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:

  • Winter Park, FL

Activity

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

    TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams said Tuesday that it will destroy more than 265 tons of ice cream because of possible contamination with listeria.

    Some of the bacteria was found last week in the Columbus, Ohio-based company's production facility an...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Though it may not always be easy, helping young children develop healthy eating habits is worth the effort, experts say.

    Good nutrition is one of the best ways to prevent overweight and obesity, which affect a large number of American children. ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Hematology:

    TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Few U.S. adults with sickle cell anemia are getting a recommended medication that can help them manage pain, breathing problems and other debilitating symptoms, according to a new study.

    Using a national database, researchers found that less tha...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Dentist:

    MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. government has decreased its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water for the first time in a half-century, to prevent staining of tooth enamel caused by overexposure to fluoride.

    The optimal fluoride level in drinking water to pr...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, April 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. health officials warned last year that nine out of 10 American kids eat more salt than they should, raising their lifelong risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

    But a new study finds that consuming higher-than-recommended amounts of...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Pediatrics:

    SUNDAY, April 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Health store employees may encourage teens to buy body-shaping dietary supplements, even though the products' labels state they're for adult use only, researchers report.

    Despite the labeling, it's legal for minors to b...Full Article

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

    FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For the second time this week, a major U.S. manufacturer of ice cream has recalled all of its products because of possible contamination with the bacteria listeria.

    Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams said Thursday that it was recalling all of ...Full Article

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

    THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new look at what kinds of foods might help people keep their weight in check as they age found that not all calories are created equal and some foods are not as bad for the middle-aged waistline as many believe.

    While men and women who ate lo...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Slightly more than half of middle-aged adults and seniors in the United States take aspirin daily to prevent heart attack, stroke or other serious illnesses, a new survey has found.

    Leading medical associations recommend use of low-dose aspirin m...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Epidemiology:

    TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Blue Bell Creameries said Monday that it will pull all of its frozen dessert products off the market because they might be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause stomach illness.

    So far, tainted ice cream made by Blue Bell has been linked t...Full Article

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

    TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A growing number of American children and teens with type 1 diabetes are experiencing a life-threatening complication at the time of their diagnosis, a new study finds.

    Researchers say a lack of insurance may mean some children are getting diagn...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Heart Association has issued its first-ever guidelines regarding life for patients older than 40 who were born with heart disease.

    There are now more adults with congenital heart disease than children with the disease, Dr. Ami Bhatt,...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Vascular Medicine:

    MONDAY, April 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The American Heart Association has issued its first-ever guidelines regarding life for patients older than 40 who were born with heart disease.

    There are now more adults with congenital heart disease than children with the disease, Dr. Ami Bhatt,...Full Article

  • 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