The Real Truth about your Sweet Tooth

Written by Brian B. Carter, MS, LAc

Question: My mom always said my sweet-tooth was to blame for my weight problem (I can't seem to lose weight!), but my best friend says I should listen to my body and eat whatever I want because it knows what I need. I'm not sure what to do! Does Oriental Medicine have any wisdom about diet that could help me? - Candice M

Dear Candice,

A common dietary misconception is that if you crave a food or drink, then it must contain a vitamin, mineral or other substance that your body is lacking. The underlying principle isrepparttar rather New Age myth that our bodies possesses an innate wisdom,and if we can get in touch with and listen to our bodies, they will guide us to health, freedom, and happiness. I'm here to tell you there may be some truth to that, but it's not that simple!

Idea #1: Your body knows what it needs and that's why you're craving it. The human body does sometimes tell us what we need to eat or drink, especially when it is relatively healthy. We get thirsty for water when dehydrated, crave protein when our activity level increases, or carbohydrates when we are more mentally active. In an extreme situation, pica (eating non-nutritive substances like dirt or paper) may be a desperate attempt to fill a mineral deficiency.

Idea #2: When your body is out of whack (yes, that'srepparttar 131453 technical way to describe it), you may craverepparttar 131454 thing that makes it worse. Maybe you're craving that ice cream because your body needs calcium, or maybe it fits with your other cravings for candy and soda into a pattern of sugar addiction. Oops, I said addiction didn't I? Sorry, it won't happen again.

But here I must go into Chinese Medicine for a minute to explainrepparttar 131455 basic point of my article, which is that sometimes your body knows what it needs, and other times it is stuck in a vicious cycle wherein it craves exactly what is worst for it.

Chinese Medicine and Food Cravings Chinese dietary therapy is as complex as chinese herbal medicine, which is extremely complex (go ask some Chinese Medicine students and they'll tell you all about it). Instead of going into that level of detail, we can talk more broadly from a Five Element perspective and still get some good insights.

Five Phase Relationships Chinese medicine talks about a system of 5 phase/element relationships. Each phase has an associated season, emotion, taste, organ, etc.

The sweet taste is associated withrepparttar 131456 Eearth phase. Let's talk aboutrepparttar 131457 Earth type person and how their food cravings work.

The Earth person tends to be a bit overweight, worries, is easily overwhelmed, and craves sweets. The taste associated withrepparttar 131458 Earth type is sweetness. In CM, this works two ways: small amounts of sweets can strengthenrepparttar 131459 Earth element, but overdoses can injure it. Both physical and mental digestion are affected. Whenrepparttar 131460 earth element is weakened,repparttar 131461 appetite decreases, digestion is hindered (there may be tiredness or bloating after eating), sweets are craved in great degree and amount,repparttar 131462 stool becomes loose, there is a tendency toward worry (mental and emotional indigestion), and fatigue sets in.

Winter Weight Loss Magic

Written by Stephanie Yeh

WINTER Weight Loss Magic ================================================== If winter hibernation tends to pack onrepparttar pounds, take heart. There are some simple steps you can take this winter to prevent yourself from gaining weight. Even though it’s a “natural” process to put on weight duringrepparttar 131451 winter, it’s not all that pleasant. So check out these simple steps to winter weight loss magic:

>> WEAR RED: The color red is pure fire energy and it will literally melt fat. Add red to your wardrobe. For great weight loss while you sleep, wear red bicycle pants to bed (if you have weight around your belly and butt) or red pajamas. If you start to get too hot or a racing pulse, just wear red duringrepparttar 131452 day.

>> DOWSE: You can use your pendulum to get rid of fat by swinging it clockwise withrepparttar 131453 intention of removingrepparttar 131454 negative thought forms from your body that cause fat. Keep swinging until it stops.

>> BLESS YOUR FOOD: Before you put anything in your mouth, bless it. Thankrepparttar 131455 beings who have made your food possible, and ask thatrepparttar 131456 food to be raised to its highest vibration. Ask that your body retain only what it necessary for you to stay at your ideal weight. You can even hire an angel to increaserepparttar 131457 power of your intention!

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