Losing Weight Without the Keto Diet

Losing Weight Without the Keto Diet

Hello Everyone, welcome to Regnerate You™!

On this episode, I am speaking with Jenn Trepeck who is an Optimal Health Coach, Podcaster and Business Consultant who is the Founder of Better Life Now LLC. As a Health Coach, Jenn’s experience in health is one in which I find great similarities with, because she uses science to explain why the body does what it dose. And when it comes to weight loss, we all want to know more. So on today’s episode we dive into why Keto isn’t the ideal form of weight loss and what is actually going on with the body when it’s storing fat.

Jenn also explains her tips for ideal eating habits to balancing out hunger hormones with an easy “motto” to help you remember what to always include in your diet!

Jenn Trepeck

To find out more about Jenn:
Facebook: @JenniferTrepeck
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Twitter: @JThappyhealthy
LinkedIn: @JenniferTrepeck

If you’re looking for additional advice, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

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And remember, when you regenerate, there’s a new you every day!

Using Nutrition to Balance Hormones

Using Nutrition to Balance Hormones

Welcome to Regenerate You™, I’m Dr. Nirvana!

On today’s episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Megan Olson, a certified Nutritionist, of Skinny Fitalicious LLC. She helps women over 35 lost weight and keep it off. Megan’s approach to nutrition is not like most others in her field, because it’s specific to bringing balance to your hormones, through nutrition.

For a FREE consultation with Megan, click here & visit her website for oodles of nutritional bites which you can also find on her Podcast!

megan olson

If you’re looking for additional advice on balancing your hormones naturally, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

And remember, when you regenerate, there’s a new you every day!

Getting Rid of Your Belly Fat, Naturally

Getting Rid of Your Belly Fat, Naturally

Welcome to Regenerate You, I’m Dr. Nirvana!

Where fat ends up is influenced by several factors, including heredity and hormones. ​Calories matter, but hormones matter more. In particular, reducing your belly fat involves the reset of the belly fat ​hormones which I’ll be discussing during this episode. I’ll share my basic strategies that you can implement to burn the fat around your abdomen, naturally!​​​ 

If you’re looking for additional advice, feel free to visit my blog here. You can also stay connected with me on my Facebook page @DrNirvanaHeals or on my Instagram @DrNirvana.

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And remember, when you regenerate, there’s a new you every day!

Why Diets Just Don’t Work

Why Diets Just Don’t Work

why diets don't work

Almost daily I’m asked, “what’s the best way to lose weight?” Most often my patients see random messages or one-liners that speak to one small piece of the weight loss puzzle, and they are intrigued, but more often, they’re confused.

The hardest part is that there is no short answer. It’s complicated.

So I thought I’d try and shed some light on this timeless question as to the best way to lose weight.
To start, our bodies are wired to push us off any diet or restriction – and, even though we tend to think this is a horrible thing, or something we need to overcome and conquer, it’s actually a good thing. Our resistance to dieting is a biological advantage for survival. But that inherent protection against dieting is why dieting is so hard, and leaves us so obsessed with weight and counting calories. It’s also why we get so hungry. It’s why we can’t stop thinking about food. It’s why we binge. And why we almost always gain the weight back. We are simply programmed in this way.
Dieting, the way I see it, puts us in a state of obsession with food. Food obsession is a real thing nowadays and seems to be getting worse. As a society, we definitely feel obsessed when we are restricted in any way. Even just mentally restricted. Dieting makes us fixated on food and this because of a chemical reaction in our brain and in our body. Dieting and restricting make us act obsessed to all types of food. It feels real and it is, but it is just the state we are in when the body is screaming to be fed.
When you are chronically worried about food, it raises your free radicals, insulin, and blood pressure which all damage your brain cells.  Your body naturally has a checks and balances system to make sure you don’t go too far in one direction.  When you’re stressed your catecholamines rise releasing serotonin and GABA to counteract it.  If you’re constantly under stress and releasing serotonin and GABA, you’ll eventually desensitize to them and they’ll become depleted.  This leaves the catecholamines to run rampant.  Excess amounts of catecholamines in your system leads to depression, anxiety, and insomnia.  Which means your feel-good hormones get depleted, circling back to the feelings of anxiety, depression and obsession!

STOPPING THE OBSESSION

If you feel that you’re obsessed with food, it’s because your body is trying to communicate with you and begging you for help. Please listen. When you do, you’ll be able to stop your battle with dieting for good and any obsession that you created to go along with it.

Let’s do this together, I’m here to help you to start listening (and healing) your body.

(some material sourced from caroline dooner)

Regenerative Health Program™

Regenerative Health Program™

The Regenerative Health Program™

I’m so glad you’re here.

By allowing me to help you, you are about to end your battle with fatigue, lack of confidence, a constant state of discomfort, mood swings, painful periods and a simple lack luster for life.

How can my Regenerative Health Program™ help you? Let’s discuss how I will reprogram every cell of your body, to come back to life.

The Next  Big Thing

in Holistic Medicine

Navigating your own health is similar to starting a new recipe without knowing how to cookYou have an idea of what ingredients to use, but have no idea how to put it all together.

This is where I come in…

I found the Regenerative Health Program™ to help teach you how to renew every cell of your body

Reprogram Your Health

To Reinvent Your Life

Discover the Real You

By regenerating your health struggles, into your ideal self

Regenerate

 

I’m dedicated in helping you have a firm grasp on understanding why your health turned upside down, while supporting your decisions to choose whichever path you prefer in the healing process.

 

 

Reinventing Your Health

I’m guiding you

step by step…

On which ingredients to buy and how to put the recipe together. I take your entire picture, along with your labs, to to paint a clear picture of how you got to where you are, what to do to fix it, and what’s coming down the pipeline if you don’t act now.

I’m always standing

by your side

My job is to teach you how to care for your body so well that you know exactly what to do when things get a little off balance.

Plan a Visit

If you’re suffering from symptoms of imbalance, hair loss, chronic fatigue, PMS, hypothyroidism, adrenal dysfunction, fibroids, endometriosis and have seen everyone and tried everything, I can offer you solutions on your healing journey that will help you to get your life back. A full life of fun, happiness and ease. It’s time to end your needless suffering.

Burning Fat the Natural Way

Burning Fat the Natural Way

Natural Solutions to Burning Fat

Fat may seem like the enemy of civilized people—especially sedentary ones. Yet we cannot live without it. Fat plays a key role in the structure and flexibility of cell membranes, and it helps regulate the movement of substances through those membranes. Special types of fat, known as eicosanoids, send hormone-like signals that exert control over many bodily systems, mostly those affecting inflammation or immune function.

Of course, the best-known function of fat is as an energy reserve. Fat has more than twice the energy-storage capacity of carbohydrate (9 calories per gram vs. 4 calories per gram). It has been estimated that lean adult men store about 131,000 calories in fat (Horowitz & Klein 2000), enough energy to keep the average person alive for about 65 days.

For fitness enthusiasts, the prime concern arises when the body’s fat-storage function works too well, hoarding unwanted fat that makes people unhealthy and self-conscious about their appearance. However, understanding how fat travels through the body can help to reduce excess body fat and improve athletic performance overall.

The Journey of a Fat to Muscle

Fat resides primarily in designated fat-storage cells called adipocytes. Most adipocytes are just under the skin and in regions surrounding and protecting vital organs. Nearly all fat in adipocytes exists in the form of triglycerides. Each triglyceride consists of a backbone (glycerol) with three fatty-acid tails. I like to use the image of stick with 3 tadpoles attached.

Depending on energy supply and demand, adipocytes can either store fat from the blood or release fat back to the blood. After we eat, when the energy supply is high, the hormone insulin keeps fatty acids inside the fat cells. After a few hours of fasting or during exercise, insulin levels tend to drop, while levels of other hormones—such as adrenalin (also knows as epinephrine) increase.

When epinephrine binds to adipocytes, triglyceride stores go through a process called fat breakdown, which separates fatty acids from their glycerol backbone. After this, fatty acids and glycerol can leave the fat cells and enter the blood.

Fatty Acids in the Blood

Because fat does not easily dissolve in water, it needs a carrier protein to keep it evenly suspended in the water-based environment of the blood. The primary protein carrier for fat in the blood is albumin. One albumin protein can carry multiple fatty acids through the blood to muscle cells via the capillaries that surround the muscle.

Two Fates of Fat Inside Muscle

Once fat is inside the muscle, a molecule called coenzyme A (CoA) is added to the fatty acids. CoA is a transport protein that maintains the inward flow of fatty acids entering the muscle and prepares the fatty acid for one of two fates:

  1. Oxidation (in which electrons are removed from a molecule) to produce energy or
  2. Storage within the muscle or organs

Most of us prefer step one. However the body ultimately makes it’s decision based upon a person’s current state of health and diet.

How Much Fat Do We Need

The human body actually needs to have a certain percentage of body fat for it to be able to function properly. For women, 14 percent body fat seems to be the low end of healthy and for men that number can be as low as eight percent. When body fat drops lower than 14 percent for women and eight percent for men, health risks increase, including everything from reproductive dysfunction (such as amenorrhea in women), chronic dehydration, sarcopenia (loss of muscle tissue), osteoporosis (loss of bone density), and potentially even organ and nerve damage.

The Best Way to Burn Fat with Exercise

Doing what is commonly known as cardio or aerobic exercise (walking, biking, jogging) is good for you because it reduces heart disease risk, but it’s not the best choice if your focus is to burn the body fat. 

You may think of weight, strength, or resistance training as simply a way to build muscle mass, but weight-bearing exercises have also been found to burn abdominal fat more effectively than cardio exercise.

In just two 15-20 minute heavy lifting sessions per week you can have positive effects on your resting metabolic rate, your blood pressure, and insulin sensitivity. Which all adds up to being a better way to keep that body fat weight off.

Balancing Insulin to Burn Fat

Insulin resistance occurs when insulin is released by the pancreas, but your body doesn’t use it properly causing blood sugar levels to stay high instead of going down into the normal range. This can occur if you are consistently stressed, lacking sleep, eating processed foods and drinking too much alcohol.

An imbalance in insulin and glucose levels can be easily managed with diet and lifestyle changes. Here are some thing that you can begin to do (or check) to resolve insulin resistance:

Check your Cortisol 

Stress during can cause steroid sex hormones, such as estrogen, to be metabolized into cortisol. Increased cortisol levels stimulate sugar to be released into your bloodstream, increasing insulin and ultimately thwarting your efforts to lose weight. 

Address your Adrenals

Some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • relentless and debilitating fatigue
  • depressed mood
  • irritability
  • loss of interest in life
  • low energy
  • an inability to carry out your normal day-to-day activities

Make sure that your adrenals are nourished by feeding them with healthy Himalayan or Celtic sea salt. Sodium supports adrenal function. And, despite what you have probably heard about sodium intake, most people do not get enough sodium in their diet. It’s easy to become sodium-deficient, especially if you exercise or are under stress. When you are sodium-deficient your cortisol and insulin levels will be out of whack, and your muscles can become stiff. (Sodium relaxes soft tissue.) Try adding a good Himalayan salt to your food (not regular table salt.) You can also put 1/4 tsp of sea salt in warm water first thing in the morning. 

Skip Alcohol

Alcohol is sugar. Drinking alcohol regularly causes insulin resistance and weight gain. In addition, alcohol is processed through the liver.  When your liver is busy breaking down alcohol, it can’t process hormones, creating further imbalances in estrogen and cortisol and converting the excess glucose it stores to fat. Remember fat cells are loaded with glucose receptors so they crave more sugar. If you do have the occasional drink, take fiber to help stabilize your blood sugar and slow down the absorption of alcohol.

Quick Solutions to Weight Loss

If you find that you just need a boost to kick start your weight loss, consider HCG. The HCG weight loss program is a simple-to-follow, highly effective way to lose a significant amount of weight in a relatively short period to time, without slowing down the metabolism, experiencing unwanted hunger, or regaining the weight back afterwards.

If you are concerned that your weight loss goals are being hindered by an imbalance of your thyroid, insulin (or that you may be approaching menopause) please contact me to schedule an appointment. A simple urine test can help to stabilize your hormones for weight loss success. I’m here to help you achieve your weight loss goals, for good!