What are the payment options for the Drishti Plan?
You can only sign up for the Drishti Plan Online program with a credit card via PayPal.
While doing the Drishti Plan how will we know what’s working and what’s not?
Rather than changing everything you eat, adding every supplement under the sun, and drastically changing your lifestyle all at once, we take small steps and re-evaluate as needed to see how your body is responding.That’s why it is important to log your foods and maintain your food journal every day.
Will I need to spend extra money on supplements?
Perhaps. If we complete your diet analysis and see that there is a supplement that would benefit you, we will offer that suggestion. Some supplements will be temporary – to boost your immune system or to help with digestion, and others may be recommended to take on an ongoing basis.
Do you take appointments on evenings and weekends?
We will work together to find a meeting time that works for you. We will have a few evenings that we offer appointments as well as every other Saturday.
How much time will I need to spend on exercise each week?
That completely depends on you. If you’re already training for a marathon, for instance, we are unlikely to add much to that. If, however, you’re not exercising at all or if you’re exercising ineffectively in relation to your goals, we will alter it and you can probably count on approximately 30 minutes per day. It could be possible that the current exercise you are doing is too strenuous and we may try switching to hiking and/or yoga to see if that produces a positive result. And no, you don’t need a gym membership.
What can I do to help with cravings?
If healthy eating and weight loss were simple, everyone would do it. The fact is, many of us crave the junk we’re not “supposed” to have. But knowing that those cravings are normal and having a strategy to deal with them makes life much easier. Substituting healthier options for your junk food cravings can help satisfy that urge while still keeping you on track. Your challenge today is to identify one of your common cravings, and come up with a healthier substitution for the next time it hits. Herbal teas help greatly, such as a Raspberry Leaf Tea that diminishes sugar cravings and Parsley Tea that diminishes cravings for savory and salty foods.
What can I do to stay full longer?
Broth-based soups, leafy greens and lean proteins (like chicken and fish) all help you stay full as well as drinking the correct amount of water each day. Eating meals that contain fiber is also beneficial to keeping you full longer. Fiber acts to stretch the stomach, the action stops the secretion of ghrelin, the hunger hormone that signals your brain that you are hungry.
What does it mean to eat “real foods”?
Eating “real foods” means choosing foods containing good quality proteins and fats from pastured meats, fish, butter, yogurt, coconuts, avocados, as well as a range of other healthy whole fruits and vegetables. Whole foods provide not just vitamins and minerals, but also energy in the form of protein, fat and carbohydrates. They also provide phytochemicals, which may help to lower your risk for certain diseases. Although you can get some types of nutrients through supplements, it is better to get them through food. The nutrients and other components in whole foods are usually more balanced and may be more biologically active and able to survive digestion.
What are the potential risks of consuming too much soy?
Soy contains a substance called isoflavones which mimic human estrogen. While soy isoflavones may have certain health benefits, high consumption of these compounds create concern around their effects on the human hormonal system and may also increase the risk for certain cancers specifically uterine and breast cancer. Eating soy foods in moderation and avoiding soy based supplements is recommended.
Why does the Drishti Plan suggest limiting my intake of processed foods?
In the last fifty years, a large share of our food consumption has shifted from natural foods, prepared at home, to industrial foods manufactured from purified sources. It may be no coincidence that the obesity epidemic began around 1970, the time when packaged foods became a large part of our diet. Processed foods contain sodium, sweeteners, trans fats, preservatives and artificial substances that are dangerous to your health. Eliminating processed foods from your diet may reduce your risk of cancer, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
How are omega-6 fats harmful to my body?
Omega-6 fats are generally considered to be inflammatory. Excess omega-6 fats actually suppress and distort the immune system. This distorted immune response is doubly bad because the response to intracellular viruses and bacteria is weakened. This can increase the likelihood of allergies, asthma, skin rashes, and diseases associated with intracellular infections, such as atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Lyme disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other diseases of aging.
To limit omega 6 consumption, eliminate canola oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, and corn oil