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Ask Dr. Nadia, N.D.

Dr. Nadia Rizzo is a naturopathic doctor who lives in Windsor, Ontario. A graduate from the Canadian Naturopathic college, 2016, - best known in her professional community for her outgoing personality, dedication to helping others, and seeing solutions to life’s issues where most would not. Her best-selling book entitled, “Eat Your Way Sexy” was written to give women straightforward information (sandwiched between a whole lot of soul-filled insight) when it comes to losing weight and dealing with deeper issues beneath the surface of our weight loss and self confidence building journeys.

Why do some people have a hard time losing weight as they age? Is it hormones?

So many factors can play a role here. It is hard to comment on hormonal specifics without any labs. I would explore a full hormone panel when it comes to laboratory values and dissect nutritional strategies that could help the patient tip the scale, including things like inflammation and food sensitivities through dietary measures. We won’t know if it’s hormones until we run the labs.

Is it okay to do intermittent fasting as a lifestyle or is there a time when you should stop?

The question on my end becomes more multifaceted - as intermittent fasting, in and of itself is difficult to comment on without knowing what the person is actually eating and what time intervals are being followed?

Perhaps more importantly, have labs been run to check for blood sugar levels? What is the thyroid function like? Has a full thyroid panel (checking for TSH, T3, T4, and thyroid antibodies) been worked up or just the TSH like most general cases have? Is there an autoimmune condition or hormonal imbalance that could be contributing to the symptoms? Have hormones been checked? I can’t just support a plan without having investigated the cause. These are steps I'd take when working with someone to see if it’s a lifestyle they can sustain.

How do you get rid of bloating?

I can definitely relate! I talk about this A LOT in my book and on my Instagram. Without doing an individualized work up, we can't say for sure. BUT what I do know is this is a super common symptom when it comes to inflammation induced by food, or more commonly known as our food sensitivities. Not everyone has the same sensitivities to food. What I do with my patients, as I've done with myself, is explore using the elimination and reintroduction of foods method in a very systematic way. I work with patients one on one in this case, or if preferred, I also offer my digital video course on the elimination diet. I bared the pain so you don't have to. We go through how to prepare for the elimination phase, how to do the elimination and reintroduction successfully.

This changed my life. What I thought was just my belly - wasn't. It wasn't fat, it was inflammation in my gut from eating foods I was sensitive to. Once I discovered what my food sensitivities were and corrected for this, I felt better in my body postpartum than I did in my 20s pre-baby. No amount of crunches or ab workouts will ever correct what is being induced by eating foods that inflame our gut.

What type of diet is best for Type 2 Diabetes? Can diet alone reverse Type 2 diabetes or is Metformin needed forever?

Type 2 diabetes is lifestyle induced and we know that diet plays a significant role in management of blood sugar. I cover insulin and blood sugar management in my book entitled, “Eat Your Way Sexy.” When working one on one with patients this is one of my favourite things to tackle because there is so much we can do from a nutritional standpoint to help support blood sugar. People often hear about glycemic index but are left without a key factor, glycemic load. Both of these are important, along with carbohydrate intake and protein when it comes to blood sugar management.

When working with clients this is one of the first things we review, all the foods which are low glycemic index and low glycemic load. I often review labels with people, have them tell me their favourite foods, and we work around that to plan what they can eat while managing their blood sugar.

In addition to this, we monitor lab values to ensure we are keeping a close eye on that piece of the puzzle which can be greatly impacted by what we are eating and to monitor progress.

What is a good weight loss plan for those who didn’t get to experience a positive postpartum experience?

Ensuring you are getting enough protein can be a huge factor that I find many are not aware of. There is an entire chapter in the book dedicated to it, including a food list with protein amounts. I often find that people know that eggs, for example, contain protein but they have no idea how much protein is in one source. Often people aren’t aware of how much protein they need on a daily basis, this is largely affected by weight and other lifestyle practices like exercise.

When aiming to reach a protein or dietary goal, the saving grace is knowing these key components - the right fit when it comes to protein and that these dishes do not have to be timely to prepare. I’m a pop it in the oven and set a timer, type of cook. Protein shakes and chia pudding (check out my chocolate espresso chia pudding recipe, featured in my book) really saved me postpartum. Minimal prep work, delicious and nutritious.

I ended up writing “Eat Your Way Sexy” postpartum, whilst being in the midst of a very chaotic family separation, escaping an abusive relationship. I felt I had to tell other women what aided me. The tools I implemented postpartum helped me not only be the most comfortable in my body but also kept me sane.

I won't sugar coat it, stress is a bitch and when we are in the midst of big life situations, I found that having support - through a mentor, through messages in a book, guidance and a plan can make a huge difference.

Dr. Nadia Rizzo

IG @drnadiarizzond

*The information provided in this response by Dr. Nadia Rizzo N.D. is not intended to be used as medical advice. This is for educational and informational purposes only.*



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