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Still waiting for the calorie count on the menu?

on May 04, 2016, at 10:48 a.m.
Were you looking forward to having calories per serving in your face everywhere you buy your ready-to-eat food? Did you want to know the calories in your popcorn at the movies or the calories in the sandwich you purchase at your supermarket deli counter? How about the calories for food …

What really makes us healthy?

on May 03, 2016, at 11:28 a.m.
Are you confused by all of the seemingly conflicted nutritional advice out there? I know I am, and I’m a doctor. I actively seek out nutritional information and for the most part feel like I am well informed. Yet I still question my food choices. Both what I chose to …

Fighting fluctuating weight disease

on May 03, 2016, at 6:49 a.m.
Some people have fluctuating body weight and it’s okay. Their weight goes up and down based on the season of the year, or maybe in anticipation of life events. Whatever the reason, the weight fluctuations are a matter of, “I need to lose weight for (fill in the blank.) Once …

5 things you must give up to weigh less

on May 01, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
Here are the things you need to give up to weigh less and to weigh less and stay weighing less.  1. All fattening foods! If you continue to eat fattening foods you’ll never lose weight. What are the foods that are fattening? That depends on you. You’re the one who …

I was a selfish mom

on April 29, 2016, at 7:13 a.m.
I was a selfish mother and I have no regret and certainly no guilt about it. Practically everything I did as a mother was because it was what I wanted or needed. When my girls were growing up I gave them no say about how they would spend their summers. …

How to lose weight when you’re lazy

on April 27, 2016, at 2:41 p.m.
If you’re overweight, lazy and lacking self-discipline and you want to lose weight, this is for you! Some people will never lose weight because they let limiting beliefs stop them from recognizing their awesome inner resources. Instead they believe they’re lazy and undisciplined. I won’t argue with how you see yourself, …

5 things you should know about your body fat

on April 22, 2016, at 5:56 a.m.
Here are 5 things you should know about your fat. They are actual and fatual … er… factual! 1. The fat on your body is good and it needs to be there. Body fat isn’t put on your body to make you ugly, disgust people who think that body fat …

What your scale doesn’t know

on April 19, 2016, at 4:53 p.m.
Your scale doesn’t know much, but that may not stop you when it comes to letting it be the sole judge of well you’re doing with your weight-related goals. We step on the scale waiting for it to render its judgement. Are we a success or a failure? After a second …

Get thin quick! 3 Weight loss shortcuts!

on April 16, 2016, at 6:45 a.m.
Losing weight feels good. Losing weight faster feels better. I don’t endorse crazy crash diets that put your health at risk. Most of them don’t even perform the way they’re supposed to anyway. On the other hand, I enthusiastically promote shortcuts proven to speed up the weight loss progress that …

Need support through your medication-assisted treatment? There’s a group for you

on April 15, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
Its basic purpose is to provide a place where people can support each other, embrace recovery and reduce the stigma of participating in medication-assisted recovery.

Weight loss fact and fallacy

on April 15, 2016, at 7:21 a.m.
What’s a weight loss fact? What’s a weight loss fallacy? Why is it so hard to tell what are facts and what are fallacies? This blog will separate the facts from the fallacies. FACT: Calories count. Yes! They count and it all comes down to reducing calories to fewer than a …

We failed patients by prescribing too many opiates. Here’s how we’re changing

on April 11, 2016, at 2:24 p.m.
Maine prescribes the equivalent of 60 opioid pain pills for every man, woman and child in the state every year.

1/2 pound weekly loss is too slow!

on April 10, 2016, at 2:23 p.m.
When you really, really, really want to lose weight, losing just a 1/2 pound a week is too slow! What’s worse than busting your butt to lose weight and seeing a measly half pound loss on the scale? You try even harder the next week, eating less and exercising even …

Feast/Fast! Is that a healthy way to lose weight?

on April 08, 2016, at 10:10 a.m.
Feasting/fasting as a weight loss strategy is in the news. People are sharing their success following a weight loss plan that calls for fasting two days of the week and feasting the other five. That’s the simple principle the 5:2 Diet plan embraces. It’s been proven to work and before …

How do I lose weight when I gotta be eating all day?

on April 05, 2016, at 2:45 p.m.
A lot of us eat a lot more than we realize. I’m not talking about portion distortion or putting great, big servings of food on our plates and thinking it’s a reasonable helping. I’m talking about eating throughout the day without paying attention to how often or how much we’re …

Clutter causes weight gain

on April 04, 2016, at 10:17 a.m.
Clutter causes weight gain! If you don’t believe me, try uncluttering your environment to see how it affects your weight. Clutter contributes to weight gain or makes weight loss difficult by making it hard to eat well. Clutter tends to make us eat more heavily processed foods. These foods typically …

What are the two vegetables that keep older women overweight?

on April 03, 2016, at 12:05 p.m.
I would like to know what two vegetables I need to stop eating to lose weight! I’m 62. By all accounts, I am no longer a “young” or even “middle aged” woman. I’m not ready to call myself “senior” but I think the word “old” certainly applies. That’s okay. I …

Anybody can be too smart to be fat

on April 01, 2016, at 2:18 p.m.
I’m too smart to be fat. I’m not saying this in a boastful way and I certainly am not saying people who are overweight are not smart. I’m saying I used my smarts to overcome my weight struggles. You can do that too. I realized that losing weight was a matter …

Do you ever push yourself?

on April 01, 2016, at 12:33 p.m.
What did you do last weekend? I spent the whole weekend at a Masters swim meet. Sounds super fun doesn’t it. NOT. I almost didn’t go, but my husband was going to be away, and I figured instead of a weekend at home, my daughter and I could take a …

What I’ve learned over the last three months about addiction

on March 30, 2016, at 3:32 p.m.
For the past three months, I have been reading and learning, researching and asking questions, and trying to better understand the opiate epidemic. Remember when heroin was associated mainly with celebrities? Now it’s as common as any other standard painkiller. I started out as a true layman to this issue, …