Fasting is my second favorite F-word. Mention the word fasting and most Americans look at you like you dropped an F-bomb. However, fasting can be a useful tool to resolve type 2 diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity and for weight loss. During this podcast, I discuss the science behind how fasting works and introduce different fasting regiments.
Achieving your health goals requires evaluating fixed beliefs. Often, these fixed beliefs are supported by our primitive brain that seeks to minimize pain, maximize pleasure and take the path or least resistance. When I embarked on my wellness journey, I changed my diet and eliminated processed foods. Recently, however, I realized that I was consistently overeating “on plan” foods. While I still didn’t eat M&Ms or Diet Coke, I would overeat eggs, veggies and nuts. Although I did reach my health goal, I recognized that I was still allowing my primitive brain to take the path of least resistance by continuing to buffer my emotions with food. During this podcast, I discuss the technique of filtering thoughts as a tool to gain control over your primitive brain.
When it comes to resolving type 2 diabetes, nutritional ketosis is a powerful tool. Nutritional ketosis occurs when your body breaks down fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. Also called the ketogenic diet, nutritional ketosis is achieved when blood sugars are low, no insulin is released into your system, and your body starts producing ketones. Research now supports the use of nutritional ketosis to rapidly normalized blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics. During this episode, Dr. Vaughn discusses the benefits and challenges of nutritional ketosis.
Achieving new results requires we adjust our mindset and challenge fixed beliefs. Most people think a new mindset comes only after we’ve accomplished our goals. In this podcast, I challenge this notion and propose that we must first establish new thoughts before we can achieve a new outcome. For myself, I often use the analogy of a river with the old me standing on one riverbank and the better version on the other riverbank. Using this analogy, I recognize the challenges that come with navigating rough, cold and unknown waters to achieve my fullest potential.
When it comes to getting new results, you first need to understand and critically evaluate your thoughts. Thoughts drive feelings, actions and inevitably your results. Both cognitive behavioral therapies and coaching utilize some version of the thought model to produce sustained change. During this podcast, Dr. Vaughn introduces and discusses the thought model. She provides several examples of how unproductive thoughts produce undesirable results, and how processing these thoughts is essential to achieving a different and better outcome.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.