Review – The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss

The Diet Dropout’s Guide to Natural Weight Loss, Stan Spencer, 2013, ISBN 9780983571704

After trying every diet known to man, you keep getting frustrated when the weight does not stay off for very long. Perhaps it is time to change your attitudes toward food. That is what this book is all about.

Are you an emotional eater? Do you turn to food when life gets emotionally overwhelming? Do not worry about what might happen in the future; focus on now. Relax your mind by focusing on the present, but limit that focus to a single perception or physical sensation. You can also try meditation, or repetitive activity, like lawn mowing or vacuuming the floor, to trigger the relaxation response. Remove thoughts like “I’m so stupid” or “Life isn’t fair” from your brain right now. Your way of thinking will become more rational and you will be less of a slave to your emotions. Accept those things that you cannot change.

It’s easier to avoid temptations than to resist them. get junk food out of your house, or, at least, hide it. Start buying healthy food at the supermarket. Decide, in advance, what you will do when you pass by the candy dish on the co-worker’s desk. When the craving comes, think about something else. A craving is a psychological need, rather than a physical need. Look up “calories burned calculator” online, and see just how much exercise is needed to burn the calories in a bottle of soda. Tell yourself that you are not interested. If all else fails, take a brisk walk. When confronted with, for instance, a plate of chocolate chip cookies, mentally make them boring so as to remove the emotional need for them. Add a couple of hairs to the plate, or add a bit of mold to a couple of the cookies. You don’t need to go so far as to, mentally, turn them into a plate of toxic waste; keep it simple.

It is possible to eat less without going hungry. Add fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts to your diet. Don;t skip a meal; it will leave you tempted to snack on junk food. Get enough sleep, and watch less TV. Physical activity will help to boost your metabolism, and help you lose weight. The book also debunks a number of weight loss myths.

This book is short, and it is excellent. This is weight loss without pills, special meals or other gimmicks. It is highly recommended for anyone who has ever tried to lose weight.

Is There Anything Comparable to a Medifast Bar at the Grocery Store?

I get variations on this question quite a bit. People ask me if there are any bars that they can pick up at the grocery store that are going to be as effective as the Medifast bars. I have a definite opinion on this, which I’ll share in the following article. I will also outline some of the characteristics that I think make these bars so effective to help you to understand what attributes you might want to look for if you are trying to find an alternative.

Some Of The Characteristics That Make The Medifast Bars Effective: I realize that it might seem more convenient to get your diet foods from the same place where you buy your groceries. But, having all of the characteristics of these bars is a tall order for most main stream products.

Let’s take a look at the Medifast bars so that we are comparing apples to apples. For the purposes of this article, I’m going to be talking about the crunch bars. This product contains 110 calories, 3 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of sugars, and 11 grams of protein. When you go down your store aisles, I suspect you’re going to have a difficult time finding another bar that has such low calories, carbs, and sugars while maintaining a high level of protein. But, to look closer at the point, I’ll take a look at a couple of popular bars that are readily available and are, at least by most people, considered to be pretty healthy.

Comparing Two Popular Grocery Store Diet Bars: First, I’ll look at Special K protein snack bars. In terms of calories, this one is actually pretty comparable. It only has 110 also. And, it has 3.5 grams of fat. But, where it goes off track a bit, at least in my opinion, is in it’s sugar content and low amount of protein. This product contains a high 11 grams of sugar and only 4 grams of protein. It has 15 grams of carbohydrates.

Now, let’s look at Kashi’s Go Lean protein bar. This product has a good deal more calories at 180. It contains a 30 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fat, and 9 grams of protein. As you can see, the sugar, calorie, fat, and carb content are all higher than you might like. It also has the lowest protein content of all of the products that I’ve looked at.

Many so called protein bars are not as good for you or as effective at weight loss as you might think. And, when you look at their ingredients, you’ll often see that one of the first ingredients listed is some form of sugar. For example, you might see corn syrup or honey listed as one of the first items. If you look at the Medifast bars, you’ll see protein listed there instead.

People often have the perception that the store bars are cheaper and are just as effective. But, I hope this article has shown you that many of them have high sugar and carb content, while lacking protein. If you accept that taking in fewer calories and carbs while upping your protein intake is important to your weight loss success, then you might also suspect that the Medifast bars are more likely to help you achieve this based on their nutritional information. And, they are not that much expensive either. Yes, you must order them online, but this is a pretty quick and easy process.

What Vitamins Are in Meat?

Red meat contains high biological value protein and important micronutrients which is necessary for good health through life. It contains as well a range of fats, including essential omega-3 fats. Recent researchers have shown that there has been a major trend to leaner cuts of meat over the past two decades. While the nutritional composition will vary sometime according to breed, feeding regimen, season and meat cut, the following discussion will show that, in general, lean red meat has a relatively low fat content, is moderate in cholesterol, and is rich in protein and many essential vitamins and minerals.

In general lean red meat is a particularly good source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, phosphorus, zinc and iron, with 100 g providing more than 25% RDI of these nutrients. It also provides more than 10% RDI of riboflavin, pantothenic acid and selenium. Of the four meats, mutton is specifically nutrient-dense, and the richest source of thiamin, vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorus, iron and copper.

Protein and amino acids

Raw red muscle meat holds around 20-25 g protein / 100 g. Cooked red meat contains 28-36 g / 100 g, since the water content decreases and nutrients become more concentrated during cooking. The protein is highly digestible, around 94% compared with the digestibility of 86% in whole wheat and 78% in beans. Protein from meat provides all essential amino acids (lysine, threonine, methionine, phenylalanine, tryptophan, leucine, isoleucine, valine) and has no limiting amino acids. Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score is a method of evaluating the protein quality, with a maximum possible score of 1.0. Animal meats like beef have a score of approximately 0.9, compared with values ​​of 0.5-0.7 for most plant foods. The amino acid glutamic acid / glutamine is present in meat in the highest amounts (16.5%), followed by arginine, alanine and aspartic acid.

In conclusion: You can have red meat in you diet, and you'll still be able to lose weight, sine it's rich in all essential nutrients

Glycemic Impact Diet – Great Way To Loose Weight And Feel Great Be Healthy

There is a diet that was developed by Rick Gallop called the GI Diet plan. The plan is based on the Glycemic Index and has been used in Europe for many years now. The newer version is called the Glycemic Impact Diet which uses the Glycemic Index for is base.

It is important to understand how the GI Diet works, basically it is all foods that contain a low Glycemic Index. This index will rank a food based on the effect that it has with your blood sugar level. Ideally you want to eat foods that will release the sugar into your body slowly so that you feel satisfied during the day and you will be less likely to snack through the day. If you are consuming food with High GI it can cause your sugar levels to rise rapidly. Also eating these types of foods will result in short feelings of being satisfied and usually you will tend to overeate because when the sugar levels drop after a short period of time you will want more food.

It is also important to cut down on saturated fats because they can cause you to consume to much food. GI Index Diets will always encourage eating low GI Index foods so that you will feel more satisfied throughout the day.

When you are on the Glycemic Impact Diet you are using the GI Index but it also combines the carbs along with the GI Index of foods. If you take a food like the carrot it has a low glycemic load because it has a low carbs and a high GI Value. This makes the carrot a desirable food to eat.

This diet is a great diet because it uses many diet plans such as the Zone Diet, South Beach Diet and it combines these diet plans and uses the best of all of them. If you are a person that likes to eat out a lot then they have some great options for you as well. It is always best when eating out that you stick to the leaner meats, fish and chicken. Also stay away form fatty sauces and dressings because they can put on weight quicker than anything else.

The Glycemic Impact Diet is an excellent way to loose weight and feel great.

Facts About Gallbladder Disease

Gallbladder disease is one of the leading causes of problems with digestion that result in hospital admissions. Did you know that around 10% of the population (on average) in most Western countries has gallstones? Most of these are “silent” but about 4% of patients with stones develop symptoms each year. For about half of them, the symptoms reoccur within 12 months. More men than women suffer from acute gallbladder inflammation (cholecystitis), whereas more women than men experience gallstones (men have more kidney stones), and married women with children have more gallstones than unmarried women. The term “gallbladder disease” is in one sense a misnomer, for it is the liver, bile ducts and gallbladder that form the system that enables your body to digest fats and all are likely to participate in gallbladder problems.

I have always said that doctors generally see health problems as conditions with symptoms requiring drugs, whereas surgeons see health problems as conditions requiring the knife, and when a patient is admitted with abdominal discomfort surgeons are often keen to remove the gall bladder as it is believed that it ‘serves very little purpose’ and that the patient can “live comfortably without it”. This is a ridiculous and very untrue notion however, and I want you to think twice about having your gallbladder removed, because over half of people I have seen who had their gallbladder removed still had the same digestive problem they started with in the first place unresolved, yet now without their gallbladder. Once it is out that is it, it does serve a purpose like every organ you were born with and having your gallbladder removed will affect your health to some degree. For some patients, the removal of their gallbladder had a major consequence on their health down the track. For others, it was a minor consequence.

A surgeon I once spoke to many years ago mentioned that the gallbladder operation was one frequently performed in larger hospitals by the younger surgeon to “bring them up to speed” in the operating room. He said that it was a relatively easy operation lasting from thirty to forty minutes enabling them to gain surgical experience before they move onto “bigger and better things” as far as abdominal surgery is concerned. I can’t help wondering if all the gallbladder operations performed are really that necessary, because they are so quick to take it out these days. The apprentice mechanic will first be introduced to the engine by learning to replace the spark plugs before he is allowed to work deeper into the engine. If the plugs were removed, carefully cleaned and then replaced they generally last a long time. But then again, today more than half the stuff we buy is made in China and it is “chucked” as soon as it is even slightly defective!

What is the gallbladder’s function?

Your gall bladder’s main function is to collect and concentrate bile produced by the liver that the body uses to digest fats. Think of bile a bit like you would dishwashing liquid. Have you ever tried to wash dishes with fat or grease on them in water without dishwashing liquid? Not really effective is it? Not at least until you squirt a little dishwashing liquid into the warm water then they are clean in no time. Your gallbladder makes plenty of its own type of “degreasing liquid” called bile. Bile becomes up to twelve times more concentrated in the gallbladder (and hence much more effective) than it was in your liver. Think about this, with your gallbladder gone, your liver now has to produce, store and secrete bile. It can do this but not as effectively as it can without that little purse called the gallbladder hanging by its side.

The liver makes between 600 – 900 mls of bile each day, and what is not sent during meals to the duodenum (beginning of your small bowel) directly via the liver’s main duct to emulsify fat, it is diverted through a smaller duct (branching off the main liver duct) to the gallbladder for storage until required. When fat in a meal reaches the duodenum (where most of the food you eat is digested and absorbed), hormones enter the circulation and along with nerve signals, stimulate the gallbladder to contract. This contraction, assisted by the small intestine’s contractions, induces the gallbladder’s small round muscle and the stored bile is propelled into the duodenum where it mixes with food from your stomach and pancreatic juices from the pancreas by way of the pancreatic duct. If you eat a fairly fatty meal (fish and chips for example) your gallbladder can empty completely within one hour. It is this combination of bile and fats that can make one feel “queasy” at times after a fatty meal.

Bile itself is made up of water, salts, fatty acids, lecithin, cholesterol, bilirubin, and mucus and has two main functions. The first function is to help in the absorption and digestion of fats, and the second to eliminate certain waste products from the body, especially excess cholesterol and the haemoglobin from worn out red blood cells, which have an average lifespan of 3 months.

In particular, the bile

(1) increases the solubility of fat-soluble vitamins, fats and cholesterol to assist in their absorption,

(2) stimulates secretion of water by the colon to help move its contents along,

(3) is a medium for excretion of bilirubin (the chief bile pigment) as a waste product of destroyed red blood cells, other waste products, medical drugs and their degradation products, and other toxins.

Bile salts are in fact re-absorbed into the small intestine, and re-secreted into the bile after extraction by the liver. All bile salts in the body re-circulate some 10 to 12 times a day by means of this so- called enterohepatic circulation. In each circulation small amounts of bile salts enter the colon where bacteria break them down for excretion with the feces.

Who is the greatest at risk of gallstones?

o Female gender: women outnumber men at least 2:1.

o Family history

o Forty or more years of age

o 3 children or more

o Diet: low calorie, low cholesterol, low fat. (especially a diet like this after a diet high in fat)

o Diet: previously high in refined carbs, alcohol, chocolate, chips, etc.

o Smoking

o High cholesterol history

o Constipation history

o Rapid weight loss

o Obesity

o Food allergy history

o Dehydration due to not enough water

o Liver problems like cirrhosis or past hepatitis infection

o Sensitive to penicillin antibiotics

Signs and symptoms of gallbladder problems

I have seen many women in the clinic who have for years on and off never felt quite well in terms of their digestion. Many have experienced a low grade ill feeling, a digestive discomfort which was put down to indigestion, constipation or diarrhoea or even a “grumbling appendix”. They go on for years and years with digestive symptoms and never realise that they may be related to a gallbladder problem. That’s because they are so inter-related with other digestive symptoms and too easy for their doctor to say: “You are fine; there is nothing to worry about”. Constipation is one of the most commonly missed complaints, and so is farting. Don’t be embarrassed here, we all fart, some men (and plenty of smallish children) enjoy boasting about it but women do it too and are generally totally embarrassed. Flatus is most common in bed when you first lie down, during the night or when you get up. This is because your bowel changes its position and gas more easily escapes through the anus with the large intestine in a horizontal rather than in a vertical position. Don’t laugh, but do you sometimes feel fat, frumpy and farty and at times “sicky” after eating a fatty meal like fish and chips or chocolate? Does your partner joke about how much you “let off”? Then you may very well have a gallbladder issue.

The Four F’s

Have you heard about the four f’s? We learn when we study medicine that women who are “fat, fertile, forty and flatulent” are often the gallbladder girls. They are much more prone to having gallstones or a sluggish liver and gallbladder. The following list provided here may be related to gallbladder but please bear in mind that it could also be something else. The first four symptoms mentioned are the most indicative of gallbladder issues. It is not necessary to have all or many symptoms to have gallbladder problems but the more you have from this list, the more confirmation you have that your gallbladder is involved. Please note that it is still advisable to consult your GP for an accurate diagnosis.

Signs and symptoms of impending gallbladder problems (If you answered yes to the first four (with an asterisk) go to your health-care professional for a more accurate diagnosis.)

  • Pain or tenderness under the rib cage on the right side, could be central too*
  • Pain between shoulder blades, central but could be under the shoulder blades*
  • Stools light or chalky colored*
  • Indigestion after eating, especially fatty or greasy foods*
  • History of gallstones or gallbladder removal in your family
  • Weight gain after recent digestive troubles or after gallbladder removal
  • Frequent use of antacids
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Bloating
  • Farting
  • Burping or belching up gas easily after meals
  • Feeling of fullness or food not digesting
  • Diarrhea (or alternating from soft to firm)
  • Constipation (or simply skipping a day here or there)
  • Headache over eyes, especially right
  • Bitter fluid comes up after eating, could be a slight reflux and very subtle
  • Frequent use of laxatives

Being big is actually in itself a big risk factor in gallbladder problems, and women with a BMI (body mass index) of 30 or greater are more than double at risk than women who have a BMI of 25 or less. Although a decrease in weight reduces the risk of gallstone formation, there is a 15 to 25 percent increase in gallstone formation during or immediately following weight loss! I have seen this with several patients over the years; they have lost weight and are proud of if only to experience digestive problems and then a bad bout of pain within twelve to eighteen months after the weight loss. A major heart study in America discovered that women with Type 2 Diabetes were almost twice as likely (41.8 percent versus 23.1 percent) that non diabetics to have gallstones, and the risk was highest amongst the 30 to 59yr old group.

I always ask a person these standard questions when they come in with a (suspected) gallbladder dysfunction – “Did you loose weight recently, say in the past two years?” “Have you been on a fat free diet lately?” “What kind of foods/drinks do you like to habitually have?” By asking the right questions, you would be surprised how many will actually tell you what is wrong with them, and their answers can point right to the heart of the problem. In my observation, the main factors leading to gallbladder attacks and dysfunction are obesity (and rapid weight loss (for example1 pound a week); “fat-free” diets are especially bad.

Poor dietary habits – especially too many fatty and fried foods, alcohol, too much dairy food like cheeses and full cream milk, refined sugars and starches, high protein foods (in excess), food allergies, parasites, long-term use of birth control pills, and a sedentary (couch potato) lifestyle. The Atkins diet craze caused a lot of gallbladder problems, for example. Once these factors are operating, bile produced in the liver and flowing through the biliary ducts into the gallbladder becomes too thick, the bile ducts may then become obstructed, gravel and stones may form (90% of all gallstones are cholesterol), and the whole biliary system may become clogged. Other causative factors include insufficient water consumption, a weak immune system (increases likelihood of infection in the gallbladder), as well as diabetes and various liver diseases.

Prevention of gallbladder problems lies in controlling obesity, diet and adequate intake of consuming water, and the use of appropriate physical exercise. Louise Hay, an interesting lady who wrote the famous book “Heal Your Life” way back in 1976 with regard to how emotions can trigger physical problems, mentions that anger, aggressiveness, and bitterness can result in gallbladder problems. Keeping the immune system strong and the liver and small intestine healthy is very important too. Let’s look now at some non-medical alternatives once gallbladder problems are evident, and also how to prevent this problem in the first instance.

Food allergies

Often finding and eliminating food allergies can stop frequent attacks of gallbladder pain and prevent unnecessary surgical removal. In one study, avoidance of allergens relieved symptoms in 100% of 69 patients with symptomatic gallstones or post-cholecystectomy (after the operation) syndrome (uncontrolled trial commented on by Dr. Alan Gaby, USA). I’m not convinced just testing for antibodies in terms of food allergies is the way to go, try also: muscle testing, you may know somebody who does do electro-dermal testing. Either way, try going on an elimination or allergy diet, it may be the answer to your problems.

For recurring gallbladder pain – suspect food allergies in just about 100% of patients. On average I find that they are reactive to 4 or 5 foods, and according to Dr. Jonathon Wright, one of America’s most experienced natural medicine doctors, egg is generally always one of the prime food allergens involved. There are over 800,000 cholecystectomies (gallbladder operations) performed in USA per annum, they cost $5,000 US to perform. If you do the math here, effective preventative natural medicine treatment could spare 4 billion US dollars with gallbladder conditions alone. I can imagine how many of the operations are performed needlessly in NZ each year, and it is truely amazing how many people I have seen who have their gallbladder out only to find that it did not fix up the problem they originally went to the doctor for in the first place.

Other medical methods of handling gallstones in the gallbladder include attempts to fragment them with sonic shock waves (lithotripsy). Of course there are other times when surgery may become necessary, such as in perforation of the gallbladder (often from gangrene) or where for example non-benign tumours and cancers are present. All this is what I call “crisis medicine,” so common in the orthodox medical procedures used in the hospital system. Does it not make sense to prevent a gallbladder condition in the first place rather than waiting for disaster to strike and then to take action?

How is your back?

See your Chiropractor; you may have mid-thoracic vertebral subluxations. If you have back issues, your fourth thoracic vertebrae may a bit “dodgey”, you could be looking at a subluxations which means a slight dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (the bones of the spine). These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and the blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae, and if this is what is happening around the middle of your back it could be affecting your gallbladder.

Gallbladder removed? – take bile salts

I always recommend that a patient who has had their gallbladder removed take bile salts (digestive enzymes) because fats & oils are not properly digested and absorbed by these folk. I always give bile salts when I give them fish-oil, or Vitamin A. Digestive enzymes are essential for those who have had their gallbladder removed, they will feel a lot better for taking them regularly. Their digestion will improve, their bowels will work better and they will feel less full and bloated. For patients who do not improve their diet following surgical removal of the gallbladder the removal leaves the person with an increased risk of colon cancer. Although fast relief of some symptoms can follow this surgery, the relief is often short-lived and the basic causes are still present. If you have lost your gallbladder, the regular use of bile salts at the start of meals can help substantially, including better processing of the fat-soluble essential nutrients such as essential fatty acids and vitamins A, D, E, and K. Probably the best way to tell if you are using enough bile salts is to monitor the colour of the stool. If the colour is lighter than the normal brown colour, or is even a light beige or yellow, this implies insufficient bile flow; with it’s under absorption of essential nutrients, and a need for more bile salts. Such a need for more bile salts will be greater after a meal with greater amounts of fats and oils. Talk to your Naturopath more here, he or she can recommend a product which should work well. I generally find that the digestive enzymes prescribed by your Naturopath to be stronger and much more effective than the retail (health-food shop) products. That is why they are classified as “practitioner-only” products. My website (see resource box) explains more about “practitioner-only” products.

Useful herbal supplements with liver & gallbladder complaints: Swedish bitters, milk thistle, chamomile, peppermint, greater celandine, gymnema, gravel root, dandelion leaf & root, chicory, rhubarb, burdock, cramp bark, ginger root, fennel, and turmeric.

Homeopathic medicine: one of the most specific homeopathic medicines is Chelidonium 30C, and I recommend this remedy for patients who complain of right-sided pains radiating through the back, pains radiating to the right shoulder blade region. It is mainly thought of as a liver remedy, but I find it fantastic for gallbladder disorders as well.

Diet

Eliminate refined sugar and other refined carbohydrates, because it is these foods which in particular increases the cholesterol saturation of bile. Gallbladder problems don’t generally happen in under developed countries, they are a phenomenon of the Western developed world. We call these sorts of health problems the “diseases of modern civilisation”. You will find that our Western diet is the highly refined one, most people eat foods from the supermarket and our diets are the ones high in the refined sugars, starches and flours. Foods and drinks to strictly avoid One of the worst beverages to drink with gallbladder issues is coffee whether decaffeinated or not, it aggravates symptoms by causing the gallbladder to contract along with sugar. So, sugar and coffee is not a good idea! I also tell patients to avoid chocolate, deep fried foods and saturated animal fats in general. Most tell me that they cannot tolerate these foods anyway, so listen to your body and avoid what makes you feel unwell or sick.

Gallbladder foods which have a particular favourable effect include beetroot, Brussels sprouts, fennel, sauerkraut, parsley, artichokes, pears, granny smith apples and the bitter foods such as rocket, endive, chicory, and capers.

Consume a little olive oil daily One way to prevent build-up of gallstones is to eat some oil, particularly extra virgin olive oil, daily; this encourages the gallbladder to contract and to daily “sand dump” its contents into the small intestine, preventing sludge from accumulating and forming gallstones.

Treatments

Warm castor oil packs. All you need is 200ml castor oil (try the chemist or supermarket), and old saucepan, an old cloth, and an old towel. Just warm the old cloth in the pot of oil until it is quite warm, squeeze it out and apply it over the region of the gallbladder – central a little to the right just near where your ribcage finishes. Cover with the old towel, place a hot water bottle on top for added warmth and lie down for fifteen to twenty minutes, then rub the area for 2 minutes with an ice cube in a cloth-repeat 3 times once daily for a week can sometimes dislodge gallstones, and is especially a powerful treatment if used in conjunction with the flush and dietary approach. Careful with castor oil, it can stain.

Liver and gallbladder flush

there are many different gallbladder and liver flushes that will work if you have had recurrent gallbladder problems and your diet has been typically Kiwi. You really need to work in with your health-care professional like your naturopath here. I have guided many patients through this procedure the past twenty years and have never experienced a problem, and to be honest have very rarely found somebody with a “gallstone too big to pass” as some may fear.

For a gallbladder “attack” try these recipes Here are a couple of tips to try with acute pain, if the pain doesn’t subside, seek medical opinion.

o Drink 1 tbsp of apple cider in a glass of apple juice (warmed). This should relieve the pain quickly.

o In a small glass add ¼ tsp turmeric, ¼ tsp cumin, and ½ tsp Manuka honey – top with boiling water, stir to dissolve and mix together, drink when warm. Take: 3 times a day.

o Citrus tea: have 3 glasses daily of tea made by boiling for 20 minutes in water the rind of a grapefruit.

Recommendations stopping future gallbladder attacks

1. Each morning, drink a “gallbladder attack flush”; 300mls Apple juice (or dilute with water), 3 cloves of raw finely chopped garlic, 1-2 inches of raw finely chopped ginger root, mix well in blender. This drink helps soften sludge and helps prepare your gallbladder to dump rubbish.

2. Liver & gallbladder flush. One simple flush is to drink 3 Tbs of extra-virgin olive oil with the juice of a lemon before retiring and on awakening for at least 3 days, or until no more stones pass. I have other flushes but tend to use them in a consultation with the patient only. This is one procedure in my opinion you are best not to do yourself at home without any guidance, but get the advice from a qualified Naturopath, preferably one with experience in this area.

3. Eat a well balanced diet of 50% raw or partially steamed foods and fresh juices, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts/seeds. This low saturated fat, high fiber diet is a must for healing gallbladder disorders. Flaxseed and olive oil are great additions to your diet for repair and prevention of gallstones. Bitter foods (see below) are a great addition, and will help prevent a build up in future. The two top foods to consume? – Lemon juice and olive oil.

4. Increased your intake of Vitamin C can help with gallbladder ailments. Replenish your vitamin C stores by eating plenty of vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Good sources include capsicums (red/green/yellow), berries, lemons, and broccoli/green leafy veg. I recommend a high grade Vitamin C powder daily for the prevention and maintenance of many conditions in the body.

5. Herbal detoxification products may be helpful in stopping and reversing a gallbladder attack. I suggest using formulas that use organic, whole herbs. There are some excellent products available, just ask your herbalist or naturopath.

3 tips for after the gallstones have passed

o Dr. Dick Versendaal, a Chiropractor from America recommends his “carotid-umbilicus technique”. For the best results, it is to used every 15 minutes for 1-3 hours as follows (it’s easier if someone else does it on you than you try to do it yourself ): using the index finger, apply a steady pressure into the belly button for 5 minutes, such as to depress the belly button 1-1 ½ inches (but avoiding pain). Do this once a day for up to 12 weeks after the stones are passed, it will help your gallbladder a lot.

o Firm rubbing for at least 30 seconds1-2 times a day of the neuro-lymphatic reflexes (these points may feel quite tender if you have gallbladder issues) between ribs 3 and 4, and ribs 4 and 5, just to each side of the breastbone, and between ribs 5 and 6 just under the nipple of the right breast can be quite helpful.

o Also softly holding (not pressing or rubbing) for at least one minute the neurovascular reflexes at the anterior fontanel (front of head the baby’s soft spot near crown of head- locate at tip of middle finger when the wrist crease of either hand is placed on the eye brows and the middle finger extended onto the midline of the skull) and at the hairline on the forehead directly above the outer corner of each eye. Look for the “tender spots”, you will find them.

Where to Find Hemp Products

Hemp products are becoming more popular. Increasing numbers of people are realizing the health benefits of hemp and are including it in their diet. There are a number of health benefits including those relating to heart, weight loss and others. It is a good source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. The seeds are tagged to be very safe for those who can not tolerate soy, gluten, meat, milk and eggs.

For individuals interested in trying out hemp products, they can find these items in a number of different locations. These can be classified into two different main groups – offline and online shops.

Offline

There are many stores that now carry hemp products. The grocery store often has them in their natural food section. They may be spread out with the other natural food products or kept within the same area. There are also specialized natural health food stores that carry them as well as bulk food stores. Since they carry a variety of brands, it is wise to check the label to know for sure what has been put in them. Not all products are completely natural.

Online

There are even more websites than offline shops that carry these products. Many websites offer one particular brand per site but there are plenty that serve as a general natural supplement or food sales website. It is just as important and even more so with websites, that the person checks the ingredients of the product. It is advised that the elements list and the purity level of the hemp are checked.

There are generally more products available online but there is also a larger gap in the prices. To get the better deals, some research might be required. Some websites have sales whereas others do not add fees for shipping. Better prices can be found if the person makes the effort to find it.

One of the new online retailers that has started carrying revolutionary new hemp products is Versativa, which carries not only a raw hemp food, but a concentration of hemp seed. The concentrate is different than hemp oil, which is simply the oil that is formed when seeds are pressed. Versativa's hemp concentrate is made using an innovative process combining carbon dioxide and aqueous pressure that makes the hemp nutrients more bioavailable than any other product in the world. As you can see, there is a remarkable array of options for how to get hemp nutrition into your life. All you need to do is take the jump and try it!

Learn How To Lose Weight Fast! Safe and Effective Weight Loss

Learn How to Lose Weight Fast with This Healthy Approach to Weight Loss

Losing weight can be a challenge for many people. Being overweight is associated with many different health risks including heart attack, stroke, and diabetes, just to name a few. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity has more than doubled since 1970! With all the promotions for fast food, busy lifestyles and economic hardship, weight loss is getting harder and harder every year. I’ve created this post to provide a road map to weight loss. I’ll detail some key components of how to lose weight fast, and most importantly, keep it off! Healthy weight loss is two-fold:

Proper Nutrition, Not Starvation, Can Lead to Fast Weight Loss

Most people are under the impression that in order to lose weight, they need to stop eating. While this does have some truth to it, there is a lot more to losing weight than just not eating. It isn’t a coincidence that so many people drop 10 or 20 pounds just to gain back everything they lost. By going on extreme low calorie diets, your body will go into starvation mode, because it doesn’t know when it will get more nutrients! By eating so few calories, your body slows down its calorie burning processes and starts hoarding fat. This is why you see results initially, but as soon as you start to eat again, your body balloons right back to your initial weight. In addition to that, your body won’t be getting the nourishment it needs to function properly. You may feel like you’re always in a bad mood, tired, or even show signs of depression. Due to a hormone imbalance, you might constantly crave unhealthy foods. Assuming you’re trying to exercise, you likely won’t have the energy to get in a great workout or to repair properly afterwards.

The key to fast weight loss isn’t always low calories. It is consuming the RIGHT calories. If you’re exercising like crazy and trying to live on 1,000 calories per day, your body is going to be a mess! So what should you eat to lose weight quickly? Without getting too complicated, you want to consume hefty amounts of protein, fiber and water. You want to avoid or limit things like sugars, starchy carbs and fats.

You don’t have to count every single calorie you eat. You just need to make sure what you’re eating is healthy. One of the easiest methods to use for weight loss is the plate method. Separate your breakfast, lunch and dinner plate into sections as follows:

1. 1/2 your plate should be non-starchy carbs – I’m talking about VEGGIES especially. Things like broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, etc. That doesn’t mean cover them in veggie dip or saute them in 5 tablespoons of butter either! Learn to love veggies for what they are. A good, healthy source of nutrients.

2. 1/3 of your plate should be lean protein – This is your fish, chicken, turkey, or any other lean meat. Things like beans are also great sources of protein.

The rest should be starchy carbs – This is a small portion of things like brown rice, wheat bread, wheat noodles, etc.

This isn’t a state-of-the-art system, but it is a simple plan that everyone can follow that will work. If you look at your plate and you have 2 pieces of broccoli and a giant pile of noodles or fried rice, you need to make some adjustments.

Things to Eliminate Completely

In order to lose weight quickly, there are some common things you will have to get rid of completely:

1. White Flour – White flour and whole-wheat flour differ significantly in their nutritional value. In order to really get rid of that hard to lose belly fat, you need to let go of white flour products like white bread, white rice, tortillas, and anything else with white flour in it. What’s the alternative? Whole wheat flour products

2. High Fructose Corn Syrup and other refined sugars – Read your ingredients! Sugar is a major factor in weight gain and the ability to lose weight fast. Sugar is sugar but getting your sugars from things like fruit, which provide some nutritional benefits, is much better than getting sugar from processed treats. What’s the alternative? Eat things with natural sugars like fruit!

Exercise Leads to Muscle Definition and Keeping the Pounds Off

When it comes to weight loss, the most important benefits are the health benefits, but let’s be honest, most people wouldn’t mind having a better body too. As a trainer, I hear it all the time. “I want to tone up! Sculpt and tone. How do I get better muscle definition?” If your goal is to get some muscle definition, it doesn’t matter how good your diet is. You have to exercise! Your muscles will not grow unless you make them work.

What Exercises Help You Lose Weight Fast?

Exercise, especially weight lifting, is not a simple thing. There are many different styles and techniques you can utilize. The exercise program that works best for you will depend on your goals and your individual body. There a few things just about everyone can count on when it comes to being able to lose weight fast:

1. You need to do cardio and Resistance Training – If you want to see the best results, you need to do a combination of cardiovascular exercise and weight lifting. I see people get frustrated all the time because they run on the treadmill for 60+ minutes per day but still don’t look how they want. You cannot get muscle definition without muscles! In order to build muscle, you have to lift weights. And Vice Versa, to maintain a healthy heart and burn the most fat, you need to do some type of cardiovascular exercise.

2. Use a lot of full body exercises – When it comes to losing weight fast and burning fat, full body exercises typically work better than isolated exercises. An example of a full body exercise is a squat with a shoulder press. By using your legs, core and arms, you’ll burn a significant amount of calories while improving your muscular strength. An example of a less effective calorie burning exercise would be a seated biceps curl. If your goal is to have nice biceps, this is a great workout for you. If your goal is to lose weight fast, you’ll see much better results going with a high-calorie burner like the squat and press.

Bonus Tips for Rapid Weight Loss

1. Try High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) -HIIT is a safe, effective workout program to lose high amounts of fat in a short time. HIIT is so effective because it is great for weight loss while promoting muscle growth, as opposed to steady state cardio, which burns calories but doesn’t offer much for muscular improvement.

2. Check out my article about the top ten best diet foods – If you’re looking for some great foods to eat during your weight loss program, these are ten “super foods” that will help provide the right nutrients to safely lose weight fast.

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Restaurant Imitation Recipes – Who, What, Where and Why

Restaurant imitation recipes is simply a phrase that describes recipes that imitate those of a certain restaurant or restaurants. The word, imitation, defines anything that may resemble or copy that of an original or genuine article. To copy or imitate an original source is a testament to the credibility of that source for the quality it provides. If it was not of high quality, no one would even make the effort to imitate or copy it. It has also been said that the imitation of anything is a form of flattery, but not every imitation is exactly flattering.

Food is sort of boring in that the basic forms are the same. There may be certain varieties to some degree and some times highly advertised as an edge to promote it, however, chicken is chicken, beef is beef, broccoli is broccoli and so on right? How these get prepared and put together to be served though, is what truly makes the difference.

Recipes for these foods have been handed down through the generations using the basic forms of preparation from the skillet, ovens and grills, to boiling pots and now microwaves. Keen thought and purpose to introduce new combinations of spices, sauces and marinades to these basic methods help to enhance the flavors of these basic foods. This is, has and will continue to be a goal of many people and certainly with restaurants to help set their style and food apart from others.

This may be a silly reflection, but highlights the points mentioned above. When I was growing up, I could not stand the taste of cauliflower. I saw no purpose for this food. To me, it was a useless vegetable that took up space on our planet. I am not joking! Later, when I actually worked in a supper club, one of the appetizers we served was deep fried cauliflower with a side of cheese sauce. Ever since then, cauliflower has become one of my favorite foods and in all of the traditional ways, from raw to steamed and I still love the deep fried method as well. If it were not for that deep fried recipe, I may never have had the pleasure of enjoying this healthy and now tasty food.

I think it is important to recognize Restaurants themselves, whether they are a fast food, independent, mom and pop, big chain type or even 5 star, all bring in millions of people every day across our nation. Their business is simply to serve and sell us as many items from their food and drink menus in an atmosphere where we can relax and enjoy. It is true that that many of these restaurants have worked hard to develop their own signature recipes, techniques and themes to set themselves apart. They spend millions on advertising their uniqueness to keep bringing customers back for more. The restaurant business is a huge business and very competitive.

How big is the restaurant industry in the US?

According to the National Restaurant Association, it is estimated the industry to reach $ 604 billion dollars in sales for 2011. That is $ 1.7 billion on a typical day. There are 960,000 locations nationwide that employee approximately 12.8 million people and get this, of the dollars spent on food in the US, 49% is shared with the restaurant industry. I do not know about you, but that is some serious cabin. It is also goes to show why restaurants are certainly a reliable authority and why someone may go out of their way way to imitate or copy a recipe or two.

If you were to choose any one of your favorite restaurants or even one that may just be starting up, this same basic description will apply. This restaurant will make a discovery of a new method or combination of sauces or seasonings for a new food recipe. I should say, they work at making the discovery, putting in time and effort initially, so this new recipe could be tried and tested over and over until finally reaching the menu. The restaurant may advertise the new release to let the public know it has a great new recipe to come in and try out. Ideally it becomes a success and a featured item on their menu. If the public loves it, the restaurant has another source of new revenue. In the case of a new startup, it could also be a featured recipe that helps them to get noticed to help get them off the ground and running overall.

Believe it or not, restaurants themselves can be considered one of the largest copy cat artists out there but in a way that does not try to make an exact copy, they will proceed in a way that may use the same name of the dish, but pride themselves to make their stand stand different by adding their own signature touch and right down to what else may be included in addition to the entree to help set it apart from others.

With the exception of serve your self style of service, restaurants basically copy each other on the overall operating format of how the customers are served and taken care of right down to including "similar" items being listed on the menus. They all keep a watchful eye on each other to see what is working well and may change a menu, method of service, cost or whatever the case may be to accommodate current customers and coax new paying customers to spend money in their establishments. It is a constant see saw battle.

Regardless of these restaurants copying and competitive with each other for our dollars, they are clearly the bar to which we compare the taste of our favorite foods to. They continue push each other in developing recipes, techniques and signature menus that keep us coming back for more. We all have our favorite menu items and while one person may prefer one restaurant over another for a particular entree or appetizer, the fact is, they are all a genuine article and clearly worth the effort to imitate.

Just a note, in regard to businesses (especially non-restaurant) some have to take steps and go further and get patents or licenses on their discoveries to help protect them from being copied. With restaurants, it is a little tougher as getting patents and licensing on food is much more difficult and not quite the same as building up a new technological advance like an I-pad. Restaurants may need to have some legal assistance and agreements arranged with their employees to not give up any secrets to their signature ways in effort to keep their secrets in-house should an employee decide to leave. There have been some court cases where a cook or chef leaves and starts a new restaurant using the same signature methods but calling it something else and well … more money money to get it straightened out.

Over time, there have been many others that have tried to imitate a restaurant recipe from grocery store food suppliers, right down to good ole Mom. Ask them all and most would agree that the task may not be so easy to recreate. There are those that come up with recipes that are similar in general yet lack that signature flavor of a specific restaurant. Have you ever tried to make something just like your favorite restaurant and while it turned out ok, it just did not quite taste the same as what TGIF or Olive Garden serves? I know I have and it looked like all the effort was fine, but the result, on a scale of 1 to 10, was maybe a 6 at best. To get a 9 or 10 just seems impossible and you are better off giving up and just go to the restaurant instead.

Well, guess what? As there is with anything worth while, there are those few people who do try to imitate these restaurant recipes to the Nth degree. You could almost refer to them as recipe hackers. They can be moms, dads or professionals and no matter who, these people have a goal and will put in the time and effort to break a recipe down. They want to figure out the details of that signature flavor and replicate it in a fashion that truly does not imitate the original flavor. Focus, dedication and the will to succeed is a must for many of these individuals. There are also those who are simply great cooks and through their experience and intuitive nature are able to hone in on the original restaurant recipe. I have some experience cooking and can follow a recipe, but, I certainly am not a restaurant recipe hacker.

If it is a difficult task to try to copy or imitate a successful genuine article then why do others try to imitate it?

Great question.

It often times can be related to money and someone else wanting to get in on the action. There are also those that will do it to see if they can save some money. Some may even look to make improvements on the original. It can be for other reasons like notoriety or personal challenge for pride and maybe even some kicks. Think about this, comedians can get more laughs if they are good at imitating some one else right? If they are really good at it, this helps bring more people to their show.

Just as is done with so many other things that are made, there is always a group of these interested individuals that like to do things themselves. These people will go out of their way to copy favorite recipes from all of these restaurants. I would venture to say that if one were to interview many of these DIY (Do It Yourself) people, it would be primarily in an effort to be able to save money as a main reason initially. Remember earlier I mentioned that 49% of the dollar spent on food is shared in the restaurant industry? That is a lot of dough that one can save!

Money or the spending of it, is actually how and why I began to take note of these restaurant imitation recipes. I have been reviewing our family spending habits and when looking at groceries vs. dining, I was actually pretty shocked. Dining out has become a habit for us and while it is one that we do enjoy, it is also one that has been adding up significantly. This is what started that flickering of the old light bulb for myself and my family.

I consider myself to be in that DIY group of people on a number of things and while I have come to enjoy doing many things myself () Not realize the impact of learning. and has saved me a good amount of money. From car repairs to home carpentry, it also has opened my eyes to appreciate what others are doing as a business for their lives. It has helped make a difference in wiser spending as well as saving money even if I do not do something myself.

Knowing that my family has developed this habit of eating out more than eating at home, getting them to eat typical home cooked meals more often is not going to be to easy. The flickering light bulb moment or idea mentioned earlier was to see about getting some recipes from the restaurants that I could cook at home with the idea of ​​saving some money initially. I also began to see how we have lost touch with the skill of cooking. We sure have all become masters of the microwave, but the rest of the kitchen starts to get a little sketchy.

So the journey began in search of restaurant recipes. Most restaurants do not give out their recipes and why would they? They may lose a return customer if they did. I do see some restaurants that are selling some of their menu items in the grocery stores more than before, but sort of limiting it to just a few items. I have also read about a person that would ask the cooks for their recipes and how some might spill the beans once in awhile, but again, fairly limited results.

I remember one time my wife and I were at a Denny's restaurant late one night and how much we enjoyed their marinara sauce used with the mozzarella sticks we had ordered. We asked the waitress about it and she did check with the cooks on that, but they really did not know much about it and we thank her for trying. When we got the check, we also got an unexpected surprise. She bought out a large vacuum sealed plastic bag of the marinara sauce from what appeared to be directly from their food supplier. We did not get the recipe but we sure got a large quantity of sauce to bring home. So it does pay to ask and while you may or may not get a recipe directly you never know what might happen I guess.

There are of course a good number of books, many articles online and numerous websites all claiming either access to or having themselves, restaurant secrets and copycats recipes for many favorite American restaurants. Whew, it sort of makes my head spin a bit, but in order to help me achieve this quest of mine it has been worth the effort. Many sites are recommending the same key original sources (recipe hackers) of the imitation or copycats recipes and in my experience this is usually a good hint as a reasonable place to start.

Why?

There is always someone who highlights their experience and discovery of things that have had an impact on their life with how and why they did it. Many times they get even further into it and begin marketing their efforts to generate some additional income. It may be the result of a friend or family member that cheers them on, but if it is done well and the quality is there, it often times catches enough attention to make it worth the while. Plus, there are always others that have like interests. It really becomes a win-win for everyone and can spur on even more ideas and experiences from others who are interested.

As with anything, one has to dip their toes in and get a feel for it of course. I have been trying out some of these imitation restaurant recipes sources and have been truly impressed. I have been learning a lot more than first thought and it has been a lot of fun to top it off. The people who have created these copycat recipes have really done a fantastic job. My quest is to save some money of course, but making some of these recipes is also a great way to learn how to cook. Think about it for a second, one can actually learn how to cook an appetizer, entre or dessert that they know is good at their favorite restaurant and get great results for their effort right out of the gate. I do not know about you, but I get a great sense of accomplishment when taking time to learn something and it works out.

Should you get the urge to try these imitation or secret recipes of the restaurants, I think you will be more than pleasantly surprised. I know I have been. If you want to save some money, learn how to cook or simply to get a hold of one of your favorite restaurant recipes, you will not regret it.

I have not tried any of the "700 FREE restaurant recipes" type of sources online. They may be alright too, however, it has been my experience that if something is really worth while, there should be some cost associated for the effort of making it available. They certainly do not have to be expensive either. Most cost about the same as a nice dinner for two and can include extra information from making wine to growing your own herbs if you are in to that. It is really pretty incredible what some have included along with the recipe books they are promoting.

As with anything, do take some time to review before making any purchase of course, but once you do get your feet wet have some fun and be prepared to be amazed with the results.

How to Lose Weight Fast on a Diet

Weight loss is a goal that many dieters want to achieve, but following a diet and getting results is a whole different story. It does not have to be hard and if you do it the right way, you will get fast results and change not only the shape of your body but also your health permanently. I will show you some tips on how to lose weight fast on a diet that you can implement today and start seeing results in a one week period.

Here are your free tips on how to lose weight fast on a diet.

1. A diet is one of the most important elements of weight loss. Actually, your diet should be the core of your weight loss program because the foods you eat can either make you fat or thin and if you want to lose weight fast on a diet, you should make this your number one priority.

2. Make a list of the foods that you eat currently. The most common advice you will hear or read is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables every day. The reason why this is common advice is because these foods digest slowly mean they will make you feel fuller for a longer period of time as compared to rice or pasta which will make you feel full momentarily.

3. Make your diet exciting and something that you can look forward to. If you eat like a bird, you will soon discard the diet and later brake it for failure to achieve results. Add foods that you will enjoy eating, you should remember that this will be a long term process if you want to lose a lot of weight. So if you do not like broccoli and your diet says you should eat it, replace it with something healthy. Be creative and have fun with your diet.

4. Most people fail with their diets because of all the misinformation about fast weight loss. It is possible to lose weight fast on a diet but if it includes starvation or skipping meals, you will be disappointed as soon as that diet ends. Starving yourself will cause your body to start storing fat so instead, you should eat at least 6 small meal portions spread through the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all important but you will need to eat something healthy like fruit salad during snack time in order to curb cravings for unhealthy snacks. So munching on fruits instead of biscuits is one way on how to lose weight fast on a diet.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes Free

If you owned a pet during the 2007 pet food recall, you understand all too well why so many people are making their own dog food these days. And it is not hard to do or as expensive as you may think.

Why preparing your dog’s food at home could be a better choice:

Most of us strive to provide the very best for our dogs. We make sure they get plenty of exercise, training, love and attention, tend to their medical needs, keep them safe, and believe to be feeding them pet food that is nutritious and wholesome. But are we? Commercial dog foods use preservatives, dyes, chemicals, fillers, animal by-products, corn, soy, additives, artificial flavors, and so on. And it is these ingredients, as well as some others, which are making our pets sick and slowly killing them. Pet food companies might have great ad campaigns depicting a yummy wholesome meal for our dogs, but have you read the ingredients?

This is why so many people have decided to take matters in their own hands. It’s the best way to know what goes into your dog’s food. By preparing homemade dog food recipes right in our own kitchens, we know we are feeding our dogs fresh foods and ingredients, without the use of preservatives, artificial ingredients, or any other contaminates that can harm our dogs.

Preparing homemade meals for your dog is easy and fast:

If you don’t think you have time to cook for your pet, think again. It’s super easy to do and you can make a big batch of food, separate daily food portions into freezer bags, and then thaw out as needed. Just be sure you use fresh vegetables or frozen – never canned vegetables.

    Chicken Dinner Recipe for Dogs

  • 2 pounds of boiled chicken meat finely chopped (no skin or bones)
  • 1 cup cooked carrots finely chopped
  • 6 potatoes boiled, peeled, and mashed
  • 1 cup of cooked lentils
  • 2 cups of fresh green beans steamed and chopped (or use frozen)

Finely chop and mash together cooked vegetables or simply mix them all together in a food processor. Then stir in the chopped chicken and separate portions into freezer bags until ready to use.

More homemade dog food recipes: You can come up with lots of recipes by using some other ingredients like turkey, brown rice, oats, potatoes, carrots, zucchini, sweet potatoes, green beans, squash, and peas.

Avoid using the following grains as they have been linked to food allergies: wheat, corn, and soy.

Final tips: Always consult your veterinarian about the nutritional requirements for your dog. Be sure to provide a variety of protein, carbohydrates, and fats. Familiarize yourself with the foods that are not safe for dogs to eat (chocolate, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, onions, citrus fruits, cold cuts, mushrooms, fatty foods, and cooked bones). Also, when changing your dog’s diet, go slow. Too quick of a change can upset their digestive tract causing diarrhea.

Our dogs depend on us to care for their health and safety. Be a responsible dog owner. Get all the facts about feeding your dog and then make an informed decision. Don’t take for granted that the commercial dog food you are feeding your treasured friend is healthy because of their fancy ad campaigns.

Always consult your veterinarian before making drastic changes to your dog’s diet. Any current health issues, breed, and life stages will play a part in determining the nutritional needs of your dog.