Sugar is a mind-altering addictive substance that has been shown in brain scans to affect the brain in the same manner as hard drugs like cocaine and heroin. The consequences of this addiction can result in depression, anxiety disorders, antisocial behaviors and violence, learning disabilities, ADHD, microbial overgrowth, lack of inner peace and well being, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, Alzheimer’s, and drug and alcohol addiction to name a few. Read on to see if you if you fit the criteria for a sugar addict and what you can do to overcome your cravings. [click to continue…]
Being more mindful when you eat can help reduce cravings for sugar and carbs, decrease appetite and prevent overeating, improve digestion, enhance nutrient absorption, improve mood, heighten inner peace and feelings of well-being, make meals taste better and the act of eating a richer and more satisfying experience and facilitate more connection with your spiritual source. [click to continue…]
These delicious coconut milk popsicles contain only about two grams of carbs per serving and they are rich in fat. So they can be enjoyed by everyone following a candida, paleo, low-carb or ketogenic diet to beat the summer heat, or any other time of year, without any guilt or remorse. They are very simple to make and only take about 10 minutes of your time. [click to continue…]
D-mannose is commonly prescribed for the treatment of urinary tract infections by many alternative/integrative health practitioners. If you visit the comment sections of blog posts and forums on this topic, you will see that thousands of people attest to the fact that it can be very effective, when the bacteria involved is E.coli. However, as I will demonstrate further ahead, D-mannose can be contraindicated if SIBO is present. [click to continue…]
This is not a true Paleo recipe because it includes mozzarella cheese, which I don’t typically recommend consuming very often. However, since eating Paleo is for life, I think some type of lasagna is just one of those things that we may want to indulge in once in a great while. This recipe gets rid of the worse offender, (pasta) and if you eat a little mozzarella once or twice a year or so, there is no serious harm done in most cases.
We’re going to approach this issue by answering the following question submitted by a visitor to the blog. Most of the people I work with in my practice come to me with a similar type of scenario. The diagnoses may be different, but the complex web that becomes a tangled ball of yarn is very common and the most challenging aspect of their healing journey.
By now, you’ve probably seen the commercial with Oprah telling you that you can eat bread every day and still lose weight. It is sad, frightening, and disturbing that someone who has so much influence over society’s choices and behavior is using that power to encourage people to consume a substance that can have such a profound devastating affect on their mental and physical health that goes far beyond weight gain.
The regular use of meditation and other practices that elicit the relaxation response, like deep breathing exercises, yoga, and prayer, have been shown previously to be beneficial in the treatment of a wide array of conditions like addiction, insomnia, depression, anxiety disorders, high blood pressure, chronic pain, stress management, and more. However, a new study has found that these same practices can also help reduce the need for health care services by as much as 43 percent. The greatest reduction in health care service utilization was observed in the areas of neurological, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal.
If you are still struggling with cravings for sugar and carbs, the beginning of the new year is a great time to resolve to kick this addiction once and for all. With the holidays behind you for now, there will be less temptations that may sabotage your efforts and it’s a time of year when hope, motivation, desire to change and faith in one’s ability to do so, are often at their highest.
I must admit, one of my favorite activities during the holidays is my annual glass of eggnog on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day, preferably while I’m watching A Christmas Story. I love eggnog. There’s nothing quite like its thick, rich and creamy texture and flavor.