Wags + Weight Loss Episode 21: Changes to Body and Mind from a Plant Based Diet

Micha’s most recent before and after!

“Please eat more fruits and vegetables!” – Eric O’Grey

Have you fully embraced the whole-food-plant-based lifestyle like Abbie and Micha? How has your body changed since you began eating more fruits and vegetables? Abbie and Micha discuss how their bodies and mindsets have changed with their coach Eric O’Grey in this new episode of Wags & Weight Loss. They will also be talking about health differences between types of fruits and vegetables. Just click the play button to hear all about it!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

• Abbie and Micha’s weekly weight loss results.
• How Abbie and Micha’s body sizes have changed.
• What are the differences between fresh fruit and dried fruit?
• When to use Larabars and other snacks when traveling and away from home.
• The teams summer plans.

 

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 20: Staying Healthy While Traveling

Micha celebrates 32 pounds lost on her whole food plant based no oil diet!

“Even if I NEVER lost another pound, I’m NEVER going back to my previous lifestyle.” – Micha

In this week’s episode, Abbie and Micha discuss their up-and-down progress and struggles, especially the challenges of staying on a whole food plant based no oil diet while traveling. Abbie has just returned from recent travels to Japan and Singapore, and Micha plans an upcoming road trip to visit her family. Join us to learn how to eat healthy while on the road.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Why starving lowers your metabolism and yields negative weight loss results.
  • Vegan go-to meals when traveling.
  • The enigma of visually apparent weight loss and smaller sizes, but not necessarily on the scales.
  • The importance of a food journal.
  • The goal: at least 3 meals daily of small, satisfying portions.
  • Abbie’s international travels and the challenge of vegan eating in Singapore and Japan.
  • Meal prep tips to minimize meal preparation time.
  • Letting go of your “food emotions.”
  • “The best ramen I’ve ever had!”
  • What it takes to provide fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
  • America’s “food terrorism.”
  • Why a naturopathic doctor may be better than a medical doctor for nutrition advice.

 

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 19: Healthy Plant Based Food Versus Vegan Junk Food

Micha enjoying delicious vegan food with a friend

Whether you’re eating for flavor, emotional, or psychological reasons, plant based nutrition offers a healthier alternative to the standard American diet. Tune into this week’s episode of Wags and Weight Loss for a fun and informative conversation with Micha and Eric talking about the many benefits of a whole food, plant based, no oil diet.

“How do you know you won’t like it if you haven’t tried it?” – Eric

What you’ll hear in this week’s episode:

  • Healthy eating in Asian countries.
  • Traveling while vegan.
  • Micha’s weight loss results.
  • Challenges of being Vegan.
  • All about white rice vs. Brown rice.
  • Using a pressure cooker.
  • Fine tuning habits to maximize results.
  • Approximating ingredients versus using exact measurements.
  • Consuming enough calories on a daily basis.
  • Junk food vegans versus healthy vegans.
  • Personal health reasons to be vegan.
  • Aches and pains.
  • Going vegan on a trail basis to start.
  • The perils of emotional eating.
  • Breaking through barriers to achieve your goals.

Resources:

https://www.myfitnesspal.com

 

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 18: Weight Loss Begins in Your Kitchen

Micha’s new summer look!

“Try to eat consistently” – Eric

Most us would rather eat than exercise, while sitting in admiration of those attaining the goals we wish we could achieve. What many people fail to realize is how possible it is to achieve the results you want without extreme exercise, and it all starts in your kitchen. Join Abbie and Micha in their journey to achieve their goal of weight loss in real situations, by eating a whole food plant based diet.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Reasons for gaining weight.
  • The importance of preparing your own meals to control what goes into your body.
  • Staying consistent in your nutrition and exercise program.
  • Drinking water and over-hydration.
  • Getting back on track after a bad week.
  • The importance of warming up versus stretching.
  • Stretching versus dynamic stretching.
  • Cooking and the benefits of having a good cooking space.
  • Using spices & the importance of healthy eating.
  • Substituting ingredients.
  • Being honest about real situations and set backs.

Recommended resources:

Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports, by Dr. Tim Noakes, M.D.

 

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 17: Eating Healthy While On the Road

Pippen dreaming about Micha coming home.

“Food isn’t necessarily food anymore.” – Eric O’Grey

Do you travel on business and have limited food choices from catering and restaurants? Are you provided with vegan food choices? Most likely, not. Listen to this episode for a great discussion about how to eat as healthy as possible when on the road, what questions to ask your server, and what to avoid.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Abbie and Micha’s weigh loss results.
  • The challenges of being on a plant based diet while traveling.
  • How asking questions helped Abbie find healthy food on her recent road trip.
  • Things to carry while traveling to help from getting hungry when you can’t find food you can eat.

 

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 16: Guest Podcast with Melody Chen of Love and Second Chances Rescue

“No one said it would be easy, they only said it would be worth it.” – Melody Chen

Are you thinking about adopting a dog? Do you live in the East Bay Area of Northern California? Have you considered the advantages of adopting an older dog? If you are unsure or need more information about where to adopt a dog, or what type of dog to adopt, you must listen to this new episode with Melody Chen from Love and Second Chances dog shelter! This is a super fun and informative episode, and is all about dogs and pet shelters!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Meet Melody Chen and learn all about Love and Second Chances pet rescue!
  • Love and Second Chances is where Micha adopted Pippen, and she raves about the experience.
  • Why it is important to donate to local dog shelters-because they save lives in your community!
  • Why volunteers are needed at local shelters.
  • Learn about the day in the life of a shelter and shelter workers.
  • The importance of matching the right person to the right dog.
  • The advantages of having an open mind when looking for an adoptable dog.
  • The positives of adopting adult dogs.
  • Why puppies are cute for a reason.
  • Eric’s matchmaking experience when he adopted Peety.
  • Micha’s awesome weight loss results for the previous week.
  • The benefits of being able to cook your own food.

Resources:

Love & Second Chances (website)

Love & Second Chances (Facebook)

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 15: Avoiding Processed Oil During Weight Loss

Making home made vegetable broth from vegetable scraps

“It’s the tiny changes we make that add up and make a difference.” – Eric O’Grey

What is the effect of consuming processed oil, including adding oil to your cooking, on weight loss efforts? What can cutting processed oil out of your diet entirely do for you? Today, Eric will elaborate on the effects of consuming oils and how staying away from them can improve your weight loss results. So listen in to this new episode of Wags and Weight Loss learn how you can become the best version of yourself!
What you’ll hear in this episode:
  • Abbie and Micha’s weight loss results (hint: they were awesome!)
  • The effect of processed oil on your body.
  • How many calories are in one tablespoon of oil?
  • Is oil healthy for you?
  • Is olive oil processed?
  • Types of fats that are good for you and help your body.
  • Foods that you should avoid when you want to lose weight.
  • How many nuts you should consume in one day?
  • How to make your own vegetable broth from plant scraps (see recipe below)
  • How to use vegetable broth rather than oil in stove top cooking to steam fry or liquid saute (see recipe below)
Resources:

I am frequently asked whether processed oils, especially olive oil and coconut oil, should be part of a healthy diet. My answer is always no, and people often challenge my response with citations to blog posts and specious Internet information stating the opposite. As I discuss in this podcast episode, I’m not necessarily saying that olive oil and coconut oil are unhealthy per se, and I sometimes consume them myself as part of a restaurant meal when I have no option to exclude oils from my meal. But it is simply a matter of common sense, and the laws of thermodynamics, that you should attempt to strictly avoid all processed oils while trying to lose weight. Why? Because 1 tbsp of olive oil is 120 calories (kcal). One pound of body fat equals about 3500 calories. If you consume one extra tbsp of oil per day beyond your metabolic needs, that adds up to one pound of weight gained per month, or 12 pounds per year, or 120 pounds in a decade. And who uses just one tbsp of olive oil in cooking? Most people use 2 or 3 tbsp in stovetop cooking. By strictly avoiding oil, as a matter of physics, you will lose weight faster than if you add oil to your cooking. But how do you cook without oil? I find it easy, healthier, more nutritious, and more flavorful than cooking with oil. Please follow these instructions to liquid saute (also referred to as steam frying) with vegetable broth instead of oil.

Recycle all vegetable tops, peels, and expiring produce to make broth rather than throw these scraps in the garbage or disposer. Keep a gallon size bag in the freezer and fill it with the vegetable ends and peels you generate while preparing meals. When the bag is full, dump it into your pressure cooker, add 8 cups of water, and salt to taste. I also add a piece of kombu to my vegetable broth for additional nutrients and a hint of ocean flavor. Set the manual timer on your pressure cooker for 10 minutes, then use the quick pressure release when the timer beeps. If you don’t have a pressure cooker, just simmer in a large pot for an hour. Strain solids from your liquid when done. Refrigerate unused vegetable broth and use within one week or freeze. I refrigerate vegetable broth in squirt bottles in my refrigerator for easy use in cooking.

To liquid saute (steam fry), begin by squirting several tbsp of vegetable broth into a heated pan. As it begins to bubble, add your food and saute exactly as you would with oil. As your broth evaporates, replenish by squirting in more. When a brown film forms on the bottom of your pan, deglaze the pan with additional broth and a flat wooden spatula to add additional color, flavor and nutrients from the broth to your food.

I normally do not cite to blog posts and this is definitely not an endorsement of any programs or services, but this rebuttal about the health benefits of olive oil and using it in cooking is well written and referenced: The Truth About Olive Oil

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 14: Increase Metabolism and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes with a Plant Based Diet

Eric’s morning smoothie ingredients.

“Your metabolism increases on a whole food plant based diet.” – Eric

Last week Micha went on a vegan based retreat (Eric refers to it as a “tree hugging seminar”). The food at Micha’s retreat was all plant based, but she had no control over what she was served, and it was prepared with a lot of oils. Consequently, Micha gained weight this week, but in true Micha fashion, she is not allowing this temporary setback to discourage her and looks at it as a learning opportunity. Micha is anxious to get back on track this week.

Abbie had great weight loss results this week, and really enhances this session with her questions. Abbie has some friends with diabetes. As she was telling them about her whole food plant based diet, they expressed concern regarding the high percentage of carbohydrates in her diet and how that might affect their diabetes. While she didn’t know how to answer, Eric explains generally accepted current medical science regarding type 2 diabetes and how he reversed his completely by abstaining from animal products entirely and switching to the same whole food, plant based, no oil nutrition lifestyle advocated in this podcast series. Also discussed is why it is important to entirely abstain from added oils during your weight loss transition, to maximize your weight loss results and your health.

This is one of our most information packed episodes to date, with easy to understand medical and scientific references posted below the main points discussed. Also provided below is Eric’s complete morning smoothie recipe, which is intended to maximize your vitality by providing all or most of your recommended daily vitamins and minerals from whole plant sources.

What You Will Hear:

  • The importance of not using any oils in your cooking – period.
  • The differences between a vegan diet and a healthy vegan diet.
  • The importance of daily exercise of at least walking for half an hour twice each day – and the difference between walking and “steps”.
  • Diabetes and the whole food plant based diet.
  • Do I gain more if I eat at night? Truth or myth?
  • Eric’s awesome morning smoothie recipe.

 

 

Resources discussed:

Why a whole food plant based diet is the best method for reversing type 2 diabetes: please watch these interested and informative 5 minute videos by Dr. Michael Greger of nutritionfacts.org:

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/what-causes-insulin-resistance/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/diabetes-as-a-disease-of-fat-toxicity/

https://nutritionfacts.org/video/plant-based-diets-for-diabetes/

The science and common sense behind why a whole food plant based diet will increase your metabolism: from my previous blog post, with resources:

Avoiding the weight loss whiplash – my rebuttal to the New York Times

oxo good grips (the airtight food containers shown in the featured photo above that Eric uses in his pantry)

Eric’s Maximum Nutrition Morning Smoothie Recipe

10-15 minutes prep / Serves 2

I prepare my smoothies with nutrition most important and taste secondary. Use a high speed blender for best and fastest results. With a standard blender, you will need to add ingredients one at a time and keep the mixture thin. Add water as needed to achieve your desired consistency.

PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW CAREFULLY. I’M NOT SUGGESTING THAT YOU ADD ALL THE INGREDIENTS BELOW – NOR WOULD THAT BE POSSIBLE. INSTEAD, I’M SPECIFYING THAT YOU CHOOSE BETWEEN THE DIFFERENT POSSIBLE INGREDIENTS LISTED.

Fruits: My usual smoothie includes ONE of the fruit combinations below.  I try to use fruits that are organic and available fresh from a local farmers market or supermarket, or frozen in large bulk quantities from a warehouse club.

Tropical: 1 banana, 1/4 fresh pineapple, 1 fresh mango

Berry: 1 cup cherries, 1 cup strawberries, 1 cup blueberries

Kiwi Banana: 2 bananas, 4 kiwis (skin on)

Banana Strawberry: 2 bananas, 2 cups strawberries

Blueberry Pear: 2 cups blueberries, 2 pears

Apple Grape: 2 apples, 2 cups red/purple or blue/black grapes

Vegetables: The vegetables listed below are relatively taste neutral when fresh and raw, meaning that you are unlikely to taste them when mixed with fruit. I use 2-3 of the veggies in my smoothies in the amounts listed:

1 leaf of kale

1 cup of spinach

1 cup dandelion greens

1 cup beet greens

1 cup sprouts

2 carrots

1 leaf collard greens

1 cup arugula

1/2 cup red cabbage

Other ingredients: I include each ingredient below in my morning smoothie. In addition to the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients provided by each ingredient, other purported health benefits are listed in parenthesis.  For more detail about the health benefits of each ingredient, enter the ingredient name in the search box on nutritionfacts.org and watch the short video associated with the term.

2 tbsp raw cacao powder (energy and physical stamina – note, this is not cocoa powder)

1 tbsp raw walnuts (omega-3s and numerous other health benefits)

6 raw almonds (various health benefits)

1 Brazil nuts (selenium)

1 tbsp dried goji berries (antioxidants)

2 tbsp flax seeds (omega-3s and cancer fighting lignans)

1 tbsp spearmint or peppermint flakes (enhanced oxygen delivery and athletic performance)

1 tbsp maca powder (libido enhancement)

1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (weight loss and other health benefits)

1 tsp chia seeds (omega-3s and cancer fighting lignans)

1/2 inch fresh ginger root (anti-inflammatory and other health benefits)

1/2 tsp turmeric (anti-inflammatory and many other health benefits

1/4 tsp black pepper (enhanced bioavailability of nutrients)

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (weight loss)

Just add ingredients to your high speed blender, puree and enjoy!

 

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 13: Jaye’s 74 Pound Success – a Weight Loss Love Story

Jaye’s before and after photos

“When you’re happy, you can do anything.” – Jaye

DISCLAIMERS:

Jaye’s “before” photo above is from 2016, and shows how she looked at 197 pounds when we got back together in September 2016 after being apart for 40 years. Jaye’s “after” photo above was taken on 4/21/17 with a Canon 50 mm lens set to f/1.6 and ISO 200. Jaye is 123 pounds in her “after” photo. Neither image is “photoshopped,” although the outdoors lighting in the “before” photo is rather severe and the “after” picture is taken with softer, professional lighting. Jaye applied her own makeup in the “after” photo.

Jaye did not receive ANY plastic surgery or dermatology services during her transition (or at any other point in her life). To be clear, the results shown in Jaye’s “after” photo does not involve any type of plastic surgery, Botox, fillers, liposuction, dermabrasion, potions, ointments or anything similar.

While Jaye’s results are stunning, most people will not and should not expect to achieve such dramatic results, especially within such a short time frame. Her results are perhaps the best I’ve ever seen, including my own. Jaye’s results are based on completely adhering to a whole food, plant based, no-oil diet (and mostly organic) for the entire eight month period of her transition. Her exercise during her transition was limited to walking my dog Jake for a half an hour before meals, twice each day, with light resistance training 2 or 3 days per week for 30 to 45 minutes during the last few months of her transition. Jaye lives with her mentor and coach (me, Eric), and received daily guidance, encouragement, nutrition education, and cooking lessons every day during her transition. Jaye has high discipline and did not “cheat” or “backslide” on her diet (not once). I attribute her dramatic skin improvements and weight loss to our diet, especially to our twice daily smoothies, which are high in phytonutrients and fiber (especially from sprouts and other vegetables), anti-oxidants (from fruits, and especially berries), and to foods rich in beta-carotene (especially carrots and sweet potatoes).

PODCAST NOTES AND LOVE STORY:

Jaye and I were high school sweethearts, and dated from age 15 to 17, when I joined the Army and we lost contact. We thought about each other often for the next 40 years, and both hoped to see each other again during our lifetimes. When the Eric & Peety film came out, we reconnected, and then decided to resume our relationship beginning in September 2016. We were then married in December 2016.

Listen to today’s special episode of Wags + Weight Loss to hear Eric and Jaye’s weight loss and love story, and exactly what Jaye did to achieve her dramatic results. This is a love story for the ages, and has been years in the making. You won’t want to miss it!

Jaye’s weight loss results, by week:

In addition to their love story, in this episode Jaye and Eric discuss:

  • The many ways Jaye has benefited from her new vegan lifestyle.
  • What Jaye ate before reconnecting with Eric.
  • The foods that Jaye and Eric enjoy eating
  • The healthy ways to add flavor to foods with herbs and spices.
  • How to liquid saute with vegetable broth instead of oils.
  • How to make your own vegetable broth.
  • The health problems that Jaye had that have completely disappeared based on her new lifestyle.
  • How Jaye’s family and friends have reacted to her weight loss.
  • The difference between goal weight and optimal weight.
  • The benefits of just walking for 30 minutes before meals, twice each day.

Resources:

Would you like to try and achieve similar results?  Then please follow our podcast, starting with the introductory episode, and become the awesome person you’ve always wanted to be!  But first, please:

  1. Be under a doctor’s supervision. Whether you think you need to be under a doctor’s supervision or not, you will want to record your progress, starting with a comprehensive medical exam and tracking your weight on a weekly basis.
  2. Watch these films on Netflix:
  1.  Acquire and read these books:
  • How Not to Die:  The best, most complete, comprehensive book on how a plant based diet will maximize your lifespan and reduce your risk of preventable disease, including cancer, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes.  Includes an easy to follow guide on what to eat to add years to your life. Greger, M., M.D., & Stone, G. (2015). How not to die: Discover the foods scientifically proven to prevent and reverse disease. New York: Flatiron Books.
  • The Starch SolutionA complete primer on how to practice a whole food plant based diet without added oil or sugar.  McDougall, J. A., & McDougall, M. A. (2012). The starch solution: Eat the foods you love, regain your health, and lose the weight for good!New York: Rodale.
  • The Forks Over Knives Cookbook:A great collection of fast and easy recipes that can be prepared from common ingredients in 20 to 30 minutes. Sroufe, D. (2012). Forks over knives–the cookbook: Over 300 recipes for plant-based eating all through the year. New York:  Workman Publishing.

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 12: Getting Back on Track From a Cold or Flu

Micha and her latest color.

“When she saw my progress, her jaw dropped.” – Micha

So many people are getting colds or the flu – have you been on any meds recently, especially steroid based meds for lung congestion? Abbie has and she actually gained three pounds this week. Today, Eric talks to Abbie and Micha about the effects that some medications may have on weight loss and whether it’s better for your fitness routine to use them, or to simply ride out the sickness. Listen in to find out more.

Micha decided to brighten things up this week, so she had her hair dyed magenta and purple, set to fade to lavender! You can go to Facebook or to Instagram (#purplerains) to catch her new look. She’s also been amping up her fitness over the past couple of weeks and she and Abbie have been comparing notes, to ensure that they’re both achieving the results they want. It’s really helpful to have a fitness partner to learn from and to motivate and inspire you and both agree that it’s great to have your bestie as your fitness partner, as it’s way easier to learn from your close friends without your ego getting involved. Listen in to this week’s show and find out how you can use resistance training to lose weight, rather than bulking up.

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • The effects of medication – steroids in particular – on your metabolism and appetite.
  • Steroids can affect your weight, depending on what you’re using them for and the conditions which are present in your body at the time.
  • Eric suggests that if Abbie stops eating as soon as she’s satisfied her hunger, he predicts she may make up her gain from this week and then some.
  • Hiring a Personal Trainer for 1-3 sessions at the gym you attend is a good idea to teach you how to do a full body resistance workout.
  • How to deal with a Personal Trainer at a gym and explaining exactly what you want from them.
  • An exercise routine that will help you to lose weight rather than bulking you up.
  • Busting the myth that muscle weighs more than fat.
  • That the difference between the volume of muscle and fat involves density.
  • Setting yourself up for success.

Abbie and Micha’s weight loss results for the week:

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 11: Tips for Training Your Dog or Puppy

Abbie’s dogs Niko and Jedha enjoying post-training relaxation

“Go on this adventure with me.” – Abbie

Have you ever thought about getting a puppy? I think we all have, but most don’t first think about all the work that goes into training a puppy to be a member of our family. Abbie’s puppy, Jedha, has a positive reinforcement trainer that has been helping him through his bad habits and puppy behavior. Tune in to today’s episode of Wags & Weight Loss to learn some new tips for training your dog and/or puppy!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Abbie and Micha’s weight loss results.
  • How Micha has encouraged her co-workers to eat healthier.
  • The benefits of abstaining from or significantly reducing alchohol consumption to maximize weight loss.
  • How a good support system essential for losing weight.
  • The things Abbie has had to go through while training her puppy.
  • What you can do if your dog or puppy is unruly.
  • What is a positive reinforcement trainer?
  • Tips for training your dog.
  • How Micha’s puppy has changed since she got him and started training him.
  • What is a Meditative Retreat?
  • How Eric has positively influenced Abbie and Micha.

Micha and Abbie’s weekly results:

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 10: Health Vegans, Ethical Vegans, and Environmental Vegans, Which are You?

Micha before and after 8 weeks!

“For the first time in forever, weight is not an issue.” – Micha

Do you feel like your weight is holding you back from doing all the things you dream about doing? Abbie and Micha used to feel that way, but now, they feel better than ever. Micha recently went to a vegan restaurant and ordered a fantastic meal but then found out that it was sweetened with honey. Is honey vegan? Make sure you listen to today’s episode of Wags & Weight Loss to find out!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • Abbie and Micha’s weight loss results.
  • How this new lifestyle has positively affected the things Abbie and Micha can enjoy
  • The challenges that Micha faced on her recent trip.
  • Is honey vegan?
  • What the different is between health vegans, ethical vegans, and environmental vegans.
  • How you can encourage people to become vegan.
  • What time of day you should exercise.
  • The best resistance training exercises for firming your muscles.
  • Foods you can take on trips with you.
  • How you can get vegan foods at restaurants that aren’t normally vegan.

 

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 9: The Benefits of Herbs, Spices and Extracts in a Plant Based Diet

Dr. Preeti Kulkarni, N.D.

Our topic today: How to enhance your plant-based diet with herbs, spices and herbal extracts.

Welcome to a special bonus edition of our podcast! Today’s conversation is with our returning guest, Dr. Preeti Kulkarni, N.D., of Cupertino, California.  Dr. Preeti is the naturopathic doctor to whom I credit with guiding my weight loss and personal transformation. Our topic today surrounds enhancing a plant-based diet with herbs and herbal extracts. Join us!

What youll hear in this episode:

  • There is significant research supporting the beneficial medicinal use of herbs and extracts, such as turmeric, ginger and garlic, in our diet.
  • A doctor’s responsibility includes teaching patients how to be healthy.
  • Dr. Preeti explains her concept of transforming the student into the teacher.
  • Eric, who is not a medical professional, can still provide valid coaching and mentoring based on his self-education and personal experience going through the same health transformation himself, without interpreting medical results, diagnosing, or prescribing treatment plans.
  • Dr. Preeti addresses a listener question about weight loss, blood sugar, getting off medication, and how to find a naturopathic doctor.
  • Why it’s important to individualize nutrition plans.
  • How a grain-heavy diet disrupts blood sugar.
  • Why you should base your diet on whole plants prepared without added sugar or oil.
  • A Harvard study showed that a higher intake of fruits and vegetables reduced heart disease.
  • Why individual coaching is instrumental in weight loss programs.
  • How cinnamon extract helps balance blood sugar levels.
  • The importance of herb quality—KNOW your source!
  • How Eric incorporates fruits, vegetables, and herbs into his morning smoothie.
  • Other helpful herbs and plants include turmeric, ginger, garlic, goji berries, aloe vera juice, almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, seaweed, and cayenne.
  • How garlic speeds up weight loss progress.
  • Why spicy foods help promote weight loss.
  • Herbs and spices need to be synergistic and not antagonistic.
  • Dr. Preeti explains how to detect food allergies and sensitivities.
  • The top four foods with sensitivity: gluten, dairy, corn, and soy.
  • The dangers of GMO corn!
  • Eric explains his food sensitivities to gluten and corn.

Dr. Preeti practices in Cupertino, California.  Her website:  www.coreintegrative.com

To request a consultation with Dr. Preeti, please call and leave a voicemail at 408-724-1486.

Sources quoted in this episode:

  1. Lieberman JA, Sicherer SH. The diagnosis of food allergy. Rhinol Allergy. 2010 Nov-Dec;24(6):439-43. doi: 10.2500/ajra.2010.24.3515.
  2. Wood RA. Diagnostic elimination diets and oral food provocation. Immunol Allergy. 2015;101:87-95. doi: 10.1159/000371680. Epub 2015 May 21.
  3. Eigenmann PA, Oh JW, Beyer K. Diagnostic testing in the evaluation of food allergy. Clin North Am. 2011 Apr;58(2):351-62, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2011.02.003.
  4. Mrema EJ, Rubino FM, Brambilla G, Moretto A, Tsatsakis AM, Colosio C. Persistent organochlorinated pesticides and mechanisms of their toxicity. Toxicology. 2013 May 10;307:74-88. doi: 10.1016/j.tox.2012.11.015. Epub 2012 Dec 3.

Malini’s Herbal Tea

Dr. Preeti’s grandmother, Malini, practiced Ayurvedic medicine, which is a holistic system based on the belief that health and wellness depends on balancing the health of the mind, body, and spirit. Dr. Preeti remembers her grandmother making this tea each day to promote health and boost the immune system of her family, and still enjoys it to this day. Dr. Preeti now offers Malini’s recipe for the health and happiness of you and your family. Enjoy!

Malini's Herbal Tea

Malini's Herbal Tea

Ginger, Coriander, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Cloves

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 12 coriander seeds
  • 1/2" fresh ginger root, grated
  • 1 cinnamon stick, whole
  • 5 fresh cloves
  • 5 whole black peppercorns

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to water and boil at high heat in saucepan or kettle until water darkens and boils down by about 25%.
  2. Filter liquid through tea strainer and enjoy warm.
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Wags + Weight Loss Episode 8: Feeling Better Every Day!

Abbie’s transformation after just 8 weeks!

“I used to think I could never give up meat.” – Abbie

Do you have unexplained aches and pains that won’t go away? So did Abbie and Micha before they changed their lifestyle. Now, the girls feel like they can overcome any obstacle with the help of their friend Eric O’Grey. Eric has begun to help Abbie and Micha change the way they eat, which is changing the way they feel and even how they perceive the world. Tune in to this episode of Wags and Weight Loss to learn how you can experience the same results!

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • How you can encourage other people to start a new lifestyle.
  • What kind of oils are healthier than others.
  • What happens to your body when you consume fat.
  • How much weight Abbie and Micha have lost this week.
  • What are the physical and mental benefits of healthy plant based nutrition.
  • How walking your dog daily will benefit both you and your dog.

Resources:

Vegans Under Pressure

Tough Mudder

Wags and Weight Loss

 

Wags + Weight Loss Episode 7: Having Fun with Friends on a Plant Based Diet

“It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when” – Abbie

“It’s really exciting to rediscover my wardrobe” – Micha

Have you ever been on a diet and had to go out to eat? What should you do in that situation? Abbie and Micha are going through the same thing. They are still getting used to their new plant-based nutrition program but are loving it and are definitely seeing and feeling the results. So make sure to tune in to today’s podcast to learn how to have fun with friends while eating healthy plant-based whole foods!

Abbie and Micha’s weight loss success this week:

What you’ll hear in this episode:

  • How you can eat out and still stick with your diet.
  • What this diet does to make your skin look healthier.
  • How you will know when you have reach your optimal weight.
  • What you can do to stay at your optimal weight.
  • What you should drink instead of sugary beverages.
  • Why walking before meals will make you less hungry at meals.

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