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Ep #7 How to Manage Food Cravings

Food cravings are the desire to eat a specific food even though you aren’t hungry. Typically, people crave foods high in sugars or highly processed carbohydrates like cake, bread, chips and candy. These foods are nutrient dense, which facilitates an exaggerated release of feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine. The release of these feel-good neurotransmitters is why we crave and often overindulge in foods that don’t serve our body. During this podcast, Dr. Vaughn discusses how to recognize food cravings versus “real hunger” and provides strategies for effectively managing these cravings.

Ep #6 Why Sugar Cravings Are So Strong

Do you crave sugary foods like candy, cereals and pumpkin-spice lattes even though they are making you sick? As discussed in previous podcasts, our primitive brain encourages us to eat by releasing feel-good neurotransmitters, such as dopamine. Highly processed foods that concentrate nutrients cause an exaggerated dopamine release, which makes us overemphasize the importance of these foods. This is especially true when we consume sugar. During this podcast, Dr. Vaughn discusses how our brains learn to crave certain foods and how food manufacturers use research to exploit this biology.

Ep #5 The Primitive Brain: How Biochemistry Encourages Food Addictions

Tens of thousands of years ago, the primitive brain was necessary to encourage decisions that benefited the survival of our species. Today, the primitive brain often encourages behaviors that don’t serve our bodies. For example, our primitive brain releases feel-good neurotransmitters when we eat foods high in nutrients, which was beneficial when food was scarce but today food is very abundant. In addition, highly processed foods artificially concentrate these nutrients causing an increased release of feel-good neurotransmitters and making foods addictive. During the podcast, Dr. Vaughn introduces the primitive brain as a basic concept in preparation for further discussions on the addictive properties of processed foods.

Ep #4 Recommendations for Resolving Diabetes Naturally: Part 3 of 3

In this third episode of the 3-part series on the basics of diabetes, Dr. Vaughn discuss her recommendations for resolving diabetes naturally without pills or injections. During the discussion, she provides insight into what you should eat, when you should eat, recording your data, and generally taking good care of yourself. This episode builds on the foundational information from episodes 1 and 2 in the 3-part series. In this episode, Dr. Vaughn provides plenty of real-world examples and introduces several topics that will be elaborated upon in future podcasts.

Ep #3 Science of Diabetes: Part 2 of 3

The second episode in a 3-part series on the basics of diabetes. During this episode, Dr. Vaughn discusses the pathophysiology (disease process) of diabetes including the roles of glucose, insulin and how current management approaches using pills and injections may worsen the disease state. Although this episode is full of science, Dr. Vaughn provides simple explanations and analogies to explain these very important concepts. Ultimately, this discussion leads to the conclusion that treating insulin resistance with more insulin is the wrong approach medically. In the next and final episode in this 3-part series, Dr. Vaughn introduces her naturally healthy approach to resolving diabetes without medications or injections .

Ep #2 Introduction to Diabetes: Part 1 of 3

Affecting nearly 100 million people and consuming 1 in 4 health care dollars in America, diabetes and prediabetes is an epidemic. People with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, amputation and much more. During the first episode in this 3-part series, Dr. Vaughn introduces diabetes and discusses risk factors, incidence, complications and financial implications. Parts 2 and 3 focus on the pathophysiology of diabetes and Dr. Vaughn’s recommendations for resolving diabetes without pills or injections.

Ep #1 Living a Healthy Life with DelaneMD Introduction

Are you type 2 diabetic or prediabetic? Are you tired of sticking your finger, taking insulin and struggling with the negative side effects of medications? Do you want a better, more natural way? Do you want to RESOLVE your diabetes permanently? This episode introduces Delane Vaughn, MD, and her approach to treating chronic illness, such as Diabetes, through lifestyle change rather than pills and injections. As a physician and certified life coach, Dr. Vaughn helps people resolve diabetes, get off medications and live a naturally healthy life.

Ep #33 Natural vs. Artificial Pleasure

When you have a bad day, we often look for ways to buffer away negative emotions. Sometimes buffering is accomplished through seeking out natural pleasures, such as accomplishment or exercise. However, often we turn to artificial pleasures that don’t serve our bodies or goals. During this podcast, I discuss the differences between natural and artificial pleasures, and how to know the difference. This podcast is the last DelaneMD weight loss podcast. Watch for my next podcast series on reversing Type 2 Diabetes naturally, which will be released in 2 weeks.

Ep #32 Why Feeling Bad is Necessary for Success

Sometimes the process of achieving our goals doesn’t feel good. Even when we apply the thought model and recognize that tough decisions will serve our bodies, it does not feel wonderful. When sticking with your plan, you may want to feel resolved, confident or even determined, but ultimately this may not be a positive emotion. During this podcast, I discuss my experience buffering emotions and why accepting negative emotions are necessary to achieve goals.

Ep #31 When to Eat: The Role of Insulin

If you’re interested in losing weight and managing common weight-related ailments, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, when you eat may be as important as what you eat. Tens of thousands of years ago, food wasn’t as abundant. Consequently, the human animal would enjoy large feasts followed by periods of famine. The reason humans didn’t die off as a species is because our bodies evolved processes to endure long periods of not eating by using insulin to store energy. In this podcast, I discuss the role of insulin and why eating all day long is detrimental to your health.