Ep #80 Coaching with Angel

Making and sustaining changes can be challenging. Many people rely on willpower to muster through temptations and cravings. Unfortunately, willpower will only get you so far. Eventually, willpower fatigues and old behaviors take over. Achieving permanent lifestyle change requires understanding and changing how you think. As a coach, I provide education based on medical research and science, help clients develop plans, track results, and dig into the underlying thoughts that often undermine progress. During this podcast, I talk with my client Angel to provide insight into what coaching is like.

Ep #79 Meditation & Diabetes

Meditation is a useful tool for managing stress, anxiety, and blood sugars. Medical research shows that a meditation practice can reduce the stress hormones that contribute to high blood sugars through actively calming the mind and body, During this podcast, I discuss the research behind meditation and how to start a meditation practice.

Ep #78 Are Your Hormones Causing High Blood Sugar Levels?

Did you know other non-food related factors can influence blood sugar levels? Stress, lack of sleep, and visceral fat (body fat that is stored within the abdominal cavity) are just a few non-eating related lifestyle factors that cause the release of hormones that can raise blood sugar levels. Hormones are chemical messengers produced by the body and released directly into the bloodstream to help regulate biological processes, such as sleep, hunger, growth, and metabolism. During this podcast, I discuss several hormones and their effect on blood sugar levels as well as what you can do to manage them.

Ep #77 Exercise & Diabetes: The Dos and the Don’ts

Exercise is good for your heart, great for your lungs, and amazing for your soul. It is also a great tool for reversing type 2 diabetes. When you exercise, your muscles use glucose for fuel. Additionally, this process happens without the need for insulin. This means lower blood glucose levels in a way that bypasses your insulin resistance. In studies, exercise combined with modest weight loss was more effective at improving the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in high-risk people than Metformin alone. WOW! During this podcast, I discuss the research on exercise and blood sugar control as well as review the guidelines. Finally, I provide some caveats to exercise that diabetics MUST consider.

Ep #75 Courage

It is easy to underestimate the amount of courage it takes to start something new. Whether we are starting college in an unknown city or investing our time, money, and hopes in a new wellness program, taking that first step (and the many steps after) takes COURAGE. During this podcast, I discuss the concept of courage and how proactively training, preparing, and utilizing data to make informed decisions, aids in being courageous.

Ep #74 Building a Gratitude Practice

People who regularly practice gratitude have more positive emotions, greater happiness, and improved health. According to research, people who take the time to practice gratitude report greater vitality, better sleep, and a stronger immune system. During this podcast, I discuss the research behind gratitude and recommend building a gratitude practice. I also provide an example of gratitude by walking through what I am grateful for in 2020.

Ep #73 Why Is It So Hard?

Do you struggle to live a naturally healthy life? Do you feel like your circumstances are unique and make changing habits difficult? Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” This statement underscores my philosophy that your beliefs or thoughts dictate your results. Sometimes thoughts can be empowering. Other times, thoughts can be unproductive or even counterproductive. “It is SO HARD” is an example of a thought that is counterproductive. During this podcast, I discuss how to start changing the long-held belief that it is SO HARD, which is an essential first step to living a naturally healthy life and reversing type 2 diabetes.

Ep #72 Leaving Something Behind in 2020

As you turn the page on 2020 and get ready for 2021, what will you leave behind? This time of year, I always ask my clients to spend time evaluating this question. It is different than adding a New Year’s resolution. Often, leaving something behind is more meaningful and more challenging. When it comes to being naturally healthy and reversing type 2 diabetes, it may mean leaving behind your use of food as a coping tool. During this podcast, I discuss how to approach this task as you prepare for the next year.

Ep #71 How to Deal with Food Pushers

Does Aunt Martha make the best pie? This holiday, will she tell you, “just have a one piece of pie because it is SO GOOD”? Food pushers are people who encourage you to eat off plan. Often, they push you to eat unhealthy foods. While their intentions are typically good, it can be challenging to tell them “NO” because of your thoughts. During this podcast, I discuss how our thoughts give these food pushers power to disrupt our food plans and how to find more productive thoughts.