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Why am I wearing a parka? Christopher Lawrence with the Healthy Transformations Program. Dr. Breen is not with me, but I bet he’s wondering why I’m wearing a parka indoors. Actually, I’m gonna go hang out with some friends in a few minutes, friends that I really like, who I surround myself with, who are really supportive, and sometimes they challenge me too much. Kyle, if you’re watching this, you’re not a good person. But what does that have to do with Healthy Transformations, weight loss, changing food behaviors, and food related behaviors, and food habits, and that kind of thing? Well, actually, I thought this was a perfect opportunity to do a video, perfect opportunity to do a video, enunciation matters. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to make a video because I was reminded about how important it is to surround yourself with the right community. When we talk about weight loss, reducing inflammation, all of that happens through eating correct food. It’s the eating the correct food sustainably for the rest of your life, that can be a bit of a challenge. So, one of the ways that we do that is we look at all aspects of your environment.

So, what are some of the aspects of environment that we want to, does it look like I’m floating on the ceiling right now? Yeah. Wooo. What are some of the aspects of your environment that you want to pay attention to? I’m just gonna talk about one today, but that one is about community and culture. So, certainly who we hang out with, influences what we eat. If we go out, think about this for a second, if we go out with a group of friends, and the first person orders a salad, the people after that might also order a salad. You know, and that sometimes happens, that sometimes doesn’t. I know that lots of folks have changed their mind about what they’re gonna eat, based off of what somebody else ordered. Where I see this mostly happen is at dessert. If the first person says that they don’t want dessert, mostly everybody else does too. So if you’re like, “I need to be the first person, “cause if everyone else has dessert, “I’m gonna have dessert, so when they come and ask, “I’m gonna say I don’t want any dessert.” And you just kinda cut everybody else off. Chances are, they’re probably not gonna order dessert either. The funny thing is, sometimes we can say no to dessert, but then our friend gets it, they bring two spoons anyway. “I didn’t want dessert, dammit! “Why’d you bring two spoons?” But now I feel compelled to try it, and you know, sugar’s like crack for some of us. Not me. So it can be a little bit challenging to stay away from.

So, the idea is that you surround yourself with people who like to eat healthy, when you can. And you become an influencer and a leader when you’re making choices. And this is one of the key ways that we can adjust our environment. Kinda cool, right? And then you become a little bit of an influencer in a super subtle way, and it can have a massive impact on your friends and family. Folks, Christopher Lawrence, healthytransformations.ca. I don’t know what that means, it’s some symbol that people do. I’m just excited about life! Okay, guys, Christopher Lawrence healthytransformations.ca, we will catch you in the next one. Please do reach out to us if you have any food related questions. Dr. Breen and myself are here to help!

[VIDEO ARCHIVES] Normal Weight is the Minority

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Hosted by Dr. Mike Breen of the Chiropractic Family Care Centre, and Certified Master Coach, Christopher Lawrence. Did you know that 95 to 98% of people who lose weight put it all back on within 12 months? Did you know that studies conducted in 2015 say that if you are “normal” weight in Canada you are now in the minority? These means that more than 50% of Canadians are considered overweight or obese. Because of this the weight loss journey can sometimes be discouraging, heart-breaking, and frustrating! Who should you listen too? Who has the right science and the right program? We have a proven track record of helping our clients lose weight and keep it off with the Healthy Transformations Weight Loss Lifestyle Program. What makes this program different is that we look at both the science and the behaviour of eating and food, this is currently not done by any of the other programs on the market. During our free seminars we will be revealing the 10 secrets to losing weight keeping it off both from a scientific perspective as well as the behavioural perspective. Finally two experts in the industry are combining physical and behavioural science to ensure you achieve the weight loss results you want for the rest of your life! • Attendees will get a clearer direction on what they need to do to lose weight and keep it off • They will find out what may be slowing them down, standing in the way, or stopping them from achieving the weight loss they need to see to live a healthy lifestyle • They will leave feeling empowered and ready to take action to achieve their weight loss goals

Props to the New Canada Food Guide

In January, the new Canada Food Guide was released to the understandable level of scrutiny, acclaim, and criticism that a document like this generates.  For me, the new guide is a very big step in the right direction.

I have been in the field of health-care directly and indirectly for about 40 years.  Most of this time I have had my “ear to the tracks” of what was happening in the nutrition field.  As is common in the field of science, new discoveries will frequently undo what were previously held as lock-solid theories.  This is really how knowledge advances.  Scientists (real scientists – not those under the wing of lobby groups or corporations) are trained to question their own findings.  This is exemplified, in part, by the “null-hypothesis” – a scientist will have an idea about an outcome and will create a study in the attempt to disprove their own thinking.  In this way, science evolves.  What are seen as inconvenient changes by the pseudo-scientist are seen as advancements by the true scientist.  Because of this, very few things stand the ongoing test of scientific scrutiny.  It’s not that things are completely refuted (sometimes they are) but that elements are added or subtracted from the original thought.  And, once in a rare time, some things stand both the test of time and the test of scrutiny.  Over my time in this field, only a few things have been repeatedly challenged and remain as scientifically valid today as they were 40 years ago.  One of them is a foundational element of dietary science – “plant-based diets”.  There are elements that have been added and minimally modified, however the fundamental basis is this – people who eat plant-based diets are healthier and live longer than those who do not.

This is where I am so happy to see the change in the new Canada Food Guide.  At the start of the project, those entrusted to come up with the new guide made an exceptionally important decision.  It was that they were not going to place any emphasis on the science that was industry driven, nor were they going to entertain input from industry lobbyists. Now, this does not mean that I am an anti-industry person, but it certainly does mean that I am pro-science. The Canada Food Guide Committee scoured the (real) scientific literature and came up with recommendations that are reflective of what is understood by the scientific community.  Some of the elements are based upon science that has been advanced or modified in the last 5 years.  And, a significant emphasis is based upon what has been true for at least 40 years – plants should form the bulk of the daily dietary intake of Canadians.

There are other fundamental changes to the guide that are consistent with contemporary science.  There is a significant statement made by the eliminationof refined sugar in both solid and liquid forms – and interestingly, this includes the elimination of products such as fruit juices.  There is also a big statement being made in the reduction of the volume of protein and at the same time, suggesting a move toward plant-based proteins whenever possible.  What has been known for quite a while by the scientific community but has been refuted by contemporary health care and national food guides is the great value in the consumption of larger volumes of fat in the diet.  The new Canada Food Guide has shown it’s understanding of current science by the inclusion of fat as a fundamental dietary substance and by encouraging its’ consumption. 

So, way to go Canada!  The new Canada Food Guide is a document that should be celebrated. There are elements that I would change however in the composite, we are most certainly headed in the right direction.

Dr. Michael Breen is the co-owner of the Chiropractic Family Care Centre and has been in Private Practice in Calgary, Alberta for over three decades.  Dr. Breen graduated from the University of Calgary Faculty of Kinesiology in 1981 (Honours) and from Palmer College of Chiropractic – West in San Jose, California in 1986.  His foundational clinical work is in the field of Health Optimization.  He uses his background in athletics and chiropractic to aid his patients in recovering physical capacity and uses his background in nutrition and functional medicine to aid his patients in the recovery from chronic illness.  He is the co-founder of the Healthy Transformations program.  Dr. Breen can be reached at mbreendc@telus.net

[VIDEO ARCHIVES] How does culture affect weight gain/loss?

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Hosted by Dr. Mike Breen of the Chiropractic Family Care Centre, and Certified Master Coach, Christopher Lawrence.

Did you know that 95 to 98% of people who lose weight put it all back on within 12 months? Did you know that studies conducted in 2015 say that if you are “normal” weight in Canada you are now in the minority? These means that more than 50% of Canadians are considered overweight or obese. Because of this the weight loss journey can sometimes be discouraging, heart-breaking, and frustrating! Who should you listen too? Who has the right science and the right program?

We have a proven track record of helping our clients lose weight and keep it off with the Healthy Transformations Weight Loss Lifestyle Program. What makes this program different is that we look at both the science and the behaviour of eating and food, this is currently not done by any of the other programs on the market. During our free seminars we will be revealing the 10 secrets to losing weight keeping it off both from a scientific perspective as well as the behavioural perspective.

Finally two experts in the industry are combining physical and behavioural science to ensure you achieve the weight loss results you want for the rest of your life!