I’m usually a ‘cup half full’ kind of girl.  Things are usually going to be ‘fine’, just keep your head up and press on.  I feel this way about most things, except for, the state of our health. As a whole, things are not fine, they’re actually getting worse year after year.  In a world where multinational food corporations are mass producing food at unprecedented rates, our health seems to be declining concurrently.  We are living now with more preservatives, fillers and toxins than ever before and we see by the statistics, it’s taking a toll.  Here are some recent, and sobering facts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over with obesity: 37.9% (2013-2014)
  • Percent of adults age 20 years and over with overweight, including obesity: 70.7% (2013-2014)

To put this into perspective for those of you who don’t like math  - roughly 7 out of 10 adults are overweight and/or obese!  Roughly 4 in 10 adults are obese! This trend is disheartening and it’s getting worse.  The collective state of our health creates a massive drain on our healthcare system and ultimately for many, leads to disease and death.  This article from the Harvard School of Public Health does a great job of capturing the main connections between obesity and illness, but to save you the time, I’ll summarize in one sentence.  Obesity is linked to the following diseases and/or death: Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension, cancer, depression, and decreased function of our reproductive and respiratory systems.

So we know we have a problem, and there are 60 billion dollars worth of products or systems on the market to ‘fix’ it.  All of them might work for a while, but some rely on shakes or pills, or caloric restriction and what we see over and over again, is relapse.  It is widely understood that for most people, after they lose weight with unsustainable methods, they will experience ‘rebound weight gain’.  This means that after you have ‘gained back’ all your weight, you actually wind up heavier than you were when you started to lose in the first place!  And we wonder why people just want to give up?!

So here’s were my story comes in.  Since high school, I have struggled with my weight.  I’d try things here and there but nothing ever really ‘worked’ nor did I give it much of a try until I became became vegan yoga addict (I’m currently a reformed vegan please read on).  That lasted until life filled with other things and I didn’t make time for three hours of yoga and one hour of meal planning a day.  Slowly, after two children I started to feel horrible. I was eating ‘clean’ but still I knew something wasn’t right.  That’s when a colleague turned me on to FOOD TESTING! It was after that test that my world started to change.   I figured out that some of the ‘healthy foods’ I was eating were actually hurting me! Can you imagine… Spinach? Yogurt? Grains? But…They’re whole foods, I thought.  They’re good for me I thought.  It wasn’t until I figured out what foods worked for ME that I was able to make smart changes and really drop the fluff I had always carried. By eliminating the offending foods my bloating disappeared, my skin cleared, my foggy brain was a thing of the past, and I rarely ever had gas anymore (much to my boys disappointment).  I started to experience normal digestion and  a normal sense of being full.  Night sweats stopped, and my infrequent headaches were gone.  All those changes just from eliminating a few foods.

As the first week of the New Year rolls by and the holiday indulgence makes way for discipline, I am once again excited to recommit to healthy food choices FOR ME and never again drop a dollar on another quick fix shake or pill.

-Yours in Health

Dr. Aliya

P.s. If you would like more information about Food Testing or Functional Weight Loss, please call Maribeth Steffen to schedule a complimentary consultation! 919-322-4383 , Ext. 1