Blog Archive

The Importance of Maintaining a Healthy Weight as You Age Aug 16th, 2019

Did you know men and women reaching 65 today can expect to live into their 80s, and that a significant number of older adults are either overweight or underweight? Keeping up with the changes to your body as you get older is a fundamental part of staying well.  Working with...

Precision Health: Harnessing Technology for Weight Loss Success Focus on Micronutrients Jul 16th, 2019

Technology has been and is now at the forefront of advanced health care. We now have the ability to dig deep into the genetic and metabolic factors making us who we are, down to the very cellular level. This is exciting stuff. Advanced discoveries as to how our bodies function...

Nervous About Cutting Out Carbs? Tips for Success on the Keto Diet Jul 1st, 2019

Keto isn’t just any low-carb diet. A ketogenic diet does cut your carb count down to 50 grams per day – that’s approximately the amount in one cup of cooked rice. The specific nutrient ratio you follow varies according to your needs, but it’s generally about 20% protein, 75% fat,...

Why Therapeutic Nutrition Is a Good Choice for Those Seeking a Personalized Diet Program Jun 1st, 2019

You know what you eat has an effect on your health, weight, and energy levels.  Plenty of “healthy” diets are available on websites, in books, and even in magazines -- but these are one-size-fits-all general recommendations. Therapeutic nutrition is different. Our practitioners at Marin Weight Loss and Wellness meet with...

How a Daily Diet Journal Can Help You Achieve Your Goals May 1st, 2019

A daily diet journal is a proven asset in helping you achieve your weight-loss goals. This log of what foods and drinks you consume each day helps you identify triggers that cause you to eat and be honest about what and how much you’re eating. At Marin Health & Wellness,...

Marin Weight Loss & Wellness: New Platinum Weight Loss Program! Apr 4th, 2019

    Precision Health Precision Health is an advanced program from Marin Weight Loss & Wellness. With Precision Health we are accessing the power of cutting-edge testing which allows us to see the workings of our bodies at the cellular level. We have chosen a panel of tests which when...

3 Reasons a Physician-Supervised Program for Weight Loss Is Worth Trying Apr 1st, 2019

Losing weight isn’t easy. That’s one reason why approximately 70% of the American population remains overweight or obese. You may have dabbled in the latest fad diets only to find that the dietary restrictions and exercise requirements were just too much. Or you may have success at first, but then...

How Mindful Eating Will Change Your Relationship with Food Mar 4th, 2019

The US Department of Agriculture reported in 2011 that every American spends about 2 ½ hours per day eating, and more than half of this time they’re doing something else at the same time. Whether you’re watching television, working on the computer, or taking bites between paying the bills, this...

Considering the Keto Diet? Here's What You Should Know Feb 6th, 2019

The “keto” diet, which is short for ketogenic, is all the rage right now in the dieting and weight-loss world. Research supports this diet’s ability to help you lose weight quickly, improve many markers of poor health, and even boost athletic performance. It’s a high-fat, low-carb plan that puts you...

How a Health Coach Can Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2019 Jan 7th, 2019

Living a healthy life seems like a simple goal, until you try to do it on your own. So much information about diet, exercise, lifestyle habits, and supplements is available. Some of it is confusing, contradictory, or downright inconvenient. A health coach can help you weed through the propaganda and...

Lap Band Fills: 5 Essential Facts to Know Dec 7th, 2018

If you’ve had weight-loss surgery and the placement of a lap band (gastric band), you may have lots of questions. The procedure involves the insertion of a silicon band around the upper portion of your stomach. A balloon is located on the inside of this band, which is attached to...

3 Surprising Benefits of Therapeutic Nutrition Nov 20th, 2018

At Marin Weight Loss & Wellness, therapeutic nutrition -- also known as medical nutrition therapy -- can help you take advantage of the powerful healing role of food. Our expert team offers professionally created and monitored diet plans that can restore your well-being and help you overcome obesity. Therapeutic nutrition...

Get the Most Out of Your Keto Diet: 5 Foods That Will Help Speed Your Results Oct 30th, 2018

The ketogenic (or keto) diet has become a popular means of fulfilling weight loss goals for many people. By cutting carbohydrate sources down very low, your body is forced to burn fat rather than glucose for energy. The benefits of a keto diet include rapid weight loss, increased energy and sharper mental focus. These five...

Overcome Your IBS or Gut Disorder with a Therapeutic Diet Sep 14th, 2018

Irritable bowel syndrome affects the quality of life of millions of Americans each day. The bouts of abdominal pain, cramping, and nausea can deeply impact your ability to function well at work and at home and can interfere with your social life. Over 70% of IBS sufferers report having at...

Ten Tips to Avoid Stress Eating Aug 8th, 2018

There’s no doubt that emotional eating can sabotage your weight loss efforts, and it’s much more complex than having more self-control. There’s a strong connection between mood and food. Sadness, loneliness, disappointment, fear and even boredom can trigger strong urges and cravings for certain foods. Major life events and daily...

How to Maintain Your Weight Loss While on Vacation Jul 23rd, 2018

Many people use an upcoming vacation as motivation to go on a diet and shed some unwanted pounds. Having a goal — whether it’s a number on a scale, a dress size, or just wanting to look good in a bathing suit — can be useful in sticking to a...

Beyond Weight Loss: 10 Ways the Mediterranean Diet Benefits Your Health Jun 7th, 2018

It’s often referred to as one of the world’s healthiest diets, and for good reason. Science has discovered the reason populations living in areas surrounding the Mediterranean have low rates of chronic disease -- it’s because of their diet. The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds, fish, and...

Tips to Eat Healthy While You're at Work May 11th, 2018

No matter how busy you are, healthy eating is always an option. With a little planning and commitment, a workday doesn’t have to derail your diet. Follow these tips to eat healthy while you’re at work.Prepare the night beforeYou often derail your diet when you’re tired, stressed, or just so...

How to Build a Nourishing Salad May 11th, 2018

Building a healthy salad for lunch or dinner gives you a nutrient-dense meal that tastes delicious, boosts your energy and balances your blood sugar.We want to maximise all your macro nutrients, i.e. protein, fats and carbohydrates in one meal to allow for increased phytonutrient content. Phytonutrients are important for cell...

5 Reasons to Try Keto Diet Apr 18th, 2018

5 Reasons to Try Keto DietLosing weight can not only help you look great, but the added health benefits mean you’ll feel great, too. A keto diet can be used as part of a broader weight loss plan to help you lose weight quickly and boost your overall health.This diet...

8 Tips to Practice Mindful Eating Mar 30th, 2018

8 Tips to Practice Mindful EatingIf you’re a yoga devotee or you listen to any celebrity interview, mindfulness has taken center stage as a great practice for healthy living. This practice not only involves twisting your body into unlikely positions and sitting quietly while you meditate; it can, and should,...

Eating with the Seasons Mar 30th, 2018

The natural cycle of produce is perfectly designed to support our health. Apples grow in the fall and they are the perfect transition food assisting the body get rid of excess heat and cool down before winter. In the spring, the abundance of leafy greens helps us alkalize, detox and...

Setting our Intentions for the New Year and how to nourish ourselves in all aspects of our life Mar 2nd, 2018

What you eat literally controls almost every function of your body and mind. Food connects us to one another and to our bodies. Food can reinvigorate our health, bring families together, restore vibrant communities, improve the economy and the environment, reduce pollution, and help our children get better grades.In other...

Appetizers Mar 2nd, 2018

Sweet Potato Tartare Servings 4Ingredients2 medium sweet potatoesExtra virgin olive oil, for drizzlingSea salt and freshly ground black pepper1 watermelon radish thinly sliced, cut into half moons2 tsp. sesame seeds white or blackAvocado tartare1 tsp. sesame oil2 tsp. fresh lemon juice + more for squeezing1/4 tsp. Dijon mustard1/4 cup red onion diced1 medium-large ripe avocadoSea saltInstructionsPreheat the oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment...

What foods support and nourish you in times of stress! Mar 2nd, 2018

It has been an extremely difficult couple of weeks for people in our community and beyond, the fires were the worst to ever hit California, the loss of lives, pets and homes all has been in the hearts and minds of us all. Whether we knew someone directly or through...

Healthy Weight, Healthy Pregnancy Mar 2nd, 2018

This award-winning article was originally published in the Marin Medical Society Journal. To read the original article, click here. Congrats to Dr. Gail Altschuler for winning Article of the Year by the Marin Medical Society! By Dr. Gail Altschuler, MDPhysicians understand the negative health consequences of being overweight, including a higher incidence...

Delicious Summer Drinks To Prepare, Packed with Protein! Mar 2nd, 2018

Marin Weight Loss and Wellness is excited to offer some of our hydrating, flavorful drinks on special for the month of June.  With Summer Solstice right around the corner, add these refreshing, protein-packed drinks to your day.  They are perfect for those “on-the-go” busy days when you are running out...

Are You Getting Your Daily Dose Of Vegetables? Mar 2nd, 2018

The health benefits of vegetable nutrition are enormous. Brightly colored vegetables contain a complex array of antioxidants and minerals that appear to work in unison to help protect cells from damage that is linked to aging, macular degeneration (blurred or no vision), and even some types of cancer.While there are...

Spice Up Your Life! Mar 2nd, 2018

Most of us have spices in our kitchen cabinet that we haphazardly throw into various recipes, but how often do we think about the nutritional value or health benefits of these spices?Spices originate from plants: flowers, fruits, seeds, barks, leaves, and roots. They not only add flavor to your foods,...

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D? Mar 2nd, 2018

Vitamin D, also known as the “sunshine vitamin”, is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be hard to obtain in adequate amounts because our primary source is from sun exposure.During the winter, we spend more time indoors and the sun is not as strong particularly in the Northern Hemisphere, and throughout the...

Taking Time To Decompress Mar 2nd, 2018

Let’s face it, the stress we experience today is here to stay!  We can’t always control the stress in our lives, but we can control how we react to it.Finding natural ways of reducing stress is crucial for maintaining optimal health, as it can improve mood, boost immune function, promote longevity,...

Are You Drinking Enough Water? Mar 2nd, 2018

Your body is comprised of about 65 percent water which is needed for various physiological processes and biochemical reactions, including blood circulation, eliminating toxins and metabolism.Many of us think that we drink enough liquids throughout the day to keep ourselves hydrated, but if we counted all the beverages other than...

Eating Mindfully Mar 2nd, 2018

How often do you sit down to eat in front of the TV or your laptop, or eat in the car “on the go”, and before you know it, you’re finished and you haven’t even tasted a bite? Today’s busy schedules mean that for many of us, sitting down to a...

Protein and your Metabolism Mar 2nd, 2018

Are you getting enough protein throughout your day?  Eating protein every 2-3 hours throughout the day can be beneficial in keeping our metabolism running, our energy up and our blood sugar levels stable.  The daily amount of protein we eat will vary depending on our individual needs including our body...

Getting Your ZZZ’s Mar 2nd, 2018

Next to water and food, sleep is essential for survival. Ageing, stress and some prescription drugs can all affect sleep.  Good sleep is a requirement if we want to support our health and have the energy we need to thrive. Chronic lack of sleep is thought to be linked to...

The scoop on FAT… Mar 2nd, 2018

Today we are going to give you the “skinny” on healthy fats.  Are you afraid of fats? Despite the bad wrap that fats have received in the past, it can be as unhealthy to avoid all fats as it is to consume them in large quantities. The percentage of fats...

5 Reasons to Love Apple Cider Vinegar Mar 2nd, 2018

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been around since 5000 BC. It’s a fermented product that is made using active yeast that is combined with sugar. The yeast consumes the sugar and uses it to grow healthy bacteria which is how the fermentation takes place. ACV has about 3-5 calories per...

Why We Drink Warm Lemon Water in the Mornings to Boost our Metabolism Mar 2nd, 2018

Starting your day with a glass of warm lemon watercan revitalize the body and mind. Here are 5 reasons to try this morning ritual:Drinking lemon water helps digestion. Drinking warm water first thing in the morning with ½ a lemon, can help flush out the digestion system and rehydrate the body....

How To Boost Your Metabolism Mar 2nd, 2018

Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this complex biochemical process, calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function.Even when you’re at rest, your body needs energy for all its...

How Getting Enough Rest Can Help You Lose Weight Mar 2nd, 2018

Although diet and exercise are widely known as the keys to weight loss success, there is another, lesser known contributor to losing – or gaining – weight.If you find yourself not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, or you wake up feeling unrested after a full night’s sleep, it...

How much does Viagra cost? Mar 2nd, 2018

But some families become constrained when trying to get drugs from the Web because they don’t know what is existing. There are sundry complaints when you decide to buy drugs online. Unfortunately whilst the WEB is awash in advertisements for cheap generics, would-be customers risk not just their funds but...

Avoid Vacation Weight Gain: 5 Steps to a Happy & Healthy Vacation Mar 2nd, 2018

If you’re going to avoid vacation weight gain, there are a few things to keep in mind. Most people view a diet as an On or Off affair, and often, when it comes to vacations, off comes out ahead. Diets don’t work. Fortunately, you’re not on a diet. This is about taking...

Grilled Fish Broquettes Mar 2nd, 2018

Providing a healthy dose of Omega-3s, the warming spices such as cumin, cayenne and paprika add robust flavor and complexity to this dish. The garlic offers anti-viral and immune-boosting properties. The parsley supports healthy digestion.Servings 4Ingredients1 1/2 lb. Firm Fleshed White Fish Such as haddock, halibut, sea bass or snapper, cut into 1-2 inch...

Best Beef Stew In the Slow Cooker Mar 2nd, 2018

This bowl of goodness is infused with delicious flavor. It’s loaded with fresh herbs such as parsley and thyme as well as colorful, antioxidant-rich vegetables and healthy protein to support healthy digestion and lower inflammation. Throw it in your slow cooker and this nutrient-rich stew will be ready in 5...

Putting the Happy Back in Happy and Healthy Mar 2nd, 2018

Today I would like to put the Happy back in Happy and Healthy. I have a patient who I’ve been working with for a while. He’s serious and successful. He’s lost 20 pounds and I’ve watched him internalize new skills as he learns to live his life as if he’s already at his...

Salmon With Lemon & Garlic Marinade Mar 2nd, 2018

This salmon dish will provide you with a healthy dose of Omega-3s needed for heart and brain health as well as helping our immune system stay in fighting shape. Salmon is also a great source of protein to help build and repair the body. Lemon and garlic add a nice...

Chicken Lettuce Wraps Mar 2nd, 2018

Enjoy this light yet aromatic chicken dish containing healing properties. Both ginger and lemongrass have been used for centuries to support digestion and the immune system, and heal the gut. The cilantro also acts as a digestive aid and is a good source of vitamin K, C, and A. The...

Skewered Lamb With Red Onion Salsa Mar 2nd, 2018

The warming spices contained in this mediterranean dish complement the richness of the lamb, a great source of B vitamins. Both cumin and paprika a good source of vitamins and minerals such as iron, manganese, vitamin E, and A. The homemade salsa served on top contains healthful ingredients such as...

Chia Seed Pudding Mar 2nd, 2018

This plant-based treat is loaded with healthy goodness. Chia seeds are tiny powerhouses packed full of antioxidants, calcium, and omega-3 as well as a good source of protein. Make it ahead of time, refrigerate, and enjoy it for breakfast or snack the next dayServings 4Ingredients1/2 cup Chia Seeds2 cups Almond Milk1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup1/2 tsp. Vanilla EssenceInstructionsMix all ingredients...

Healing Mind, Body & Spirit Mar 2nd, 2018

It’s almost Thanksgiving and, if you’re like most people, you’re getting ready for one of the largest and most festive meals of the year. Whether you plan to eat with family and friends or volunteer at a local shelter, you’ll soon be sitting at a table filled with the culinary...

5 C’s for Success Mar 2nd, 2018

Hooray for Ms. Hawaii!Our own Flecha Tovar recently won the title of Ms. Hawaii. I am very excited for her and gratified that the Altschuler Center played even a small part in her winning. Although promoted as a beauty pageant, the participants and winners also show themselves to be beautiful both inside...

Maintaining Weight Loss: Lessons from “The Biggest Loser” study Mar 2nd, 2018

Maintaining weight loss can be challenging but with the right attitude, commitment and willingness to discover what works for you it is possible and rewarding. Dr. Kevin D. Hall, lead author of the study and a scientist at the National Institutes of Health, published a study in the journal Obesity this...

Basic information about Viagra. Mar 2nd, 2018

There is no denying the fact that not getting enough care about health may increase your risk of countless troubles. The remedies are delivered by the online drugstore to the customer’s home in a couple of weekdays from the purchase. Besides, many internet drugstores operate from remote countries, where business...

Frittata With Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Mar 2nd, 2018

This protein-rich recipe makes a perfect breakfast to kick start your day. The smoked salmon offers a healthy dose of Omega-3s, and the asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, E, C, and B as well as a good source of fiber. The garlic supports a healthy immune system.Servings 4 -6Ingredients6 Large Egg Whites at...

Grilled Chicken With Ginger Mar 2nd, 2018

Infused with flavor, this chicken dish is full of ingredients to support healthy digestion. Ginger is part of the plant family that included turmeric and cardomom. The garlic and ginger offer a healthy dose of anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. Enjoy the chicken over a cup of watercress, a mineral rich...

Super Bowl 50’s Official Dip – Hummus: 4x the Calories of Salsa Mar 2nd, 2018

We all love to dip. A lot of times, but all that dipping adds up to quite a few extra calories, mostly fat. And when you think that what you’re dipping is healthy, it’s easy to mindlessly dip, especially while watching your favorite team go for the win! Dip may seem...

The Forces of Evil Mar 2nd, 2018

We get up in the morning and we’re ready for action. We’re gung ho. We’re enthusiastic. We imagine the day. But then it seems like maybe we got busy or maybe we didn’t get a chance to eat what we planned or maybe we just felt hungry. Maybe we were anxious...

The Holidays: From Surviving to Thriving Mar 2nd, 2018

Another year, another holiday season. Could any time of the year be more challenging than the holidays. We enter the season with great expectations, but also with a sense of dread. How will I handle it all? Once again we face the sinking feeling that life will overwhelm our best...

Power and Joy Mar 2nd, 2018

This article is adapted from Mark Gorkin, “The Stress Doc.” Dr. Gorkin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is a nationally recognized speaker, workshop leader and author on stress, reorganizational change, anger, team building, creativity and humor.  To read his original article, click here. I want to talk a bit about what...

Weight Loss Success: Dr. Gail Mar 2nd, 2018

So many of my patients have been kind enough to write a testimonial for The Altschuler Center. I can’t help but be excited when a person transforms their life and realizes a fundamental change in their outlook and actions. So I asked myself, why not revisit some of these powerful...

Size Does Matter Mar 2nd, 2018

By this time you’ve learned the importance of planning your meals. First and foremost you know the importance of choosing healthy food. Now it’s time to consider your choices, not only for quality, but for quantity as well. You saw this coming, quality and quantity go hand in hand, don’t...

Roasted Cauliflower With Tahini Mar 2nd, 2018

The robust flavor of this dish complements any meal. Cauliflower contains anti-inflammatory properties and is packed with vitamin B, C, and K. It’s a good source of manganese—a mineral antioxidant that is especially important in oxygen-related metabolism. The garlic and onion have immune-boosting properties to help maintain optimal health.Servings 4Ingredients1 Head Cauliflower1/4 Cup Olive Oil2 Lemons...

Obtaining a Healthy Body Image – How to Love Yourself Inside and Out Mar 2nd, 2018

Do you struggle with your body image? How you feel about your body can affect your confidence, overall self-concept, and sense of personal value.It may be difficult to feel okay about what you look like when you’re constantly presented images on TV, the internet, and magazines that depict people who...

What is weight loss really? Mar 2nd, 2018

It’s great to see people in the office.  I love the chance to worked with people one to one.  But eventually you move out on your own, feel more confident, integrating the skills you’ve learned into your real life.And, real life happens.  The same conditions that have helped 70% of...

What to Eat to Burn Fat, have a Steady Source of Energy and Feel Full Mar 2nd, 2018

People say to me all the time…“Just tell me what to do!”There is such an abundance of information out there that says, “don’t do that” “no – don’t eat that” “here’s the mistakes…” , “here’s the food traps to avoid…” and on and on.And that may leave you feeling overwhelmed...

In Honor of Diabetes Week – A Holiday Hor d’oeuvre Everyone Can Enjoy Mar 2nd, 2018

People with diabetes often dread the holidays. They worry about being exposed to foods that make them sick. Or they feel they will be tempted by all the holiday favorites and compromise their health. Here’s an idea for holiday entertaining that will work for everyone!One of the big calorie traps...

Eating Out at Restaurants and Staying Healthy Mar 2nd, 2018

One of the questions I get asked a lot by my patients and friends is “how do I eat out and not kill my diet” or “we are celebrating a family birthday by going out to a restaurant but I don’t want to ruin the progress I’ve made.”! It’s tough...

You ARE Worth It! 5 Tips For Enhancing Your Self-Esteem Mar 2nd, 2018

A healthy self-esteem is a starting point for a happy life. Unfortunately, our weight and body image are intimately related to our self-esteem. When we are struggling with our weight we often say things to ourselves that we would never say to a friend or stranger. As a result, we...

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month Mar 2nd, 2018

Small changes can have a big and meaningful effect. This is, in many ways, the foundation of what I teach my patients. Changing small habits in your day to day life can have a huge impact on not only your weight, but also your quality of life and risk of...

Self Care for the Holidays: My POWER System for Taking Care of Your Daily Needs Mar 2nd, 2018

As we approach this busy holiday season, the best question you can ask yourself is…What do I need to do to take care of myself right now?That may seem contrary in this season of giving, but trust me, the better you care for yourself, the better you care for others.And...

September Is Back To You Time Mar 2nd, 2018

“And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.” ~ Libba Bray, The Sweet Far ThingSummer is a busy time, maybe we’ve been traveling or taking care of visitors, hosting those outdoor barbeques or minding our kids who are home from school.September is the beginning of...

Building a Community Mar 2nd, 2018

We live in a culture where 70 percent of the people are overweight or obese. If you combine that with having a genetic predisposition to being overweight, you will be overweight, unless you have a plan. That’s absolutely essential for breaking that strong, magnetic pull towards obesity.One aspect of having...

Perk Up for Weight Loss! Mar 2nd, 2018

Three natural energy and mood boostersLife can be exhausting. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do or where you live—we often have so many demands weighing on us that we don’t have any choice but to collapse at the end of the day, drained and yearning for a...

Say What? Motivational Quotes for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

It’s amazing how just a few little words, when put together in just the right way, can have a lasting impact on your life. Motivational quotes can help you power through the most difficult times. We repeat them over and over when pulling up to a big job interview. We...

Stress Free is the way to be for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

Stress can occur for any reason, without warning. Stress can stem from anywhere including traffic, work problems or relationship issues. If not addressed and managed properly, stress can be damaging to your health and to your medical weight loss efforts.Stress can lead to harmful eating habits like emotional eating or...

Training for a 5k during Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

For those who are losing weight through the help of a medical weight loss program and are looking for new, exciting ways to exercise and get in shape, one great option to consider is training for a 5K walk or run. 5K’s and other distance runs are great options for...

Motivation for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

Whether you are looking for a weight loss program or are in the midst of your weight loss journey, you know that it takes more than just signing up for a gym membership to get fit. You need to find the internal motivation to get up and get moving, and...

Working Past Resistance for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur” –Leo Tolstoy We are all creatures of habit. We arrange our lives in such a way that we can go about our business with as little inconvenience as possible. We find the shortest commute, wear clothes we find comfortable and eat what we...

Five Strategies to Solve Your Social Eating Problems Mar 2nd, 2018

Have you ever been at a party, laughing with friends and enjoying yourself, and then you look down at the big bowl of chips and there are only crumbs left? How about out to dinner with a loved one in the midst of a great conversation, and you are so...

Learning to Communicate During Medical Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

Communication helps the world go round. As humans, we thrive on communication. We talk with one another, use hand gestures to motion our thoughts, and share glances with others to capture attention and provide added meaning in every day moments.Cut off from other people, we start to communicate with ourselves—as...

Spaghetti Squash With Marinara Mar 2nd, 2018

Craving pasta? This simple, flavorful recipe will do the trick with more nutritional value than traditional pasta noodles and far fewer calories at only 42 calories per cup. Spaghetti squash is a good source of b vitamins which help promote optimal cell function in the body, potassium, a mineral needed...

Why Nutrients Matter for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

During your medical weight loss program you’ll be encouraged to make long-term changes to your diet. This will include making habit changes like eating more fruits and vegetables, drinking plenty of water and cutting out processed and fried foods.These are some of the most popular components of eating a “healthy”...

Creating an Exercise Schedule for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

During medical weight loss, you’ll make a number of changes to your current lifestyle. Activities that contribute to weight loss include eating the right amount of healthy foods, practicing good sleep hygiene and managing your stress level effectively.Of course, exercise is one of the key activities you can incorporate that...

Eating Slower for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

To lose weight and keep it off, you often have to make several lifestyle changes that support that goal. Not only will you have to address your current level of activity, how much time you allow for sleep each night and your stress management techniques, you’ll also have to look...

Living Healthy on a Budget Mar 2nd, 2018

In early December of 2013 Harvard released a report about the cost of healthy eating. They found that following a healthy diet costs the average diner about $1.50 more a day than it would cost them to chow down on fast, fried and other unhealthy grub.While this may seem like...

Choose Optimism Mar 2nd, 2018

Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Though we often describe ourselves with these terms, using them may amount to little more than a self-fulfilling prophecy. We tend to view ourselves as one or the other and subscribe to that viewpoint: if you think of yourself as a negative person,...

Pursuing Personal Wellness Mar 2nd, 2018

“The greatest wealth is health” ~VirgilWhat does it mean to truly be healthy? A lot of people define health as the absence of disease, but true health is much more than that. To be healthy is to experience levels of optimal wellness. This includes a happy mindset, physical wellbeing and...

Running Tips for Beginners Mar 2nd, 2018

Running is a common and increasingly popular form of exercise. It’s a great way to stay active and on track with medical weight loss goals. Sometimes, a nice run can help clear your head and even boost your mood. If you’re just beginning to add running to your daily exercise...

Staying Hydrated through Medical Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

Proper hydration is an important aspect of any medical weight loss program. If you aren’t drinking enough water, you may find yourself fatigued throughout the day, lightheaded or experience concentration difficulties. Also, dehydration is linked to the formation of kidney stones. Being well hydrated not only helps to protect you...

Helpful Tips For Getting Into A Healthy Routine Mar 2nd, 2018

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” ~ Lao TzuHow funny it is that we look forward to summer all winter and spring, and then when summer arrives, we look forward to summer’s end. We anticipate the holidays, yet we are relieved when they’ve...

Strike a Pose: Beginning Yoga for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

During your medical weight loss program in Marin County, Dr. Altschuler will want you to incorporate exercise into your day-to-day life. Exercise should play a significant part in any weight loss program and should mold into your unique lifestyle. When weighing your exercise options, don’t forget to consider yoga.Yoga is...

Eat Healthy for Less and Lose Weight Mar 2nd, 2018

There is a rumor out there that eating healthy is too expensive. Thankfully, this isn’t the case at all. Educating yourself about the best nutritional practices, learning where you can find deals on local produce and setting a budget for your ingredients can help you get the biggest nutritional bang...

Making Mother Nature Your Weight Loss Ally Mar 2nd, 2018

Spring is here again, and that means it’s time to reaffirm your commitment to medical weight loss. Though months have passed since you made your New Year’s resolution, spring is a time of renewal—with the birds chirping, flowers blooming and sun shining, it’s hard not to get swept up in...

Interval Training Great for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

If you’ve spent any time in a gym lately, or surfing the web looking at popular gym workouts, then chances are you’ve stumbled across the term “interval training.” This is a popular fitness technique that involves alternating levels of intensity in a short period of time. Interval training is popular...

Top Tips for Medical Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

There are millions of weight loss tips around the internet, and the majority of them aren’t true. At the onset of your medical weight loss program it is a good idea to separate fact from fiction so that you can focus on adopting healthy habits that will actually help you...

Easing Emotions at Meal Time to Lose Weight Mar 2nd, 2018

Sometimes, the desire to eat is driven more by the mind than the stomach. This is called emotional eating, and it is an experience that almost every person will encounter at some point. For some, emotional eating is a daily occurrence. If frequent, this type of eating behavior can lead...

Portions, Weight Loss and You Mar 2nd, 2018

If you are trying to lose weight, then you may have started to pay closer attention to what you eat every day. Eating more produce and less processed food is a great way to get started with your weight loss program. But when it comes to losing weight, you have...

Forming a Community for Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

Travel is always easier when you have a home to go back to. This is true in the most literal sense, and it also stands true for the emotional journeys we take in life. Having a strong network of peers who offer you support and encouragement makes it easier to...

Breaking Past a Weight Loss Plateau Mar 2nd, 2018

A weight loss plateau is a common obstacle encountered during a weight loss program. This is best described as a standstill. After weeks or months of continuous weight loss, the scale may suddenly stop moving. You haven’t changed your diet or exercise habits, and you haven’t started gaining weight, but...

Writing your Way to Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

During your medical weight loss program you’ll be encouraged to make a series of behavioral changes that can lead to long-term weight loss success. These changes will involve transitions in your dietary habits and exercise routine, as well as a collection of new healthy habits you may not currently engage...

Spice Up Medical Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

Spices aren’t just a colorful easy way to add flavor to healthy foods during medical weight loss in Petaluma, Greenbrae or Novato—some of them may actually possess disease-fighting qualities that help to boost your overall health. For centuries, many herbs and spices have been touted for their capabilities to heal...

Hot for Hot Yoga Mar 2nd, 2018

If you’ve started a medical weight loss program in Petaluma, Greenbrae or Novato, there’s a good chance that you’re open to trying new things. In taking on a medical weight loss program, you knew you’d need to commit to some changes in your lifestyle, as well as the way you...

Your Hot New Workout Mar 2nd, 2018

As you lose weight in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Greenbrae or Novato this fall, try one of these indoor workouts to heat things upThough the northern California weather may make it feel like summer will last forever, one thing is certain: there are colder days ahead. If you’ve spent all summer...

Warming Up Your Warm-Up Mar 2nd, 2018

A guide to finding the perfect pre-workout routine as you lose weight in Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Greenbrae or NovatoEven if you’ve been throwing yourself wholeheartedly into a fun new activity like kickboxing or Zumba, you need to remember that what comes before that activity is just as important. You may...

Make Friends with Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down. – Arnold H. GlasowWhen we need a helping hand, our good friends are there to lend it. When we feel chewed up, spit out and ready to quit, a good friend can pull us out...

Lose Weight the NEAT Way Mar 2nd, 2018

How making your lifestyle more active can help you burn calories and lose weightDiet and exercise: together, the two have become synonymous with losing weight. You know that eating healthy is crucial as you lose weight in Greenbrae or Novato, and that regular workouts are an important part of keeping...

How a Workout Buddy can Help You Lose Weight Mar 2nd, 2018

During medical weight loss, an exercise partner can help you get more out of every workoutYour friends can be valuable for many reasons during medical weight loss, but few friends will boost your efforts quite like a workout buddy. A workout buddy can help you get more out of every...

As You Lose Weight, Keep Workouts Intense Mar 2nd, 2018

Fitness may be fairly new as you begin medical weight loss in Greenbrae or Novato, but you’ll quickly find yourself adjusting to your exercise routine. As you lose weight, you may find that once-challenging activities no longer leave you as sore and sweaty as they used to, and this can...

Turning the Page to a Healthier You Mar 2nd, 2018

You have probably heard someone refer to a new job or the loss of a loved one as the start of a new chapter in their life. There are thousands of analogies that we can come up with to explain the transition from one part of our lives to the...

Lose Weight and Love Your Diet Mar 2nd, 2018

Eating healthy is a noble goal, but if you don’t love your diet every meal can be an uphill struggle. Though medical weight loss in Greenbrae or Novato will simplify your diet and teach you healthier eating habits, you must be prepared to return to the world of normal foods...

What Healthcare Reform Means for You Mar 2nd, 2018

Recently, the Supreme Court decided to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Obama’s landmark piece of legislation that hopes to provide health coverage to the many Americans living without insurance. It was a decision viewed as historic by both opponents and proponents, one that will undoubtedly reshape the way...

Fighting Obesity as a Community Mar 2nd, 2018

In recent months, our nation has placed increasing emphasis on slowing the spread of the obesity epidemic. From a proposed large soda ban in New York City to changes in the ways that huge companies like Disney market food, the reality of obesity’s dangers has forced us to take another...

The Taste of the Season Mar 2nd, 2018

Experiencing the benefits of local, in-season produceA visit to a supermarket at any time of year will be enough to make you forget that seasons even exist. Today’s global marketplace makes it easy to buy foods regardless of their prime growing season or location—you’ll likely find fruits and veggies that...

Building Your Healthy Habitat Mar 2nd, 2018

Do you live in a safe environment? I’m not talking about the crime rate in your neighborhood, the amount of pollution in the air or even the number of sharp objects you keep around your house—as someone pursuing the life-changing possibilities of medical weight loss, is your kitchen somewhere you...

Restructuring America’s Food Environment Mar 2nd, 2018

Soda bans & junk food taxes—how will these policies help us become healthier?In America’s biggest metropolis, on the other side of the country from Greenbrae and Novato, controversy is brewing. In an effort to combat obesity by restricting access to so-called “liquid candy,” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed...

Relax Your Way to Weight Loss Mar 2nd, 2018

Stress creates an intense and unstable appetite for many Americans, which in turn creates additional stress concerning any weight loss worries. While an increase in stress may initially lead to a temporary loss of appetite, experts indicate that chronic stress can actually be connected to an increase in appetite—eventually leading...

Overcoming the Desire to Overeat Mar 2nd, 2018

Have you ever caught yourself uttering the phrase, “Well, I could eat.” Let’s examine that phrase and others like it for a moment. You are not hungry. You are not craving anything. You were not suddenly shown the most magnificent piece of chocolate cake you have ever laid eyes on....

This Spring, Renew Your Spirits And Your Home Mar 2nd, 2018

Never underestimate the positive effects of a clean living environment. The annual process of throwing out unused items and deep cleaning those corners of your home that haven’t been touched in years will provide you with a healthier, germ free space in addition to the peace of mind that comes...

Don’t Let Flu Season Infect Your Weight Loss Goals Mar 2nd, 2018

Maintaining a healthy diet and staying fit are essential components of medical weight loss. Santa Rosa and Novato are filled with public gyms and health spas for you to join to help you stay on track with your fitness goals. Beware of the late flu season though this year—many public...

The Yerba Mate Mystery Mar 1st, 2018

Is the South American super tea all it’s cracked up to be?Perhaps you’ve heard of yerba mate, a South American plant which, when made into tea, is purported to have numerous medicinal qualities. Mate, as the drink is commonly known, has made its way to the shelves of health food...

We're In This Together Mar 1st, 2018

Fighting the obesity epidemic for the good of all AmericansThe American obesity epidemic is a health concern unlike any other in our nation’s history. It seems to become worse with each passing year, affecting countless numbers of our citizens without showing signs of slowing or relenting. If you’ve sought the...

Lose Weight and Head to the Playground for Fitness Fun Mar 1st, 2018

There is a reason working out is called “working out”—no matter which way you spin it, exercise involves ongoing commitment and a lot of hard work. Unfortunately, this negative stigma surrounding exercise has caused many Americans to steer clear of the gym and avoid engaging in more physical activity. However,...

The National Weight Control Registry Helps You Weigh Your Options to Weigh Less Mar 1st, 2018

There are many options available for those who want or need to lose weight including medical weight loss plans or bariatric surgery. While surgery seems like the extreme choice, for many it may be the only viable option. The questions come when the prospective patient must consider the long term...

Taking Steps to be More Active Mar 1st, 2018

For many people in Novato, finding time for exercise is a very difficult task. Between work, family, friends and other responsibilities, setting aside 30 to 60 minutes five times a week is often next to impossible. Even more, cutting into your sleep to work out in the morning or evening...

Herbal Treatment for Cellulite Mar 1st, 2018

Cellulite appears on the surface of the skin in the form of either ripples or dimples, and is the result of fat depositing unevenly on that section of the body. It is much more common in women than in men, and it is estimated that more than 90 percent of...