When I was in first grade, my mom bought me the Harry Potter series because I was a little nearsighted nerd with a hyperactive imagination. As a little kid, I became obsessed with magic, spells, Hermione, and broomsticks. They were real in my mind and no one could convince me that my friends at Hogwarts were brilliantly conjured up by J.K. Rowling. I knew I was secretly a witch, and I held on to that knowledge for years.
My eleventh birthday was the day I learned the truth about myself. I don’t recall the presents I got or if I had a party or what kind of cake I had that day, but I do remember expecting my Hogwarts letter to show up any minute. I didn’t tell anyone about my secret hope, because my logical side knew that Harry Potter was fictional, but I still searched the skies every hour or so, looking for some sign of an owl. I even ran to the mailbox multiple times a day in hopes that maybe Hogwarts was in cahoots with the US Postal Service.
When you look at a flight of stairs, do you feel a lumpy dread hit your stomach? Do you pull out every piece of clothing you own each morning, just looking for something that fits and doesn’t make you feel chunky? Does your morning routine include handfuls of pills that only mask symptoms that plague you every day? Finally, does your doctor look over your charts with worry and plead with you to make changes?
As a society, we really like to measure things. We like to compare our own situations to the national average, our friends, or even imaginary ideals that are seriously impossible to reach. The weight loss industry capitalizes on this. Look around! They tell you to be within a certain weight range for your demographic. To lose it all because Marie Osmond could, or because the results on the Pinterest image are soooo impressive! That could be you--that ought to be you, right? No way.
Many different methods have been developed for measuring your overall fitness. One of them, the Body Mass Index (BMI), categorizes you as healthy, overweight, or obese based on your height-to-weight ratio. This index has been pretty widely accepted, but there’s a problem: it’s WRONG.
Mindless eating is a major culprit in the obesity epidemic in the United States.
If you are tired, bored, stressed, anxious, mad, lazy, sad or even happy, you probably reach for the bag of potato chips that has been calling your name all afternoon. You decide to eat it while watching TV and before you know it, you’ve eaten a whole bag of Cheetos!
Sound familiar? You are not alone!
Many people emotionally (over)eat (triggered by hormones) and don’t actually listen to their physical cues for hunger, such as needing fuel to begin your day, energy to have a productive day at work, and nutrients to power through your workout.
There’s a lot more to weight loss than a “calories in/calories out” mentality. Many people feel like trying to lose weight is resigning themselves to a lifestyle of misery, at least for 90 days or however long they think they need. The truth is that there are plenty of healthy ways to lose weight without starving yourself or even going hungry! If you go about it correctly, weight loss and maintenance will soon become part of your daily routine.
I recently worked as an intern in an office that was part of a large-scale corporation. At the end of my internship, corporate HR came around to our branch and gave out free health assessments to all of the employees on their insurance plan. After talking with the nurses, the head honchos determined that one of their greatest liabilities was—you guessed it—employee obesity.
One of the most recent program additions that we’ve made is a Neuropathy Treatment option. Many of our clients suffer from some form of neuropathy in their arms, hands, legs, or feet, which is why we’ve adopted a program that treats and cures neuropathy without harmful drugs.
First, it’s important to address that the medical system in the United States is reactive rather than preventative.
Here's an awesome post from the resident Prolean naturopath, Dr. Melanie Dunn!
You hear about it on commercials and in magazine ads for new medications and supplements. Cortisol … belly fat… the latest big, bad wolf of weight loss. However, with a baseline understanding of what it is and how to manage it, there is no reason for anyone to be at its mercy.
Have you ever been told that in order to lose weight or get healthy, you need to eat low-fat foods, count calories, eat less, or exercise more? Have those tactics proved to be time-consuming, tiresome, and ineffective?
Every day at Prolean Wellness, we meet with clients who have unsuccessfully tried these methods. They dedicate hours to the gym and practically starve themselves, but then grow discouraged and ultimately relapse into destructive behavior like binge eating. Can you relate? It’s a vicious cycle, but here’s the good news: you’re not the one to blame!
Here's a guest post by our amazing nutritionist, Meghan Doherty!
What causes the dreadful 5-10 pounds that most American adults gain from October to January each and every year?
The factors come down to the time of year when the sun goes down earlier, more social gatherings (which means more foods or sweet treats that are out of the norm), emotional eating (comfort foods when it is cold), increased stress and less energy, more eating out than average (especially at malls or parties), broken routines, and too many “cheat” or “allowance” meals.
Here's how you can avoid gaining weight and losing your progress:
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told people about what we do at Prolean Wellness and they say, “Oh my gosh, my dad needs that ASAP,” or “Wow, my cousin in Oklahoma would love this!” I know! Everyone needs this thing!
Here at Prolean Wellness, we are Problem Solvers. We let nothing stand in the way of greatness for our clients! Not even distance!
This is why we created *dramatic pause* Synergy.
We’ve all been there. A neighbor, sister-in-law, or friend decides to go running for a few weeks and magically drops 15 pounds. A co-worker stops drinking soda and suddenly loses his giant gut. Your spouse lays off refined sugar and slims down, no problem. Other people’s success can be really frustrating—especially when nothing works for you!
You’ve probably tried the diets, the gyms, the supplements and all that other stuff that’s supposed to make you look great, but really ends up frustrating you. Here’s why nothing has worked so far:
Maybe you stumbled across this blog accidentally or maybe you got here from the Prolean page of the website! Whatever your journey has been, congrats on arriving!
This blog is the place to go for answers about Prolean Wellness, a health clinic based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and our mission. We want to empower people to take control of their weight and of their lives! We will give you in-depth knowledge about how your body works and how you (specifically you) need to eat, exercise, and handle any other issues to finally get healthy.