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Beating Sugar Cravings With Acupuncture

If I could recommend one thing to improve the health and wellbeing of all my patients (besides coming for regular acupuncture treatments!), it would be to cut the sugar out of their diet. Sugar wreaks havoc on the body: it damages the liver, leads to inflammation of the blood vessels, predisposes people to Type 2 diabetes, and is responsible for the spare tire that many Americans carry around their midsection. The worst part of all of this? It’s highly addictive. So, what are some ways to conquer sugar cravings?

1. Get acupuncture — Acupuncture effectively helps to balance hormones and to restore the body to health. In Chinese medicine when someone craves the flavor “sweet,” it means that there is something awry with their digestive health. Sometimes these problems will manifest as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, or symptoms of indigestion. Other times, these symptoms can manifest in an emotional response such as a propensity to overthink and worry. In any case, once the underlying imbalance is addressed, the cravings diminish.
2. Consume healthy fats — Healthy fats found in nuts, avocados, and coconut oil make you not only feel full, but can actually increase your metabolism, which will help with weight loss. Remember, these fats must be consumed in moderation, but small amounts added to your diet will cut down on cravings.
3. Stay hydrated — Often people find their body craving carbohydrates when what their body is really needing is water! A good rule of thumb is to consume half your body weight in ounces of water daily. So, a 140lb woman needs about 70oz of water daily.
4. Speak to a therapist — If sugar cravings veer from craving to addiction, you may want to seek the help of a therapist to determine what underlying issues are contributing to this addiction.
5. Pay attention to when you eat — When dealing with sugar cravings it is best to keep you blood sugar stabilized. So, eating smaller, more frequent meals will help as will consuming protein with each meal. Avoid eating late in the day and try to make your largest meal of the day your afternoon meal, if possible.

    Michelle Pawley is a board-certified acupuncturist with a graduate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from The Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College, Berkeley. Her office is located at 1617 E. Oakland Avenue, Bloomington. For more information or to set up a consultation, call her at 309-445-1502, or visit her online at bnacupuncture.com.


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