Points - Ask the Doctor

Q: What can I do to reduce my appetite to enable me to lose weight? I have to stay clear of estrogen because I have had DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in Situ). Is there an herb I can take or regiment I can follow?

A: You are correct; you should avoid estrogen and estriol precursor products and foods to prevent reoccurrence of DCIS. I am assuming it is currently in remission.

As for the appetite, the best recommendation I can make is to contact a licensed acupuncturist who can assist with a NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol for appetite suppression.

In the meantime I suggest the following to lose weight:

1. Consult with your primary physician to make sure your delivery process did not injure the uterus and to rule out fibroids. Also have them conduct thyroid panel tests to ensure you are not suffering from hypothyroid condition. For the excess weight I would suggest the following:

2. Avoid the fad diets and fast-acting solutions that guarantee incredible weight loss while you watch television and eat deserts.

3. Eat five times per day, a quarter of the portion that you were originally consuming per meal. Your last meal of the day should be no later than 7 PM.

4. Eliminate sugars and increase your water intake to 60 ounces per day. Keep dairy to a minimum. Instead of drinking coffee, drink green tea. Also, you can drink a tea made from boiling a lemon (with the peel).

5. Eat more complex carbohydrates and ample quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid fatty foods, processed or fried foods, and sodas.

6. Walk 30 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening, two hours before bed. For toning you might replace one of the walks with some stretching with activities such as tai chi or a mild form of yoga.

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