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Weight Gain and Menopause

“I am going through menopause and I can’t seem to lose the weight, what can I take?”  We hear this question a lot, and most of us would like to hand over a magic pill that would shed those extra pounds, but this pill doesn’t exist, although certain infomercials would have you believe otherwise. Diet, exercise, genetics and hormones all play roles in weight control. Two of these four can be easily remedied for most people. Do you remember the study that came out in March that showed that women in their 40’s need to ante up on exercise? Basically, women nearing menopause and into menopause need to work out at least 1 hour per day to maintain weight. So think about how much you are really exercising and take that into consideration.  Debi had a great blog yesterday about weight loss, and there are great tips to help with your goals.

But what if you have tried diet and exercise, and you are still unable to nudge those pounds off your hips. Well, Margo, a Master Herbalist and Certified Nutritional Consultant, offered the following solutions to the questions of weight loss, menopause and cravings: Continue reading “Weight Gain and Menopause”

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Some Reasons Weight Loss May Be Difficult

Have you ever wondered why you lose weight, only to sabotage yourself and put the weight right back on? Before you get angry, frustrated and discouraged with yourself, give yourself some compassion because here may be a few reasons why you’re doing it.

While you may think it’s natural to want to lose excess weight, have you ever thought of what those extra pounds may be providing? Many people keep weight on…on purpose. There are many reasons for this. One reason is that weight provides a protective barrier. Remember when you used to hide behind your mom’s leg when you were scared? You may be using the excess weight to provide that same protection for you now. Maybe there are reasons why looking or feeling sexy or attractive brings about fear or discomfort for you so keeping the weight on prevents those uncomfortable feelings from arising.

Another reason people keep weight on is because they’re unsure or uncomfortable with the expectations that may be placed on them with a new, fit, sexy body. At their current weight, they know what to expect, what’s expected of them and there’s a sense of familiarity with it all. These feelings may be easier to deal with than the discomfort of the unknown; even if what’s familiar is keeping them overweight and unhappy.

Still another reason you may be keeping weight on may involve a partner. Maybe eating together is a connection you both have or cooking together is an activity you both share.  Rather than risk breaking that bond, you continue the activity and habits you’ve developed to maintain that connection.

Yet another reason may have to do with the threat a partner may feel if your weight loss means more attention from the opposite sex, a higher self esteem and a greater sense of self confidence. Perhaps your spouse or partner is insecure, jealous and feels threatened by what your new look and improved self confidence may bring. Instead of working through those issues, many women find it’s easier to keep the weight on to avoid “rocking the boat” with their partner.

Another reason we may keep the weight on has to do with our habits. For many of us, we may eat the same foods, at the same times, in the same places from day to day. These habits we’ve created are now deeply ingrained within us; they’re a habitual part of our daily routine. For example, maybe you’ve grown used to skipping breakfast, grabbing a fast food lunch, coming home to eat a big dinner and relaxing in front of the TV at the end of a long day with a bag of potato chips. While these habits may be familiar, they can play a significant role in keeping extra weight on.

I’ve worked with many moms who’ve lost weight, then find a way to sabotage their weight loss efforts and quickly gain it right back. While often it’s a question of creating healthier habits to get the weight off once and for all, sometimes it’s important to dig deep and see if there’s a reason why you’ve been intentionally keeping the weight on. Of course, if you discover something too difficult to work through alone, get the support you need.

Just because something has been a certain way for a while, doesn’t mean it has to stay that way if it doesn’t work for you anymore. You can make any change to your thoughts, actions and habits in order to slowly and gently discover your best self. It starts with awareness and the desire to change something that’s not working for you, for something that works much better.

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World Cup Soccer: The Greenest World Cup Competition Ever

The biggest sporting event in the world, World Cup is well underway. Soccer has a gigantic fan base that loves to travel to watch their teams compete, and World Cup fervor has brought a lot of people flying into South Africa, staying in hotels, getting transported to and from the stadiums all over the country. In addition to the emissions produced by all the travel, there will be a temporary but significant increase in demand for South Africa’s largely coal-generated power. This sounds like a big environmental negative.

But there are some very green aspects to this year’s World Cup, and it is worth highlighting those. The stadiums are greener, with a big focus on recycling, reduced waste, and efficient people movement.

But my favorite green innovation in the 2010 World Cup is the uniforms being worn by Team USA and eight other teams. The jerseys are made of a high performance material produced entirely from recycled plastic bottles. The stretchy, durable fabric is 15 percent lighter than a standard soccer shirt, and has thousands of laser-bored holes for ventilation. How is that for being green and high-tech at the same time?

Nike has provided these remarkable outfits for the teams, and I am told they are available at retail for about $70. I like this trend. Other vendors have been offering clothing made from recycled plastic for some time, but we can thank the 2010 World Cup for bringing this green innovation to our attention.What a great way to keep plastic bottles out of landfills!

I wonder if the shirts are recyclable to make more shirts?

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Eating a Different Kind of Greens

We all know the benefits of eating spinach, broccoli, cabbage and kale, but there are different kinds of greens that also offer amazing nutritional value, as well as many potential health benefits. Sea greens – like blue green algae, spirulina, chlorella and kelp – have vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, as well as antioxidant properties. People who take greens on a regular basis report that they have more energy and vitality.  But how do you pick the best one for you? Well, many formulas contain a combination of these greens along with barley and alfalfa powders to maximize nutritional content. But if you want to try only one, here is a  a description of  some of the “sea greens” and their benefits.

Spirulina : This super food is actually a member of the blue green algae family and is the most nutrient dense. It also contains all nine essential amino acids, important to help build and maintain the body’s proteins. It also contains more Vitamin A than carrots, more iron than beef, is a profound source of protective phytochemicals, is naturally low in fat, a source of the essential fatty acid GLA, and it is easy to digest. Not too shabby. Continue reading “Eating a Different Kind of Greens”

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Our Bloggers

  • Paula Gallagher
    Paula Gallagher
    Paula is a highly qualified and experienced nutrition counselor on the staff at Village Green.
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  • Margo Gladding
    Margo Gladding
    Margo's impressive knowledge base is the result of a unique blend of educational and professional experience.
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  • Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Neal Barnard
    Dr. Barnard leads programs advocating for preventive medicine, good nutrition, and higher ethical standards in research.
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  • Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno
    Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, ND is a pioneer of integrative medicine and a leading authority on science-based natural medicine.
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  • Debi Silber
    Debi Silber
    Debi is a registered dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition, a personal trainer, and whole health coach.
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  • Teri Cochrane
    Teri Cochrane
    Teri is a is a Certified Coach Practitioner with extensive certifications and experience in holistic medicinal practices.
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  • Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker
    Dr. Rav Ivker is a holistic family physician, health educator, and best-selling author.
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  • Susan Levin
    Susan Levin
    Susan writes about the connection between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
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  • Rob Brown
    Dr. Rob Brown
    Dr. Brown's blended perspective of healthcare includes a deeply rooted passion for wellness and spiritual exploration.
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June 2010