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Don’t skip breakfast!

Don’ skip breakfast – it will not help you lose weight! Studies show that eating breakfast helps weight loss and is associated with better weight control. An ongoing study of people who have maintained weight loss of at least 30 pounds for more than a year shows that eating breakfast keeps people slimmer (National Weight Control Registry). Breakfast eaters tend to eat fewer calories, less saturated fat and cholesterol and have better overall nutritional status than breakfast skippers.

What is the link between eating breakfast and weight loss?

When you skip breakfast, your metabolic rate slows down and your blood sugar drops. As a result, you become hungry and have less energy. This sets you up to impulsively snack in the morning — often on high-fat sweets — or to eat extra servings or bigger portions at lunch or dinner. When you eat breakfast, your body feels nourished and satisfied, making you less likely to overeat the rest of the day.  Protein foods take longer to digest and will provide sustained energy and keep you feeling full longer.

UltraMeal Protein shakes for breakfast – best choice for weight loss

UltraMeal contains 15 grams of protein and has dietary fiber.

“No time for breakfast” is no excuse

Time is at a premium for most of us. Nevertheless, it pays to make time for what may be the most important meal of the day.

Making a shake takes about 2-3 minutes. I use 2 scoops of UltraMeal powder, added to a glass of water. I use a Latte stirrer that makes it smooth without  lumps or clumps. Other nutritious choices to get your day off to a good start:

  • 2 scoops of UltraMeal with soy or almond milk
  • Add fruit or yogurt to your taste 
  • Add peanut butter to your taste

If you can’t make a shake, try an UltraMeal bar. They are convenient and satisfy your hunger in a pinch.

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Soy Isoflavones reduce cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, blood pressure and endothelial function

Supplementation with soy isoflavones could improve blood vessel endothelial cell function and reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors, according to a new study in the journal Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases. Isoflavones supplementation has a valuable benefit on endothelial function.

“…exposure to soy isoflavones can modestly, but significantly, improve endothelial function” reported the researchers.

Soy foods have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, with recent evidence suggesting that isoflavones could reduce other cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, such as blood pressure and endothelial function.

Endothelial dysfunction signifies the early stages of heart disease and is a predictive marker for long-term CVD and mortality.

Flow-mediated dilation (FMD) of the brachial artery is used as an assessment tool for endothelial function. Impaired FMD response is a CVD risk factor and can precede clinically symptomatic CVD by many years.

The significant improvement in FMD observed in response to isolated isoflavone exposure is within the range deemed clinically relevant, “thereby indicating that exposure to isoflavone supplements may beneficially influence vascular health,” added the authors.

Researchers stated the key mechanism behind endothelial dysfunction involves the impaired release of nitric oxide (NO), causing blood vessels to constrict. Increased availability of isoflavone is suggested to increase NO production.

Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases Published online ahead of print

UltraMeal Plus 360 provides soy isoflavones to provide nutritional support for the management of metabolic syndrome & CVD. Check out the multiple flavor options @

What do I think of carbo loading?

When I was in chiropractic college the trend was ‘carbo loading’ before an important race or physical event. Now the days of restricting carbs then bingeing on pasta are over. I recommend a steady diet of  carbs the week prior to a big race event. Glycogen—what a carbohydrate turns into in the body—fuels your muscles. I still think protein is the most important cast of characters; I don’t let carbs take center stage. However, my usual recommendation of 100-150 grams of carbs daily becomes three to five grams of carbs per day for each pound of your body weight (about 500 grams for a 150-pound marathoner) during the week before the event. I’m not just talking about  pasta and rice. Check out my organic food list, and enjoy quality yogurt, fruit,  and even chocolate milk for great carb sources. My favorite recommendation is the UltraMeal shakes from Metagenics. These shakes are a balance of carbs & protein. UltraMeal has great flavors and tastes like a treat once you know how to make a delicious shake.


I have Atherosclerosis – what supplements should I take?

The best  answer is to improve your overall diet & provide supportive supplements. High amounts of glucose cross-bind with protein molecules in the vascular system resulting in plaque formation. Therefore, the diet needs to be low in simple sugars, but high in complex carbohydrates such as vegetables.  A Paleo-Mediterranean approach with high fiber is one approach I have seen work. You have to trust that the latest research continues to shown that a low glycemic diet is more effective than a low fat diet. 

The supportive supplements from Metagenics would include:

Wellness Essentials™ formula — 2 packets daily.  These include the key vitamins & minerals and essential fatty acids.

Cardiogenics Intensive Care — 2 tablets twice daily between meals. Cardiogenics Intensive Care is a comprehensive heart muscle support formula that features extracts of hawthorn and arjuna with a history of traditional use supporting the heart, possibly by helping to maintain blood vessel dilation and healthy blood pressure already within the normal range. Complementing these herbs is a blend of amino acids and minerals—including magnesium, potassium, and calcium—that play important roles in heart muscle function.

E-Complex 1:1 — 2-4 softgels daily with meals. E-Complex-1:1 is a unique, natural vitamin E supplement that features a 1:1 ratio of alpha- to gamma-tocopherol; this ratio more closely resembles the tocopherol profile found naturally in vitamin E-rich plants.

EPA/DHA 720 2 softgels 2-3 times daily with meals. Studies indicate that omega-3 fatty acids (EPA-DHA) may protect against decreases in cerebral blood flow and cerebral edema in the presence of an acute carotid occlusion. ltraMeal® Plus 360° — 2 scoops twice daily.  UltraMeal® Plus 360° is a medical food formulated to provide specialized, multi-mechanistic nutritional support for patients with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease by supplying a combination of acacia extract, reduced iso-alpha acids (RIAA), plant sterols, and heart-healthy soy protein and isoflavones. UltraMeal is used in treating obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. 

High Concentrate EPA-DHA Liquid™ 1 tsp. twice daily. High Concentrate EPA-DHA Liquid provides at least 2,800 mg per serving of EPA, DHA, and other puritycertified, omega-3 essential fatty acids in triglyceride form.

Mag Glycinate™ –  2 tablets twice daily with meals.

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A consistent exercise program will need to be incorporated into your life.


“I need to lose weight, about 50 pounds”

This person told me he’s addicted to fast food, carbs, and hates to exercise. He’s on statins for high cholesterol; he’s tried different methods of drugs for weight loss. His question is ” What supplements can I take & what will help me get started again?”

Answer: First off, I recommend you start a walking program. Build up to 30 minutes 5 days a week. There is no  pill to substitute for exercise. It’s not so much about burning extra calories, you need to reboot your hormones. We need to shift your metabolism and get your  body to burn fat. After 3 weeks of walking and creating a foundation of exercise time, you’ll need to increase the intensity of the exercise.  

I guess you figured out that over-the-counter fat-blockers and prescription diet drugs were not the answer to your weigh loss goals.

The answer to your question is no secret. Fill your meals & snacks with HEALTHY food that tastes good to you. Read some of my posts about food choices. I hardly ever recommend counting calories, but maybe for you it is a good choice. Generally speaking, for one pound of fat loss per week  to occur, you need to decrease your calories by 500 per day or have a 3,500 calorie deficit per week. For some people it’s as easy as getting rid of a bagel with cream cheese, a soda, or a muffin a day. Plus add in the walking calories and you are on target. By having a Body Composition Analysis test done in the office, I can tell you the amount of calories you can consume per day, plus the amount of protein you need to consume. 

The total caloric intake for a burger, fries, soda and iced coffee add up to 1,250! That’s just one meal. This is why making healthy food choices assures us that you’ll lose weight. Avoid boxed and processed foods because these are loaded with trans fats and artificial chemicals. 

The statins you take to control cholesterol, are they making your muscles sore? If you get muscle soreness and have stopped moving around because you ache (lack of COQ10) we need to deal with that issue too.  Statins also can slow down production of your sex hormones. That could lead to erectile dysfunction and will make you depressed in a hurry. Depressed people seek food for comfort.

You are going to need a personalized program to hit that 50 pound goal. I act as an ‘accountablity partner’  for my clients. I’ll help you, or get someone else to support you. Make sure your hormones are balanced – especially check thyroid. Hypothyroidism is an extremely common cause for weight gain and it’s easy to correct with meds or natural alternatives. When balanced, excess weight comes off, the cravings ease up, and your fat-burning potential increases. One hormone that often needs reducing is insulin. It spikes after you eat fast food. Chronically elevated insulin has been linked to Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes. It comes down when you eat more vegetables which ‘feed’ your body rather than just filling it up with empty calories. 

Ask your doctor to measure your thyroid,  sex hormones and DHEA hormone levels. If they’re low you may need thyroid therapy, (estrogen for women) testosterone, or DHEA cream or supplements. DHEA helps balance a stress hormone called cortisol which is associated with belly fat.

I recommend taking UltraMeal Plus medical food shakes. UltraMeal Plus ( is a medical food formulated with a proprietary soy protein and plant sterol blend to nutritionally support the management of conditions associated with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. Make sure you have a shake every morning and another in the afternoon as meal replacements or snacks.

Start with these recommendations and get back to me.


Eat Fat To Lose Fat?

This continues to be a big topic. I am all about helping clients reduce body fat, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and dementia. It’s true, daily consumption of saturated fats (like coconut oil) can help reduce abdominal fat which helps reduce your risk of these other diseases.

I recommend a whey protein powder by Metagenics called UltraMeal Plus 360 as a shake in the morning. I also recommend Meta Lipoate 300. I always tell clients that they have to stay on this program for at least for 12 weeks (daily shakes of UltraMeal Plus 360). Follow a balanced, low-carb diet with increased protein and fiber intake, start exercising with a 20-30 minute walk each day and I know changes will take place.

Bad LDL cholesterol and good HDL cholesterol levels improve,
body mass index improves, waistlines look better.

Don’t be skeptical about saturated fat!

What I am seeing is that people who eat the most saturated fat, the most cholesterol and the most protein calories weigh the least. I get my clients more physically active and they have the ideal serum cholesterol levels.

Animal fats are not bad for you. They boost your energy and your immunity. They help your body build stronger and more resilient cells. They contain chemicals that help your brain stay focused, and even contain concentrated levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol.

Let’s discuss your specific needs!


BP Drops when Sugary Drinks Are Reduced

Cutting down on sugar-sweetened soft drinks was associated with a drop in blood pressure, researchers found. In a cohort of U.S. adults, those who reduced daily intake of the beverages saw a significant drop in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

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Many clients with High Blood Pressure are helped by eating a low-glycemic-index dietary food plan and exercise program while incorporating medical foods and nutritional supplements. A low glycemic diet is more effective than a low fat diet in treating obesity, insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.

The specific medical food I use is called UltraMeal® Plus 360 — 2 scoops twice daily
UltraMeal Plus 360 is a medical food formulated to provide specialized, multi-mechanistic
nutritional support for patients with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease by supplying a combination of acacia extract, reduced iso-alpha acids (RIAA), plant sterols, and heart-healthy soy protein and isoflavones.

EPA-DHA Extra Strength® — 2 to 4 softgels twice daily. This is a concentrated and stabilized purity-certified, Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Nano Cell Q10— 1-2 tablespoons daily. Nano Cell Q10 is all natural coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) manufactured to achieve exquisite quality, purity, and bioavailability. COQ10 depletion is well documented in animal and human studies with detrimental cardiac consequences in both animal models and human trials. Deficiency is also implicated in increased incidence of cataracts, neoplasia, peripheral neuropathies, and some psychiatric disturbances.
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