Weekly Wellness Tip

Carbohydrates The Truth!

Posted: March 8, 2011
By: Dr Chaz Ebert

Carbohydrates: The Truth!

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about “carbs” recently.  It seems that everywhere you turn, there is a low-carb diet here and a low-carb diet there.  I want you to know the truth about carbs.

The simple fact is, there are 2 types of carbs: simple (AKA refined) and complex.  They are NOT created equal!

Simple carbohydrates are about as nutritionally beneficial as cardboard.  They are mostly made up of sugar causing “sugar highs” and then “crashes.”  I’m sure you have experienced these feelings before.  Simple carbohydrates include: white flour, white pasta, white rice, and white sugar.  Don’t be fooled by labels stating “enriched” or “fortified.”  The nutritional integrity of these foods has been compromised.  Unfortunately, most cereals, pastas, bagels, bread, cookies, muffins, cakes, and pastries have been modified in this manner.  Your bodies just can’t absorb these products the way it should, leading to stored fat and decreased cardiovascular health.

The good news is…Mother Nature has supplied us with a plethora of complex carbohydrates.  They can mainly be found in vegetables and fruits that also supply the body with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.  These complex carbohydrates release gradually, providing a steady source of energy.  They also make us feel full and satisfied and are easily broken down to release their energy. 

Oh yeah…do you think it is a coincidence that our bodies are about 70% water, and fruits and vegetables are about 70% water?  I think not!  This is what we were intended to eat!  Fruits and vegetables hydrate the body and aids in cleansing, detoxifying, and eliminating!  It’s a WIN-WIN……WIN!

In conclusion, try your best to substitute vegetables and fruit in place of breads and pastas.  Your body will thank you!  Remember, nothing tastes as good as feeling good feels!  Or something like that! ;)

Love and Health,

Dr. Chaz

The Sickest Species On Earth!!!

Posted: March 1, 2011
By: Dr Chaz Ebert

The Sickest Species On Earth!!!

Alright gang, I have to get you thinking again this week!  Think about this situation:

Let’s say that all of a sudden thousands of dead fish start washing up to shore of the one of the Great Lakes.  A few days later, thousands of birds start falling out of the sky around the lake.  So dozens of the best scientists in the world come to the area to find out what’s going on.  What do you think their approach would be?  Would it be something like this:

“Gee, there seems to be an extremely high number of fish and birds getting sick and dying in this area.  I think what we need to do is somehow round-up all the fish and birds and diagnose what disease they are all getting causing the deaths.  Then, we need to give them a drug in the form of a shot, pill, potion, or lotion to treat the disease.  If that doesn’t work, we’ll round them back up and cut out the organs that aren’t functioning properly and then release them back into the same environment.”

Is that what they would do?  ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!  (By the way, does that approach sound familiar…it should!)

I almost guarantee it would look something like this:

“Well, there are a lot of fish and birds getting sick and dying in this area.  But, it’s not happening everywhere.  So, what specifically is wrong with this certain environment that is causing these deaths.  Why are both fish and birds getting sick?  Oh yeah, because the birds are feeding on the fish.  So if the fish are sick, the birds will get sick.  So what is causing the fish to get sick?  What is in their environment leading to disease and death?  Is there something in the water?  Was there an oil spill?  Was gasoline dumped in the water?  Was there any kind of toxic waste spilled in the lake?  What toxins are they being exposed to?  WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE LAKE?  HOW DO WE CLEAN UP THE LAKE AND CREATE A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR THE FISH?”

Makes more sense, right?  You got it!

Now, the question is, if we know enough to do that with animals, why the heck don’t we take the same approach with humans?  After all, we’re just another type of species running around on this thing we call Earth.  However, we have become the sickest species on the planet because we do not take the proper approach to health!

How many times have you heard parents say, “No, Johnny, don’t give that to the dog, it will make him sick.  That’s for you!”  We take our dogs for walks while we leave our children at home to play video games.  No wonder 64% of children today are overweight!  What drug or surgery will ever solve a problem created by not eating, moving, or thinking well?  NONE!  We MUST think differently about our health!  We have to create a healthy environment that consists of healthy nutrition, optimal movement, and happy thoughts.  What if you lived in a community where everybody was happy, healthy, energetic, smiling, and living out their purpose?  How awesome would that be?  That’s my vision and I hope and pray that you will share that vision with me!

Love and Health,

Dr. Chaz