Special Guest Series
Dr. Ken Berry: How to Talk to your Doctor – Part III
Dr. Ken Berry has spent the last decade battling the epidemics of obesity, insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes. He’s the author of the acclaimed book Lies My Doctor Told Me, and hosts his own channel on YouTube – youtube.com/kendberrymd.
Over five weeks, Dr. Berry is hosting a special guest series for members here on IDM: ‘How to Talk to your Doctor.’ Whether it’s a ketogenic or low-carb diet, many health care providers in the US, Canada and around the world just don’t understand this way of eating yet, nor the many associated health benefits.
So, don’t miss this series so you can get the knowledge you need to talk to your doctor!
Intermittent Fasting Made My Life Easier and Happier
Dr. Fung inspires New York Times writer Larissa Zimberoff to make the changes she needs to get healthier.
Does not eating dinner result in better sleep?
Coach Andrea Lombardi examines the connection.
Meals vs. Movement
Coach Larry Diamond examines the value of exercise around meal times
Our bodies are very sensitive to the inputs we give them. Understanding that, you can create habits that help you regain and maintain your health.
We’re always learning more about how receptive our bodies are to exercise or movement right before or after a meal. But, it turns out that doing some movement or exercise around meals can help maintain insulin sensitivity and moderate blood glucose swings.
It’s easy enough at home, but it’s important to consider movement at the office, too. Doing some planking or push-ups, jumping jacks, running in place, some burpees, resistance band session or running up some flights of stairs before a meal can prime our musculoskeletal system to take in the food energy from a meal with less of a blood glucose response, and also help maintain our insulin sensitivity.
How does this happen?
Exercise activates a number of hormones and receptors in cells. Most notably for blood glucose modulation and insulin sensitivity is the GLUT4 receptor. Exercise increases the amount of GLUT4, and this increases the ability of our cells to transport energy into the cell.
Do I have a habit of doing exercise before every meal? No. But I have fun with it at family meal times and the exercise, in and of itself, is raising our heart rates and helping us maintain and increase muscle mass, which also helps insulin sensitivity and overall health and well-being.
Consider the global cultural tradition of the post-meal stroll. This is incredibly common in many European cultures: After the evening meal, families would stroll the town to people watch, talk with friends and just enjoy their families, friends and pets. Turns out, these strolls have marvelous benefits in postprandial blood glucose response.
This effect is seen with strolls as short as 10 to 15 minutes. It is also an opportunity to not feel so isolated and disconnected from neighbours. It would be a big step forward for health and community if the post-dinner stroll became common here, too.
I say why not have it start with us? Let’s be the change we want to see in the world. So, happy summer strolling everyone!