Living In The Now | Dr. Jennifer Wild

loudounseptoct2016_page_19Most of you would like to experience each day with lightness, happiness and trust. I know I do. You might manage to do that some of the time, but often feel either sad and regretful of what has happened in the past, or worried, anxious and fearful of what might happen in the future. Your thought process tricks you and you are caught up in a negative spiral that impacts your quality of life. You are not living in the NOW.

The irony is that you may feel all of this is out of your control, when in fact, you are creating it. No one else creates your thoughts or feelings. Ultimately you have the power to un-create what is not serving you well. Michel de Montaigne said it well when he said, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.”

Many times my clients say, “But you don’t understand. I didn’t do anything. They did it to me. I cannot help but feel this way.” That victim mentality does not serve them well and creates a “habit” of blame, distrust, unhappiness and regret. So what can be done?

The way the mind works depends on past experience. We all take in information from the world and filter it through those experiences. That is why two people can be talking about the same thing and see it from two very different viewpoints. Reality is socially constructed. Just look at the upcoming POTUS election if you have doubts! Like changing a camera lens, we can decide on the view we desire, wide-angle or zoom. We just need the tools to slow ourselves down and reframe our thinking. We need to live in the NOW.

The following tools may be useful in moving from fear of the future or regret from the past to the NOW.

Use your feelings (sadness, anxiousness or unhappiness) to help figure out what thought drives those feelings. Typically, it is something, “I won’t have enough money this month.”, “My boyfriend will probably leave me.”, “I am not good enough to apply for that job.”

Once you have identified the thought, ask yourself to come up with a counter thought that is more productive such as, “I can make it through the month if I am careful.”, “We are having a great time and my boyfriend says how much he cares for me all the time.”, “I have no real idea what the company is expecting, but I have a wealth of experience that may serve them well.”

These thoughts will help you get back to the NOW. There is no need to fear the future (it does not exist) or regret the past (it is over and done). Take a deep breath and examine your new feelings.

Move! Do something with your body to get out of your head. It can be exercise of some type that you really need to think about to execute. When you are putting your thoughts on what you are doing at the moment, you are living in the NOW.

Practice gratitude. Being grateful is a great way to replace a negative thought with more positive energy.

Once you start living in the NOW you become lighter, more focused, playful and trusting. Happiness follows close behind. You have the possibility to “provide new ways of thinking to create new ways of doing.”

If you are interested in learning to live in the NOW, attend the Women’s Renewal Retreat on November 5-6, 2016 at the Goodstone Inn, Middleburg, VA. The retreat is designed and facilitated by Dr. Wild. Retreat information can be found on the API website (

Color Your World… Re-energize Your Life! | Chelsea Snyder

loudounseptoct2016_page_17-2When we talk about an energy exchange, think of a brainstorming session where ideas are shared, supported and grow into something even bigger than the original. It is not the normal type of energy we’re used to hearing about; the energy responsible for powering our cars, homes and smartphones. It’s the energy between living things that makes the world alive and vibrant and a great place to be… most of the time.

Balancing that energy is important to maintain focus, motivation and general health (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual). When we focus our energy on doing for others, without some form of energy exchange in return, we get tired, worn out, sick and depressed. All the wellness advice in the world doesn’t matter if you simply cannot get out of bed, if your neighbor drains your energy or you’re just not giving yourself enough “you time” and having your internal energy source replenished regularly.

Energy can be seen (felt, tasted, smelled) in various colors. The same colors in the crayon box or someone’s eyes that you love. Something as simple as reflecting on the color blue, for example, can bring up different emotions – from calming to sadness to trustworthiness. You can use that color to reflect upon why you are sad, or as a reminder of the bright, blue sky you love. You can simply tell yourself to notice all of the blue in your world (or, use shades of blue, like navy) as a sign or symbol of hope that things will ultimately get better. Put a streak of blue in your hair, paint your nails blue or buy a cell phone case with that color to remind you of your own “blue” strength. It’s a simple trick to get that energy moving again, and it works, no matter the color you pick!

Challenge: once you pick a color, note how many times it stands out to you in a week, where you see it and when it shines brightest.

Energy Colors:
RED: Courage, motivation, power.
BLUE: Intelligence, communication, trust.
YELLOW: Optimism, core strength, confidence.
BROWN: Stability, grounding, support.
GREEN: Balance, healing, restoration.
VIOLET: Spirituality, meditation, authenticity.
ORANGE: Creativity, sensuality, fun.
PINK: Femininity, sexuality, unconditional love.
GREY: Introspection, desensitizing, neutrality.
BLACK: Protection, logic, release.
WHITE: Purity, clarity, optimism.

Chelsea Snyder, Owner
MojoWriting, LLC

Chelsea has studied intuitive and other healing modalities throughout her life, including color and music therapy, chakra healing, drumming and reiki. As a writer and online marketing strategist, Chelsea creates a creative, authentic groove for wellness-based businesses through coaching, consultation, creative and technical services. She provides social media and copyediting services for VA WOMAN Magazine and is currently training to be a yoga teacher.


5 Health Resolutions That Are Easy to Keep

LoudounJanFeb2016HR_Page_11New Year’s Eve brings to mind NYC’s Times Square, noisemakers and bubbly, but what a difference a day can make. The month of January signifies a fresh start, complete with a new perspective and for many, New Year’s resolutions. All right, for some it may have looked a little more like a hangover-filled day spent on the couch. But were you one of the many people who made a New Year’s resolution this year?

Resolutions can get a bad rap. They often aren’t specific enough, making them unrealistic and unattainable. But the notion of aspiring to be better is to be commended. Self-improvement shouldn’t be dismissed as “all or nothing.” You’re more likely to stick with your goals if you set gradual benchmarks. When it comes to establishing a healthy lifestyle, small changes can make a big difference. For example, if you want to lose weight, create a weekly weight loss goal, in addition to your final target number. Don’t give up even if there are weeks in which you don’t lose any weight. Establish ways to hold yourself accountable: Track and measure your progress with apps or create a journal outlining your goals and the steps you’re taking to achieve them.

These five resolutions are so easy to resolve to keep, they risk giving New Year’s resolutions a new reputation. An added plus: They also happen to be kidney-friendly.

  1. Avoid unnecessary painkillers. Pain medications provide pain relief (maybe you even relied on them to nurse your post-NYE hangover), but it’s important to balance the potential benefits with the risk of dangerous side effects, such as kidney damage, fluid retention, increased blood pressure, and digestive issues. Think twice before you reach into your medicine cabinet and check both prescription and over the counter (OTC) drug labels to evaluate the risks and benefits before taking a particular medication.
  2. Quit smoking (or never start). Many bars and restaurants across the country are smoke-free. It’s getting cold out, making it the perfect time to save yourself the trip outside while bettering your health. In addition to causing lung diseases and cancer, smoking acts as an accelerator for any disease that you may have. Smoking reduces blood flow to the kidneys and can also interfere with medications used to treat high blood pressure, reducing their effectiveness. Quitting can be difficult, but it is one of the most important lifestyle changes that you can make. For additional resources and tips on how to quit, visit the National Kidney Foundation.
  3. Sit less and stand more. In case you missed it, recent research has linked sitting for eight hours or more a day with developing kidney disease, as
    well as a host of other chronic conditions. This rings true even in otherwise physically-active people. Sitting for that length of time is typical for the average desk job, but most of us go way beyond that. We sit on the couch, while driving, while riding the bus, and during dinner, just to name a few! While sitting is mandatory for some activities, get creative and expand your comfort zone when it’s not. The human body was designed to be upright, but in modern society sometimes we need to help it out. Consider a standing desk and standing while talking on the phone.
  4. Catch more Zzzs. Hit the sack earlier to make sure you’re getting enough sleep each night. Studies suggest that irregular sleep patterns, eating
    before going to sleep and not getting enough sleep are all linked to obesity, while getting enough sleep is linked with maintaining a healthy weight. Sleep health is 50 percent habit and 50 percent fatigue. Obesity can cause kidney disease, because the kidneys have to work harder to filter out toxins and to meet the metabolic demands of the increased body mass index (BMI) in obese individuals. When it comes to a good night’s rest, most people require about seven hours. Cuddle up and snooze your way to a healthy weight. (Okay, I would be remiss if I  didn’t also encourage you to incorporate healthy eating and exercise routines alongside better sleeping habits.)
  5. Get organized. It’s helpful to make a checklist. Organize one “room” or aspect of your life at a time. When it comes to your health, tackle your medical records and lab documents. There are many apps that can help you keep track of all recent doctor’s visits, test results and immunizations. A trusty file cabinet will also do the trick. Don’t forget to clean out your medicine cabinet — expired medications and ointments have a way of lingering around. Make a list of all the medications you’re taking, including vitamins, supplements and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Share it with primary care practitioners and specialists alike. Some medications are kidney-toxic. It’s important for your health care providers to determine if any medications and supplements could interact with one another in negative ways. Doses of drugs can change as you age or your kidney function declines.

By: Linda Coleman, M.D.
Coleman Primary Care
2 Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 400
Sterling, VA 20165
(703) 430-7090

Stress, Depression and the Holidays – Tips for Coping | Linda Coleman, M.D.

LoudounNovDec2015HighResNoBleeds_Page_13Stress and depression can ruin your holidays and hurt your health. Being realistic, planning ahead and seeking support can help ward off stress and depression.

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.

Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression

When stress is at its peak, it’s hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken an emotional toll on you in the past.

1 Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can’t be with loved ones, realize that it’s normal to feel sadness and grief. It’s OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can’t force yourself to be happy just because it’s the holiday season.

2 Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendshiaps.

3 Be realistic. The holidays don’t have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can’t come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.

4 Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don’t live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they’re feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.

5 Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.Try these alternatives:

• Donate to a charity in someone’s name,
• Give homemade gifts,
• Start a family gift exchange.

6 Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That’ll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.

7 Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can’t participate in every project or activity. If it›s not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.

8 Don’t abandon healthy habits. Don’t let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt.Try these suggestions:• Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don’t go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. • Get plenty of sleep.• Incorporate regular physical activity into each day.

9 Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.Some options may include: • Taking a walk at night and stargazing, • Listening to soothing music, • Getting a massage, • Reading a book.

10 Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

Take control of the holidays

Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.

By: Linda Coleman, M.D.
Coleman Primary Care2
Pidgeon Hill Drive, Suite 400
Sterling, VA 20165
(703) 430-7090

It’s A Mood Thing! | Dr. Gloria Ivey-Crowe

LoudounJulAug2015_Page_12Why is it that people around us can tell when it’s “that time of the month?” Do we look different, smell different, act different or what? If we took a poll and asked people the answer to that question most would respond: SHE ACTS DIFFERENTLY. Ever wondered why that is or what is actually happening during this time? No, your body has not been taken over by “Body Snatchers” and invaded by an alien. Most women admit they don’t feel like their usual selves and feel as though they are someone else. They don’t like what they are feeling, but still can’t seem to stop the behavior or outbursts. Why is that?

Let’s talk a little anatomy and physiology. Yeah, we had to learn it, but I’m going to give you the Cliff Notes. An average menstrual cycle is 21-30 days. Most fall in the average of 28 days with two phases: follicular and luteal. During the first or follicular part of the cycle, the follicle or egg starts to develop and the uterine lining grows anticipating implantation. The second phase or luteal phase is when the egg is released or ovulated. If the stars are in alignment, the egg and sperm meet and become one, traveling down the yellow brick road to the uterus where implantation occurs. 9 months later, you get a baby!

Both of these phases are controlled by a combination of Estrogen, Progesterone or Testosterone. Most problems with bleeding, mood, irregular cycles, infertility, no cycles, can be traced back to problems with the levels of your hormones. However, we commonly associate our moods to that time of the month. So what’s really going on here?

There is a condition we know as PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and PMDD or premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Most women are familiar with PMS. PMDD is a more serious form of PMS. Both are characterized by symptoms that usually occur 7 to 10 days before the start of the menstrual cycle and a few days when it starts. Women feel bloated, have mood changes, breast tenderness, fatigue, sleep changes such as insomnia and eating changes. You are not alone when you feel like you just got to have some chocolate or CARBS! Physical symptoms may also include joint or muscle pain, headache, weight gain due to fluid retention, acne and changes in bowel habits such as constipation or diarrhea.

Mood changes are common and no doubt is what puts folks on alert that your cycle is coming. The mood changes may be irritability, labile moods,
sadness, anxiety, depression, anger or any combination of these. These changes are occurring in most instances during the luteal phase when the predominant hormone is progesterone. Hence why some women will get relief with the use of progesterone supplements during this time.

LoudounJulAug2015_Page_13Sadness, feeling down, overall dysphoria and even depressed moods can be related to hormones or low levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter released in the brain. Low levels of serotonin may be associated with dysphoria, sadness or depression, so we can use supplements such as St. John’s Wort and SSRI’s. SSRIs or selective serotonin uptake inhibitors are a class of meds which make serotonin last longer.

Common medications in this class are Prozac, Zoloft, Effexor, Lexapro, Celexa, etc. A common one is Serafim or Prozac, dosed in smaller amounts than what is used for depression and has been very helpful with the control of mood swings and premenstrual emotions. There is help. SSRIs, progesterone creams and even birth control pills can regulate the imbalance. St John’s Wort, Chasteberry and essential oils all may be helpful, and exercise is always beneficial. For those who become totally debilitated by this time of the month, PMDD is the likely diagnosis and a combination of natural supplements, antidepressants, exercise and meditation may prove helpful.

Anxiety or anxiousness is normally felt by everyone at some point. However, when anxiety interferes with the ability to lead a normal life, it may become necessary to seek professional help. Anxiety may present as panic, phobias or fears, or social anxiety. Anxiety which is debilitating and paralyzing is a mental illness and requires further diagnosis. Anxiety associated with PMS or PMDD is short lived and not as overwhelming as it resolves itself after the menstrual cycle starts. Anxiety may present as feelings of fear, problems sleeping, cold or sweaty hands, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dry mouth, inability to be still and calm, numbness or tingling in the hands or feet, nausea, muscle tension and dizziness. Triggers for anxiety may be caffeinated beverages such as energy drinks, coffee, tea, or chocolate.

So now you know there is no NEON sign flashing DANGER AHEAD! To know is to be forewarned. Speak with your healthcare provider for help and further recommendations.

Dr. Gloria Ivey-Crowe
Women Physicians of Northern Virginia

The Healthy Weigh Now | Dr. Kenneth M. Brooks, FACC

LoudounJulAug2015_Page_02Most of us are consuming too many processed foods, refined sugars, and starches such as grains, sweets, snack foods, etc . In order to regulate blood sugar, our pancreas secretes insulin to metabolize sugar (glucose). We don’t realize when carbohydrates are eaten, they are broken down into glucose, and whatever is not metabolized for energy is converted and stored as fat. When too many carbohydrates are consumed, the pancreas has to work too hard, resulting in insulin resistance.

This leads to a drop in blood sugar which causes cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, beginning a vicious cycle of overeating, fat storage, and weight gain.

The Healthy Weigh Now’s easy 3 Level Weight Loss Plan stops the cycle, promotes weight loss by using the fat your body has stored, and burn that fat for energy. Weekly meetings with our trained coaches guide you on the journey to a healthy weight. After weight loss, we are committed to providing you knowledge and guidance to maintain your weight loss for a life time. Our program is medically supervised by board certified Cardiologists who work closely with clients that have medical conditions. Whether you have 10 pounds or over 100 pounds to lose, THE HEALTHY WEIGH NOW is your key to success.

See quick results — clients lose 2-5 lbs per week

The Healthy Weigh Now can help:
√ Improve health by reducing blood pressure, insulin,
and cholesterol
√ Lose fat and maintain muscle mass
√ Learn valuable tools to assist in weight maintenance.

For more information and to start losing today 703-707-8383

Dr. Kenneth M. Brooks, FACC

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do | Amy Morin

LWM_MJ15_web_Page_36Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life. Check out these things that mentally strong people don’t do so that you too can become more mentally strong.

They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves
Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in life and understand that life isn’t always easyor fair.

They Don’t Give Away Their Power
They don’t allow others to control them, and they don’t give someone else power over them. They don’t say things like, “My boss makes me feel bad,” because they understand that they are in control over their own emotions and they have a choice in how they respond.

They Don’t Shy Away from Change
Mentally strong people don’t try to avoid change. Instead, they welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt.

They Don’t Waste Energy On Things They Can’t Control
You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.

They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone
Mentally strong people recognize that they don’t need to please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn’t make them happy.

They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks
They don’t take reckless or foolish risks, but don’t mind taking calculated risks. Mentally strong people spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they’re fully informed of the potential downsides before they take action.

They Don’t Dwell On The Past
Mentally strong people don’t waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it. However, they don’t constantly relive bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future.

They Don’t Make The Same Mistakes Over And Over
Mentally strong people accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes. As a result, they don’t keep repeating those mistakes over and over. Instead, they move on and make better decisions in the future.

They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success
Mentally strong people can appreciate and celebrate other people’s success in life. They don’t grow jealous or feel cheated when others surpass them. Instead, they recognize that success comes with hard work, and they are willing to work hard for their own chance at success.

They Don’t Give Up After The First Failure
Mentally strong people don’t view failure as a reason to give up. Instead, they use failure as an opportunity to grow and improve. They are willing to keep trying until they get it right.

They Don’t Fear Alone Time
Mentally strong people can tolerate being alone and they don’t fear silence. They aren’t afraid to be alone with their thoughts and they can use downtime to be productive. They enjoy their own company and aren’t dependent on others for companionship and entertainment all the time but instead can be happy alone.

They Don’t Feel The World Owes Them Anything
Mentally strong people don’t feel entitled to things in life. They weren’t born with a mentality that others would take care of them or that the world must give them something. Instead, they look for opportunities based on their own merits.

They Don’t Expect Immediate Results
Whether they are working on improving their health or getting a new business off the ground, mentally strong people don’t expect immediate results. Instead, they apply their skills and time to the best of their ability and understand that real change takes time.

By Amy Morin

Heart Smart Help For Her | February is Heart Disease Month

LWMJanFeb2015-smallfinal_Page_11Many believe the leading cause of death among women is cancer. If that is what you think, you are NOT alone. Unfortunately, you are not correct. The leading cause of death among women is HEART DISEASE. Yes, heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association heart disease is responsible for one in every three woman’s deaths per year. Worse yet, many still believe that heart disease is a man’s disease. It is NOT. In fact since 1984 women continue to die from heart disease at a growing and rapid rate.

So, you ask…What should women do to prevent heart disease?

1. Take Responsibility.

Women must take responsibility for her personal health and well being. Generally the care giver of her family, women are good at helping and encouraging others – family, friends but not diligent when it comes to her self. Every woman’s  first defense and motto going forward must be TAKE CARE OF ME – FIRST.

The best prevention against heart disease is to understand the risks and treatment options if heart disease and stroke history are apparent. Ask your health provider questions. Before visiting the doctor’s o ce be prepared. Take a pen and pencil with you. Ask questions – lots of them and write the answers down. Share your family’s history with your health provider. The information shared will become a part of the permanent health record. Especially share the information if heart disease and stroke are a part of your DNA. Your health history matters.

2. Know YOUR Risks- At EVERY Age.

The older one is the greater the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Be diligent and focused. Recognize and honor your genetic make-up. If a family member has a history of cardiovascular disease, i.e. parents, siblings, grandparent – your risk is much greater.

3. DO NOT SMOKE, Not Now, Not EVER!

The evidence is overwhelming. Cigarette smoking and second hand exposure to smoking increases the risks of heart disease, lung cancer and stroke.

4. Keep the Pressure DOWN.

Hypertension also known as high blood pressure is the “silent killer.” It often goes without symptoms. Checking with your Doctor or health provider is a must on a regular basis – especially if there is a family history of high blood pressure. Heredity and increasing age raises the risk.

5. The Number Counts – Monitor Cholesterol.

Abnormal or high blood lipids (fats) are a major contributor to cardiovascular disease. Blood lipids include the LDL (bad cholesterol), HDL and triglycerides. The lower one’s LDL and the higher HDL, the better. If one is at risk, check with your Physician. Diet may or may not help. Medication may be the best prevention.

By Dorri C. Scott, MSW

The Perfect Selfie Gift for Valentine’s Day – A Massage
| Loudoun Laser & Medical Spa

LWMJanFeb2015-smallfinal_Page_20The winter season is the perfect time for massage therapy because we have less sunlight, less energy, our immune system is fighting off colds and our stress level is high. One way to combat the winter colds, decrease stress and renew your energy is to have a professional massage.

A good massage therapist can make you feel like a new person by kneading targeted parts of your body to promote circulation, suppleness and relaxation. Studies have shown that massages help to alleviate muscle pain, increase delta waves associated with deep restful sleep, increase immune system performance, and reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and severe PMS pains. Further, studies also report that frequent massages help promote
a healthier lifestyle.

While there are many styles and types of massages offered at Loudoun Laser & Medical Spa to choose from, the key is to select the best one that fits your mood and health objectives.

By Bernadette Carroll
Loudoun Laser & Medical Spa

LOSE 30 – 35 POUNDS with SEROTONIN PLUS | Women Physicians of Northern Virginia

LWMJanFeb2015-smallfinal_Page_12YES 30 – 35 pounds!!! Wonder how many of you, thought I was referring to the new “skinny pill”. You can’t turn on the television, read a magazine, or even read your Facebook posts without some mention of the new “skinny pill”. The new “skinny pill” is considered the magic bullet for weight loss. Its attraction: rapid weight loss without making any lifestyle changes or exercising. Consider, all our lives we have been told if we eat right and exercise that is how we will be successful at weight loss. Also, the adage that because you did not gain it overnight, you should not expect that you will lose it overnight. But we are not here to debate the validity of desiring a product which does just that. The SP I want you to consider is SEROTONIN PLUS. A medically supervised weight loss program which incorporates a meal plan, teaches nutrition and portion size, augments metabolism, assists with carbohydrate cravings, encourages exercise, and makes patients accountable. A program that has proven successful in more than 200,000 patients.

As an obstetrician/gynecologist, each day I discuss with patients, pertinent health risks and make recommendations regarding lifestyle changes that can impact their overall health. The visit starts with the nurse, who obtains vital information from the history and measurements taken such as blood pressure, weight and height. This information is used to calculate the patient’s body mass index or BMI. The BMI is a function of the height and weight and is a measure of body fat. A normal BMI is less than 30.

“the 12 week program includes supplements, vitamins…..and encourages patient accountability”

Selecting and utilizing a product or diet, without any lifestyle modifications can lead to failure. The scales work in your favor initially, but sustained weight loss will always be a struggle. Why? The body is very good at adapting to whatever environment it finds itself. You restrict its caloric intake over long periods of time and it compensates for what it interprets as starvation and becomes more efficient at extraction of calories for fuel and
storage of the remainder of calories as fat. The metabolism slows down and calories are held on to for future fuel. This is the reason why most fad diets, which result initially in quick weight loss on the scale, is not maintained once an individual stops.

Serotonin Plus is just one of the supplements included in the twelve week weight loss program developed more than 15 years ago by Dr. Robert Posner. Dr. Robert Posner is an Internal Medicine physician who practices in Burke, VA. As a physician who cares for the whole person, he was interested in creating a program which provided weight loss but also addressed some of the causes of an individual’s failure at succeeding and maintaining weight loss. He has expanded the program throughout the United States.

This twelve week program includes supplements, vitamins, encourages exercise, helps to decrease carbohydrate cravings, increases metabolism, teaches healthy eating through meal selections, portion control and provides meal planning and encourages patient accountability. Prior to enrollment in the program, each person receives an initial assessment to identify any risk factors, a review of medication history, an EKG, body scan, and chemistry panel. The program is supervised by a physician and consists of weekly 15 minute visits to follow and document weight loss, review progress, discuss weekly triumphs as well as setbacks but most of all to provide encouragement. At the completion of twelve weeks patients will have become much more educated on nutrition but most of all more attuned to what works best for them and identification of their problem areas. The program will have assisted them in meeting their individual goals and in most case, provided individuals with a road map for sustaining their weight
loss. After completion of the twelve week program, for continued success, participation in the Maintenance Program is encouraged. Maintenance consists of continuance of supplements if needed, free monthly body scans and coaching as needed.

By Gloria J. Ivey-Crowe, MD
Women Physicians of Northern Virginia

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