Tuesday, January 29, 2013

2013 More Than Just Weight Loss Week 3

The beginning of week 3 is upon us. Two weeks down with many successes as well as some challenges. Let me start by letting everyone know that the supplements are the same in week 3 as in week 2. The only variance for this is for those that are detoxifying too quickly and this is creating uncomfortable symptoms. As mentioned in a previous post, if this is occurring for you, please stop the GI Synergy for one day and then add it back in at only one packet per day instead of two packets per day. After a 2 or 3 days on one packet, you can likely go back to two per day. 

Per a recommendation of Louanna, I will be creating a new thread for each week moving forward to create an ease in moving through the posts. Thank you for that recommendation Louanna.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Eat Like a Pig and Lose Weight

by Glen Depke

Eat like a pig and lose weight? How the heck can this be?

Haven't we all learned that weight loss is all about how much food we put in our mouth or even more specific, the amount of calories we eat?

I know this goes against almost every mainstream concept of weight loss but this is true. As I currently lead a 6 week program that myself and 26 others are partaking in, I can share that EVERYONE on the program is directed to consume as much food as desired, while eating as often as needed to maintain their satisfaction for food. Don't be hungry, is their direction.

My personal share is that I feel like I am eating like a pig yet losing weight. 

Well, after week one of the 6 week program 3 of the 27 participants actually lost at least 10 pounds. Yes, 10 pounds or more in one week with zero restrictions to how much you can eat, how often you can eat and zero calorie restrictions. Amazing, isn't it?

I am of course especially thrilled because I am one of the 3 that lost the 10 pounds or more but it is not just the 3 of us that are losing. Most others in the program are also eating like pigs and losing weight. The highest percentage of those in the program have actually lost between 5 and 10 pounds, a few between 3 to 5 and yes, there are a couple that have yet to lose weight but we are very confident this will occur soon.

Remember though, EVERYONE is directed to eat as often and as much as needed to maintain their personal satisfaction. In other words, don't ever allow yourself to be hungry.

So how does this work?

First of all let me help you understand the calorie lie we have heard since the late 70's. You know that one that says weight loss is about calories in and calories out? Remember, the secret is to burn more calories than you consume?

Lies, lies, lies....

Here's a little history. 

Back in the late 70's, as a culture, we were told to stop or significantly cut back on our fat consumption. This recommendation was made based on the "thought" that weight gain was tied into calorie consumption, and since fat was the most caloric dense food, we should eliminate this. So as a culture, we followed the directions and guess what? If you guessed we got fatter, you are absolutely right. This was due to the fact that when we took away the fat, we actually replaced this with carbohydrates such as wheat bread, bagels and pasta. I would guess that you likely remember that craze back in the late 70's and 80's.

The challenge here was that we removed something essential to our diet (fat) and replaced it with something that raises blood sugar and insulin production. So do you want to guess what the trigger for storing fat is? If you guessed insulin, you are 100% correct. Insulin makes us fat, not fat.

I want to share a biochemical fact with you. When you consume fat, your body uses the fat that is needs and releases the unused fat in either your breath or your urine. With this understanding, it makes sense that you can eat almost as much fat as you would like and you would not have to even count those calories. Awesome, right?

Well not so fast. There is one challenge here. If you consume foods that drive up glucose and insulin, the unused fat is not longer released in your breath or urine, now that unused fat is placed on your hips, thighs, buttocks and midsection. Get it?

The basic understanding here is the fat is not bad and calories are not the key. Regulating blood sugar is the key.

There is another huge factor as tied into weight loss that is addressed in the 6 week program and that factor is intolerant foods and inflammation. Let me start by sharing that much of the so called weight gain that most are dealing with is actually inflammation and I can share that this is often much more problematic than the fat. Not that I'm saying the too much fat on your body is good for you, but I want to talk about the challenges with inflammation that go far beyond your pant size or number on your scale.

Inflammation in itself is a leading factor in almost every chronic illness. When you body is chronically inflamed this can lead to pain, liver issues, gut issues, increased fat cell production and autoimmune conditions. Yikes!

So how do you address inflammation nutritionally?

This starts with addressing the foods that create inflammation. A great place to start is with food intolerance.  You here me talk about gluten intolerance quite a bit but there are also cross reactive intolerances. This could be dairy, soy, eggs, rice, potato, any grains, corn, milk chocolate, coffee, yeast and sesame. Any of these foods can lead to inflammation in your gut and create a whole cascade of health issues one of which would include weight gain. Recognizing these intolerances and eliminating these foods is a key to getting your weight and inflammation under control. There are also other foods beyond these intolerant foods that can lead to inflammation. I listed the avoidance foods in an earlier article, if you would like to review this follow this link. There is also testing available for gluten cross reactive foods. Cyrex Labs is the company that provides the most comprehensive testing on this level. Discuss this with your health practitioner or call us at (949)954-6226 for Cyrex Lab testing.

So in the end, I hope the point was made that avoiding your recognized inflammatory foods and reducing nutritional choices that raise blood sugar and insulin are two significant keys to weight loss. But not just weight loss, the kind of weight loss that occurs without you having to starve yourself or worry about calories.

Remember, you can eat like a pig and still lose weight. It simply depends on what you're eating.

If you have any comments or questions in regard to this article, please leave a post below for me to address personally.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Good and BAD Weight Loss

by Glen Depke

Really, bad weight loss, is there such a thing? There are a lot of "skinny fat" people that I have seen in my career. These are people that appear to be lean and healthy, yet have health challenges comparable to an individual that is obese. 

How does this happen? Bad weight loss!

Based on the mainstream information we have been fed for years, you would think that any weight loss is good weight loss but the simple fact is, that simply is not true.

Let's first look a the main factors when we are discussing weight loss. Some positive forms of weight loss would include the loss of fat, reduction in inflammation or for those the have poor fluid retention that live with chronic edema, the loss of water weight.

So what would be considered bad weight loss?

The cannibalization of muscle mass, fluid loss due to a fluid restriction diet and most weight loss due to surgical intervention.

Let's look at some of the common challenges with weight loss programs today. 

The detoxification type dieting:
Often individuals will go on a detoxifying diet to lose weight and these often work but at what expense? When individuals focus on raw veggies and fruits for an extended period of time which is often the case with these types of diets, they are not recognizing that these foods are purely detoxifying and not nutritive. This is all about pushing toxins out without supporting the body. These diets are often deficient in protein intake which is another problem. Your body only holds protein for about 24 hours so after a day without protein your body has to cannibalize your muscle tissue for protein. In our opinion, while detoxification diets often work, this is not a healthy recommendation.

The heavy cardiovascular activity weight loss program:
This is when individuals commit to long duration cardiovascular activity for weight loss. This would be your distance runners, long range biking or the triathletes. This can even tie into those the excessively pursue one spin class, followed by an aerobic class, followed by a 5 mile run and so on. You get the picture. Well this is another state from which the body will often begin to cannibalize muscle tissue but also lowers human growth hormone.

Calorie restrictive diets:
While these may also appear to work because weight loss will generally occur, other challenges are created. Because of the impact that calorie restrictive diets have on your adrenal hormone condition, these will most often create a long standing challenge for adrenal function. The adrenals and pancreas have an intimate connect that can also create issues with insulin and blood sugar regulation. I see this all the time in my clinic with clients that have followed diets such as the HCG diet. 500 calories per day? Really? This screams out "fight or flee" and kicks in an adrenal response for those that are likely already adrenal compromised.

Water restrictive diets:
These are not as popular at this time but they were in the past. People would restrict water intake to lower their water weight which in turn would affect the overall electrolyte mineral balance. Since this balance is a basic fundamental of life, the results can actually be catastrophic.

Liquid diets or juice fasting diets:
These are still common today and create the same challenges as mentioned with detoxifying diets above. To much detoxification, often too fast and a lack of protein that leads to the loss of muscle mass.

So how the heck does someone loss weight then?

Well first of all, look at what you are losing. When losing weight in a healthy way, the main factors are fat loss and reduction in inflammation. For those that appear to lose weight very quickly this is often tied into a loss of inflammation which is very positive for you. As time progresses you will then begin to lose fat along with the inflammation to truly create a weight lose machine.

This is done by focusing on two different levels nutritionally. The first key is to address your Nutritional ID, which ties into your biochemical individual needs for nutrition. Click here to find out more about your Nutritional ID and take your complimentary Nutritional ID assessment. Whether you are a veggie, mixed or protein type you would be recommended to consume protein, fat and carbs but in different ratios as well as different types. This play a significant role in your body's ability to convert food into energy, which is a key.

Second, you would like to address any food intolerance. If this is new to you, I would suggest assessing the most common food intolerance troubling our society today, which is a gluten intolerance. Follow this link to assess your likelihood of a gluten intolerance as well as a list of gluten foods in categories.

If you are really motivated, you can go as far as removing all potential inflammatory foods. The is quite an undertaking but significantly powerful for so many. If you're looking to eliminate inflammatory foods, here's your avoidance list. This list may be daunting to many but at least start with your Nutritional ID and assess your likelihood of a gluten intolerance.

Sugars: including agave, candy, chocolate, corn syrup, fructose, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, sucrose. 

High Glycemic Fruits: including bananas, canned fruits, dried fruits, mango, pineapple, raisins, watermelon.

Grains: including amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, corn, couscous, kamut, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, rye, spelt, wheat, wheat germ.

Nuts and Seeds: including almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds.

Gluten-Containing Compounds: including barbecue sauce, binders, bouillon, brewer’s yeast, cold cuts, condiments, emulsifiers, fillers, chewing gum, hot dogs, hydrolyzed plant and vegetable protein, ketchup, soy sauce, lunch meats, malt and malt flavoring, malt vinegar, matzo, modified food starch, monosodium glutamate, nondairy creamer, processed salad dressings, seitan, some spice mixtures, stabilizers, teriyaki sauce, textured vegetable protein.

Dairy Products and Eggs: including butter, cheeses, cow milk, creams, frozen desserts, goat milk, margarine, mayonnaise, sheep milk, whey, yogurt (except coconut). 

Soy: including edamame, miso, soymilk, soy protein, soy sauce, tempeh, tofu.

Fungi: edible fungi and mushroom.

Alcohol: all alcohol.

Beans and Legumes: including black beans, lentils, peanuts, peas, pinto beans, soybeans.

Nightshade Foods: including eggplant, paprika, peppers, potatoes, Tabasco sauce, tomatillos, tomatoes.

Other: canned foods, coffee, processed foods.


Let's not forget about exercise. For healthy weight loss I recommend the following exercise. Weight training, gentle flow yoga, Tai Chi, burst training, stretching and Pilates as the core of your training. These forms of exercise will help maintain proper growth hormone production while allowing for an increase muscle mass rather than break down. Every pound of muscle mass added is another 100 or so calories that you burn simply doing nothing. 

We will discuss this further in the weeks to come...

If you have any comments or questions, please post these below for us to address personally.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2013 More Than Just Weight Loss (Weeks 1 & 2)

Welcome everyone to an amazing start to 2013! During the next six weeks we will all be on a journey that will have its ups and downs as well as its successes and failures.By us working together as a group, I am confident that the higher percentage, and perhaps all of us, will find significant successes over the next 6 weeks. Not only with weight and inches lost but also a reduction in pain as well as an array of other symptom challenges you may be currently living with.

This blog will play a huge role in our success. 

I will be posting daily as well as answering your questions via this blog thread. As we get going, you will also see that others within the group will be equally as supportive. Do not be shy about sharing recipes that you enjoy and well as challenges you may be dealing with. We are all here as support.

As you have likely heard me mention in the past, I never feel better all year as I do on this program. I hold the space for nothing short of that for you also.

Let the "More Than Just Weight Loss" begin.


Monday, January 14, 2013

Enough with Stress Already...

by Glen Depke

In my opinion, stress is the single biggest factor in dis-ease states. While most think of stress as just mental and emotional, this stress could also be physical or chemical.

While we cannot ignore other factors that contribute to our health and wellness, it is imperative to look at stress for the significant role that it plays in our life.

So, enough with stress already...

When I share this, I want you to understand that I  do not expect you to live a stress free life. To be honest with you, that would be impossible. Stress is not only a part of life for all of us, it is actually a necessary part of our lives. 

So how does stress affect us and how to we live in balance with this?

First of all remember as mentioned above, stress is not just mental/emotional. This could also be physical and/or chemical stress

We all know what the mental/emotional stress looks like:
  • Bills in the mail
  • Challenges with a spouse
  • Issues at work
  • Disruptions with the kids
  • Traffic on the way to work
  • Loss of a job
  • Divorce
  • and so on...
The physical stress though is very different:
  • Chronic inflammation
  • Poor vertebrae alignment 
  • Past head trauma
  • Chronic illness
  • Over training
  • and more...
 Chemical stresses are different too:
  • Toxic exposure
  • Constipation (1 bowel movement or less per day)
  • Brain toxicity due to a poor brain/barrier function
  • Alcohol use
  • Drug use (recreational, over the counter or prescription)
  • Chemicals produced from negatively perceived emotions
  • and so much more...
So what we can see here is that there is more than enough to contribute to our stress on a daily basis and truthfully, most are overwhelmed on many or most of these areas.

What is effected by this stress?

The most significant issue is the challenge this creates to your adrenal function. Unfortunately, most do not address their adrenal function and wait to seek attention until the poor adrenal function impacts other areas of your body, such as...
  • challenges with sleep
  • low sexual desire
  • midsection weight gain
  • PMS, menopause, infertility
  • digestive problems
  • endocrine impairment
  • poor immune function
  • low energy
  • poor muscular/skeletal health
  • poor mental clarity
  • inflammatory issues
  • poor detoxification
  • blood sugar concerns
Recognize that if adrenal function is not addressed, this has an extreme holistic effect on your body. As a reference, I have looked at approximately 4,000 adrenal test kits in my career and I have only seen about 1/10 of 1% actually come back normal and healthy. This is  a real issue of almost 100% of health challenged individuals.

So what's a person to do? 

First of all, if you have not already, take the complimentary adrenal assessment online by clicking here. This can provide an idea of where you may be adrenal speaking. If you find that your adrenals are a likely issue, it would be imperative to have your adrenals testing by a qualified health practitioner and I would always suggest saliva testing. Blood testing only provides one snapshot of adrenal function, while saliva testing provides accurate variances throughout the day.

For those that do not have the financial means to test, the minimum focus would be to add daily supplemental use of pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) as used in the Depke Wellness Prime Adrenal Support.

This along with taking care of your fundamentals of health would be a good start until you have the ability to test your adrenal function and address this accordingly to allow your body the means to find its adrenal balance.

If you are not familiar with your fundamentals of health please visit this link for an explanation.

If you have any comments or questions, please leave a post below for me to address personally.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fingernail and Tongue Diagnosis

Dr Tsu-Tsair Chi
This is a special event that I am so excited to share with you! 

In partnership with Dr Tsu-Tsair Chi, Depke Wellness if offering a complimentary seminar on "Fingernail and Tongue Diagnosis." 

I cannot say enough about Dr Chi. He is the international expert in fingernail and tongue diagnosis and the author of "Dr Chi's Method of Fingernail & Tongue Diagnosis," which is a best selling book among health practitioners. This is a book that I reference regularly in my practice.

Best of all, he is going to be here at our office within Impact Health & Wellness on Saturday February 2, 2013!

On this day from 12:30PM to 2:00PM, Dr Chi is going to leading you down a hormonal and health journey via his decades of expertise in fingernail and tongue diagnosis. This is a lecture you don't want to miss whether you feel that positive about your health, have ongoing health issues or for those in the health field. There are points to be made for all of us. 

During this lecture you will learn how to recognize health challenges for yourself and your loved ones.
Register for this complimentary lecture below.

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Many years ago I saw a lecture presented by Dr Chi in Las Vegas and experienced his dianosis of my own fingernails and tongue. I was so astonished by what he had found and thankful as he played a signficant role in my own health and wellness. I later studied under Dr Chi when I was in Chicago and to this day, I use his method of fingernail and tongue assessment with every in office client that I see.

While I enjoy my skills with this fingernail and tongue assessment, my skills are miniscule compared to the decades of expertise with Dr Chi.

This is where the true bonus comes in...

One the day of the lecture, Dr Chi is also going to be offering fingernail and tongue diagnosis in the office from 9:00AM to Noon and 2:00PM to 6:00PM. Dr Chi's usual session price for fingernail and tongue diagnosis $100.00, but we have been able to work out a special price for you of ONLY $40.00. Yes, for $40.00 or about the price of lunch for two, you can experience the international expert in fingernail and tongue diagnosis.

Understand that your nails and tongue changes may indicate challenges with digestion, cardiovascular system, lung disease, thyroid and adrenal issues, hormone imbalance, blood sugar issues, autoimmunity and so much more. Learn about these challenges now and be proactive in addressing your health concerns.

As you probably can tell, I cannot say enough about Dr Chi and fingernail and tongue diagnosis. All I can say is to get your butt in my office on Saturday February 2, 2013 and truly receive a gift of health.

By registering below, you are welcome to attend this complimentary 90 minute lecture, but don't stop there. Call our office today and schedule your appointment with Dr Chi personally. This is a rare special event and obviously the amount of individuals we can schedule is limited. 

Call now for your appoitment time. Due to limited availability, payment must be received at the time of booking.

Register for the complimentary lecture below.

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Prime Adrenal Support

As a follower of Depke Wellness, you understand the importance of balanced adrenal function. Vitamin B5 is a major precursor to hormone production in the adrenals as well as supporting cellular energy production, cardiovascular health, and synthesis of vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, and steroid hormones. This is the basis for the Depke Wellness Prime Adrenal Support.

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

I Get Sick Too!

by Glen Depke

Yes, believe it or not, I get sick too. As I am writing this newsletter I am on the tail end of 4 days of pain and suffering. You know what I mean, starts with a scratchy throat and headache, maybe diarrhea or constipation while leading to sinus and lung congestion. This of course has you coughing all night, blowing your nose constantly and disrupting your sleep. Oh and toward the end, every muscle in your body aches.

I know, fun right?

Did you know that in the US, more than 60 million cases of the common cold occur each year, resulting in the loss of 22 million days of work annually. 

Well, after the holidays is often the time of the year when this jumps on us. No wonder why, since there are often less than optimal food choices with the holidays and generally too much alcohol. All this with the stress of so much to do during the holiday season and too little sleep. 

It's no wonder we don't all get sick around the holidays.

Getting sick on occasion is very real for all of us. To be honest, with the level of toxicity that we live in on a daily basis, getting sick is a natural way for you body to push out the toxic build up. How our body deals with this is based on your level of health moving into the sickness. Healthy individuals go through this process in about 3-5 days, while those with less than optimal functioning immune systems may linger in the symptoms for weeks or it may go away only to creep back up when you thought you were in the clear.

Regardless of going into this with a strong or week immune system there are definitely steps to take to assist your body's ability to fight the cold and flu.
  • First, do not take anything that suppresses symptoms. No cough suppressants, anti diarrhea meds or anything to stop your nose from running. When you body is trying to get rid of something toxic, do not suppress it, help it.
  • Simple things like staying hydrated (1 quart of water per day for every 50 lbs of body weight), deep belly breathing often through the day, get enough sleep (nap if you cannot sleep through the night) and definitely stay away from sugar and alcohol.
  • Since most of your immune system originates in the gut, be sure to take probiotics. About 20 billion active bacteria per day is usually good but if diarrhea is an issue, you may want to take closer to 110 billion.
  • Vitamin D also plays a huge role in your immune function. About 10,000 IUs is typically recommended
  • for the duration of your cold or flu and I always recommend taking this in a liquid form.
  • Zinc is also powerful mineral to be used during this time. Scientific theory suggests that the cold virus causes infection by attaching to receptors in the upper respiratory system and reproducing. Zinc ions, it's believed, compete for these same receptors and thereby prevent the cold virus from replicating. In a sense, zinc and colds are natural adversaries. Add to this to fact that most in our culture are zinc deficient. One more note is that the mineral zinc also adds and antioxidant property which is also helpful. I of course recommend a liquid form of zinc and during your down time, about 30 mgs per day is suggested of liquid zinc.
  • If your sinuses are an issue, I would recommend the use of a Netti pot with a saline solution in the morning and before bed. You can watch a YouTube video with Dr Oz on Oprah to see what this is all about and they can be found at any drug store and most grocery stores.
  • Also recognize that as your immune system is destroying the pathogens and toxins, there is also a build up of toxic chemical in your body. This is the main reason for the muscle aches and pains. For this I use a simply remedy of taking a hot Epson salt bath twice per day during this time. Please limit the bath to 20 minutes so you are not reabsorbing toxins.
  • Lastly, I have a favorite remedy that few talk about and this is a liquid tincture of peppermint oil. I get these from Germany and all it is peppermint oil and chlorophyll and there are three uses for this. To assist with your lungs and coughing, I pour a cup of hot water and place 2 drops of the peppermint in the hot water. Of course I am going to drink this to assist in clearing my lungs, but prior to drinking this, I will take several deep breaths of the steam of this peppermint tea to assist in clearing my sinuses. Another great use of peppermint oil is to simply open up your bronchial airways by placing one drop of peppermint oil in your mouth, swishing this around you mouth with your saliva and while keeping this peppermint in your mouth, take 5 deep breaths in though your mouth and out your nose. By the second or third breath you will feel that peppermint oil vapors opening the airways in your lungs. The best thing about this remedy is that it is cheap and last for quite some time.
I know there are so many remedies from Grandma's chicken soup to high doses of Vitamin C and so much more, but I wanted to share what I do. Remember, I get sick too.

If your illness extends beyond 10 days or if you have chronic reoccurring challenges with being sick, seek the attention of your doctor to rule out any serious immune system issues and connect with a qualified natural health practitioner to address these issues at the core. Chronic illness is generally tied into poor gut health and autoimmune conditions that go undiagnosed.

If you have any comments or questions in regard to this article, please leave a post below for me to answer directly.