SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER
SPRING 2014 NEWSLETTER
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Gluten free diets have traditionally been recommended for those individuals suffering from Celiac Disease. Celiac is an auto- immune disease in which the body forms inflammation against the lining of the small intestine and it is prevented from absorbing gluten containing foods properly. Gluten, which is a protein, is found primarily in foods that come from grains. Therefore, people who are eating foods with grains do not absorb the nutrients from these foods and are often diagnosed with severe deficiencies in iron, fat stores and proteins.
Recently, studies have been done to show that people who struggle with excess weight may also have excess inflammation in their GI tracts. Although they may not officially have Celiac disease, their bowels may react similarly when eating foods rich in gluten. They may still absorb the nutrients but the exposure to the gluten causes excess inflammation and can lead to symptoms of bloating, a lack of fullness after eating and an increase in cravings. Decreasing gluten intake can lower the inflammation in the bowel and can help with weight loss. A recent study showed that individuals that avoided gluten containing foods – those made from grains(breads, pasta, many cookies, etc), can improve their weight loss goals significantly(greater 10%). Also, limiting gluten can improve their sense of well-being by decreasing the inflammation and can make their weight loss process easier to stick with over time.
Even though gluten-free diets seem to be the “craze” of late, some of these recent studies may shed light on the advantage for some people, with or without Celiac disease, to avoid these high gluten foods.
If you think you may be sensitive to foods rich in gluten, then it may be worthwhile to work with a dietician or your physician to come up with a gluten free meal plan that may fit your needs. At the very least, it will not hurt you, and it may end up helping with your weight loss and improving your sense of well -being. The new studies suggest, it can’t hurt to try! For more information on how Gluten Free could help you lose weight, schedule a consultation in our Far Hills, NJ office. Call today! 908-470-2235.
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Step Ahead Wellness Center's founder/medical director, Dr. Deborah Neiman is featured in the February issue of DIABETES FORECAST. See below for our very own diet doctors advice on sticking with your exercise routine during the winter months.
Exercise: We all know we should be active. But it's wintertime, and we're really busy, and the couch is so inviting after a long day. Pretty soon the excuses win, and we're out of our fitness routine. Not anymore! We've got simple tips to make your environment-- and therefore you-- more exercise -friendly.
* Change how you think about exercise.
The idea of "exercise" can sound like hard work, and that poses a mental roadblock, says Deborah Neiman, MD, an internist adn medical director at Step Ahead Wellness Center, a weight-loss center in Far Hills, NJ. She suggests looking at adding more activity, rather than exercise, to your routine. "You have to change your way of looking at it," she says. "Most people, when they think of exercise, get very turned off because there's a big effort there." So rather than believe you have to become a gym rat, start thinking about ways you can add movement to your day. Getting up and moving during commercials, going for a walk after meals-- all those little steps add up.
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