Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was magic substance that we could coat our food in to help it brown up nice and crisp when we cook it, taste better when we eat it, help our body to absorb vital nutrients and help us feel satisfied and full when we digested it?
What if this fantastical substance could help raise our good, HDL cholesterol, lower inflammation, help sustain naturally balanced hormone levels, keep our cells fluid and healthy, and promote beautiful glowing skin and shiny hair?
Wouldn’t that be amazing?
That would be the ultimate “health food!”
It already exists and is plentiful in our everyday lives.
What is it?
That’s right, natural dietary fats and oils are nature's perfect cooking ingredients.
Natural dietary fats like:
When you bake, broil, toast, grill, roast, &...
If you are a woman over 40 with excess body fat to lose, especially around you midsection I want you to put down the low-fat blueberry bagel with low-fat cream cheese and fry yourself up an egg.
Please put down the whole grain toast with jelly and a glass of calcium fortified orange juice.
Throw away the non-fat, Triple Zero Oikos strawberry yogurt and granola.
Step away from the bowl of low-calorie Special K with skim milk.
It's all comes down to understanding that your weight has more to do with a very powerful hormone than calories. And even more important is whether or not that powerful hormone is turned "on" or not.
The bagel, low-fat cream cheese, toast and jelly, orange juice, non-fat yogurt, cold cereal and skim milk all have one thing in common.
They are high carbohydrate foods that stimulate your body to produce large amounts of your fat-storing hormone insulin.
Weight is controlled by metabolic hormones, not calories.
It is true that your metabolism slows down a little each decade, causing most women to gain about 1 pound per year due to age.  But by the time women hit premenopause (anywhere from 40-55 years old) and menopause and beyond (around 55+), it feels like a lot more than one pound per year.
Natural weight gain due to aging, while real, doesn't explain why most women over 40 experience a dramatic increase in weight, specifically, belly fat, which is very difficult to lose.
Clients are constantly telling me how they have a closet full of clothes that don't fit and nothing they seem to do (like going to super expensive pilates classes twice a week) is making a difference.
Something else must be going on, right?!
Remember our equation for a healthy weight from What Do Hormones, Weight Gain, and Metabolism Have to Do With Each Other:
[healthy hormones --> healthy cells --> healthy metabolism --> healthy you --> healthy weight]
If we start at the beginning, we can...
What do hormones, weight gain, and metabolism have to do with each other?
This is an amazing question and one you need to understand if you ever want to fully control and manage your weight and your health.
If you struggle with 10, 20, 50, or 100 extra pounds, you need to understand this.
If you find your health slowly deteriorating as you take trips around the sun, you need to understand this.
If you are watching your family members struggle with their weight or health and you want to try and avoid the same fate, you need to understand this.
So let's get to it and start at the beginning.
All health starts on the cellular level.
Which means [healthy cells --> healthy you]
A [healthy you --> healthy weight]
But we need to fill in some gaps with how we get healthy cells.
Your body is made up of 37.2 trillion cells. These cells are divided up by their job and different cells do different things in your body. 
For example, you have 2 billion heart cells that just make up the...