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Patient Jen Pendleton shares how LiveLight Clinic changed her life.

Meet LiveLight Clinic Patient Jen Pendleton

Professionals at LiveLight Clinic are trained in changing lives. Through the work of Dr. Christy and her clinic’s unique approach to comprehensive health through unlimited access, reshaping the lifestyles of patients is practically routine. This high rate of success does not, however, diminish the importance of every individual patient.

For one of those patients, Jennifer Pendleton, Dr. Christy’s techniques proved particularly transformative.

Since starting at the LiveLight Clinic, Pendleton, who is also President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Boone County, has embraced the active lifestyle made possible by her weight loss. She has become something of an outdoorswoman with her husband, Mike, as they have taken up hiking and completed many treks more than 10 miles long at high altitudes. While she admits that some of her undertakings have been challenging,  Pendleton said she has “loved every minute of it.”

This winter, Pendleton plans to take up skiing and snowboarding. Next summer, she hopes to acquire some rock climbing skills in Colorado.

“Weight loss is not about all the things that you seemingly have to give up, it’s about everything that you gain,” said Pendleton. “I haven’t been able to see that until now. Food had too much of a hold on me. I owe it all to Christy, she saved me.”

Make your appointment today and begin your healthy journey as we offer non-judgemental guidance and support every step of the way.

Ten Non-Food Related Ways To Treat Yourself

It is important to reward yourself for the progress you are making. So often we use food as a reward and it’s time to break the habit. You work so hard while on your weight loss journey and you deserve to treat yourself once in awhile. Here are some different ways you can treat yourself for all that hard work!

  1. Go get your hair done. Maybe try a new style or color you’ve been eyeing on your favorite celebrity.
  2. Buy a new outfit or accessory. That dress shirt would look great on you. And that scarf brings out your eyes.
  3. Take a day to try out some Pinterest crafts.
  4. Plan a date night. Go to a new restaurant, go to the movies or get frozen yogurt!
  5. Give yourself a rest day. Everyone needs a break. So take a day to yourself, stay in your PJ’s and binge watch your favorite show.
  6. Get new workout clothes or tennis shoes, this not only is a treat for yourself but it also continues to motivate you!
  7. Try a new hobby or sport.
  8. Start a home project such as decluttering and getting rid of old clothes.
  9. Volunteer.
  10. Read a book.

It’s important to slowly replace the central role food plays in our lives with a few new things.

Hit The Trail During This Unseasonably Warm Weather

 

It’s time to change it up! Instead of sticking to your normal fitness routine, take a break and take a walk or run on one of these beautiful local trails:

Indianapolis

  1. White River Wapahani Trail

6.85 miles

Trail End Points: W. 38th St. and White River Pkwy W Dr. at Riverside Regional Park to W. Raymond St. and S. White River Pkwy. W Dr.

  1. Pleasant Run Trail

6.9 miles

Trail End Points: Ellenberger Park at East St. Clair St. and N. Ritter Ave. to Garfield Park at Pleasant Run Pkwy. and Conservatory Dr.

  1. Monon Trail

19.7 miles

Trail End Points: E. 10th Street and Lewis Street to 191st Street

  1. Indianapolis Cultural Trail

9.2 miles

Trail End Points: White River State Park to Monon Trail

 

Zionsville

  1. Zionsville Rail Trail

5.6 Miles

Trail End Points: Heritage Trail Park off CR 875 East to bridge over Eagle Creek south of Starkey Ave.

 

Noblesville/Fishers

  1. White River Greenway (Noblesville)

5.9 miles

Trail End Points: Potter’s Bridge Park off Allisonville Rd. to N. 8th St. and Logan St.; Morse Park off E. 196th St.

  1. White River Greenway (Carmel)
    • miles

Trail End Points: River Road Park at River Rd. and E. 126th St. to River Rd. and Tall Timber Run

 

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You hear the term “organic” used often but what does it really mean? Dr. Christy breaks down this trend.


Another trend that we see out there is the organic trend. Products are being labeled as organic. It draws people to it just by saying that it’s organic but does anyone really know what organic means?

If you actually look at what”organic means, I can assure you it doesn’t mean what you think it does. It doesn’t mean that it’s cage-free or even hormone free. It means it has to pass certain standards in the food industry. There are places that basically will get told the inspectors are coming. The inspectors go to the same farm every time and that particular place will be certified organic but all of the products are coming from the entire region – it’s not just that one farm.

So there’s no regulation really on what organic means when you’re talking about whole foods or the clean eating concept. The only way to really know what you’re getting is to know your farmer, know the person who is actually growing the the beef or the chickens or growing the vegetables in their garden in their back yard quite honestly. Anything beyond that really isn’t any guarantee of what organic means.

Kelly’s Nine Month Weight Loss Journey

Meet Kelly. She’s been a patient of the LiveLight Lifestyle Medicine for the last nine months. Her results are incredible and we are very proud of her journey. Congratulations Kelly!

Dr. Christy Kirkendol Watson

Are Weight Loss Pills Safe?

Historically, weight loss medications have gotten really bad reputation. Many people remember Fen-Phen and it turned out to cause valvular problems so it was taken off the market. Only Fenfluramine was removed because Phentermine actually has been around for a very long time and is a very effective appetite suppressant. However because of the bad reputation the medication received so many years ago, doctors have been reluctant to use the medication to help people lose weight.

It’s really an unfortunate thing that has happened in the weight loss world in general. People really stop using the medication and many doctors didn’t treat obesity, even then, as a chronic medical condition. Obesity was related to laziness or lack of willpower.

Roughly two years ago, a weight loss medication was approved for the first time in 20 years. This marked a change in the tide to address overweight and obesity as a chronic medical condition. That medication is now in year three of trials with patients using it continuously.

No different then you might take blood pressure medicine for life or asthma medication for life, the people that are staying on the medication are doing better at maintaining their weight loss than when they are taken off the medication. That new medication actually opened the door for many more. In this last year, there have now been four medications that have been approved for weight loss and others coming down the pipeline.

Weight loss medications really are no different then treating any other medical conditions with medications. As physicians we do that all the time. If somebody’s cholesterol is elevated, we give them a cholesterol pill. If they have high blood pressure, we give them high blood pressure pill.

While I don’t believe that there is one magic pill to treat obesity and weight loss, the medications can be very, very useful in helping someone address a particular aspect that seems to be complicating their weight loss journey. For some people it’s hunger. For some people it’s cravings. For some people it’s the enjoyment of food, binge eating or nighttime eating. The medications that are out can be used for specific reasons.

Our approach has been dietary first and behavioral but we don’t hesitate to use those medications when they need to be used. Again, just like treating any other medical condition and the reason we do that is it isn’t just about losing weight, we have to address all of the factors that go into someone’s weight. There is the psychological aspect. There is the emotional aspect. There is the behavioral aspect. All of these things go into causing someone to gain weight and have trouble losing weight. We have to make sure we use all the tools we have to treat this very complex medical condition.

Dr. Christy Kirkendol Watson

Why Is Childhood Obesity Such A Problem?

The kids that we are seeing coming in are bigger for sure than they were 10 years ago and their composition has completely changed. Kids are carrying significantly more percent body fat and less skeletal muscle mass than they should be because they are not eating a protein based diet.

And kids are no different than typical Americans who are eating a third of the protein they need and five times more carbohydrates than they need. So for the person who already has a predisposition for being overweight or obesity – that is happening sooner. Their threshold is already low. If both parents are obese, there is an 80 percent chance that child is also going to become obese. Many times these kids are already predisposed to being overweight and obese. Because kids are getting exposed to higher amounts of calories and sugar earlier in life, they are developing obesity earlier than they would have even 10 or 15 years ago.

What Does Organic Really Mean?

You hear the term “organic” used often but what does it really mean? Dr. Christy breaks down this trend.


Another trend that we see out there is the organic trend. Products are being labeled as organic. It draws people to it just by saying that it’s organic but does anyone really know what organic means?

If you actually look at what”organic means, I can assure you it doesn’t mean what you think it does. It doesn’t mean that it’s cage-free or even hormone free. It means it has to pass certain standards in the food industry. There are places that basically will get told the inspectors are coming. The inspectors go to the same farm every time and that particular place will be certified organic but all of the products are coming from the entire region – it’s not just that one farm.

So there’s no regulation really on what organic means when you’re talking about whole foods or the clean eating concept. The only way to really know what you’re getting is to know your farmer, know the person who is actually growing the the beef or the chickens or growing the vegetables in their garden in their back yard quite honestly. Anything beyond that really isn’t any guarantee of what organic means.