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Licking Sugar Addiction

by Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, SRN, CPH

No doubt about it - we are a nation of addicts, and sugar ranks right at the top of the list...

While sugar addiction is the most prevalent, widely practiced & legally accepted addiction in our society, few of us understand it & fewer still know how to manage it on a life-long basis. Several books have been published in recent years addressing this issue, a few even becoming bestsellers, certainly letting us know that people are very concerned about their health

This "coming out of the closet" is certainly a good thing for those addicted to sugar. While many readers have gone on to experience success, just as many have failed & many questions are still left unanswered relating to the long-term health aspects of these eating plans, as well as the most asked question of "how does one go on eating like th

A reality check tells us that while the idea of "getting in control" is inviting, few are willing to effort or struggle for long, and once life's stresses begin mounting, the new eating program is quickly thrown out the window in exchange for the ever popular immediate gratification, then buried along with the other diet books, gym membership cards & plans for self-improvement. The failure cycle is enhanced one more time. and although many sugar-addicted people are over-weight, just as many are not. Sugar is well known as the underlying addiction to all addictions, and can be seen hiding under alcoholism, caffeine, nicotine & drug addictions of all varieties from recreational to over-the-counter, as well as prescription medications. It is usually a part of any compulsive behavior & is well connected to anxiety, panic disorder, phobia, and depression & a host of other emotional

On the physical side, it plays havoc with many chronic disease states, the most popular being hypoglycemia, hyperinsulinemia or pre-diabetes, diabetes, heart & circulatory disorders, certain cancers, gastro-intestinal disturbances including irritable bowel syndrome, GURD, as well as PMS & menopause. We can also see it rearing its head in the area of cognitive functioning, including memory, focus, concentration, mental flexibility & levels of

It is not uncommon for a golfer or tennis player to have a focus issue & find it related to dietary intake. Another vivid example is a student having test anxiety with memory recall problems. Sugar addiction and under-nutrition are usually screaming out for attention. While the management of any addiction is certainly challenging, the recovery from the sugar pest is particularly so, as it is so ingrained in our daily lives, as well as the way w

From our children's day care center asking for freshly baked cookies, to our office party, it is all there greeting us over and over. We cannot sit down and watch a television program or pick up a magazine without some sugar substance staring us in the face. But on the bright side, just as we can be programmed to fail, we can just as easily program ourselves to succeed. We just have to know ho

There are certain keys to addiction management and successful people learn to actively employ all of them. It is not enough to know what to do, as some books would have us believe. Specialized tools are needed to transfer all knowledge into action steps, even under high stress situations. Just like in the field of competitive sports, one works to gain skills, then works to develop them in practice, then brings them to the competitive arena. As space allows, let's review some key points about

KEY # 1
Sound knowledge of sugar addiction is a major key to long-term success & all important aspects should be planted in the subconscious mind to reinforce the desired

As we begin to learn the subtleties of sugar addiction, we can let go of our guilt & confusion. We see i's physiological connections to our family & personal and medical history, past behaviors, addictions & our and lifestyle choices in general. We no longer see ourselves and as lacking willpower or as a psychological weakling. As we come to accept our birth-body physiology, our goal is to understand it & provide the highest self- care possible. While we cannot go back & change our and past behaviors, we now have the chance for a fresh and start, to recover & actually benefit from our past mistakes & indiscretions.

It is important to have a medical professional take a good history, one that encompasses your family background. Some of the points that need review include chronic disease states & conditions, addictions, medications, age, female hormone issues, stress managemeandt, diet history behaviors & exercise history. The emotional medical history can also provide important clues & help in the design of the self-management

A medical hypnotist would also be interested in knowing a history of your strengths, weaknesses, success, beliefs and motivational patterns. This allows for designing and setting sensory goals for health and personal development in relation to th

KEY # 2
A healthy, balanced nutritional eating plan needs to be designed and planted in the library of the mind. This plan must take into consideration the information gleaned from the history taking. The goal is sufficient protein for the lean body mass and exercise levels, sufficient fat to meet the body needs, a balance of low-glycemic and high glycemic carbohydrates to meet the individual needs. For some this may mean cutting out all refined carbohydrates for awhile, and for others cutting back on specific foods that are triggering sugar addiction and related chronic problems such as yeast and/or IBS. Some common offenders include artificial sweeteners, caffeine, white flour products, rice, corn a

After clearance from the M.D., the medical hypnotist will often plant suggestions for enhancing exercise levels, water intake, compulsive and emotional eating patterns including auto-pilot or "walk-by" eating behaviors. Programs for individualized problem solving, including work and home eating issues, as well as inner motivations for change will often

KEY # 3
Learning the skills of self-hypnosis is a very important key to managing any addiction, and certainly sugar addiction. Many years ago I designed a method of practicing self hypnosis "in the moment." I call this "interactive self-hypnosis." The individual learns to utilize the subconscious mind as an "inner coach", one who is always ready for either diminishing roadblocks or enhancing goals. The subconscious mind-coach works to wake the individual from "auto-pilot" emotions, thoughts and behaviors that may be working against the goal at hand, in this case suga

New images, motivations and positive thought images are then put in place. Success is built one image or moment at a time. Each of these moments works to enhance the next, building a resilient self. There are many other tools that work to enhance the functioning of the subconscious mind. As the student of high level health comes to learn, staying healthy affects all other goals as well. The more one progresses and works on this path, the more positive outcomes one gets to experience.

On my educational websites & you'lll find over 400 pages of information focusing on the management of sugar addiction with high level nutrition, carbohydrate management and mind body tools such as interactive self-hypnosis, awareness meditation & change tools. There are discussion groups & EZboards filled with tools to help you design plans for healthy change.


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