Sugar Cravings

This is an important piece of the puzzle for health, balance, and well-being. Many people find themselves in a vicious circle in which the need for sugar, carbs, or alcohol seem to rule their lives. This could be a sign of a hormonal imbalance, emotional issue, or a brain chemistry imbalance. Bottom line: cravings can be cured!

Willpower is only a small part of the equation. If you have gotten to the place where you constantly have to fight a battle with yourself over the in-the-moment need for something, then probably some things need to be adjusted.

Food cravings are a sign that the body is getting mixed signals. When we are fatigued or feeling down,have low blood sugar and/or low serotonin, and the body signals the brain that it needs a pick-me-up. This signal causes a sugar craving or carbohydrate craving.

Serotonin is our basic on-top-of-the-world natural wonder drug. If serotonin is low, we get the blues. Hormonal imbalances or weak digestion can lead to low serotonin. Unfortunately, sweets, coffee, etc. help us to good for a moment, but we soon return to our low-serotonin state, then crave more sugar and simple carbohydrates. It's a downward spiral.

If you eat a low-fat diet to try to lose weight, you can make the problem worse. If you've been on a low-fat,or fad diets, you've probably become insulin resistant.

Insulin maintains stable blood sugar levels by telling the body's cells when to absorb glucose from the bloodstream. Being insulin resistant means your body stops responding to insulin, and instead grabs every calorie it can and deposits it as fat. So no matter how little you eat, you will gradually gain weight.

At the same time, your cells cannot absorb the glucose they need, so they signal your brain that you need more carbohydrates or sugars. The result is persistent food cravings.

Insulin resistance leads directly to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Many experts believe it is the root cause of the epidemic of those diseases in America today. And a low-fat diet makes it far more likely you will suffer from this condition.

Many women need to heal their metabolism first before even considering weight loss.

Another cause of food cravings is adrenal imbalance. If you are under a great deal of stress, or suffer from insomnia or sleep deprivation, you are probably exhausted much of the time. This causes your body to call upon the adrenals to come to the rescue and with some energy. Over time though, your adrenals become less able to respond appropriately. You may resort to sugar or carbohydrate snacks or coffee during the day and carbohydrates or alcohol at night, all of which exacerbate the problem.

How to break this vicious cycle? To reduce food cravings, the body needs real support - and lots of it. We have seen over and over that eating healthy foods, adding pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements and moderate exercise can almost miraculously curb cravings. Your metabolism will heal itself when provided with the necessary nutritional support. If it has been damaged, the process can take some time, but it will happen.

For many people this is all common knowledge, but for many of you it will come as a revelation. Foods/supplements which will help reduce cravings are: a few raw brazil nuts between meals, oats, healthy fats, getting enough high quality sleep, a daily Kundalini Yoga practice. L-Glutamine. Chromium picolinate. Remember, stress not only comes from working too hard, it also comes from eating and imbibing things which aren't good for us. Even though we feel justified, it still creates karma and health issues as well. We owe it to ourselves and the people in our lives to do the right thing for ourselves.