Glitter Interview with Julia Ross on A Few Things That Hold People Back from Losing Weight
GLITTER: How long have you been practicing? Has this always been a passion of yours?
JULIA: In high school and college I loved talking to friends and trying to help them with problems. In my late 20’s, when I made counseling my profession, I enjoyed it tremendously; I couldn’t wait to be assigned new clients. But then I was hired in a program that counseled people with addictions to food, alcohol, and drugs. There I found that all my skills and enthusiasm combined with my clients’ desperate motivation were no match for the power of cravings. Eventually the whole field of addiction learned why we could not seem to reach the core of the problem. Addictive cravings were actually being generated by deficits in something we’d never suspected and knew nothing about; brain chemistry. Fortunately, not long afterward, we also learned that certain brain-targeted nutrients could be used to correct the addicted brain’s biochemical problems. By that time, I had become the program’s director and had begun to add nutritionists to my staff. Together, we developed a hugely successful new approach to eliminating brain-based cravings. And that is something I’m really passionate about.