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The Blood Sugar Solution-Food Addictions

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Food Addiction-Fixing your brain chemistry
New discoveries in science prove that processed-, sugar-, fat-, and salt-laden food-food that is made in a plant rather than on a plant is biologically addictive. No one ever called broccoli or kale addictive.
There are specific biological mechanisms that drive addictive behavior. Primitive neurochemical reward centers in the brain that override normal willpower. In the vast majority of cases, certain types of processed foods made of sugar, fat and salt are combined in ways that are addictive. We are biologically wired to crave these foods and eat as much of them as possible.
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KAYOTIC 4/8/2013 9:12AM

    Once you stop eating those kinds of foods, you stop craving them also. And then if you do try them again after eating whole, natural foods that you prepare yourself, they have lost their allure, and just don't taste good (overly salty, sweet, greasy, or bland, oddly enough!). At least that has been my experience.

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RD03875 4/7/2013 2:20PM

    Since becoming a diabetic, I lost all my food addictions because I know what It can do to me.

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TUBLADY 4/6/2013 6:49PM

    You are so right. That's why I don't eat food with sugar,starch or very little fat.
If I sweeten anything it's with honey. I don't use any thing but olive oil.
I don't eat any starchy carb loaded foods.
I have been on Paleo for over a month. If it isn't grown naturally and from that era I don't eat it. No enhanced foods, No preservatives.
Even if I wasn't trying the Paleo way I limited my carbs to all natural fruit and vegetables. No processed foods. No baked or sugar laden items.
When you eliminate sugar from your diet, you feel so much better. If you try later to eat sugary items they make you sick. Found that out the hard way.
The reason we are an obese society is the food that most eat has too much fat, sugar and carbs. Too many hormones and chemicals added to give it better taste and shelf life.
When people reduce those over loads of fat, sugar and carbs they will feel like different people .
Just as cigarettes, drugs and alcohol are addictive, so is certain foods.
It's a lot harder to kick the food addiction than any of the other addictions. The availability of those foods is too easy. It's hard, but it can be done.
Be strong, stay positive.
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JSTETSER 4/6/2013 4:44PM

    Debbie, you are so right. We can overcome the food addictions. I'll post that part tomorrow! Thank you so much for following my blog.

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DEBBYFROMMT 4/6/2013 10:45AM

    But we a strong! We can overcome this now that we know!

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DS9KIE 4/6/2013 8:55AM

    yikes

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1CRAZYDOG 4/6/2013 8:36AM

    YES! That information really helped me change my relationship with food totally! Thinking of these substances as addictive, just like alcohol or other substances are to those who abuse made it easier for me to both understand the cravings AND work on kicking them out of my life.

With no sugar to speak of (other than what comes in natural forms like in fruit), no processed foods, none of the "whites" (potatoes, rice, sugar, "junk food") I feel soooo much better.

Concentrating on greens, beans, onions, mushrooms, seeds and adding in grains, the more natural diet really helped.

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MSLZZY 4/6/2013 8:23AM

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NELLJONES 4/6/2013 8:04AM

    My body craves a lot of things, but not all the time, and I have learned to live with it. It feels good to empty a full bladder but I don't drink gallons just to enjoy that pleasure. And sleep is as blissful as candy. We can pick our bliss providers.

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DEBBIELCG 4/6/2013 7:28AM

    validating what we all know. then throw some hormones into the picture and our cravings go out of control.

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SANDRALEET 4/6/2013 6:57AM

    junk food is addictive real food is not I never heard of people get addicted to fruit vegetables and whole grains We all so have to learn to stop when full

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MARI-SERV 4/6/2013 6:38AM

    I know my body craves sugar and I believe that it is an addiction.

I think that when I stopped smoking years ago eating became my new addiction.

When I stay away from the sugar the cravings stop.

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