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Sugar Blues

Monday, September 11, 2017

The cycle:

Eat sugar=being hungry all the time, especially at night=gain weight

Cut out sugar=leptin and ghrelin seem to regulate=lose weight

I. know. this.

However, I can't seem to get rid of the sugar. The sugar is very tied to my current emotional stresses, which include some family issues and things I see on a daily basis where I live and work.

I'm exercising. I'm meditating. I'm keeping a journal. I know healthier stress relief patterns.

I've tried telling myself that I deserve a healthy body.

I've tried telling myself that I feel much better when I get the sugar out. (Very, very true).

I've tried telling myself that my body is going to break down if I keep eating sugar, not losing weight, etc. (Also, probably true - cancer history in my family, the potential for diabetes given my weight, and two immuno issues that are exacerbated by sugar).

I'm intelligent and well-educated. I don't drink soda. I don't have a lot of junk in the house.

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    I feel ya. My son was diagnosed with hypoglycemia a while ago and we had to cut all processed sugar. This is almost impossible to do because almost everything has processed sugar in it unless it's pure from the earth and sugar is addictive.
    1410 days ago

    I read somewhere that when we are fatigued and/or stressed our bodies are programmed to want--to crave--simple carbs (such as sugar) because it knows that this is a quick fuel and can help us fight and/or run away if we need to. The problem is that, today, things that stress us out aren't things we can fight and/or run away from.... so what used to be a helpful bit of biological programming backfires.

    I don't have any solutions.... I struggle with this myself. But know you are not alone.
    1413 days ago
    Because that sugar crap releases endorphins in your brain, that condition you to want it. It is a terrible, insidious thing, very like certain drug addictions. I am a bright person, too, and struggle with the same issue. As long as I don't have any sweets, it is much easier to not have them. But if I have just a bite, just one tiny thing, the Beast comes out and it is an overwhelming urge to have more.Fruit doesn't seem to trigger it as badly as cookies, candies and other "dessert-y" things. I am struggling to convince myself that it CAN be a complete supper without a dessert at the end. I'm succeeding, but, yes, it is REALLY hard! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1413 days ago
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