By Joan Kent One significant reason for sugar cravings is withdrawal. Withdrawal can promote cravings under various circumstances. If someone has recently stopped drinking alcohol, cravings for sugar can be strong and frequent. This involves the brain chemicals stimulated by alcohol. The same three chemicals (dopamine, beta-endorphin, and serotonin) are also stimulated by sugar. The similarity makes sugar a short-term substitute for alcohol when cravings occur. It also explains why
By Joan Kent My last few posts have dealt with aspects of sugar addiction, including sugar’s effect on health. It’s important – you want to be healthy, right? Still, I’ve avoided one topic because it’s almost guaranteed to alienate people – fructose. The sugar found in fruit. It’s nasty. We’ll get to the details on that soon enough. Some people are surprised that fruit could be bad. After all, it’s
One thing I probably don’t write about enough is dehydration and the problems it causes. Dehydration can start with a drop of as little as 1.5% of the body’s water. The average level is around 60%. One of many problems dehydration can cause is craving for sugar. This post is about how that happens. Did Our Ancestors Crave Sugar When Thirsty? When our bodies need water, it does make sense
The sugar industry has powered its way through Washington as one of the most imposing lobbies, ever since the 1980s. You may have read recently that sugar is under attack, specifically the industry’s substantial federal subsidies. At first that might seem like good news, but the primary leader of the attacks is none other than the Corn Refiners Association. These days, everyone knows sugar’s bad stuff. This ‘new’ news is
The client’s food log was extreme. She kept track of every bite she ate and calculated the calories in each item. In the food log, she described every workout she did and the calories she had burned. She was working out several times a day. But the most extreme thing about her food log was that it included almost nothing but sugar: pastries, chocolate, malted milk Whoppers, fat-free muffins. Her
This brief post will cover a seemingly minor point that sounds like nothing but does a lot. If you’d like to move your students a major step closer to a lifetime of healthful eating, you can do that in a single step. The key is to get your students to ask one question before they eat anything — pre-workout, post-workout, breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. At first, your students may
Here’s some information about sugar and appetite that most people don’t know. Of course, those of you on ICI/PRO may know it if you’ve read my posts. Anyway, here’s the info. Endorphins Sugar triggers beta-endorphin, usually called endorphins. Endorphins inhibit the part of the brain that causes satiety – the feeling that we’ve had enough food and don’t need to eat more. That part of the brain is the VMH.
Well, Halloween candy has been on display since August, and we know what that portends for the rest of the year. But why wait to get your health in order? Here are 10 reasons to quit sugar now –even if you think you don’t want to do it. 1. Quitting sugar can help you prevent or even reverse insulin resistance. Mainstream thinking on insulin resistance is that overweight is the
A previous post covered ways that sugar can increase fat consumption. One way is that fat makes sugary foods taste sweeter. That may mean a sugar/fat combination tastes preferable to a sugar-only food, such as hard candy. Clients have told me that, when they eliminate sugar from their diets, they can actually enjoy snacking on a brown rice cake topped with a slice of tomato or sprouts. When they’ve been
The current nutrition buzz is that sugar’s bad news. It is. The fact that admitting this is considered a new direction by nutritionists, dietitians and the public shows how off-base the nutrition field was for such a long time. It even makes the nutrition field appear ridiculous. At least, to me. I’ve been blasting sugar for 20+ years, at times getting blasted back for doing it. But it’s worth tracking
Participant resistance was such a big part of running a weight-loss program, I didn’t even realize it was a thing to write about (if that makes any sense). It just went with the territory. “Resist” has many synonyms: oppose, battle, combat, duel, fight back, put up a fight, defy, struggle against, stonewall. Why would someone join a weight-loss program – and pay lots of money – only to do these?