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More Tips on Conquering Sugar Cravings

07 Nov

Hello, everyone.

First of all, I can’t thank you enough for all the terrific information, personal stories, professional insights and family feedback we’ve gotten about dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury.  I was expecting to hear mostly from soldiers (you can tell where I’ve been lately), but there were a lot of people who’d suffered accidents from collisions and sports.  I have a new appreciation for how commonplace this condition is and how difficult it can be to deal with.

Please keep the information coming!  The more you send, the better able I am to tease out the most common patterns and figure out what the main, critical struggles are.  I’ll be interviewing people for the next two weeks from all walks of life, and collecting data, reading up on the research, the neurophysiology, and learning what I can.  So your input is still very welcome.

I’m also struck by what a huge response we had to last week’s Inspiring Story from the woman who used our Alcohol & Other Drugs imagery to beat her sugar addiction.  We had hundreds and hundreds of click-throughs to that page, and people posted excellent advice, personal stories and encouragement.  This is an under-reported challenge to a huge number of people, clearly.

This inspired me to go rooting around the internet for other good tips for conquering sugar cravings.  There definitely were recurring themes that kept showing up (like avoiding even artificial sweeteners and eating a certain amount of protein and fat with each meal – my personal favorite is raw almonds).  Here are some links with advice I found particularly helpful:

For this week’s Q and A, a terrific nurse/yoga teacher named Mary Bowes asks about starting an evidence-based practice and evaluation at her hospital, using guided imagery for painful, uncomfortable or otherwise yucky, squirmy, medical procedures.  She’s hoping to hear from others doing like-minded projects in similar settings, like hospitals or clinic practices, to get extra support and ideas.

Okay, that’s it for now.   

Take care and be well.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award