Alborzi Ortho - January/February 2019

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The Alborzi Standard

January/February 2019

HOW TO HELP WITH RESOLUTIONS On Goal-Setting and Measuring Progress

Happy New Year’s to all of my wonderful and supportive patients. You made each day in 2018 so enjoyable for my team and me, and we are thankful that you entrust us to help transform your radiant smiles! As you venture headfirst into 2019, you’ll likely find yourself making a list of objectives, more popularly known as New Year’s resolutions, to reach this year. There are many motives that cause individuals to take time to reflect on the previous year and come up with a list of goals to work toward. But to me, the most important reason is to measure progress. Whether you’re making personal evaluations at work or at home, you will notice that progress can ebb and flow. But setting realistic and achievable goals is the only way to pinpoint if growth is actually occurring over time. To help empower you with better ways to measure headway in 2019, I would like to share some advice that helped me steadily improve in 2018. “Focusing on one’s health is conducive to longevity, but the trick is to avoid fad diets or quick fixes that seem to permeate social media during the early months of the year.”

the widely popular gluten-free diets that have played a major role in the American social conscious in the last decade. Gundry doesn’t allege that people don’t have gluten allergies or intolerances; rather, he reveals that gluten is just one variety of a common and highly toxic plant-based protein called lectin. Lectins are found not only in grains like wheat but also in the gluten-free foods most people commonly regard as healthy, including many fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and conventional dairy products. Once ingested, lectins incite a kind of chemical warfare in our bodies, causing inflammatory reactions that can lead to weight gain and serious health conditions. This book opened my eyes to solutions that ended up being exactly what my body needed to be healthier and lose weight. Over this last year, I found that incorporating Gundry’s suggestions helped me reach my goal, and I was able to find a viable approach to help me maintain my health for years to come. If your resolution this year includes a greater focus on your health, I highly recommend “The Plant Paradox.” Regardless of what your goals are for 2019, know that I am rooting for you!

I often set a New Year’s resolution to be healthier. I realize that this objective isn’t necessarily original — go to the gym any time up until March, and the building will be filled to the brim with people who have the same resolution. Still, focusing on one’s health is conducive to longevity, but the trick is to avoid fad diets or quick fixes that seem to permeate social media during the early months of the year. Instead, you need to implement realistic and scientifically researched changes that will help you reach your goals.

Last year, I came across “The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in ‘Healthy’ Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain.” Penned by cardiologist Steven R. Gundry, this book contains information that refutes

If you read the January edition of my newsletter last year, then you know that

–Dr. Alexa Alborzi

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