NEW ARTICLE Ask the Pharmacist: December 2017


A: Here comes the most wonderful time of the year. How do you survive entertaining and holiday parties where the sharing of food and gifts is welcomed if not required. How do you remain cognizant of the impact the extra caloric load can have on your body? If your body is presently in the best shape possible after months of great choices and exercise, it doesn’t need another ounce of stored fat. If you have extra pounds on your frame, now is the time to avoid temptations that will add more weight. How do you avoid binging on those well intentioned gifts of sugar laden scrumptiousness?

If we look at the natural evolution of humans, the tendency to gain weight during the 6 weeks of holiday celebrations makes sense. If we didn’t have enough fat storage, we would starve during times of famine. If we were obese, we couldn’t hunt and forage for food or run from animals looking at us as dinner. Having a natural set-point meant survival. In these days of over abundance of sugary foods, our set-point creeps up and makes it difficult to lose excess weight and makes it imperative that we do not gain more during times of excess offerings.

There is a plethora of articles about the ways to avoid stress and make healthier choices from the foods that are offered at work, parties and home. Choose the protein and vegetables, chew thoroughly, leave the table a little bit hungry, take long walks after meals, reduce sitting time, manage stress by staying present in your body (check in now and then with your feelings), and get enough sleep are all great tools, but willpower is gone after breakfast and you may need help as the day progresses. For those of you interested in the deep dive into the why of weight loss resistance, I encourage you to look at genetics and epigenics as well as lifestyle implications. A great podcast about weight gain and leptin resistance is available at Revolution Health Radio. RHR: Why It’s So Hard To Lose Weight – And Keep It Off. Chris Kresser talks about the research pertaining to obesity and links to blogger Stephan Guyenet’s Whole Health Source studies.

Foods that are not just palatable but are rewarding to your pleasure center actually influence your behavior when it comes to any ability to refuse high caloric, fat and sugar containing desserts and treats. You can decrease your desire for them by supplementing when you know you will unable to resist. Some suggestions that focus on reducing craving and your neurochemical responses, yet don’t block your ability to experience the pleasures of the holidays are:

1. High quality multivitamin: Deficiency in micronutrients can trigger the desire to overeat to fill those gaps.

2. High quality probiotic: Happy gut, happy brain is enough said.

3. CraveArrest™: Contains nutrients that support the control of food cravings, addictions and mood swings.

4. GlucoSupreme™ Herbal: A synergistic formula that has been designed to help maintain healthy blood sugar and insulin levels, modulate inflammatory response and support healthy lipid levels.

5. EndoTrim™ : A comprehensive endocrine and metabolic balancing formula designed to promote optimal body composition by limiting cravings.

6. Thermo-Efx™: May help to reduce glucose absorption and control appetite without stimulants.

7. Carnosine Supreme™: Lowers blood glucose and enhances insulin sensitivity when excessive glucose/fructose are consumed..

8. Carnitine : Studies have shown that supplementing with 400-500mg of L-carnitine may assist the body’s ability to burn fat and increase energy.

9. Omega 3 Fatty Acids: Supports a healthy immune response and may reduce inflammation.

10. CLA ( conjugated linoleic acid): Many studies have highlighted the ability of CLA to support a healthy body composition and ratio of body fat to muscle, as well as building lean body mass.

11. CarbXzyme™ : Designed to help reduce the digestion of starches and absorption of glucose while improving the digestion of protein-containing foods.

12. Fiber and Protein powders: Mixing up a nutritional shake before a party can help you maintain a feeling of satiety and reduce the need to eat sweets. Choose pea, rice, hemp or grass-fed whey proteins over soy.

As always, consult your health care provider about the addition of any supplements if you are experiencing a chronic disease.

Reduce your craveability quotient by bringing your awareness around to the thought of having to take off the stubborn pounds in January if you overconsume today. Use supplements wisely to augment your waining willpower and support your ability to keep your metabolism efficient. Happy health-filled holidays!

Deidre (Dee) Kohley, Rph, works at Watkins Pharmacy, is a graduate of Ferris University and has lived all her life in Muskegon. She continues to find ways to reach women who genuinely want to get well or live an optimal life. Dee loves digging into research to find new ways to help people. She is married and has seven children and nine grandchildren who keep her busy. She loves the beach and spending time outside enjoying the seasons. You can contact her by going to her website or

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