Alternative health care- It is any practice that has the goal of optimal health. The alternative practitioner looks at the body as a whole, not as a symptom.
BMI (Body Mass Index)-It is a calculation used to determine body fat. You can google BMI calculation to do the math. The problem with this calculation is that muscle weighs more than fat. A muscular, fit woman with low actual body fat and dense muscle may weigh more but she is quite healthy. Her BMI may say she is overweight, which leads you to believe that she is unhealthy and this is not the case.
Calorie- It is a unit used to measure energy. That means it is a way of describing how much energy your body could get from eating or drinking it. If you get too much “energy” your body will store the extra as fat.
Carbohydrate- It is the sugars and starches found in food. You want to look for carbohydrates with fiber in them. You will see it listed on the label of packaged foods. Natural foods like fruits and vegetables have varying levels of carbohydrates and fiber in them. Please refer to my book “Food to the Rescue”, for a more in depth explanation.
Chiropractic- It is made up of different techniques used to realign joints in the body. These joints can put pressure on nerves. Nerves are like garden hoses. You need the garden hose to be free of kinks so that water can flow from the hose to your living plants so they can thrive. A nerve supplies life to all of your organs and systems and is essential to optimal health. So chiropractic care helps you on your journey toward optimal health.
Diet- By diet we are referring to what and how you eat. A diet does not mean a temporary change in what you eat with the intention of losing weight and then go back to how you ate before . I am looking to change your diet for your life. Quick “diets” don’t work because you didn’t learn the healthy habits to sustain weight loss and optimal health.
Fat- There are good and bad fats. I recommend eating fats because they help sustain your energy throughout the day. They also help keep you full so your cravings decrease. Good fats are avocado, coconut and olive oils and nuts, all in moderation. I go into further details in my book, “Food to the Rescue”. You can learn how to determine the right amounts of fats to eat each day in my course “7 Day Bloat Elimination Plan”.
Glycemic Index- This is a value assigned to a food to show what kind of blood sugar rise it will cause over a two hour period.You want foods with lower values, below 55 to be considered low glycemic. We want a lower value because then we get a lower amount of insulin which results in less fat being stored.
Holistic health care-This means caring for the person as a whole. By being unbalanced in one aspect of your life it causes imbalance in other areas. Not eating correctly for example, or not feeling well, affects all other aspects of your health and life.
Intermittent fasting- This is when you do not eat for a period of time. The philosophy is that during the times of fasting your body can heal. When we are constantly eating and not giving our bodies time to work on other things like healing and repair, our health can suffer. One way to do it is a few times a week go without any food for 24 hours. An easier way may be to try and not eat after dinner, say 7pm until 7am. You can start going further as you feel comfortable to 15-17 hours of fasting and eat three meals in your window 7-9 hours.
Macros (Macronutrients)- This is your proteins, fats and carbohydrates for the day. You count these in grams. You actually don’t have to do the math for this. My “7 Day Bloat Elimination Plan” was designed by a clinical nutrition registered dietician who worked it all out for my program. Phew! No sweat, you’ve got this. 😉
Metabolism- This is the process your body uses to turn what you eat and drink into energy. Estrogen dominance can happen even as women start producing less estrogen in their body. We are exposed to synthetic estrogens and estrogen mimickers in our diet that attach to our own estrogen receptors. Estrogen dominance cues the body to make more fat cells. The fat cells then produce estrogen so this is a vicious cycle we are on! Don’t worry! There is a solution and I teach it to you in my signature course “Food to the Rescue”.
Net carbs- (net carbohydrates)- This is the amount of carbohydrates absorbed by the body. To calculate this number you subtract the grams of fiber from the total number of carbohydrates. So if something has 25 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fiber, the net carb amount is 20 grams.
Obesity- This is a condition where excessive body fat increases the risk of health problems. 1 in 3 U.S. adults are considered obese. 5 million children in the U.S. are considered obese and that number is not on the decline. The problem is what foods are available and the lack of education about what to eat, and how much of it. Our population is overfed low quality foods lacking nutrients leading to an undernourished society. That’s why I am on a mission to help change this trend. Check out any of my free resources, courses or my book, “Food to the Rescue” to help change the trajectory of your family’s health.
Saturated fat- These are fats that are solid at room temperature, like butter, lard, and coconut oil. They can be eaten in moderation and help curb cravings. Some have been found to boost metabolism and aid weight loss, like coconut oil.
Sugar alcohols- They are derived from sugar but do not typically cause the sugar spike traditional sugar would. That is because they are hard for the body to digest. This can mean digestive upset if you consume too much. Common ones are Xylitol, erythritol or malitol.
Trans fat- These are horrible for you. They increase inflammation and only come from processed foods. They will not help you get healthy, they only lead you closer to disease. Look for words like hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils in packaged foods only.
Unsaturated fats- These are an important part of your diet. Foods like olives, avocado and salmon have these beneficial fats that help you feel full and curb cravings.