Sunday, July 07, 2013
And now you've heard it all. Every article, every TV show, every new book of promises....the list goes on and on. In search of a quick fix, people will pay fortunes and have little to show for it. Instead of working against our bodies, let's do a little research and see if we can reach our own healthy conclusions.
I saw this article in the news and just had to get it out to my Sparkies.
According to the author, those carbs from breakfast only send your blood sugar soaring and then, suddenly, plummeting. We all agree that about 4 hours after we've put down that fork, such a meal can make you hungrier than if you'd eaten one with more protein and fiber and fewer simple carbs, according to a new study.
The echo of a heavy carb meal activates the regions of the brain associated with craving and reward seeking more powerfully than does a meal with a lower "glycemic load." The result at your next meal is that you'll not only be hungrier, you'll be looking for more of the same! Just ask Dunkin Donuts. They make millions off the sugar addiction of simple carbs.
This study was conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, so they must be on to something. These researchers surmise that the striantum, a key node in the brain's reward circuity, may lose its sensitivity to the neurotransmitter dopamine (the feel good, reward yourself one) so that it increases a person's drive to eat high-carb foods and disrupting the ability to control that impulse.
So you don't wonder why you hear that donut calling your name???? I've gotten donut ear muffs so I don't hear it. And I've also done a lot of studying of what I eat and when and how. That heavy carb breakfast that is typically American will indeed kill you if you don't offset the sugar load of simple carbs.
That's why you make fast friends with the other carbs out there. Not all carbs are "bad" since your brain runs on glucose which is formed by burning carbs. The way out of the maze of muffins is to look for other sources, those that take longer to digest. Those that don't go straight to your insulin levels. This also translates into bigger fat cells (yikes)
Food is your friend. Make peace with your body. Add a higher octane to your calorie burn.
Your investigative reporter~Jessica