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Ultra-processed Foods. The Bane of Obesity?

Alright, let’s talk about food. Now, this is an interesting topic. Individuals who struggle with obesity are constantly told if they would just stop eating so much, they wouldn't have obesity. The reality of the matter is that obesity is much more complicated than just ‘eating less.’ However, today, we will talk about food – particularly ultra-processed foods and their role in obesity development. In this post, find out what ultra-processed foods are, why they get such a bad rap, and what the science says about them. Do we need to cut ultra-processed food out of our diets?
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Contrave: a new kid on the weight loss medication block?

Ozempic isn’t the only weight-loss medication on the block. Today, I want to talk about Contrave! The new but old kid on the block. What do I mean by that? Well, the medication known as Contrave is newish to the market, especially the Canadian market, but it is made up of two older medications that have both been around for some time! A few geniuses in our world realized that bupropion and naltrexone on their own lead to some weight-loss, and they thought, “Well, if one is good. More is better?” They were right! But, how does it work? Get some answers with me here!
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Are we doing Intermittent Fasting wrong?!

Time Restricted Feeding or TRF. Let me tell you about it! I mean, technically, it is a form of Intermittent Fasting (IF). You know, the diet where millennials made skipping breakfast cool? For those of you who do not know about IF, basically, it is a method of eating where you alternate between fasting and eating periods. Hence the title, intermittent fasting or intermittent eating, but the latter does not sound nearly as cool – which my generation places in high regard. I'm diving into the research behind IF and TRF to find out if we are doing it all wrong, or have some people gotten it right?
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Managing your Weight with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) – Live Webinar

Join me on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 6pm MT for a Live Webinar. Tickets are $5 + fees. In this webinar, Dr. Dan will review what PCOS is and why it may cause not only weight gain but make it very challenging to lose weight. Is there a particular diet that can help? What strategies can support managing weight with PCOS? Join us for answers to these questions, and more, surrounding Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and weight management.
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Medications for Obesity. A lifelong endeavour?

Obesity is a chronic disease. Similar to how we manage high blood pressure and diabetes, many individuals will need not only lifestyle interventions but also medications. There is nothing wrong with this fact, but the question is: “Do I need to stay on this medication for life?! Or, can I just reach my goal weight and then come off the drug?” In this blog post, I dive into that question and explore the results of a new medical study.
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Insulin Resistance and Weight Management – Live Webinar

In this webinar, we are talking about Insulin Resistance. Maybe you have heard that it is the cause or the result of obesity and weight gain? There are a lot of questions and I want to provide you with some clarification on: What is Insulin Resistance? What is the cause? If we can develop it can we do anything about it?
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Expectations and the ‘What If’ Principle

Expectations. We all have them. We expect things of ourselves and we expect things of others. Unmet expectations can foster frustration, guilt, disappointment, failure, resentment, you name it. What if you tried something with no particular expectation or end goal in mind? Introducing the ‘What if?' Principle, which could help you drop your expectations and the issues that come with them.
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Complexity Bias

Humans tend to overthink and overanalyze just about everything. The reason being? Well, in part, we have an annoying emotional brain that likes to give us crippling anxiety. We are also biased that the solutions to our seemingly complex problems have to be equally complex or how on earth would our problem actually be solved.
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Intermittent Fasting – Live Webinar

This webinar originally aired live on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. In this webinar, we are talking about intermittent fasting and the evidence around it. Is it just another diet fad? Are the health claims true or are there potential risks?
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Ozempic and Obesity

Ozempic is a medication that is currently available in Canada and the US for diabetes management. However, the hot news around it concerned the recent studies completed that showed some impressive results regarding weight loss. Obviously, this is kinda sort of a big deal in my practice, and I have gotten a few questions. So hopefully, I can piece together some answers for you here.
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Evil Sweeteners and Diet Soda

Ah, sweeteners. Another spawn of the devil? Or something that is once again completely overblown and hyped up by the Dr. Google experts? I know another controversial topic, and hey, I want to provide you with the most fact- and evidence-based information possible.
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To Carb or Not To Carb? – Live Webinar

This webinar originally aired live Wednesday, February 17, 2021. In this webinar, we answer questions surrounding carbs and a healthy diet. Specifically discussing - what is a Ketogenic Diet?
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What is Persistent Metabolic Adaptation?

Metabolic adaptation is thought to occur in order to counter weight-loss - because our body is kind of like a needy stage 5 clinger and wants to hold onto as much energy as possible in case the zombie apocalypse happens. Let's look at a study based on the Biggest Loser competition.
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Insulin and Carbs. The cause of the Obesity epidemic?

When I consider some of my biggest pet peeves with practicing in obesity and weight-management medicine, I would say one of the more prominent ones is the unnecessary controversy around insulin. In this article, I dive into the science behind Insulin, how it helps our bodies function, and why insulin has been dubbed the fat-storage hormone.
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Managing Your Weight in the New Year – Live Webinar

How to Create Lasting Changes!Free Live Webinar with Dr. Dan This webinar originally aired live on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. In this webinar, we focus on expectations and what sustainable
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Apple Cider Vinegar for Health and Weight-loss

Apple Cider Vinegar has a number of potential health claims. Diving into the research, I found that most of the health claims are unsubstantiated and, in some cases, blatantly wrong. For some claims, there was some decent research, and there continues to be ongoing research. Is this your magical ticket to weight-loss and extraordinary health benefits?
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What is a habit?

Want to learn how to change bad habits? First, you need to learn what a habit actually is. Read on!
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How to eat healthier (when you don’t like cooking)

How to start eating healthy? It starts with learning to change your habits. Is it possible to learn to like cooking? Dr. Dan says YES! Read on...
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How to define success

How we define success matters. To you, what does it mean to be successful? Dr. Dan talks about the importance of defining success in a healthy way that focuses less on material items and more on emotion.
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The challenge of weight loss maintenance

The problem with most diets is whenever the diet stops... you gain the weight back. In this blog, we share an article written by a Health Psychologist explaining a model for maintaining weight loss.
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A Body in Motion Stays in Motion

What can I do to get motivated? TAKE ACTION. In this blog, we discuss how taking one small action will build the motivation to tackle your goals.
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How to Change Your Mindset

Beau Cowan, a motivational speaker with Cerebral Palsy, shares his struggles with mental health and his tips for creating a mindset to DOMINATE your day.
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Should I feel guilty because of my privilege?

As Dr. Dan reflects on the death of George Floyd, he shares vulnerable insights about his feelings of privilege. How should one manage feelings of shame or guilt during this time?
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Happiness vs. Joy – What’s the difference?

There is a stark difference between happiness and joy. One is finite, the other is a culmination of moments in life. Find out why both are integral to your health journey.
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Treat yourself as you treat those you love

If you want to build self-confidence, live happier, and feel less guilt or shame during your weight loss journey - it begins with how you speak to yourself.
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Perspective is Everything

Our perspective comes from multiple places - it can depend on your mood, how much sleep you had, preconceived beliefs, etc... AND it can make or break whether you achieve your goals or live a life filled with joy.
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How to Build Healthier Habits

For a habit to occur - there must be a CUE - CRAVING - RESPONSE - and a REWARD. Dr. Dan explains to change a habit, you must have all 4 components... especially the right REWARD!
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Why is obesity considered a chronic disease?

Have you (or someone you know) lost a lot of weight, only to gain it back (and then some)? We explain why diets don't work, share a study of 10,000 people who've lost weight and the reality of how they kept it off.
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What is Obesity?

What is obesity? How do I know if I'm obese? What are the risks associated? Dr. Dan explains it all - and whether BMI is a good tool to measure obesity.
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What are Powder Greens (and other superfoods)?

Superfoods such as Green Powder, Goji Berry, Turmeric, etc. have gained popularity over the last several years. But are they worth it? We break down what they are... and why you may want to incorporate them into your diet.
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How to Stop Wasting Food

With the Coronavirus Pandemic, ALL OF US are looking for ways to save money at home. One big grocery money-saving tip is preventing food waste and getting creative in the kitchen. Read on!
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Healthy Easter Recipes & Treat Ideas

We've compiled healthy Easter recipes, healthy (and healthy-ish) Easter treat ideas, non-candy Easter basket stuffers, and family activities you can do online.
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Sugar: The Ninja of All Ingredients

There are many different kinds of sugar/sweeteners. Learn about sugar's many 'disguises' - and how you can reduce the amount of sugar you eat daily.
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Keep Your Sanity During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Having a motto or setting an intention can help you navigate tough times. In this blog, we highlight a certain phrase that many parents/grandparents will know, and some of our top suggestions for staying sane and healthy during the COVID pandemic.
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Why is sugar so addictive?

Does it feel like sugar/sweets have control over you? Where you just can't stop thinking and/or eating them? In this blog, Dr. Dan covers several ways to gain more control over (and help prevent) your sugar cravings.
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How to build a support system

Your support system is vital for your health and survival. It's also a crucial part of how you achieve your goals. Do you have one? How do you know? If not... how can you build one? Dr. Dan shares his story...
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Are You Doing The Best You Can?

No one will ever understand exactly what you're going through... although they'll try to empathize with your situation. When you're in a tough spot, do you handle things well? Do you completely shut down? No matter what - you NEED to understand this one thing:
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Perfection

WHO was it that told you that you have to do 45 minutes of cardio 5x a week to be healthy? WHO was it that said you need to eliminate all carbs and sugar from your diet? Sometimes you will know exactly 'WHO' is... and other times not so much. It might have been your parents, a friend, your doctor, or in many cases, it may be YOU.
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What to Track in a Food Journal

Food journaling doesn't have to be complicated. It will teach you so much about your habits, and open your eyes to compelling personal insights. What to track? How to start? How precise do I need to be? Dr. Dan explains...
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