Today Dr. Justin and I discuss Calorie counting. This is something that many of our patients do before they come work with us. It's generally not needed but so many people do it because this is the conventional model of thinking when it comes to getting healthy and/or losing weight.
If you are using a whole-foods approach to your nutrition, a lot of things will fall into place, which can include the amount of calories that you are consuming. Many times, obsessing, counting and even weighing your food can be a mistake, since it will stress you out and cause you to lose enjoyment for food.
When food becomes something that is a threat to your health or your weight, we need to change course on the mode of thinking you are in.
Many times, ketogenic diets are something that our patients have experimented with. Whether it is cyclic ketogenic diets where you may go low-carb for a few days, followed by a period of adding more carbs back in, or if it is something that you stick with long term, this dietary approach can be a miracle, but for the right person at the right time.
We discuss that if you have adrenal fatigue, you may not be a good candidate for a ketogenic approach for the time being. After you heal the adrenal dysfunction, it can be something to incorporate later for weight loss, cognitive function and more.
Lastly, we discuss a story about a new patient that paid a large sum of money to a naturopathic doctor that told her to eat peppers for the nutrients in them, even though she has Hashimotos Thyroiditis, an autoimmune thyroid condition.
Since we know that nightshades can be a problem for autoimmune disease, I don't ever advise this for my patients, and I told her that it may be a good idea to reevaluate this relationship with the practitioner. The last thing I want is for someone to keep working with someone if they are not comfortable with the advice that their practitioner is giving them.
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