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The Anti-Diet Episode

Amberleigh CarterComment

What is it that you TRULY want to eat? Is it what your doctor, your friend, your mother, your magazine, or your 'tests' told you is healthy?

WHY are you eating the way that you eat? Do you feel relaxed, joyful, and expanded around food? Or is it a constant obsession over calories, restriction, & instruction from others, making you feel shameful, powerless, & constricted in your body?

Your body is not against you. Check out the latest Raw Talk with Sheena podcast episode 51, where Sheena Mannina and I discuss how to start listening to your body: get to know it, learn to trust it, & honor your power.

YOU are your own best healer. Are you listening?

News: Now Offering Services at Raw Republic in New Orleans!

Amberleigh CarterComment

I have expanded my practice to 4528 Magazine Street in New Orleans at Raw Republic, where I will be providing the community with nutrition & lifestyle consultations, as well as energy healing sessions! These services will offer individuals guidance, as well as the opportunity to overcome any non-beneficial behavioral patterns that might be holding them back from achieving their health-related goals. 
BONUS: I've also partnered with Raw Republic to formulate a special healing juice, so stay tuned for that reveal.  Happy Healing! 

Become a Healthy Bitch

Amberleigh CarterComment

The Healthy Bitches Course is back and better than ever!  This is a 4-week course designed to help you become the healthiest you, in the healthiest way!

Each week, you will be e-mailed a new lesson and "challenge" to complete for that week.  The upside is that you will have this information for life, so there's no need to force yourself to complete it within the 4 weeks...take it at your leisure and also in the comfort of your own home.

This course will ultimately give you the tools you need to become your own healer through the intelligent use of food, exercise, and optimal lifestyle choices.

You will be given the most simple and most effective starting points, as well as the best tips for how to eat, how to move, and how to live like a Healthy Bitch.

Please note that this is NOT a crash weight loss diet.  Rather, it's intended for educational purposes only, providing you with useful information you can choose to take advantage of in order to reach your health-related goals. 

The objective of this course is to clear up the confusion in the world of health and to empower you to take back control over your own health. 

The first e-mail will be sent out on Sunday, January 3rd, and every following Sunday for the remainder of the course.

**BONUS: For local residents (Covington, LA+the surrounding areas), I will be offering a 1-hour group session for $20, every Wednesday evening throughout the course at my office, the Healing House (1101 Village Walk, 70433).  I'm only taking 10 healthy bitches, so sign up today! (Meetings: 01/06, 01/13, 01/20, & 01/27.  Total= $80).

The Truth Heals

Amberleigh CarterComment

We’ve all been there.  As soon as you think you’ve found the magical diet, detox, challenge, or cleanse that actually works for you, a new study comes out showing that what you’ve been doing has only contributed to your problem, and you should do the exact opposite because Harvard says so.  One study indicates that there are multiple health benefits from cutting the fat out of your diet.  Another study illustrates all of the harmful effects on the body when you cut out the fat, so you should really cut out the sugar because, ironically, Harvard says so.  

So what should you do?  Cut out the fat or cut out the sugar?  Is the answer in the Paleo diet, Mediterranean foods, Subway, gastric bypass surgery, pills, juicing 3 pounds of kale and eating 12 bananas a day?  Who should you trust?  Harvard?  Researchers?  Your doctor?  Your local yoga instructor?  A support group?  You could argue with yourself that research doesn’t lie, but then how can it show so many different and opposing outcomes?  

The truth:  Research does not lie, but people do.  And for enough money, research can show whatever it wants.  Is this a conspiracy?  Perhaps it is; but I’ll take my chances on not taking the advice from an industry that only makes money if I’m sick and confused.

One thing that you can trust, however, is your individual physiology.  Sure, you can follow the latest diet craze, but you can only trick your body for so long before it screams out to you that you need something else.  For instance, you may swear by the Paleo diet and truly see health benefits: losing weight, feeling more clear-headed and energized, lower cholesterol levels, and more.  But, after years into the diet, you start losing your hair, your cholesterol rises, your hormones are on a roller coaster, and your thyroid gland is almost non-functioning.  (This is purely an example that I’ve seen happen to individuals.)  That's not to say that all Paleo experts have bad intentions, but research outcomes can still be misleading.  

So now what do you do? 

I’m glad you asked.  For so long we’ve been depriving ourselves and cutting out vital nutrients and life-giving behaviors.  Why cut out calories (i.e., energy/fuel) and run off of stress hormones?  Does it make sense to try to drive your car across the country with no gas in it?  We’ve been misguided to look to others to take responsibility for a lifetime of unquestioned and unchallenged actions when it comes to health.  The good news is that you can take back control and responsibility for your life simply by questioning and paying attention.  

1)     Start listening to your gut. 

2)     Pay attention to how you feel after eating a meal or skipping a meal or macronutrient (i.e., protein, carb, or fat).  Do you feel bloated, tired, and/or have a headache or stomach ache?  Did that meal give you energy?

3)     Avoid anything processed and any product that contains more than 5 ingredients, especially those of which you cannot pronounce. 

4)     Eat real fruits and root vegetables.

5)     Eat quality meats, broths, seafood, gelatin, and other anti-inflammatory proteins.

6)     Eat saturated fats like coconut oil, butter, ghee, and tallow.

7)     Focus on quality: organic, free-range, grass-fed, local, cage-free, etc.

8)     Focus on quantity: relative ratios of protein, carbohydrate, and fat. 

9)     Drink quality water like Evian, FIJI, and other spring waters.

10)  Pay attention to your movement: Do you exercise?  Are you exercising too much?  How well do you recover from a workout?  Do you have pain and/or soreness in your body?

11)  Rest.

12)  Meditate.

13)  Take time to do things for yourself.

The above is not a comprehensive list by any means, but it’s a good starting point to help evaluate your lifestyle.  As always, you have to do what you feel is right for you.  You may not be happy about needing to incorporate new behaviors in your life, but I have found that the truth heals more than it hurts.

Low Carb Diets: A Recipe For Health Problems

Amberleigh CarterComment

LOW CARB DIETS are particularly bad for the hormonal system of females.  Cutting out carbs is not necessarily the best option, and here's why:

A particularly useful thyroid hormone (known as T3) is responsible for converting cholesterol into the hormone Progesterone, which is the "youth-associated, protective hormone" known to help with hair growth, clear skin, and overall hormonal balance.  The key is that this entire process depends upon glucose or sugar that largely comes from carbohydrates.  Without carbs, the body becomes stressed and produces more estrogen, which ages the body and causes a myriad of other health effects when it's dominant.

Thus, going on a low carb diet can lead to breast tenderness, PMS, headaches, an increase in fat tissue, a decrease in muscle tissue, hair loss, wrinkles, cravings, high blood sugar (yep!), a damaged metabolism, and hormonal chaos. 

If you're thinking low carb is the best, you may want to change that misconception to a "no processed foods" lifestyle.  Processed foods are much worse for the body than real, wholesome carbs like fruits and root vegetables (i.e., carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, peppers, squash, etc.).  Fruits and roots contain real sugar that the body recognizes and prefers in order to operate efficiently and not have to age and break down the body.

So do yourself a favor and avoid anything processed, rather than avoiding real carbs that are nourishing to your body.

Cause of Life: Coconut Oil

Amberleigh CarterComment

The next time someone says, "Coconut oil is bad for you; it causes heart disease", please reply with, "That must be why the Pacific Islanders died off hundreds of years ago...."

Pacific Islanders' diets were studied by Dr. Ian A. Prior since that population is known for their beautiful, glowing skin, lack of disease, and optimal body compositions.  What was found was that 60 percent of their energy derived from food came from saturated fat, largely from coconuts.  But how could this be if saturated fat supposedly causes heart disease?

Let's look into some factors regarding saturated versus unsaturated fat:

In the 1950s and 1960s, researchers began to search for adverse effects of saturated fat, so they looked for a correlation between saturated fat and cancer.  What they found was actually a protective effect against cancer, rather than a causative one. 

Furthermore, processed non-hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils (such as vegetable oil) were identified as promoting cancer, and the more unsaturated, the higher the risk.  Other health problems that were caused by unsaturated fats were asthma, allergies, memory loss, senility, and a weakened immune system.  Interesting, but is the proof in the pudding?

Well, the Pacific Islanders of Dr. Prior's study had no signs of kidney disease, sluggish thyroid glands, or high cholesterol.  Digestive problems were also rare, and they were generally unfamiliar with heart disease, colitis, cancer, atherosclerosis, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, ulcers, diverticulosis, and appendicitis...and, again, 60% of their diets contain saturated fat (mostly from coconut oil). 

Most Americans get 32-38 percent of their calories come from fat, but most of which are unsaturated vegetable oils...and we all know how many diseases Americans are suffering from--especially heart disease, high cholesterol, and cancer.

So if we've cut out the saturated fats and are still getting these diseases, then what is the real culprit?  Food for thought....
[For more information on coconut oil, check out The Coconut Oil Miracle by Dr. Bruce Fife.]