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Rhonda Dorren on Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast to Lose 2.5 Fold More Weight

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A whopping 2.5 fold greater weight loss occurs eating a bigger breakfast when compared to eating a small breakfast, as reported in the journal Obesity. What’s more -- waist circumference, blood glucose and insulin levels improve to a greater extent in a big breakfast group when compared to a small breakfast food in the reported study. Read the summary article in the Globe and Mail 

Participants who ate close to half or half of their daily calories at breakfast, also reported feeling less hungry during the day, making it easier to stick to their meal plan. The lower hunger scores were accompanied by lower blood levels of ghrelin (one of the hunger hormones) after eating the bigger breakfast. Remember it has been shown that the body burns significantly more calories to digest, absorb and process a morning meal than it does an afternoon or evening meal.

Protein-rich breakfasts slow digestion and promote a feeling of fullness throughout the morning. Studies have shown protein-rich solid foods curb appetite much better than protein-rich drinks. A small amount of carbohydrate at breakfast helps to guard against abdominal obesity. 

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Rhonda Dorren on 5 Shortcuts For Achieving Your Goal Weight In Record Time

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Keeping it simple makes a world of difference to success when trying to lose weight or control weight. 

1.Eat Right

This is so important. Eating right doesn't mean eating less, it means eating the right amount of food for your body to lose weight. Everyone is not the same so it is important to understand what balance of foods you need for your body to lose while still getting proper nutrition.

2.Engage a Solid Support System

Having a solid support system is one of the most important components for achieving weight loss and maintaining weight control. With a negative support system or in the absence of any support system at all, it can be next to impossible to change your weight.

3.Apply Guided Meditation

It’s true, there are guided meditation techniques that can help you slim down. Learn how to harness the power of your mind. With desire and intention, meditation restores self regulation.

4.Physical Activity

Use physical activity as a natural metabolism boost that will increase your energy throughout the day, as well as burn off more of the food you consume over the day.

5.Manage your food and prepare meal plans

While we may all have good intentions, if unprepared, we can often find ourselves away from home with no other options than to eat out or start looking into the fridge wondering what we can eat that only takes a couple minutes to prepare. One of the greatest challenges to losing weight is managing your food and meal plans. Get organized. Be prepared.

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Rhonda Dorren on How Safe is Your Self-Esteem from your Weight?

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Is every ounce of your self-esteem wrapped up in what the scale says? Have you studied and possibly tried every diet ever created, read a zillion diet books, recorded every Dr. Oz weight loss show and are still unhappy with your weight? Many individuals have lives that are measured by pounds lost and gained from day to day, week to week, month to month. Do any of these scenarios sound like you?

These actions and thoughts impact self-esteem and self-esteem needs nurturing as much as our body does. Self-esteem is not complicated. It’s simply our capacity to love and nurture ourselves. When we make loving ourselves conditional, like, “I will be so happy after I lose 30 pounds,” it’s like holding our self-esteem hostage. Not nice. Often we talk to ourselves and make excuses, "It's my genes", "I'm much too busy to…..", "I like myself this." This is a way of protecting ourselves from the way we see ourselves now, versus the way we want to be.

The more self-esteem we have, the better able we are to make healthy food and exercise choices. The best way to get out of the low self-esteem trap is to engage in "actionable esteem” activities instead of trying to “think” ourselves better. Effective “actionable esteem” activities are unique to each of us. What works for your best friend may not have any effect for you. Finding out what works for you is very worthwhile – once you understand this about yourself, much change can happen. And in that space, it seems quite effortless. Fascinating, don’t you think?

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Lisa Williamson from ChiQue Talks About Living Life Dairy Free

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Eating a dairy free diet can be a daunting task. The need to know all the dairy ingredients and check all your foods can be a big adjustment. Often people get confused and overwhelmed with all the information that is first thrown at them when making this lifestyle change. This blog will help dairy free individuals transition to a healthy, balanced diet, suitable for their dietary needs. 

Many individuals don’t realize that dairy is hidden in many foods. Just because a food product doesn’t have “milk” listed as an ingredient, doesn’t mean there isn’t dairy in the product. Key words that mean the food contains dairy include:

Butter, buttermilk, buttermilk powder, buttermilk solids, cheese(s), cream, custard, dry milk powder, dry milk solids, goat milk, lactose, lactulose, milk (evaporated/condensed), milk by-products, whey, whey powder, sour cream, yoghurt, casein, caseinate, curds, lactalbumin, lactate, lactic acid, lactoglobulin, lactylate, milk protein, and recaldent.

Watch for these ingredients, and if they are listed in the food product, AVOID THEM if you want to avoid dairy! Bakery products can be tricky so look out for these ingredients in them. Eating at a restaurant can be difficult because you can’t look at the exact breakdown of the ingredients in the food. The best thing to do is ask if the dish is dairy free, or if you can modify it to be dairy free. Make sure to inquire about butter, because some people don’t link butter as being dairy.

Hopefully this quick entry will help you find dairy free products. As you become an active ingredient reader, you will get faster at learning what you can and can’t eat. Don’t get discouraged, there are great alternatives that you can eat (which we will get to later on). Stay tuned for the next “Living Life Dairy Free” blog!

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Rhonda Dorren on What does ChiQue stand for?

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ChiQue pronounced – Sheek-You… represents YOU—an elegant, smart, stylish, strong, modern person, sort of like the term Chic. First and foremost, weight control for everyone is feeling better about you. While many of our clients join to lose and/or maintain their weight and we help them do that, weight control is not only about the weigh scale or pounds lost. With our guidance, ChiQue clients, whether they are our online clients or our in-clinic clients, feel better about themselves—they regain self-confidence, self-esteem and participate more fully in their lives.ChiquePharma LOGO cmyk JPEG

I talk about our multi-component intervention, about our personalized programs and our one-on-one professional consultations, but the most important accomplishment our clients achieve is feeling better overall about themselves, which is means something different for everyone.

Over the last few weeks individual clients have emailed or phoned us to tell us what feeling better means to them:

  • More energy
  • Stronger
  • Happier
  • Less internal stress because they feel better about their size
  • Clothes are fitting better or they can wear items they haven’t worn for a long time

One client even texted us one morning to say her jeans fell off her hips while she was carrying her groceries to her car—thank goodness she had a long coat on!

These are the results is a personalized program will deliver. You see…ChiQue (Sheek-You) is a perfect name for what our clients experience and accomplish here.

ChiQue pronounced – Sheek-You… represents YOU—an elegant, smart, stylish, strong, modern person, sort of like the term Chic. First and foremost, weight control for everyone is feeling better about you. While many of our clients join to lose and/or maintain their weight and we help them do that, weight control is not only about the weigh scale or pounds lost. With our guidance, ChiQue clients, whether they are our online clients or our in-clinic clients, feel better about themselves—they regain self-confidence, self-esteem and participate more fully in their lives.

I talk about our multi-component intervention, about our personalized programs and our one-on-one professional consultations, but the most important accomplishment our clients achieve is feeling better overall about themselves, which is means something different for everyone.

Over the last few weeks individual clients have emailed or phoned us to tell us what feeling better means to them:

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  • More energy
  • Stronger
  • Happier
  • Less internal stress because they feel better about their size
  • Clothes are fitting better or they can wear items they haven’t worn for a long time

One client even texted us one morning to say her jeans fell off her hips while she was carrying her groceries to her car—thank goodness she had a long coat on!

These are the results is a personalized program will deliver.

You see…ChiQue (Sheek-You) is a perfect name for what our clients experience and accomplish here.

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Rhonda Dorren talks about 11 Weight Loss Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

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Keep in mind: no one is admired for failing to achieve the impossible

1.Following Dr. Oz and doing everything he suggests

Dr. Oz delivers good information on his shows but if you try to do everything he suggests, it is dazing and confusing.

2.Being ill-prepared

The preparation stage is this most important stage, because without planning, we set ourselves up for failure.

3.Expecting constant weight Loss

This is one of the biggest reasons not to weigh yourself more than once a week.

4.Choosing a wrong course of action

Knowing your goal is important. Do you want to shape up, lose weight or both? The difference between these goals decides very different courses of action.

5.Eating less and thinking it`s better

If your body is not getting the proper nutrients and calories, it affects your body`s metabolism. In “starvation mode” your body starts holding onto every calorie you give it. This makes weight loss much slower or impossible and subsequent weight gain more likely.

6.Having unrealistic expectations

Unrealistic expectations guarantee disappointment.

7.Continuing with poor eating habits

Refined grains, added sugars, and added fats remain the cornerstone of fast, take-out food. These foods are less expensive than fresh and nutritious foods, and are seemingly easier for busy lifestyles. Continuing to eat these foods while trying to lose weight is an oxymoron and ultimately fulfills the notion of “I just can`t lose weight.”

8.Running on the treadmill for hours

The amount of calories you burn is useful but not for hours. The number of calories the machine tells you that you burned includes the number of calories you would have burned any way without exercising. Working your muscles with resistance is much more helpful than hours and hours on the treadmill.

9.Not focusing on lean muscle

For a normal healthy ratio of fat to muscle, the general rule of thumb is that a lightly active woman burns about 13 calories and a man about 14 calories per pound per day. Fat burns about 2-3 calories while muscle burns approximately 6-9 calories per day. If you add lean muscle to your body, you increase the number of calories your body burns each day.

10.Exercising too much

Exercising too much can be bad for you. Exercise bulimia is a medical problem in which people use exercising (to an extreme) instead of vomiting to purge food excesses. Exercise bulimia can be dangerous and take a toll on your heart, muscles and joints.

11.Satisfy cravings with diet junk food treats

The sources of true cravings are your mouth and head, not your belly, and leave you seeking fatty, salty and sweet foods. It is true that when all you really want is a chocolate chip cookie or that slice of pizza, it seems impossible to focus on anything else until you take that first bite. Have ammunition in place, against mindless snacking. Inhaling a peppermint scent helps you thwart that moment in time when you want to succumb to cravings.

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Rhonda Dorren on Weight Loss Participants and Candidates Alert: The Fat Loss Cure Scam To Avoid

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Everyone wants to burn off that extra belly fat as quickly as possible but watch out for Fat Loss Scams and Fat Loss Cure Scams. Typically, these scams claim to increase metabolism in their promise to burn off fat. What may actually happen is that the product may mildly affect another system in the body, have an impact on total energy intake (affects appetite) or possibly have no physical impact on the physiological processes of the body at all.

Junk science is a method of promoting what appears to be solid scientific proof based on information that lacks true credibility. This trend commonly incorporates fear by the distribution of information suggesting that if you don’t do as is recommended, you will be in serious trouble. These scams are often easily identified because they are selling a test, product or procedure unique to their company that will single-handedly solve the immediate fear causing problem. Zealots promoting junk science, can be dangerous to the health and wellness of individuals whose health is compromised, because these individuals may need to under the care and attention of qualified health care practitioners, but choose or are persuaded to ignore this in favour of following a junk science solution.

I won’t identify specific Fat Loss Scams or Fat Loss Cure Scams but it is important to keep in mind that boosting metabolism to cure fat loss is often an erroneous claim. In addition, true scientific evidence is accomplished through scrutinized investigations that are published in recognized evidence based journals. While science may reveal serious knowledge about life threatening scenarios, the dissemination of this information is commonly not cloaked in fear mongering.

When in doubt, ask a health care practitioner for clarification.

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Rhonda Dorren on Warning – The Longer You Stay Overweight The Greater Your Chance for Cancer

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Did you know the risk of developing cancer and other health problems increases when a person’s waist circumference increases and particularly with waist measurements of greater than 40 inches (102cm) in men and 35 inches (88cm) in women? Even when a person’s body mass index (BMI) is in the normal range, a large waist circumference indicates greater health risk. Excess belly (abdominal) fat is known to exist with large waist circumferences and is related to an increased risk of colorectal cancer. It can also increase the risk of pancreatic, post-menopausal breast and uterine (endometrial) cancer. Carrying excess weight over a long period increases your risk of cancer since your body is in an ongoing state of compromise.

The exact process of how being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing cancer has not been proven and the process may be different for each specific type of cancer. The theory is that obesity, which causes changes in the level of hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, androgens or insulin, may account for the increased risk of developing breast, colon or uterine cancer. Scientific studies have shown that obesity is linked to the following cancers: breast cancer (particularly in overweight or obese post-menopausal women), colorectal cancer (particularly in overweight or obese men), esophageal cancer, kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma), uterine (endometrial) cancer, pancreatic cancer and less commonly gall bladder and thyroid cancer. For more information check out the Canadian Cancer Society http://info.cancer.ca

We help people who are overweight or obese stop gaining weight, partnering with them to achieve their weight loss goals and to manage their health issues.

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Rhonda Dorren on How to Take Charge of Your Food Demons

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Eating is one of the most essential (and enjoyable) experiences in our lives. How we eat our food is just as important as what we eat and both are critical factors in how food affects our lives. There are lots and lots of ways to take charge of your Food Demons. The point is you can do this—here are just a few ideas:

1.            There are some physical activities that can make a big difference to taking charge of Food Demons. One is to consciously chew your food and chew until the food is of an even consistency. While there is no magic number of times to chew food, this concept requires that your attention be on the food in your mouth and chewing it properly, which also improves digestion and absorption of the food.

2.            Plan how much you are going to eat in advance of beginning to eat. Set the food out and eat at a moderate pace. Planned eating stops you from eating too much and when you finish eating, you won’t feel heavy or still hungry. You’ll feel satisfied.

3.            Learn to identify personal triggers for mindless eating, such as emotions, social pressures, or certain foods. This is very important because it transforms into mindfulness, helps to focus attention and awareness, which are great tools to help deal with mindless eating. Focusing on the moment at hand helps us stop habitual, unsatisfying and destructive behaviors.

4.            Become aware of your negative eating habits. It is the first step toward managing your Food Demons. We all have a basic idea of our eating habits but truly paying close attention to them is a critical step. The devil they say is in the details and this certainly applies in this case. Make written notes each time you give in to your Food Demons, paying attention to all the details associated with the occurrence.

Awareness is the first step toward improvement.

 

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Rhonda Dorren on Success for our clients and for ChiQue

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Rhonda Dorren on Success for our clients and for ChiQue

Success for my clients is feeling better about themselves, being able to participate fully in life again and not hiding out or being ashamed about their looks and weight. Success for ChiQue Pharma is when I get an email first thing on a Friday morning from a client telling me she's over the moon because, after 10 days on our program, she can fit into jeans she hasn't worn in two years. It's that story and others that are the backbone of what we do and are typical experiences of our clients. Like the client who is so relieved after just 2 weeks on the program, because she can look down and see her toes—her stomach is starting to disappear. Or the client who is ecstatic, because after 10 days on the program, her love handles are smaller and she was able to wear a ‘little black dress’ she wouldn’t be caught dead in before joining ChiQue. And she felt great wearing it. In the end, it's not just about the number of pounds or number of inches lost, it's about our clients feeling good about themselves again, and getting their lives back.

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The Food Provided Weight Loss Diet Guide To Never Learning How To Eat

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Weight Scale Need HelpFor those of us who have lost weight only to regain it again (and sadly, that’s what happens more often than not), studies on different programs for the management of overweight and obesity show these conditions need ongoing management, even after weight loss goals are achieved. Having this management provided by a health care professional in a weight management control clinic has proven to be one of the best ways to succeed at sustainable weight loss.

Long-term weight loss continues to be a challenge despite the short-term successes. Providing food for those needing or wanting to lose weight has not been shown to improve long-term weight loss outcomes. Education, counseling, group support, meal plans and grocery lists have shown much higher success rates.

Having food provided by a weight loss organization is a trend in the management of overweight and obesity that focuses on directly changing the way we eat by providing calorie-, portion-, and nutrient-controlled meals or meal replacements. While we may lose weight, we can’t stay on the program forever. At some point, we need to go back to eating food bought at the grocery store and cooked, like everyone else does. Once the provided food is no longer there, if we have not learned the required lifestyle changes such as meal planning, portion control and how to deal with reaching for food when we just feel like eating, chances are we will regain the weight we lost. This is not only really discouraging and frustrating, the up and down weight loss and gain can damage our health and self-esteem.

Learning how to live like a thin person is a complex process. It requires support from a health care professional who understands the dynamics and the process internally and externally. Sustainable weight loss also means learning what lifestyle is effective for your body type, your way of life and your state of health. Stop losing the same weight over and over again, call us at ChiQue Pharma and let us help you find freedom….for a lifetime.

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How Unlicensed Weight Loss Consultants Gamble With Your Life: 7 Ways to Protect Yourself

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 How Unlicensed Weight Loss Consultants Gamble With Your Life: 7 Ways to Protect Yourself

Unless you’re one of the lucky few, chances are you’ve been there with the rest of us—trying to lose weight and if you have managed to lose it, trying to keep it off. Some of us sign up for weight loss programs and buy health products for weight loss, which may provide benefits when used properly as part of a weight management program.

But what happens frequently is these products are misused. This can lead to health risks. If the weight loss consultant recommending or prescribing these products does not have the training or is not a licensed health care professional, he or she will not be able to advise you on whether these products are safe for you.

The weight loss battle can be a challenging and frustrating one. And because it so challenging and frustrating, some people become increasing desperate to lose the weight. They sign up for a weight loss program and/or are taking several different kinds of weight loss products together. Doing this, or taking weight loss products in addition to other health products, without discussing possible risks with a health care practitioner, increases the risk of an adverse event. Certain kinds of weight-loss drugs and natural health products may interact with each other, with foods you eat, or with other medications you take. Some health products for weight loss may not be recommended for individuals with certain health conditions. (For more information, visit: Health Canada The Safe Use of Health Products for Weight Loss http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/weight-amaigr-eng.php ) Are you keeping yourself safe?

Providing health care services is regulated by government and licensed healthcare professionals are authorized to implement care and treatment of patients. Licensed healthcare professionals require ongoing formal qualifications to practice their profession and their licensure is regulated and monitored by their official College (e.g. College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, Alberta College of Pharmacists, Alberta Dental Association).

Here are 7 ways to protect yourself:

1.Avoid buying weight loss products from a source that you cannot qualify.

2.Avoid engaging in weight loss programs with a source you cannot qualify that offers you advice on your health and prescription-based answers.

3.Avoid using health products off-label for weight loss, unless this has been recommended by your health care practitioner.

4.Only use health products for weight loss that are recommended or approved by a health care practitioner.

5.Be skeptical about advertising claiming a miracle will occur.

6.Be sure that the health products you use have been assessed by Health Canada for safety, effectiveness and quality, and are authorized for sale in Canada.

7.Only take prescription drugs for weight loss that have been prescribed for you by a health care practitioner who has examined you.

Another risk to your health and safety is the use of unlicensed devices for treatments. Facilities, which use unlicensed devices for treatments (i.e. laser machines and handpieces, hair removal devices, ultrasonic machines and handpieces) may place the health and safety of their patients at risk. Cosmetic and medical devices used in health care facilities must comply with the Canadian Medical Devices Regulations (Class II, III or IV medical devices) and require authorization by Health Canada (by way of a device license) before they can be legally utilized in Canada. In contrast to licensed devices, unlicensed devices have not undergone any assessment by Health Canada as to their safety, quality or effectiveness. (for more information, visit: Health Canada Drug and Health Products http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/md-im/activit/announce-annonce/purchase_md_achat_im_let-eng.php).

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Rhonda Dorren on The Power of Group Meetings: How To Never Lose Control Of Your Weight Again

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Rhonda Dorren on The Power of Group Meetings: How To Never Lose Control Of Your Weight Again

Varied-Group-of-Women-Community gettyI understand how hard it is to stop overeating. When you eat the foods you crave and when you overeat—sometimes stuffing and bingeing, it’s not really about the food. It’s about the feelings-- relieving the emotional pain, stressful feelings, depression and anxiety.

When you overeat, the pain goes away, at least for a while. And you feel better.

While diet plans can tell you to stop eating comfort foods, they don't tell you how to deal with the emotional distress. Then the emotional need to eat and the need to feel comforted trumps the need to follow a diet. The pain of restricting or eliminating comfort foods is far greater than the emotional pain of being overweight or obese. And of course, it follows you can't stay on a diet long enough to begin to lose weight or to lose any substantial weight.

Serotonin, a neurotransmitter found in our bodies, which functions to restore emotional well being, plays a big role in this vicious cycle. Serotonin is made when we eat non-fruit carbohydrates through a chemical pathway involving the brain, resulting in a sense of emotional well-being. As people gain more weight, it is harder for their brains to make serotonin than it is for a normal weight individual, more carbohydrates may have to be eaten and the process to the sense of well being may take longer.

Another culprit is the hormone cortisol. Ongoing, excessive stress can cause the body to produce too much cortisol and cortisol plays a role in craving “comfort” foods, overeating, feeling fatigued, and storing excess body fat.

At ChiQue’s Monday night Women’s Group Meetings (7PM to 8PM), we are offering an opportunity to learn healthier ways to relieve emotional pain and to deal with the many issues knit tightly with weight control. We offer Group Meetings to both members and non-members because our experience and the research has shown group support is a key factor in successful weight loss. Through ChiQue’s weight control programs and by sharing with others at our Group Meetings, you can achieve freedom from the weight battle, healthier ways to deal with the emotions, peace and self-love.

Women who regularly attend the Monday Night Women’s Group Meetings gain unshakeable confidence leading to freedom and liberation from the cycle of overeating and bingeing.

Why continue to suffer alone when you don’t have to be alone. Call the ChiQue Clinic and register to attend the Monday Night Women’s Group Meetings (Calgary 587-794-4553) or email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Your Sinister Belly Fat is Active Not Passive

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Rhonda Dorren on Warning – Your Sinister Belly Fat is Active Not Passive.

Abdominal or belly fat is no laughing matter! It isn’t just there—hanging around your waist, being a

nuisance and causing your clothes to no longer fit. There was a time when fat tissue was thought to be

a fat storage compartment. Today we know that fat cells host chemicals causing all kinds of problems

within your body. They secrete hormones or toxic chemicals which have a major impact on your

entire body and how it functions. These fat cells interact with such functions as metabolism and cause

inflammation resulting in inadequate immune reactions, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and

infectious disease.

When these chemicals are released, they affect the functions of the liver, muscle, brain, reproductive

system, pancreatic beta-cells (responsible for insulin release) and, of course, the body’s overall blood

vessel systems.

Belly fat (abdominal obesity) has been shown to be an underlying cause of low bone-mineral density

(BMD) which potentially leads to more frequent bone fractures.

Another issue associated with the vascular risks of belly fat is brain integrity. Hormones released from

fat tissue play a role in the wasting away (atrophy) of the brain. Having a smaller brain is associated with

a higher risk of dementia.

One of the most informative (and very entertaining) videos on Active Fat Cells has been developed by

the UK’s leading charities. This is a must see—Click here to watch the video now

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Rhonda Dorren on 13 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Your Weight

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Most doctors are busy. And that’s why they don’t talk to you about these 13 very important things if you are overweight. In the fast-paced life of a medical doctor, the number of important issues affecting an overweight or obese individual is just too numerous to get into a discussion about. What happens is that most physicians follow Clinical Guidelines and consider the patient before them, as they select the most important points to discuss with an overweight or obese patient.

The 13 things your doctor just doesn’t have time to tell you if you are overweight or obese:

1.That they often focus on the symptoms and the resulting medical outcomes of being overweight, rather than discussing how your weight may be a factor in these symptoms

2.You could be afraid of losing weight. While it sounds impossible, this may be an underlying factor in your personal battle with your weight.

3.There can be serious financial repercussions from being overweight. Body injuries, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatments, prescription medication, time off of work, changes in wardrobe and fast food to cite just a few examples, that when added up, equal substantial costs. Your health is your most important asset, not your car, your job or your retirement account.

4.While there are numerous pharmaceutical medications that can correct your worsening health with overweight and obesity, reducing your weight, improving your diet and adding exercise to your lifestyle is also very good medicine for the symptoms and health problems your increased weight is causing. Making these changes may improve your worsening state of health due to your weight.

5.Self-empowerment is of ultimate importance when dealing with a condition of overweight and obesity.

6.Fat and particularly belly fat isn’t just sitting there doing nothing, it’s constantly pumping out all sorts of chemicals that can cause cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.

7.Every extra point in body mass index (BMI), leads to increased problems with memory.

8.Fatty liver disease may occur as a result of being overweight or obese. Fatty liver disease occurs when fat builds up in the liver cells and causes injury and inflammation to the liver and can lead to severe liver damage, cirrhosis and even liver failure. Fatty liver disease is like alcoholic liver damage but it is not caused by alcohol and can occur in people who drink little or no alcohol.

9.Overweight and obese people have an increased risk of developing gallbladder disease and may have an enlarged gallbladder which may not work properly. Gallbladder disease includes gallstones and inflammation or infection of the gallbladder.

10.Being overweight or obese can often lead to sleep apnea which is a condition in which a person stops breathing for short periods during the night leading to daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating and ultimately may lead to heart failure.

11.Society values thinness and hard work, equating being fat with being lazy. Is this affecting you and how are you handling this?

12.Diet and nutrition are among the smallest areas in most doctors’ education in medical schools. Few physicians have time to pursue further training on their own so they don’t have the expertise to help their patients with their nutritional problems.

13.Ninety-five percent of people who lose weight gain it back within 3 to 5 years; this may leave physicians feeling frustrated and helpless and perhaps struggling not to blame their patients.

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Rhonda Dorren on The 5 Laws on Getting Off Sugar

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Typically, the way we used to eat sugar for thousands of years, which was naturally in the food we ate, it wasn’t a problem. The way we eat it today—fewer raw foods and more processed foods—means, in many cases, over one-third of the calories we consume come from sugar and from white flour. Our bodies are not designed to handle this much sugar.
Sugar stimulates the release of dopamine, which makes us feel pleasure, into our systems. You may have noticed that although sugar gives you an initial high, you crash several hours later, leaving you wanting more. Eating sugar can start out as a habit and like any other substance that helps us to feel better, can turn into an addiction. Although it initially provides more energy, when you crash, you’ll feel exhausted, anxious and moody. And you’ll crave more at that point to feel the energy again.
Beating a sugar habit or addiction isn’t easy. A plan to kick any habit is necessary and getting help to get off sugar is important for success, especially if you struggle with your weight.
The first step is to make the commitment to get off sugar. Write down your commitment—research shows writing down any goal is the first step to reaching it. Step two is to get prepared; if the urge to eat sugar always wins over your commitment to stop eating sugar, remove all sweets from your pantry. The third step is to cut back on the amount of sugar you consume every day and plan to be off sugar completely within 14 days.
These 5 laws make the difference:
1.    Purchase Stevia for your pantry for use it in place of sugar.
2.    Eat protein with breakfast. Eating protein with all of your meals is essential and helpful to weight loss.
3.    Look for hidden sugars in the food you eat—read the ingredients on the label and do not consume those foods (hint: ingredients ending in ´ose’ are sugars).
4.    Eliminate all ´sweets´ in your diet. Read food labels for the foods you are consuming if you are not sure of sugar content. You will be surprised how many foods have sugar in them.
5.    Over these first weeks while the sugar cravings are decreasing, try eating a small serving of something pickled to stop the cravings (not too much, pickled foods are high in sodium), use fresh herbs and try adding cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla to foods you used to add sugar to such as coffee or cereal.
Certain supplements will also help you feel better while you are removing sugar from your diet. If you’d like more information about these supplements or any other dietary changes that can be helpful if you are looking to lose weight, please contact ChiQue at Calgary (587)794-4553 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Once you have successfully stopped the sugar cycle, be sure to continue to keep sugar out of your diet. Even small amounts of sugar could start the cycle of craving again.
ChiQue Pharma Weight Control Clinic’s programs are personally designed for our members—we’re here to help you with your individual struggles with weight, body image and food so you can get back to having the life you want—where you participate in the activities you enjoy, spend time with friends and loved ones, start dating again…whatever the life you want looks like. We are here to support you with your struggles so that you can achieve your goals.

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Rhonda Dorren on Understanding Why We Crave Certain Foods

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Whatever you crave—chocolate, chips, ice cream, candy bars, cookies, bread, cheese….the important thing isn’t what you crave; it’s why you crave it. What is it about you and your body that makes you crave certain foods at different times of the day? What’s behind the choices and cravings you have? For one person, it’s salty foods, for another, there’s not enough sugar in the world.

Most diets preach cravings are a problem—you need to be disciplined. The cravings need to be eliminated. We don’t agree. We believe the desire for specific foods is an important piece of information telling you what your body needs or whether there is an imbalance.

If you’re feeling a bit low, you may turn to heavy carbohydrates, which lift the levels of serotonin in your brains, elevating your moods. When you’re feeling tense, you may turn to chocolate or alcohol to relieve the stress. Or, if you’re tired, something sugar laden or an extra cup of joe to keep you going.

Your body is telling you it needs something to help you relax, have more energy or elevate your mood. These cravings are critical information. Begin to listen to and observe your body and your energy when the desire for calorie-heavy food or drink shows up. By doing this, you can avoid giving into the cravings. With a deeper understanding of what is really going on with your body and your emotions, you can make healthier choices and reduce your calorie intake.

Eliminating the cravings isn’t helpful or may not be possible—understanding them is.

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Rhonda Dorren on Intention and Decision for Change. Hope.

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Changes of Strategy ahead pictureHope is powerful. The feeling of hope makes such a difference. Connecting intention and a decision for change, fuels hope. Those little mini-wins day after day, slowly adding up to great success, fuel hope and hope, fuels the mini-wins. Dr. Wayne Dyer, a celebrated author, often writes and talks about intention. In his book, “The Power of Intention”, Dr. Dyer makes a point about intention, describing it as much broader than a person’s determined ego or an individual’s will power. He defines intention as, “the culmination of every part of us,” our “emotions and physical body”, our “Spirit” as well as the “physical world” around us. Dr. Dyer further describes how our Spirit (Free Will) is concentrated at the point where we focus our attention and so, we can consolidate the energy of our Free Will at any given moment in time. What an aha moment. If this paragraph gives you an aha moment that you would like help with, call us at ChiQue Calgary 587-794-4553 or send us a request to call you.

Often we consider our Free Will as the enemy inside us. Acting on our Free Will, our behaviours can leave us questioning ourselves. Questions like: “Why did I do that”, “why did I not do that”, “why did I eat that”, “why did I say that”?

As a senior executive, working in Toronto, I was on a constant quest for balance in my life. The serious demands in my positions, at times, were fairly ominous and my standard reaction was to work more and more, abandoning my intention and decision to have balance in my life. One of my decisions and intentions to achieve balance was Pilates. I am not flexible at all, seriously, not at all. So, I decided and really intended to, learn and become proficient at Pilates. I even purchased a Reformer (Pilates exercise device) for my Toronto home. What I learned was that since my thoughts (Spirit) were concentrated on work all the time that was where my actions were, and that is what I did. During the times when my thoughts (Spirit) were concentrated on balance, those were the times when I worked and I did work hard, but also remained dedicated to Pilates.

What is most fascinating about this is when my thoughts (Spirit) focused on balance, aligned with my decision and intention, finding time was not a chore and actually working on the Pilates machine was not a chore. It wasn’t hard to fit the time in, nor was it a dreadful experience while I was working on the device and it wasn’t frustrating to make it happen. It was only when I was totally focused on work that I found it a real chore to use my Pilates machine and disliked having to find time to do it.

I find this understanding of Free Will, Decision and Intention, sheds light on how to achieve those min-successes. “Free Will” is a big part of the equation. Focusing and concentrating my thoughts (Spirit) on the goal I want, guides my “Free Will” and I almost unconsciously make choices that are in line with my decision and intentions. If you have an aha moment that you would like help with, call us at ChiQue Calgary 587-794-4553 or send us a request to call you.

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Rhonda Dorren on Decisions. Snap Judgements. Can Be Educated and Controlled

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Fotosearch 20518219 pe0075969Malcom Gladwell does an interesting job of talking about “educated and controlled snap judgments,” in his book “blink”. The subtitle of “blink” is “The Power of Thinking Without Thinking”. This relates completely to the great challenge of making change, once we have made a decision to change. What on earth happens to me I ask, when I seem to surprisingly, somehow, suddenly, find myself doing something I swore I would stop doing? Then to make matters worse, as soon I find myself in this situation, my first reaction is anger, frustration and resentment toward myself. Because I just can’t believe I am doing it again. Of course, this response never helps my already negative situation. This is a common dilemma with weight control; I can’t even begin to count the number of times this desperate experience is shared. The ChiQue Discussion Groups are very helpful for people facing this challenge.

Gladwell makes good points and discusses many examples of how our unconscious thinking is no different from our conscious thinking. Gladwell shows that we are able to develop, change and improve our rapid decision making, with practice. What a sense of relief it is to know that there is a way that I can stop myself, from what seems to me as instinctively doing what I know, and I truly mean I know, in in my heart and in my brain, to be destructive behaviours for me. Such a relief to know the assumption: “I can’t help it” is not true. But how do I make the change, from “I can’t help it”? I must stop my sinister inner voice repeatedly saying, “I’ve tried already”.

We practice trained decision making with our conscious thoughts. We practice facing conscious decisions with thoughtful process, by slowing down to fractions of time, we purposefully gather the information about the decision. It is like stretching time, until the last possible moment, when we make a decision. The more practice with daily conscious decisions that we successfully make, the more our subconscious will follow. Here’s how Gladman describes this: “the decision moments – every moment – every blink – is composed of a series of discrete moving parts, and every one of those parts offers an opportunity for intervention, for reform, and for correction.” ChiQue Facilitators can guide you through this process, supporting you to success.

I have applied this process to breakfast, which is one meal I seem to routinely chose and eat foods that are good for me, in a quantity that is healthy for me. When I prepare my breakfast in the morning, I purposefully slow down, consciously think about the food I am choosing including how much food I will eat, how I will prepare the food and exactly where I will eat the food. I do all of this process as I enter the kitchen and before I begin to make my breakfast. This is very different from the rapid pace, quick selection and eating on the fly that I often used to experience at breakfast or at other times of the day. Gladman’s works tells me, that if I practice this, I will subconsciously behave this way the next time I am subconsciously going to eat food to comfort me. I am looking forward to these results.

How about you? I am interested in all of your comments.

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Talks with Rhonda Dorren

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Rhonda Dorren Talks About a Sluggish Metabolism

Many people talk about their sluggish metabolism. What is worse is people see that as they age, they gain more and more weight. Are you resigned to a bulging belly and stubborn fat deposits? My collection of scientific research into this problem and the clients I have helped, has shown that the liver is a big part of this problem. The liver is directly involved in the processes concerning digestion and fat. Therefore, the problem is not just the number of calories you consume each day. If liver function is attended to and improved, measurable parameters such as the amount of weight you lose plus, your general overall well-being measurements improve. Part of our daily fatigue is related to our body lacking water. With treatment to improve liver function, you must drink at least 8 but as many as 12 glasses (8 ounces each) of water every day. These are just a couple of solutions; contact us to help you with your weight loss and weight control.

Rhonda Dorren on Cellulite

Cellulite is fat under the skin between tough strings of tissue that are affixed to the muscle beneath that looks like skin dimples and nodules. When fat cells in this area grow in size, the strings of tissue are pulled tight and the fat cells bulge out. Cellulite can be very obvious in some people like large areas of lumpy skin and large creases. Most commonly found on the thighs and buttocks of women, cellulite occurs in various other places on the body such as the belly and arms. Factors that have been shown to worsen cellulite are Yo-Yo dieting, excessively high carbohydrate diets, increases in overall body fat, inactivity and being dehydrated. In some cases, losing lots of weight can worsen the look of cellulite and result in loose skin. To improve the look of cellulite, part of the requirement is that the fat cells must shrink in size. The ChiQue solution of Ultrasonic Sculpting is a non-invasive aesthetic procedure that improves cellulite and skin tone. See more at UlTRASONIC SCULPTING

Rhonda Dorren on What’s the Issue of Cortisol and Stress with Weight Loss and Weight Control?

This is such a complex question. Particularly, because some people tend to lose weight with stress while others, gain weight. The complexity comes from the mix of internal body chemicals such as hormones and psychological factors. Our body’s system of checks and balances is what causes weight gain or weight loss under stress. Cortisol is often referred to as the ‘stress hormone’ because it is released in our bodies in response to stress. There are many other hormones that are also affected or released during stress such as, the reaction hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. Once the stressful event is over, the reaction hormones return to normal. However, cortisol can remain high in our bodies over a longer period of time and in fact, cortisol levels can stay high in the body with chronic stress. This high level of cortisol promotes weight gain and dictates where you put the weight on. Each person’s response to high stress is unique to them and in some cases, high stress in a person may not lead to high cortisol. When a person’s response to stress leads to eating more, they likely have high cortisol levels with stress. In addition, if stress response eating results in fat around the belly, this also indicates high cortisol, as opposed to eating more food that is stored on the hips. The latter outcome of storage on the hips is not an indicator of high cortisol. If you are in suffering from high stress and weight control programs, consider becoming a Chique member and get control of your weight. Learn more

Rhonda Dorrenn on Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Overweight and Obese People

Even a 10% loss of weight can improve a Fatty Liver
Recently, I have received some questions about ‘Fatty Liver Disease’ and being overweight. It is important to know that Fatty Liver itself is quite harmless and disappears rapidly with the loss of weight and rarely progresses. The problems come when Fatty Liver continues to get worse. In most people, Fatty Liver Disease causes no symptoms and is only discovered when routine blood tests show slightly elevated levels of liver enzymes (ALT and AST) in the blood. Occasionally, Fatty Liver Disease is discovered when an ultrasound examination of the abdomen is done for other purposes. Only a liver biopsy can confirm the diagnosis of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and the severity of the disease. Untreated Fatty Liver Disease can progress to worsening liver conditions such as cirrhosis, swelling of the legs, accumulation of fluid in the abdomen and so on. Losing excess weight is the cornerstone of treatment. Studies among obese individuals with elevated liver enzymes and weight gain show this leads to further increase in liver enzymes. In contrast though, the good news is that even a 10% loss of the individuals total body weight leads to a significant decrease in the levels of enzymes and these enzyme levels may even become normal. In some cases, your personal physician may select to initiate pharmaceutical treatment to help improve Fatty Liver Disease.
ChiQue Pharma Programs can get you started and will see you through to healthy, successful, long-lasting weight loss and weight control. Contact us today at 587-794-4553 or send us an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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