Diets Don’t Work

First, I don’t ever advocate dieting . Diets don’t work and the only way to “lose weight” is to get healthy and make a lifestyle change. I agree that our society is ridiculous with such social emphasis on thin, unhealthy weights and starvation based lifestyles. Kids see role models that are bone thin and completely malnourished! That puts a ton of pressure on adolescents. It’s not realistic and obviously not working as we see obesity and diabetes rates rising at astronomical rates.

I really try to focus on emphasizing the importance of nourishing the body with vitamins, mineral, and essential nutrients to ensure good health.  I don’t really believe in the PALEO diet because it is a fad diet and in all actuality – it isn’t an authentic diet. There no way that we could actually eat as our paleolithic ancestors did.  We simply don’t have the same habitat/environment. Todays’s berries, vegetables and seeds are nothing like the ones bought in grocery stores today. It is simply just a different environment and time period.

That being said, the PALEO diet does focus on No processed foods!!!!—- which is a huge improvement from what most Americans are eating today. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and organic, grass-fed lean meats is amazing for the body. It can only be sustainable though if it is implemented in small steps. I usually try to get patients to first adopt the idea that what they eat significantly impacts their health. I try to get them off of soda, packaged foods ,and sugars first. Then we start to implement changes that compatible with their lifestyle, work schedules, and individual tastes.

I will have patients first watch some of the newer documentaries like “Hungry For Change” and “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” which are entertaining films that really hit home regarding the idea that “you are what you eat”. In Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, Joe Cross literally cures himself of the disease “chronic urticaria” by changing his diet.

Of course —everyone should consult with their doctor before making any changes. Certain diet changes really should be tailored to specific disease states, medicines and lifestyles. I believe your doctor should be your partner and should work with you in tailoring lifestyle changes.  I have seen amazing results in patients that have been willing to make some changes.  They get off of medications, feel better, lose weight, and enjoy life more!

Personally, my life is busy and it is really hard to sustain a healthy eating pattern. I work full-time and have daughters that keep me running. We like to spend Sundays juicing fruits and veggies and making meals for the week. It is the only way we can stay on track and it is good bonding time (YES-I do give them allowance for helping #BRIBE). We still eat junk sometimes and my kids certainly don’t always eat like me. But, I can hope that they are at least becoming more aware of their food choices. We do like to get outdoors and hike on weekends and sit down and watch movies together. Yes we even occasionally eat popcorn and sno-caps which are both UBER unhealthy!!! It’s all relative!!!

I love my practice because I love to see people change!!  I relish in seeing their lives improve and taking control of their own health.  It is the most rewarding profession that I can imagine myself doing.  If one person is helped by what I have to offer–it is worth it!IMG_0238

Posted on by Angela in Body, Diet, Nutrition, Weight Loss 10 Comments

10 Responses to Diets Don’t Work

  1. kimberly

    Well im confused as hell. I thought the paleo was a great start. Its helped me. I hope all this isnt coming,from that patient of,ten years backing,you down???!!!

     
    • Angela

      No–I still like paleo –I just want to point out that I’m not encouraging dieting–its a lifestyle change

       
  2. Sandy Doell

    I’ve been meaning to say this for a while now, and this blog is the perfect opportunity.

    You are the best doctor I have ever had. When I was looking for a doctor eight years ago, I was ready for a change. And I was sick.
    I had been having one infection right after another for a couple of years. A UTI followed by bronchitis and then a month later, something else. If there was a cold, a virus, a flu going around, I got it. If I wasn’t sick, I was tired, worn out, fatigued.
    I knew something basic was wrong, and I knew that treating each illness as a separate occurrence wasn’t enough.

    As fate would have it, my old doctor was retiring, and I needed to find a new one. I hoped to fine one who would treat me as a whole person. Frankly, I had nothing to go on. I picked you because you were a woman and your office was close to my home.

    The first thing you did, Dr. Herniksen, was blood tests. No, the blood tests were second. First you got to know me, sat down and asked me about my life, found out that I was super stressed from caring for my elderly mother. While you went to write some lab orders and prescriptions, you had me watch a video, Fat Sick, and Nearly Dead. Before I got home from the lab, your nurse Kathy called to tell me that I had an underactive thyroid gland and she was calling in a prescription for some thyroid replacement therapy. She assured me that although it might take some time to get the dosage right, that there was a cure for what was wrong with me. A few days later, she called again to say that more results had come in and I had low vitamin D levels and needed to start taking vitamin D.
    Over the next few months, I started to feel better. It was slow improvement, but you got to the base, the fundamental, thing that was wrong with me.
    Over the next few years, there have been ups and downs but steady improvement in my health, and it is all thanks to you. You had me watch some videos, read some books, even get counseling in how to nourish my body. Gradually, with your guidance and advice, I made some changes.
    With all the crazy diets and Internet trends and nightly news announcements about what we should and should not eat, you are just a steady hand, a patient, encouraging voice, leading the way.

    You told me when you first mentioned some of the changes in eating habits you wanted me to consider that you were trying to do yourself out of a job.

    The changes have been gradual. But today I am a different person. I have made changes, and those changes have made me feel better. My health has improved. With each change, from stopping my McDonald’s habit to dropping diet Coke and drinking more water, to adding more fresh fruit and vegetables, to seeking out organic and fresh, and avoiding hfcs, and so many other little changes I have made, my health, my attitude, my mood…everything about me has improved.

    And guess what? Since I started seeing you, my health has improved 100%. The last time I had to make an appointment because I had an infection was almost a year ago. We did have to adjust my thyroid meds several months ago, and you asked me to try a gluten-free diet at the time. That has made all the difference in the world! Gluten-free and adding probiotics is healing my gut, and that is making everything work better.

    I think you are on the cutting edge of medicine, and I trust you absolutely. You’re like a combination of old fashioned physician and homeopathic practitioner. What you are doing works, and I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say you saved my life. I’m a believer!

     
    • Angela

      Awe–that did make my day!! So glad to have such wonderful patients like you!!!

       
  3. Cheryl Wilson

    Hi. Dr. Deanna Minich of Food and Spirit.com is sponsoring another detox program Mar 2 through April 10. There is a 1 week prep, 3 week detox, 2 week maintenance program. The cost is $177 and you can bring a friend for free. I was wondering if you are interested in the detox and would want to split the cost. If so, you can find information about the program at foodand spirit.com, click Events, and then 21 day Detox. There are webinars, menus, private supported face book pages, etc. I did it last time and found it informative and helpful. I think there were people from every continent of the World talking of the Facebook page. I will be happy to register for us or can supply my information and money if you prefer to register; however the timeline until it starts is short as it starts March 2nd. Cheryl Wilson

     
  4. Cheryl Wilson

    Hi. Dr. Deanna Minich of Food and Spirit.com is sponsoring another detox program Mar 2 through April 10. There is a 1 week prep, 3 week detox, 2 week maintenance program. The cost is $177 and you can bring a friend for free. I was wondering if you are interested in the detox and would want to split the cost. If so, you can find information about the program at foodandspirit.com, click Events, and then 21 day Detox. There are webinars, menus, private supported face book pages, etc. I did it last time and found it informative and helpful. I think there were people from every continent of the World talking of the Facebook page. I will be happy to register for us or can supply my information and money if you prefer to register; however the timeline until it starts is short as it starts March 2nd. Cheryl Wilson

     
    • Angela

      Hey Cheryl –sorry it took me so long to get back with you. I think I’m just too busy right now to give that my full attention –I am still interested if future things come up–Let me know how it goes if you decided to do it.

       
  5. Cheryl Wilson

    I am participating and will let you know how it goes. Her last one was very well done and this one appears to be also well organized so far. She is working not only with food toxicity but also stress, emotions, exercise, etc.

     
  6. Sharon

    I first started to investigate paleo last spring… Have you checked out Russ Crandall? I have to say I felt really good and had a lot of energy when I was trying to eat that way… I also tried to limit my dairy a lot during that time. Definitely made a difference!

     
    • Angela

      Yes –I have heard his story! Very inspiring! There is no doubt that it can help. I know that I see a huge difference when I a compliant versus when I fall off the wagon! It’s a journey, but well worth it in my opinion

       

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