Alternative Weight Loss Solutions for Yo-Yo Dieters, Transition Dieters, Binge-Eaters and Emotional Eaters with Behavioral Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian Maya Nahra





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Down 40 lbs and Dr. took me off 2 meds yesterday - only 1 more and will be done in 3 months! That was the goal - by Christmas - no more meds! Her first words when she saw me was 'Holy crap!' Also BONUS for the first time in over 15 years, all my blood work was in normal range! I cried when I saw that. So happy! - Jodi K. Phoenix, Arizona


In comparison to establishing my successful career, the time and investment in building a healthy eating and exercise lifestyle was not quick, easy, or for the faint of heart. I experienced steps forward, steps backwards, and had to figuratively "pay to get out of jail"!  The weight I put on in over 40 years time, and my ingrained bad habits, 'died' a very hard death.  Once I embraced Maya's program, and looked inside myself to find the emotional eating monster I had become, I finally said "I Am Enough!" I eat no processed foods, And I now crave organic freshly squeezed juices, green vegetables, fish, and free range organic chicken; foods that feed my body instead of making me sick! I have lost, and kept off, 55 lbs. I do not have a skinny frame, but now I have a deeper confidence about myself; I love me!  have lowered my blood pressure medications drastically, and I enjoy excellent health without colds or flu. Thank you Maya for giving me my life back! -Masha Coy, Huntington Beach, CA


Maya is fantastic! After being diagnosed with a thyroid disorder and gaining a substantial amount of weight, I tried every diet possible without luck, until I met Maya... I shed the excess pounds at a healthy rate. Maya is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and supportive, and has a great sense of humor. She truly lives her passion for food, health and nutrition which is contagious and inspiring…You are going to love this little ray of sunshine! - Wendy Flejter, PhD - Director of Genetics at Caris Life Sciences, Phoenix, Arizona


I just got home and checked my cholesterol records. The figures are even better than I thought thanks to you even though my cholesterol problem has always been said to be genetic. My LDL or bad cholesterol dropped from 132 six months ago to 67. I have never been close to 67 for LDL. The same is true for the total cholesterol - in six months it dropped from 195 to 132.  That is also the lowest point since 1988. The HDL or good cholesterol went up a little bit but basically stayed the same. The triglycerides were at 127 about a year ago and are now at 83.  The last time they were that low was in 2007. So this is a ringing endorsement to what you worked out for me - eat less carbs and sugars, eat what I like but increase fat and protein, eat mindfully and I lost 25 pounds and am healthier on all the blood work. I can't beat that. Thanks again for everything. - Donn, Phoenix, Arizona









15 [really cool] side effects of cultivating new habits that lead to long-term weight loss

Photo Credit: © Mariya Mileva 2011     How you do one thing, is how you do everything. Sometimes we cannot see this in action in our lives until we begin to make difference choices in one area, like our health. These side effects are real ones I've seen in both my life or the lives of my clients. Making choices that are in alignment with weight loss, can possibly also lead to the following really cool side effects.   1. Increased sense of self-worth and self-value. In order for you to make choices for your best body, you are going to have to make the decisions based on your best interest... Read More >>


How to Use the Power of Ritual to Combat Emotional, Stress and Binge Eating

  For basic habit change, step two is determining which new or alternative routine you wish to have. For example, you want to go to the gym 5 days a week or preplan dinners for 3 nights of the week as your new or alternative routine. For emotional, stress or binge eaters, new or alternative routines may look something like this:   Bingeing 0 out of 7 days a week Going to the gym 6 out of 7 days a week Packing (and eating) my lunches 5 days a week   Practicing new habits requires motivation and willpower. Remember, these are your ideal, new or alternative routines, not a stepping ... Read More >>


5 Ways to Climb Back on when you've Fallen off the Wagon

  Dieting is a mental game. Anyone can prepare and eat the required foods for a required amount of time, but not everyone can climb back on the wagon once they have fallen off, then correct the course of their wagon and keep going until they have reached their destination.   If you have you have fallen off your wagon, try these five methods to climb back on.   1. Get out of your head. After falling off the wagon, don't give in to the second guessing and self-sabotaging thoughts. If you plan and scheme for the new diet starting next Monday, you can make the situation that much worse.  ... Read More >>


What is sugar and How to eat it for weight loss: Low Carb, Low Sugar, Right Carb, Right Sugar

    Orange juice, oatmeal, bananas, granola bars, whole wheat bread, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and even quinoa are all forms of sugar and all possibly sabotaging your weight loss if you are not eating them in correct portions. Watch the sugar video as registered dietitian and Founder of Healthy Habit Solutions, Maya Nahra, explains the difference in the types of carbohydrates (sugar), and how to eat them for weight loss.       USE THIS ONLINE TOOL TO FIND OUT WHAT SERVING OF A SPECIFIC TYPE OF CARBOHYDRATE CONTAINS 15 GRAMS OF CARB/SUGAR   CalorieKing - simply change... Read More >>


6 Common Habits of Speech that are Sabotaging your Weight Loss

    Words and phrases can become habits, just as thoughts, emotions and actions. Habits are automatic, a behavioral autopilot. We slip into our habits without even thinking about it, and if we don't pay attention they influence everything we do and say.     Have any of these habits crept into your daily speech?     1. I don't have the time to meal plan. Yes, you do have the time. However, you are choosing to not prioritize meal planning at this time in your life.    Correction: I am choosing to prioritize meal planning.   &... Read More >>


9 Lifestyle Habits that Can Sabotage Your Permanent Weight Loss

photo by: Joy Photography blog post by Maya Nahra, RD   How you do one thing, is how you do every thing. This popular statement holds true because  the direction of any habit is tied to your deeper beliefs, which affects all that you do.   Identifying and taking responsibility for your habits, is the first step to changing them. In your life, can you point to where you maybe continue to practice some or all of these nine habits?   I know I have been guilty of many of these at one point or another. Do any of them sound familiar to you?     1. Instant gratification ... Read More >>