What? Sugar is an addiction worse than heroin?
Many articles have come out about how certain foods are designed to be addictive to the human brain. (One example: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2349007/Food-really-addictive-Study-finds-brain-activity-similar-heroin-users-eating-certain-processed-foods.html)
The articles basically says that studies have shown that food could be as addictive as class-A drug heroin and nicotine in cigarettes. They found substance abuse and food with a high glycemic index – such as white bread and potatoes – may trigger the same brain mechanism tied to addiction. And that eating highly processed carbohydrates can cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings.
No, not the Oreos!
Another study came out last week about Oreos. (One example: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/10/16/oreos-may-be-as-addictive-as-cocaine/?iid=nf-article-trend-now)
The articles about Oreos basically explain that Oreos are as addictive as cocaine with lab rats. According to the new study, eating Oreos activated more neurons in the rat brain’s “pleasure center” than drugs such as cocaine.
If you read books like Salt, Sugar, Fat, by Michael Moss, http://www.amazon.com/Salt-Sugar-Fat-Giants-Hooked/dp/1400069807, you will see how those companies learned how the brain reacted to the combination of those three items and how to “hook” their customers. Whether you like it or not, Coca Cola, General Mills and the like–are all drug pushers and you, the addicted one, are their junkee.
Here are the signs if you are a sugar junkie:
If you want to go through detox and stop being a junkie, here are some ways to do it.
21 day Detox: http://www.rosecole.com/handouts/21DaySugarDetox.pdf
One you have detoxed, then you can really start to cut back more on carbs like Quinoa, oats, wheat, and rice–in order to lose more weight. It is hard to lose a lot of weight if you eat more than 50g ot 100g of carbs a day and those things have a lot of carbs. But, your first focus should be to DETOX and you will still lose weight because your body is obviously getting less carbs and sugar from eating less of the junk carbs. So, detox and then look at any of my other blogs on losing weight the low carb way and reaching your goal weight. (Example: https://skinny-rules.com/2013/10/18/the-rules-for-losing-weight/)
I will go into more depth on next week, in case you need a breakdown. Now, go detox! Find a friend, detox together. It is easier to do it with a friend. There is also Overeaters Anonymous meetings. Those are free and for those who can’t stop eating foods that they want to stop eating…..