How to stay away from the wrong foods on set! – Wellness

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It’s so tempting to eat one or more doughnuts from the craft service table on set! Dr. Karlfeldt shares how to curb those temptations! Also what to do when you have a sore throat and have to get to set.

When I’m on the set, there are so many temptations to eat the wrong foods. I seem to gain weight on every film I’m on. Can you help give me ideas on how to stay away from the sugar?  – David V., New York City, NY

The reason we go for those quick carbs and sugar on the set is because we feel our blood sugar dropping. The problem with eating quick carbs and sugar is that it causes a quick sugar spike followed by a sudden sugar drop. During the sugar drop we have a hard time focusing, get irritable, feel exhausted, and start to produce the fat storing hormone cortisol. The adrenal glands, two tiny glands situated on top of our kidneys, support your blood sugar between meals. They are also the glands that help you deal with stress. Frequent stressful situations such as working on a set can exhaust the adrenals leading to deeper blood sugar plunges and stronger sugar cravings. To support your adrenals make sure you eat some protein, like nuts, seeds, chicken, turkey, or healthy jerky every 2-3 hours to stabilize your blood sugar. Practice 5 minutes of breathing meditation daily to calm the mind and reduce stress throughout the body. Drink a cup of licorice tea and take a good quality B-complex to replenish the adrenals. Other great nutritional supplements that support the adrenals are cordyceps, ashwaganda, ginseng, and rhodiola. A couple of simple tricks to balance your blood sugar is the mineral chromium and the sugar blocking herb gymnema. If your sugar cravings are really strong, look into the possibility of you dealing with a candida overgrowth.



I had to go to set last week to shoot or they would have replaced me, but my throat was so sore that I didn’t think I’d make it. What can I do if that happens again? – Maggie H., Portland, OR

The first step is prevention by keeping your immune system strong. Avoid inflammatory foods such as refined carbohydrates, sugar, soda pop, excessive alcohol, tobacco, hydrogenated, or trans-fats and focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and a moderate amount of protein. Minimize the amount of GMO foods and maximize organic foods. Boost your immune system by supplementing with vitamin C, vitamin D, selenium, and zinc and support a healthy body through detoxification – drink a minimum of 2 quarts daily, sweat regularly whether by exercise, sauna, or hot baths with Epsom salt.

A few good things to do if you have a sore throat:

  • Do hot ginger compress on your throat. Place a towel in hot ginger tea for a few minutes, wrap the towel around your throat, be careful not to burn yourself, reheat the towel when it starts to cool and repeat the process for a maximum of thirty minutes.
  • Every hour, gargle with colloidal silver before swallowing it.
  • This hot honey recipe is a powerful tool:
    4 cloves of Garlic,  Minced
    1-4 Tablespoons of Raw Honey
    1/8-1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
    Stir ingredients all together in a small bowl. Take about 1/2 a teaspoon every half hour or as desired. For sore throats, be sure to let the mixture sit for a few minutes on the back of the throat, do not wash down with liquid. The Cayenne helps bring blood to the area for healing, the garlic helps heal quickly and the honey holds it all together and also contains healing properties when raw.

– Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, Ph.D

Dr. Michael Karlfeldt, ND, Ph.D, is a Board Certified Naturopath (CTN® ) with expertise in IV Therapy, Applied Psycho Neurobiology, Oxidative Medicine, Naturopathic Oncology, Neural Therapy, Sports Performance, Energy Medicine, Natural Medicine, Nutritional Therapies, Aromatherapy, Auriculotherapy, Reflexology, Autonomic Response Testing (ART) and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Michael Karlfeldt is the host of the popular TV show True.Health:Body, Mind, Spirit. Dr. Karlfeldt believes in the innate intelligence and healing power of the body and if properly supported spiritually, emotionally and nutritionally it can find its way back to health.

The views expressed by Dr. Michael Karlfeldt are his own and shall not be construed as advice from The Karlfeldt Center. We encourage you to seek professional advice or care for any problem which you may have.

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