Sugar IS Bad!


Talking about the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar and their detrimental effect on human physiology.

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss.  He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet. He has appeared on Guest: Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, BlogTalk Radio. Topic, Dump The Fads, Focus On Fitness. TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website www.betterlifeseminars.com.

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************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder.  The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************

Just who is Joe.340?


 

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss.  He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet. He has appeared on Guest: Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, BlogTalk Radio. Topic, Dump The Fads, Focus On Fitness. TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website www.betterlifeseminars.com.

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************The information in the videos is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder.  The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************

Doc Joe Leonardi Fat Then Fit Now Better Life Seminars


Paula Deen Whatever You Do; Do NOT Listen To Dr. Melina Jampolis


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With all the news and publicity surrounding the Paula Deen Diabetes revelation, I thought I would post once again, my response to media medical “expert,” Melina Jampolis concerning the paleolithic eating lifestyle. For those who have asked me, I have reached out to discuss my differences with Dr. Melina to both her and other media outlets that rely on her “expertise.”  To date, I have received no reply, but I’m sure I will.

I would like to begin with the disclaimer that I am NOT an expert on Paleolithic eating. However, I am an expert on how the human body functions and maintaining the world’s most complex machine.  Additionally, I wrote the very well received book: Fat Then Fit Now; A Life Beyond Weight Loss.

I am a low carbohydrate proponent and follower — lately I have drifted to more of a Paleo/Primal model of eating.  My personal definition is that I consume very little, if any processed, prepackaged foods, very little starchy carbohydrates and simple sugars and no high fructose corn syrup.  I stick to the notion that if it can be found in nature, without (or else as little as possible) human intervention, I eat it.

Eye fillet of grass-fed beef.I deviate from what I understand the Paleo plan to be in the fact that I eat some cheese and I have one, very basic protein shake a day.  Since I eat out quite frequently, grass fed beef, wild caught seafood and free range poultry aren’t always an option.  When I have the freedom to prepare, I prepare the previous, but again, with my schedule: which begins by leaving the house at 4:30am and not arriving home until, at the earliest, 7pm — I follow the spirit, if not the letter of the law, of what I understand paleo eating to be.

On my Facebook profile, my buddy Big Tim, posted a link to a Q and A on CNN’s health page where a reader, Courtney L., had asked a question about the Paleo diet.  The reader’s question was answered by their “expert,” Dr. Melina Jampolis.  I have never heard of Dr. Melina before, so I did some, admittedly very brief, research on her before writing this post.

Dr. Oz at ServiceNation 2008

Image by David Berkowitz via Flickr

I discovered among other facts that she is a lackey, I mean contributor, of none other than the other doctor who spouts just as much diet misinformation; Dr. Mehmet Oz.  What’s the old expression?  Birds of a feather?

Let’s take her response to fellow Pennsylvanian Courtney L. from Pittsburgh.  Dr. Melina starts with a false premise; the premise being that Paleo eating is a fad diet.  I agree that fad diets, or any diet which simply has the goal of weight loss is not the way to go.  However, if Dr. Melina actually had any intellectual curiosity, she would discover that those who follow solid, natural eating plans are not fad dieters.  No, we are just the opposite; we have made a commitment to changing our lifestyles. We eat a healthier way not simply to lose weight, but to live a better quality of life.

Dr. Melina includes in her answer many of the positive aspects of the Paleo eating style, which I don’t have much of a problem with; again, I am not a strict follower of the Paleo methodology, so I will defer to experts how accurate her conclusions and information are.

As a low carbohydrate, unprocessed, natural food follower, I have issues with her cons of Paleo and in relation low carb eating.  Her responses are numbered and italicized, my responses are in bold font:

“1. The diet eliminates dairy, an affordable and widely available source of bone-building calcium (and vitamin D when dairy foods are fortified) and protein (yes, calcium can be obtained from greens and other foods, but it is more challenging to consume adequate amounts.)

Dairy is not essential to get calcium.   It is only affordable because the government keeps the prices artificially suppressed.  The fact is that the pasteurization process destroys much of the healthful ingredients that raw dairy possesses.  The word fortified, much like enriched, is code in the food industry for we put back in some, not all,  of the good stuff we destroyed in the processing of the product.  Since milk is relatively cheap, how high quality do you think the vitamin D that is used to fortify it is? Her “reason” that it is challenging to consume adequate amounts of greens and other foods are nothing more than an excuse.  Additionally, dairy isn’t even essential in the human diet. I challenge you to name another animal that consumes milk after infancy; while you’re at it, name one that drinks another animal’s milk.

“2. The diet eliminates all grains, including whole grains, which are a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and heart healthy fiber, and foods such as beans, peanuts and sweet potatoes, all of which have numerous health-promoting qualities.”

Whole grains ARE processed foods. I have never seen a bread bush, a pasta plant or an oatmeal tree. Hell, even corn has been so genetically modified, it is almost pure starch. It takes a lot of effort to get these foods from field to plate. Every day there is more and more research being published that disputes the fact that whole grains are healthy.  I really wish we could get over this “whole” grain kick.  It is the deep pockets and lobbying efforts of agribusinesses that have perpetuated the “healthful” grain myth and government’s endorsement.  It is in their financial interests for consumers to believe that these foods are “good” for us.  Having run for Congress, I understand the depth of their influence; and your health and well being aren’t what they are interested in influencing.

For more information I refer you to two web sites I check daily:  Jimmy Moore’s low carb standard setting web site Livin La Vida Low Carband Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill web site.   I have been honored to be a guest on both gentleman’s podcast.

“3. The diet is high in animal protein, which could lead to an excess intake of saturated fat, resulting in elevated cholesterol levels, an increased risk of heart disease and increased risk of certain types of cancer.”

Again, the supposedly scientifically minded Dr. Melina has NOT done her research. The research is starting to show that it is systemic inflammation and insulin that are responsible for much of the heart disease and cholesterol cases. In the absence of carbohydrates, there is very little insulin released and there is little evidence of elevation of the risks she stated.  But take the previous sentence away; saturated fats in grass fed beef, wild caught seafood, free range poultry (and their eggs) is relatively low.  But how dare she allow the facts to get in the way of her conclusions.

“4. Finally, the diet can be expensive (grass-fed, organic meats and eggs are more expensive) and inconvenient due to the limitation of food choices, both of which make this diet less practical for the average person long term.”

My favorite and the easiest to debunk argument is one of expense.  This is another b.s. excuse which many of the enemies of good health like to use to justify prepackaged and processed junk.  Are some natural foods more expensive?  Yes they are, however you are not buying these good foods in addition to the crap that the average U.S. citizen consumes. You are purchasing them in place of the trash.  Therefore,  the increased cost is going to be offset by no longer purchasing highly refined, sugar soaked foods.  Add up how much a person will spend on soda, candy, doughnuts and other refined foods in the course of a day and you will learn that it really adds up. Cut out the crap; save money.  Then, there is the money spent on healthcare, gas (it cost more to drive around 350 pounds than it does 225) clothes and other obesity related expenses and the cost will be further offset.  Besides, isn’t it worth cutting back somewhere else and spending a little more on nutritious foods to have a better quality of life?

She advises Courtney L. to steer clear of the Paleo lifestyle, however she strangely includes this statement… “we can take away something from our ancestors by eating foods closer to their natural state (less processed), which are more nutrient-dense and digested more slowly by the body.”

Am I missing something?  I thought so until I checked out her web site.  It seems that the Doctor’s site is peppered with processed, prepackaged food suggestions and videos.  All she appears to do is replace really bad garbage, with what she claims to be not so bad garbage; when in fact it isn’t any healthier.  Perhaps the most disturbing, at least to me, tidbit of claim I found on the Doctor’s web site was this line, ” There are no gimmicks or empty promises here.”

NO GIMMICKS?  Really!  Look at the top of her site and we find a tab to Dr. Melina Bars.  Yes, the good Dr. Melina has her own line of chemically concocted, fake food to sell you.  Her bars have over twenty chemical ingredients; including soy, which is the topic for another posting.  The protein shake that I have each day has FOUR; that is 4, simple, pronounceable  ingredients. So, Dr. Melina Jampolis doesn’t want you to spend money on good natural foods, but wants you to purchase her fake food items.

Her Facebook page has an interesting note ” I just wanted to explain that while I welcome comments & questions on my fan page, I am not interested in arguing with people or allowing comments with which I disagree completely scientifically. I work very hard to provide what I feel is the best information for my fans. If you don’t agree with me, please do not follow me on facebook. ” 

So in other words; She’s right, everyone else is wrong and only the science that supports her conclusions will be accepted.

If you want to recapture your health and wellness I will give you the secrets that Dr. Melina doesn’t ant you to know about:

-exercise every day

-avoid starchy vegetables

-keep a positive mental attitude

-eat foods that are as close to nature as possible

-don’t eat prepackaged, chemically concocted, fake foods

-be pound wise, spend your money on real, great tasting foods

-avoid fruits while losing and then reintroduce them as you reach your goal

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss.  He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcast or television outlet. He has appeared on Guest: Internet Radio: Cathie’s Talking, BlogTalk Radio. Topic, Dump The Fads, Focus On Fitness. TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast; and the one and only Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website www.betterlifeseminars.com.

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************The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************

I would like to begin with the disclaimer that I am NOT an expert on Paleolithic eating. However, I am an expert on how the human body functions.  I am a low carbohydrate proponent and follower — lately I have drifted to more of a Paleo model of eating.  My personal definition is that I eat very little, if any processed, prepackaged foods, very little starchy carbohydrates and simple sugars and no high fructose corn syrup.  I stick to the notion that if it can be found in nature, without (or else as little as possible) human intervention, I eat it.

I deviate from what I understand the Paleo plan to be in the fact that I eat some cheese and I have one, very basic protein shake a day.  Since I eat out quite frequently, grass fed beef, wild caught seafood and free range poultry aren’t always an option.  When I have the freedom to prepare, I consume the previous, but again, with my schedule: which begins by leaving the house at 4:30am and not arriving home until, at the earliest, 7pm — I follow the spirit, if not the letter of the law, of what I understand paleo eating to be.

On my Facebook profile, my buddy Big Tim, posted a link to a Q and A on CNN’s health page where a reader, Courtney L., had asked a question about the Paleo diet.  The reader’s question was answered by their “expert” Dr. Melina Jampolis.  I have never heard of Dr. Melina before, so I did some, admittedly very brief, research on her before writing this post.

I discovered among other facts that she is a lackey, I mean contributor, of none other than the other doctor who spouts just as much diet misinformation; Dr. Mehmet Oz.  What’s the old expression?  Birds of a feather?

Let’s take her response to fellow Pennsylvanian Courtney L. from Pittsburgh.  Dr. Melina starts with a false premise; the premise being that Paleo eating is a fad diet.  I agree that fad diets, or any diet which simply has the goal of weight loss is not the way to go.  However, if Dr. Melina actually had any intellectual curiosity, she would discover that those who follow solid, natural eating plans are not fad dieters.  No, we are just the opposite; we have made a commitment to changing our lifestyles. We eat a healthier way not simply to lose weight, but to live a better quality of life.

Dr. Melina includes in her answer many of the positive aspects of the Paleo eating style, which I don’t have much of a problem with; again, I am not a strict follower of the Paleo methodology, so I will defer to experts how accurate her conclusions and information are.

As a low carbohydrate, unprocessed, natural food follower, I have issues with her cons of Paleo and in relation low carb eating.  Her responses are numbered and italicized, my responses are in bold font:

“1. The diet eliminates dairy, an affordable and widely available source of bone-building calcium (and vitamin D when dairy foods are fortified) and protein (yes, calcium can be obtained from greens and other foods, but it is more challenging to consume adequate amounts.)

Dairy is not essential to get calcium.   It is only affordable because the government keeps the prices artificially suppressed.  The fact is that the pasteurization process destroys much of the healthful ingredients that raw dairy possesses.  The word fortified, much like enriched, is code in the food industry for we put some, not all,  of the good stuff we destroyed in the processing of the product back in.  Since milk is relatively cheap, how high quality do you think the vitamin D that is used to fortify it is? Her “reason” that it is challenging to consume adequate amounts of greens and other foods are nothing more than an excuse.  Additionally, dairy isn’t even essential in the human diet. I challenge you to name another animal that consumes milk after infancy; while you’re at it, name one that drinks another animal’s milk.

“2. The diet eliminates all grains, including whole grains, which are a good source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and heart healthy fiber, and foods such as beans, peanuts and sweet potatoes, all of which have numerous health-promoting qualities.”

Whole grains ARE processed foods. I have never seen a bread bush, a pasta plant or an oatmeal tree. It takes a lot of effort to get these foods from field to plate. Every day there is more and more research being published that disputes the fact that whole grains are healthy.  I really wish we could get over this “whole” grain kick.  It is the deep pockets and lobbying efforts of agribusinesses that have perpetuated the “healthful” grain myth and government’s endorsement.  It is in their financial interests for consumers to believe that these foods are “good” for us.  Having run for Congress, I understand the depth of their influence; and your health and well being aren’t what they are interested in influencing.

For more information I refer you to two web sites I check daily:  Jimmy Moore’s low carb standard setting web site Livin La Vida Low Carband Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill web site.   I have been honored to be a guest on both gentleman’s podcast.

“3. The diet is high in animal protein, which could lead to an excess intake of saturated fat, resulting in elevated cholesterol levels, an increased risk of heart disease and increased risk of certain types of cancer.”

Again, the supposedly scientifically minded Dr. Melina hasn’t done her research. The research is starting to show that it is insulin that is responsible for much of the heart disease and cholesterol cases. In the absence of carbohydrates, there is very little insulin released and there is little evidence of elevation of the risks she stated.  But take the previous sentence away; saturated fats in grass fed beef, wild caught seafood, free range poultry (and their eggs) is relatively low.  But how dare she allow the facts to get in the way of her conclusions.

“4. Finally, the diet can be expensive (grass-fed, organic meats and eggs are more expensive) and inconvenient due to the limitation of food choices, both of which make this diet less practical for the average person long term.”

My favorite and the easiest to debunk argument is one of expense.  This is another b.s. excuse which many of the enemies of good health like to use to justify prepackaged and processed junk.  Are some natural foods more expensive?  Yes they are, however you are not buying these good foods in addition to the crap that the average U.S. citizen consumes, you are purchasing them in place of the trash.  Therefore,  the increased cost is going to be offset by no longer purchasing highly refined, sugar soaked foods.  Add up how much a person will spend on soda, candy, doughnuts and other refined foods in the course of a day and you will learn that it really adds up. Cut out the crap; save money.  Then there is the money spent on healthcare, gas (it cost more to drive around 350 pounds than it does 225) clothes and other obesity related expenses and the cost will be further offset.  Besides, isn’t it worth cutting back somewhere else and spending a little more on nutritious foods to have a better quality of life?

She advises Courtney L. to steer clear of the Paleo lifestyle, however she strangely includes this statement… “we can take away something from our ancestors by eating foods closer to their natural state (less processed), which are more nutrient-dense and digested more slowly by the body.”

Am I missing something?  I thought so until I checked out her web site.  It seems that the Doctor’s site is peppered with processed prepackaged food suggestions and videos.  All she appears to do is replace really bad garbage, with what she claims to be not so bad garbage; when in fact it isn’t any healthier.  Perhaps the most disturbing, at least to me, tidbit of claim I found on the Doctor’s web site was this line, ” There are no gimmicks or empty promises here.”

No gimmicks?  Really!  Look at the top of her site and we find a tab to Dr. Melina Bars.  Yes, the good Dr. Melina has her own line of chemically concocted, fake food to sell you.  Her bars have over twenty chemical ingredients; including soy, which is the topic for another posting, the protein shake that I have each day has FOUR; that is 4 simple, pronounceable  ingredients. So, Dr. Melina Jampolis doesn’t want you to spend money on good natural foods, but wants you to purchase her fake food items.

Her Facebook page has an interesting note ” I just wanted to explain that while I welcome comments & questions on my fan page, I am not interested in arguing with people or allowing comments with which I disagree completely scientifically. I work very hard to provide what I feel is the best information for my fans. If you don’t agree with me, please do not follow me on facebook. ” 

So in other words; She’s right, everyone else is wrong and only the science that supports her conclusions will be accepted.

If you want to recapture your health and wellness I will give you the secrets Dr. Melina doesn’t ant you to know:

-eat foods that are as close to nature as possible

-avoid starchy vegetables

-avoid fruits while losing and then reintroduce them as you reach your goal

-don’t eat prepackaged, chemically concocted fake foods

-exercise every day

-keep a positive mental attitude

-most importantly, spend your money on real, great tasting foods.

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book; Fat Then Fit Now;  A life beyond weight loss.

Dr. Joe Leonardi is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared on Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at fatthenfitnow@me.com

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************The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************

The Calories In/Calories Out Paradigm — The Key To Long Term Weight Management FAILURE!


****The following is NOT and in depth explanation, it simply scratches the surface to get folks thinking and talking.  Joe****

The mythical calories in/calories out ideology has been perhaps one of the biggest obstacles in successfully managing obesity and very well maybe one of the direct causes of the current obesity crisis.  I am sure you have heard that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you take in.  The correlation can, on the surface, appear to make sense — however, in reality it doesn’t.  It may help you lose weight, regardless if it is fat or muscle or fluid.  Calorie restriction can negatively effect body mass.  How many of those who follow calorie restriction, no matter how they exercise, are skinny/fat?  Yes, it will work in the short term, but can you basically starve yourself for long term obesity management?  Following this theory, your weight should dramatically fluctuate from day-to-day, week to week and month to month, based on how much more activity you either put out or how much more or less food you consume.  Human physiology does NOT work that way.

The simple fact is — a calories is NOT a calorie.  Basic physiology will tell us that the human body will process different foods in different ways. The processing of different foods is heavily influenced by the release of hormones, one in particular is insulin.  This is the reason why low carbohydrate eating is such an effective means of not only losing weight, but keeping it off — permanently.

Those that espouse the calorie model of weight management will try to convince you that it doesn’t matter what you eat, just so long as you restrict the number of calories you consume.  So you can eat, say 1,500 calories a day.  To the advocates of caloric restriction it doesn’t matter if you eat 1,500 calories of ice cream, steak, bread, potatoes, chicken, fish, candy,… okay, you get the idea.  Just as long as you restrict caloric intake, you will lose weight.

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You want to know something, this may work, to a point.  However, for a large majority of folks, it will not work in the long-term, and it will definitely not help improve your overall health.  If you are consuming 1,500 calories of sugar, every day, your pancreas is secreting large amounts of insulin, eventually, potentially, leading to insulin related issues including weight gain, obesity and, as Paula Deen was recently diagnosed with, type II diabetes.Grain products are often baked, and are rich s...

The body does not process carbohydrates, proteins and fats the same way.  It is pretty obvious that simple carbohydrates and to a large extent, complex carbohydrates, have a negative effect on the human body.  All carbohydrate, with the exception of fiber is eventually broken down into a simply sugar — so, all those complex carbs you have been dutifully consuming all become either glucose, fructose or galactose.  They will all cause insulin to be released, and if not utilized almost immediately, the excess energy will be stored as fat in the body.

It does matter where your calories come from, it does matter in which form you consume them and it does matter to your overall health what you eat.

I am an advocate of low carbohydrate eating.  Not simply restricting carbohydrates, but eating foods that are not processed and do not contain large amounts of non-fibrous carbohydrate.  I eat foods in as close to the natural state as possible, so I am also an advocate of paleolithic and primal eating.  By combining these two approaches, I have kept my weight in check for the last two years.  Most importantly, the long term benefits are an active, fit and healthy quality of life.

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss.  He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website www.betterlifeseminars.com.

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************The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************

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Paula Deen and Adult Onset Diabetes


I was trying to think up a catchy title for this column, I did have a few, but after some thought, I just decided to keep it simple.

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I have been following the reports of Paula Deen’s emergence from the type II diabetes closet.  It turns out, that the charming southern lady, has been suffering with the potentially preventable ailment for a couple of years.  Even though I no longer indulge in the garbage they serve up, I am a huge fan of The Food Network and its sibling The Cooking Channel.  I would say that next to sports, these channels make up the bulk of my television viewing.  I watch for the entertainment value of the programming and to continually challenge my will power against the sugar soaked, carbohydrate crammed, body fat converting foods that are shoveled into each host’s mouth day after day.

I regularly invite the very charming Ms. Deen into my home day after day.  I admire her story of tenacity and success in the face of grand hardship.   Overcoming odds and truly starting with nothing more than two hundred dollars, she went from selling bagged lunches to presiding over a colossal culinary empire.

Among Emeril Lagasse, Alton Brown, Duff Goldman, Rachel Ray and Mario Batali; Paula is one of my favorites.  However, I noticed from their beginnings, my favorites have one thing in common — along with their expanding Food Network success, the mass of their body’s has also expanded.  Rachel seems to go up and down, AB took control of his weight in 2010, but Emeril, Mario , Duff and Paula seem to revel, not only in their roles as overweight, cherub-like chefs, but in the rolls they bake up.  As I took control of my health, I realized that these stars, whose persona’s I so like, are slowly destroying their own health — and in turn, those who consume their detrimental, deleterious, dietary dishes.

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Over the years, The Food Network has become an enemy of the state of good health and fitness.  Their shows have denigrated from chef’s who prepare whole food meals, to purveyors of food porn, producing and promoting nothing more than molto monosaccharide menageries of sickening sweets.  Ms. Deen has claimed that the foods she whipped up were not for everyday consumption.  Really? Come on Paula, observation of your progressive weight gain leads one to summarize that simply ain’t so.

In addition to the sorrow I feel over her having to deal with the results of her starch filled dietary habits, I am even more sad that those educated equine gluteus maximus promoters of the Standard American Diet, have demonstrated their deep-seated prejudice and ignorance, by proclaiming that Paula’s proclamations of “butter makes it better,” as the cause of her adult onset diabetes.

It was NOT the butter that caused her body tissues to develop insulin resistance. 

It was NOT the lard nor fat that caused the over secretion of insulin to convert excess macronutrients into stored body fat. 

No, it was the consumption of processed flour, simple sugars and other polysaccaridic starches that glutted her system with glucose which caused her unfortunate ailment.  While I do feel bad for Paula, I am appalled that, in lieu of taking appropriate dietary measures to manage her mellitus, she has opted for the pharmaceutical fix, the continued consumption of carbohydrates and perhaps worse of all — the erroneous mantra of moderation, all of which will only lead further down the road of health ruination.

Emeril Lagasse, American celebrity chef, resta...

I watched Emeril the other day on one of the morning shows, and he was asked about his friend Paula Deen.  He related that he had been dealing with diabetes in his family and then verbalized some ludicrous statement that moderation was key.  Moderation compared to what?  If one consumes a dozen doughnuts a day; as I did in my morbidly obese days, then moderation would be half a dozen — does that make any sense!?!?

Obviously, if Paula has been diagnosed since 2009 and Emeril has been dealing with this in his family, then their practice of moderation has manifested itself in their own health robbing, not so moderate, obesity.  Moderation does NOT work.  Mr. Lagasse, if you are going to weigh into the conversation with such a throw away line as guidance, then you have to be an example such guidance is effective.

Obesity has health consequences beyond type II diabetes and by some is considered a disease.  Well, let us draw a parallel — alcoholism and drug addiction both have negative health consequences, and both are considered diseases.  Would any responsible health professional recommend, as a solution, moderation?  Of course not! It isn’t only ludicrous, it is down right asinine.  For the overwhelming majority of people, if you have obesity related type II diabetes; moderation is NOT the answer.  It is time to realize that sugar, starches and processed carbohydrates must be relegated to the past and eliminated from the diet.  Besides, once you clear the crap carbs from your system, you will feel so much better — you will wonder why you had been eating them in the first place.

I am all too well aware, not only as an educator, motivational speaker, weight loss/fitness author and chiropractor, of the damage that diabetes can wreak on human physiology, but also as someone with a genetic predisposition to the disease.  As  a young child, I witnessed my maternal grandmother inject her daily insulin into various parts of her anatomy.  As an adult, I helplessly watched as my father endured thrice weekly kidney dialysis because diabetes rendered his renal system useless.  My family history is why I chose to battle obesity using the most common sense approach; restricting carbohydrates and consuming as close to nature foods as possible.  By combining the low carb approaches of the likes of  Dr. Atkins, Dr. Eades, et. al.,  along with sound paleolithic, primal eating — I not only scored a victory over the layers of lard that enveloped my body, I improved my overall health and fitness.

Paula and Emeril, since you have placed yourself out there giving advice, perhaps it is time you actually learn the proper advice.  I will be happy to help either, or both of you, take control of your weight and in turn take control of your health.

Email me at DocJoeLeonardi@betterlifeseminars.com

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss.  He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his website www.betterlifeseminars.com.

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************The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************

The Great Paradox: To Live A Better Life; Embrace The Certainty Of Your Death


Benjamin Franklin 1767

“…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  Benjamin Franklin

…all living things hDead Like Me: Life After Deathave to die. … We all die, some of us sooner then later.” Georgia Lass

There are events in our lives that make us aware of our own mortality.  I have had three definitive instances in my lifetime that have done this.  Unfortunately, that was all those particular instances did — made me aware.

Most of us know that one day we are going to die.  As we have grown into adulthood we have lost loved ones and we reflect on their life and we take a moment, especially if someone dies suddenly or unexpectedly,  to realize that one day that will be us.  Sometimes we reflect for more than a moment, other times even less.  However long we reflect or pause, we move on and forward, but inside we may not genuinely believe that one day that will be us.

Our mortality is one of those intangibles in life because it is so hard to grasp.  We learn by experience, and while a brush with death, battling a life threatening illness or a near death experience may remind us that we are merely mortal, we may not actually accept the fact.

You see that is, in my opinion, the difference that really matters.  We can be aware that we will one day die, but we may not really in our hearts accept it.  For most of us we look at our deaths as something that may happen and if we concede the certainty, we cling to the belief that it is a day that is a long way off.

After my cardiac catheterization I went from being aware of, to accepting of my ultimate demise.  It was a moment that freed me of many of my worries and concerns.  To not only know, but genuinely, whole-heartedly accepted the one truth about life, my person was suddenly set free.

I have written about the detriments of negative energy in the past.  It was a concept that I was always well aware of, but until the moment of my mortality acceptance, it was more metaphysical than substantive. When I embraced my mortality, when I accepted that one day I will die — it was then that I fully began to live.

I no longer allow the, often times, real worries of daily living to impact my life.

I no longer allow the uncontrollable actions of others to dampen my joy of living.

I no longer complain, whine and chatter endlessly about the unimportant aspects of every day existence.

I do not love nor even like, the area in which I reside.  I don’t like the attitude of despair and hopelessness. I am not a fan of cold temperatures, icy roads, snow or any other aspect associated with winter in the Northeastern Untied States. However, right now at this moment in time, this is where I am.  I am here because of decisions that I made, so instead of bemoaning the aspects I don’t care for, I focus exclusively on the positives that are present.

Because I not only acknowledge and accept, but dare I say relish my mortality, I embrace the dawn of each and every new morning. When I go out for a jog in the sometimes very frigid morning air, I allow the briskness of the atmosphere to stimulate my senses. When the white precipitations falls from the sky, instead of grumbling about shoveling it, I look forward to the manual work I am physically capable of performing.

It is also about perspective:

  • In the cold temperatures, I have a warm place to sleep.
  • In tough financial times, I have a family to love me and a family for me to love.

I no longer put off enjoying my life.  I recently went to Southern California to visit my sister and nephews.  Money isn’t as free as it has been in the past.  For a very brief moment I thought I should not go.  I juggled some bills, put off others and made the trek west.  The boys will only be young for a brief period of time and I want to be part of it as often as I can.

Because living a fit life is living a better life I have been quoted as saying, “Eat and exercise as if you will live forever; live as if you will die tomorrow.”

I have a goal of changing my residence to a warmer climate, near the ocean and earning enough to unite my family in that one location, yet as I work and plan toward that goal, I accept, that for reasons beyond my control, my life may end before I get there so — I will not allow today to pass in hopes of a tomorrow that may never arrive.

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Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Leonardi is the author of the life changing book,A Life Beyond Weight Loss.  He is available to appear on any talk radio, internet podcasting or television outlet. He has appeared onWYLN TV -35′s Storm Politics with Tiffany Cloud, WILK’s The Sue Henry Show, Magic 93′s Frankie In The Morning, WBRE’s PA Live, SSPTV’s News 13, Public Television WVIA’s State of Pennsylvania and Call the Doctor; Entercom’s Outlook on Northeast PA with Shadoe Steele, Citadel Broadcasting’s Sunday Magazine with Brian Hughes, Lisa Davis’ Your Health Radio; Jimmy Moore’s Livin’ La Vida Low Carb podcast; Hank Garner’s Podcast, Dr. Robert Su’s Carbohydrates Can Kill Podcast.

Dr. Joe Leonardi also will come and speak to your group; to learn more about his motivational speaking fees and availability contact him at docjoeleonardi@betterlifeseminars.com and check out his web site www.betterlifeseminars.com.

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************The posting that I  write do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition.  I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions.*************