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Kate came in to see me recently for her annual. She wanted to lose weight to try to avoid the diabetes that ran in her family. She was in her 50’s, worked full time, had 2 kids in high school and was very busy. At 5’4″, she knew that 165 pounds was too heavy and she was ready to do something about it. I asked her to tell me about her day, what she ate, what was happening when she ate, hunger pangs and as many circumstances surrounding her food choices as possible. (more…)
If your first thought about managing weight is that it’s too hard, or you have to make too many changes in your life to be successful, think again! We should all know that simple changes can remarkably affect our rate of success with managing weight in the real world. It’s really the small decisions that, if done well, and done consistently, can make all the difference. It’s the way we manage day-to-day situations that can help turn everything in a positive direction.
How about a nice cup of cocoa before bed? Well, if you’re a woman over 70, it’s just the thing to help prevent a heart attack. That’s right, there’s another good reason to have some chocolate every day, a new study found that (1) serving each day helped prevent heart attack. The good news is that you don’t need to eat a lot, a little goes a long way.
If you’re like me and have a chocolate monkey on your back and are hopelessly addicted to dark chocolate, this makes perfect sense. If you’re thinking that this is a little scary and sounds like someone who needs professional help, all I can say is that there’s evidence now that chocolate is not only a great anti-oxidant, it also helps keep your heart healthy. (more…)
A recent study from Italy showed that people who ate a moderate amount of dark chocolate had a significant reduction in a risk for heart disease. Does this mean that you should stop what you’re doing and move to Italy and eat dark chocolate? Yes!
Does this mean you should eat more dark chocolate? If you can limit yourself to 1 – 3 small pieces each week, not each day, then researchers found a decrease in CRP levels. CRP is C-Reactive Protein and high levels are associated with heart disease.