We learn from meeting each other. Throughout this book you will be introduced to many of my patients & students, each looking to manage their lifestyle behaviors at higher levels... Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht
Ryan is a teenager who was brought to my office by his mother. Here’s what he had to say. I’m just a teenager and it is so hard for me to eat healthy, but when I don’t I get very sleepy in class. I simply want to be like everybody else. Why do I have to be different?
I’m sure we can all commiserate with Ryan and being a teenager in today’s world. Hopefully as Ryan learns about his body and how to care for it, he will find that he doesn’t have to give everything up. It’s a matter of getting well and then staying in healthy balance. Ryan needs to know that there are big rewards that come from being responsible at an early age, as well as knowing that he is setting the stage for his life down the road.
It would be wonderful if we all understood the workings of our body, but unfortunately few of us have more than a meager knowledge of what goes on below the surface. However, when we come to understand something, it then becomes easier to make changes and stay motivated.
One of those important bits of knowledge is how and why the body responds to sugar in the way that it does. So we must turn our attention to a part of our body called the pancreas. That particular organ sits below the stomach where it produces the life-sustaining hormones of insulin and glucagon. The job of these hormones is to regulate the blood sugar in your body. Insulin stores fat and glucagon burns fat. The two dangers here are the over production of insulin and the building of insulin resistance. Both can lead to dangerous disease states. The individual will experience this in many ways, including increased fat storage, break-through hunger and cravings.
Depending on the individual’s response to the food chosen to take care of these cravings, there could a sharp rise in blood sugars, followed by a sharp drop, known as reactive hypoglycemia. If the over-production of insulin continues over the years, many people become insulin resistant with the reactive hypoglycemia turning into adult onset diabetes. In chapter one you read that even children are beginning to develop this adult form of diabetes, of course due to their genetics and their “inner care” from the nursery forward.
Jon was a young adult who came to work with a positive family history for heart disease & stoke. He had read about insulin resistance & wondered if he needed to be concerned about this even though there was no diabetes in his family medical history.
Insulin signals our livers to make cholesterol. In chapter one you read that heart disease, circulatory disease and diabetes tend to walk hand in hand. Sometimes one of the diseases is walking faster than the others, but make no mistake. If one is present, the others are somewhere down the path. It is absolutely imperative for someone with heart disease or circulatory disease to watch their fat intake, but also their sugar intake.
But remember, when we talk about “watching” it is important to know what you are watching for. This is where many people get into trouble, forgetting that each person is an individual with their own genetic wallpaper. And, keep in mind if addictions are present, these are also adding to the problems at hand. Moving along to Jon’s prevention program, he needs to be addressing all aspects of his family medical history, as well as making certain about his own lifestyle behaviors to date.
Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht is a Clinical Hypnotherapist, President & Program Designer for Sarasota Medical & Sports Hypnosis Institute located in Sarasota, FL & online at http://www.hypnosis-audio.com & http://www.sugar-addiction.comShe is the author of Sugar....the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It & Beyond Disorderly Eating...The Truth About Sugar, Bingeing & How to Stop. She has also written & produced +350 audio CD's & mp3's. The websites include moderated discussion groups, ezines, library & a host of other educational tools for learning Interactive Self-Hypnosis. Visit the online Boot Camp & work directly with the author. Download a free mp3 each month.