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Many things can impact our hormones and things can get a little out of wack if we have a lot of stress, don’t get enough sleep, then drink more caffeine than we need, maybe fighting a cold or flu, and then perhaps some bad food choices because that is easier than cooking and junk food gets rid of stress, right?? Or does eating crap cause stress?  Then mood and productivity go out the window and we feel overwhelmed so then we nap and then can’t sleep at night.  How do we get it all back on track? For the most part it boils down to how we are impacting our hormones.  Hormones affect how we function and how we feel……how we feel affects our mood and energy, which then affects our lifestyle choices that affect our hormone production.  It is all a cycle and we have to choose a place…

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lose weight eat less

What kind of diet works best? Low fat diet? Low carb diet? Do total calories matter? The most popular theory right now is that carbs increase weight gain because carbs stimulate insulin, which is a hormone that causes our liver to convert carbs into fat, so reducing carbs will help you lose weight. But, there are populations of people that eat high carb diets and are still lean and not over weight, example, Japanese populations eat a lot of rice, which is a refined carbohydrate, it is high on the glycemic index, yet these populations are not over weight. Likewise, there are populations that eat high fat diets that are lean as well. People lose weight on low carb AND low fat diets.  Why? Because they are eating overall fewer calories AND they are cutting out the worst foods that are high in calories, low in nutrients, and highly rewarding….which are foods…

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bowl of sugar

Sugar binds to dopamine and serotonin receptors in your brain making you feel temporarily good because these same neurotransmitters are involved in mood regulation. If you consume sugar every day, your dopamine and serotonin receptors will down regulate, and this can lead to cravings, getting ‘hangry’/ irritable, low mental energy, decreased ability to concentrate, and low mood….not to mention the effects on your waistline. Research shows that people that consume more refined sugar and flour like bread, baked goods, pizza crust, and pasta (that digest easily and quickly into sugar) are significantly more often diagnosed with depression. People that remove sugar from their diet and eat whole foods often get rid of depression symptoms….exercise has proven to be very valuable as well. One way to mitigate this response is to consume protein or healthy fat with the sugar, such as adding a spoonful of peanut or almond butter to your…

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