Americans as a whole are focused on health, well-being and weight loss, but down the road we may be more concerned about our brain function. Did you know that women and men with chronically high blood sugar have an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia? High blood sugar causes inflammation and oxidative stress, both of which are very bad for your brain. A study published in the December 2008 issue of the Annals of Neurology, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the American Diabetes Association concludes that abnormal regulation of blood sugar is linked to an increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia.
What can you do now to insure that you will be able to read and understand this later?
Eliminate sugar, flour and all refined foods from your diet; it’s a lifestyle change that will benefit your waistline and your mind. And exercise – even if it is just 10 minutes a day. Use your mind in unusual ways – try sudoku or a crossword puzzle, learn a new language – you can even brush your teeth with your other hand to give your brain a boost.
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Addiction has two components, physical and mental. Sugar and flour are physically addictive at a chemical and cellular level, and as with any addictive substance, it must be eliminated. By definition, if an addict could moderate they would not be an addict – abstinence is a must. But even if you find a perfect diet, like the Skinny Coach Diet, that eliminates these triggers you still have a system of neural pathways that represent learned associations, habits and reactions to stress and life. This must be addressed. The neural pathways in your brain are developed based on what you have done in the past making the breaking of a habit difficult. What are required are the development of new neural pathways and a deterioration of the old pathways. Food addiction is real and it is as real as heroin or alcohol addiction. Food, namely sugar and flour, affects the brain and the pleasure centers of the brain in exactly the same way as drugs. Dogaminergic pathways – reward pathways – in the brain are responsible for motivating food consumption and also feelings of pleasure that you get when you eat. These pathways also activate other circuits throughout the body that regulate hunger, satiety and weight control.
In order to properly heal and be free long term you have to rewire those pathways. The problem, of course, is that those pathways represent how you think – you can’t think differently because your brain is wired to say things like “one bite won’t hurt” and if I eat that cookie I will feel better.
I work with my clients daily and people mistakenly believe that they need this because they need accountability. In fact, it is only through daily conversations in a multitude of varying situations is it possible to teach an addict how to think differently. My work is to literally rewire their brain, over time, so that they internalize a healthy eating lifestyle which leads to life as a person that is natural thin. If you were allergic to strawberries you simply would not eat. Your brain would not be activated when you saw strawberry shortcake, you would not have to talk yourself out of eating a strawberry pie, it would be a non-issue. This is true for foods like sugar and flour which are usually the food of choice for addicts – over time the old addictive part of the brain that was alive and firing at the sight of a donut or baked bread is dead and the part that accepts easily that you don’t eat those things because they make you fat, sick and tired is alive and active.
Other diets fail because just following the diet does not make a “lifestyle change.” You must change the way you think, and someone has to give you that language every single day until that happens. Skinny Coach works because it addresses the physical addiction with a healthy hormonally balancing food plan and because you work with me, the L.A. Skinny Coach, to reprogram your brain as a Skinny Girl.
I’ve been in this business almost a decade and I have heard countless success comments. Here are some of those moments of sheer happy success. Allow yourself to feel how these thoughts would make you feel.
“My wedding ring fits just right.”
“I love running around the playground with my kids.”
“People are always telling me how good my skin looks.”
“I can wear whatever I’d like.”
“I never feel guilty from the foods I eat.”
“I’ll be alive to see my grandkids graduate.”
“I like sex again.”
“I feel like I can do anything now!”
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I talked to the most wonderful woman today and she told me she used to be able to do anything but now she can’t, “I just don’t have any willpower anymore.” I was sick to my stomach. There are so many bright, beautiful, talented women that are ruined because of their addiction to food. The problem is they think it is their fault. But it is not. A new study validates the current research that sugar and flour are addictive. In fact Oreos are as addictive as Cocaine.
Our pleasure center in our brain called the nucleus accumbens is activated by sugar in the same way it is by cocaine and morphine. In fact, many studies have shown that sugar is MORE addictive than either cocaine or morphine because it activates more cells in this area making it even more pleasurable.
This is not about willpower – it is about addiction.
I can help you – take the sugar addiction quiz and schedule an appointment with me and be free from your addiction and stop battling the bulge.
Increased consumption of sugar is linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity. In other words, regardless of weight, sugar causes diabetes. In fact, the research controls for everything and meets longstanding criteria for causation. Given these findings, it is proof enough that sugar is poisonous and it is time to regulate by removing fructose from the safe list and setting limits on how much sugar can be added to a food. It is clear that obesity is not the cause of our dramatic increase of chronic disease but instead metabolic syndrome, which is a problem for normal weight people as well. Metabolic syndrome is a result of insulin resistance, which is caused by consumption of added sugar.
If you want to live longer, be healthy, lose weight – get rid of the sugar.
The Skinny Coach diet is a sugar abstinent diet and will make you healthier than you have ever been. Take the quiz and find out if you have metabolic syndrome.
Sugar makes you stupid. Rats who ate an omega-3 deficient diet were slower at completing a maze, and those who drank a fructose solution, instead of water, were the most stupid of all.
Strangely, omega-3s seem to have a pretty impactful role in the metabolizing of sugar. The rats who had a diet without omega-3s had higher triglycerides, glucose, and insulin levels, and showed a decrease in synaptic activity, which is critical for learning and memory. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get omega-3s naturally and the American diet does not provide much. This is why The Skinny Coach Solution recommends omega-3s as part of the program. The research shows that omega-3s protect our brains from the harmful effects of fructose.
No one will tell you not to eat sugar more quickly than the Skinny Coach, but did you know that I also highly recommend omega-3s? New research has shown that rats who have eaten a diet high in omega-3s were faster in solving a maze; in fact, without omega-3s a decrease was shown in synaptic activity. Bottom line, the mice were slower.
Did you know that women underestimate their daily consumption of calories by a lot? Considering that most women on a diet should eat between 1200-1500 calories, stop and guess by how many calories women underestimate? Women underestimate their daily consumption by 700 calories! If you are on the Skinny Coach diet you do not need to do this, but if you are not, then track your calories for 28 days and see what you are really eating.
Done with not wearing a bathing suit because you are too fat? Fill out the Sugar Addiction Quiz and find out which foods are shutting down your fat burning cells, making it impossible to lose weight.
Fat has 9 calories per gram, compared to 4 calories per gram for protein or carbohydrates. But all fat isn’t the same. AGAIN – it is not calories in calories out. Saturated fat that is found in whole milk, butter, full-fat cheese, and fatty cuts of red meat makes your body produce less leptin and more ghrelin. Leptin is a hormone that quells appetite and gherlin stimulates appetite. But unsaturated fats, like that in olive oil and avocados, helps regulate your appetite by producing more appetite-suppressing leptin and LESS appetite stimulating ghrelin. UGGG
“A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.” – Georges Bernanos
Belly fat is highly associated with type-2 diabetes and heart disease. If you are reading this article, you are on your Skinny Paths and doing everything you need to do. What is great is that the SCS incorporates the best ways to reduce your waistline. This is important because central fat has been linked with dementia risk and cardiovascular disease risk.
“Listen, the best advice on aging is this: What’s the alternative? The alternative, of course, is death. And that’s a lot of shit to deal with. So I’m happy to deal with menopause. I’ll take it.” — Whoopi Goldberg
The harder you work for something, the greater you’ll feel when you achieve it. – Unknown
We have heard a million times, moderation is key. Baloney! If we could moderate, 66% of the nation wouldn’t be fat. The food industry has designed the foods we eat to make it impossible to moderate. Processed foods react with opiate receptors in the brain, mimicking the effects of opiate drugs like heroin and morphine. You can’t moderate sugar and flour any more than you can moderate a heroin addiction.
Not to mention, moderation ignores the serious damage those foods do to your body. High blood pressure, obesity, high blood sugar, damage to the lining of your gut, build-up of toxins in your body – this happens with just a little bit a day.
In addition, it’s easier to make 100% commitment versus 98% commitment because until you decide with 100%, it’s actually not decided.
“I just had my two-month weigh-in and I am down ANOTHER 8 pounds and 17 inches! That makes 17 pounds lost in all, and over 31 inches off of my body! I feel incredible! This past week I had several people comment on how “trim” I am looking. This gives me such motivation and strength! I told Tiffany the other day I have finally been able to stop thinking so much about myself (how big I feel, how I have no self-control, how my clothes don’t fit, how I can’t seem to keep a promise to myself etc…) and have begun using that wasted time to serve others and to enjoy my life! I am now three pounds away from the lowest weight I can remember being since I was 10 years old! Wow!!! Thank you, Tiffany for encouraging me to not wait and get started right away! This is one of the best decisions I have ever made!”
"My husband is thrilled that I've found a plan I can stick with and that's working so well. He says it's miraculous -- I look just like the girl he married!"
"I lost 16.6 lbs in 28 days plus 21 ¾ inches my first month!"
"I lost 15 inches my first month and am just so happy that I don't have to worry about what to eat anymore. Following the Skinny Coach plan is so simple, even in times of travel, sickness and holidays."