Poster Presentation at the 3rd Annual Family, Child, and Couple Conference of Southern California

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Why Do We Binge?

English: MRI coronal view of the amygdala

English: MRI coronal view of the amygdala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The answer to this question lies in the brain, in your reptilian brain to be more exact. A recent study published in the journal Science points to evidence that high-fat and high-sugar binge eating is the result of faulty wiring in the amygdala of the brain’s hypothalamus. The amygdala is where your most heightened emotions are processed- like love, hate and fear. And thus, the hypothalamus, which is geared to drive us toward sex and reproduction, survival, and food procurement, connected to the amygdala with faulty wiring, can lead to disordered desires to binge-eat, especially on high-fat, high-caloric, and high-sugar foods. To boot, stress and certain environmental conditions can fuel this faulty circuitry and cause even greater bouts of binge eating. Continue reading

PMS Relief

English: Angry

English: Angry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is PMS really and why does it make life practically unbearable? PMS is caused by cyclic changes in hormones progesterone and estrogen, as well as changes in brain chemicals such as serotonin, with symptoms ranging from breast tenderness, acne, bloating, depression and irritability which can be exacerbated by stress and poor diet. What can be done naturally? The answers are actually pretty simple and highly effective. So if you suffer like I do, relief is close at hand. Continue reading

What Is Your Relationship With Food?

Weight and height are used in computing body m...

Weight and height are used in computing body mass index, an indicator of risk for developing obesity-associated diseases. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before you start your post-Labor Day diet, pause. Ask yourself a few questions. Ask yourself, “Why am I in this yo-yo, up-down, love-hate relationship with food?” Or “Why do I always feel guilty after eating? Why does eating and food bring me such shame?” It is important to understand that there are many different types of relationships with food. What are they? Where do you fall on the following spectrum? Read on to find out. And perhaps you will change your mind completely about indulging vs. dieting, and decide on a better route. Continue reading

Take the Green Pill…

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This winter I was so excited to take an Alternative Medicine course as a part of my requirements for a certificate in Alternative Nutrition. To my chagrin, the course was a bogus mishmash of poorly gathered material taught by an aging clunky teacher in desperate need of retirement. Nice guy, but wow… However, I did get a great book out of it: The PDR for Herbal Medicines. It is a massive tome filled with copious information about any and every herb you can imagine, and every single study done on each herb to date. Continue reading