What Happens When Self Control Goes Out the Window?

imagesI went out to eat last week. That’s not all that out of the ordinary, I typically eat out once a week. I treat it like a “cheat meal”. It’s kind of a reward for eating “clean” the rest of the week. I am pretty strict with what I eat, so I will take a break every now and again. I think it’s fine to do every once in a while.
This week I went overboard. I over ate. I lost control, and ultimately payed the price. I was with a group of friends and we decided to get an order of nachos for an appetizer, that’s basically where I came off the rails, never being able to recover.

After I polished those off, yes I personally took care of every last bit, my meal arrived. There was a lot, and it was really good. Guess what? I ate every last crumb of it. There was a point about halfway through when I knew I should stop, but I ignored that thought and kept right on going.

I finished every last morsel of my meal. In all honesty I lost control. I could not stop myself from finishing that meal. I knew I was getting full, I knew I should stop, but I kept right on plowing ahead. Bad move.

About 10 minutes later I was FULL. My stomach hurt. I continued to hurt basically until I went to bed, which is a feeling I really hate. I even went for a walk for about 45 minutes, but that didn’t help. I was just going to have to live with what I had done.

I was certainly disappointed with myself. Why didn’t I listen to my body when it was telling me that I’d had enough? Why did I ignore the signals? Why did I lose control? Maybe there is a physiological, or psychological answer, but I don’t have either one, so I will just tell you what I learned and how I will try to prevent this kind of situation in the future.

First of all I didn’t beat myself up about what happened. I know I messed up, I accepted it, and I moved on. I will take what I can from this experience, and try to make better decisions going forward.

The first key is awareness. I am aware of my shortcomings, and things I struggle with. One thing that is for sure, that I know about myself, is that if there is food on my plate in front of me, I am more than likely going to finish it. So I will be conscious of that fact and make better decisions as a result of that. I will use portion control even before I sit down to eat. Simply put, when at home preparing my own meals I will just put less on the plate. Simple.

It’s not always so easy to do that at restaurants, so I will try to order smaller items, or ask for a smaller portion. Another thing that would probably work, but I have not done it myself yet, is to get a to go container right when the meal arrives, and put some away right off the bat. Depending on the company I am with, that may be a little “weird”, but if possible I will give it a try.
Those are a few practical, actionable things I will put in play. That’s where I will start. But really those are just dealing with the surface layer of the problem. I think it’s important to dig down a little deeper, and try to figure out why I lose self control, and what I can do about it.

Again I think it comes back to awareness. Be aware of the signals your body is telling you, and really slow down and be present to accept them. Slow down, take a few breaths. Ask yourself, “Am I really hungry for this next bite?” “Will I feel better or worse if I keep eating?” “Am I trying to make myself feel better by continuing to eat? Will that work?”

Chances are we already know the answer to those questions. It really comes down to being PRESENT, and figuring out who is making the decisions. Are you making the CONSCIOUS decision, or are you letting your GREMLIN brain drive the ship?
Obviously being aware of our shortcomings and downfalls can be applied in every area of our lives, not just when it comes to self control and food. That’s a good place to start, but look at your whole life and find some other areas where you have struggled in the past. How can you overcome those struggles? What can you do to learn from the times you have fallen short of what you expect from yourself going forward?

That’s probably the most disappointing thing for me in this situation is that I pride myself on being DISCIPLINED. I try not to let myself get out of control. I want to be the one making the decisions and driving the ship. The key is I have learned some valuable lessons, and I forgive myself. Moving on.

Also if you would be interested in how I mitigate the “damage” from overeating that one meal, send me a message, and I will give you my secrets. Only to be used on rare occasions of course!

Fascinating Interview With Naturopath Dr. Maggie Luther

About a year and a half ago I was introduced to the idea of Naturopathic medicine when I read the book The Emperor MD Has No Clothes: Everybody is Sick and I know Why by Dr. Peter Glidden. It was fascinating and eye opening. I highly recommend it to anybody that is even remotely concerned with their health and longevity(everybody!). So I read that book and sought out a Naturopathic Dr. in my area. That’s when I found Dr. Maggie Luther. She really helped me step up my nutrition and helped me work through some hormonal imbalance issues I was having. As healthy as I thought I was she helped me take my health to the next level. I have not looked back since!

Now I want to introduce her to you, and see what you think of this whole Naturopathic medicine thing. Is it just “woo woo” and “quackery”, or is it the real deal? I know what I believe, let’s see what you think.



Please take a few lines and introduce yourself.

Dr. Maggie Luther is a thought leader in the wellness field and understands that health and healing is better focused on restoring health rather than simply treating symptoms or disease, natural or otherwise. By focusing the attention on health restoration rather than symptom management, the body and mind are strengthened, and a resiliency is created. With this, health will flourish. When dealing with chronic symptoms, once health is restored, maintenance of wellness is attained through daily health promoting habits, which allow the body and mind to be able to weather the inevitable ups and downs life throws your way.


What is Naturopathic medicine, and how is it different than “conventional” medicine?

Naturopathic medicine is a the practice of natural science-based medicine including the knowledge of how the body functions including biochemistry and physiology, combined with understanding pathology and how to restore health to a system expressing a symptom. Rather than using drugs to suppress symptoms and “make them go away,” naturopathic medicine looks to restore function to each system in the body by using diet, nutrition, herbs, and natural therapies to promote health and wellness. Once health is restored, the focus is on preventative medicine, using your diet and lifestyle to keep you well.

As a Naturopath, my concern is the treatment of the whole person, rather than symptom management. The belief that we can secure our health by treating symptoms alone is a misconception.  While palliation, the reduction of symptoms by treating the symptoms themselves, helps to lessen the symptoms, it does not address the underlying cause(s) of disease. It is when we begin to uncover the root cause of a disease, and address it, that we begin to transform our health.

Why would somebody opt to see a Dr. like you, rather than a “conventional” Dr.?

Someone who is looking to heal their symptoms and prevent future disease is the type of person who would be looking to work with a naturopathic doctor. Many people who come to see me are tired of only being offered pills, or want someone to figure out why they have the symptoms or disease they have. They are also very interested in preventing disease down the road, as they see their parents or grandparents suffering and want to do everything they can to help themselves. People who come to see me are also motivated to do things such as change their diet, exercise or learn how best to take care of themselves.

What was your education like to become a Naturopath?

Dr. Maggie received a Naturopathic Medical Degree (ND) from Bastyr University; a four-year accredited Naturopathic Medical School in Seattle, WA. Dr. Maggie, also received Advanced Herbal Training from Blazing Star Herbal School, and graduated from UMASS Amherst with a B.S. in Holistic Health and Sustainable Development. From a young age Dr. Maggie has been in love with the natural world, while at the same time questioning everything having to do with making the world a healthier place. (if you want to put more about the education of a naturopath in general: http://www.naturopathic.org/medicine)

Dr. Maggie practices as a coach foremost, with her training as a Naturopath providing the base of her work with in how she helps her clients to heal. Dr. Maggie does not work like a typical doctor (or even a typical naturopathic doctor) where you come see her a visit at a time. Dr. Maggie works with those people who really want to take their health to the next level, heal chronic symptoms and/or optimize wellness through 1:1 coaching programs. Dr. Maggie recognizes that health happens on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual basis. This is why Dr. Maggie prefers to work with people who are fully committed to transforming their health.

In your opinion where does conventional medicine fall short?

Conventional medicine focuses on managing symptoms, rather than focusing on health. That is the big issue with our current healthcare system- it is a disease care system.

Where do you feel Naturopathic medicine most excels?

Naturopaths get most of their training in healthy physiology and biochemistry, which focuses more on health restoration. When disease arises, it can be from a pathological problem, but originally that pathology (unless it was infectious) started with a disturbance to the normal biochemistry and physiology. Naturopaths are trained to restore health to weakened body systems and help the body heal. The use of homeopathics, herbs, and nutrients support the body and the foundational treatment of diet and lifestyle will keep the body heal once the supplements are no longer needed.

The focus is on using your diet and lifestyle to really maintain health rather than wait until you develop a symptom. This is true preventative medicine.

Where does naturopathic medicine fall short, and “conventional” medicine excels?

MDs are awesome at differential diagnosis.

If I had an emergency, I would absolutely want a hospital.

If I were going to die from an infectious disease, I would want conventional treatment.

What would you say to somebody that thinks Naturopathic medicine is “woo woo”, or “quackery”?

Be open! I really don’t spend too much time dealing with convincing people Naturopathic medicine works. If you are open, you can see that it works.

What are some “wins” you experienced in treating patients over the years?

So many! But the win is not really mine, it is the clients. I just provide the information and the support, and the client does the healing.

Let’s see. I have a lot of success with helping people sleep better- two women who hadn’t slept in over 10 years, I kid you not, both had exceptional results in very little time.

I worked with a young Type 1 Diabetic who was super motivated to get herself healthy as she had been reading the backwards thinking of “just eat what you want and inject more insulin” (insulin is extremely inflammatory). After six months of working together she was on the lowest amount of insulin in her pump and still had some to throw out every few days, plus her HbA1c went down 3 points. Her endocrinologist of over a decade was shocked (and happy).

I help people sustainably lose weight by focusing first on diet and lifestyle and then using key supplements to support weight loss.

I have gotten countless people off of prilosec and healed digestive tracts. Always a good thing!

And I do a lot of great work with adrenal fatigue, helping people to fully recover their adrenal gland health.

Any additional thoughts you would like to let the readers know?

We are transitioning to a mindset that wants more health. If you aren’t finding the answers you need or are asking, go seek them out. You deserve the best in your health!


If any of this struck a chord with you and you want more information visit Dr. Maggie Luther’s website at http://yourwellnessexpert.com/



No Easy Journey to the Top’s Best of 2014


I picked what I think are the 10 best posts of 2014 on No Easy Journey to the Top. I hope you read everything on the site, as I think it has something of value for everyone, but if that’s not possible here is the next best thing.

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1) What is No Easy Journey to the Top all about?

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5) The quick fix is not the answer!

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What’s with all the complication when it comes to diet?

indexI was in the bookstore the other day, just wandering around seeing if anything would catch my eye. I do this from time to time, and typically something does catch my eye, and I end up leaving the store with a book or two, either for me or somebody else. As I was wandering around I came upon the DIET book section. I was taken aback by the amount of new diet books out there. It was eye opening to me.
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I try to stay on top of the latest information when it comes to health and wellness, and I know there are a fair amount of particular diets out there, but I had no idea there was THAT many. I mean there literally had to be 50 books on different diets. It was actually overwhelming to me. There were so many different diets with different names. Of course there were the popular and basically mainstream examples like: the Paleo Diet, Vegan, Vegetarian, Piscatarian, Atkins Diet, Zone Diet, etc. But then there seemed to be all kinds of “specialty” or niche diets inside those broad categories, things like: The Bulletproof Diet, The Virgin Diet, The All Day Energy Diet, raw vegan diet, etc., etc. The list went on and on.
It got me thinking, if somebody like me who has immersed themselves in learning the best practices when it comes to diet and nutrition for the past 2 years, has a Nutrition Specialist Certification, and is really passionate about this subject was a bit overwhelmed, what is the average person thinking when they see all these options? I tried to picture myself as a person coming into the store thinking to themselves, “OK, I know I need to eat healthier, but I don’t know where to start, I will get a diet book to help me out.” Then they are faced with making a choice from literally dozens of different options all proclaiming to have the answers, that their idea is the best, and what they have to say is guaranteed to work for you..
Now don’t get me wrong I have no doubt that all of the books and diets I mentioned are very well researched, and they all probably do work. These people know their stuff, and have put in the time to become experts on their particular stance. It’s not my intention to say that one diet is better or worse than the other, or that one works and one doesn’t. My point is that for the average person, that eats the standard American diet, but wants to get healthy and has no clue where to start, it kind of seemed like a paralysis by analysis situation. I could easily see somebody thinking, “Well there are too many options, I can’t decide, so I will just continue on with what I am doing. That’s what I know, that’s what I am comfortable with.”
I certainly don’t have all the answers, but let me give you a couple of guidelines to hopefully get you heading down the right path, and when you gain some confidence you can move on to pick the best diet for you. I firmly believe that there is no one size fits all diet. Everybody is different, and an optimal diet for me is going to be different than yours. But, there are a few hard and fast rules that I think apply to just about everybody.
I can tell you out of all the dozens and dozens of books I saw I did not see The Processed Food Diet, or The Drive Through Window Diet. If this is the diet you subscribe to, it may be time to re think your choices.
The one common thread that every healthy diet should have is vegetables, lots and lots of vegetables. The more the merrier, and the more variety the better. Try to eat at least one serving of vegetables at every meal. Again, more is better!
Another common theme in all healthy eating is to avoid processed and packaged food. Most things that come from a box or package are processed garbage, full of chemicals and ingredients you can’t pronounce. Try to limit these items as much as possible. Instead of choosing something that comes in a box, replace it with a vegetable!
If you are being passed your meals through a drive up window, I am willing to bet that they are not very healthy for you. Try to limit these situations. I understand you are busy, you are on the road, you have errands to run, kids to shuttle around, the list is endless. I get it. A little planning goes a long way. Plan ahead. If you need to cook every meal for the whole week at one time, on one day do it. The fridge and freezer are excellent places to store pre cooked meals, use them!
The last item I will address is food quality. Go for quality over quantity. Buy your produce at the local farm or farmers market. Find a local butcher in your town. Find a place to get eggs from pastured chickens. You don’t have to shop at Whole Foods or buy everything organic (if you can though that is great), but I do think it’s important to source most of your food locally. It is much healthier, has less environmental impact, and is better for your local economy.
I hope these few guidelines are easy for you to implement into your daily life. There is a lot more to be said about diet, but if you implement these things, you will be well on your way to improving your health. If you have any questions or would like more information please don’t hesitate to contact me at any of the following:
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Oh, by the way, I walked out of the bookstore with the book Ready To Run by Kelly Starret, I can’t wait to dig into it!

Are you looking for the quick fix? I hope not!

happy new year wallpaper 2015 for facebookNew Year’s is right around the corner, and it’s time to think about our goals for the coming year. I’m not a huge fan of the whole, “New year, new me” thing, but I am a big fan of using New Year’s as a time to reflect on last year, and look ahead to the new year and think about what we want to accomplish. I think it’s a great idea to have some big picture goals, “Where am I going?. What do I want to accomplish? What am I working towards on the daily?” There are basically four main areas that these goals probably have to do with: health, wealth, love and happiness. What Tai Lopez refers to as pursuit of the good life.
So, let’s say we have a few goals laid out that we want to work towards this year. It could be getting back in shape, improving your diet, starting a new business, or improving a relationship. I think it’s a good idea to have something to shoot for, something in your mind that you want to accomplish. I don’t think it’s a good idea to become so focused on the OUTCOME of this goal, that you forget about the most important part of the whole thing. The most important thing when working towards achieving anything in life is enjoying the process, embracing the journey. That’s where you will find the real satisfaction.
Click Here to get your FREE gift!Let’s use weight loss as an easy example that most of us can relate to. OK, so you want to lose 25 lbs. That’s great, an admirable goal. There are a bunch of ways to achieve it. You could go on a crash diet and starve yourself, and probably drop the weight very quickly. YAY you lost 25 lbs!! But, doing it the crash diet way, what have you really accomplished? Are you any healthier than you were before? Have you changed any of your lifestyle habits to be able to maintain the weight loss? No, not really. Unfortunately even though the goal was reached, overall we have to say that was a fail. Looking at achieving that same goal another way, let’s see if there is a difference. Instead of going the crash diet route, you say, “I am going to change my diet and lifestyle slowly step by step to achieve my health and weight loss goals.” So you start walking for 30 minutes every other day. You start incorporating one new vegetable into your diet every week. You slowly week by week cut out all the junk foods and snacks you typically munch on. You embrace the PROCESS. Yes, it takes much longer to lose the weight, but in the long run you are much better off. You have sustain-ably changed your lifestyle to maintain your goal weight. Goals can be helpful to get the ball rolling to achieve what you want. However there has to be something more than just the goal. You need to identify what you want to do, and more importantly HOW you are going to do it. It’s good to throw in the why as well, but that is a topic for another day. What are the steps you need to take to get where you want to go? Identify the steps, and take them one at a time. Don’t rush it, again ENJOY the process. That’s what it’s all about. Back to our weight loss goal example. If you hate doing all the things you have to do to lose the weight, you are just doing it to reach that number on the scale, what happens when you do get to the arbitrary number? You hit the number that you want on the scale and say, “Boy, that sucked, good thing that’s over!” Guess what happens, you go right back to doing all the things that led to the weight gain in the first place. Then next year we are right back where we started having the same conversation, “New year, new me blah blah blah.” Don’t let that be you. Enjoy the process. Embrace the journey. Take it one step at a time. Cliches? Yeah probably, but if you actually do it that way, it works! You can apply this concept to achieving any goal that you want. All you have to do is think through the best and most sustainable way to get where you want to go. Don’t take the easy road, the quick fix way. Take the long way, the windy back road. Sure, they can both get you where you need to go, but which one is more enjoyable? Which one will actually allow you to maintain the changes you want to make? The answer is pretty obvious. What do you have to say about his? What are you going to work on in the new year? What are the steps you need to take to get there?