A Look Inside Sugar Addiction

A Look Inside Sugar Addiction is a series of excerpts from the original book & CD Series, Sugar...the Hidden Eating Disorder & How to Lick It. This book is written in Interactive Self-Hypnosis, by Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht, President & Program Designer, Sarasota Medical Sports & Hypnosis Institute & Joseph Bohorquez, M.D., Medical Director.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Wrong Fuel - Right Fuel

If you are sugar-addicted & have carbohydrate/sugar cravings along with other symptoms of mind & body imbalance, you are running on the WRONG FUEL and/or NOT ENOUGH FUEL. If you have read the Boot Camp area on my website that discusses family & personal medical history, you will have a basic understanding of why this happens to you... Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht

People are born with a tendency towards sugar-addiction & it happens that they need lots of high level nutrition. In fact, when going into correction & working with withdrawal of substances such as sugar, etc., the amount of food needed may even be more during this period of adjustment.

When the food & beverage intake is made up of healthy choices for the sugar-addicted individual, it becomes much easier to take out the offending foods. That's why addition before subtraction is the game-plan!

How much food does your body really need? This is a major question for most of us, especially those sugar-addicted. Why am I hungry soon after eating? Why do I have less hunger if I don't eat at all? Why can't I stop eating certain foods once I start eating them?

The body is made up of the lean body mass & body fat percentage. The lean body mass is made up of muscles & bone & acts like the engine of a car. It needs gas to run, and the amount needed depends on it's size, total body weight, and amount of aerobic exercise. When we eat sufficiently and in the right balance for our particular body environment, we burn fat.....fat is the best fuel. Sugar-addicted people tend to burn glucose & that is a poor fuel....and needs continuous re-filling at the pump!

If you don't know your lean body mass, either look for a site on the web such as the Zone, or contact me & I'll figure it for you.

Burning fat is very different from burning sugar for energy. Burning fat is the healthy way to go.....even if you are not over-weight. There are just as many low-weight, or under-weight people who are sugar-addicted as there are over-weight people.

I see many clients in my practice who exercise strenuously & who do not eat sufficient nutrition to cover these activities. In many cases, their body will continue to store fat, even on a low-fat, low calorie diet if the individual is over-exercising in relation to intake. If the person is also has a tendency towards sugar-addiction, that person will crave sugar to the point of complete distraction.

Another example is the person who is eating far too many high carbohydrate foods, high glycemic foods & not a sufficient amount of protein, lower glycemic carbohydrates & fat in order to achieve good balance. In both of these cases the person may be over-producing insulin & building insulin resistance.

This is the road frequently traveled by those addicted to sugar & carbohydrate foods, and it is a very dangerous road. Instead of feeling healthy, focused & full of energy, this person may have insatiable hunger, cravings, fatigue, poor concentration & may find it very difficult to manage his or her weight, be it up or be it down. It's often also difficult for this person to stay motivated.

While one does not have to measure food, it is important to eyeball your intake & read your body sensations for low level changes. The body scanning tools & other awareness techniques help us to become highly proficient at this most important task.

Study your intake of foods & beverages for a few days. Then find your weakest links. Mine happen to be before & after dinner. Look for the mine fields & keep notes about these. For example, I have sugar cravings when I sit in a particular chair in our family room. After studying this I have come to understand that this is my releasing chair, and that I've connected sugar & eating to my subconscious releasing program.

My work is to reprogram that, as well as to make certain that my food is in good order, meaning sufficient protein, low & moderate glycemics, healthy balance of fat & eating every four hours. If I'm stressed, or when coming off of sugar, I know I'll need more food & so I'm prepared for what I need to do food-wise.

If you are working with any of my CD programs, work in particular with the awareness programs. As we heighten awareness we can spot facets that we don't usually notice. These may hold important keys to changing stubborn or recurring problems that get in the way of reaching our desired goals.

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, as well as +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.


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