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 Sports Medicine:

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Taking salt pills does little to boost the performance of endurance athletes, new research shows.

    Although the study only involved 11 athletes, the findings challenge the widely held belief that salt pills can help these athletes do better durin...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In a discovery that could eventually shed light on some diseases that plague modern society, a tribe in a remote part of the Amazon jungle in Venezuela appears to have the most diverse collection of bodily bacteria ever found.

    The study suggests ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Eating healthy foods while you're breast-feeding will help you and your baby get the nutrients both of you need, experts say.

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reminds new mothers that breast-feeding provides many health bene...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Age Management Medicine:

    TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There are things people can do to preserve their brain function as they age, a report released Tuesday from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) suggests.

    "Changes in mental functions and capabilities are a part of aging and occur with everyone," rep...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Infectious Disease:

    FRIDAY, April 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- As U.S. health officials deal with nationwide recalls of Blue Bell ice cream and Sabra Dipping Co. hummus, consumers are getting up to speed on a little known but potentially fatal bacteria, listeria.

    Listeria-tainted ice cream is linked to a tot...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study of nearly 2 million people suggests that those who are overweight or obese in middle age may be less likely to develop dementia than their normal and underweight peers.

    Overweight and obese people were about 30 percent less likely to...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- About a third of Americans say they specifically buy foods labeled "low" or "reduced salt or sodium" when they're grocery shopping, a new study finds.

    The results are encouraging, nutrition experts say, because too much salt in the diet can rais...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    THURSDAY, April 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new report has linked a migraine medication to increased odds of eating disorders in some teens.

    The drug in question is called topiramate (Topamax). It's an established migraine drug for adults that was just approved for use in teens in 2014...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If all doctors followed new cholesterol guidelines aimed at children, almost half a million Americans aged 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a new study predicts.

    In 2011, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Ins...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, April 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Lots of chocolate and big family meals can make Easter a challenging time for people trying to control their weight.

    But there are a number of ways to guard your health and enjoy this time of year, according to the National Heart Foundation of Aus...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, April 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Overweight people may lose more weight if their doctor tells them to, a new study finds.

    University of Georgia researchers examined data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that a doctor's recommendation was associat...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fish oil supplements, and even certain fish, may hinder the effectiveness of cancer-fighting chemotherapy, a new study suggests.

    Dutch researchers found herring, mackerel and three other fish oils increased blood levels of the fatty acid called ...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than half of packaged grocery store foods included in a new study contained too much added salt, U.S. health officials reported Thursday.

    That's important because eating too much salt (sodium) is a risk factor for developing high blood pres...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Raw milk causes more than half of all milk-related foodborne illnesses in the United States, even though only about 3.5 percent of Americans drink raw milk, according to a new report.

    The researchers warned that people are nearly 100 times more ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Three leading groups of heart experts have issued updated guidelines that set blood pressure goals for people with heart disease.

    Specifically, the guidelines reinforce a target blood pressure of less than 140/90 mm Hg for those at risk for hear...Full Article