Do you think you have low blood sugar? When you feel woozy or tired, do you turn to high-sugar snacks like honey or candy? Many diabetics have been warned about the dangers of low blood sugars and worry as soon as they feel symptoms like shakiness or clamminess. Many of these symptoms, however, are also associated with high blood sugars. During this podcast, I discuss low blood sugar and the thoughts or fears diabetics often have about low blood sugar. I also emphasize the importance of monitoring blood sugars to determine whether blood sugars are really low.
Often, we mistake brain hunger for true hunger. Brain hunger is a craving for a specific food that starts in our brain. In contrast, true hunger starts in our stomach. For example, when you crave certain foods like a candy bar or ice cream, this is brain hunger not true hunger. Understanding the difference between these two types of hunger is an essential skill for living a naturally healthy life free from type 2 diabetes and other weight related diseases. During this podcast, I discuss strategies for recognizing brain hunger. I also discuss the hunger scale, which is a tool I use with my clients to better gauge their hunger.
When it comes to living a naturally healthy life free from diabetes and other weight related diseases, the weekends and holidays can be challenging. Family get-togethers and evenings out with friends often result in overeating, higher blood sugars and a growing waistline. Even if you are “good” all week long, a weekend of uncontrolled eating can undermine any weekday gains. During this podcast, I discuss the mindset that often drives overeating during weekends and holidays as well as strategies for staying on track.
In my program, I teach clients to plan. Planning is a necessary skill when it comes to making decisions that serve your body. Being skilled at keeping those decisions is just as necessary. When you make decisions about food and health, do you give yourself an out? Are your decisions tentative? Like Yoda says, “do or do not, there is no try.” During this podcast, I discuss the importance of making decisions and sticking to them.
We often think of hunger as an emergency, but it is not an emergency. The fact is more people die from overeating than from hunger in America. Understanding the key drivers of hunger is an essential component to living a naturally healthy life free from diabetes and other weight related illness. During this podcast, I discuss how to differentiate between physical hunger, which is your body’s need for nutrients, and brain hunger, which are cravings.
Feelings are important because they drive our actions, and inevitably our results. When a negative or uncomfortable feeling arises, it is common for people to manage these feelings with food. Food acts as a distraction and and buffers negative feelings by releasing dopamine, which is a feel-good hormone. Learning how to manage these feelings without food is a key component to living a naturally healthy life free from diabetes and other weight-related diseases. During the podcast, I discuss feelings and strategies for managing them without food.
Planning meals in advance is an essential strategy for living naturally healthy life free from diabetes and other weight-related diseases. But what does a plan mean? Just writing down the foods and times you intend to eat often isn’t enough. When it comes to developing and following a plan, I teach my clients to get granular with their thoughts so they can “up level” their plans. After all, plans typically fail because of thoughts and brain chatter. During this podcast, I discuss how to plan to succeed by anticipating counterproductive thoughts and obstacles.
Our thoughts drive how and how much we eat. Often, we are use food to buffer away negative emotions. Other times, we associate limiting our eating with feelings of deprivation, anxiety, or scarcity. These feelings cause us to eat foods that don’t serve our bodies as well as overeat. Slowing down and enjoying our food is one strategy that can help you be more intentional about eating. For example, Blue Zone research has shown that people who pray before meals eat more sensibly. This is most likely because they are slowing down and not allowing feelings of anxiety, scarcity, and others to drive how much they eat. During this podcast, I discuss how slowing down is an essential tool for living a naturally healthy life free from diabetes, hypertension, and other weight-related disease.
Do you find you are constantly saying, “I’ll start my diet tomorrow” or “this Monday I begin exercising” only to start, quit and postpone again? Learning how to stop putting off the hard work is key to living a naturally healthy life free from diabetes, heart disease and other weight-related diseases. During this podcast, I discuss why starting tomorrow doesn’t work and how to stop procrastinating.
Living a naturally healthy life free from diabetes, overeating, over-drinking, smoking and the associated diseases, requires making healthy choices. Making the healthy choice, however, can be challenging because we get caught up with feelings of deprivation. Many people attempt to muscle through the challenge using only will-power. Inevitably, will-power will fatigue. That is why it’s so important to acknowledge all your desires – the desire for pizza and the desire to be fit and healthy – and give them equal attention. During this podcast, I discuss the importance of recognizing our competing desires and giving both thoughts equal consideration, and how this practice is essential for reaching health goals.