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Effortless Healing

Effortless Healing: 9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness, Shed Excess Weight, and Help Your Body Fix Itself

Dr. Mercola also promotes lifestyle: “Don’t be on a diet; rather, eat healthy”. He promises that following his “9 Simple Ways to Sidestep Illness” can help you “shed excess weight” and restore your health. The “9 Simple Ways” are obvious—and life changing if you follow them. #1: Drink Pure Water; #2: Eat Your Veggies; #3: Burn Fat for Fuel; #4: Exercise Less and Gain More Benefits; #5: Enjoy the Sun and Get Your Vitamin D; #6: Let Your Gut Flourish; #7: Clean Your Brain With Sleep; #8: …Stay Grounded; #9: Avoid 6 (so-called) “Health Foods”.

Each healing principle contains unexpected value, including specific science and lifestyle tips. We discuss numbers 3, 4, and 9. #3: “Burn Fat for Fuel”—This is the key to weight loss. By eating only within 8-10 hours each day, eg, between 10/11a and 7/8p (8-10 hours), your body fasts for 14-16 hours daily. [Note: Many American bodies are only fasting when they are sleeping. SK]

The result of Dr. M’s recommendation is a type of intermittent fasting. The majority of your calories come from veggies and healthy fats. Completely skip the high carbohydrate foods, particularly sugar and grains. Dr. M comments: “Training your body to burn fat for fuel and eating [as noted above] creates the conditions your body needs to function optimally…and ward off diseases effortlessly. This is the most powerful benefit of effortless healing.”4

#4: Exercising less for more benefits—Recent studies show that increasing the amount of time we stand each day may be more important than regular exercise. [Dr. M uses a standing desk. SK] Besides spending more time standing, high-intensity interval exercise several times each week, plus resistance training and stretching are recommended.

#9: The 6 health foods to avoid—These are whole grains, including brown rice; natural sweeteners such as agave; unfermented soy products, including soymilk and tofu; vegetable oils (except olive and coconut); most types of fish; conventional yogurt. Why? Thorough explanations are in the book.

Siri Says: I am a big fan of Joe Mercola’s website and of the wonderful work he does to ensure food quality. However, I find him to be a “my-way-or-the-highway” kind of guy with very definite opinions.

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Drop Unwanted Pounds For Good


Drop Unwanted Pounds For Good

Brain-Powered Weight Loss, Eliza Kingsford with Debora Yost

Brain-Powered Weight Loss: The 11-Step Behavior-Based Plan That Ends Overeating and Leads to Dropping Unwanted Pounds for Good

Eliza Kingsford is the Executive Director of Wellspring Weight Loss Programs and a licensed psychotherapist. Specializing in weight management, body image, food addiction, and eating disorders, she asserts that what you eat has nothing to do with what you know about weight loss, and everything to do with how you feel and think about food.

The book is a workbook. There are practices to change ingrained behaviors. The idea is to reprogram your mind around the way you think about food, such that nutrient dense whole foods become your preferred choices. Kingsford’s goal is for you to develop a “healthy obsession”.

Following her 11 steps can end overeating and eliminate unwanted pounds. I paraphrase some of them here:
Cultivate a Weight Loss Mindset (Take accountability.) Face Your Biological Truth (Most overweight people are
prone to overweight.) Find Your “Wise Mind” (Mindless eating is a key cause of overweight.)

Adopt a New Lifestyle of Healthy Eating Using 10 Nutrition Principles  “Move It Or Lose It” Set SMART Goals and Plans (Specific, Measurable,Attainable, Realistic, and Timely) Use Your Healthy Obsession and Commit to Being a Long Term Weight Controller (LTWC).

In her smart and intriguing book, Ms. Kingsford recognizes the 24/7 bombardment of both food and marketing that have created an “obesogenic” environment and acknowledges the challenge faced in overcoming that.

Siri Says: Seems to me that Ms. Kingsford’s gimmick-free plan is a measure of one’s commitment to successfully reaching and maintaining a healthy weight for a lifetime.

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Weight Loss Trends 2017

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7 New Ways To A Healthy Weight

Consumer Affairs reports that nearly 70% of Americans are either overweight or obese.1 That is 7:10 persons. In the 1950s, this number was 1:10!

1 On their website Consumer Affairs offers the 10 most reviewed diet programs. Go to

Here, I review seven new approaches by seven experts. All of them have been (or still are) in the trenches of individual coaching, and all have successfully guided hundreds and even thousands of clients to sustainable weight loss. And, all of them are promoting a healthy weight lifestyle.

The science of epigenetics, the (now-known) plasticity of the genome, reveals that our lifestyle choices, including our emotional states, all affect physical outcomes that either threaten our health and set us up for disease or create an environment conducive to our good health and longevity. From David Perlmutter, MD, in Effortless Healing by Joseph Mercola, MD

My intent is to give you sufficient information to evaluate the plans for yourself. Let/s find the perfect diet for you.
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