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Eileen Silva, Ph.D., N.D., CTN, is a doctor of Natural Health and Naturopathy, in Southlake, Texas, with a practice in metabolic health, weight, and body balancing. She has been treating patients and teaching workshops on integrative medicine for over 18 years. Eileen has appeared on TV and radio talk shows coast-to-coast, lectured extensively, and has developed a breakthrough technology, colored bar-graph, computerized body analysis program. Her newly-released book, A HEALTHIER YOU, joins her best-selling, FAT CHANCE AT LAST! ---HOW TO GO BEYOND WILLPOWER, in offering lifestyle changes for better health results. As CEO of Hegan Center, Eileen has trained and certified medical doctors and chiropractors for almost a decade. Her innovative wellness techniques have been used to help thousands of individuals achieve weight loss and better fitness. Eileen's programs have also brought enhanced energy, weight balance, and longevity to professionals in corporate wellness programs. Eileen is an active member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association, the American Holistic Health Association, and the Health Sciences Institute.

Monday, December 31, 2007

New Years Resolutions

New Year Resolutions-How to make them happen!

There are many people that make and break their New Year Resolutions every year. The concept seems simple enough…just think of something you would like to improve on, change for the better or cut from your life and “just do it”.

This is easier said than done. More times than not, the desire to keep these resolutions fade and by summer we have completely given up.
Here are a few simple ideas that will help you keep and obtain your New Year’s goal for good!

1. Tell family and friends what your resolution is. I know, you are afraid to tell anyone because you might fail. Well, that is one way to look at it. But, I think the more people that know the better chance you have of reaching that goal. When you tell someone that makes it real. They will help you remain accountable and your goal will seem easier to obtain with your own cheering section.

2. Don’t resolve to do too many things at once. For example, don’t try to loose 10 pounds, run a marathon and learn to sew all in one year. Choose the one thing that is most important to you and go for it!

3. Get your mind right. Make sure you are prepared to do what it takes to achieve your goal. You need a plan. If you are trying to loose 10 pounds, then set up an exercise schedule that will work for you. If you don’t normally wake up at 6 am, then don’t resolve to start working out everyday at that time. You have to be true to who you are in order for progress to occur.

4. Forgive slip ups. We all slip from time to time. It’s ok – it only means we are human. It is much easier to quit then to keep chugging along. If you eat one to many desserts one week or skip a workout or two - don’t quit! Just forgive yourself and move on. Focus on all that you have accomplished and use that to motivate yourself.

5. Finally, reward yourself. Little “treats” are encouraging and help us to continue towards our goal. Once you achieve your goal, buy that expensive sweater that you can now fit into or take a day off from your regimen and just enjoy the sweet smell of success!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

How to Eat Smarter this Holiday Season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Oh the hustle and bustle of the Holidays!
The time of year for Holiday parties, shopping, decorations, and over-eating!

We all have good intentions:
“I’ll only eat a little” or “I’ll only have one slice of pie” or “I’ll have just one glass of wine”.
Sound familiar?
I have 7 simple tips that will keep you eating smart and keep those extra pounds off!

1. Don’t show up on an empty stomach. Eating a small salad or a handful of nuts prior to your holiday meal will help satisfy your hunger cravings so you eat less and get full faster.

2. Be snobbish with your food choices. Don’t waste calories on chips, crackers or cheese. Go for the main dish or a few of those decadent hors d oeuvres. You’ll be surprised at how fast those food choices will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied.

3. Put your food on a plate. This is the best way for you to see just how much you are really eating. If you grab a bite here and a bite there you have no way to track what and how much you have eaten. That’s when the calories start to add up!

4. Choices, choices, choices. Make sure your first choice is a salad or vegetables. Always choose the smaller plate. Your eyes can trick your stomach. The bigger the plate is the more you will eat. Once you have filled your plate with healthy choices, there will only be a small amount of room on your plate for sweet treats.

5. Watch those alcoholic drinks. Calories in alcohol add up fast! Not only will alcohol weaken your resistance that can cause you to make unhealthy food choices, it will also double the calories you consume causing an added weight increase.

6. Party drink secret. Drink some sparkling water with a twist of lime at parties. This will save you at least 150 calories every time you do.

7. Continue to exercise. Doing at least 20 minutes of exercise will elevate your metabolism for up to 12 hours, so fit in your workout as much as you can.

I hope you all have a happy and healthy holiday!

Eileen Silva, Ph.D., N.D.