I'm trying to understand my body and how it works from a different standpoint.
I don't own a sugar bowl. I can't think of the last time I actually went to the cabinet and got out the sugar. It was probably to make cookies. That's something I've stopped doing for over a year. I can have store bought cookies in the house, for hubby because I think they taste terrible. But, let me make my own cookies and I start right in snacking on the dough. So, I just don't do it anymore.
Sugar stimulates the brain's pleasure or reward centers through the neurotransmitter DOPAMINE exactly like other addictive drugs.
If you have a PET scan, it will show that high-sugar and high-fat foods work just like heroin, opium or morphine in the brain.
Well, that's an eye opener for me.
Again, that PET scan will show that obese people and drug addicts have lower numbers of dopamine receptors, making them more likely to crave things that boost dopamine.
Foods high in fat and sweets stimulate the release of the body's own opioids (chemicals like morphine) in the brain.
People and rats develop a tolerance to sugar. They need more and more of the substance to satisfy themselves. Sadly, just like alcohol or heroin.
And, we wonder why obese individuals continue to eat large amounts of unhealthy foods despite severe social and personal negative consequences. They seem to be just like addicts and alcoholics.
And, then there is the issue of withdrawal when suddenly you are cut off from sugar. It happens to humans and rats.
And, like drugs, after an initial period of "enjoyment" of the food, the user consumes it not to get high but to feel NORMAL.
I could sit here and smugly say that I don't use sugar. I don't drink sugared drinks. But, yesterday, at the grocery store I started reading labels of "HEALTHY" foods that I buy. I was seeing words like stevia, aspartame, sucralose, sugar alcohols, like xylitol and malitol.
"Diet drink consumption has increased 400 percent since 1960. They may or may not cause cancer, but the evidence is mounting that they lead to weight gain rather than weight loss. Those who consume diet drinks regularly have
a 200% increase risk of weight gain,
a 36% increase risk of pre-diabetes or metabolic syndrome
and a 67% increased risk of diabetes.
Studies have shown that people who drink TWO diet sodas a day had five times the increase in waist circumference as those who did not drink soda."
I've been off Diet sodas since May 1st. I'm now down 22 pounds. I rarely if ever have any kind of bread white or wheat. I've stopped eating most things white although I still enjoy white rice in my hot and sour soup. Lots of salads with lots of veggies added. Lots of protein but it's usually chicken or pork. And very little anything with salt on it. Which is still a problem. I do crave salt about every two weeks. I mean crave it like I could put a 1/2 teaspoon in the palm of my hand and lick it right up. Lots of water, water, water, water, bubble, bubble, bubble.
You can power right through this drug I'm taking and eat if you wanted to, That's what my son tells me. It hasn't happened to me. But, I have to say I'm not doing any emotional eating. And, trust me when I say that there are still button pushers in my life that are still pushing and at least now I'm not wandering around in the kitchen trying to make myself feel better while I think of ways to put them out of their misery.
"When the SEVEN SYSTEMS are out of balance, illness occurs, whether it's weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, cancer or anything that may be on your list. The key is not to treat each thing separately, but to look for and treat the fundamental underlying causes."
Recently a friend and I were talking about her husband's health problems. She said that they just got referred to one specialists after another. It took the a doctor in a completely different field to suggest a simple blood test that uncovered his Lupus.
In addition to single-gene genetic disorders, there are just FIVE CAUSES OF ALL DISEASE, poor diet, chronic stress, microbes, toxins and allergens all of which wash over our DNA causing changes in our gene expression and turning off or on different genes and messages that affect our metabolism.
The five causes interact with the SEVEN KEY SYSTEMS in the body. When any of those systems are out of balance, symptoms occur and doctors diagnose diseases.
We have to remember that to make a healthy human we need REAL WHOLE FRESH FOOD
NUTRIENTS, Vitamins and Minerals
and PURPOSE and BEING CREATIVE"
That works for me.