Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • October 2017
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Why weight?

In 2014 about 1 in 6 American children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 were considered to have obesity. What exactly is obesity? Obesity is when our body mass index or BMI is at 30 or higher. BMI is defined as weight in kilograms divided by height in meters squared. For most people, BMI is related to the amount of fat in their bodies, which can raise the risk of many health problems.

What I have found in my years of research and education as well as my own personal struggles with body weight (yes, that is me in the accompanying picture) is that many times we may think we are eating healthy when in reality we are not. Sure there are many quick fixes or miracle pills advertised to help us lose weight because most people want a quick fix to their health issues that are a direct link to their obesity.

The truth is, there is no quick fix. No one became 80 pounds overweight overnight or even in a month’s time, yet they get discouraged if the weight doesn’t vanish in that short amount of time. Weight loss takes time. There’s no magic pill that makes it fall off and if you are dropping more than 2 pounds a week chances are the weight will return easily. The reason it does is that we rely on an unrealistic food plan or pills that increase our heart rate and we never really learn how to eat sensibly.

For instance, how many of us have heard that carbohydrates are bad for us and we should have a diet that is low in carbs or a diet that avoids carbs? I have news for you, not all carbohydrates are bad for us. Basically carbohydrates consist of starches and sugars and they provide energy to the body. Simple carbs can be absorbed quickly into the blood stream while complex carbohydrates, because they contain fiber, will absorb slower. Sugars can be naturally occurring in our foods like grapes or milk or they can be added to a product like pancake syrup or soft drinks. The soft drink has no fiber to slow down the absorption so blood sugar can spike quickly. If you are not using that sugar energy right away your body will store it as fat to maybe be used later. The problem the typical American nutritional label has is that it doesn’t distinguish between naturally occurring and added sugars.

Starch can contain fiber too, like corn that can help to slow down digestion, but most of the starch we eat has been pulverized and overprocessed. Wheat flour is a good example. Unless the label says 100 percent whole wheat it has no fiber in it to slow digestion. Your body sees flour no differently than it does table sugar. It is absorbed quickly into the blood stream. Some of it absorbs as soon as it hits your mouth. This not only spikes blood sugar levels but these types of foods contain little or no fiber and that is what helps your digestive tract to remain running smoothly. Avoiding breads that are not 100 percent whole grain, pastas, white rice, white potatoes and although sweet potatoes (not yams) contain more fiber they should be eaten in moderation. Read labels on gravy mixes or other “instant” types of foods where you just add water to make it. Many of these are loaded with flour, corn starch and sugar that absorb quickly and raise blood sugar. Many of these items also contain large amounts of sodium or MSG.

Carbohydrates help to regulate protein metabolism and are needed by the body. Keep in mind diets low in carbohydrates are unlikely to contain the minimum servings of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which are all beneficial to digestion and needed vitamins and minerals. These diets can also increase the burden on the kidneys with high levels of protein.

Choose carbohydrates that contain fiber and vital nutrients, whole foods like fruits, vegetables, non-sweetened whole grains.

Avoid carbohydrates that have no or low essential nutrients like pastries, pasta, non-whole grain breads or buns, fruit juices, soft drinks, candy, cookies, syrups or that contain ingredients like corn syrup, sugar, and honey. Honey contains no more vitamins than table sugar. Diets high in simple carbohydrates like this have been linked to high cholesterol and elevations in blood glucose levels.

Education is key. Learn how your body makes fat and how to read labels to avoid the ingredients that cause disease. Don’t fall prey to fad diets and weight loss gimmicks. 


Jeanne Gehrke

Jeanne Gehrke, Owner of Dreams of Jeanne LLC ~ Wellness Advocate. As the owner of Dreams of Jeanne LLC I offer my experience and education with a Bachelor of Science in Health & Wellness. Specializing in Essential Oils and whole body wellness. She offers AromaTouch Technique, Foot Reflexology, Detox Wraps, Aromatherapy and Weight Management Programs. Find Services, FREE Educational Oil Classes and schedule appointments at Contact her at: 920-841-0304, email: [email protected] Like us on Facebook:

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