Losing weight using the non-diet approach

May 10, 2012


Losing weight using the non-diet approach

with Laura Cipullo

Laura Cipullo, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who provides sound, ethical nutrition advice to both adults and children joins the show.

Listen to interview [audio player at end of post] with host Eric Michaels & guest Laura Cipullo discuss the following:

  • What is the non-diet approach?
  • What is a hunger fullness scale?
  • Are all people able to identify when they are hungry and or full? It seems that Americans have trouble stopping when full.
  • Can people lose weight using the non-diet approach?
  • Are there any good resources our listeners can access to help them learn more about this approach?


Laura Cipullo, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, provides sound, ethical nutrition advice to both adults and children. Laura’s practice is based in Manhattan and she is available for private, one-on-one consultations, family nutrition sessions or meetings with groups of peers. Laura’s holistic approach focuses on meeting you, the client, at your level of readiness. Using the science of hormones, Laura makes meal and snack recommendations that enable you to feel full and energized while achieving a healthier body. Relying on her endocrine knowledge, she will help you make balanced meal decisions that stabilize your blood sugar and hormone levels. Through her expertise and experience Laura can help you learn from your internal cues to comfortably determine your appropriate food intake and eventually rid yourself of the “diet mentality.” Working with Laura is the first step of a new life: one that is completely free of diets and replaces them with a true understanding of moderation.

Laura earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics at Colorado State University, where she graduated with honors. She interned at New York–Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical Center as a Dietetic Intern and has since held the distinguished positions of Clinical Dietitian for New York–Presbyterian Hospital/ Weil Cornell Medical Center, Nutrition Coordinator for CEDAR Associates in Westchester and Rockland counties, and consultant for the Renfrew Center in both New Jersey and New York. She was invited to join the BMIQ.com team and teaches online research-based nutrition to BMIQ patient groups.

In 2000, she opened her private practice, Laura Cipullo, LLC Nutrition Services, in New Jersey, where she specialized in medical nutrition therapy, eating disorders and the non-diet approach. Due to high demand, she soon moved and expanded her offices to New York City. As of 2011, Laura closed the NJ offices and maintains her private practice Laura Cipullo Whole Nutrition Services in the union square area of NYC. In conjunction with her private practice Laura acts as the Nutrition Director for Experience Wellness Group (http://www.i-m.co/adrienneglasser/ExperienceWellness/home) and leads bi-weekly meal support therapy groups (http://www.lauracipullollc.com/services/meal-support-group).

Laura shares her expertise in the nutrition field by providing mentoring services to other registered dietitians and volunteering for food and nutrition causes. Most recently, Laura serves as the Membership Chair for the New York chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IADEP) and is also Chair of the Food and Nutrition Committee for Corlears School. Her volunteer history includes a designation as a Food Professional for the children participating in the American Institute of Wine and Food’s Days of Taste program and volunteer work for the nonprofit organization Children for Children, which engages young people in community service. Her expertise is consistently sought by a variety of nationally circulated publications, including Fitness, Cosmopolitan, OK! Magazine, Competitor, Diabetes Forecast, and Diabetic Living. Laura has also made television appearances as frequent guests on The Dr. Steve Show, Headline News and NewYork One. She is currently at work on her first book, which will focus on managing the responsibilities of feeding a busy family and teaching children about nutrition in a way that fosters a positive, healthy attitude towards food.

Visit Laura’s nutrition blog for free nutrition tips and encouragement to adopt a wholesome way of eating that incorporates all foods in moderation. Laura resides in New York City with her husband and children and you can also read her advice on navigating nutrition for a family on her blog Mom Dishes It Out.


Links: www.EatingandLivingModerately.com

What kind of nutrition and exercise is needed for vibrant health?

May 2, 2012


What kind of nutrition and exercise is needed for vibrant health?

with Amir Pozderac

Amir Pozderac with decade of experience working as a fitness consultant, nutrition specialist, corrective exercise specialist, food psychology coach and a life coach joins the show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Amir Pozderac discuss the following:

  • Why are Americans fat and what to do about it?
  • What kind of nutrition and what kind of exercise is needed for vibrant health - what is more important from these two?
  • What do you think about dieting? Is there a "magic" diet or a pill?
  • What is one most important step in improving one's health?
  • Your new book is coming out. Tell us about it.
  • What are the most important steps our listeners can take TODAY to improve their health?


Amir Pozderac is a health and fitness professional specializing in working with clients for whom their health and well being jeopardize their business and personal performance.


From an early age, Amir engaged in various martial arts. A successful career in the field lasted for more than eight years during which Amir won many tournaments and several national champion titles. Then, the war in Bosnia temporarily interrupted his childhood. After the war, the starved nation started indulging in abundance of food and Amir was no exception. He gained nearly a 100lbs in a little over a year, developed various health problems and stopped doing any sports. Once top athlete became a chubby boy who could barely walk, not to say do any sports. Doctor's check-up which showed serious health problems and high risk of cardiovascular diseases was the trigger. Amir decided to pursue education in the health and fitness field and make the so-much-needed lifestyle change. This desire to better understand human body lead him to School of Pharmacy and at the same time, he decided to engage seriously in more nature-related sports such as mountain biking and trail running.  In June 2005, the first Bosnian triathlon championship took place. Amir won that title and got involved in triathlon professionally, winning several national champion titles and numerous international races. He was also a Bosnian candidate for 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing China.

As a self coached professional athlete, he had to learn as much as he could to be able to compete with the best in the world. During that time he realized the importance of proper nutrition and appropriate rest as key factors in sports success.

After retiring from his career as a professional athlete, Amir recognized the growing need and decided to pursue his two greatest passions – teaching and fitness and combine it into the most rewarding path there is – helping people improve their health and well-being. By focusing on proper nutrition and the foundations of long-lasting health, he has helped hundreds of clients completely transform their lives and be healthier than ever before.

Aside from the School of Pharmacy Amir has also completed a Bachelors Degree in Business here in the U.S. He is also a member of NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) – a global leader in fitness and health field, whose certifications are known for its toughness and highest standards. He is a Certified Fitness Consultant, Corrective Exercise Specialist, Performance Enhancement Specialist, Certified Nutrition Specialist and he also holds the American Heart Association CPR and AED certifications.

Amir is still actively racing in his favorite sports – cycling. He is a passionate reader and a life-long student of personal development. His favorite quote is one by Abraham Lincoln: “A person who will give me a book that I haven’t read becomes my best friend.”


Links: www.executivefitnessconsulting.com

Yoga mats with a grip that is activated by the body heat

May 2, 2012


Yoga mats with a grip that is activated by the body heat

with Doreen Hing

Doreen Hing, the Founder & Creator of Plank, the only company that creates yoga mats with a grip that is activated by the body heat joins the show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Doreen Hing discuss the following:

  • How did you get your start?
  • What is unique about a Plank Yoga Mat?
  • Your blog states yoga on a Plank Yoga Mats creates a "Ridiculous Body Awareness", what does that mean?
  • Who uses a Plank yoga mat typically or in general?
  • Would you recommend a PYM for me?


When Plank’s Founder, former shoe designer and full time fashionista, Doreen Hing, discovered the incredible benefits of yoga and how it positively affected other aspects of her life, she knew she had to share this fantastic sense of awareness and well-being with others the only way she knew how – through design.

Doreen set out to design a yoga mat in a style that reflected her attitude toward life and her unique sense of humor. She created four provocative, intriguing and conversation-starting designs including Plank’s Cobra Yoga Mat, Signature Plank Yoga Mat, Pills Yoga Mat, and Shag Yoga Mat.

While exploring the technology to imprint high-quality photo imagery onto the yoga mats, Doreen and the lab discovered the surface coating developed to protect the artwork had increased grip potential when body heat and pressure were applied.

Now, Plank develops and designs the only body heat activated grip yoga mat, a line of mat carriers, bags & purses for any yoga lifestyle, all the while promoting yoga as a vehicle for extraordinary well-being. We’re committed to creating yoga inspired products to enhance a person’s yoga experience visually, physically, physiologically and perhaps, thoughtfully too.

Inhale. Exhale. Enjoy. Plank.


Links: www.plankdesigns.com

Major benefits of weight loss surgery with Dr. Scott Cunneen

May 1, 2012


Major benefits of weight loss surgery with Dr. Scott Cunneen

Dr. Scott Cunneen, the director of bariatric surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and author of the new book called WEIGHTY ISSUES: Getting the Skinny on Weight Loss Surgery joins the show.

Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Scott Cunneen discuss the following:

  • Weight loss surgery seems to be getting a bad rap these days. Why is that?
  • How risky is the surgery, really?
  • Isn’t having weight loss surgery taking the easy way out?
  • What are the major benefits of weight loss surgery?
  • What prompted you to write this book?
  • What do you want readers to walk away with after reading this book?


Scott A. Cunneen, MD, FACS, is Director of Bariatric Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in physiology from Georgetown University and a master's degree in human nutrition from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University, where he was awarded membership in the medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. A Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgeons, Dr. Cunneen is often called upon to teach laparascopic procedures throughout the US and abroad.