No Blame, But You Gotta Give the Beast a Name. Sugar Addiction.
Last month I reported on an easy to follow, effective approach to eating. Many of you tried it and many more came back to say they need more help with sugar cravings. First off, I want to tell you, sugar addiction is truly an issue of brain chemistry. Like crack, your brain and body get hooked on the fast hit of energy that leaves all too soon. Leaves you needing more. The packaged food industry knows this and uses it against you. Because sugar is addictive, industrial foods contain lots of it, not for your health, but to intentionally get you addicted so you buy and eat more.
Capitalism, crack and your waistline. Who knew they were connected? Remember the fried egg- “Your Brain on Drugs” commercial? It should have been a pint of ice cream smothered in fudge. Think I’m kidding? Check out this NY Times Article, The Extraordinary Science of Junk Food. Look up the explosion of diabetes in this country. It strangely parallels the steady rise of consumption of prepared foods. which also parallels women working more outside the home. At .79 on the dollar of their male counterparts. With no Equal Rights Amendment. And still expected to cook, clean and raise children in all their “free time”. Dammit. I’m going to save the politics for another post. I will get back to this, but for now:
We must address the 5-25 pounds of detrimental excess weight, the emotional roller coaster and the potential for future health issues that are being created by your sugar addiction. Your life’s too sweet to be killed by sugar!
What the Health’s 3 step plan for freedom from sugar addiction.
Like your mood, everything runs better when your blood sugar can stay relatively even. Super duper highs can lead to super bummer lows, and will bring out some ugly behavior as your brain seeks A HAPPY PLACE NOW. No need for a flat line people, just a nice even, juicy flow.
Number One: Address the Food- Fuel Burn Rate
Increase protein and healthy fat.
Your body breaks down different types of fuel at different rates. Sugar and carbs are fast hitting fuel, followed by protein and fats. If you are about to sprint, sure, eat some candy, but if you’re in it (and by “it” I mean life) for the long haul, long haul foods are a better choice. The optimal time for sugar? At the end of a meal. See, your ancestors with their dessert thing were not daft. When long burning fuels are in the system, sugars are less able to spike blood sugar or create an addictive future craving. So, protein with every meal. Healthy fat with every meal. Of course, lots of different colored vegetables, some grains, and once a day, a little bit of sugar. A couple squares of chocolate, a spoonful of ice cream, a half a mango. Along those lines.
Number Two: Heal your Digestive Organs
Get your pancreas on board with targeted glandular support.
In addition to the pusher man of junk food, many of you have genetics to blame for your sugar addiction. A family history of diabetes or hormone imbalances (thyroid, adrenal, estrogen, testosterone) can bring out the sugar crazy in even the most self disciplined soul. You may not know your family background, but if you make the basic changes in diet above and have no change in cravings or find yourself shoving a chocolate bar sideways down your throat before your period, you need more support. This is where a few key supplements can make a huge difference. A brief consult with me can get you the essential help you need to break the addiction cycle. Consult Here
Number Three: Feed your Noggin (And Your Soul).
Increase your happy brain chemicals via happy means.
This is where things start to get really interesting people, right here. I’d like to introduce you to your Brain. (One) of your brain’s main games is TO BE HAPPY. This means happy brain chemicals. This means dopamine, oxytocin, endorphins and serotonin. For a happy infographic on that: Meet your Happy Chemicals. You can get these from sunlight, being outdoors, having sex (even with yourself) or engaging in any pleasurable act like dancing, painting, singing, surfing, riding your bike, the list is endless. IF, however, you don’t do enough pleasurable stuff, your body will instead tun to high quantities of drug like foods to create this “high”. Where am I going with this? YOU NEED TO HAVE ALOT MORE FUN, RIGHT NOW. This is not optional. This is absolutely essential. Oddly, this can be hard for people. I have helped 1,000’s of people with this mysterious condition called guilt. And it’s sister condition shame. I can help you too.
The long term solution for your quick fix energy needs.
Feeling stressed, wired but unable to focus, ready to pass out by 4pm? Are you catching colds easily and gaining weight, especially around the middle?
You may be suffering from this fine modern illness known as Adrenal Fatigue.
While it is the hyped condition du jour, there’s a reason for that. Modern life is not healthy. Long hours at a computer, no time barefoot in nature, eating in a rush and getting little sleep does not a peppy person make. Formally healthy people, including you, cannot live in this unnatural way, and expect no consequences. We are burning out and losing our health like never before, and we don’t need to.
Happily, the natural world has a remedy! Here to rescue you from life’s bad choices and make you feel happy again…ta da! Siberian ginseng!
Siberian ginseng is in a class of herbs called Adaptogens. Adaptogens reduce stress hormones, strengthen the immune system and give you an alert but relaxed energy.
Siberian ginseng is particularly balanced and suitable for both men and women.
I use it as the base of many of my custom herbal formulas. Taken regularly, it can have a profound effect on your wellbeing.
Siberian ginseng is only one of many adaptogen herbs to choose from when dealing with exhaustion and adrenal fatigue.
Come see me for the perfect superhero herb combo, made just for you.
STRESS. The single biggest factor causing disease.
When external influences overwhelm the body’s capacity to perform and maintain internal balance.
Overwork, over exercise, under rest, emotional abuse, physical abuse, toxic load from viruses, chemicals, and/ or pollution.
Anger, irritability, depression, anxiety, lowered immune response, poor sleep, weight gain, loss of joy, loss of ability to adapt, total exhaustion unrelieved by rest.
Rest, rest, rest, rest, and more rest. Specific nutrition and mind-body exercise. But mostly rest. Any treatment or therapy that switches your nervous system out of sympathetic response, into parasympathetic mode, like Acupuncture, Massage, Yoga, Meditation.
When stress goes on, unrelenting, for months or years, it has a profound impact on your overall health. The biggest impact comes in a complex of symptoms described above, which fall under the umbrella of Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is stress taken to it’s end point, when the body cannot bounce back and starts to break down. THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO STOP OVER WORKING, OVER EXERCISING, OVER EMOTING, STOP “OVER” ANYTHING. Once you reach this level of exhaustion, in fact, the only thing that will restore your health is serious rest for a seriously long time. No whining, no cheating, no kidding.
Not only am I an expert in addressing Adrenal Fatigue from Stress, I have lived through it myself, and know all the ins and outs of restoring health, naturally. For more information on the how tos of adrenal exhaustion recovery, please drop me a line. email@example.com
Ever wonder what an Holistic Healthcare Provider, like your Acupuncturist (Me) does all day? Yes, we see patients. We review cases and research new treatment and supplement protocols. We also consult and share case studies with others in our field to find new ways to improve your health. And of course, we see patients and treat them. But, aside from the Acupuncture, you know what alot of our job is? It’s listening. It’s being available to really hear what’s going on and be of service to your happiness and health. What have I learned from all this listening?
The stress of not living the life you want, can injure your health!
Conflict causes Stress
What does this mean? Whenever you have two or more conflicting needs, and one keeps winning out over the others, there’s a fundamental conflict that causes stress. Say you really need to turn off the computer and go for a walk, but you stay on for three more hours and finish your workday at 11pm. This is a fundamental conflict. Your health is in direct conflict with your job. It’s not reasonable to work until 11 pm all the time, and if your body is forced to do it, stress will result. Simple as that. Whenever you find yourself using words like should, must, have to, can’t, you can be pretty sure there’s a potential stress conflict behind them. When I hear patients talking like this, I know there’s a basic conflict to address before they will truly feel better.
Stress Leads to Disease
Why can’t I drink three cups of coffee, skip working out, and sit at my laptop until 11pm every night?! You can for awhile, but after that, look out. You body will start to complain, and your happiness tank will run out of gas. You’ll start to feel worse and worse. And then hopefully, you’ll come to see me.
Telling it to your Acupuncturist could change your Life
First, congratulations on hitting the wall! This is a really good sign. It means you still have some standards and you just aren’t going to continue living poorly anymore. Stress can become a lifestyle
and this lifestyle can lead to disease. You deserve better than that and I can help you find it. The problem comes from the conflict. The shoulds, musts, and have-tos that rob us of our freedom to take good care of ourselves. And it’s true, sometimes in life we have to set our needs aside, temporarily, to get the job done. But remember that word, temporarily? That’s the key. When self-sacrifice moves from sometimes to all the time, that’s when you need help. Help to break the mental chains of obligation, and find your way back to health. A good Acupuncturist is great at this, and can reset your mind, your body, and your life, back to one you want.
You can live the life you want. You can be happy & content. You deserve it & need it. Go for it!
Giulietta Octavio, MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Licensed Acupuncturist, loves her life.
(But it wasn’t always that way). If she can do it, you can do it too. And she can help. Ask her today.