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Dr. Ayala
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Herbal Water
I’m a physician (Pediatrics and Medical Genetics), artist, and mother of 3 school age active kids. I recently co-founded Herbal Water Inc. (www.herbalwater.com) with my husband, Albert. I am a serious home cook, and love to entertain. My expertise is vegetarian food (I have been a vegetarian all my life). I strongly believe that eating healthy and enjoying good food go hand in hand. My main interests are science, nutrition and art, and I am overall a very curious person that tries to learn something new every day. Dr. Ayala (Ayala Laufer-Cahana M.D.)


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NOVEMBER 21, 2012 8:58AM

13 lies dieters tell themselves

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The worst lies are the ones we tell ourselves. Before the holiday season eating extravaganza is upon us here are a few common diet lies -- and how your better angel would react if he were awake.

Feel free to add your own in the comment section.


Olive oil is good for you

(it is; it also has 120 calories per tablespoon)


This pack’s only 100 calories

(that’s when you eat just 1, not 4)


It’s only 140 calories

(per serving! There were 3 serving in the pack – all gone!)


I’ll sweat this dessert off

(speed-walk for an hour, and it won’t make a dent)


It’s fat-free 

(yeah, but did you look at the sugar?)


It’s sugar-free

(did you look at the fat?)


It says no added sugar

(just evaporated cane juice and fruit juice concentrate. Who are you kidding?)


I found this miracle diet

(there are no miracle diets, silly)


Chocolate is good for your brain and can help you win a Nobel Prize 

(brain candy is still candy. BTW, who pays for these studies?)


Wine is good for your heart

(it’s also bad for your liver, and has 120 calories a glass)


It was a small portion

(smaller than a mountain, for sure)


After this, I’ll eat nothing ‘till tomorrow

(it’s 2pm!) 


But I skipped breakfast!

(skipping breakfast awards no prizes)


Final thought:

The scale and your old clothes won’t lie, and on the other hand, some feasts are well worth their caloric price.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Dr. Ayala


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Dr. Ayala I think your list is correct but there are many lies the medical field tells us about our weight. Calories in and calories out is a big one, that exercise alone will make you lose weight and that eating a vegetarian diet will help every person lose weight. I have researched this over the last three years and also gone to the biggest university hospital doctors for help with these issues after hysterectomy. There is nothing there to help. Cutting out high glycemic index foods and increasing lean protein is the only thing that worked for me and others. There are studies today to back this up yet everyone will tell someone you are eating too much and not excercising enough which is not always true. Hormones have much more to do with weight gain in women over time and I for one am really tired of doctors telling us we are eating too much, not exercising enough to cut caffeine, increase exercise and smile our way through these difficult times. Your examples are true for only one segment of society.