September 2013

Unprocessed foods may be more fattening than healthier fast-food options

Unprocessed foods may be more fattening than healthier fast food dining alternatives, says one expert


An article recently published by The UK Daily Mail describes the controversy surrounding Author David Freeman, whose argues that fast food industries should focus on expanding or changing their menus to include healthy options instead of completely banning fast foods. Freeman argues that the majority of the population will not be content to eat unprocessed “real” foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables.

Freedman believes that despite their efforts, the media is ignoring fast food chains when it comes to their attempts to create healthier fast food menu options. Take McDonalds, for example. They have fresh yogurt, egg white mcmuffins and oatmeal available for people to purchase, but because they still contain processed ingredients the media has criticized their efforts. Freeman also explains that many “clean” and “real” foods have many more calories, carbohydrates, and fat than ingredients such as the Egg White Delight McMuffin. According to Freeman, Trader Joe’s “Inner Peas” (a product that contains fried peas that have been smothered in sunflower oil) have six times the amount of fat as something relatively simple at a fast food chain.

Given the rising rates of obesity related diseases and associated healthcare costs, Freeman has caused major controversy among experts and unprocessed foods. Professor of Illinois, Lisa Powell, disagrees with Freeman. “If the government came into these communities and installed Brita filters under their sinks, they’d drink water instead of coke.”


Green Pizza Recipe

At CURE Program, we encourage others to try healthy recipes. We love the green pizza recipe from eating well and would like to share it with you.

Makes: 6 servings

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  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough, preferably whole-wheat
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 5 ounces arugula ,any tough stems removed, chopped (about 6 cups)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


  1. Position oven rack in the lowest position; preheat to 450°F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about the size of the baking sheet. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake until puffed and lightly crisped on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cook broccoli and water in a large skillet over medium heat, covered, until the broccoli is crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in arugula and cook, stirring, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread pesto evenly over the crust, top with the broccoli mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until crispy and golden and the cheese is melted, 8 to 10 minutes.


  • Per serving: 323 calories; 13 g fat ( 4 g sat , 7 g mono ); 19 mg cholesterol; 33 g carbohydrates; 15 gprotein; 3 g fiber; 511 mg sodium; 241 mg potassium.
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Calcium (34% dv), Vitamin A (31% dv).
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 medium fat meat, 1 1/2 fat

Perspective is important

Always choose to make your perspective the most positive that you can imagine.  When you ask for what you need, don’t assume that you are going to get a “no.”  Take that risk to ask for whatever you need and want.  As we discussed last month, we know that there will be a lot of “so called ” rejection along the way – but all you have to do is look at  that “no” as something that brings you one step closer to the “yes” answer you seek.

1.      As you go through your day today, notice how you tell your own story.  Where does your attention and conversations go – past, present or future?  Ask yourself, “Is my dominant thought around this subject positive?” Why do I always seem to go to the past, present or future?  What would be the value of shifting that?  How can I live in the moment of “now?”

2.      Notice where others’ attention and conversations tend to gravitate. Where does their focus predominantly lie? Are they focused on positive aspects? Focusing mostly in the past can hold you back from achieving your goals and your dreams – unless you are focused on something that gave you great pleasure and has you feeling good in the present moment.

If you notice that your (or another’s focus) is on the negative, or geared to the past or future – stop the conversation right there, and intentionally change the conversation.  For example, rather than having a meeting to discuss how badly things are going in the economy and choosing to discuss whether or not we are going to have to raise our office fees, we can consciously choose to stop and deliberately change the focus to how we want things to be right now, what values and mission drives our business, and how we can become even better at what we do.  We can deliberately and intentionally focus on what went right for our practice in the past, what is going right currently with the approaches we are taking, and ask ourselves what will make it better  moving forward.

The power of reframing

“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself… ‘How did I get through all of that?” ~Author Unknown

Almost everything in life can be reframed! Do you think that the cup is half empty or half full? Is this a crises or is this an opportunity for growth? Are you fearful or are you simply excited? At one point or another, everybody in the self-development field has addressed the concept of reframing, or changing the frame of reference of a situation.  This month we are going to talk about reframing the story that you tell others about your life, so that it is presented in the most positive perspective possible. Why is this important?

The key point to understand is that after reframing an event, a new meaning is created. When that meaning is activated or validated by a person (when he or she says, “yes, that is true”) it becomes a belief. As you have heard all your life, whatever you believe becomes your reality.

Reframing is the strategy to change the meaning of something (an event, experience, news, or situation) by creating another frame (reference point) to it. Basically, reframing creates a new and different interpretation that reaches a different conclusion. It allows you to feel and behave in a different way. It is a very powerful tool for mastery if one is committed to a successful and enjoyable life.

A basic example of reframing can be someone who attempted to do something and she did not get the desired outcome she wanted. Under this scenario, the outcome was a failure. Well, an empowerment coach could help that person to reframe the meaning of that event, and instead of labeling it a “failure, ” can decide to label it as “one more way you have learned how not to do something”, or “getting one step closer to your goal.” Does that make sense?

Below I have listed some simple Thriving Techniques that can help you to reframe a situation and connect the dots of your own story in a more positive, empowering way:



·        Connect the dots in your life and reframe your story as a powerful, positive journey.

·        Choose to be positive; remember, rejection is merely a concept that exists only in your head.  When you experience rejection, you are no worse off physically than you were before.

·        See perceived obstacles as opportunities to grow and to stretch

·        Persistence allows you to pursue your goals.  In the face of obstacles, and feedback, you can adjust your course and reach your ultimate goal!  Persistency equates success.  Persistence is the difference between mediocrity and excellence.

·        Live in the magical moment of “NOW”.

And remember what John C. Lily said, “Every belief is a limit to be examined and transcended.”

Good luck on your journey, and the joy the empowering, exciting process of effective communication! 


In Love We Trust,

Lisa Waldrep  

Sugar Free Foods linked to Weight Gain

Sugar free foods linked to weight gain

Sugar free foods linked to weight gain



It’s old news that sugar can cause weight gain, but what about sugar-free foods and drinks? Few Americans know the disastrous effects of Aspartame. They may know it is “bad for you,” but it is not as well known that Aspartame can actually cause weight gain due to insulin spiking and fat storage. This is bad because the food industry is literally using foods containing artificial ingredients and deemed “sugar free” and “fat free” and marketing them as foods and drinks that are helpful for weight loss and maintenance.

A recent article published by FashionablyFamous, addresses the issues surrounding artificial sweeteners and summarizes the findings of a study conducted by Dr. John Olney, a neuroscientist at Washington State. Dr. Olney recently conducted a study measuring the effects of Aspartame. The rats that were given Aspartame showed a physiologic change in brain chemistry , unlike the rats that were not given Aspartame. In addition, aspartic acid was found to cause holes in the brains of the rats who were given the ingredient.

Remember to exercise extreme caution when drinking or eating packaged foods labeled “sugar free” or “low fat.” These foods are actually causing weight gain- the exact opposite of what consumers buy them for. It is always best to stick with the foods that are natural and unprocessed.

Dr. Waldrep has been named Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Los Robles

invite LR

We are proud to announce that

Dr. Waldrep has been named Medical Director

for Bariatric Surgery at Los Robles Regional Medical Center

in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Dr. Waldrep is the guest speaker

at a free Open House at Los Robles Hospital this

 Saturday, September 21 at 1:00 in

 classroom 1 on the main floor in Tower 2

Please feel free to let anyone you know who might be interested that they are more than welcome!

And we would love for you to come and share your story with others who may be seeking information on weight loss surgery or are simply wondering “what life is like” afterward.

For more information call Kristina or Vanessa

at (805) 230-0030

We look forward to seeing you there!