Can acupuncture help with food cravings?
Most definitely. Acupuncture helps to balance the body’s energy system. Acupuncture helps reset the nervous system. It helps the body to produce endorphins which are the body’s natural opiate It is a relaxer or feel-good hormone. The treatment approach is to create a Parasympathetic state in the body instead of a Sympathetic state. What this means is that The body can go from a state of “Fight-or-Flight.” Like if you are running from a tiger… To a more relaxed mindset of “Rest and Digest.” Which helps you to make a more conscious decision about healthy food choices as opposed to hastily reaching for a poor
food item. Emotional eating is when most of us grab for anything to soothe the mind in a stressful moment. It is temporary relief or instant gratification. We all come from a reward system. Especially at an important
social event such as a birthday or wedding. If we behaved properly as children we were rewarded With cakes, candies, cookies and sweets How come at certain times of the day I have energy crashes and all I want is sugar? Many times it is just the result of eating
high-impact foods. Such as a granola bar or dried fruits. Drinks such as coffee and fruit juices. Coffee will directly kick in the adrenal glands and start asking for more sugar for an instant high… an instant energy boost. These foods will stimulate and spike the blood sugar levels for a while and then
we crash. According to traditional Chinese medicine the cravings will happen at a specific hour of a weakened or compromised organ strength. A very common example of this is when we have a late afternoon energy crash between three and five. Many of us are subjected to this energy drop called “adrenal fatigue.” Which is a part of the kidney energy cycle. Fortunately, in Chinese medicine, we
can strengthen this weakened organ with diet modification, acupuncture and herbal
medicine. Another common question is Why is it so hard to find healthy food at a
grocery store? The food industry like any other business is profit driven. Pre-packaged foods are the norm now. Pre-packaged foods include canned foods, plastic wrapped foods bottled juices, cereals, grains and most
carbohydrates. These are the types of foods that will be advertised. Longer shelf-life means less waste, lower labor costs for food handling. Hence more profit. The old rule of thumb is to shop around the perimeter of the store. The foods that are on the outside are the freshest foods. This will include most of your fresh foods including meats, fish, vegetables,
dairy, and frozen vegetables. So how can someone get on the right track and start eating properly with control? First, there needs to be
proper motivation for the person. Education, accountability and
creating a sense of urgency to get healthy is extremely important. When anybody walks into the office that is the first thing. Whether it is for weight loss or any kind of health concern I have people write a motivation list so they have a reason to want to make the changes This creates a sense of urgency
to get healthy which is extremely important. Second, the person needs an
accountability partner This is someone who will check in daily to make sure they are eating the right foods for their specific diet. Working alongside a health
care practitioner such as an acupuncturist, that lives the healthy lifestyle you want is a great start. Just like any other problem you are solving you first have to recognize what the problem
is. Identify if the habits are strictly emotional eating time-crunch eating or just plain eating bad foods because you do not know how to eat healthy. If you are having these cravings and having trouble dealing with them Please call the office Make an appointment and come in. We can help.

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