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Ask Ayurveda: Addressing Sugar Addiction with Ayurveda

sugarDear Ask Ayurveda:

“I am a 41 year old female from the Midwest, happily married but without children.  I work about 50 hours a week at an IT position that is fairly high paced and stressful.  I have a couple minor health issues such as bouts of eczema, reoccurring sinus infections and a seemingly slow metabolism; but my main concern I am hoping to talk about today involves my addiction to sugar.  I know many people have a sweet tooth, but my sweet habits seem to go way beyond this.  I try my best to keep junk food out of the house, but when cravings are high I will even go out of my way at night to make an ice cream, cake or cookie run.  And once I eat one bite, the binge is usually not over until the entire container is gone.  I am usually pretty good on eating a decent breakfast and lunch, but once mid-afternoon rolls around, my energy drops and I suddenly get an intense, uncontrollable need for sugar.  All of my colleagues at work tend to bring in pastries, soda and candy on a daily basis and it seems almost impossible to avoid them.  My husband doesn’t help much either and he often needs a rich dessert after our dinner at night, which is another time my sweet cravings and binging seem to increase.     Continue reading »

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