Carol Cottrill

Bio

The very act of dieting is a set up for failure. 45 million Americans are on a diet right now—and as a nation we are fatter than ever before. Dieting does more long-term harm than good by teaching us to ignore our body’s natural internal cues around eating—about hunger or fullness, taste and preference while replacing these instincts with the external dictates of a diet. My desire to unravel this obsession was sparked by my own two-year stint with an overzealous fitness trainer who preached a low-carb regimen. What began as an innocent attempt to improve my diet and fitness level ended in unwarranted restrictive eating and extreme exercise. I didn’t know how to get off the treadmill- literally and figuratively. As a nutritional consultant I’ve spent years studying dieting and the negative effect it has on hundreds of women. Every day in my practice a woman tells me that she can’t be trusted to make the right food choices for herself. What she really can’t trust is the dieting that required her to abandon her freedom, choice and happiness for a craze. A craze that left her heavier mentally and physically than when she started. I’ve helped many people come to terms with the futility of fad dieting. It can be done, and while there is no silver bullet, there is a natural, tried and true approach to weight management, that dare I say is pleasurable- even decadent! Can it be? Is this notion of living better, feeling in control of our lives and eating naturally without being subjugated to someone’s diet plan simply too good to be true? There are many examples of people around the world whose culture supports an authentic lifestyle with the added benefit of longevity. In my book, The French Twist: Twelve Secrets of Decadent Dining and Natural Weight Management I zeroed in on the French way of eating as a case in point; the French adhere to a centuries old philosophy, a value system of reverence and respect around food and dining. And let’s not forget about the red wine, bread, cheese and pastries. In my New York nutritional practice my specialty is weight management and unraveling the disordered eating that results from an obsession with being thin. I counsel clients who include celebrities from the worlds of fashion, music, medicine and business focusing on the ways that the modern day science in the psychology of eating- the science that relates the pleasure center of the brain to a more efficient metabolism, unites the time honored practices of cultures around the globe who eat better and live longer, happier and slimmer lives. You’ll also find me contributing on Dr. Mehmet Oz’s interactive social Q & A platform www.sharecare.com as well as in the media speaking and writing nationally about ditching the deprivation diet, viewing exercise as play and discovering freedom and pleasure while eating real, delicious food.

Specialties:

Affiliation:

  • CNC

Location:

  • Rowayton, CT

Activity

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Neurology:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The trans fats found in your favorite junk foods aren't just clogging your arteries: New research shows they might also be messing with your memory.

    Young and middle-aged men who ate large amounts of trans fats exhibited a significantly reduced a...Full Article

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    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 8 million Americans have diabetes but don't know it, a new study shows.

    That's despite the fact that about two-thirds of those with undiagnosed diabetes have seen a doctor two or more times in the past year, according to the researchers.Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Many people gain weight at Thanksgiving because they eat too much and don't get enough exercise. But, a few simple steps can help you keep your weight under control while still enjoying the holiday, an expert says.

    A good place to start? "Remind y...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gerontology:

    WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamin B12 or folic acid supplements may not reduce seniors' risk of memory loss, according to a new study.

    Past research hinted that taking vitamin B12 and folic acid might help protect memory and thinking skills, according to backgrou...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There are plenty of famous-name diets for weight loss, but none stands out from the pack when it comes to lasting results, a new review suggests.

    Looking at a dozen clinical trials, researchers found that three big-name diets -- Atkins, Weight Wa...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Alternative/complementary Medicine:

    TUESDAY, Nov. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Taking vitamins or other dietary supplements along with medication can be dangerous, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    Dietary supplements can alter the absorption and metabolism of prescription and over-the-counter medications, the FD...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two-thirds of dietary supplements recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they contained banned ingredients remained on store shelves at least six months after they were recalled, a new study finds.

    For example, in July ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Gastroenterology:

    TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite potential health benefits, chia seeds may pose a risk if they are not consumed properly, according to new research.

    The tiny, oval seeds -- a rich source of fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids -- should not be eaten in th...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Love to dine out? You could be at higher risk for becoming overweight and having poorer cholesterol levels than people who prefer to eat at home, a new study suggests.

    Researchers led by Ashima Kant of Queens College, City University of New York, ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese young people may already be showing the warning signs of heart disease, German researchers report.

    The scientists found negative changes in the shape and function of the hearts of these children, compared to their normal-weight peers. It's...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Nutrition & Dietetics:

    WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Eating out might not be as bad for your waistline as you might think.

    New research shows that newer menu selections at many large chain restaurants in the United States now average 12 percent fewer calories than tradit...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Every American over the age of 45 should be screened for both type 2 diabetes and prediabetes, a U.S. task force has recommended.

    "For people with abnormal blood sugar, changes in their lifestyle, such as eating healthier and exercising more often...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Psychiatry:

    TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Folks who chug lots of coffee may have their genetics to thank for their java cravings, a new study says.

    Researchers have linked six genes to a person's coffee consumption. All of the genes are related to the body's response to caffeine, accordin...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Maternal & Fetal Medicine:

    FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When given to pregnant women, a common treatment for ulcerative colitis may inadvertently lower their baby's ability to fight off infections at birth, new French research suggests.

    The treatment, called anti-TNF therapy, is an injected, artificial ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Endocrinology/diabetes/metabolism:

    TUESDAY, Sept. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- There's no genetic evidence that high levels of vitamin D can prevent type 2 diabetes, a new study says.

    Some previous research had suggested that elevated levels of vitamin D might protect people against type 2 diabetes, raising the possibility...Full Article