Wednesday, July 28, 2010

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Albert Einstein and Compassion

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Quote by Albert Einstein

I came across the quote below, liked it and wanted to share it with you. I knew Einstein was brilliant, but I didn't know how far reaching his wisdom stretched.

I think modern western science is slowly catching up to the idea that we are all part of a greater whole. Asian cultures already know this to be true and this is one of the many reasons I went to study Chinese Medicine.

With this system, the whole and the parts are looked at holistically. The medicine was developed by observing the relationship between man and nature. We can learn a lot from nature and obviously from Einstein.

So, here's the quote:

"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us 'universe', a part
limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical
delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for
us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."

- Albert Einstein

And, I don't know this for sure, but when he wrote about widening the circle of compassion, I think he was including each one of us. Sometimes, it's easier to be compassionate to others rather than ourselves.

How will you be compassionate to yourself today?

I'm going to go for a nice walk in nature...How about you? I'd like to know.

Be well!


Kara Sorensen, MS, LAc

The Food Craving Solution
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Do You Think I'm Fat? Girls and Body Image

Please watch this video about young girls asking the question:

Do you think I'm Fat?

Please comment below.

  • What do you see as a solution for this?
  • What message are we sending and how can the message change?
  • How can we serve those already struggling with Eating Disorders?

Kara Sorensen, MS, LAc

The Food Craving Solution
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Monday, April 13, 2009

More Food with Friends...A Picnic at the Beach

Picnic at the Beach

Today, I went to the beach for a picnic with my good friend Amanda, her husband and her Dad. Amanda is a fantastic Acupuncturist and you can find out more about her here:

We hiked out to Tennessee Valley Beach, and I took photos (on my iphone) of the poppies, lupin and a few wild turkeys along the way. We ate our sandwiches (and I drank my homemade kombucha) while talking and looking out towards the waves. Such an enjoyable day at the beach with t-shirt weather on the N. California coast! We talked about a lot of things, and laughed, but because two of us our health practitioners, we ended up talking about wheat free diets and gluten. What a surprise! There are so many options nowadays for food when one has food allergies, but mostly, we just enjoyed our food choices and the sunshine.

So, I highly recommend picnics with friends and loved one's, it's just good for the Soul. Reconnecting with nature, getting away from routine, it's all good. So, when was the last time you went out for a spontaneous picnic? Where do you like to go for picnics? What are your favorite foods to bring? I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.


Kara Sorensen, MS, LAc

The Food Craving Solution
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Friday, April 10, 2009

Sharing Food with's what I Crave

Sharing Food with Friends

Today is a day of sharing food. For lunch, I'm meeting with a group of colleagues at the Ward Street Cafe.

For dinner, I'm going top visit my good friend at her home in Menlo Park. We're celebrating her birthday, which is on the 14th. Just 5 years ago, she went into labor on the eve of her birthday. This is a special day for her and her family. I'm looking forward to spending time with them and sharing food with them.

After all, good food shared with good company is hard to beat. That's what I crave. She'll be preparing traditional Persian food, which is such a treat. Yum! These are the moments to savor in life...laughing, good conversation, sharing, savoring flavors, etc. Whenever I can, I share meals with friends or family. It's nice to eat in quiet sometimes too, but given the choice, I'll pick a full table, with food cooked with just tastes better. It even improves digestion, all those good feelings.

How about you? What are your shared meals like? How do they make you feel? What do you crave?

Kara Sorensen, MS, LAc

The Food Craving Solution
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Dark vs. Milk Chocolate. Which One Reduced Food Cravings?

Dark chocolate lovers read on, I think you're going to like this one!

Here is a news clip from a study that looked at the difference between dark chocolate and milk chocolate with regards to subsequent food cravings:

'New research at the Faculty of Life Sciences (LIFE) at the
University of Copenhagen – shows that dark chocolate is far more filling than milk chocolate, lessening our craving for sweet, salty and fatty foods. In other words, eating dark chocolate may be an efficient way to keep your weight down...'

The study compared how much pizza participants would voluntarily eat after previously eating dark chocolate versus milk chocolate. The report can be found
here, but let's cut to the chase.... here are the results:

'The results were significant. The calorie intake at the subsequent meal where they could eat as much pizza as they liked was 15 per cent lower when they had eaten dark chocolate beforehand. The participants also stated that the plain chocolate made them feel less like eating sweet, salty or fatty foods.'

So there you have it! It makes sense to me when comparing the difference between dark and milk chocolate. I have some theories about why there is a difference, but I want to hear your thoughts. What do you think the difference is? Please leave your comments below!

Do remember that this was a comparison between dark and milk chocolate. I wouldn't go out and start eating chocolate just to reduce food cravings. If it's on your list of things to eat, enjoy it in moderation and know that dark chocolate has some health benefits.*  

If you do want to enjoy chocolate, go for the least processed (raw is best), organic, fair trade chocolate that is sweetened with 'less refined' sugars, and without artificial fillers or additives. You can taste the difference!

Remember, if you've got a concern about chocolate because you:

1-Eat too much
2-Eat it too often
3-Are concerned you'll eat too much
4-Feel guilty about eating it

...then give me a call. I can help you let go of all of that, and help put you back in charge so you can enjoy chocolate, or not, it's your choice.

How would it feel to be totally in charge with chocolate?

*As with any other food, if you have a h
ealth condition that requires that you avoid chocolate, please follow your Physician's advice.

Monday, December 29, 2008

What if my Food Cravings are REALLY strong?

My Food Cravings are really strong, can you help with this?

Before booking a Food Craving session with a patient, I ask them specific questions. I want to make sure their cravings are strong enough to benefit from my technique. I ask them to rate the intensity of their Food Cravings on a scale of 1-10, (1 being, 'it's not a problem' and 10 being, 'they're really intense'). If someone replies 8, 9 or 10, my reply is often GOOD! It's not good that they have a craving, but good, because I know I can help them! I know that relief is right around the corner for them, and that's exciting. If the cravings are not very strong, I may suggest acupuncture, dietary changes and/or a supplement to help them find relief.

Strong Craving=Better Results with Treatment?

What? You read that correctly, the stronger and more specific the craving, the better the results are with my technique. At least that's what I've found in my practice. The worse the symptom, the more effective the treatment? How often do you hear that?

The Solution to Food Cravings

How would it feel to bring that Food Craving from 9 or 10 to a 1 or 2? It happens all the time. If you are someone that has strong Food Cravings, and you'd like to leave them behind, I invite you to email me for more information. If you are a health practitioner, and you'd like more information for your patients, I'd like to hear from you as well.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Are You Surrounded By Holiday Treats?

We're in the midst of the ongoing 'Holiday Food Fest.' I hope you are enjoying the season! How are you doing with parties and food so far? Are you surrounded by treats at work and/or at home? Do you walk past the bowl full of goodies, or do you grab just one and enjoy it? Or, do you grab more than you'd like and regret it later?

If it's the latter you experience, please know that you could be enjoying the holidays more than you are presently. When YOU are in control of your eating, you can enjoy treats because you are in charge. You can also choose to skip the treats. When you're in charge, it's your choice.

But, what if choice is replaced by a habit that doesn't serve you anymore? That's where I can help if you're looking for solutions. I can help you change your habits quickly and easily, so you can enjoy the holidays, and the foods of the season (or not) without stress. It doesn't take willpower, or require a change in your diet, those follow naturally. It can happen effortlessly by following a few simple steps, that help unwind unwanted habits that no longer serve you.

The Holidays are a time of JOY as well as stress. Why not tip the balance towards more JOY and less stress around food this season? Give yourself the gift of choice that lasts and lasts. A food craving session can help put you in charge of your eating, and the benefits are enduring for seasons to come. Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Are My Food Cravings a Problem?

How do I know if my Food Cravings are a Problem?

Some food cravings are not a problem. How does one know the difference when it comes to food cravings?

Various studies estimate that roughly 90% of the U.S. population experiences food cravings, and cravings are more common in those that diet. However, not all food cravings are problematic. The only person that knows if it's a problem is YOU. Here are some things to ask yourself:

  1. Do I have a hard time stopping once I start eating certain foods?
  2. Do I have to keep certain foods out of my house, so I don't overeat?
  3. Do I think too much about eating or not eating?
  4. Do I try to eat well, and end up giving into my cravings anyways?
  5. Do I wish I had more willpower with certain foods?
  6. Do I feel bad about myself when I overeat?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may be in store for some more peace and ease with food. So, what kind of cravings are not problematic?

Those that don't negatively impact your health and well-being.

Here are two examples:

  1. A friend of mine who is very athletic craves pasta. This craving doesn't bother him, as he enjoys eating pasta and figures he'll burn it off and needs the carbohydrate fuel. If he stopped exercising, didn't reduce his intake, and started gaining weight, this may start to be a problem. Currently, it does not bother him.
  2. Another example is, I have a desire for chocolate every so often. When this happens, I can decide if I want some or not. I'm able to pass on it without a problem if there's no chocolate around. I don't have to drive to the store if I don't have any. If I eat some, I enjoy it, it's easy to stop, and I'm not compelled to overdo. This craving is not a problem for me.
So, I encourage you to ask yourself if you have cravings that bother you? Or, are you happy with the way you eat and behave around food? I hope it's the latter. However, if your cravings bother you, please contact me. I use a technique that can bring you quick relief from your food cravings.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What is a Food Craving? What can be done for them?

What is a Food Craving?

I am often asked this question. When I offer a description, most people can relate to it, because Food Cravings are so common. 

Here's a definition of Food Cravings from Wikipedia:

'A food craving is an intense desire to consume a particular food, as opposed to food in general. Food cravings are especially common in people following structured diet plans, and often interfere with the best of intentions to adhere to a particular style of eating.'

Commonly, along with that intense desire is an internal struggle that some people find very distracting. This can be felt mentally, physically, or both and  can exist regardless of whether or not the craving is satisfied. If the food is avoided, thoughts about the food can continue on for hours. If the craving is indulged, feelings of regret and guilt can ensue. Some of my patients have described this as a battle, and it's a battle they don't see winning.

What can be done for Food Cravings?

This is the question I don't get asked very often, as most people think that they just have to live with this. What if that battle could end and be replaced by a sense of peace and satisfaction? I've seen it happen many times, with a few simple steps. What if the cycle of craving could change quickly, and the treatment didn't require repeating? Giving up a Food Craving doesn't mean giving up a favorite food or the enjoyment of it, just the craving.

If you'd like more information on how I help my patients let go of their Food Cravings, please contact me, I would enjoy hearing from you!