Meet Jennifer: She’s Lost 40 Pounds with Down 25

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Not Your Typical List of 20 Things to Do Instead of Mindlessly Eating

So many of us struggle with snacking when we’re bored. You’re sitting on the couch and all of a sudden you realize you have polished off a bag of potato chips. You weren’t hungry but you were bored.

Instead of grabbing that bag of cookies, here are 20 things to do to prevent you from mindlessly eating…

  1. Grab crayons or markers and an adult coloring book
  2. Plan your dream vacation
  3. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure
  4. Organize photos
  5. Give the dog a bath
  6. Place positive statements around the house
  7. Play with your dog or cat
  8. Listen to a podcast
  9. Scroll through Pinterest and create/add a wellness-themed board
  10. Spruce up your garden
  11. Create a random act of kindness for someone else
  12. Go window shopping at your favorite stores
  13. Create a journal entry
  14. Take a relaxing bath and enjoy some “you” time
  15. Start moving (dance it out, do some yoga, start a kickboxing video)
  16. Turn on your preferred playlist/radio station and belt out your favorite songs
  17. Take some photographs of family, friends, nature – whatever inspires you
  18. Watch YouTube videos to learn a new hobby
  19. Start an online game such as Scrabble or Solitaire
  20. Enjoy some deep breaths and meditate

What do you do to keep you from mindlessly eating?

The “Silent Killer” Many of Our Patients Are Just Learning They Have

High blood pressure takes a toll on the body. Many of our patients are just learning they have high blood pressure after meeting with us because the real symptoms aren’t apparent.

The American Heart Association says, “High blood pressure is a largely symptomless “silent killer.” If you ignore your blood pressure because you think a certain symptom or sign will alert you to the problem, you are taking a dangerous chance with your life.”

You may be tempted to self diagnose by using a cuff at the pharmacy but only a physician can actually diagnose the condition. When your physician places a cuff on your arm, there will be two numbers: the first (systolic pressure) measures the artery pressure while your heart beats and the second (diastolic pressure) measures artery pressure between heart beats.

From here, results will indicate:

Normal: Results from the two pressure tests will indicate a reading of 120/80

Pre-hypertension: Results for systolic pressure are 120 – 139 or diastolic pressure are 80 – 89.

Stage One Hypertension: Results for systolic pressure are 140 – 159 or diastolic pressure are 90 – 99.

State 2 Hypertension: Results for systolic pressure are 160 (or higher) or diastolic pressure are 100 (or higher).

To properly diagnose high blood pressure, your physician may have you undergo a series of tests – including blood and urine – electrocardiograms and more.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle may help keep your blood pressure in check. Eating a well-balanced diet, reducing salt intake, exercising and not smoking all are important lifestyle factors. However, leading a healthy lifestyle may not completely treat high blood pressure and your physician may need to prescribe medicate to assist.

Make an appointment today to have your blood pressure checked.

Dr. Sipe: Why Adrenal Fatigue is a Fad

Today, many people are reading about “adrenal fatigue” and physicians are even testing for it. The adrenal system is a very important part of our body affecting every organ. Therefore, patients with true adrenal problems commonly show up to our office with multiple complaints. To make a diagnosis even more difficult, many of the symptoms are experienced by a large number of people everyday and no two patient’s symptoms are a like. Take this adrenal fatigue questionnaire from Dr. J’s website and see how many times you answer “Yes.”

Do you have difficulty awakening from sleep in the morning, often hitting the snooze button multiple times?

  1. Do you need coffee to get going in the morning?
  2. Have you recently gained weight, especially around the middle?
  3. Do you feel like you get every cold and flu bug that is going around, that your immune system is shot?
  4. Do you have more difficulty dealing with stress and deadline pressure than you used to?
  5. Do you have a lack of interest in sex?
  6. Do you frequently feel lightheaded upon standing quickly?
  7. Do you struggle with poor memory or “brain fog”?
  8. Do you feel especially tired in the mornings and afternoons between 3-5pm?
  9. Do you feel the need to snack or eat frequently to maintain a normal blood sugar?
  10. Do you crave salty foods?
  11. Do you feel extremely tired between 7-10pm but get a second wind if you stay up later?
  12. If you are female do you struggle with PMS: heavy bleeding, moodiness, fatigue during menstrual cycle? If you are male, do you feel like your stamina, energy and ability to maintain muscle are decreased?
  13. Do you frequently have pain in the upper back or neck with no apparent reason?
  14. Do you notice improvement of symptoms stress levels are lower, such as during a vacation or time away from work?

I think I answered “Yes” to just about every question. Even #13 because, by the time I got down to it, I so believed that I had adrenal fatigue that I wanted it to be true. Both people and physicians are drawn toward non-fatal diseases with easy, safe solutions especially if they make sense on the surface. Why? We want control over our health and physicians want to help us. The placebo effect can be so great that more than one-third of people can be “cured” when given a harmless treatment.

Adrenal fatigue is a fad. Physicians are disregarding real symptoms and not treating real problems because this is getting a lot of play in the popular media. The physicians who are specialists in the adrenal gland are endocrinologists. The Endocrine Society, an organization of 17,000 endocrinologists from more than 120 countries, recently issued a press release about why non-endocrinologist physicians and the public should not take adrenal fatigue seriously. Rather, both physicians and people should take their symptoms seriously by thinking about common diseases that cause multiple symptoms – like obesity.

When Down25 patients are asked if they suffered from Adrenal Fatigue symptoms before being cured with weight loss, everyone says “Yes.” More importantly, by losing 40 – 50 pounds, our clients at Down25 nearly all had these symptoms disappear. Weight loss is often the source or exacerbating factor of the most common and serious daily symptoms we experience in our lives.

At Down25, we provide the latest FDA approved, non-surgical answers to achieve life changing levels of weight loss so you can take control of your life. Contact us today.

Find Out What Guy Judson’s Biggest Challenge Is

Meet Guy Judson. He’s lost 35 pounds with the Down 25 program based in Indianapolis. Find out what he told Dr. Sipe was his biggest challenge during his medically-supervised weight loss and wellness journey…

Ten Tips for Participating in the Monumental Marathon and Half Marathon

On your mark … get set … race! The Monumental Full and Half Marathons will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4. Whether you’re a skilled sprinter or a racing rookie, the Monumental is a great way for people to come together and be active on a relatively easy (aka flat) course.

Here are some helpful tips as you’re prepping for the race.

  1. Pick a plan and stick to it. It may be easy to get discouraged and want to skip a day but if you stick
    to your plan, you will be glad you did when the big day comes around.
  2. Think quality over quantity. It’s not about how many walks or runs you can cram in while training, it’s
    about how well you do them.
  3. If you’re running, don’t just run. Running takes a lot of upper body strength and core strength. On
    your days off, do some light strength training like swimming, lifting weights or doing the elliptical. This
    will help build your muscle strength.
  4. Research the race. You know how long the race is already but what about the terrain? Do you
    know about the elevation? Are there many turns?
  5. It is just as important as training. Your body can easily get overworked and needs to recover.
  6. If you can, train on terrain that reflects the course. The treadmill is okay but it’s best for your feet and
    body if it can get used to running on terrain that will reflect the course.
  7. Plan what you’re going to wear. You may need to shed layers and that’s fine. But beware that your
    bib will need to be able to stick to your clothes and it’s never a bad idea to have pockets to put
    keys and phone in!
  8. There’s more to plan for than just walking or running. It’s always good to know where to park (and
    other places to park in case those get filled up fast), when the race officially starts and when your
    heat is expected to leave.
  9. Train with a friend or a group who are also planning on racing. The cast of High School Musical said
    it best: “We’re all in this together.”
  10. Believe you can. Despite the difficulty of the race, those negative thoughts aren’t going to get you
    Believe you can because you CAN!

Meet Guy Judson. He’s Lost 35 Pounds with the Down 25 Program.

Meet Guy Judson. He’s lost 35 pounds with the Down 25 program based in Indianapolis. Learn more about his medically-supervised weight loss and wellness journey…

Rise N’ Shine: The Benefits of Morning Exercise

According to a CBS News poll, about half of the people in the U.S. (around 55 percent) are morning people – but for the remaining 45 percent who struggle to tear themselves from the warmth of their sheets in the wee hours of the morning, early productivity has never really been a feasible option. However – studies show that if you can peel yourself out of bed for a workout, morning exercise has some serious advantages.

One advantage to working out in the morning is the gym will probably be exponentially less busy – because you’re not the only one who thinks working out in the morning sounds about as enjoyable as a fork to the eyeball. Get in, avoid awkward wait times for machines you want to use and get out in record time.

Another advantage to early exercise is your testosterone, among other important hormones that help build muscle mass, is elevated in the morning. Plus, after you work out, you’ll feel ready to take on the day – your body will be aroused from your workout and you’ll feel energized as you head to work or school. Your metabolism can improve as well, considering working out in the morning will allow you to burn more calories throughout your day via what’s called your post-exercise oxygen consumption.

All other benefits aside, one very important positive aspect of working out in the morning is that you’ll be less likely to skip your workout. After a long day at work, who wants to head to the gym and expend what little energy you have left on a treadmill? Working out in the morning means you’re fresh and well-rested for an intense workout