Weight Loss & Five Common Things That Go With It

Common Things That Happen When
You Lose A Noticeable Amount Of Weight
Whenever someone chooses to commit to a weight loss journey, it’s not just a physical transformation that happens, but a mental transformation as well. Regardless of how long it takes for people to reach their goal weight, there are significant things that occur along the way that impact their body image and confidence. For all of the positive reinforcement once receives, they might also notice some negativity or odd reactions from those they are close to. Read on for tips and insights from leading experts that will offer clarity and solutions for anyone seeking to transform or who already has.

1. You shed friends along with pounds.
Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD a NYC based licensed neuropsychologist, a teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College, explains that, “It is normal to lose friends as you lose pounds. As you see the payoff from the lifestyle changes you’ve made you may feel disconnected with friends who may still eat and drink things you no longer do. You’re evolving,” offers Dr. Hafeez. She also adds that, “It’s common to notice jealousy, and digs. You may even experience exclusion from dinners out presuming you wouldn’t want to indulge.”

Have faith that your true friends will love you at any size. “It will actually be difficult to tolerate any gossip, negativity or activities that are counterproductive. The last thing you need are people who bring you down when you are doing something positive for your well being. Look out for yourself. At times that may mean distancing from certain people,” advises Dr. Hafeez.

2. Loose skin becomes the new thing you notice. Once you reach your goal weight, you may love how you look in clothes but naked in or a bathing suit is a whole other story. This is most common when weight loss is significant. Even when weight training is part of the regimen, loose skin does happen.

Dr. John Zannis a board certified plastic surgeon based in New Bern, North Carolina frequently sees and treats patients who went through a weight loss transformation. According to Dr. Zannis, “Loose skin can gather at the stomach, under arms, breasts, buttocks, inner thighs, face and neck. The more significant the weight-loss is, say 50 pounds and above, the more likely a plastic surgeon is sought out to explore body lifts that specifically address loose skin after weight-loss.”

3. You have more energy, are excited about life and can do more!
As you change your diet, add daily exercise to your new lifestyle and see the weight melt off, you gain energy! You don’t feel the need to hit the snooze button anymore. You may wake up energized for that 7am powerwalk or you may be inspired by that beautiful new dress you get to wear to work, another dress size dropped. Yay!

“Use newfound energy to your advantage, encourages Dr. Hafeez, your brain is forming new neuropathways as your perception about your body starts to change. That flight of stairs that was once an obstacle is much easier. Simple things like putting on shoes, picking up toys and pushing a vacuum are done with ease. As you take notice of what your body can do, you gain more confidence and want to do more. This energizes you both physically and mentally,” she adds.

4. Shopping gets interesting.
It is common to get overwhelmed with options now that you can shop the way you always dreamed of. Perhaps your new strong, shapely legs have inspired you to wear dresses again for the first time in years. Or after always covering your arms, you may opt for sleeveless tops. Either way, trying new looks outside of your comfort zone can be daunting. Dr. Hafeez advises to, shop on your own or with someone you really trust. “It is important that shopping is made to be fun by approaching it as a style experiment. Don’t expect everything to look perfect just because you are a much smaller size. Some things will work, others won’t. Look for clothes that feel good. When you smile in the mirror that’s a sign you’re on track.”

5. You make yourself, your health and well being top priority and start to inspire others.
When you lose a noticeable amount of weight other people want to know how you did it and how you are keeping the weight off. Your immediate family may also adapt to your dietary changes and experience weight loss by association. When your kids see you wake up every morning to exercise they see that anything worth having requires commitment. Your significant other may be inspired to also lose weight. “When you take care of yourself and are in a positive mindset, it has a positive impact on everyone you interact with. When the mind and body are aligned you love the way you look and feel, you’re happy and someone others can look up to.”

For information on Dr. Sanam Hafeez visit: http://comprehendthemind.com/about-us/

For information on Dr. John Zannis visit: http://www.zannisplasticsurgery.com/plastic-surgeon-new-bern-nc/

#weightloss #plasticsurgery

PMS DIET: 8 DO’S AND DONT’S

PMS DIET: 8 DO’S AND DONT’S  www.drcalapai.net
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is such a regular occurrence for many women that they consider it a normal part of getting their period. The Mayo Clinic estimates about 75 percent of women get at least some form of PMS. Although the causes of PMS aren’t well understood, “fluctuating levels of hormones and brain chemicals are thought to play a role. What a woman eats and drinks can also have an effect, “ says Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. a Manhattan Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. He shares with us 10 do’s and don’ts for getting through PMS as pain free as possible.

1)Do get more calcium

Some studies have shown that calcium levels are lower in women with PMS, and that those with the highest intake of calcium reported the mildest PMS symptoms. Dr. Calapai suggests sourcing your calcium from foods such as low-fat milk and dairy, calcium-fortified breakfast cereals and orange juice, and leafy greens.

2) Don’t consume excessive salt

Salt increases water retention, so if you suffer from premenstrual bloating, do limit the amount of sodium you consume in the run up to your period. Eliminate the salt shaker, and cut back on the canned foods, processed foods and condiments, all of which are overflowing with sodium.

3) Do drink more water

“Although this sounds counter-intuitive,” says Dr. Calapai, “Water can actually alleviate PMS-related fluid retention. Drink plenty of H2O — aim for 8 to 10 glasses a day; more when you exercise — to flush toxins out of your system and reduce premenstrual bloating.”

4) Do Eat Dark Chocolate

Craving the sugary confections like chocolate and cupcakes is totally normal. Try and reach for dark chocolate when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. A bonus is, it will boost your mood.

5) Don’t Consume Coffee

While you may need that daily cup (or two) to be functional, studies show that caffeine increases levels of anxiety. Dr. Calapai explains that, “Your blood vessels contract when caffeine is present in your body, which worsens menstrual cramps. Also, for those with loose stool while on their periods, adding caffeine to your diet will make it difficult for your body to retain water and worsen diarrhea.”

6) Do Eat Greens

Losing a lot of blood can cause iron deficiency, which can cause lightheadedness or nausea. To counteract this problem, Dr. Calapai recommends stocking up on darker greens, like spinach, kale and broccoli to get your iron levels back up, but avoid eating them raw. For spinach, sautée with minced garlic and olive oil for a warm, flavorful bundle of nutrients!

7) Don’t Drink Alcohol

It will only worsen feelings of depression and moodiness. One study published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology also found that regular alcohol consumption increased length of and severity of cramps in women who experience cramps during PMS.

8) Do Eat Bananas

Sleep disturbances right before your period are the norm for many women. Plus, experts at John Hopkins University in Baltimore found that too little sleep made women more susceptible to pain (meaning those cramps will feel even worse). So make sure to get your z’s by eating bananas, which contain melatonin—a sleep-aid hormone that’s secreted at night and helps regulate our body’s natural rhythms.

Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.

Anti-Aging Physician and “The Stem Cell Guru”

http://www.drcal.net

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed as the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S.

His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s.

Dr. Calapai started his practice in New York City in 1986 and for over 25 years he has hosted nationally syndicated radio shows, including his two weekly call-in shows on WABC 770-AM, where he offers health and medical advice. He has a show on Saturday morning 8-9am and Sunday evening from 6-7pm. He has consulted with numerous high-profile individuals including Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Fox series Gotham’s, Donal Logue and worked as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers hockey team as well as various modeling agencies.

Dr. Calapai received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and he consults in Manhattan with practices on Long Island, in East Meadow and Plainview. He has appeared on News12 and in the pages of 25A Magazine and Social Life Magazine.

Hipster Freethinker Backpack,

This Hipster Freethinker Backpack is superb! I absolutely love it.  I use it to carry my laptop back and forth when we go to my grandparents house or anywhere else where we are going to be there for some time so I can have the internet nearby.

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This has different compartments to hold your laptop, notebooks/folders, cords, pens/pencils and there’s one on each side that can be used for water bottles.  The straps are sturdy and comfortable.

We sometimes use this to carry extra clothes for my granddaughter should she have and accident while we are out and about.

I highly recommend this backpack to anyone that is wanting a good quality backpack that can hold your laptop and other school supplies or to put any hiking supplies in it when you go hiking.

Sorry I had to use a stock photo but my cameria lense is shattered so I can’t take pictures.

**I received this item free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion**

First Botany Scar Cream & Epidermal Repairing Cream

If you are on the hunt for something that will decrease scars and discoloring on your skin then First Botany Scar Cream & Epidermal Repairing Cream is just what you need.

This comes in a jar with a top that you have to press down to get it to dispense the cream and just one push is plenty. The scar cream isn’t greasy or sticky – it rubs in well and to me it doesn’t have much of a smell.

 

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I have a condition called Polymorphic Light Eruption. It is an itchy rash caused by sun exposure in people who have developed a sensitivity to sunlight. It appears as red, tiny bumps or slightly raised patches of skin. Along with all of this comes little tiny scars all over my arms.

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Since I have staring using this produce the spots aren’t near as noticable as they used to be so I would recommend this to anyone with scars wanting to get rid of them.

** I received this product free or at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.**

Woolzies pure essential oil peppermint

Peppermint is one of my favorite scents so when I had the opportunity to get Woolzies pure essential oil peppermint  at a discount I jumped on it!

Peppermint can be used for a wide variety of things such as: headache relief, anti-inflammatory,  anti-parasitic, antibacterial, digestive stimulant, stuffy nosses, and as a pain releaver.  It can also be used to keep ants at bay as well. I can also be used as a rodent deterant as well.

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I have suffered from Chronic Migraines for years and I also have Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and several other health issues and peppermint really helps calm me and helps with the pain. I put peppermint on my temples and the back of my neck when I have a migraine or headache and it really helps.  I also put it on any of my other aches and pains and it helps with those as well.

It does well putting it in a oil diffuser and letting the fragrance fill up your room/house. It makes a house smell really good!

I would recommend this to anyone that has pain and wants a natural remedy or anyone that needs to get rid or rodents or ants.

** I received this at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.**

 

 

Woolzies Best 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil

Woolzies Best 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil is the perfect essential oil for anyone that needs help with sleep. I put a few drop in my essential oil diffuser and once I get comfortable it doesn’t take me long to drift off to sleep. I have had chronic insomnia for years and have taken sleeping medications and none of them have helped. This really helps.  After reading some of the reviews on this product it looks like I am going to have to get some of Woolzies Wool Balls for my laundry.

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This comes in a 1 ml bottle and has a top that allows you to measure drops out rather than with a dropper. I would recommend this to anyone that is wanting a reliable lavender essential oil that will help you sleep at night.

** I received the Woolzies Best quality, great value 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil at a discount in exchange for my honest, fair and unbiased review **

Ozeri 4×3 Razor Pedometer/Fitness Tracker

I had the opportunity to review Ozeri 4x3razor Pocket 3D Pedometer and Activity Tracker with Bosch Tri-Axis Technology so I jumped at the chance.  I have been wanting one of these for a long time.  This particular item accurately record steps, distance, calories consumed, fat burned and exercise time.  The Pedometer is only 0.5 cm thick and weighs just half an ounce.  It includes a detachable lanyard and belt clip for super convenience.  Since getting this I have realized just how much or how little I exercise during the day!

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I would recommend this pedometer/tracker to anyone that is wanting a good quality item that is reliable, accurate, and easy to set up.  It is extremely portable as you can wear it on your belt, around your neck or in your pocket.

**I received this item free in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.**