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February 2008 Newsletter
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It's finally here - The new Better Health Better Life Weight Loss Plan by Dr. Steelman!

Thoughts from Dr. Steelman

 

 

 

 


2 + 2 = 5?

Did you know that if you are under a lot of stress, that your body actually produces hormones that may promote weight gain? How does that work?

There is a so-called “stress hormone” called cortisol that is released into your system along with the hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine that act as a “fight or flight” response to situations that your body perceives as a threat – or situations of high stress. Once that “threat” is gone, the epinephrine and norepinephrine levels go back down to normal while the cortisol actually remains elevated over a much longer period of time. And if you suffer from chronic or long-term stress, then cortisol levels remain high too. This works great if you are a caveman, but not so great in today’s modern lifestyle! 

So why do you care about cortisol and why don’t you want high levels remaining in your system for extended periods of time?  One of the functions of cortisol is to act as an agent to get energy released in your body. In the short term, it stimulates fat and carbohydrate metabolism for fast energy AND it stimulates insulin release which affects your blood sugar levels. As noted before, a rise in blood sugar levels increases appetite and decreases your body’s fat burning abilities. So, eventually, increased cortisol levels in your body due to poorly managed stress or chronic stress may stimulate the appetite and cause additional weight gain or difficulty in losing unwanted pounds.

In addition to the possible weight gain, cortisol can also affect where you gain the weight. Studies have shown that stress and increased cortisol levels tend to cause you to deposit the fat into the abdominal area rather than the hip area, which has been strongly correlated with the development of cardiovascular disease including heart attacks and strokes, depressed immune function, accelerated aging and stomach ulcers.

 Stress Reduction is Essential

Clearly, if one is to reduce cortisol levels in your body for an extended period of time, then managing the stress in your life is critical for success. Being the human beings that we are, everyone has to find their own method of stress reduction techniques that work best for them.  Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Recognize the causes of stress in your life.
  1. Engage in some activities that help reduce daily stress. For instance, meditation, physical activity, attitude and outlook changes, learning how to say "NO."
  1. Rest! Rest is essential for the body to normalize itself. Deliberately choose to get the amount of rest you need.
  1. Low glycemic diets are important. Leaving out the excess carbohydrates and maintaining the protein in your diet will help stabilize the blood sugar to avoid the development of high insulin levels and ultimately diabetes.
  1. Nutritional supplementation can be an important addition to helping restore normal cortisol levels. High quality B6 and essential minerals along with magnesium can help tremendously (both Active 8 and B-Active are excellent pharmaceutical-grade supplements you can take). While cortisol plus insulin magnifies the weight gain problem (2+2=5), the diet and supplements we use in the Better Health Better Life Diet Plan are designed to help keep both cortisol and  insulin levels lower.

And remember, you’re always worth it!!


This Month's Question for the Doctor:

Question: Is the new weight loss plan safe for diabetics?

Answer from Dr. Steelman: Absolutely, in fact it could greatly help those with diabetes. However, diabetic patients should follow this program only under the close supervision of their physician. Those who are being treated with insulin or other medications could experience a drop in blood sugar (hypoglycemia) while on this program. It is often necessary to reduce the dosage of diabetes medications during the course of the program.

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The Active 8 diet plan has worked for me when everything else failed.  I lost 22 pounds in 6 weeks and have continually lost on a weekly basis.  It’s easy to follow, and there are so many food choices that it is easy to stay on track. The support system that is in place is awesome and Dr. Steelman is always quick to answer any questions you many have about the plan.  I use the diet plan in conjunction with Active 8 and B Active and have never felt better.  I have more stamina and energy then I have had in a long time.  Accountability is key in a weight loss program and the weekly calls are something I look forward to.  I am on the road to a brand new me thanks to the Active 8 diet plan. -D. Guidry, OKC

diet humor

 

 

 

 

A Touch o' Humor to Brighten Your Day

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recipe of the month
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wow - Heart Smart & Tastes Good Too!

Creme Caramel

Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 4-1/2 hrs
Makes: 8 servings

1 cup sugar
1-3/4 cups fat-free (skim) milk
1 cup fat-free cholesterol-free egg product or 8 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups fresh raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or sliced strawberries

1. Heat oven to 325F. Heat 1/2 cup of the sugar in medium nonstick skillet over medium heat 7 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently with wooden spoon, until sugar is melted and a light caramel color (mixture will be very hot and could melt a plastic spoon). Immediately pour sugar mixture into round pan, 8x1 1/2 inches; tilt pan to coat bottom. Place on wire rack to cool.
2. Mix
remaining 1/2 cup sugar, milk, egg product, salt and vanilla in large bowl. Pour mixture over sugar mixture in pan. Place in rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches. Pour very hot water into rectangular pan to within 1/2 inch of top of round pan.
3. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Remove round pan from pan of water. Cover; refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, about 3 hours or overnight. To unmold, run knife around edge of custard to loosen; invert onto serving platter. Top with fruit.

Nutrient information: 1/8 slice = 1 serving. Calories 150; Total fat 0g; Carbohydrates 32 g, Protein  5 g, Sodium 160 mg, Cholesterol 0 g per serving.
Courtesy of Bettycrocker.com, Copyright 2008

 


 

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