Natalie Mitlyansky, DC, ND, MD

Real Food and Nonfood

We already talk about different approach to dieting and weight loss, that just reducing calories and exercising enough will not be successful, it will give you temporary results and will not address the most important aspect of weight loss- your nutrition and metabolism. You have to learn what your bad eating habits are and change them to the new, healthy ones.
Eat for Quality !
Your body needs nourishment from real nutrient-rich food, not over-processed nonfoods that low or devoid in nutrients. Overweight usually means under-nutrition, a body craves nutrients. Even popping multi-vitamin a day will not give you all spectrum of nutrients, only whole food supplements and real nutritious foods will give your body adequate amount of nutrition. Real foods and whole foods supplements contain complexes that act as synergists - they enhance action of each other, you can not get this from nonfoods, isolates from real foods or synthetic supplements.
Real skinny foods are full of nutrients and satisfy you better, keeping you full longer.
Fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, beans, eggs, lean meats and poultry, fish, nuts and seeds, certified raw milk products benefit weight loss, weight maintenance and good health.
Natural unrefined oils, natural fats are important for healthy weight loss. Omega-3 fatty acids, coconut oil, conjugated linoleic acid ( in whole milk products) have been shown to aid in weight loss, general metabolism, blood sugar metabolism.
For example, people who eat eggs for breakfast lost twice as much weight as people started their day with bagels. Eggs contain valuable nutrients- vitamin A, E, lecitin, protein, eggs increase satiety, decrease hunger, do not adversely effect cardio-vascular system. Bagels are made from chemically treated, depleted in nutrients, chemically laden flour.
The big problem is that we like the food we have used to eat, but we can retrain our taste buds! Your genes may indicate how much proteins, carbohydrates, fats you need but they do not dictate what you like or dislike. You learned to enjoy foods and nonfoods, so you can re-learn! For example, sweet tooth may be curbed by eating fruit-people drawn to candy, ice-cream, pastries also find fruit appealing. Eating more fruits and gradually weaning off refined sugar nonfoods will solve the problem.
Fresh fruit juices are loaded with nutrients, but they have a lot of sugar, so it is better to dilute it with water, vegetable juices are better since they are lower in sugar. Bottled and canned juices should be avoided since they are depleted in nutrients and acid forming and tin can inner coating contains BPA- which is toxic.
Eating more raw foods (vegetables, fruits, raw milk products, nuts, seeds) can results in dramatic improvements in weight and health. Try to start each meal with fresh fruit, vegetable salad or soup. Eating breakfast will help you to be lean, while skipping breakfast associated with weight gain.
Real foods not only satisfy your appetite, but also will change your biochemistry. Nutrient rich foods were found to change the composition of fat cells in overweight and obese people. Fat cells have remarkable adaptability and communication with other cells in the body. When they change their composition due to change from nonfood to real food, they change metabolism in other cells in the body which result in weight loss and normalizing of metabolism, which in term will lead to normalizing of blood sugar metabolism, decreasing markers for inflammation and stress.
Your goal should be not just weight loss, but enjoying real nutritious food and health promotion. It is really life long lifestyle developing. And since we all are different, individual approach –individual programs will give the best results. Such program will take into consideration your genetic makeup- your DNA and all recommendation that will be made after genetic testing. Health promotion includes right nutritious food, elimination foods that are offenders for you due to allergy or intolerance, testing for food allergy (ALCAT test) and treatment of identified food, environmental allergies, prevention of specific illnesses that you have genetic predisposition for, stress management, right exercises and adequate amount of sleep that your genetic makeup is demanding.

Dr. Natalie