Dr. Mary Riggin

By Dr. Mary Riggin, LAc, DAc, AP, DOM and Dr. Kim Marie, LAc, DAc, AP, DOM

Part 2

Last month, we introduced you to the idea that many of things we have been taught about food are incorrect.

This month, we will explore Myth #1 of the 7 Diet Myths.

Myth #1  Calorie counting works! 

It’s simple: if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight because a “calorie is a calorie.”

Reality #1:  Focusing on merely reducing calories can lead to weight gain!

If this method worked, we would all be THIN!  At any given time, over 50% of Americans are on a diet because they are trying to lose weight.  The problem is that not all calories are the same.  Here are the facts:

Fact #1:

Calorie counting does not address the quality of the food.* If food chemicals have been added; if the food source, like corn or soy or potatoes, have been grown with genetically modified seeds; if the pesticides used in the commercial farming are excessive like apples, celery and salad greens; over time, this can create problems.**  Many food additives and chemicals will actually cause food cravings, make you feel more hungry, and cause you to eat more!***

* In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

** “The Dirty Dozen List”on CNN.com

***   The 7 Principles of Fat Burning by Eric Berg

So you end up eating even more lower-quality calories than before, reducing your health and leaving you even more hungry!

Check out this article from CNN* on the dirtiest 12    produce items.  Every year, the Environmental Working Group**, a non-profit organization, tests the most popular produce items and lists the ones with the most and least chemical residuals.  

Apples and celery are usually at the top of the list with 67 pesticide residues.  You can’t wash it off, or peel it off or soak it off – it’s part of the cell structure of the tree or the plant!  The pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, and other chemicals are sprayed on the plants and trees.  Then those chemicals are washed off the plants and trees into the soil by rain and irrigation water; where they are soaked up by the roots, along with the water and nutrients in the soil.  Therefore, these pesticides and other toxic chemicals become part of every cell in the plants and trees – including fruits and vegetables; and roots (carrots and potatoes, et.al.) and leaves (spinach, lettuce, kale, et.al.).

*http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/06/01/dirty.dozen.produce.pesticide/index.html

**www.ewg.org/foodnews

Fact #2:

If you eat too little and get hungry, your adrenal glands (the glands that sit on top of your kidneys and help you manage stress) will interpret your hunger as stress.  This causes cortisol (an adrenal hormone triggered by stress) to be released.  Cortisol uses your body to convert muscles in your thighs and buttocks into sugar, and dump it into your blood.  Then insulin removes the sugar from your blood, converts it to fat, and stores it on your belly.  This can be a root cause of BELLY FAT!  Cortisol, your adrenal glands, and their connection to stubborn belly fat, will be discussed in much more detail in the booklet and audio training “12 Easy Ways to Burn Fat.”

Calorie counting is not a sustainable answer to the weight issues we face.  As we said earlier, if this worked, we would all be thin.  Haven’tyou tried this method before – many times?

Next month we will reveal Myth #3.  Good Eating and Good Health to YOU!

Dr. Kim Marie and Dr. Mary Riggin co-created the booklet “Lies Exposed:  7 Diet Myths Revealed”as a result of their purpose to help as many people as possible achieve a higher level of health and wellness in their lives.  

Over the course of many years, working with thousands of people as licensed acupuncturists and doctors of acupuncture practicing full-scope Oriental Medicine in the Tampa Bay area, the concept of using food as medicine has become more important in order to achieve optimal results in the clinic. 

Read more about the doctors at:  www.FoodisMedicine.org   or www.HealingTouchOM.com

Dr. Mary Riggin

Dr. Mary Riggin

Dr. Mary Riggin,LAc,  FitFM - Family Wellness

Executive Director, Acupuncture Physician

Dr. Riggin is  FitFM - Family Wellness , is the Founder and Director of Healing Touch Oriental Medicine. As an inspiring health educator, in-demand speaker and doctor of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Mary has helped thousands of people completely turn their health around. Dr. Mary co-hosts and produces the wildly popular radio show "Food is the First Medicine" and her presentations and viewpoints on natural healthcarehave made her an in-demand and innovative expert in the natural health world.
Dr. Mary Riggin, produces and hosts Food is the First Medicine Talk Radio Show, and is a popular speaker. Since 1996 she has practiced natural medicine in the Tampa Bay area; her passion and purpose is to help as many people as possible. Listen to her weekly on TanTalk 1340AM in Tampa Bay, or online anytime, anywhere at www.foodismedicine.org.

She is former Vice Chair of the Florida State Board of Acupuncture and was appointed to this gubernatorial position by Governor Lawton Chiles and Governor Jeb Bush. She has been featured on various TV and radio shows and frequently teaches free classes at community and recreation centers throughout Pinellas County.

She is a published author and was featured in the book A Woman's Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Alternative Healing, writes and publishes educational newsletters and brochures, and was elected to serve two consecutive terms as President of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association.
Dr. Mary Riggin

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