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The naturopathic way

Trying new ways to fight extra pounds can be a frustrating experiment in finding what works for you.

Finding your own individual needs is often the best way to battle the bulge.

Dr. Afsoun Khalili, professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, says this is exactly how naturopathic doctors help patients with weight problems and related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.

“Naturopathic medicine is individual,” says Khalili. “We try to find the individual reasons why.”

Khalili says that people overeat for many reasons, and getting to the root of it is a start in the right direction. She says eating the wrong foods for some people is as simple as a lack of education in healthy eating, or it can be the result of emotions and stress.

“Sometimes we recommend counseling to deal with these emotions,” says Khalili.

Besides the emotional side of eating, there are a few tricks that can help you begin losing those extra pounds. Khalili recommends not eating after 8 p.m. to let your digestive system rest overnight and improve sleep. Putting a teaspoon of cinnamon in your food once a day can help regulate blood sugar and curb your appetite.

The most important thing Khalili says to remember is to make permanent nutritional changes, a temporary diet will only give temporary results. “It’s a lifestyle change,” says Khalili.

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