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When Food Is Love

Food is love. I just completed  a LIVE call with 20 participants in my September Sugar Buster Program.

The topic tonight was about our relationship to food  and how to heal it. I wanted  to share this topic with you as I don’t think many people are sharing this.

A book I recommend is by Geneen Roth and it is called “When Food Is Love“.

I the book, Geneen explores why many people overeat in an attempt to satisfy their emotional hunger, and why weight loss frequently just uncovers a new set of problems. But her welcome message is that change is possible. This book helped me break destructive, self-perpetuating patterns and learn to satisfy all the hungers—physical and emotional—that make us human.

Geneen’s personal story and those of her clients highlight the meaning of food addiction.

I shared tonight that my Sugar Buster Program is really about love. Loving ourselves enough to feed our body with the most nourishing diet that enlivens our lives. I asked a few questions tonight that you might find helpful for your own reflection.

      1. What role does food play in your  life?
      2. What role does food play in your emotional gratification?
      3. What insights have you gained this week about your relationship to food?
      4. What new habits would you like to start relating to food?
      5. What is weighting you down in your life?

Dr Karen Health Talks Podcast – How to Make Fermented Foods 101



Fermented foods have a lot of health benefits. They are rich in enzymes, which help speed up digestion and absorption in our system. They are also rich in good bacteria, specifically lactobacillus acidophilus, which is an extremely beneficial flora found in the gut.

A study published in the International Journal of Obesity even found that some types of probiotics promoted weight loss.

NOTE – Most fermented foods you can buy in supermarket jars or cans have been pasteurized and cooked at high heat, killing any friendly bacteria. You’ll have to make your own pickles or sauerkraut to retain those products’ bacterial benefits. (If you take basic precautions in fermenting your own, there’s little risk.)

6 Things Americans are Buying Less Of (and it makes me happy)

cerealCan you guess what six things Americans are buying less of that makes me very happy?

  1. Cereal

In one recent four-week period, cereal sales were down 7%, and cereal giant Kellogg’s sales decreased 10%. The reasons for cereal’s declining dominance at the breakfast table are many. As the Wall Street Journal reported, consumers are more apt nowadays to turn to yogurt or fast food in the morning, and they’re less likely to have time to eat breakfast at home at all—not even if it’s a simple bowl of cereal.

Consumers also want their breakfast to pack more punch, protein-wise. “We are competing with quick-serve restaurants more, but the bigger driver is that people want more protein,” Kellogg CEO John Bryant told the Journal.

2. Milk

It’s no coincidence that milk sales have been falling alongside cereal, with cow’s milk struggling especially due to the rise of alternatives like soy and almond milk.

3. Orange Juice

Sales of yet another breakfast-at-home staple, orange juice, have plummeted 40% since the late 1990s.

4. Soda

The crash of soda—diet soda in particular—has been years in the making, with consumers increasingly turning to energy drinks, flavored water, and other beverages instead of the old carbonated caffeine drink of choice. The latest Wall Street report from Coca-Cola showed that the soda giant missed estimates, partly because sales of Diet Coke in North America fell in the “mid-single digits.”

5. Cupcakes

Well, it looks like many of us at least have stopped buying the pricey “gourmet” variety of cupcakes.  Is the gourmet cupcake trend officially dead?

6. Bread

According to one survey, 56% of American shoppers said they are cutting back on white bread. White bread was surpassed in sales by wheat bread sometime around 2006, but in recent years the gluten-free trend has hurt sales of all breads. Sales are even down in European countries like baguette-loving France, where consumption is down 10%. In American restaurants, meanwhile, there’s an epidemic of free bread disappearing from tables, as fewer owners want to bear the expense of putting out free rolls and other breads that no one is going to eat.