Addiction to carbohydrate.

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-02-15 07:42:53 -0600
Started 2015-02-12 16:53:35 -0600

Someone gave me a DVD about how the brain works and how we can become addicted to carbohydrates or alcohol or anything. Lets use sugar as an example as that is of concern to diabetics. Each time we eat something sweet, a chemical reaction occurs in our brains. Each repetition makes the connection in our brain stronger and stronger until we feel we cannot control our craving. In order to break the connection, we must go cold turkey. That is cut out the sweet food that is holding that connection together. In time the connection in our brain will be broken and so will the addiction. Cutting back on the sweets will not work as the chemical connection in the brain is not broken and it is very likely that the addiction will become full blown once again.
Toying with occasional "treats" of the food we are addiction to puts us as risk for becoming addicted all over again. It is OK to sweeten non starch foods and drinks with Splenda or Stevia.
As they don't raise blood sugar. However foods with starch like bread or anything with flour keeps
the addiction going as the body doesn't know the difference between sugar and starch. Once the chemical bond in the brain is broken, the craving for it goes away.

12 replies

JoleneAL 2015-02-13 16:05:49 -0600 Report

I put down sugary crap after Christmas. I have had a few pieces of candy here and there when I've been crashing, but honestly, I've pushed it away. There is a King cake in our break room right now. It "smells" sweet … icky sweet. I don't even want it. I've not lost but 4 pounds from it, but I'm not going back!

lilleyheidi 2015-02-13 01:02:30 -0600 Report

i have always felt/believed that I was addicted to sugar. Yet, at the same time have always felt I could have the "occasional" treat. I've really been struggling for the past month or so with sugar. I've been eating low fat french vanilla yogurt in the morning ignorantly. I should be smarter than this, but I saw organic, and low fat and I dunno, I never read the ingredients, just the calories and carb content. I knew yogurt was healthy! So recently I read the ingredients, and the third ingredient (i think) is sugar !!! No frickin wonder I've been struggling with sugar for the past while. I've been eating it every day ! I've now switched to plain regular full fat yogurt and it has no sugar and I just sweeten it with berries and sometimes a small sprinkle of splenda if i need it. The craving for sugar is starting to go away again, but it does take about 2 weeks to leave the body. I could kick myself in the ass !!!!

RosalieM 2015-02-13 12:48:26 -0600 Report

Great detective work. I know understanding how addiction works keeps me from getting re addicted.

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Jibber Jabber 2015-02-12 20:44:25 -0600 Report

I worked in the field of addiction in NYC..and had to take several classes at CUNY…and was amazed at how visisbly different the brain of an addict is from a "normal" brain…These pics were from people that were drug and/or alcohol addicted…but I would assume..that it would be the same for any true addiction…

haoleboy 2015-02-12 20:10:23 -0600 Report

"It is OK to sweeten non-starch foods and drinks with Splenda or Stevia." why just those two?. What's wrong with the other artificial sweeteners? Aspartame has worked well for me.


RebDee 2015-02-12 18:55:37 -0600 Report

Just like the song, ADDICTED TO LOVE: Take away the starches, I'm addicted to carbs.
Thanks Rosalie for the info. I never associated it with brain function but it sounds logical.

haoleboy 2015-02-12 21:04:29 -0600 Report

you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah
It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough
You know you're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to lunch

RebDee 2015-02-12 18:53:59 -0600 Report

Just like the song: Addicted to love, I sing: Take away the starches, I'm addicted to carbs.
Thanks Rosalie for the info regarding brain function with sweets. It sounds like the truth but I never heard it put quick that way.

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