Is Your Health a Curve, or a Rectangle?

Hello, folks, Dr. Mike Breen here, with the Healthy Transformations program, and you’re watching on healthytransformations.ca. Myself and Christopher Lawrence run the Healthy Transformations program, which is a program of dietary modification for weight loss and health optimization. And one of the reasons we run the program, is because we’re dealing with a really serious problem in our culture, and that is the reality, and also the sense, that as people get older, that they are bound to suffer from ill health. There is so much chronic disease in our culture in fact, the World Health Organization just identified that 89%, that’s almost nine out of 10 people in Canada, will die of a chronic disease. And what’s important about that, is that chronic diseases don’t take you out in a week, or a month, or a year. They take many, many years before you reach your demise.

So what it really boils down to, is this sense of consistent loss of health. And I’m gonna represent that just in a little graph here if you bear with me. So what we have across the bottom here is age, and what we have on this side is healthfulness. And what happens in our culture, to a very large extent, is people are born, we presume, and hopefully that’s the case, where children have given at least a fighting chance, with high level of health, but then it declines consistently and gradually, over the course of time. So this might represent age 20, and you’re still actually pretty healthy, but there’s 30, there’s 40, there’s 50, and you can see exactly the point. By the time you get to middle age, we’re already suffering, to a very large extent, from ill health.

The principle that we like to put forward, and this is something that is within a lot of scientific literature, this is just not something that’s made up, this is a real phenomenon, and it’s called the rectangularization of health decline, meaning that instead of having a curvilinear health decline, that health decline doesn’t have to be like this. In fact, you can live a life where you start from the same point, and health declines much more slowly than this, you get over to a certain point, and then you have a more rapid loss. So, living a life that’s full and vibrant for a long period of time, getting an infection at a very advanced age, living longer, as you can see down here, but what the important point is, is that all of this stuff here, that shaded area right there, is quality of life. That’s the ability for people to enjoy their life, to travel, to play with grandkids, and to be vibrant throughout their life. It’s something that is absolutely possible, and it can be initiated through proper health patterning, particularly health patterning that is associated with food. We underestimate the power that food has in terms of being able to drive healthfulness, and the Healthy Transformations program does exactly that. So if you’re interested in actually taking a pathway that rectangularizes your health decline, then the Healthy Transformations is the program for you.

A Journey of Discovery

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I’ve been heavy my whole life. I’ve bowed down before the bread and potato gods repeatedly for 50 years. And I’ve paid the price with my health, my energy and my happiness.

When I attended a Healthy Transformations information session, I was intrigued enough to sign up on the spot. I was honestly tired of doing the same things over and over and seeing the same depressing results. I felt like this was my last hope.

Eating In The Box

For the last three months, I’ve been “eating in the box” – a TON of greens and veggies every day, a moderate amount of protein and a general avoidance of the things I used to base my meals around: processed carbs. 

And the results have been worth it! I’ve dropped 30 pounds already, and that made moving easier. I’ve started riding my stationary bike and have racked up over 50 miles, a little at a time. 

I Feel Like I’m Being Rewired

I feel like I’m being rewired: I look forward to eating salad as the centerpiece of my meals. I routinely turn down my husband’s homemade bread – not because I have to, but because I’ve done the math and the satisfaction of eating it isn’t worth trading my success. Last week, I voluntarily consumed a salad with kale in it. Kale. Nature’s misfit toy. A plant so indestructible that even the SNOW can’t kill it.

It Isn’t Just About Following a Meal Plan

The program isn’t just about following a meal plan, though. We also work on modifying the mental patterns that form the habits of a lifetime. I’m learning to:

  1. Name the emotions that used to drive me to eat seconds (or thirds)
  2. Recognize the cues that trigger me to desire unhealthy foods – and change the routine to get the same “payoff” in a healthier way
  3. Redefine words like “treat” or “indulge” to separate them from food

It’s a Year-Long Journey

It’s a year-long journey, which seemed insane at the beginning, but I get it now: the program takes that amount of time to ensure that the new eating behaviours have become the new normal, while at the same time, ensuring we understand cravings, emotional eating, and ways to keep ourselves on track when we stumble or when life gets hard.

The Group Setting Has Been So Helpful

And the group setting has been so helpful: sharing successes reinforces that we can each achieve great things. Every program session begins with the victories we’ve achieved, and I’ve felt so supported by the group when I share mine.

If you’ve been on the fence about making changes, or investing in your health, I’d advise you to embrace the possibilities that Healthy Transformations opens. They aren’t selling quick-fixes to your health, based on dodgy science. 

Healthy Transformations is the real deal! 

Marie Davis is Director of One Day Web Group, an online marketing agency that produces amazing websites, email and digital marketing campaigns. Her go-to salad contains mixed greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, olive oil and too much vinegar. She still distrusts zombie kale.

My Weight Loss Story

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Hello, hello, it’s Christopher Lawrence with the HealthyTransformations.ca program here in Calgary, Alberta, and I am coming to you to talk a little bit about my story and my journey with weight loss and reducing inflammation. Holy crap, it’s been a journey. I’ll keep it brief, though, because some of you might be wondering like, what does this guy know about it? Well actually, I was working in corporate Calgary in a company that was amazing but just not a good fit for me, and extremely stressed out, extremely depressed, and 50 pounds heavier than I am now, what? Yeah, so if I had done this video 10 years ago, my face would have looked like a big pink balloon, although everything kind of looks a little blue right now, the sun is kind of setting. So, it was a bit of a journey, and a lot of it had to do with stress reduction, but nothing kind of replaces, you know, really supports weight loss like fixing food, and that’s what the Healthy Transformation’s program is all about, so. By the time I started the Healthy Transformation’s program with Dr. Mike Breen, we co-founded it together, I had already lost most of that weight, but, I had another 10 pounds to lose so I actually lost that 10 pounds with the first group that we facilitated. And it’s been a heck of a journey.

I’d like to tell you that it was a straight line, I went straight from being this much to this much and reduced inflammation and everything went perfectly, I’d love to tell you that, but I would be lying, it has not been a straight line. Even today I still struggle a tiny little bit in certain situations where it’s like, maybe I find myself just binging on junk food for an evening or something and I always feel like crap after. It’s not about being perfect, but it is certainly about increasing your average-ness of eating correctly. What I can say is that with time and reinforcement and acute self-awareness and practice and practice and practice, never perfection, perfection, perfection, with those things, I have been able to maintain my weight loss for more than five, well actually probably closer to eight years now, time is flying by, and you know what? I am not getting any younger, at least chronologically. Physiologically, I think I’m way younger, I can do things that I couldn’t even do five years ago and 10 years ago because my health is so much better.

Anyway, I don’t know if that offers any support or information to you, or motivation is what I meant to say, but please do reach out if you have any questions. Dr. Breen and I just love to encourage each other, each other, we like to do that, too, we love to encourage people and each of you to have success on whatever journey you’re on, so. Christopher Lawrence, Certified Master Coach Practitioner, HealthyTransformations.ca, thanks for tuning in. See ya next month.

Obesity, Weight Loss and Weight Gain

Hello, folks. Dr. Michael Breen here speaking on the healthytransformations.ca website. I just wanted to make some comments, brief ones, about the phenomenon of weight loss and weight gain I guess is part of that. Overweightness and obesity is plaguing the Western, the industrialized, the industrialized world and in fact, it’s plaguing a great deal of the world right now. Data on overweightness and obesity is consistently reporting that greater than 50% of the population in many, many countries is either overweight or obese meaning that if you are of normal weight that you’re actually in the minority which is a very, very unusual kind of consideration. What’s important to note is that overweightness has been mismanaged to a very great extent for a long period of time. A whole model of weight gain or weight loss being the management of calories has been demonstrated to be in fact incorrect. It’s called the energy balance model and it’s been shown to be incorrect at best and in fact harmful at worst in many circumstances. Recidivism which is the rate of weight loss and then gaining weight, weight gain again based upon behaviors is remarkably high and it’s because the model actually doesn’t work. Truly, weight gain is the consequence of inflammatory phenomena that take place in the body. We now see weight gain, overweightness and obesity as actually one of the symptoms of an inflammatory phenomena much like the symptoms of chronic disease, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative disease. These things are all bunched together and weight gain is part of that. In fact, fatty liver disease is now being bunched into this category as well.

 

So what’s really important for people who are dealing with weight related issues is that they actually get the very best advice that they can on how to manage this stuff and the management is really by an anti-inflammatory dietary program. The Healthy Transformations program that I run along with Christopher Lawrence is really focused on addressing that particular problem. That is what we do. I invite you to stay on this website, look around a little bit. That’s healthytransformations.ca and find out what you can about weight gain, weight loss and whether it relates to your circumstance and then when that’s the case, please reach out to us. We have workshops that we run. We have a few more to do in December here of 2019. Our program starts in January of 2020 and we’ve helped dozens and dozens of people lose weight and lose it for long periods at a time. So healthytransformations.ca.  Reach out, we’d be happy to help.

 

Testimonial from Peter P

“I joined the Healthy Transformations program partly to lose some weight but mostly to help with ongoing health issues, like high blood pressure that I wanted to reduce naturally rather than with prescribed medications. The program, Dr. Breen, and Christopher were very helpful in increasing my knowledge about the effects that what I eat has on my health. Now, I have no doubt about what I should be eating and if I am ever in doubt I know that I can reach out anytime, even after the program, for some additional support. I’m happy to say that I have been able to reduce my weight, my blood pressure, inflammation and the glycemic response in my body, largely due to the Healthy Transformations program. Having this knowledge has greatly impacted my food choices and continues to have positive benefits every day.” ~ Peter P

Do You Know The Glycemic Index?

Hello folks, Dr. Mike Breen here at healthytransformations.ca. Just another video blog here about some information that is really important to understand as it relates to using food to drive healthfulness in your life and the principle I’m gonna talk about right now is called the glycemic index. The glycemic index has been around for quite a long time, developed in the 1970s, the University of Toronto, Canadian phenomenon which is quite interesting. And the glycemic index is actually a scale that represents the concentration or the density of sugars that are in carbohydrates. So, the glycemic index does not have anything to do with fats nor does it have anything to do with proteins. It’s a scale that measures the sugar concentration in carbohydrates. It’s a scale that goes from 0 to 100. At the top end of the scale, glucose was given the arbitrary number of 100, and so foods are measured in terms of their sugar density relative to this glycemic index. Now, it’s a very confusing thing if you go to these glycemic sites, and there’s lots and lots of them, you can look up a particular food and it’ll give you the number, the glycemic index. But it doesn’t give you any kind of references to the types of foods that are categorized in the glycemic index.

So, let me do this really quickly. If you can imagine a ladder with a bunch of rungs, maybe five rungs, the bottom rung at the bottom of the glycemic index is the category of vegetables. And then the next rung up the ladder is the category of fruits and then the next rung up is the category of legumes. The next rung up from that is the category of grains and the next rung up from that is the category of starches. So generally speaking, there’s overlap that exists between these groups to a certain extent, but for the most part that’s the orientation of the glycemic index. So, the lowest foods on the glycemic index fit into the green leafy vegetables and other forms of vegetables, the non-starchy vegetables. The next group up would be the fruits and as I said the legumes, the grains, and the starches.

What’s happened in our culture is that a significant amount of dietary patterning has lead to the consumption of very high-density carbohydrates, so the starches like potatoes and like rice and the grains which is all forms of bread and pasta. And these kinds of foods represent the bulk of the carbohydrates that are consumed. Then, if we see that in fact these are the high-density sugars, we wonder why in fact we have issues with blood sugar regulation in our culture and the answer is right in front of us. Because the majority of the foods that we eat are very, very high in the glycemic index. So, the Healthy Transformation’s program takes the opposite approach. We shift the consumption to the bottom end of those ladders to the bottom two rows, the vegetables and the fruits. And simply by emphasizing those foods as the primary volume that you consume, you control a whole bunch of stuff, particularly blood sugars. And then secondarily to that, control inflammation by way of reducing insulin production. It’s really quite remarkable. Healthytransformations.ca, look us up. You might be interested in coming to the workshops if they’re available or reaching out to Christopher Lawrence or myself. We’d be happy to meet with you.

 

Testimonial from Anny P

“I joined the healthy transformations program hoping to reduce inflammation, lose weight, and take control of my overall health. Immediately, I was able to adapt to the program and integrate it into my lifestyle. The food was delicious and I felt results much quicker than I expected, not only in my health but my overall well-being and mindset. My mom and I did the program together and our strengthened understanding of the physiological, philosophical and behavioural components of overall nutrition have been incredibly meaningful in our lives. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone who wants to enhance their understanding of nutrition and strive towards a more positive relationship with food! ”  – Anny P

Diabetes Isn't Necessary

Hello, folks. Dr. Michael Breen here with the Healthy Transformations program and healthytransformations.ca. That’s the site that you’re on right now. Myself and Christopher Lawrence run the Healthy Transformations program and just wanted to give you a little information today about one of the things that we have great success with and that in fact is Type 2 diabetes. Many people in culture these days are suffering from Type 2 diabetes. If they’re not there, they’re in a prediabetic state. Pretty much anyone who has been overweight for a period of time is in a prediabetic state and the incidence of these two phenomena combined represents a really significant proportion of the population. It’s kinda sad to consider that that’s the case. Once a person develops Type 2 diabetes in the full-blown state, different kinds of medications are often used to get the condition under control in the traditional medical model. Commonly, Metformin would be one of them and that’s to aid in lowering blood sugar levels and of course insulin is often prescribed for people, artificial insulin of course, not the self-produced insulin, to also bring down the blood sugar levels. What’s remarkable about the Healthy Transformations program is that by correct food modeling and I want you to really pay attention to this ’cause this is a big deal, by correct food modeling, you can lower your blood sugar and you can eliminate the need for insulin and Metformin simply by applying proper behavioral strategies.

 

In our program, we have had multiple insulin dependent Type 2 diabetics that are no longer taking insulin anymore. So the contemporary kinda forward thinking, research based, holistic scientific model is now saying that Type 2 diabetes is in fact a behavioral condition. Once you’ve got the condition or been told that you have it or diagnosed or labeled, does that mean that you have to deal with it for the rest of your life and the answer’s absolutely not. In many, many circumstances, the phenomenon of Type 2 diabetes actually can be changed. So if you are one of those people who are suffering from and have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes taking Metformin, taking insulin or even if you’ve been told that you’re in the prediabetic state, there is absolute hope. You do not have to deal with this for the rest of your life and quite honestly, you don’t want to. It’s a devastating disease and it’s deadly. The mortality from it is very high and it takes a long time to get there so you don’t feel well for a long, long time. Reach out to us at healthytransformations.ca. We have workshops about our program that will be running through December and we would be very happy to help. You could also reach out to Christopher Lawrence directly or myself, drmichaelbreen.ca and we’ll be able to direct you into the program to help you out and we’d be happy to help.

 

Do NOT Rely on Motivation for Weight Loss