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Reducing Cravings for Substances by Balancing Blood Glucose with a Culturally Appropriate Version of the Mediterranean Diet

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Blood sugar fluctuations can trigger dopamine and opioid receptors similar to the effects of addictive substance resulting in pleasure, withdrawal symptoms and then cravings. The Mediterranean diet can prevent these fluctuations and help to balance blood glucose, help to maintain a healthy weight, prevent cravings and reduce anxiety. We will discuss simple, inexpensive, readily available, delicious and familiar ways to eat a whole foods diet. These new habits also improve energy and well being while providing the building blocks for a healthier brain and body. Recipes and meal planning guides will be provided.


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Jacqueline Villalobos, ND

Chairwoman @New Mexico Medical Board Naturopathic Doctors Advisory Council

Jacqueline Villalobos, ND is a Latina with deep roots in the New Mexico/Texas/Chihuahua border area. In her work as a holistic healer, she has primarily served underserved populations. For 15 years, she worked with migrant and seasonal farmworkers in western Oregon as a primary care provider for Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center offering culturally relevant healthcare and nutrition education. 4 years ago, she returned to the desert southwest where her passion to empower people through nutrition and lifestyle education is shared with people with autism spectrum disorders as well as people in recovery from substance abuse. She also commits her time and energy to promoting the profession of naturopathic medicine. She served as Nutrition Chair for the Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Exam for 10 years. She is currently the chairwoman of the New Mexico Medical Board Naturopathic Doctors Advisory Council.

January 29, 2020
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