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MAWC Remains In Network With Cigna


Our Cigna insured patients may have received a letter stating that MAWC will be out of network. This is NOT true. Negotiations with Cigna are complete and MAWC remains in network with Cigna.


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10 healthy eating tips for success

We’d like to share with you a great article on healthy eating from nutrition expert Dana Carpender, author of nine cookbooks and the weekly online newsletter Lowcarbezine.

1. Accept that there is no finish line. If you’ve “gone on a diet” with the idea that you will lose your weight and then go off the diet, you’re already doomed to failure. Whatever you do to lose weight, you must continue to do forever to keep it off.
2. Therefore, do not decide that if low carb is good, no carb is better. It’s not. Do not start eating nothing but meat, eggs, and cheese. Eat your vegetables! Eat low sugar fruits. Eat nuts and seeds. Read some low carb cookbooks. Try new recipes and new foods! Make this way of eating as varied, interesting, and fun as it can be. That’s what it takes to succeed long-term.
3. If you’re just a few days in, and you feel pretty wretched, take heart. You’re in withdrawal. More accurately, your body is increasing its production of the enzymes needed to burn fat for fuel. Once it does – and this rarely takes more than a week – your energy level should skyrocket. Meanwhile, try taking L-glutamine supplements to increase energy and reduce cravings. L-glutamine is widely available at health food stores and GNC.
4. Eat a high protein breakfast every single day. Eggs, meat, cheese, whatever. If you’re in a hurry, grab two or three individually wrapped string cheeses or other wrapped cheese bites on the way out the door. Eat them on the way to work. Hard boiled eggs are good for a grab-and-go breakfast, too. Don’t drink juice – have half a grapefruit, a wedge of melon, or some berries if you want fruit. Don’t eat cereal, not even oatmeal. One slice of toast made from low carb bread, if you must. The point? Eating a breakfast of protein and natural fat, but with a very low blood sugar impact, has been clinically demonstrated to dramatically reduce appetite – and cravings – all day long. You can’t afford to miss a trick like that.

Make a list of all the truly fabulous low carb foods you’ve been avoiding because they’re high in fat: macadamia nuts, avocados, brie, rib-eye steaks, whatever. Buy them. Eat them. Goes a long way toward keeping you from feeling sorry for yourself!

6. Many people are in the habit of using sweets or other carby junk food as a reward. Brainstorm a list of rewards that don’t involve junk food – a pedicure, a massage, an hour in the bathtub with a good book and a glass of wine, a phone call to an old friend, a new shade of lipstick, or the latest issue of your favorite magazine. You deserve rewards that don’t make you feel awful later!
7. Now that so much of the low carb processed food has gone off the market, this one is less urgent, but still worth saying: Eat real food, not a bunch of shakes and protein bars and such. Oh, they’re okay now and then. But the heart and soul of your diet should be meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, nuts and seeds, vegetables, low sugar fruit, and minimally processed fats, like butter, olive oil, coconut oil, macadamia oil, and the like. You know – food. Try to strictly limit your consumption of anything with a bar code on it.
8. Don’t try to eat low carb and low fat, both. It’s unhealthy to eat nothing but protein. That being said, don’t assume that so long as you’re eating low carb you can eat 5,000 calories a day and lose weight. Chances are, you can’t. Clinical studies show that most people on low carb diets lose weight at between 1,800 and 2,200 calories per day. That’s enough to feel comfortable, but so much that you can stuff yourself constantly for entertainment. Eat when you’re hungry; stop when you’re comfortably full; and don’t eat again till you’re hungry again! So simple, but junk food advertising has trained us to eat for entertainment.
9. Read the label on every darned thing you stick in your mouth. You’ll be astonished and appalled at the places sugar, corn syrup, corn starch, and hydrogenated oil creep in. I’ve actually seen canned clams with sugar in them. You wouldn’t buy a new car or a plasma television without reading up on which models were worth buying. Do a little research on what you’re making your body out of!
10. I’m not big on sugar free desserts – I make them for special occasions, and that’s about it. But sugar free chocolate is your friend. Pure De-Lite, Guylian’s, and Sorbee are the brands that I buy most often. A half-ounce to an ounce of sugar free chocolate per day (NOT five bars!) will keep you happy. And dark chocolate is a good source of antioxidants – it’s actually good for your heart!


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If you are suffering from a GYN health issue and live in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Eastern Shore, Peninsula, Hampton Roads or North Carolina, please contact our GYN clinic at (757) 312-8221. Our GYN doctors are here to help you.

About our GYN Clinic
Our three female GYN doctors and Nurse Practitioner provide comprehensive gynecology services to girls and women of all ages in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Eastern Shore, Peninsula, Hampton Roads and North Carolina.

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