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I think that if you want to reduce your weight, there’s no magical solution, no one thing, that’s going to do it for you.  There has to be a comprehensive lifestyle shift that addresses the multiple variables that come together to affect how we eat, exercise, and behave in other ways that affect our weight.  So as I’m work through this experience, I want to talk with professional in various practice areas who can contribute.  Enter Candice Trudel.

Originally a nutritional scientist doing research in a lab, Candice moved on to open her own consulting practice, and she specializes in ayurvedic nutrition.  I found it really easy to talk with Candice.  No preaching, no lecturing.  Just a genuine interest in how to help people enjoy food while being healthy and happy.  She’s a pretty cool lady.

“You can’t out-train a bad diet.”

I don’t want to be in a position where I have to feel like I’m killing myself with exercise in order to offset what I’m eating.  That’s not a solution, for me.  I want to create a balanced lifestyle that supports my well-being, and that’s what Candice and I focused on talking about in this interview.

One neat thing that I had never heard anyone talk about before, which Candice refers to repeatedly, is the idea of “discovering your constitution.”  Recognizing that we really are all different, and there’s not going to be one diet or one exercise plan that works for everybody is important to recognize.  It’s easy to agree on that from an intellectual perspective, but a little more challenging to embrace in action.  Luckily, there are people like Candice in the world who want to help.

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I spent the last week traveling around the country, performing stage hypnosis shows for colleges.  Lots of flying, airports and hotels, and driving rental cars to the performance venues.  It’s not helpful in terms of supporting good eating habits.  You tend to look for food that’s convenient instead of food that’s healthy, and the hectic pace is a bit stressful, which triggers more urges for crappy food.

Luckily, I’ve been doing this annual tour for fifteen years, so I’ve gotten better and better at managing those factors, and the results show at this week’s weigh-in.  I still can do an even better job.  I definitely had some times where I grabbed a cookie or had a drink with sugar in it.

It’s particularly important that I get to that next level of clean eating, as I’m now off the second steroid taper, and my itching has come back a little bit.  It’s nowhere near as bad as it was, and I want to keep it that way.  In fact, I want it gone.  In order to achieve that, I must manage my stress even better, push more water, and reduce the sugar and carb intake.

What are your favorite healthy, natural foods?