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Eat More to Lose Weight - Bay Area Business Woman

Eating to be thin may seem a contradiction to the wonderful joy of eating for fun and sensory pleasure. However, the best of both philosophies and attitudes is possible when you know what foods to choose from.


Healing with Food - Bay Area Business Woman

As a multicultural food therapist with an unusual cultural diversity of life experience, background, studies and research, I have been considered a widely recognized authority on how food therapy practices work to provide the basis of healthy mind/body balance and disease prevention.

Colorful Eating: Lifelong health with food therapy - More Life (A Cigna Healthcare Publication)

With all the talk about herbal supplements, miracle minerals and rejuvenating vitamins, it's easy to forget the everyday health benefits of food. Food can nourish your immune system, liver, bones, blood and cells; help in preventing life-threatening diseases; regulate moods, weight, digestion and hormonal balance; and help maintain optimal mind function.

Tired? Junk the Java; Drink Tea - Bay Area Business Woman

Thank you readers, for your responses to my column. In reading your letters, I find that your most frequently mentioned health concern is fatigue. Actually, questions about fatigue seem to come to me from everywhere-from clients, my publishers, and the media: "What shall I do to prevent fatigue?" and "What shall I do to heal fatigue?"

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In the News

Endocrinology: sounds like a mouthful, but it's the latest word in weight loss - American Fitness

"Breakthrough findings in the body's neuroendocrine responses confirm a centuries old eating style by the world's healthiest cultures. That is the ground-breaking announcement by an international clinical nutritionist."

Scientists are rethinking soy's benefits - San Jose Mercury News

Imagine, Popeye beats out the evil Brutus and launches into a rousing rendition of his trademark song. "I'm strong to the finish 'cuz I eats me soy..." Doesn't rhyme, but it could have happened. Had the pipe-toking sailor been a fixture of the year 2000, he most likely would have been singing the praises of soy along with just about everyone else. Hyped by manufacturers and dietitians alike, soy foods, we've been told, may reduce the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and even osteoporosis. You can't get much stronger than that.

Balance in life comes through food choices-Excerpt from Food Beat, San Francisco Examiner

Sonia Gaemi has been detecting a kind of intelligence conveyed through food, what she calls "food wisdom," all her life. Her understanding of this wisdom began to take shape in Tehran where as a 5-year old; she collected recipes from the Persian women all around her, as well as from her Russian grandmother, who used food as a healing substance.

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By Dr. Sonia Gaemi, Ed.D., RD
ISBN 1-57224-373-2, (paper), $16.95, 200 pages
Publication Date: April 2004

Research Suggests Hormone-Related Health Problems in Women Can be Controlled by Diet and Lifestyle Changes.

Using a new food pyramid (called the Food Wisdom Pyramid to differentiate it from the USDA Food Pyramid) Dr. Sonia Gaemi explains why women need to eat a variety of foods in order to stay healthy throughout the various stages of their lives. Dr. Gaemi also advocates a diet mainly from the grains, vegetables, fruit, and legume food groups-rather than a high protein diet-and provides recipes based on this philosophy.

In her new book Eating Wisely for Hormonal Balance (New Harbinger), Dr. Gaemi explains the Food Wisdom Pyramid and how the flavors and colors of food indicate the presence of certain phytochemicals, recently recognized by nutritional scientists as key ingredients for physical and mental health. Dr. Gaemi gives a brief overview of how foods effect mood, neurotransmitters, and hormones; how the flavor and texture of food gives us important information about its nutritional makeup; and how eating healthily, cleansing the body of toxins, and taking pleasure in eating and preparing food increases our mental and physical energy and sense of well-being. Dr. Gaemi then goes on to explain how women can eat foods that will help their hormones stay balanced and healthy, thereby lessening or completely relieving symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

Also included are tips for on food shopping, meal planning for a busy lifestyle, eating healthily while traveling, using leftovers, and insuring food safety. Dr. Gaemi introduces the idea of using teas as a food, and offers tips and recipes for mixing our own teas to relieve particular symptoms or just to keep our bodies in balance. Using stories derived from her nutritional consulting practice and around the world, and supporting these stories with research, Dr. Gaemi gives women concrete, practical suggestions and recipes for eating for hormonal balance.

About the Author of EATING WISELY FOR HORMONAL BALANCE--Dr. Sonia Gaemi, Ed.D., RD, a Registered Dietician with a doctorate in International Education and Psychology, runs a nutritional consulting practice in Berkeley, CA. Dr. Gaemi is an internationally known expert on multicultural food practices for self-healing, and has traveled and researched extensively. She regularly organizes and attends conferences on food and health and holds the position of Principle Investigator for the Public Health Institute of Berkeley. Dr. Gaemi has appeared in articles in Bay Area Businesswoman, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Oakland Tribune, American Fitness Magazine, The Contra Costa Times, and Courier, a publication of The American Dietetic Association.

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Dr. Sonia celebrating Persian New Year

Sonia in front of her WCW mural

Dr. Sonia with her grandchildren

Christine Jones
Created: 2004