Friday, October 31, 2008

Trick or Treat?

It's Halloween! Will you be tempted by candy? What if you could be around candy and not be tempted? Sound Scary? Too good to be true? Well, it's not. I have some tricks of my own.

If you don't enjoy Halloween because of the candy that surrounds you, please call me on Monday. If we have a session in the next couple of weeks, you can sail through Thanksgiving without food cravings. How does that sound? How would you like to be in control with candy?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Do You Crave Coffee, but Suffer When You Drink it?

Do You Have a Love / Hate Relationship with Coffee?

The love of coffee is universal. But, not everyone can tolerate it. So what do you do if you love coffee, but hate how it makes you feel?

I recently worked with a patient that had a long history of cravings for coffee. She came in for a session, and this is what she said two weeks later.....

'I had a session with Kara Sorensen regarding my cravings for coffee. I have craved coffee for over twenty years and for a period of time I drank it every day. However, I got headaches in the middle of the night and even though coffee took away the headache the next morning, it was uncomfortable to wake up with a headache. For that reason, I stopped drinking coffee several years ago, but the craving never ceased. I wanted coffee every day of my life.

Kara assisted me regarding this craving. At the end of an hour, I was clear of the conflict and realized this went way back to my religious upbringing. Now, I'm able to drink coffee or leave it, as the emotional charge is gone. I feel so relieved!

San Francisco, CA

If you have a love / hate relationship with coffee, and would like to change that, please contact me. I can help you!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Are You 'Hangry'?

That's Right, Are You 'Hangry'?

I can't take credit for this word, but it does describe something very well. My sister mentioned it on a walk one day, and I knew exactly what she meant. If you haven't figured it out, it's a combination of being hungry and angry. This is a common problem, in men and women alike. It's often noticed by wives of unsuspecting husbands, but is not limited to men. When our blood sugars drop, we are not only more likely to feel hungry, it can also affect our mood. Some people feel weak, some people feel afraid, and others feel angry. Which one, if any, troubles you?

So, like I wrote in 'Avoiding the Four Pitfalls of Overeating' ask yourself, do I have a tendency to get angry when I'm hungry. Hungry and angry are a dangerous combination. Nobody likes that feeling of hypoglycemia where you need to eat something and eat it now! The choices you make in this situation, are out of desperation and may not reflect your best choices. This is our survival mechanism kicking in, and that's a good thing! It just doesn't always serve us so well. So, if you'd like to avoid getting to the stage of 'HANGRY', here are some really simple tips:

1-Monitor your emotions before they get away from you. Pay attention to your level of frustration and check in with yourself during the day and ask, simply, How am I feeling? What do I need, if anything? What sort of action might I need to take? Just asking these questions can help dissipate pent up emotion, because you're giving attention to it. We can find insight, and a new direction. We all have stress in our lives, but it doesn't have to spin out of control.

2-Make sure you have some healthy snacks available so your blood sugar doesn't suddenly drop. There are other tips to keep your blood sugar more even, but that's a whole other post. Simply, making sure you have the right combination of protein, fat and complex carbohydrates in your meals will help. Avoiding simple sugars will also help.

So, put the 'Hangry's' behind you!

If getting 'Hangry' is getting you down, there are solutions. Give me a call, and I'll tell you if I can help. Phone consultations are always free.