The Real Truth about your Sweet Tooth

Written by Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc

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As I said, small amounts of sweetness can strengthenrepparttar Earth. In CM, herbs such as cinnamon and licorice are employed for this purpose. These herbs are sweet- not super-sweet like processed sugar, but naturally, moderately sweet. Someone with an Earth imbalance might not consider these herbs 'sweet,' not like ice cream or soda or candy. This is becauserepparttar 131453 body has gotten off-kilter into a vicious cycle of craving exactlyrepparttar 131454 wrong thing: huge amounts of supersweets.

Two other oft-consumed sweets are alcohol and carbohydrates. Studies of alcoholics have revealed that they have extreme sugar-addictions, that part ofrepparttar 131455 alcoholic withdrawal is due to a drastic reduction in sugar intake, and that subsequent coffee, smoking, and sweet consumption may be a way of preventing food cravings. One study showed that nutritional therapy including low-sugar diet decreased alcohol cravings. Much has been made of carbohydrate addiction, and no or low-carb diets (includingrepparttar 131456 Atkins diet) have been amongrepparttar 131457 recent dietary fads.

With all of this talk about how sweets can be bad for you, let emphasize that research also shows that preference for sweet taste is innately human, and that avoiding sweets leads to an even greater sweet-craving!

The Solution?

The best thing to do would be to visit a Chinese Medicine (CM) practitioner a few times, get a personalized herbal formula for your imbalance, and take it with discipline. Some practitioners are extreme- they want you to change everything right away, re-arrange your diet, stop eating allrepparttar 131458 'bad' things, take lots of herbs, and see them weekly so that they can regularly shame you into healthy living.

As a self-confessing coffee addict and former smoker, I understand how difficult it can be to change dietary and lifestyle habits. My belief is that acupuncture, herbs, and dietary therapies exist to help you makerepparttar 131459 transition from imbalance to well-being both possible and comfortable. Real change takes time; moving too fast can lead to short term mega-progress but ultimately result in relapse and a net gain of zero. My point: take your time, change a few things, and stick with it. Be nice to yourself not only in commiting to your own well-being, but also in allowing yourself to progress imperfectly, to be human, to make mistakes.

Best wishes in your journey of health! Brian

Acupuncturist, herbalist, and medical professor Brian B. Carter founded the alternative health megasite The Pulse of Oriental Medicine ( He is the author of the book "Powerful Body, Peaceful Mind: How to Heal Yourself with Foods, Herbs, and Acupressure" (November, 2004). Brian speaks on radio across the country, and has been quoted and interviewed by Real Simple, Glamour, and ESPN magazines.

Winter Weight Loss Magic

Written by Stephanie Yeh

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>> FIND OUT: Ask yourself what is causing you to hold onto your fat or gain weight. You might write “What am I holding onto that is causing weight gain?” with your dominant hand, and answer with your other hand. The answers are usually quite interesting. Once you addressrepparttar issues at hand, you’ll have an easier time shedding weight.

When working with weight loss, just rememberrepparttar 131451 law of “as above, so below.” Your physical weight is usually tied to your emotional and mental baggage. Shed one and you’ll loserepparttar 131452 other. You can either start atrepparttar 131453 physical end, or atrepparttar 131454 mental and emotional end. Enjoyrepparttar 131455 journey!

Stephanie Yeh, co-founder of the Esoteric School of Shamanism and Magic (, helps clients learn magical and shamanic techniques. Her current project, a free teleconference series on a variety of magickal and shamanic topics with guest speakers, is designed to share information and promote interaction between people of varying spiritual practices.

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