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Q: I eat organic food, avoid red meat and have salad every day. This 10 pounds won’t go away. What am I doing wrong?

Posted March 12, 2014 in Advice Column, Des Moines West

A: Well, you’ve adopted a few healthy habits — congratulations! I can’t tell you how many people, however, aren’t observing all three of these fundamental guidelines: matching caloric needs with caloric intakes, eating mostly foods that optimize your body’s functions, and avoiding most foods that hurt your body’s functions. Sounds simple, right? However, in my work, I often find people who are normal weight but often consume high-glycemic, sugary food, avoid all red meat but eat pasta frequently, eat passively long after they’re no longer hungry, or drink diet sodas with their double cheeseburger. From being aware of the caloric content of liquids, to sleep and managing stress, hundreds of daily choices affect our health or lack of it. Changes should be made slowly, but you can start here: go to  and click on “Challenge” along the top ribbon. You can receive a free daily email for 30, 60 or, if you’re really serious about getting healthy — 90 days, which will slowly but consistently layer in one small habit, piece of knowledge or idea, at a time. By the time summer actually gets here, you will have made some significant progress on your path to health and a healthy weight.

Information provided by Dr. Cheryl Child, D.O., Certified Health Coach with Take Shape for Life.

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