Being your optimal weight doesn’t just make you feel better about yourself, but you also actually feel better physically. Maintaining a healthy weight can help control cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar. It may also help prevent weight-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.    

“Overweight” and “obesity” are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. According to the National Institutes of Health, 66% of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese and, according to a Gallop survey, the greater McAllen area, with an obesity rate of 38.8%, is one of the regions with the greatest incidence of obesity.

The combination of acupuncture, healthy lifestyle choices and evaluation of stress patterns can enhance one’s success for weight loss. Acupuncture works to help control weight loss by causing the release of endorphins that relax the patient, making it easier to deal with stress. Acupuncture and herbs can also affect the digestive and hormonal systems to help suppress appetite, boost metabolism and rebalance organ systems that govern metabolism.

Behavioral Wellness Center is inviting you to reach your weight goal and rebalance your body through acupuncture for weight loss the last Friday of each month. Be sure to reserve your space. Payment of $30 is due at time of registration.

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2 cups cooked aduki beans (1 cup/2-3 cups water)
1 carrot, diced
¼ onion, diced (optional)
1 tsp cumin, powdered
1 tsp coriander, powdered
1 tsp ginger, minced or powered
½ cup bread crumbs, whole-wheat flour or cooked grain
sea salt to taste
toasted nuts or seeds

Cook beans for a minimum of 1½ hours, then mash beans. Mix all ingredients together and form patties or small balls. Fry or bake at 350 degrees until browned (approximately 30 minutes). Croquettes can be frozen.

Healing properties of the aduki bean

*influences heart and small intestine * tonifies the kidney-adrenal function * detoxifies the body * removes heat conditions * disperses stagnant blood * reduces swelling * acts as a diuretic * promotes weight loss * has neutral thermal nature * has sweet and sour flavor * Cautions: thin or dehydrated people should consume this bean sparingly.

Adapted from Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford

by Consuelo Camarillo de Gonzalez Lic. A.C.