Happy New Year

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2018! A reduction of only 7-10% of body weight improves: Blood pressure Insulin sensitivity Lipid levels Inflammation Our patients have had wonderful success with their weight loss efforts this last year!  Weight loss improves quality of life and overall health status.  We offer a long-term solution for obesity and…

Happy Chanukah

  Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, holiday “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly candle lighting, special prayers, and mindful foods.  This holiday we celebrate the happening of miracles.  This year we it starts on December 12 at sunset. The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple….

Back Up Meals: Wellness Tool Kit Must Haves During Holiday Season

When it comes to the holiday season, we all get busier than usual.  Whether it’s shopping, going to parties or having our kids home from school, we all share something in common; a need for a healthy meal alternative when we do not have time to cook. (Amen Sister!)  Back-up meals are meals that we…

Candy Season Is Here

Fall is a time for cool weather, beautiful leaves and the beginning of candy season.  Candy season starts in the fall and ends in spring.   Halloween starts the season.  Then we have Thanksgiving followed by Christmas, Valentine’s Day and finally Easter!   Wherever you go, you are reminded of the season with beautiful packages and exciting media post that remind us of candy. Candy has come a long way.  Candy’s history started back in 1500 BC where we obtained our “sweet tooth” from honeycombs. We observe candy history with Egyptians with the combination of honey with fruit and nuts.  In the 1500’s the first chocolate bar was created.  Finally, in the 1920’s candy canes became the rage!   We have a long history with sweets and there is a good reason.  When we eat sugar, it releases the neurotransmitter serotonin in our gut that tells us we feel good and safe.  The problem is that this feeling is short lived; the feeling is gone.  The more we have it the more we want it.  Sugar addiction has been compared to alcohol and cocaine addiction. Now living in the 21st century, surviving and surpassing candy season is a must.  The American Heart Association recommends 5 teaspoons or 25 g  or less of added sugar daily for women and 9 teaspoons or 36 g or less of added sugar for men.   When we look at some of…