks/jamie_oliver.html
//www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7389748n

Childhood Obesity [A Norton Center Infographic]

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“For the past 10 years, I have noticed a connection between childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in my clinical work as well as in my research.  As part of my mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to US children, I find it important to provide both by readers and clients with relevant informative articles. You can view all of my Childhood Obesity Articles here. Also, be sure to read my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

The average child spends almost 53 hours/week (7 hours 38 min/day) watching television, playing video games, using computers and/or cell phones. Add another 1 hour 25 minutes/week if you include texting. Clearly our children need more physical activity. However, parents who come home from work exhausted, have a difficult time being good role models. Likewise it is a challenge for overworked parents to ensure that their children are less sedentary and more active. Schools are generally not in a position to help. In 2011 the median Physical Education (PE) budget in elementary schools in the U.S. was $460/year. Many PE programs are optional, depending upon the grade. Some PE classes can even be taken online.

The implications of the epidemic of childhood obesity are staggering when one considers that obesity leads to many of the most debilitating and costly medical problems of our time. It is not uncommon today for a child to leave the pediatrician’s office with a diagnosis of Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, a heart condition or joint deterioration. These diseases, which have historically been associated with middle age, are now showing up in younger and younger children. At the current rate of childhood obesity, it is estimated that the U.S. will have $344 billion in medical-related expenses driven by obesity and it’s complications by the year 2018 or 21% of medical costs. More importantly, today’s children will be the first generation since the Great Depression, projected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

Childhood Obesity Infographic

“While the medical costs and complications of childhood obesity are frightening, it could get worse. We don’t really know the extent to which these problems will impact the quality of life of individuals who suffer from chronic diseases so early in life, as this is an entirely new phenomenon. We know that depression, reduced earning power, infertility and isolation are common among adults who are obese. But what about individuals who have been obese since they were 3 or 4 and who suffer from Type II Diabetes when they are 10 or 11? What are the developmental issues at stake?” J. Renae Norton, 2012

And then there are the psychological costs. In a recent national survey of overweight sixth graders, 24 percent of the boys and 30 percent of the girls experienced daily teasing, bullying or rejection because of their size. The number doubles for overweight high school students with 58 percent of boys and 63 percent of girls experiencing daily teasing, bullying or rejection because of their size. The psycho-social conditions of overweight children and teens are depression, anxiety, social isolation and marginalization and low self-esteem. Obese children, as well as children who believe that they are overweight, are also at higher risk for suicide.

“The sad thing is that the problems plaguing America’s children are very preventable for parents in the know. Unfortunately, and through no fault of their own, most parents are not in the know, as the information they need is difficult to find and even more difficult to put into practice.” J. Renae Norton, 2012

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Mean Body Weight, Height, and Body Mass Index, United States 1960-2002
Childhood Obesity in the United States
Fast Food Facts

The New School Lunch

USDA School Lunch

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“For the past 10 years, I have noticed a connection between childhood obesity, eating disorders, and the increasing complications of both in my clinical work as well as in my research.  As part of my mission to shed light on these problems, particularly as they relate to US children, I find it important to provide both by readers and clients with relevant informative articles. You can view all of my Childhood Obesity Articles here. Also, be sure to read my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

 

This week, the USDA announced the new requirements for school breakfasts and lunches. This marks the first major overhaul to the requirements in over 15 years! Although the changes aren’t as significant as the Obama administration would have liked, the new requirements are definitely a step in the right direction in the right direction. The changes are definitely worthy of praise.

By implementing these new requirements, it is hoped that there will be a noticeable decrease in the number of obese children. In the past 30 years, our nation has experienced a threefold increase in childhood obesity rates. The result? One in three children in our country are now overweight. It is becoming increasingly more common for our children to leave their pediatricians office with a diagnosis of Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart conditions and joint deterioration; diseases which have historically been unheard of in youth populations. Recent studies predict that the epidemic of childhood obesity will result in a 2-5 year decrease in life expectancy. This will be the first generation since the Great Depression that our children are projected to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.

So what changes will we see in the foods that our country’s children are being served at schools? Here’s the breakdown…..

I really love how they are requiring a wide variety of vegetables on a weekly basis. Kids will get a wide variety of nutrients by eating all the ‘colors of the rainbow’, it will also give kids the opportunity to discover new fruits and vegetables.

There has been much controversy over schools being permitted to classify ‘pizza’ as a ‘vegetable’ because it contains 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. The new requirements do allow ‘pizza’ to be classified as a ‘vegetable’, but children will be required to have an additional serving of vegetables on their tray alongside the pizza.

I don’t necessarily agree with this change. Previously, I have discussed the disadvantages of low-fat milk. When I choose milk for both myself and my grandsons, I stick to these guidelines . When it comes to low-fat milk, some of the most respected health gurus in our country say:

“Low fat milk causes weight gain. This is how farmers fatten pigs. If they give them whole milk, the pigs stay lean.

Low fat milk is missing all the vitamins that you get in the fat. The industry has figured out that they make a lot more money on butter and butterfat if they put it in ice cream. So they take the cream out of the milk, put it into ice cream. They would much rather you spend the money on ice cream, than on butter or buttercream; they make a lot more money.”
-Sally Fallon, Weston A. Price Foundation

“A note on the production of skim milk powder: liquid milk is forced through a tiny hole at high pressure, and then blown out into the air. This causes a lot of nitrates to form and the cholesterol in the milk is oxidized. Those of you who are familiar with my work know that cholesterol is your best friend; you don’t have to worry about natural cholesterol in your food; however, you do not want to eat oxidized cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol contributes to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, to atherosclerosis. So when you drink reduced-fat milk thinking that it will help you avoid heart disease, you are actually consuming oxidized cholesterol, which initiates the process of heart disease.”
-Weston A. Price Foundation, Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry

“Let us get rid of one fallacy which is that skim milk is actually milk that has had the cream skimmed off the top. That actually sounds logical but it is not how is done, at least not in this modern world. That process would not remove all the cream so what is done in modern processing is the milk is spun around with centrifuges, eventually completely separating the cream (fat) and milk. It is first clarified, then separated, then pasteurized (or ultra-pasteurized), and then finally homogenized. This over-processing has now removed every healthy vitamin, living enzyme, and natural mineral. Welcome to your now-dead beverage……Skim milk will not support life. So by removing the cream you have essentially turned the milk into something completely useless, especially the pasteurized variety as you have not only removed the healthy fat but you have also as stated removed the living nutrients.”
-Raw Milk Truth

“Researchers from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute conducted a study that monitored the dietary habits of more than 20,000 Swedish women for a decade. It turned out that women who consumed full fat milk or cheese had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than the rest of the group. The results were convincing enough for the researchers to recommend that a glass of full fat milk every day will cut weight gain by 15%, and a portion of full fat cheese each day will cut weight gain by 30%. Alicja Wolk, professor at the Karolinska Institute stated, ‘The surprising conclusion was that increased consumption of (full fat) cheese meant that overweight women lost weight.’

Yet skim and 1% milk is pervasive in school lunch programs, and throughout the American diet. If you summarize the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food pyramid you see an emphasis on grains plus skim milk, the very combination that fattens hogs so efficiently! In fact, the USDA recommends we start the low-fat habit early: children as young as pre-school are recommended to consume non-fat or low fat milk, yogurt and cheese. With a food pyramid like this it’s little wonder we face an obesity epidemic from childhood onward.”
-Ann M Childers, MD. Life Balance Northwest

 “Guess what they feed a pig if they want to make it as fat as possible as fast as possible?

Low-fat milk, because if they give the pig milk with fat in it, the pig gets satiated. It’s satisfied and won’t eat any more. But if they give it low-fat milk, it will eat the grain they feed it forever because it’ll have a deficiency of fat.

Now think of what we’re eating for breakfast in this country…

If you don’t want to get fat you’re told to drink low-fat milk, and corn or wheat or oat-based cereal.

It’s the prescription to make you as fat as possible as quickly as you can get there. You’ll never stop wanting to eat because you’re never getting any food that causes satiation.

Americans are told to eat a diet that is scientifically designed to make you as fat as possible as fast as possible.”
-Dr. Al Sears, MD. Power for Healthy Living




Again, I’m not completely on board with this change. There are some saturated fats that would benefit our children, such as coconut fat.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison, showing the foods that meet the current requirements versus the foods that will be served under the new requirements (from the USDA Food and Nutrition Services)

So, how quickly can we expect to see these changes implemented? About 1000 schools in the US are already feeding their kids according to these new guidelines. Many other schools have already started making changes by offering some more healthier choices, such as salad bars. The current plan, however, is to phase all of the new requirements into the schools over the next five years.

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The Disadvantages of Low Fat Milk

Choosing Healthy Dairy Products

“I’ve been treating eating disorders (ED’s) and obesity for nearly 25 years and have always had good outcomes.  My rate of success improved dramatically, however, when I discovered the critical role that processed food plays in causing as well as in preventing recovery from Anorexia, Bulimia, Bulimarexia, (a combination of the two) Binge Eating Disorder (BED,) Emotional Eating and Obesity. To this end, I find it of great importance to provide both my patients and readers with relevant nutrition information to aid in their recovery. You can view all my Nutrition, Fitness, and Health articles here.

In the media, we often see that the healthiest milk we can drink is low fat or fat free dairy milk. A prime example is this advertisement, that was released late last month…

In my practice, I am often asked if there are any disadvantages of drinking low fat or fat free dairy milk. I’ve done some research and the results are in! Here’s what I’ve found:

 “A study at Harvard found that women who ate two or more servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy per day, like skim milk or yogurt, had 85% higher risk of infertility than those that ate full-fat dairy products.” 
-Chris Kresser, in response to this study

“Low fat milk causes weight gain. This is how farmers fatten pigs. If they give them whole milk, the pigs stay lean.

Low fat milk is missing all the vitamins that you get in the fat. The industry has figured out that they make a lot more money on butter and butterfat if they put it in ice cream. So they take the cream out of the milk, put it into ice cream. They would much rather you spend the money on ice cream, than on butter or buttercream; they make a lot more money.”
     -Sally Fallon, Weston A. Price Foundation

“A note on the production of skim milk powder: liquid milk is forced through a tiny hole at high pressure, and then blown out into the air. This causes a lot of nitrates to form and the cholesterol in the milk is oxidized. Those of you who are familiar with my work know that cholesterol is your best friend; you don’t have to worry about natural cholesterol in your food; however, you do not want to eat oxidized cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol contributes to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, to atherosclerosis. So when you drink reduced-fat milk thinking that it will help you avoid heart disease, you are actually consuming oxidized cholesterol, which initiates the process of heart disease.”
     -Weston A. Price Foundation, Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry

“Let us get rid of one fallacy which is that skim milk is actually milk that has had the cream skimmed off the top. That actually sounds logical but it is not how is done, at least not in this modern world. That process would not remove all the cream so what is done in modern processing is the milk is spun around with centrifuges, eventually completely separating the cream (fat) and milk. It is first clarified, then separated, then pasteurized (or ultra-pasteurized), and then finally homogenized. This over-processing has now removed every healthy vitamin, living enzyme, and natural mineral. Welcome to your now-dead beverage……Skim milk will not support life. So by removing the cream you have essentially turned the milk into something completely useless, especially the pasteurized variety as you have not only removed the healthy fat but you have also as stated removed the living nutrients.”
     -Raw Milk Truth

“Researchers from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute conducted a study that monitored the dietary habits of more than 20,000 Swedish women for a decade.  It turned out that women who consumed full fat milk or cheese had a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than the rest of the group.  The results were convincing enough for the researchers to recommend that a glass of full fat milk every day will cut weight gain by 15%, and a portion of full fat cheese each day will cut weight gain by 30%.  Alicja Wolk, professor at the Karolinska Institute stated, ‘The surprising conclusion was that increased consumption of (full fat) cheese meant that overweight women lost weight.’

Yet skim and 1% milk is pervasive in school lunch programs, and throughout the American diet.  If you summarize the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) food pyramid you see an emphasis on grains plus skim milk, the very combination that fattens hogs so efficiently!  In fact, the USDA recommends we start the low-fat habit early: children as young as pre-school are recommended to consume non-fat or low fat milk, yogurt and cheese. With a food pyramid like this it’s little wonder we face an obesity epidemic from childhood onward.”
      -Ann M Childers, MD. Life Balance Northwest

“Guess what they feed a pig if they want to make it as fat as possible as fast as possible?
Low-fat milk, because if they give the pig milk with fat in it, the pig gets satiated. It’s satisfied and won’t eat any more. But if they give it low-fat milk, it will eat the grain they feed it forever because it’ll have a deficiency of fat.
Now think of what we’re eating for breakfast in this country…
If you don’t want to get fat you’re told to drink low-fat milk, and corn or wheat or oat-based cereal.
It’s the prescription to make you as fat as possible as quickly as you can get there. You’ll never stop wanting to eat because you’re never getting any food that causes satiation.
Americans are told to eat a diet that is scientifically designed to make you as fat as possible as fast as possible.”
-Dr. Al Sears, MD. Power for Healthy Living

I recently read somewhere that we are becoming Homobesians!  (Instead of Homosapians) Is it any wonder?  -J. Renae Norton

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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Sources:
Healthy Baby Code – 5 Myths About Pregnancy Nutrition #1: A Low-Fat Diet is the Best Choice (//healthybabycode.com/5-myths-about-pregnancy-nutrition-1-a-low-fat-diet-is-the-best-choice)
Croxton, S. (2009, June 3). Eat Fat, Lose Fat! with Sally Fallon. The Underground Wellness Podcast. Podcast retrieved from www.undergroundwellness.com
Weston A. Price Foundation – Dirty Secrets of the Food Processing Industry. (//www.westonaprice.org/modern-foods/dirty-secrets-of-the-food-processing-industry)
Raw Milk Truth – Benefits of Raw Milk. Why Skim Milk Makes You Fatter.  (//rawmilktruth.com/Benefits-of-Raw-Milk-Why-Skim-Milk-Makes-You-Fatter.html)
Life Balance Northwest – Just Say ‘No’ to Skim Milk. (//annchilders.blogspot.com/2011/02/just-say-no-to-skim-milk.html)
Al Sears, MD. Power for Healthy Living – The Skinny on Fat.

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