Why Willpower Won''t Work

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Controlling Sugar Cravings and Why Willpower Won''t Work
by Amy Medling, PCOS Health Coach and founder of PCOS Diva

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  • Need new graphic here   Welcome to this webcast: Controlling Your Sugar Cravings: Why Willpower won’t work…
  • I’m Amy Medling, Certified Health Coach and Founder of PCOS Diva   … and my mission is to help women with PCOS reclaim their fertility, femininity, health and happiness . I have helped thousands of women manage their PCOS naturally and as you may already know, I have a lot of free information and daily inspirational messages on Facebook at facebook.com/pcosdiva and more detailed information on how to control your pcos symptoms naturally including Meal Plans on my website pcosdiva.com.
  • It is that time of year when we are ready to take control of our diets and health again. I have let my eating go a little bit over the holidays and if you are like me you are probably ready to take control. But maybe you are not sure how you can manage your sugar and carb cravings. I want to talk to you about Why Willpower Won’t Work and how you can Control your Sugar Cravings Naturally. This is often step 1 of what I go through with my 1:1 Private Coaching Clients.
  • In this webinar I will present discussing sugar and carb cravings and why women with PCOS have these cravings, why it is hard to control them with just willpower and then I will give you specific ways to control cravings. I created this webinar to explain why as women with PCOS, we can often have uncontrollable cravings for sugar and carbs and what we can do about it. My intention is to permanently change your relationship with sugar. Chances are, when you were diagnosed with PCOS, your doctor told you to cut down on sugar and carbs. But as you know Easier said than done. You might have been able to cut sugar out for a week or so and then the candy jar at work sings a siren song and you think - just one won’t hurt. Just one becomes 10 and then you are right back where you started.
  • First, I want you to stop beating yourself up because you may have caved to sugar and carb cravings. What your doctor didn’t tell you is that craving sugar is not simply about willpower. There are several underlying physiologic causes feeding your desire for sugar and I am teaching this call in order to give you some understanding, so you can take control of these cravings. With everything involving PCOS, I find that knowledge is power. When you understand the whys and the how’s, it makes it much easier to make better choices for yourself. I’m here to give you both the why and how and help you END the constant struggle with cravings and the low energy, moodiness and feelings of being out of control that accompany it. If you utilize just ONE of the tips I will share with you today, I guarantee you WILL feel more in control of your cravings. I understand what can happen when you are no longer controlled by sugar you have more energy, you will lose weight, you have more self-esteem, less moodiness and your PCOS symptoms will improve. I know that life, work, relationships, can also dramatically improve – just by ending sugar cravings.
  • Imagine what could happen if you went through your day without feeling the need to feed your cravings and your energy and mood was stable from the time you woke up to when you went to sleep? You would be able to handle stress better. You would be more patient. You would think more clearly, not feel so anxious and be more productive. You would be able to live in the moment. You wouldn’t have to worry about where your next sugar fix would come from, if you were going to a party what would you do with all the sweets around. Think about what all of that would mean for you, and what else you could accomplish!
  • Before I go further, you might be wondering why I am here, speaking to you about sugar cravings. As a woman with PCOS, I know first-hand what it is like to feel disappointment in myself because I couldn’t give up sugar or follow a low-carb diet and to want desperately to feel in control again – able to walk by the candy jar and not obsess about having a piece, to be able to be with my family without snapping at them because I ate too much sugar. To enjoy life and the things that truly are important to me and not feel like I am wasting time obsessing about eating or not eating cookies. This is my story… I came of age during what I like to call the “snack-well” fat-free era. As long as a food didn’t have fat it way okay for you. Those were the good ol days when fat-free bagels were king and fat free frozen yogurt was queen. I started my day with a bagel and low fat cream cheese or maybe even two, then salad for lunch with fat-free dressing and no fat tootsie rolls for dessert. Snack well fat-free cookies and a Diet Coke for snack and then pasta with sauce for dinner and then maybe a trip to my corner TCBY for a black raspberry frozen yogurt. I thought I was being good- no fat for me today. Because my diet was so out of balance, and insulin resistance from PCOS, I started to gain weight and began having hypoglycemic episodes and would often faint because my blood sugar would crash so low. All it took was more sugar - a piece of candy, a lollipop some orange juice and I felt better for a while. And then the vicious cycle would begin again. The sugar highs were great but the lows caused fatigue, depression, weariness and exhaustion and then I would find myself suddenly, unexplainably arguing with anyone close to me (my husband for instance).   After years and countless hours of research and a better understanding of my body, I had an AHA moment and realized sugar was the cause of my problems and decided I would cut it out of my diet. Easier said than done as I was a slave to sugar. I spent many a day obsessing about not eating it to only cave and then feel bad about myself that I didn’t have willpower. Why was I in control of so many areas of my life - I had a great marriage (well I still do) and great job but I couldn’t control sugar. I felt out of balance and sugar was ruling and ruining my life.   I spent a lot of time learning about what sugar was doing to my body and developed my own strategies to help overcome my sugar habit. Today, I am happy to say that sugar and carbs no longer have control over me. I feel free! And feel great – this is really the reason that I started PCOS Diva. I want other women to have this same sense of freedom and wellbeing and control of their lives and PCOS. And I have helped my clients do achieve this and controlling sugar is really the first step.   I am not telling you this to pat myself on the back . I am sharing this to show you that you don’t have to go another day feeling out of control, and frustrated, and that you CAN control your own cravings. I know it doesn’t feel good to be a slave to sugar. The ups and downs can be intense and exhausting. But it doesn’t have to be this way. I absolutely know that craving sugar or binging on sugar is not a reflection of your willpower or your individual strength. It’s easier than you think – especially when you have proven strategies which I will be showing you.
  • Today we are going to cover: What is going on in your body’s chemistry to cause you to have cravings – I will share 3 primary causes of cravings. And what this means for you is that you will be begin to build an awareness of how your body works. I believe that the road to controlling your sugar cravings starts with awareness. Sugar has powerful biological and emotional effects on us and by understanding why we turn to sugar in the first place we can employ strategies for improving our relationship with it.   We are also going to cover 3 additional ways to decrease your sugar cravings, for good (and it doesn’t involve self-denial)   We will look at how to balance your diet to bust cravings so you can make food choices that will put you in control again.   I am going to reveal how an ancient system of opposites will help you to keep your cravings in balance. And what this means for you is you will be able to begin to deconstruct your cravings which will allow you to look at cravings as critical pieces of information that help you understand what your body needs.   I am also share why a craving may not be about the food but about the emotion that that the food creates. What that means for you is you can begin to look for nourishment in your life in non-food ways.   It’s my commitment to give you everything I can in the time we have together. With the strategies I am sharing, you will be able to get started right away, so you can start to see INSTANT results. Now, I know some of you may have additional questions or want learn more about conquering cravings, managing your PCOS symptoms, increasing energy, and feeling better . So for those of you who want to go further, I’ll show you how you can later in the webinar   Let’s take a closer look at what might be behind your sugar cravings. The first reason you might be experiencing cravings.
  • The first is Your Emotional Connection For many of us, the smell of homemade cookies reminds us of our childhoods, it brings up memories of past holidays or special occasions. Being rewarded with candy or other treats when you did something “good.” growing up may carry over to the present. The cultures and traditions that we were brought up with affect our habits too. These learned associations and happy memories reinforce the physiological effects of sugar. There is nothing wrong with occasionally turning to sweets for comfort - we have all done it. It becomes a problem when we grow dependent on it.
  • The second reason you experience cravings is due to the Feel-good Neurochemicals Neurotransmitters are chemicals in our brain. They work by sending messages from the nervous system to the rest of the body. Serotonin is best known as the neurotransmitter that makes us feel good. Serotonin levels are what several antidepressants manipulate to improve mood and anxiety. This explains why we may reach for sweets when we are tired or stressed - two feelings which are accompanied by low serotonin levels. Studies suggest that sugar increases the absorption of the amino acid tryptophan, which the body uses to make serotonin. Sugar can provide instant but a short lived sense of balance and comfort. I have seen it suggested that women with PCOS are often already low in serotonin. So if we are already low if may set us up to look to sugar to give us a serotonin boost.   Dopamine is another neurochemical. Dopamine is typically associated with a “runner’s high” because it acts as a natural painkiller, it produces a sense of well-being, increases self-esteem, and settles anxiety. Our brains naturally release dopamine when we eat sugar. Researchers have found that when faced with a choice between cocaine and sugar, rats are more likely to get hooked on sweets because like alcohol and drugs, sugar stimulates the brain’s reward center by sparking the release of dopamine.   When we find ourselves in a complete lack of control around sugar, when It seems our commitment to excellent health, all of a sudden doesn’t matter, these feelings are often caused by the dopamine response we get from eating sugar. It seems that many processed foods with lots of added sugar actually overwhelm the brain’s circuitry. When we eat them and the our brain cranks out dopamine, it drives us to eat that food again and again. Eventually just looking at the food can trigger a dopamine release. The problem is that the lift we experience after a can of soda, a bowl of pasta, or a chocolate chip cookie doesn’t last very long, and eating these foods, especially without combining them with some protein, can set us up for cyclical cravings. “Just one bite” doesn’t often work because that single bite activates dopamine, causing the brain to demand more.  Willpower, logic, and common sense are often no match for addictive drives and we will find ourselves wanting more and more.
  • The third reason we experience cravings is Insulin   With PCOS we hear a lot about Insulin Resistance but maybe an explanation of what the term means and how it can affect sugar cravings would help. Insulin is a growth hormone that allows glucose or sugar that has been broken down from the food we eat, to travel from the bloodstream into the cells, where it is used for energy for the cell. I think the easiest way to understand insulin’s role in your body is through a lock and key analogy. Think of your cells as having a series of locked doors on the outer cell wall, which are insulin receptors. When you eat food it is broken down to glucose or sugar molecules that are transported into your blood stream. Insulin, which is secreted by your pancreas, acts as the transporter key and unlocks the receptor doors on your cell, in order to let the sugar into the cell for energy. With insulin resistance some of the door locks are jammed. The insulin keys can’t open these jammed receptor doors. Glucose then "bounces" off the cell wall, instead of passing through the door to be burned as energy. With the cell door closed to it, glucose remains in the blood stream, causing elevated levels of blood sugar, which are sent to the liver. Once there, the sugar is converted into fat and stored via the blood stream throughout the body. This process can lead to weight gain and obesity, key factors in creating Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. When sugar can’t get into the cell, extra insulin is produced to increase the chances of getting a key to open a receptor door. The result is that your body has too much insulin. Excess of insulin "rejected" by the cell then free-floats in the blood stream, creating unbalanced hormone levels in women with PCOS. And since insulin is a growth hormone - too much also promotes storage to fat - especially around your middle. Insulin resistance or jammed door locks also deprives your cells of the energy they need to function. This is why many women with insulin resistance experience carbohydrate cravings and fatigue—their cells are literally starving for energy, even when plenty of glucose or sugar is available in the blood. Since your body isn't converting food to energy properly because of Insulin Resistance, it demands even more sugar and carbs. As these cravings increase, so does weight gain.  
  • So now that we know what is going on in our body, let’s dig in and start talking about 3 Specific Strategies to control cravings.
  • My first hot tip for controlling cravings is : Balance Your Diet On PCOS Diva.com and on Facebook.com/pcosdiva, I talk a lot about food and how a Diva must Sizzle in the Kitchen. I’ve even developed PCOS Meal Plans that tells you what to eat to take control over your cravings and PCOS. By taking control of our diet and what we eat, we can get rid of feelings of powerlessness in the face of PCOS. Food influences our hormones - remember that insulin is a hormone? Everything you put into your mouth triggers some kind of hormonal response. It is also important to approach decreasing sugar and refined carbs from your diet as an act of self-love and self care, rather than an act of deprivation or punishment. The food you prepare for yourself should be yummy and rewarding, not something you have to force down. Treat yourself to satisfying foods, that are also good for you, and I promise you’ll see a difference in your cravings. Nourish your body with a balanced diet. It is important to make each meal balanced to control your blood sugar and insulin response. Healthy fats, quality protein, complex whole food carbohydrates, (processed carbs are just lumps of sugar to the body) and fruits and vegetables all work together help keep cell-signaling on an even keel. This will allow a slow and steady stream of glucose or sugar into your body, and not a rush that is created with sugar. Choose to eat more natural foods. I want to say that again, just to be sure you heard it: Choose to eat more natural foods! I love Author Michael Pollan’s advice if your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food -don’t eat it. EAT HEALTHY FAT Remember the mistakes that I made by eating fat free for so long. One of our biggest nutritional mistakes is reducing fats while increasing sugar.  In the past 30 years, fat intake in the U.S. has decreased roughly 25 percent, while sugar intake increased more than 30 percent. It is important to Eat Fat. But it must be the right fats! The right fats not only create health but they also stabilize appetite and control cravings. Fats help slow the release of sugar from foods into blood, controlling blood sugar levels and insulin, thus preventing hunger and sugar cravings triggered by low blood sugar. Healthy, craving-controlling fats include olive oil, organic (I like grass-fed) butter, coconut oil as well as nuts, seeds and avocado. Supplementing with an omega 3 fatty fish oil is also very helpful. When my client Karen came to me, she had what she termed as a Ben & Jerry’s addiction. She felt that she was in control of her diet but knew that her nightly habit of Chunky Monkey wasn’t helping her or her PCOS. She felt that the craving that was out of control and was ruling her life – she found herself driving to the convenience store in her slippers at 11PM just to get her fix. She was so disgusted at herself and her lack of willpower when it came to ice cream. The first thing we did was look at her weekly food. What I quickly determined was that Karen also subscribed to my old Snack-well fat free diet. She had fat-free Greek Yogurt for breakfast; chicken salad with fat free dressing and dinner was fish or skinless chicken and veggies. Adding in healthy fat was the first thing she and I talked about and within 10 days of increasing her healthy fat consumption, she told me that she was no longer fanaticizing about Cherry Garcia and she was able to go through her day without feeling the need to feed a craving. The great thing about this was her energy was immediately affected. She felt this change most when she woke up the morning and had a new sense of clarity and control. For Karen, all of this meant was that she not only became more productive, but her mood was also greatly improved. As a bonus of conquering her craving for ice cream, Karen’s skin cleared up (too most likely as a result of removing the dairy from her diet)– after years of struggling with adult acne, you can imagine how all of this affected her quality of life. So you can see how adding healthy fats can make a huge difference. Next I’d like to talk to you about balancing your diet with protein. It is important to EAT healthy PROTEIN Many women with PCOS don’t eat enough high quality protein. I am not a fan of high protein diets. I can’t stress enough the importance of having a balance of protein, whole food carbohydrates and healthy fats at every meal to satisfy hunger and control cravings. Protein gives us energy, helps maintain muscle and adds satiety which helps prevent sugar and carb cravings. So many fad diets are set up to deprive women of basic food groups, like fat and carbohydrates or protein, but our bodies need all of these food groups to carry out basic functions. Chicken, poultry, eggs, fish, beans, nuts, seeds, high quality protein powder, are all very helpful Eat Fiber. It is easier to cut down on sugar when you crowd it out with fiber-rich foods like grains, veggies and fruit. There is no fiber in animal foods, so you need to add it in with these fiber-rich . Foods high in fiber digest slower, so you feel fuller for longer. Refined carbohydrates such as candy, baked goods and sodas may give you a short-term energy boost, but you’ll quickly feel sluggish and end up craving more sugar. I promise if you have a protein smoothie with lots of fiber and a little healthy fat each morning for breakfast you will feel more in control the rest of the day.
  • My second hot tip for controlling cravings is based on the Chinese system of opposites called YIN AND YANG This may seem like a strange concept but bear with me. It is a carefully designed system of opposites, used to describe and simplify all phenomena, including food and lifestyle For example Cool would be Yin and Hot would be Yang. Dark is Yin and Light is Yang, sensitive is yin strong is yang. Female is yin and Male is Yang   This actually applies to food as well. In Chinese medicine, practitioners would call Salt an extreme “Yang” food. Salt is the most contracting food , meaning that it has a very retracting energy in the body, and causes the cellular fluids in the body to contract and pull in. We all know that when we ingest too much salt we can become dehydrated and thirsty. Excess salt can also pull hydration out of the skin.  Contracting foods are “Yang” foods. Salty foods, meat and cheese are on the far Yang end of the spectrum. Sugar is on the opposite end, is the most expanding of foods. When we eat foods with sugar in them, we tend to feel more relaxed and open. Sugar causes the body to expand and open up. Expanding foods are considered in Chinese philosophy to be “Yin” foods. Sugar, coffee and alcohol are extremely Yin. Many people struggle to maintain balance while flip-flopping between the two ends of the spectrum. The sugar (yin) salt (yang) connection may be a way the body responds to a temporary shift in balance." Too much salt creates an imbalance in your body, which may in turn lead you to crave salt's yin cousin, sugar. When we eat a great deal of salt we start to feel extremely contracted, and we unconsciously start to crave more expanding foods, ie the sugar, to create balance in the body. Imagine your body like a see-saw, one end extreme Yang the other extreme Yin. Think of salt sitting on the yang side and sugar sitting on the yin side – they will actually balance each other out the way they stimulate you. Your body always works to keep the see-saw balanced. If we want to cut back on sugar cravings, we need to create overall Yin Yang balance. One way is to be sure we are not overdoing the salt. This especially means table salt, or sodium chloride, which is man-made and can cause the leaching of fluids and minerals from your body. On the other hand, Celtic and Himalayan sea salt are both natural, raw salts that contain about 70 trace minerals, and have been dried naturally by the sun, rather than in a kiln. The best way to regulate your salt intake is to switch to Celtic and Himalayan sea salts immediately (throwing out regular table salt), do not add additional salt to your food once it has been prepared, and avoid packaged and processed foods. Sugar cravings in the form of cakes, candy and alcohol can be a result of eating too yang –too much salt, but also too much protein, not enough vegetables, especially the green leafy kinds or even living a too yang lifestyle; working too much, living in big city with bustling energy, or trying to do it all, such as owning your own business AND running a family household without asking for support. So before you wonder why you can't get your sugar cravings under control and think something is wrong with you, consider adding more “balanced” foods that are in the middle of the spectrum or the see saw. Whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans all fall in the middle of the spectrum. A steady diet of foods from these categories will support your body's Yin/Yang Balance and free you from your cravings. Oh, and add some very Yin greens like kale and spinach to your morning smoothie for more sugar control.
  • Sweetness in Life We touched on eating yin foods but what about creating more yin experience in your life. I like to call this finding sweetness in non-food ways! You body does not biologically need sugar, but it does long for physical touch, time with friends, outside time, workouts, massages, etc. When life becomes sweet enough itself, we find ourselves relying less and less on sugar! I believe one of the reasons we eat sugar is to make up for missing the sweetness of being alive. Why do we miss it? Because we don’t realize that we need nourishment in many forms.  We all have real needs for love, friendship, laughter, movement, creativity, purpose, spirituality, meaningful work, relaxation, and beauty in our lives. We must feed our whole beings or we will end up full of food but never really satisfied. Cravings are always a message from the body that it needs something that it’s not getting. Often, those cravings can be satisfied by non-food activities. One of my clients, her name is Meredith, came to me she was struggling with her weight, sugar cravings and she was feeling fatigued and depressed every evening when she came home from work. She didn’t have the energy to exercise or cook for herself once she got home. When we started working together I saw that she was all work and no play. She spent her evenings adding sweetness to her life with cookies and cake. I explained to her that sometimes we crave food for emotional reasons. Maybe we are looking for excitement in our lives or looking for comfort after a stressful day at work. This nourishment feeds us on an emotional levels it really isn’t about the food – it is about the emotion it creates. I challenged Meredith to write a sweet stuff menu. I asked her to list all the things that make her happy, fulfilled, loved, joyful, and recharged. I told her to include things that she found to be beautiful and meaningful.  I asked her to include a few of the things she enjoyed doing as a child. She soon rediscovered a love of playing tennis and writing short stories. She discovered for herself that food can fill you but it can’t fulfill you. When she started including items in her life on her Sweet Stuff menu a few days a week, she lost weight, had more energy for her relationship with her husband, she felt better about herself, and her cravings subsided. You can see how including nourishing activities has a significant ripple effect on your whole life.   I challenge you to start your own Sweet Stuff Menu. Keep it posted so you see it everyday to remind yourself of these things. In the course of our days, many of us have little snippets of time here and there that we can fill with the true “sweet stuff” of life   One of my simple ways to find more sweetness in life which I touched upon in last month’ s newsletter is to slow down and brew a favorite cup of tea and sit near a window, sipping and staring before my children come home from school. This may not be THE “thing” for you, but I invite you to consider what would give you more pleasure and sweetness…
  • Now, I want to briefly recap the strategies we talked about today. We talked about:   What causes sugar cravings whether they are emotional, neurochemical or caused by insulin resistance.   We also covered 3 ways to conquer cravings through:   Balancing your diet with healthy fats, protein, whole food carbohydrates and fiber Looking at Yin/Yang balance in your diet and life Finding sweetness without the sugar   I know that if you implement just ONE strategy that we talked about today, you will see immediate results.
  • Earlier in the webinar, I promised that I’d share how you can take this even FURTHER. So, if what we talked about today resonates with you and you are ready to go deeper, I have a special invitation for you.
  • On January 28th I am running my 4th Jumpstart Program. Over 300 women have participated in 2012 and I have heard from scores of women who have changes their lives as a result of this Jumpstart program. Many have become pregnant, lost weight, reduced symptoms, gained control. If you are ready to make a commitment to your health and start managing your PCOS so you can control cravings, increase energy, stabilize moods, regulate your cycle and balance your hormones, this program is for you!!   I truly believe that controlling your sugar and carb cravings is the first step to managing your PCOS, because it helps with insulin sensitivity and keeps blood sugar stable, which ultimately means, enhanced fertility, weight loss, mood and more. I shared a lot of information in this call, but you may be wondering – how do I implement all of this? If you want a more structured step-by-step program to help you take this first step of truly controlling your cravings and begin managing your PCOS naturally, I invite you to go to: www.pcosdiva.com/jumpstart   During this week long program you will I’ll show you in easy daily steps how to improve your diet, manage stress and boost energy and Discover the Diva you know is inside. Re-set your eating habits by choosing fresh, healthy foods over salt and sugar and carb-laden snacks. You will have the tools you need to finally kick those cravings and unhealthy habits to the curb. Shake off the bad habits and take on healthy ones Cut out junk food Cook healthy meals at home Give negative thoughts a positive makeover Pamper your body and sooth your mind Establish a better sleep habits. Improve your energy Feel more vibrant and healthier than before   Here’s how the Jumpstart Program works: I will be giving you step-by-step guidance that will ensure your 7-Day Jumpstart is a great success! Each Jumpstart Program consists of a detailed daily guide that tells you exactly what to do and when. I have also created a detailed meal plan with yummy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and a done-for-you shopping list to take the work out of figuring out how much veggies, brown rice and fresh fruit you need to buy for the week. I’ll have daily videos and emails to let you know what to expect each day and what to focus on each day, as well as a forum just for Jumpstart Divas, so you can share your week with other women who are on the same journey. I’ll also be on the forum daily answering questions and providing motivation. Jumpstart Alumni also have access to a private Facebook Group after the week is over to continue sharing and finding support.   This isn’t a diet. It is a detailed lifestyle guide to show you how good you can feel when you Learn to Live Life Like a Diva. When you join this 7-day Discover Your Diva Jumpstart, you can rest assured that you’ll get lots of support and you’ll end the week feeling better with more energy and than you’ve had in years.   You may have had trouble making changes in the past, and I want to show you that this time can be different – especially if you have someone to encourage you, support you, and show you what to do step-by-step. I don’t want anything to get in your way.   I’ve made this program very affordable. I simply do not want price to be an issue. The full-price of this program $147, but if you register by Jan 14 th , you will only pay the special early bird price of $97. I want to encourage you to go to (www.pcosdiva.com/jumpstart) and read through all the details and read the Jumpstart success stories.. If you are struggling with feeling overwhelmed with your PCOS diagnosis and don’t know where to begin changing your lifestyle, or if you know what you need to do but can’t stop your cravings for sugar and carbs or if you need some motivation, accountability and structure to start making positive lifestyle change, I want to encourage you to take action and join me for 7 days where you will get daily support, guidance, and motivation. And you’ll be able to connect to a community of amazing Divas who are on the same journey to reclaim their femininity, health and happiness.   Thank you for being with me today. I love sharing this and can’t wait to hear your amazing results! I want to hear how you’re doing, so please post on my Facebook page. You can also send me a direct email, but I like sharing on Facebook, as other Diva’s can see your progress and be encouraged.   I hope you consider my Discover Your Diva 7-Day Jumpstart, and I look forward to working with you then.   Hope you have a Healthy and Happy New Year.
  • On January 28th I am running my 4th Jumpstart Program. Over 300 women have participated in 2012 and I have heard from scores of women who have changes their lives as a result of this Jumpstart program. Many have become pregnant, lost weight, reduced symptoms, gained control. If you are ready to make a commitment to your health and start managing your PCOS so you can control cravings, increase energy, stabilize moods, regulate your cycle and balance your hormones, this program is for you!!   I truly believe that controlling your sugar and carb cravings is the first step to managing your PCOS, because it helps with insulin sensitivity and keeps blood sugar stable, which ultimately means, enhanced fertility, weight loss, mood and more. I shared a lot of information in this call, but you may be wondering – how do I implement all of this? If you want a more structured step-by-step program to help you take this first step of truly controlling your cravings and begin managing your PCOS naturally, I invite you to go to: www.pcosdiva.com/jumpstart   During this week long program you will I’ll show you in easy daily steps how to improve your diet, manage stress and boost energy and Discover the Diva you know is inside. Re-set your eating habits by choosing fresh, healthy foods over salt and sugar and carb-laden snacks. You will have the tools you need to finally kick those cravings and unhealthy habits to the curb. Shake off the bad habits and take on healthy ones Cut out junk food Cook healthy meals at home Give negative thoughts a positive makeover Pamper your body and sooth your mind Establish a better sleep habits. Improve your energy Feel more vibrant and healthier than before   Here’s how the Jumpstart Program works: I will be giving you step-by-step guidance that will ensure your 7-Day Jumpstart is a great success! Each Jumpstart Program consists of a detailed daily guide that tells you exactly what to do and when. I have also created a detailed meal plan with yummy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, and a done-for-you shopping list to take the work out of figuring out how much veggies, brown rice and fresh fruit you need to buy for the week. I’ll have daily videos and emails to let you know what to expect each day and what to focus on each day, as well as a forum just for Jumpstart Divas, so you can share your week with other women who are on the same journey. I’ll also be on the forum daily answering questions and providing motivation. Jumpstart Alumni also have access to a private Facebook Group after the week is over to continue sharing and finding support.   This isn’t a diet. It is a detailed lifestyle guide to show you how good you can feel when you Learn to Live Life Like a Diva. When you join this 7-day Discover Your Diva Jumpstart, you can rest assured that you’ll get lots of support and you’ll end the week feeling better with more energy and than you’ve had in years.   You may have had trouble making changes in the past, and I want to show you that this time can be different – especially if you have someone to encourage you, support you, and show you what to do step-by-step. I don’t want anything to get in your way.   I’ve made this program very affordable. I simply do not want price to be an issue. The full-price of this program $147, but if you register by Jan 14 th , you will only pay the special early bird price of $97. I want to encourage you to go to (www.pcosdiva.com/jumpstart) and read through all the details and read the Jumpstart success stories.. If you are struggling with feeling overwhelmed with your PCOS diagnosis and don’t know where to begin changing your lifestyle, or if you know what you need to do but can’t stop your cravings for sugar and carbs or if you need some motivation, accountability and structure to start making positive lifestyle change, I want to encourage you to take action and join me for 7 days where you will get daily support, guidance, and motivation. And you’ll be able to connect to a community of amazing Divas who are on the same journey to reclaim their femininity, health and happiness.   Thank you for being with me today. I love sharing this and can’t wait to hear your amazing results! I want to hear how you’re doing, so please post on my Facebook page. You can also send me a direct email, but I like sharing on Facebook, as other Diva’s can see your progress and be encouraged.   I hope you consider my Discover Your Diva 7-Day Jumpstart, and I look forward to working with you then.   Hope you have a Healthy and Happy New Year.
  • Why Willpower Won''t Work

    1. 1. ControllingSugarCravingsWhyWillpowerWon’t Work!
    2. 2. Who Am I?Amy Medling• PCOS HealthCoach• Founder, PCOSDiva• PCOS SurvivorMissionTo help womenwith PCOS reclaimtheir fertility,femininity, healthand happiness.
    3. 3. Take Controlof our Dietand Health…control yourcravings naturally!
    4. 4. I will cover…• Why we havethese cravings•What you can doabout it
    5. 5. Why do I have these Cravings?• Stop beating yourself up• Not simply aboutwillpower• Underlying physiologiccauses
    6. 6. Imagine What Could Happen…• Live in the moment• What else you couldaccomplish?
    7. 7. My Story…• I was a sugar addict• Wanted to feel in control• Binging and cravings isNOT a reflection ofwillpower or strength• It IS easier than youthink to overcome
    8. 8. What we are going to Cover:1. Three Primary Causesof Cravings2. Three Ways toDecrease SugarCravings3. How to Balance yourDiet
    9. 9. #1: The Emotional Connection• Childhood Memories• Rewards• Cultures and Traditions
    10. 10. #2: Feel-Good Neurochemicals• Serotonin• Dopamine• Just one bite may notwork
    11. 11. #3: Insulin• Insulin influencescravings• Lock and Key analogy• Insulin resistance =sugar and carb cravings
    12. 12. 3 Strategies to Control Cravings…
    13. 13. Tip #1: Balance Your Diet• Eat Healthy Fat• Eat Healthy Protein• Eat Fiber• Eat Breakfast
    14. 14. Tip #2: Ying and YangYin - ExpansiveCoolDarkSensitiveFemaleSugarAlcoholYang - ContractiveHotLightStrongMaleSaltMeat
    15. 15. Tip #3 Sweetness in Life• Yin life experience?• Find sweetness in non-foodways• Make a Sweet Stuff Menu• What would bring you morepleasure and sweetness?
    16. 16. Recap…What causes sugar cravings3 Ways to conquer cravingsBalancing dietYin/YangFinding Sweetness
    17. 17. What’s Next…Are you ready to takethis deeper?A special invitation foryou
    18. 18. PCOS DivaJumpstartProgramwww.pcosdiva.com/jumpstart
    19. 19. • Improve your diet• Manage stress• Re-set your eating habits• Kick cravings to the curb.• Shake off the bad habits• Cut out junk food• Cook healthy meals• Give negative thoughts apositive makeover• Pamper your body• Better sleep habits.• Improve energy• Feel more vibrantwww.pcosdiva.com/jumpstart

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