• Post Holiday Rejuvenation

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Jan 6th, 2015

OK, now that you’ve had your holiday fun, which pretty much starts at Halloween and goes through New Year’s eve, it’s time to get serious. 

The main fallout from the holidays comes from too much sugar, too much alcohol and too many carbs.  So, the question is, “how do I start the cleanup process?” 

Here are some tips for getting back on the right path:   
– Keep blood sugar levels balanced.  This avoids the sugar crashes that cause you to eat anything in sight.  You can do this by eating protein at breakfast.  An example would be Greek yogurt with berries or eggs and bacon.   Fiber also keeps blood sugar levels even.  A green vegetable or salad would provide fiber.  You could also use a shake like Glycemic Foundation which also has minerals to keep blood sugar controlled. 

– Eat frequently.  If you wait too long between meals, blood sugar levels get too low and you end up eating out of control.  Eat a small amount of protein or healthy fats like nuts between meals as snacks. 

– Use supplements to help reduce cravings. In The Diet Cure (2011), Julia Ross suggests using targeted amino acids to help reduce cravings and make it easier to avoid problem foods, especially carbohydrates, such as baked goods, breads, and other grains, as well as dairy and sweets. This approach has been extremely helpful for the majority of my clients, often within minutes of taking the amino acid. Here are some examples

If you have afternoon or evening cravings for carbohydrates and gluten-containing grains, you may have low serotonin. Tryptophan or 5-hydroxytryptophan may help. 
RECOMMENDED: New You Mood Lift – 2-3 capsules per day are recommended. 

If you crave comfort foods, like bread, cookies, or ice cream, they may be providing an endorphin rush. Taking D-phenylalanine (DPA) may help. 
RECOMMENDED:  Focus DL  – 1-2 capsules twice a day 

If you overeat bread, cereal, pasta, or dairy to calm down, you may have low levels of Gaba. Taking supplemental Gaba may help you relax and experience fewer anxiety-related cravings. 
RECOMMENDED:  Gaba Pro – 1-2 chewable up to three times a day 

If you’re prone to low blood sugar and have intense cravings for something sweet or starchy, L-Glutamine really helps, as it plays a role in moderating blood sugar levels. 
RECOMMENDED:  L-Glutamine – 850 mg-1 capsule per day 

If you crave something sweet for a quick energy fix, you may have low levels of catecholamines. Taking supplemental tyrosine may help. 
RECOMMENDED: Balance D – 1-2 capsules twice a day

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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