Nutritional Therapy Food Programs
Dr. Zafis has been working with patients that have food cravings and compulsivity since 1999. She has worked with hundreds of patients where the imbalances were resolved and the cravings or compulsivity are no longer present.
How the Clinic Works
The clinic has worked with many people over the years with cravings and portion control. In some cases this can be an emotional eating issue. However the clinic has found in the last 14 years of working with these issues is that usually it is a metabolic or physical issue and not an emotional issue. When clearing up the imbalances of the body, the person can more easily not eat the food and in many cases forget about the food when eating.
These are the symptoms that Dr. Zafis has seen in the clinic repeatedly that may be due to biochemical or physical imbalance in the body. Every patient is different with symptoms and severity of symptoms, however, these are common patterns:
1. Overeating certain foods or will eat the whole package/bag in one sitting. In many cases after working with the imbalances the person can then eat just one or two of the items in the package and the opened package will be in the house for a week or more. Many patients have been amazed by this happening to them. Cookies, potato chips and other food items can be the foods of once desire. In general the person will not continue to eat the food as much or will not over eat the food.
2. Craving the food when first eliminating the food from the diet, having the cravings disappear after a week or two only to return when eating the food again. Eliminating the specific food from the diet can be helpful to patients in order to decrease or eliminate symptoms. It creates less burden on the body. However, it does not resolve the underlying imbalances that cause this cycle. Many patients have gotten out of this addictive cycle after addressing imbalances in the system. They resume eating the food without the addictive cycle being present any longer.
3. Thinking about a specific food a lot. Many times the person forgets to eat or drink the food they they were once craving. One patient had to have her coffee every morning and after working with the imbalances realized at the end of the day that she did not have her coffee in morning. This would never have happened before addressing the imbalances in the system. Another patient was addicted to salt and would always salt her food at dinner. After working with her she realized later that she had not salted her food at dinner, which is something that had not happened since she could remember.
4. Getting physical withdrawals if the person does not consume the specific food. Some patients can have physical symptoms such as headaches or fatigue when stopping specific foods. Headaches when stopping coffee is a good example of this. When the imbalances are corrected the person in many cases do not get the headache and are not as compulsive about drinking the coffee.
5. Moods/Emotions/Energy that go up and down. Reactions to foods can cause blood sugar to go up and down. When blood sugar vacillates up and down, so does energy and moods. There are other issues in the body that can cause blood sugar instability. The clinic has seen many patients including children that experience stable moods, emotions, and energy after addressing their health issues.
6. Always hungry. This can be due to several issues in the system and is a red flag that there is an imbalance in the system. Patients are all different and many functional problems in the body can cause these symptoms. Results may vary with patients, however these are the patterns of symptoms that consistently appear in the clinic. The clinic will assess the patient for organ imbalances and food reactions. Nutritional therapy and chiropractic care are used to address specific organ imbalances and food reactions.