Food Cravings

There has been a lot of research on how to end a food craving. I thought I’d share a few ideas with you. Apparently, women (even those not pregnant) have a higher percentage of cravings than men. Also younger people have a more of a sweet tooth than older folks. Yet another advantage to moving toward the top of the hill.

Once upon a time, research leaned toward the premise that food cravings translated into a nutrient deficiency. So a craving for meat meant one needed protein. Chocolate cravings meant a shortage of magnesium. But those theories have been tossed aside.

Now, the thinking is that food cravings are the result of complex social, psychological and environmental issues. In fact, many cultures and languages have no word for ‘craving.’ It seems to be rampant in USA.

Here are some tips on resisting the craving:

* identify the taste. sometimes imagining the taste will satisfy the urge.
* take a seep sniff of a strong scented item like jasmine or peppermint to distract the senses
* exercise for a quick jolt of endorphins
* eat a small- that’s small – portion in the middle of a meal or immediately after a meal.

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Weight Management

Many of my patients want to lose weight. It is not just about food.
First, you need to find out why you are over-weight. Is it lack of movement, over-eating, portion control, unhealthy food choices?

Once you make a decision to get to a healthy weight and to maintain it; you will discovery patterns about your behavior that need encouraging or changing.

One of the best boosts I have found is the ‘greens’ product of ItWorks. It gives me my daily servings of veggies and fruits and an energy boost. I drink a small glass of water each morning with two scoops of ‘greens.’ The difference I feel is palpable!
Check it out on my site ‘www.gailf.itworks.com
Find the healthy ‘you’.

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Hair Loss

Many of my patients are becoming ‘impatient’ with hair loss.There are many reasons for hair loss – hormonal, chemical, genetics, cardiovascular disease and stress. Some of the treatments today will prevent further loss; but, do not regenerate new hair follicles.

There is research being conducted looking at regeneration of follicles resulting in new hair growth. Two targets of research are stem cells and vitamin D. Research is growing stem cells and turning them into hair follicles. Vitamin D is being studied to reawaken ‘sleeping’ hair follicles. Neither method is ready for market yet. But, what research has shown is that vitamin D is essential in maintaining healthy hair. While it cannot regrow hair loss, it can help prevent further loss.

Vitamin D is found in some foods. We get most of our vitamin D from exposure to sunshine. There are severe problems of overdosing with vitamin D; however, so if you are not deficient do not take supplements.

The next time you get a physical exam ask to have your vitamin D level checked. If it is low, the provider will let you know what amount to take. It could save you some hair!

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Back to School

It’s been awhile since I had to get my children ready for school. I remember the rush to buy supplies and shoes that fit. One tradition that we always stuck to was getting a physical before school started. That practice has proven to keep my children going for their preventative health checks now that they are young adults.

One of my brothers and his wife had six kids. Every summer she would anxiously plan all the activities she would do once fall came and they all went back to school. Her kids are grown now and she has teenaged grandchildren. But still, every fall, she starts some new project.

What is your ‘back to school’ tradition? I hope is will serve to keep you and your family healthy and engaged in life.

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2839 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 751-4702
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