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salt and health

Ep #11 Salt and Food Addiction

Big food manufacturers engineer processed foods to exploit our biology, increase cravings and sell more product. From the sugar bliss point to added fats, these companies have spent billions researching how to make food appealing and addictive. The consequence is a population that continues to consume these foods even though they make us sick. During this podcast episode, I discuss how high amounts of salt in processed foods contribute to food appeal and the adverse effects on health.

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Ep #10 Becoming

Whether becoming a new parent or learning to control your diabetes, major life change can be uncomfortable. Often, we start our change journeys naive of the hard work, failures and challenges we must endure. Change tests our resolve and beats us down. However, nothing worth having comes easily. The process of change takes time and can be scary as you learn and practice new skill sets. During this podcast, Dr. Vaughn discusses the process of change through using the analogies of parenting and crossing a river. She provides insights into the difficulties of change and how it can be scary.

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Ep #9 Chewing the Fat with DelaneMD

The low-fat, no-fat movement systematically removed the fat from foods with the goal of improving the health of Americans. Now, decades later, obesity rates and incidence of type 2 diabetes have climbed to epidemic levels and the failure of this public health experiment is apparent. While fat doesn’t have a specific taste, research has shown that foods with fat provide a fuller, more satisfying feel that stimulates the reward centers of the brain. When fat is removed from foods, we replaced those fats with sugars and carbohydrates. In addition, less fat means less satiety and an urge to consume more food, more often. This combination of factors has contributed to the rising obesity rates and increase in incidence of type 2 diabetes. During this podcast, Dr. Vaughn presents an overview of fats and their impact on your health.

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Ep #8 Embracing a New You

Getting new results requires embracing permanent change. This process can be uncomfortable, but it also can be very empowering. Learning to be a naturally healthy version of yourself takes considerable work, practice and introspection. During this podcast, Dr. Vaughn discusses her “ah ha” moment when she discovered she was truly changed and no longer needed external validation.

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Ep #7 How to Manage Food Cravings

Food cravings are the desire to eat a specific food even though you aren’t hungry. Typically, people crave foods high in sugars or highly processed carbohydrates like cake, bread, chips and candy. These foods are nutrient dense, which facilitates an exaggerated release of feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine. The release of these feel-good neurotransmitters is why we crave and often overindulge in foods that don’t serve our body. During this podcast, Dr. Vaughn discusses how to recognize food cravings versus “real hunger” and provides strategies for effectively managing these cravings.

Ep #6 Why Sugar Cravings Are So Strong

Do you crave sugary foods like candy, cereals and pumpkin-spice lattes even though they are making you sick? As discussed in previous podcasts, our primitive brain encourages us to eat by releasing feel-good neurotransmitters, such as dopamine. Highly processed foods that concentrate nutrients cause an exaggerated dopamine release, which makes us overemphasize the importance of these foods. This is especially true when we consume sugar. During this podcast, Dr. Vaughn discusses how our brains learn to crave certain foods and how food manufacturers use research to exploit this biology.

Ep #5 The Primitive Brain: How Biochemistry Encourages Food Addictions

Tens of thousands of years ago, the primitive brain was necessary to encourage decisions that benefited the survival of our species. Today, the primitive brain often encourages behaviors that don’t serve our bodies. For example, our primitive brain releases feel-good neurotransmitters when we eat foods high in nutrients, which was beneficial when food was scarce but today food is very abundant. In addition, highly processed foods artificially concentrate these nutrients causing an increased release of feel-good neurotransmitters and making foods addictive. During the podcast, Dr. Vaughn introduces the primitive brain as a basic concept in preparation for further discussions on the addictive properties of processed foods.

Ep #4 Recommendations for Resolving Diabetes Naturally: Part 3 of 3

In this third episode of the 3-part series on the basics of diabetes, Dr. Vaughn discuss her recommendations for resolving diabetes naturally without pills or injections. During the discussion, she provides insight into what you should eat, when you should eat, recording your data, and generally taking good care of yourself. This episode builds on the foundational information from episodes 1 and 2 in the 3-part series. In this episode, Dr. Vaughn provides plenty of real-world examples and introduces several topics that will be elaborated upon in future podcasts.

Ep #3 Science of Diabetes: Part 2 of 3

The second episode in a 3-part series on the basics of diabetes. During this episode, Dr. Vaughn discusses the pathophysiology (disease process) of diabetes including the roles of glucose, insulin and how current management approaches using pills and injections may worsen the disease state. Although this episode is full of science, Dr. Vaughn provides simple explanations and analogies to explain these very important concepts. Ultimately, this discussion leads to the conclusion that treating insulin resistance with more insulin is the wrong approach medically. In the next and final episode in this 3-part series, Dr. Vaughn introduces her naturally healthy approach to resolving diabetes without medications or injections .