Stop Your Cravings and Avoid Holiday Weight Gain
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jwStop Your Cravings is the title of the book and Jennifer Workman is the author and my guest this week. With more than 50% of Americans overweight, our $50-billion weight-loss industry clearly isn’t working. A dietician and founder of  Balanced Approach, a nutritional consulting company, Workman advocates Ayurveda, (and so do I!), an ancient Indian health system that offers a holistic approach to eating and health maintenance. Central to this system is good digestion, (largely ignored in the U.S., where “taking a Tums is the appropriate conclusion to every meal,” Workman laments). The trick to good digestion is understanding one’s constitutional type, (there are three, characterized by certain eating, sleeping and exercise habits), and eating accordingly. Foods are divided into six tastes and six qualities, and Workman shows how one can find a constitutionally appropriate food to satisfy any craving. “Broccoli isn’t necessarily good for everyone and chocolate isn’t necessarily bad,” as long as balance and moderation prevail. Workman also recommends stress-relieving techniques to break the binge cycle, advocates Yoga over more punishing exercise, exhorts readers cravingsiconlargeto listen to their “natural intuitions,” and calls for support of organic and cruelty-free farmers through controlled, conscientious spending. To this end, she includes healthy recipes and a resource guide. Tune in and listen to Jennifer tell you how to stay in balance this holiday season, (you don’t have to gain weight and feel like sleeping for a week after Christmas dinner!).

Jennifer Workman, M.S., R.D. is a graduate of New York University with a Masters Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology. She is a consultant to the complementary medical industry, the whole/organic foods industry, and the spa and fitness industry. She has worked in the health and fitness field for 15 years, specializing in sports nutrition and Ayurveda.

Ms. Workman has been rated one of the top 10 experts to help you revamp your diet (Harper’s Bazaar, 9/98). She is a registered dietician working with the Ayurvedic principles of health and balance. She has a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from NYU and she is an adjunct professor of Sports Nutrition for the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Jennifer is certified by The International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) in Performance Nutrition and Fitness training. She is a Continuing Education Provider for The American Dietetic Association (ADA), ISSA, and the American Council on Exercise (ACE), The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) to teach the basic principles of complementary and Ayurvedic nutrition to Western clinical dietitians/nutritionists and fitness professionals. Jennifer is also in the process of being certified by the Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda in Ayurvedic Medicine. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists Dietetic Practice Group (DPG), Vegetarian Nutrition group, and Environmental and World Hunger and DPG.

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