Ep #45 Nutritional Hormones

Hormones play a unique role in why and how we eat. Chemical messengers produced by glands, hormones help regulate hunger signals and energy storage. During this podcast, I discuss the influence of the three hormones Leptin, Ghrelin and Insulin, and their influence on our hunger, satiety, and fat storage.

Ep #44 Primitive Brain, Prefrontal Cortex & Planning

Your primitive brain seeks to minimize pain, maximize pleasure, and avoid work. While this evolutionary trait benefited our species when food was scarce, today it causes us to make food choices that do not serve our bodies. In contrast, the prefrontal cortex is implicated in logical thought, rational decision making and planning. During this podcast I discuss why planning ahead, which uses the prefrontal cortex, rather than making decisions on the fly using the primitive brain is necessary to living a naturally healthy life. I also provide strategies and examples of how to plan meals ahead of time.

Ep #43 Choices

Every choice we make in life has pros and cons. Often, we have the belief that not deciding is a way to avoid these pros and cons. Doing nothing, however, is also a choice and will inevitably have consequences. For example, not making healthy lifestyle choices will result in your diabetes progressively getting worse. During this podcast, I discuss this concept that was so pivotal to my journey.

Ep #42 Thought Errors

Thought errors are existing beliefs that don’t align with our desired future state or goals. These thoughts undermine our progress when they are not challenged. Many times, people accept these preexisting thoughts as foregone conclusions, which may impede progress before it even starts. In coaching, clients learn to critically evaluate thoughts, which drive actions and inevitably results. During this podcast, I discuss thought errors, how to recognize them, and how to find thoughts that align with a naturally healthy life.

Ep #41 Overcoming Food Cravings & Urges

Food cravings are a natural process driven by biologically and patterned behaviors. When it comes to living a naturally healthy life, recognizing these cravings and learning productive strategies for coping is essential. When we give into these cravings, it just rewards us and creates more cravings in the future. During this podcast, I discuss why we have food cravings and I introduce strategies for coping wit cravings.

Ep #40 Mindset Matters

When people come to me wanting to resolve their type 2 diabetes, it’s because they believe there is a better way that doesn’t include daily finger sticks, pills and injections. This desire to try something different typically stems from a mindset that is open to new possibilities. According to psychologists and social scientists, having the right mindset is essential to achieve your goals. Mindset is an established set of attitudes or beliefs. During this podcast, I discuss the different type of mindsets that often undermine our success and present alternative mindsets that are shown to produce results.

Ep #39 Self Love

How would your life and health be different if you practiced self-love? We love our children and family members unconditionally. With our children, this love translates into an intentional approach to parenting that includes planning and monitoring what our children eat, watch on television and learn. Now, how would your life and diabetes be different if you practices this same type of intentional and unconditional love for yourself? During this podcast, I discuss the concept and how making an investment in your wellness is an act of self-love.

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Ep #38 Benefits of Fasting

Fasting has several fabulous benefits including weight loss and improving insulin sensitivity. In addition these health benefits, many clients report fasting results in saving money and time as well as providing opportunities for mind management regarding food. During this podcast, I discuss the many benefits of fasting and provide real-world examples.

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Ep #37 Long-Term Ketosis

When it comes to nutritional ketosis, there is a lot of conflicting information available. Some of the most common questions clients ask are: (1) is ketosis safe over a long period of time and (2) do I need to stay in ketosis forever? During this podcast, I discuss what the literature says about nutritional ketosis and its effect on health. I address everything from the affects on kidney function and cholesterol to mood and, of course, reversing type 2 diabetes.

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Ep #36 Ketone Bodies and Emotions

During this podcast, Dr. Delane Vaughn discusses how ketone bodies are produced and used by the body for fuel, as well as their health benefits and the reported associated euphoria. After reviewing ketone bodies and their benefits, Dr. Vaughn transitions into discussing emotions. Finally, she concludes by discussing how coaching provides the necessary tools and strategies to manage emotions, which often undermine our healthy intentions.