Dr- Oz

Transformation Nation

The other day I caught Dr. Oz's show and had mixed feelings because some of the foods he was promoting were not exactly "healthy."

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Dr. Oz.  He's extremely knowledgeable, charismatic and knows the value of alternative healing and even promotes it on his show!  I'm glad he is trying (along with Weight Watchers) to help America lose weight and get healthy.

My only gripe with this particular show was that he was promoting "low fat" items.  To me, this is such an outdated viewpoint on weight-loss, I'm surprised such an educated man would be promoting these foods.

First and foremost, most "low fat" or "fat free items" contain added sugar to make up for the lack of fat.  Recent research has shown that fat doesn't make you fat.  I'll repeat that again.  Fat DOESN'T make you fat---at least it's not the number one offender in making us fat.

Many of us have heard that carbs have 4 calories per gram and fat 9 calories per gram.  Simple math would suggest that fat, with more than double the number of calories would make you fat, but scientists have now found that what is far more important is what our body is doing with these foods.

When carbohydrates enter the body they turn into sugar.  You know that fabulous, out-dated Food Pyramid many of us grew up studying--the one that says 6-11 servings of carbohydrates with pictures of bread, pasta and other grains--- replace those cute pictures with bags of sugar.  That's why we are getting fat!  Many of us followed these guidelines! All that sugar in a sedate--- or even mildly active person--- is going to cause major weight gain because with 6-11 servings of sugar on top of sugary drinks, cakes, and ice cream---and now "low fat" items containing extra sugar, you are now looking a pyramid as wide as many of our pants.

The biology is pretty simple to understand.  Carbs and sugar-laden foods enter the bloodstream faster than Jeff Gordon in the Daytona 500.  The body tries to bring down these sky high blood sugar levels by releasing insulin.  Insulin can only do so much and then the body resorts to storing the sugar in fat cells--- hoping to be able to process it later.  But the steady stream of sugar into the body is practically never ending---so we just keep storing... and storing...and storing.  Thus we find ourselves bigger than a Macy's Day balloon!

Some of you may say, "Amy, but fat clogs your arteries, so we should eat low fat foods!" I'm here to tell you that's another load of baloney.  Recent research has revealed that fat doesn't clog your arteries and give you heart disease.  In fact, it LOWERS your "BAD" cholesterol and raises your "GOOD" cholesterol!  You might need to go back and read that again.  We have been lead to believe that fat and heart disease are directly linked, but they are not.  The truth is, the excessive sugar in our diet is what causes inflammation in our arteries and that leads to heart disease.  In fact, excess sugar is responsible for making the "bad" LDL.

We need fat!  Well, the good fats.  You know, the ones from avocados, nuts, grass-fed butter, fish oil etc. Our brain, immune system, sex hormones, skin and hair are fat dependent--- which makes me wonder if low fat foods are partially responsible for our nation's fertility issues, (think about it, most women are chronically on a diet of low fat foods).

On top of all this---ANY processed food is going to put undo stress on the body.  The body, relatively speaking to the timeline of man, has just begun to try to adapt to processed foods.  We simply have not evolved to be able to handle processed foods optimally.  As Michael Pollan (an expert in the field of nutrition) suggests, stick to the "Five and Under Rule."  Only eat foods with five ingredients or less and you should recognize every single one of them---oh, and so should your grandma.

Dr. Oz should have stuck to promoting whole foods, rather than the processed ones that got us into the obesity epidemic.

For the past 7 months I’ve been doing Keto and modified low carb. The major things I’ve noticed are, an increase in energy, easily waking up in the morning verses struggling to wake up, less cravings for sugar, and an even happier mood.

If you are not sure what Keto is, check out the Keto Summit. I talk about mindset and Keto, and there are lots of interviews with experts in the field of health and nutrition. Here is the link.

*Please remember, I'm not a doctor, or a nutritionist, just an educated person reading the research available to us all.  These are just suggestions based on research and personal biohacking.

Chasin' the Sky

"During meditation your metabolism and your breath rate go down to a level of rest, twice that of deep sleep." ~ Mike Love

Meditation.  There.  I said it.  It seems like a dirty word-- doesn’t it?  I know when I first started meditating I was wondering how I would calm my mind.  It use to take me about an hour and a half to fall asleep, now--about 11 seconds.

Realizing your mind is something you can control is a daunting yet powerful concept.  Many of us are not up to the challenge.  Many of us don’t have time, can’t do it, and we don’t know how to do it.  But!  Meditation creates time!

Research has shown meditators, on average, regardless of age, visit the doctor half as often as the average American!  Meditators also had 87.3% fewer admissions to the hospital for heart disease, and 55.4 % fewer admissions for benign and malignant tumors of all types--the two leading causes of death in Americans!  You can’t get results like these from prescription drugs!

Meditation specifically aids in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol--which helps avoid a heart attack and stroke.  According to insurance companies, blood pressure levels prove to be a good indicator of life expectancy.  An average American with normal blood pressure is expected to live 16 years longer than one with moderate blood pressure.  Meditation has proven to help people drop from moderate blood pressure to normal blood pressure--giving the gift of a longer life!  Incredible! (Perfect Health, Deepak Chopra, pg. 164-167)

That’s not all!  Mediation aids in weight loss, brain function, immune function and reversal of the aging process!  Plus its been shown to help you find your life’s purpose!

Many wonder how long do you need to meditate a day?  Well, Dr. Oz believes all it takes is 7 mins a day to receive the benefits of meditation. Making the commitment to meditate is the most important step in receiving the benefits.  I can pretty much guarantee that once you dedicate the time, you will want to do it more.  It just feels soooooo good.  The inner peace is wonderful.  After mediation I feel calm, content, and happy--all pretty great feelings.

Many people don’t know how to meditate, and that’s ok.  Meditation is about working with your brain waves.  When doing an activity we are really familiar with we go into “auto-pilot.”  Running, brushing our teeth, and driving a car long distances are all examples of this.  Parts of the brain slip into Theta waves during these activities.  Maintaining Theta waves is the goal in meditation.

A beginner meditator should find calming music, focus on breathing (the out breath is particularly relaxing), and be gentle with yourself.  Meditation isn’t easy.  Just as you would train your mind to play a sport, the piano, or learn a language, you need to develop the neural pathways for meditation too.  The more you practice anything, the better you get at it because you are reinforcing the neural pathways (the connections that send information around the brain and through the body).

If you can’t stop the one million thoughts from bombarding your brain it’s ok.  In time, you will learn to set these thoughts aside. This method is described as non-directive meditation because you are developing the ability to “tolerate the spontaneous wandering of the mind without getting too much involved”--meaning you don’t have to make the mind blank! You just need to learn how to let thoughts “pass effortlessly” (Brain Waves and Meditation, ScienceDaily Mar. 31, 2010).

While "meditation is painful in the beginning... it bestows immortal bliss and supreme joy in the end” and worth the try (Swami Sivananda).

Rock Your Body

"I think... the most important alternative medicine treatment of all...is the area of energy medicine." ~Dr. Oz

So what is energy medicine?

Energy medicine is Reiki, acupuncture, acupressure, Qi Gong, reflexology, Donna Eden's meridian work and many others.  To be quite honest, they are all working with the same thing--the body's energy system, so placing all these under the same umbrella makes it easier to talk about.  Each modality offers a unique way of translating the energy from one source to another, but ultimately, they are all using the same main tool-universal energy force or Qi.

Some of you may be unfamiliar with referring to the body as being "made up of energy."  You are not alone.  Western medicine has certainly made it difficult to get a glimpse of these "alternative medicines"-- mostly because the drug companies would be missing out on millions of dollars spent on prescription drugs (I'll explain why that is true at a later time).

First, we all need to be on the same page--the human body is made up of energy. On the simplest level, energy cannot be created or destroyed.  You may remember from Earth Science class (thanks Ms. Silva!) that the universe came from a single atom splitting.  That same energy has been recycled for billions of years.  Each of us is made up of that very same energy.  Essentially we have all been dinosaurs, plants, fish, rocks, spiders, etc.--at least part of one.  It sure makes it easier to comprehend the idea that we are all "One"-- doesn't it.

Ok, so moving onto a deeper level.  Many of us are familiar with the idea that the brain "fires" signals (electrically) to the rest of the body.  These signals tell the body (all the way down to the cellular level) what to do, but in fact the heart is the major source of energy in the body.  It helps supply the energy necessary to run the body. The heart is energetically 5,000 times stronger than the brain!  The electromagnetic energy from the heart can be measured up to 10 feet away!   Holy moly is right! Guess what, when you were feeling "heartache" because your partner, lover, mother, father, whoever spends a lot of time with you, left to go somewhere far away, your heart was looking for their heartbeat (unique energetic pattern emitted from their heart).  When you are around someone a significant amount of time, your energetic system begins to recognize and sync up with the other's heartbeat.  So when he/she leaves, your heartbeat continually searches for his/hers.  Awwww, how romantic.  Scientists believe that our heartbeat energy is continuing to travel out into outer space continually.

Ok, now for the stuff that may blow your mind.  At least it blew my mind.  (Drum roll please...) The brain of the cell is NOT the nucleus.  Yup! I'll give you a minute.  It is the cell membrane that is the brain of the cell.  They now call it the plasma membrane.  The name says it all (memBRANE-jeesh, that's obvious).  The plasma membrane is on the outside of the cell.  How do we know this?  Well, my buddy (I wish) Dr. Bruce Lipton decided to take a cell and put it in a petri dish and put an apple slice near the cell.  The cell actually moved towards the apple.  He took the same cell and put it near a toxin, and it moved away.  This is evidence that the cell/plasma membrane senses the environment.   It sends a signal (via e-mail-jk) back to the now emotionally defeated nucleus.  That's how the body is able to reproduce/repair what is needed to be reproduced/repaired at time.  The nucleus is like a filing cabinet and pulls out the blueprint (of an ear cell, blood cell, etc) that is needed at the time.  Without the plasma membrane's input, the nucleus is at a loss of what to do.  So WHY is this important?

Thinking more globally... So if humans are made up of trillions of cells, this means that we are like walking antennas- constantly sensing our environment.  Now can you see why you may not like the "energy of a person/room/situation."  It is your cells (trillions!) talking to you.  Now is it a little easier to understand how the body may respond to energy medicine?

Alright, I think I've bombarded you with enough to think about. Enjoy the rest of your day.  I will!