Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
What remedy do you suggest for sugar addiction and the stress that comes with poor eating habits?
A: I am not sure sugar addiction is physical in nature. As with most addictions, there are often underlying emotional and spiritual situations that cause the initial imbalance leading to addictions. I suggest you seek internally to discover what these issues are and attempt to address them first. Meditation, tai chi, or activities similar to these can help; they will also alleviate anxiety and stress.
Eating habits are also tied to emotional states and can be corrected when the body returns to balance.
As an immediate solution, I suggest replacing simple sugars with natural products such as stevia or honey.
For overcoming stress, try this deep, slow breathing exercise:
1. Sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet place.
2. Sit on the tip of the chair with your back erect. Place your arms gently on your legs, which are bent at 90 degrees.
3. Breathe deeply through your nose and slowly into your lower abdomen. Then breathe out gently. Do not overexert the breathing; begin at your natural pace and gently slow it down.
4. You may wish to close your eyes and calm your mind. Do this for 15 minutes three times per day.