“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
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.
“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
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.
Lisa – When did we meet? Several years ago through friends.
Karen – We’re now ex-neighbors, but we are friends for a long time now. A dozen years or so, maybe longer.
Lisa – And when I was in the process of selling a house, and buying a house Karen was there for us. (chuckles) I’m Lisa, I’m a teacher but I’m also a mom of two kids and a wife and yeah, that’s me.
Karen – I’m Karen Jardine, I’m a real estate agent with CIR, and I have a chaotic and unusual lifestyle. So part of the reason I joined was also to help keep that under control.
Lisa – I think, well we first noticed it on Facebook and so we were quite interested in finding out more information about it. When they talked about the information about reducing inflammation, I had a big problem of a lot of bloating and so, for me, it was hopefully I could solve that problem for the rest of my life. So that was my big interest of coming to Healthy Transformations in the first place.
Karen – And I started, what brought me to Healthy Transformation, was a mortgage broker actually recommended it. It’s someone I know, like, and trust. So I actually picked up the phone, I called him, and said, “What do you know about these people?” And then I met you, Christopher, as well as Dr. Breen, and he said, “I know Dr. Breen very well. “I would recommended him 100% and anyone Dr. Breen would recommend, I would be 100% on board with whatever he said.” So as soon as it was that, I had clicked my little interested, Lisa clicked her interested, showing the power of social media. And I got the text saying, “Are you going?” And we went.
Lisa – I think the easiest part was, for the program, coming to Healthy Transformations, was coming to the meetings. At first they were a little challenging, ’cause about the sharing. I wasn’t good at sharing sometimes but I think after a few meetings went along, it’s like, you know, these guys are pretty cool. And they shared with us, so it left us, well, myself, be a little more open. I think that actually was one of the best parts. I’m going to miss coming to the meetings, which is why I’m continuing on with the grad program after.
Karen – The best part, I tend to agree. Because I found the best part, I thought there’s no way that we’re gonna sit and talk about food and that’s gonna be the best part. And it isn’t all about food. It’s about behavior, food, rituals, there’s so much more that we learned in the program. So I was really thrilled about the program itself and coming to the meeting. These are a group, every single person is different, a very diverse group. I think the meeting was actually the best part and the food part ended up being, I had lots to eat, and that was always the scare. But the meeting was definitely, definitely number one.
Lisa – Well, for me, the reason I initially came to Healthy Transformations was to get rid of the bloating and not to have that anymore ’cause I was tired of looking seven months pregnant when I really wasn’t.
Karen – Me too, by the way. Both of us together, we both complained about significant bloating.
Lisa – Quite uncomfortable. So that’s gotten under control and I am not seeing any of that anymore, thank goodness. It was nice to create for myself a better relationship with food and to understand, yes, that food is instructions for my body and I need to put in what my body needs. So I think through this program that taught me a lot as well. To be able to do that confidently. And, like I was saying earlier tonight in our meeting tonight, that I am a priority and that I am in-charge of what I put in my body.
Karen – Very similar, what happened with me was, I ended up losing about 20 pounds but that was never the goal. The goal was about bloating. I had severe issues, lactose intolerance, I’ve seen everybody under the sun. Lisa knows that I’ve been part of, from naturopaths to acupuncture. You name it, I’ve probably already did it. I’ve been to allergy specialist, and trying to figure out my stomach, and I’m severe lactose intolerant. It wasn’t just my stomach, my skin, et cetera. Dr. Breen assured me, on day one, that was going to go away and I didn’t believe him. I really, complete skeptic on that’s not gonna happen and he’s right. It’s nothing, zero, nada, no response to lactose. It’s crazy, I can’t believe it, I still am a little bit in awe that this has happened. The weight-loss was a benefit on top of it but it’s the bloating thing that was making my life so miserable. So, nice to fit in clothes again.
Lisa – Lots of good stuff.
Karen – You do!
Lisa – Lots of shopping to do. All year, lots of shopping to do.
Karen – Now we need to go get clothes that fit. (laughing)
Lisa – But I think one bonus too–
Karen – Skinny girl problems.
Lisa – Skinny girl problems. (laughing) I think one thing as well, over this past year is that my brain, my thinking has become much more clear. I’m very much more confident as a person to make decisions and great choices. Healthy gut, I guess, healthy brain.
Karen – I’ll take that one.
Lisa – Okay, I can’t remember what I (laughs)
Karen – The toughest part, for me, was the absolute beginning. The beginning, the first two to three months, was really, really, stressful for me. I didn’t realize that I did have such an addiction, I want to call it, to chocolate. My group heard me lament about chocolate over and over, and over, how much I missed chocolate. I could really take it or leave it now, but the first few months I didn’t just have chocolate. I was not having my dairy, I wasn’t getting enough calories. I was kind of miserable at the beginning. This is what you have to sort out. So that’s why you have Christopher, that’s why you have Dr. Breen. They’re onboard to help. I got sorted, two or three months, and it’s not an issue now. Nothing is, I find it quite easy.
Lisa – Yeah, it is easy for sure. For me, I like the chocolate too, but I’ve shifted my chocolate enjoyment to 85% chocolate, but very little, and that’s all I ever really need. But I think one of the tricky parts when we first started was the idea that we couldn’t have a treat. As we went through our meetings, it’s like, you know what? The treat is actually eating well and my body’s happy, that’s my treat. That’s what I’m realizing now. It just makes everything better. I did talk about how the meetings were easy. That was an easy thing as well, attending the meetings. But what would I say with someone who’s considering joining the program? I say just do it. Just do it, as that Nike ad says. But just do it, don’t think about what you have to lose but look at what you have to gain. And there is so much more to gain from it. For myself, gaining better understanding about food, feeling great, that’s very, very, very important. Clear mind, more confidence, and as a last one, losing weight. Even though I lost almost 40 pounds, which blows my mind, even to this day, that I lost that much. But I just feel great, that’s what’s important to me.
Karen – I had said that the program actually sets you up mentally, not just physically, on how to maintain a lifetime. That’s when we originally joined saying, if we could spend a year with this program and actually set us up for life, that we could feel better, was it worth it? And I think as the year is coming to a conclusion, it’s 100% worth it. Well worth time, effort, money, everything. It’s not just a change for today, or every other diet we do. You do a three month stint on Atkins, or you do a three month stint on something, this is a lifetime change. And we both agree that it’s been a challenge and then it’s been easy. It’s been actually quite easy.
Lisa – I agree.
Karen – I think we had a lot of help though. (laughing)
Lisa – I don’t know, I already mentioned about going shopping. That’s important. I had a lot of shopping this year to do.
Karen – I want to just conclude and say, around the anything else, I’m really grateful to both Dr. Breen and to Christopher. They didn’t just come and put together a program, they wanted everyone to succeed. So each and ever person’s success was important to them, so very grateful to both of them for helping us.
Lisa – And as well, the accessibility to both of them and anytime we had questions, we can send our questions.
Karen – Questions, questions.
Lisa – ‘Cause it comes up all the time. I just sent one the other day to Dr. Breen ’cause I wasn’t sure. So having the availability and the support, and the support of the group as well, from everyone, Facebook and everything else that we’re connected to. So I think having all that support behind us got us through for sure.
Karen – Yup, 100% success.
Lisa – And we’re well on our way.
Amrit – I’m Amritpal Grewal and I’m a mortgage broker for Iverico Mortgage Solutions and I process mortgages for a living. What brought me to the Healthy Transformations program was,
I was unhealthy at the time when I had joined. Unfortunately I had tried multiple different diets, a lot of different exercise programs and it was unfortunately filled with a lot of trial and error and a lot of failure unfortunately and I was just ready to try anything at that specific time, and that’s what brought me here.
The sum of the results that I had achieved in this program, the number one that sticks out in my mind is obviously the weight loss. The weight loss for the entire year was actually more than 60 pounds. So from my heaviest at 253 pounds, to coming down to 190 pounds and still counting. So that’s number one for me. The other things that I achieved were realizing a lot about my triggers. The triggers meaning what things are kind of going ahead and setting me off, what things I need to really watch out for that drive me off the program altogether. The foods specifically and how they made me feel, okay. So when we talk about greens, how they actually make me feel and then my thinking, how it actually goes ahead and changes. Learning a lot about my body and learning about the nutrition and what it does to my body on a day-to-day basis is what I really took away from the program altogether. The toughest part of my program was actually breaking the old habits that I actually had. So when we’re talking about socializing with friends, how to get past some of the challenges there that drive you away from the program. When we actually sit down and learn a lot about food and nutrition and some of the specifics about what goes into your body, automatically you really start to realize about how much you’re harming yourself with your old habits. When you actually put those goals on paper, when you put those achievements that you see yourself attaining through the entire year, that specifically really puts a lot of pressure, a positive impact of pressure on you to achieve what you set yourself out to do.
The best part of the program I think was the support that we have, so I mean continuously being on the program, you’re meeting every two weeks to talk about your struggles, to talk about your positive outcomes, to talk about what works, what doesn’t work. You’re in a team environment and you’re all here to achieve the same result, is to get healthy and so for me I think the easiest was just showing up. When you show up, half the battle is already done. So you’re learning so much about exactly what needs to be done and the other half is applying it,
so which comes naturally when you have all the support around you.
What I would say to somebody considering to join the program is don’t think about the cost point of view, think about what you really want to achieve out of the program. I would strongly encourage anyone to write down your goals, to really put it on paper, and to read them over and over again. If you think that it’s something that’s possible, it is definitely possible. For someone that like myself who had tried everything with trial and error. We used to go to the gym two times a day, morning for cardio and evening for weights. And we did a lot of gym training, unfortunately that didn’t even bring me close to my goals. What really did was the knowledge, the actual application of that knowledge as well, that really got me down to the weight that I wanted and is getting me to the body that I want as well.
I think anything else that I wanna add is do the program. It’s priceless, the knowledge that you actually are acquiring and to go ahead and be someone that your family goes ahead and looks up to. You’re doing your family a huge service in terms of being an excellent role model for them and I think it has so many different benefits, I can’t even list them right now, so join the program.