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Want to Try Intermittent Fasting?

Want to try Intermittent Fasting? I am sure you have heard the term as it has become as popular lately as the keto diet! I decided to try it and I started it last week and want to share my experience.

What Is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. There are many different types of intermittent fasting. I am trying the 16/8 method which is 16 hours of fasting and only eating within an 8 hour time window (usually 12 noon to 8pm works for me personally).

What Are the Benefits?

Of course I had to research the “proven” benefits and here are some. See if any of these resonate with you.

  1. Blood levels of insulin drop significantly, which facilitates fat burning.(1)
  2. Gene expression: There are beneficial changes in several genes and molecules related to longevity and protection against disease. (2)
  3. Facilitates fat burning and muscle gain. (3)
  4. Short-term fasting actually increases your metabolic rate by 3.6-14%, helping you burn even more calories. (4)
  5. When we fast, the cells in the body initiate a cellular “waste removal” process called autophagy. (5)
  6. Several studies in rats have shown that intermittent fasting may increase the growth of new nerve cells, which should have benefits for brain function. (6)

My Experience So Far

Like all my lifestyle goals. It is important to me that I live a balanced life and I am not “gritting my teeth” trying to make myself do something. Eating dinner at night with my husband is an important part of our day, so I decided that an 8pm – 12 noon fasting period was best for my lifestyle. Here is the raw truth. I am hungry as soon as a wake up in the morning , so I truly didn’t know if I could go until 12 noon without eating.

Want to Try Intermittent Fasting?

Surprisingly, I actually feel better on the days I do make it to 12 noon before I eat! I have dropped a few pounds that I just couldn’t budge. Maybe this is from eating less calories and being more mindful of what I am eating. I am optimistic at this new tool I have! We will see!

  1. American Journal of Nutrition 2005 Jan;81(1):69-73.)
  2. Ageing Resrev 2006 Aug :5(3):332-353
  3. New England Journal of Medicine 1990 Jul 5;323(1):1-6.
  4. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2000 Jun;71(6):1511-5.
  5. Autophagy 2010 Aug 16; 6(6): 702–710.
  6. Journal of Mol Neuroscience 2000 Oct;15(2):99-108.

The Obesity Code – Unlocking the Secrets to Weight Loss

weightThe Obesity Code is a great book. I wanted to review the key concepts here. The subtitle is “Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss”. Jason Fung, MD does a great job explaining how weight gain and obesity are driven by hormones and only understanding the effects of insulin and insulin resistance can we achieve lasting weight loss. This is the same philosophy I use in my Sugar Buster Program.

The truth is, there are multiple overlapping pathways that lead to obesity. The common uniting theme is the hormonal imbalance of high insulin levels.

Here are 5  basic truths.

  1. All diets work in short term, but we have been ignoring the long-term problem of insulin resistance.
  2. Obesity is a hormonal disorder of fat metabolism.
  3. Insulin is the main hormone that drives weight gain.
  4. The main approach is to reduce added sugars. insulin levels.
  5. There are multiple ways to reduce insulin and we need an integrated approach.

Most “diets” attack one part of the problem at a time. The probability of success is higher with a broad-based approach. It is important to individually address the cause of high insulin levels. For example, if chronic sleep deprivation is the main problem causing weight gain, then just reducing refined grains is not going to be the answer.

When it comes to the question of what to eat, here are Dr Fung’s basic steps.

  1. Reduce consumption of added sugars.
  2. Reduce consumption of refined grains.
  3. Moderate your protein intake.
  4. Increase your consumption of natural fats.
  5. Increase your consumption of fiber.

New Directions in Cancer Treatment – Curcumin

SANOVIV 12I am attending a Physician Symposium at Sanoviv Medical Institute on Integrative Oncology and amazed at the advances in personalized cancer treatment. I will be sharing some of my insights to open the door of awareness of what is possible and perhaps help with questions to ask if you are seeking an integrative approach. One of the main topics has been  the powerful effect that highly concentrated curcumin can have as part of an integrative cancer treatment program.

Curcumin has many physiological properties that are: anti-inflammatory, anti oxidative, anti-angiogenic, pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative.

  • It reduces systemic inflammation
  • It reduces systemic oxidation (free radicals)
  • Reduces insulin resistance
  • Effective in the treatment of depression
  • Reduces weight loss during chemotherapy and radiation therapy
  • Reduces gastrointestinal symptoms during chemotherapy and radiation therapy (i.e. nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation)
  • Reduces memory and cognitive changes during chemotherapy
  • Reduces the risk of neutropenia (immune suppression) and infections during chemotherapy

Sanoviv’s curcumin is a high-potency herbal extract from the tropical plant Curcuma longa, a member of the ginger family. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. When taken orally, curcumin is not easily absorbed into the blood stream. However, when administered in high doses through a special IV preparation as they do at Sanoviv, it can effectively target and weaken cancer cells. IV Curcumin is a natural substance with very few side effects.

The Curcumin Cancer Program includes

Laboratory Testing

Ultrasound

Microscopic Blood Analysis

Chest X-ray

Medical Consultations

Nutrition Assessment

Chiropractor Assessment

Fitness Assessment & Individual sessions

Psychology Consultation

Dental Evaluation

Ozone Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen

Whole Body Hyperthermia

IV Homeopathics

IV Hydration

IV High-Dose Nutrition (personalized formulas may include: amino acids, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, IV lipid solutions, etc.)

Major Autohemotherapy + UV

Bioenergetic therapies

Daily Meditations and Energy Medicine

Food Preparation & Juicing Classes

Fitness Classes

3 Weeks Accommodations, Oceanfront Room

All Meals (organic, free of gluten & dairy)

Laboratory Tests

Complete Blood Count

Blood Chemistry

Urinalysis

Spa treatments may include

Swedish massage

Lymphatic massage

Reflexology massage

Seaweed body wrap

Fango body wrap

Craniosacral therapy

MRT and parafango

Thalassotherapy treatment

For more information visit www.sanoviv.com