Embracing Health and Self-Acceptance – a Dietitian’s Journey

Yesterday, with some encouragement from others, I went to a hairdresser that specializes in cutting “curly hair”. In one sense, it was life-changing to have my hair cut to actually “be” curly, and in another it was another step in my “journey”, a Dietitian’s Journey. My “unruly” hair was not unlike being overweight and in poor health; all were barriers to looking and feeling the way I wanted, but not something I dealt with until recently.

I saw my hair’s texture as a barrier to having the smooth, silky hair I desired and that I saw in the media as being something to be valued.  Growing up, naturally curly or wavy hair was seen as unruly; something that needed to combed or brushed and restrained in some way, in a clip or pin of some kind. Yet older women went for “perms” and these man-made curls were placed where they were desired, in the size that was desired and coloured to the chosen shade.

Growing up in the early 1970s, being overweight was solved with “girdles”; just like unruly hair was solved with combs and hair clips. For those that are unfamiliar with “girdles”, they are essentially torture devices that women squeezed into to arrange their fat in a more acceptable manner, and at least keep it from jiggling where it offended others and embarrassed the individual. Wearing a girdle wasn’t about health; but appearance.

Around this time the “health at every size” movement became popular, but it wasn’t until I was a Dietitian that it came to my awareness. The overweight women around me were not into acceptance, but denial and girdles were their solution.

In the 1990s, I was torn between the reality that being overweight or obese was rarely associated with positive health outcomes, yet at the same time knowing there was a need to be compassionate toward those who themselves were overweight or obese. At this point, I was slim and in good health, so my views were coldly ‘academic’. That said, I was always against “fat-shaming”, but didn’t feel the answer was to “embrace” being fat. I missed the point; it wasn’t about embracing being overweight or obese, but about focusing on health — health at every size.

Me and my 3 sons – White Pine Beach, September 10 2003

After having given birth to 3 children in a little over a year (yes, one set of twins and a singleton), I had little or no time to focus on “me”. My weight continued to creep up and along with it, my blood sugar and blood pressure. The photo on the left is what I looked like at this time 16 years ago. I knew my being overweight (obese, actually) was unhealthy, but despite my education, the idea of “eating less and moving more” seemed impossible.

The years passed and in May 2008, when I graduated with my Masters Degree in Human Nutrition, I was obese and pre-diabetic.  I heeded my GP’s advice and followed the (then) Canadian Diabetes Association’s dietary recommendations to eat 60 g of carbohydrate at each meal, plus protein and carbohydrate at each of 3 snacks. I considered I was being so virtuous by eating “whole grain”, which was whole-wheat pasta, brown rice and multigrain brown bread with seeds.  Despite this, within two years I was diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes and in hindsight, eating that many carbohydrates per day; carbohydrates that were really just less refined and not truly “whole, foods”, and eating that many times a day, made becoming diabetic inevitable. The only issue was how long would it take.

When I first saw an endocrinologist in 2014, she told me that if I continued to eat the way I was eating (same as above) I would be on insulin within 5 years.  She encouraged me to eat a maximum of 100 g of carbs per day and mostly as unrefined vegetables, with only a small amount of fruit and unprocessed, whole grain. It took until my health had become a crisis two years later until I had little choice but to change my lifestyle.  That was March 5, 2017 and the rest as they say, is history.

May 2008 (Masters Convocation) – May 2019

The photo on the left is what I looked like at my Master’s Convocation in May 2008 and the photo on the right is what I looked like this past May 2019. Yes, there’s a big difference — a 55 pound difference and even better, my type 2 diabetes is in remission and I no longer have high blood pressure.

In my health-recovery journey (which you can read in its entirety, here), I didn’t focus as much on weight, as I did on lowering my blood sugar and blood pressure. My focus from the beginning of my journey was on health as I attained a healthy body weight and waist circumference.

Surprisingly, my first experience with ‘fat-shaming’ was in January 2018; ten months into my health-recovery journey. I was told by someone quite well known in low-carb circles on social media that they “wouldn’t trust a fat Dietitian” and that “once you get in shape then you can dish out advice”.  I was hurt and offended, and my response at the time was to write an article I titled “Competent to Counsel“; where I addressed that what makes me competent or credible is not my own body weight, but my knowledge. I still feel that way now, even thought I’m slim. While it was offensive to be spoken to in this way, it made me acutely aware of the tremendous bias that overweight and obese people face; especially obese clinicians. I think it gave me more compassion towards those that struggle with these issues who have faced this type of disdain for years.

It has been 6 months since I achieved my health and weight loss goals, and both are stable. I’m still below the criteria for type 2 diabetes and have normal blood pressure.

I’m still not used to being ‘slim’. I still think I can’t fit in a space behind a chair, or beside a parked car when I have ample room. I try on clothes that I think are the right size, and they are too big — and then assume the brand must be ‘sized wrong’. I’ve been told it takes a while to adapt.  That said, I am fully aware that as many as 80% of those who lose weight regain it within two years, so being in ‘maintenance mode’ does not mean I do nothing. I continue to monitor my weight weekly and waist circumference every few weeks. While less frequently than before, I continue to test my blood sugar at home and go for my HbA1C test every 3 months and now that I am off blood pressure medication, check my blood pressure frequently. While I am at a good weight and waist circumference and have recovered much of my health, I cannot afford to rest on these accomplishments. When I see my weight creeping up, I take inventory of what I am eating differently and same with changes in blood sugar or blood pressure.

Maintenance isn’t about doing nothing, it is about doing the same thing, over time.

Embracing my health is a bit like embracing my curls. I am no longer the obese Dietitian with type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure and I can share my story with others; to encourage them that I understand, have “been there” and also that I have the knowledge to help. But just like those who embraced their own curls before me and encouraged me to do so too, each person has their own journey. My role is to support people in theirs.

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To our good health!

 

Joy

 

NOTE: This post is classified under “A Dietitian’s Journey” and is my personal account of my own health and weight loss journey that began on March 5, 2017. Science Made Simple articles are referenced nutrition articles, and can be found here.

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A New Little Black Dress – a Dietitian’s Journey continues

May 25 2008 and June 15 2019

Yesterday I had an occasion to wear a new little black dress that I had bought, and remembered the last time I wore one. Ironically, it was for my Master’s convocation just over 11 years ago, and the dress was a size 16. My degree was in Human Nutrition, yet I was very overweight and had pre-diabetes.

The degrees on the wall did not help me understand why ⁠— despite my best efforts to “exercise more and eat less”, I was still overweight.  Despite my research related to the neurotransmitter dopamine, it was not known at the time how dopamine is involved in the potent joint reward system of eating foods that are a combination of both carbohydrate and fat (you can read more about that here). 

I did not understand why following the advice of my physician didn’t help.  I ate according to the (then) Canadian Diabetes Association (now called Diabetes Canada)’s recommendation to eat 65 g of carbohydrate at each meal and 25-45 g of carbs at each snack ⁠— along with lean protein and monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat and participated in exercise several days each week. I ate “plenty of healthy whole grains” and “lots of fruit and vegetables“, along with low fat dairy,  yet a year later progressed to Type 2 Diabetes; what I was told was a “progressive, chronic disease”.

My studies didn’t help me understand the impact of high levels of circulating insulin on obesity and the effect of the after-meal and after-snack rise in insulin and then it’s drop shortly later on hunger. The reality was, the advice we were taught to “eat less and move more” did nothing to address the underlying issue of being hungry every few hours. In fact, the detrimental effects of high circulating levels of insulin weren’t taught; only the effects of high blood sugar.

My studies didn’t help me understand that “plenty of healthy whole grains” for someone who is already insulin resistant, with high levels of circulating insulin isn’t helpful.  I didn’t understand how eating plenty of fruit was further contributing to my problems;  both because of it’s high carbohydrate load, as well as it being a high source of fructose. I drank 3 glasses of low-fat milk daily, but didn’t understand the effect of all of those extra carbohydrates on my blood sugar, as well as underlying insulin response.  It was not part of what I studied ⁠— either in my undergraduate degree or Master’s studies, because it simply was not well known.

It is only recently (April 18, 2019) that the American Diabetes Association (ADA) issued their Consensus Report which indicated that “reducing carbohydrate intake has the most evidence for improving blood sugar” (you can read more about that here). In fact, the ADA now includes both a low carbohydrate eating pattern and a very low carbohydrate (keto) eating pattern as Medical Nutrition Therapy for the treatment of those with pre-diabetes, as well as adults with Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes.

While these are not currently part of Diabetes Canada‘s options, they are recommendations available to those in the United States.

In fact, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) also classifies low carb diets as Medical Nutrition Therapy (see here) and Diabetes Australia released their own updated position paper for people diagnosed with Diabetes who want to adopt a low carbohydrate eating plan. 

Many studies already demonstrate that a well-designed low carbohydrate diet is both safe and effective for the treatment of obesity and Diabetes (you can find a convenient list of studies under the Physician and Allied Health Provider tab), but much of this has only come to light in the years since I graduated with my Master’s degree.

In the last 4+ years since I first learned about the therapeutic use of a low carbohydrate diet, I have read scores of studies in an effort to become well-informed and continue to do so in order to stay current with the emerging evidence. Under the Science Made Simple tab, you can read some of the almost 170 articles I have written so far, many of them fully referenced.

April 2017 – April 2019

On March 5, 2017 I began what I have called “A Dietitian’s Journey” where over the subsequent two years, I put my Type 2 Diabetes into remission, lowered my dangerously high blood pressure and achieved a normal body weight and optimal waist circumference. You can read my story under A Dietitian’s Journey.

I have been in maintenance mode for more than three months and have been able to maintain my weight loss and health gains with little effort. My ongoing personal articles since being in maintenance appear under Making Health a Habit which can be read here.

I continue to maintain my original Dietetic practice that focuses on food allergy and food sensitivity (including Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease) through BetterByDesign Nutrition, and through continued reading in the scientific literature, I am now able to provide a range of options for weight loss and improvement in many metabolic conditions, including Type 2 Diabetes, hypertension and abnormal cholesterol that I was unable to offer a few years ago.  Through BetterByDesign Nutrition, I offer variety of evidence-based approaches, including a Mediterranean Diet, a plant-based whole foods approach (vegetarian or including meat, fish and poultry), as well as a low carbohydrate approach and through this division, The Low Carb Healthy Fat Dietitian I focus exclusively on using a low carbohydrate or ketogenic approach.

If you would like to learn how I might be able to help you, you can learn more about my services under the Services tab or in the Shop.

If you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

 

To your good health!

Joy

NOTE: This post is classified under “A Dietitian’s Journey” and is my personal account of my own health and weight loss journey that began on March 5, 2017. Science Made Simple articles are referenced nutrition articles, and can be found here.

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3 Months in Maintenance Mode – making health a habit (short video)

Today is exactly 3 months since I completed my health recovery and weight loss journey, and this short video update is about how I navigated the transition from “weight loss mode” to “maintenance mode”. This is the 14th entry in the series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information about lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on social media after watching the video.

In addition to helping people begin their own weight loss and health recovery journeys, I also provide follow up services to support them to be successful over the months, and sometimes year or two it takes and to help them make the transition to maintenance mode.

If you would like support, you can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

P.S. As mentioned in the video, here is the selfie I took this morning, of what I looked like after 3 months in “maintenance mode”.

To your good health!  

Joy

 

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Visible and Audible Difference – making health a habit (comparison videos)

Friday, I wore the same jacket during my morning walk and “Making Health a Habit” video as I did during my very first “A Dietitian’s Journey” video in March 2017, but the difference between the two videos is remarkable; not only visibly but there is an audible difference, too.

I don’t look the same…

…and listening to the two videos (links below) I don’t sound the same!

For me, this is what the difference between chronic disease and remission of metabolic disease looks like. Of course, everybody’s “journey” is different, but in order to arrive at one’s destination, the journey needs to begin.

I’ve said it a few times on podcasts, in videos and in blogs but for me, I changed how I ate and my activity level “as if my life depended on it” because for me, it did. It wasn’t just a vanity issue about how I looked; but about having very high blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes that was not being controlled. March 5, 2017 was the turning point for me and I have not looked back.

I don’t talk about being on a “diet”, but rather about the way I now eat because in order to keep obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and high blood pressure in remission requires me to make my health a habit. If I don’t, it is only a matter of time until the chronic diseases return.

If I can help you begin on your own health and wellness journey or to maintain your accomplishments, please let me know.

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

If your physician has recommended or prescribed a low carbohydrate or ketogenic diet, please let me know when you contact me.

To our good health!

Joy

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May 3, 2019 – Friday’s video

March 16, 2017 – my first video

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What about “cheat days” (short video)

I often get asked about what I do about “cheat days” and this is a short video on how I navigate through it. Keep in mind this is what I choose to do and why, and is not in anyway prescriptive. This is one of many choices available and why I choose this approach. Everybody’s needs are different.

This is the 13th entry in the series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information about lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on social media after watching the video.

If you would like some help navigating through whether or not to take “cheat days” and if so, how based on your own health, I’d be glad to help.

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!  

 

Joy

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Low Carb and Keto Diets – the good, the bad and the ugly (short video)

What is good, bad or ugly is always a question of perspective. In this short video I reflect on what I see as the “good”, “bad” and “ugly” of a low carb or ketogenic diet.

This is the 12th entry in the series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information about lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on social media after watching the video.

If you would like to know more about the issues discussed in this video, I’ve posted some links to articles I’ve written on the subject, below.

Perhaps you’ve chosen to eat a low carbohydrate diet and would like to know how I can help. You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

If your physician has recommended or prescribed a low carbohydrate or ketogenic diet, please let me know when you contact me.

To our good health!

 

Joy

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Here are the links to 4 articles that I wrote about the new ADA Consensus Report:

April 25, 2019 – ADA: Brain’s need for glucose can be fulfilled by the body

April 24, 2019 – ADA Eating Patterns Differ from The Dietary Guidelines for Americans

April 23, 2019 –  ADA includes use of a Very Low Carb (Keto) Eating Pattern in New Report

April 19, 2019 –  New ADA Report: reducing has intake has most evidence for improving blood sugar

You can find a one page downloadable printout that you can bring to your doctor or other healthcare professional which summarizes the American Diabetes Association’s new Consensus Report of April 18, 2019 position on the use of a low carb or ketogenic diet by clicking here.

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When We Eat – intro to circadian rhythms (short video)

This 4 minute introduction to the topic of circadian rhythms (which is the 24 hour clock on which our body runs) and about when research indicates it’s best to eat and not to eat, including intermittent fasting.

This is the 11th entry in the series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information about lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on social media after watching the video.

If you’d like to know how I can help you set up the best time for you to eat and not eat in order to achieve your health and nutrition goals, please let me know.

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!

Joy

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Living for Today (short video)

This is the 10th entry in the series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information that can be applied to almost anyone for lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

This very short video (2 1/2 minutes long) has a few thoughts on the fact that none of us are promised “tomorrow” and how living in that light can impact our lives for the better.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on social media after watching the video.

If you’d like to know how I can help you achieve your health and nutrition goals, please let me know.

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!

Joy

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Having Been an “Obese Dietitian” (short video)

This is the 9th entry in the series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information that can be applied to almost anyone for lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

This short video is a continuation of yesterday’s but also stands on its own and are reflections on a polite challenge I received over the weekend on social media as to whether I was “an obese Dietitian” or “a Dietitian with obesity”.

What is the difference? Is it just a matter of semantics?

In this talk, I explain why I have chosen to use the term “an obese Dietitian” rather than the ‘people first’ term of “a Dietitian with obesity”.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on social media after watching the video.

Note: I misspoke myself in the video. I meant to say that I used to eat 65 g of carbohydrate with protein at each meal and 45 g of carbohydrate (not protein) at each snack.

If you’d like to know how I can help you with symptoms of overweight or obesity or some of the disorders that often accompany them, please let me know.

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!

Joy

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Obesity in Remission? (short video)

This short video are some reflections about a challenge I received on social media as to whether I was “an obese Dietitian” or “A Dietitian with obesity or a Dietitian that developed obesity”. What is the difference?

What does it mean to have “obesity in remission”?

In this short video I talk about the second topic first; why it is appropriate to talk about obesity as being “in remission”. In my next video, I’ll talk about whether I “was obese” or “did I have/develop obesity”, and what the difference is.

This is the 8th entry in the series titled “Making Health a Habit” , which can be found here.

Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information that can be applied to almost anyone for lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

Feel free to leave your thoughts on social media after watching the video.

If you’d like to know how I can help you to get started eating healthier or beginning to address symptoms of obesity, or some of the disorders that often accompany it, please let me know.

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!

Joy

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Maintenance Diet versus Weight-loss Diet (short video)

Introduction: Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information that can be applied to almost anyone for lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, maintaining a healthy body weight, or building muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles, which are longer, research-focused articles.

This is the 7th entry in the new series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

Part of successfully ‘making health a habit’ has to do with transitioning over to a maintenance diet once you’ve accomplished your goals, but how?

In this short (~3 minute) video, I talk about some of the factors that need to be considered in doing that.

If you are getting to that stage in your health journey and would like some help making the transition, I can help — and if you are just setting out, I’d be glad to help you get started with a meal plan designed for you, based on your needs and goals.

If you’d like to know more about my services, you can find out under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above, and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!

 

Joy

P.S. Here is a picture of where I walk.

Como Lake, Coquitlam, British Columbia

Isn’t it beautiful and it’s minutes from my house, in the middle of an urban area! I encourage you to find a place near you to enjoy being active at. It makes it so pleasant and something to look forward to.

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Exercise or Diet Changes First? (short video)

Introduction: Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information that can be applied to almost anyone for lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, maintaining a healthy body weight, or building muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet.  Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles, which are longer, research-focused articles.

This is the 6th entry in the new series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

The idea for this short video (~4 minutes) came from a lively discussion that occurred on social media yesterday about which is more important to change first in achieving one’s health and weight loss goals; how we eat or exercise.

The person who initiated the discussion said they believed without a doubt that exercise was the more important of the two and many people contributed to what they felt was the most important from their experience and why.

In this short video I summarize what was said in that interchange, as well as my own thoughts on the subject.  

If you’d like to know how I can help you to get started eating healthier or incorporating activity into your day, please let me know.

If you’d like to know more about my services, you can find out under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above, and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!

Joy

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If Excuses Were Dollars (short video)

Introduction: Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information that can be applied to almost anyone for lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, maintaining a healthy body weight, or building muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet.  Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles, which are longer, research-focused articles.

This is the 5th entry in the new series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

In making health a habit, how we ‘talk’ to ourselves makes all the difference —especially during the first 9 – 12 weeks that it is becoming a habit. How do we make excuses?

In this short video (<4 minutes) I share my own struggles with making excuses for being active, simply because I have years of practice at making excuses.

For health to be a habit, I need to “talk” to myself differently.

If you’d like to know how I can help you to get started eating healthier or being more active, please let me know.

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!

Joy

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Both Sides of the Clinical Desk

Introduction: Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information that can be applied to almost anyone for lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, maintaining a healthy body weight, or building muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles, which are longer, research-focused articles.

This is the 4th entry in the new series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

This photo was liked 370 times on Twitter and 120 times on Facebook in less than 24 hours, which astounded me.  I think it’s because people can identify with what I looked like on the left. 

I am a Dietitian but I clearly had a “weight problem”. Despite having 2 degrees on the wall that indicate that I should have “known better” I was still obese. While the BSc from McGill in Nutritional Sciences and the MSc from UBC in Human Nutrition gave me tools that I could apply to myself to lose weight,  I found it very difficult to eat a low fat, calorie restricted diet, especially given that all I do all day is talk about food.

Not only was I obese, but I  also had Type 2 Diabetes for 8 years and my HbA1C kept gradually rising, year after year. Like many who are in the same boat, I then developed high blood pressure.

I was a mess.

I was a fat Dietitian.

Then I heard about the therapeutic use of a low carbohydrate diet from a retired physician friend and my life, and my clinical practice changed.  Not right away, of course — but the more I read in the literature about it, the more I became convinced that this was not something I could simply write off as another “fad diet”.

I began using a low carbohydrate approach with some of my clients and then when I was sick enough and tired enough of feeling ‘sick and tired’, I did for myself what I do for others. I designed a Meal Plan for myself. And the rest, as they say, is ‘history’.

The photo below was the result of a whim to wear the same camisole and crocheted top on Friday night that I wore two years ago — just to see the difference when I’d later compare the two pictures.

When I compared them, it was almost unreal.

I used to look like that and what was far worse, was that I was really metabolically sick.

I’m not any more and I think THAT I am not struck a chord with people.

That is why I think it was liked and shared so much in such a short period of time — because people could identify with the process (either because they’ve been through it themselves or because they want to).

Twitter post, April 20, 2019

The whole story of reclaiming my healthy (March 5-2017 – March 4, 2019) is under “A Dietitian’s Journey”. 

In short, I lost 55 pounds, put the symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes into remission and lowered my blood pressure. I did it without being hungry all the time and without taking medication to accomplish it. I did what I teach my clients to do and no surprise, it worked.

I made reclaiming my health a priority.

As I’ve often explained, I did it “as if my life depended on it” because it did.

Yes, I understand the process from both sides of the clinical desk — as a Dietitian and as a formerly obese person with major health issues.

I hope that by having my “fat pictures” out there from the beginning, I’ve encouraged you that I believed in advance that I was going to be successful.  I did.

And here I am.

I haven’t “arrived”.  I am simply making health a habit.

If I can help you do the same, please let me know.

To your good health!

Joy

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Is Walking ‘Real’ Exercise? (short video)

Introduction: Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information about lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

I often get asked if walking is “real” exercise, so this morning I decided to respond to that question in the 3rd entry in my new series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

In this short video I share some of the reasons I choose to walk and when, along with other options that may work better for you. I also talk about some of walking’s health benefits when it comes to those who are Type 2 Diabetic or in remission from it, and tie it into the first video in the series that was on sarcopenia.

If you’d like to know how I can help you to get started eating healthier or being more active, please let me know.

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!

Joy

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The Importance of Day 2 (short video)

Day 1 getting started eating healthy or being active again is important, but what is so significant about “Day 2”?

This is the 2nd entry in the new series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information about lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

In this short video I explain:

Research demonstrates that it takes 2-3 months (~66 days) to do something enough that it becomes a habit [1]. For some,  making something a habit is simply a matter of setting SMART Goals (as I talk about in this article) and working on them consistently until they achieve them.  For others, having the support of a professional such as myself during this formative time is what makes it possible for them to make their health a habit.  As I say in the video; whatever works!

If you’d like to know how I can help you get started eating healthy or working towards putting symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes or high blood pressure into remission, please let me know.

If you’d like to learn more about my own health recovery and weight-loss journey, you can find more than 2 year’s worth of articles and videos under “A Dietitian’s Journey”.  Even just have a look at the very first video I made March 16, 2017 which is posted here , as it is quite remarkable to compare how I look and sound in that one, with today’s.

The photo on the left is from the first video I made on March 16, 2017 when I first began my journey, and the photo on the right is from today’s video (May 16, 2019).

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

To our good health!

Joy

Reference

Lally, P. , van Jaarsveld, C. H., Potts, H. W. and Wardle, J. (2010), How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 40: 998-1009. doi:10.1002/ejsp.674

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On Eggs and Sarcopenia (short video)

Introduction: Making Health a Habit picks up where A Dietitian’s Journey left off and provides general health information about lowering insulin resistance, keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, or maintaining (or building) muscle mass, or may simply be my opinion on different matters related to a low carb or ketogenic diet. Making Health a Habit are short videos (< 5 minutes in length) or short blogs on health-related topics and are quite different than Science Made Simple articles which are longer,  research-focused articles.

This is the 1st entry in the new series titled “Making Health a Habit”, which can be found here.

It’s been a little over a month since my last video, so here is a bit of an update as well as some thoughts that I had about sarcopenia being a “thing”. I hope this provides some helpful Monday morning encouragement.

If you’d like to know how I can help you get started on your own health “journey”, please let me know.

You can learn more about my services and their costs above under the Services tab or in the Shop and if you have questions, please feel free to send me a note using the Contact Me form above and I will reply as soon as I can.

To your good health!

Joy

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