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Achieving My Healthy Weight : Me. My Body. And My Decision To Get Help.

My background with food (and weight).

I grew up in an Italian family where between spoonfuls of pasta and sugar laden sauce, we practically chanted “Carbs are King” at the dinner table. Until the past few years, I had never really taken the time to think about what kind of food I was putting into my body, let alone categorize my food choices as good or bad. The terms “low calorie” or “low carb” weren’t even in my vocabulary. It was always about what tasted good and what made me feel good. That is, until my weight began escalating in my early 20s. I was getting older, my metabolism was declining and after an honest look in the mirror, I decided a change had to be made. I was fat. After multiple attempts on my own to manage my weight, I was left discouraged by my inability to maintain my weight loss. I was one of those yo-yo dieters. Losing the pounds, then gaining them right back, sometimes even more! I knew I was doing something wrong, but I didn’t know what. After countless diet google searches and more kindle weight loss books than I want to count –I crossed paths with Dr. Christy. I knew in the first 5 minutes that Dr. Christy’s weight loss program was different. Not only was she a Doctor who had the expertise and experience to back it up, her passionate approach assured me that she would be there to guide and motivate me the entire way.

Week 1 – The first appointment & my diet plan.

Nutrition Info Session

During our first appointment, Dr. Christy shared the truth about the “American Diet” and it’s direct relationship with the rise in obesity. I knew that she was also talking about my “diet.” The sugar-loaded, carb-obsessed “diet.” The “diet” that was making me fat and tired and lazy. I was sabotaging my own body through the food I was putting into it. While the realization was slightly overwhelming, Dr. Christy’s dedication for helping others overcome their obstacles through nutrition and education, made me feel at ease.

Medical Analysis

After arriving at my first appointment, I passed through a series of rooms to undergo different tests and have various measurements taken. The most exciting of these, and maybe terrifying, consisted of standing on a machine that was like a super computer to identify my body composition and my BMR. (Translation – the actual calories my body needs to consume in one day). Unsurprisingly, mine wasn’t so great. But Dr. Christy walked me through the science of it all and used the outputs to get a baseline for what’s going on with my weight and my body. After chatting a bit about my weight & medical history I was presented with my new diet plan: a Low Calorie, Low Carb, Ketogenic Diet.

The Diet

On my way home, I called my husband to tell him about how dinners would be different at our house from now on. Knowing Carbs are my favorite food group, he chuckled (maybe even snorted) when I told him I wasn’t allowed to eat pasta, potatoes or bread. And thus the journey began with my first week on the new diet. Dr. Christy informed me that when adopting a Ketogenic Diet it can be a little rough on the body with mild symptoms like headache and stomach ache. Lucky for me, I’ve come out from my carb addiction barely scathed and feeling triumphant. The numbers aren’t in just yet (not til week 2), but the physical difference is unreal. I already feel lighter! Not to mention, I can honestly say I haven’t felt hungry once since beginning the diet. The mix of high protein meals, snacks and tasty bars throughout the day has kept me feeling full and satisfied! From my first week, I have learned that a radical change in diet can be taxing not just physically but even mentally and emotionally. It hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine. There have definitely been some temptations: Like the boss ordering pizza at work or a night out with friends. It has at times taken willpower and determination, but I have found that the way i feel about feeling good is stronger than my desire to give into bad food cravings. You can surprise yourself about what you are able to achieve and overcome. So here’s to week one and achieving my healthy weight!


4 Keys Facts About Weight Loss Smoothies

Clients and friends ask me all the time for recommendations on weight loss smoothies. Running from work to soccer practices to piano lessons –  you think I’ll just skip dinner and grab a smoothie. You’re busy, and you want something quick and healthy – I get it

Before you reach for a diet smoothie or juicing quick fix, make sure to review these 4 key facts about weight loss smoothies and juicing to help you achieve your weight loss goals – the right way.  

1. Check the label for protein
Your body needs protein. Our society is on carbohydrate overload. Only smoothies or weight loss shakes that contain adequate levels of protein will help you lose weight and sustain weight loss.

If you’re consuming one or more a day without adequate levels of protein, your body will start to break down your own muscle to get protein causing muscle wasting, which ultimately lowers metabolism.  If you do this for a a month or longer, you may cause a significant reduction in your metabolism. And then to maintain and lose weight – you’ll have actually have to start eating less.

2. A smoothie is not synonymous with healthy 
A smoothie could be filled with sugar, but because it says “smoothie” many people think its healthy, just like they do with cereal, oatmeal, etc.  Unless you know the actual ingredients and in what amounts, it certainly shouldn’t be mistaken for healthy because it probably isn’t.

3. Juicing decreases nutrients, especially fiber
The juicing mechanism removes parts of the fruits and veggies, often containing rich nutrients and fiber. You many think you’re consuming more nutrients by juicing, but you may actually be getting less.  Eating whole fruits and vegetables preserves all the nutrients.

4. Uncharted territory – limited rules
There are few rules on what is in them or what determines “weight loss”.  You need to check the ingredients and find out what’s in them. Are they really going to help you achieve weight loss – the right way?  Probably not. Similarly – a lot of food labels may say “protein bar” or “protein shake” but the amount of protein they actually have varies. And they can be laden with all kinds of sugar.

How to improve smoothies or juicing? The answer is simple-add protein and cut the sugar!  By adding protein and limiting sugar you give your body a more balanced, mixed nutrition that can turn smoothies into a healthy snack or meal replacement. (a healthy carb and a protein together is much better for your body).

Protein sources for smoothies

  • Whey protein powders
  • Milk (almond, cow, soy)
  • Greek yogurt
  • Peanut butter (natural is best)
  • Quinoa

While a smoothie may seem like a good healthy option – make sure it fits into you overall weight loss plan. Ideally, one that has been customized for your body and your weight loss needs. There is no quick fix to achieve and maintain your weight – it’s about making healthy choices and learning what to eat and how much.