The Secret of Green Coffee Bean Extract

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There’s been a new craze sweeping the weight loss world of late.   It has all the makings of a huge hit.  It has been seen on the shelves at Starbucks and it’s all over the internet. Drum roll please…  The latest in the train of weight loss miracle pills is green coffee bean exctract.  It has a nice ring to it.  The word green is always popular with its associations with all things pure and natural.  It comes from coffee – a known antioxidant and drug of choice for most of us.  So green coffee been extract has all the makings of a winner.  It was even featured on The Dr. Oz Show  Continue reading

In Response to the Voice

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You know that voice in your head, the annoying one, that stands in the way of all your successes.  It’s the one that tells you all the reasons you can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t.  We all have it so I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this voice recently and have noticed some important things.   The voice does not work by overpowering you.  Its success comes from its endless needling at you until you give in without even realizing you have succumbed.   It’s small but relentless.  It never fatigues.  This is the voice that is preventing you from succesffully losing weight.  But you already knew that, its your voice after all.

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BBQ Grilled Chicken Salad

BBQ chicken salad2I have been on a quest recently to change my diet in a way that decreases my carbohydrate intake and increases my protein intake (Check out my posts on low carb diets to see why:  More Evidence for Lower Carbs; Maybe a Calorie Isn’t Just a Calorie; Pro Protein).  One of the ways I have done this is by changing my lunch to include a salad with a good source of lean protein (tuna or chicken).  This endeavor has been successful thanks to my long suffering saintly wife who makes my lunch for me.  Much love to her for that. Continue reading

30 Days to a New You

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In my many encounters with people who have attempted to make changes in their lives, they seem to come to a stopping point.  There is a moment where the brain recognizes that a change is necessary but the body seems to lag and the first steps are never taken.  They just never get going.  Part of the reason for this problem, I think, is that the change often seems so enormous that it becomes an insurmountable obstacle.   Continue reading

Orange Chicken Fingers

Orange Chicken Fingers

Being the father of four kids (one of them an extremely picky eater) I know how hard it is to find foods that everyone will eat.   I can say that I know from experience but my knowledge is second hand as its my wife that bears the brunt of this challenge so gracefully.  If you throw on top of this the challenge of finding healthy options for your kids to help them develop and prevent you from feeling always guilty, you’re in for it.   Continue reading

More Evidence for Low Carbs

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Google news alert!  Twitter is blowing up !  Facebook is on fire!  The news is spreading like wildfire that low carb diets have now been proven to be the best way to lose weight, melt fat, and light your metabolism on fire!  Well, at least that’s the way the word has spread. Continue reading

The Secret of Change

change 7I was sitting in my office with a patient of mine the other day having a conversation I find myself having frequently.  She was a long time smoker who I had diagnosed with severe COPD (the lung disease caused by damage from smoking).  She had been hospitalized and was close to needing oxygen.  Yet, in spite of my warnings and castigations, she had broken her brief period of abstinence and was back up to “only a half pack a day”.  She was staring at the floor unable to look me in the eye like a child caught misbehaving by their parents. Continue reading