How to end carb cravings … FINALLY!
I don’t think there’s anyone on earth that has escaped suffering the intensity of carb cravings.
The bread basket at the restaurant just sits there openly seducing you.
That load of pasta that was supposed to feed eight has mysteriously .. gone!
The chips machine at work whispers to you every time you pass.
Your mind tries to work but just can’t rid itself of the image of a muffin, donut or bagel .
This is the nether world of carb cravings, and it’s real for 99.9% of people. But like a true addict, most of us deny it.
The Truth: All carbs are not created equal
Yes, carbohydrates may be a necessary food group, but starchy carbs are the least healthy (and most addicting) form.
Yes, they may provide some nutrients, but starchy carbs turn to sugar upon digestion. They aren’t much better than eating a candy bar or cookie. Want an example? Potato!
So for healthy, nutritious carbs, vegies and legumes are by far your best choice.
Why must you be so deprived?
There are many reasons that we carve carbs, and you can help curb your cravings if you figure out what may be behind them.
Here are some possibilities: (feel free to den them, but they ain’t going away!)
Most of us are Carbohydrate Addicts
Current research says very clearly that the primary underlying cause of carbohydrate addiction is in your brain’s reward system.
Sugar and starchy carbohydrate foods cause the release of serotonin (your body’s feelgood chemical) and it gives us a calming sensation.
Refined Carbohydrates also trigger increased releases of dopamine and norepinephrine. Your brain becomes deluged with these neurotransmitters, and a feeling of euphoria results and a craving for more refined carbohydrates is stimulated. Crazy, man!
An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) may cause feeling of fatigue. Many people reach for refined carbohydrate pick-me-ups including soda, chips, candy bars, crackers and other similar foods to combat this fatigue.
Yeast feeds on sugar, and with enough sugar can multiply out of control and overcome your friendly intestinal flora (which normally helps to keep yeast in check and under control).
A vicious cycle begins where yeast, wanting more nourishment, triggers cravings for sugar, which in turn leads to greater yeast overgrowth, which then triggers more intense cravings for sugar.
Stress and adrenal overload
Stress triggers the release of the hormone cortisol which can give you an intense appetite for sugars and fats.
Menopause and/or pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
When levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone drop, women may be more prone to insulin resistance The body’s cells don’t respond as they should to insulin. This can cause sugar cravings to soar. The cells haven’t received the glucose they were expecting from the bloodstream.
Depressed people often report feeling less depressed after eating high-carb snack foods.
This can be a demonstration of the increased production of serotonin after refined carbohydrate ingestion, which mimics the action of antidepressant medications.
Lacking nutrients can trigger cravings, especially the B vitamins.
What You Can Do
Obviously if there is an underlying problem, we need to address it. Here’s some measures that can help:
- Probiotics: help keep yeast under control.
- Multi-vitamin: To ensure that any nutrients that may be missing in your diet are provided.
- Vitamin D: Low Vitamin D levels are associated with decreased satiety.
- Eat a healthy, whole foods diet to provide a variety of healthy nutrients, fiber and antioxidants.
- Avoid refined carbohydrates at all cost. Completely eliminate them from the refrigerator, cupboard and pantry, and bring protein snacks to work with you. There no simple or halfway answer here. Would you suggest your heroin addicted son could just shoot up on weekends? It’s cold turkey or nothing.
- Cook meals at home versus dining out. At home meals can encourage better control over what is served, and avoids the temptation of the bread basket, desserts and carbohydrate-rich dishes like pasta. And.. even if the restaurant is expensive.. it’s still not going to make food or oil choices with the same intention of your ultimate health that you can have with your own food selections.
- Drink plenty of alkaline high hydrogen water. Dehydration is the number one nutritional deficiency in North America. Our bodies often mistake hunger for thirst, and not drinking enough water can lead to overeating. but remember.. there’s water.. and there’s water!
- Avoid caffeine. Caffeine can aggravate sugar addiction (when a person comes down from a caffeine-induced energy ‘high,’ they often reach for sugar).
You can do it! We did, and there is still the same love of food on the ‘other side’.
I have to admit, I wasn’t fun to live with when anyone got between me and food when I was hungry. How about you? Do you get angry? If so blame your caveman within. He or she is talking to you.
Where does this anger come from? And why doesn’t everyone get like I did?
The Side Effect of My Type of Hunger
Everything you eat – carbohydrates and proteins – are converted through digestion into simple sugars (such as glucose). there is a proviso: IF you are not in ketosis!
These nutrients enter your bloodstream, then they are distributed to your organs and tissues and consumed as fuel.
Obviously, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream start to drop if not replenished.
Sufficiently low blood-glucose levels will send a signal to your brain which interprets it as (in caveman terms) a life-threatening situation.
Unlike most organs and tissues in your body which can use a variety of nutrients to keep functioning, your brain is critically dependent on a little glucose to keep on thinking about sabre toothed tigers. If you are in ketosis, it will ‘mainline’ on ketones, converted from fat. But, as I discovered, getting into ketosis means getting off the ‘fast action’ sugars and carbs that supply an excess of glucose.
I found it quite disconcerting. My normal easy going nature became quite agressive, and I had trouble concentrating. The worst aspect of it was that i thought this was normal.
This diagram from Amanda Saltis’ article demonstrates the process.
More ways of seeing if you are like me.
Besides a drop in blood-glucose concentrations, another reason people can become hangry is the glucose counter-regulatory response. Let me explain.
When blood-glucose levels drop to a certain threshold, the brain sends instructions to several organs in your body to synthesise and release hormones. These hormones increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
There are four main glucose counter-regulatory hormones.
(a) Growth hormone from the pituitary gland situated deep in the brain;
(b) Glucagon from the pancreas;
(c) Adrenaline, which is sometimes called epinephrine,
(d) Cortisol, which are both from the adrenal glands.
These last two glucose counter-regulatory hormones are stress hormones. They are are released into your bloodstream in many stressful situations, independent of the physical stress of low blood-glucose levels.
Our ‘fight or flight’response releases Adrenaline. It is one of the major hormones released into our bloodstream in response to a sudden scare, such as when we see, hear or even think something that threatens our safety.
The flood of adrenaline you get during the glucose counter-regulatory response promotes a similar response.
Nature and nurture
Hunger is also linked to anger becasue, believe it or not, both are controlled by the same genes. The product of one such gene is neuropeptide Y. It’s a natural brain chemical released into the brain when you are hungry.
It stimulates voracious feeding behaviours by acting on a variety of receptors in the brain, including one called the Y1 receptor.
Besides acting in the brain to control hunger, neuropeptide Y and the Y1 receptor also regulate anger or aggression. So people with high levels of neuropeptide Y in their cerebrospinal fluid may also show high levels of impulse aggression.
As you can see, there are several pathways that made me you prone to anger when I was hungry. Angry hunger is surely a survival mechanism that has served humans and other animals well.
We have to admit that if hungry organisms (us) stood back and graciously let others eat before us, our species probably wouldn’t be here today.
While many physical factors contribute to angry hunger, psychosocial factors also have a role. Culture influences whether you express verbal aggression directly or indirectly, for instance.
And as we are all different across all of these factors, it’s little wonder there are differences in how angry people seem to get when they’re hungry.
Dealing with hungry anger.
The easiest way to handle hunger-anger would seem to be to eat something before you get too hungry. While you may yearn for quick-fix foods, (foods that keep you in the acid hunger cycle), these foods generally induce large rises in blood-glucose levels that come crashing down fast. Think breads, and sugars, now known to be highly addictive, creating addict-like responses.
￼Ultimately, they may leave you feeling angrier and hungrier. It was only when I went ‘cold turkey’ with carbs and sugars that my hunger-anger ceased, I stopped scanning the table for other people’s leftovers, and getting angry.
In these cases, it can help to remember that, with time, our glucose counter-regulatory response will kick in and our blood-glucose levels will stabilise.
Ketones help keep my hunger under control because my brain can use ketones in place of glucose for fuel. In fact ketones are my natural ancestral brain food! Am I always in ketosis? As long as I limit my addictive carbs and sugars. Yes, I have a ketone tester which tells me immediately whether I am in ketosis or not. I am never half in ketosis, so I am either an addict to hunger-anger, or I am not.
And.. like any addict, I really didn’t understand my addictive state. If you’d like to know more about my diet turnaround, here’s a link to our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
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Almost everybody who starts our New Alkaline diet has to deal with cravings. I’m sure even Elle McPherson went through them.
Unless you never ate sugar in your life, you’ve had cravings. Yet… knowing that it’s a common problem doesn’t make it any easier for you.
We’ve found that these tactics help a lot. We are asking a lot to give up your ‘crutch’ your ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ so the least we can do is show you what we have learned about overcoming cravings.
There are a few tactics we have found that work for almost everybody.
5 Crave Stopping Hacks
1. Sleep Enough.
It sounds like an odd first hack, but short on zeds does make you crave junk food. It’s also a sure way to make sure that you don’t have enough willpower to resist because you feel like well… crap..
Without sufficient sleep, 2 things happen.
a) You overproduce cortisol. This makes you hungrier, particularly for sugar.
b) Your body sends less glucose to your prefrontal cortex , your impulse-control center. You have less control over your actions (and your cravings).
How important is sleep? Try living without it.
2. Eat Enough Healthy Fats.
We usually crave non-NAD (New Alkaline Diet) foods because we’re just not eating enough, especially when first starting on the diet. Remember that you’re cutting out a lot of the nasty starches and sugars, so you need a replacement. The health-friendliest and most satisfying way to replace it is with good fats, such as coconut oil, pastured beef fat, avocado fat etc.
Make sure that you eat enough food at every meal. If this doesn’t seem a problem,Sounds like it shouldn’t be a problem, but when you’re changing diet, you often under eat without even knowing.
3. Avoid Snacking.
If you are already a snacker you’ve trained your body like a puppy to beg for food at regular hours. Continue to snack regularly, and you’ll continue to be reminded snack at those times because your body will expect it.
I know, I know. You don’t like this suggestion. just remember the AA maxim. One day at a time.
Once you say no to snackaddiction (and begin eating only nutritious NAD foods), your hunger pangs will cease because you’re getting off the up-down mood cycle so evident in over-acidic people.
4. Drink More Water: alkaline hydrogen rich pure water if possible..
Drinking has the same problems as eating. Being dehydrated supercharges your cravings. You don’t need to drink gallons, but definitely make sure you drink water regularly.
5. Go Cold Turkey.
There’s no easy way to say this. Just do it. We admit we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Face it, Kiddo. If you could have changed your diet, YOU WOULD HAVE! Sugar is by far the most addictive part of non-NAD foods. It isn’t easy to give up processed sugar cold turkey, but if you can do it, your cravings will be much easier to control sooner rather than later. I can absolutely say that my whole food preferences, servings size and enjoyment have all changed as I gave up on sugar (and grains and acidic foods!)
Are you in? Or are you still trying to manage the addict?
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If you could get a device implanted that prevented appetite would you do it?
We’ll assume for the moment that it is guaranteed to work. Well, it’s available.. or it will be soon but don’t hold your breath for it as a Medicare deduction..
The details are below, but it brings up an important question for me. If suddenly our hunger was halted, wouldn’t we still be attracted to the foods that caused us the problem in the first place? And if we don’t address the possibility that our food choices rather than our food quantity may be the reason for our obesity and ill health, how will reduced hunger help?
Knowing what we now know about the addictive nature of grains and sugar, let’s say you’ve implanted the device.. will it halt the addictive behaviour or what? Will it leave you unhungry but unhappy?
Seems to me that as long as you eat addictive food, hunger will be just one of the tools your addiction will use to keep you that way. Cassie and I have written lots more on this subject in our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
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EnteroMedics’ Maestro System has become the first obesity device to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in ten years.
The device, which the company compares to a pacemaker, is designed to block signals in the nervous system to reduce feelings of hunger.
Obesity is, excuse the phrasing, a growing problem across the world. It is estimated that one third of Americans are clinically obese. While eating less is may present the simplest and most obvious solution for many, combating obesity or stimulating weight loss, especially in the morbidly obese, is not a linear problem. Often it is simply not practicable or effective for those treating obese patients to recommend diet and exercise, and more drastic treatments such bariatric surgery are too invasive for some patients or may have other adverse effects.
The now FDA approved Maestro System, which has been in use in Australia since mid-2011, is implanted via an outpatient procedure. By applying electrical pulses in what EnteroMedics calls VBLOC vagal blocking therapy, it is designed to interfere with signals between the stomach and the brain along the vagus nerve, which regulates the digestive system. Like other approaches to suppressing appetite , the desired result is to decrease feelings of hunger or induce a sense of satiety. The implanted system is connected to a battery which must be regularly recharged by the patient.
“VBLOC Therapy offers an entirely new approach to the treatment of obesity,” says Scott Shikora, MD, FACS, EnteroMedics’ Chief Consulting Medical Officer. “By blocking signals along the nerves that connect the brain and stomach, VBLOC to reduces feelings of hunger and promotes earlier feelings of fullness, which can help people with obesity reduce the number of calories consumed and promote safe, healthy and durable weight loss.”
The procedure is fully reversible and non-invasive and, according to the company, the system allows patients to “lose weight without lifestyle compromises,” it is not designed to suit everyone who needs to shed a few pounds. EnteroMedics specifies that the device is “for the treatment of adult patients with obesity who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 to 45 kg/m2, or a BMI of at least 35 to 39.9 kg/m2 with a related health condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, and who have tried to lose weight in a supervised weight management program within the past five years.”
While clinical trials showed that the device is effective, the FDA notes in itspre-approval report that the trial patients lost 8.5 percent of their excess weight compared to those implanted with a sham device, falling short of the 10 percent requirement. Despite this the FDA has approved the device, which will only be implanted at specially chosen clinics by surgeons who have undergone both implant and explant certification.
The same paper also noted that in longer term weight loss patients it is important that lifestyle and diet habits are also changed, along with any use of a device.
They do it because it WORKS!
A Dartmouth research team has found that alcohol television ads—with their images of good times and beautiful people–are reaching adolescents and creating a negative effect on their behavior, .
Susanne Tanski, MD and colleagues at Dartmouth Medical College and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health discovered that when asked to name advertisers of 351 nationally aired ads for 41 brands of beer and distilled spirits, under-age participants were only slightly less likely than people of legal age to recognize the brand names and say they liked the ads. The participants were 15 to 23 years old. The ads were stripped of logos.
Based on their responses to telephone- and web-based surveys, these adolescents were first rated on their “receptivity” to the ads. The surveys were done 2 years apart. The second survey tracked their behaviors toward alcohol as they got older.
Those with higher scores were found more likely to try alcohol earlier and engage in binge drinking and hazardous drinking.
“The effects are specific to the messaging contained in alcohol advertising,” Tanski wrote.
The results were also independent of alcohol use among friends and parent. “Parental drinking was less robustly associated with drinking than was marketing,” the team found.
The alcoholic beverage industry and television industry face few restrictions in marketing to adolescents, Tanski noted.
“The industry standard directs the alcohol industry to aim for programs where at least 71.6% of the audience is reasonable expected to be 21 years or older,” but that does not prevent teens from seeing the ads.
“In contrast to cigarette companies, which voluntarily ended television advertising in 1969, alcohol continues to be actively marketed on television,” she wrote.
According to James Sargent, MD, a co-author of the study, the research built on an earlier study by the team. As part of that work they found which brands were most popular with teens who were underaged drinkers
Asked to name their favorite brand of liquor or beer, girls in the earlier study favored Smirnoff, Budweiser, Corona, Grey Goose, Bacardi , Captain Morgan, Coors, Skyy, Miller, and Absolut, in that order.
For boys, the favorites were Budweiser, Smirnoff, Coors, Corona, Miller, Captain Morgan, Heineken, Grey Goose, Jack Daniel’s, and Bacardi. in that order.
To choose the ads to use to test subjects’ ad receptivity in the JAMA Pediatricsstudy, the team ranked products by ad spending.
For hard liquor, the ads on which manufacters spent the most were Absolut, Patron, Jose Cuervo, Ketel One, Bacardi, Crown Royal, Jack Daniel’s, Grey Goose, Captain Morgan and Belvedere.
The biggest spending on ads for beer were for Bud Light, Budweiser, Miller Lite, Coors Light, Miller Chill, Heineken, Corona Extra, Bud Light Lime, Corona Light, and Samuel Adams Boston Lager.
All of the brands favored by the underaged drinkers were heavily advertised, the combined results of the two studies show.
Agave. The very name is exciting, redolent of Mexican deserts and secret herbs.
It comes from the same plant used to sweeten Tequila. It’s on the shelves of your local health food shop in more and more products. Why? And it is a good natural substitute for sugar, maple syrup or honey?
Perhaps if you were trying to save money you’d be interested in its relative sweetness. It’s 50% sweeter than sugar.. but at its prices per pound it’s a serious sweetness to the dollar loser. It’s also far more expensive than equally natural cane sugar.
So.. exactly WHY would you choose gave over sugar? One correspondent of mine accused me of being ‘unnatural’, claiming that “The Aztecs prized the agave as a gift from the gods and used the liquid from its core to flavor foods and drinks.”
One might well respond by asking where the Aztecs are today but that would be a cheap shot.
What amuses me is that somehow my correspondent believes that because Aztecs had the same sugar addiction as us and salved it using Agave, then Agave must be somehow better.
So is it a suitable alternative to sugar if you have say, diabetes, or are overly acidic, or have one or more of the hundreds of acid-related health conditions?
Most agave sweeteners come from the blue agave plant. You don’t get its raw nectar. Much like high-fructose corn syrup, it’s highly processed before you can add it to your tea, top your pancakes with it, or get it in an energy drink, bar, or other product. Yes, as my correspondent said, to make the agave nectar, sap is extracted from the pina, filtered, and heated at a low temperature, which breaks down the carbohydrates into a natural sugar blue agave plant. So now it’s a ‘natural’ sugar, so he suggests that because it’s ‘natural’ it’s better for you. Sorry, friend, just because something is ‘natural’ does not automatically send it to the ‘healthy’ box.
By following the New Alkaline Diet I have personally changed my diet substantially away from the concept of gathering calories from carbs and sugars – particularly sugars, given their proven addictive nature. So the fact that agave has about 60 calories per tablespoon, compared to 40 calories for the same amount of table sugar is of no great concern to me because I try to keep away from all sweeteners.
As a result I enjoy my food more than I ever have in my life, I have overcome my sugar-hit mood swings, and I am eating far less becasue I am not experiencing my past sudden snackaholicism.
So if you have diabetes, is it a good ‘natural’ substitute? It’ something the agave vendors claim, but I think having read what I’ve written so far, the answer is self-evident. We are sold on it with claims that it’s high in fructose and low on the glycemic index, making it a better option than refined sugar. But I can find no research to back that up.
The American Diabetes Association seems to have made its mind up. It has listed agave as a sweetener to limit, along with regular table sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup, and all other sugars.
Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at the University of California, Davis, agrees. She says your body doesn’t know where the fructose or glucose comes from, be it fruit, agave, or high-fructose corn syrup; so if you eat too much of it, that’s a problem. I would go even further. There is more evidence coming in almost daily that even artificial sweeteners, once substituted for sucrose and fructose, have exactly the same effect on our body. The drug effect remains.
The simple fact we all shy away from is this: Less Is More With All Added Sweeteners
Agave may be ‘natural’ but it offers no miraculous health benefits, Applegate says. It simply adds sweetness.
Less Is More With All Added Sweeteners, and if you are serious about breaking the acid/inflammation/disease cycle, there’s only one decision you can make.
More on the New Alkaline Diet
Cassie was cleaning up her computer this morning after retrieving it from the clutches of a virus which played havoc with her browser. She found a post she had written for her Alkaline Paleo Diet blog which she had written over a year ago but had never actually added to her blog.
It really inspired me! There are times when it seems the world conspires to cause you trouble. I’m sure you can relate to that, and yesterday was one. It’s always the same: my busy frantic mind thinks that the way to happiness and peace is to work harder, think harder and try harder. Now.. although her post isn’t exactly about that, it still inspired me right out of that mindset and reaffirmed the reason I go to the AlkaWay ofice every day.
This is a small excerpt.
“I believe the whole subject of my decision for my dietary choice is in the end about my own self-empowerment.
Can I decide for myself what I need to eat for my bodies health? Or am I at the mercy of my cravings or someone else’s food cult? Because whenever I decide that someone else is going to fix me I have given my power away. And when I give my power away to someone else’s ideas I know now that I will be assured of the limited consequences of this choice. This choice will lead me to finally ignoring my body and its needs because I tried all those things that someone else told me to do and they didn’t work so I gave up.”
Here’s the full version of what she wrote.
Having never had cocaine I remain an amateur commentator on this, but as a water filtration buff I wonder what will get it out? Certainly reverse osmosis.. but there are are as many contaminant COLLECTING technologies around as there are contaminant reducers, so some smartie is going to start concentrating the coke in his water. Mark my words.
Do you go to the gym to lose weight then have a Coke to cool off?
The biggest mistake many of us make is going to the gym and then failing to clean up our diet. For many of us, diets are a daily kitchen battlefield. And one of the biggest mistakes that individuals often make is by substituting diet soda for regular soda.
While cutting out soda is one of the smartest things a person can do – intaking calories via liquid is never a good ide. And yet that’s what many of us do. We even try it with the so-called zero calorie drinks. Be warned: the calorie count may read “0” – but there are still serious negative drawbacks associated with diet sodas.
A brand new study conducted by researchers at John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland shows that many, many overweight or obese people who drink diet sodas are more likely to consume a higher amount of calories from food than people who don’t drink soda.
Lead author of this particular study, Sara Bleich, stated that “overweight and obese adults who drink diet soda eat a comparable amount of total calories as heavier adults who drink sugary beverages, they consume significantly more calories from solid food.” This encompassed both meals and snacks and it should give cause for concern to people who may be looking at diet sodas as a quick fix.
Furthermore, people who drink diet soda are more likely to have a higher body mass index (BMI) according to this study.
The data set is strong: it involves information gleaned from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2010. That survey was focused on discovering nationwide patterns in adult diet beverage intake and also took into consideration overall calorie intake.
The researchers involved in the John Hopkins study found that drinking diet sodas did not promote excess eating in normal-weight individuals but that overweight or obese people who drank diet soda would eat significantly more and would also consume more snack food than those who drank regular sodas.
The reason for this is likely because of artificial sweeteners, which basically trick the brain into thinking you are less full than you actually are. This can cause cravings which ultimately ruin diets and lead to unhealthy food choices. The researchers involved with the study also noted in their abstract that consumption of diet soda has risen from 3% in 1965 to 20% as of 2013.
Ian: How about it? Where are you substituting liquid for solids with the idea it’s better?
This 1 “healthy” drink makes you fatter.
What’s the number one 1 drink that has been marketed to you as “healthy”? What if you knew it is actually causing you to gain weight?
Yup, OJ, our fave breakfast healthy heartstarter makes you fat… is your supermarket orange juice. (and other juices too…)
It’s yet another case of us accepting something we are told is true enough times. And there was huge money to be made from fruit juice if the corporate spin doctors could just ‘message’ it right. Enter Vitamin C. An adman’s dream.
We’re all pretty cognizant of the fact that Coke is bad for us, right? (despite coke’s latest attempts to paint itself with healthy colours through some pretty weird ad messages) But here’s the truth: supermarket juice has up to 400% MORE sugar and calories than the fruit it came from! And comparing it with just having an orange from the tree.. well, where’s all that fibre gone?
So here’s the truth. Sugar is poison. Not just a little poison. A big poison. The elss sugar you can have the better. End of story. So in this perverse world of a nation addicted to the drug, it may even be said that a coke is better for you than a glass of OJ. Weird, huh? Just how bad is it?
Yup, One of the very worst things to drink has LESS calories than what we and the label call “healthy” fruit juice.
As for other fruit drinks.. you know the sort i’m talking about.. those happy happy drinks we buy our kids to slip into their lunch box to make sure they are ‘happy/stoned’ on sugar? They are as low as 10% real juice, and the juice usually comes in concentrate form.
Does it really matter what sort of sugar it s?
Is it cane sugar? (bad) Is it corn syrup fructose? Bad.
Is it agave syrup sugar? Bad.
No it doesn’t matter one whit. The best way to think of sugar in any form is to understand its addictive and health destructive power and STAY AWAY FROM IT! It’s no longer conjecture. The number of studies conclusively linking sugar in all of its forms to addiction and degraded health are legion.
And yes, all sugar is acidifying. And all acid is inflammatory. And all inflammation is a possible precursor to more serious health conditions.
Ask yourself; are our kids the picture of steady energy or are they screamin’ neemies with wildly oscillating moodswings? Sugar. (and energy drinks but don’t get me started on that one!
Just because a picture of an orange is on a bottle doesn’t eman that what you are drinking is orange juice. Pictures lie and we accept the lie, albeit subconsciously.
But now you know the TRUTH about store-bought fruit-juices, so you’ll be on your way to a leaner healthier you in no time.
So next time the kids holler for a juice, grab a REAL orange or lemon, cut out a beautiful fresh wedge, squeeze some into a glass of Ultrastream hydrogen enriched water, drop the whole wedge into the glass and give it to Junior. Walk away. DO NOT NEGOTIATE. His life is at risk from sugar!
I’m a confessed coffee freak. I live VERY cleanly: low to no sugar, lots of alkalizing greens, only grass-finished meats.. and I’m seriously healthy. But yes, after residing in Italy for 6 months I became an addict. I love coffee.l I love the ritual, I love the high.. and I know it’s not healthy but I trust and hope its negative effects are ameliorated by my good works at the dinner table.
But one thing I actually detest is the new Keurig coffee pod. It’s unnecessary and a sacrifice of all I hold dear about coffee in the name of that great American slogan that all marketers have found affects us. What is it?
“We make it easy for you!”
So when I learned that the little pods the new system uses enviro effect.. well. I need a good cup of Joe.
This morning Cassie and I were discussing people (ourselves) and their apparent reluctance to accept healing. It came about because in the last week two of our staff have come down with what they identified as food poisoning. One was our son, Neil, who must’ve been feeling very bad because he woke us up in the early hours asking for help. Cassie sat with him, put her hand on his head as he lay in bed and he quickly went to sleep. In the morning, he was fine.
We’ve been really looking closely at the psychology of sickness because we’re attending a course on managing the ego. Who, me? Ego? And we have witrnessed a number of people in the course who talked about mental issues so strong that they became physical pain.. which of course makes you wonder whether the physical pain is real.. especially when 5 minutes of a Mother’s love seems to be able tpo cure food poisoning.
I’m not saying that if you are sick it’s just a mind game, but what I am saying is that here at AlkaWay we do find there is a ‘niche’ of people who want to talk about their sickness but really don’t want to take the steps to fix it. Why is that? Some actually get very defensive when we talk about the alkaline lifestyle. I can’t pin their behaviour down to one thing – they are too clever for that, but what i can say is that all of them have fear of change such that they will actively choose against change that may give them a much happier life.
Hmm.. what do you think?
As a 2 to 3-cup of ‘black Joe’ a day man, this study attracted my attention.
Let me say at the outset that I have tried, God knows I’ve tried to cut out coffee, sometimes lasting years without it. But hey, we are in Italy. Italy IS coffee. Without a coffee you are not really in Italy. So… we are addicts again. We hover our noses over the raw coffee before we make it and breathe in. We watch expectantly as the Bialetti bubbles away.. and we settle into our drug-induced ‘high’ – as I am in right at this moment after coffee #2 of the day.
I tried. Really, I tried.
The interesting thing about this report is that it seems 5+ cups a day, whether decaf or regular, doubles the visceral fat – that’s the fat that accumulates around the organs. Now where did I read about that before? Well, I read it in Dr William Davis’ myth-shattering book, Wheat Belly. He says that wheat does exactly the same, accumulating visceral fat. He also says that this visceral fat around our organs becomes a repository for toxins, which is a very ‘convenient’ place for toxins to reside.
Professor Vance Matthews, who worked on the study said that two cups a day was actually good for us because the chlorogenic acid found in coffee acts to break down fat deposits, but at 5 a day the opposite kicked in, with an additional problem that it increased insulin resistance – a surefire pathway to diabetes.
So for we alkaline paleo diet people this once again demonstrates the problem with a straight ‘alkaline’ diet which only chooses foods based on their ability to have an alkalinizing response in the body. Here we have an acid – just like hugely beneficial Vitamin C is an acid – that has been shown to do us good. And here we see the problem of the alkaline diet’s simplistic approach. It just says choose foods on alkalinizing ability, ignoring the fact that (a) the AMOUNT of food you eat is equally or even more relevant, and (b) it doesn’t even approach the simple truth that without many essential acids we could not survive. Its 80/20 rule (80% alkali producing foods, 20% acid producing foods) has no real science behind it that I have been able to find.
I find this interesting for another reason.
(Please leave if I’m wandering too much) Dr Lynda Frasetto says that in an analysis of paleo diets from available evidence, they were overwhelmingly alkaline. Now, the immediate conclusion would be that they ate more plant food than meat, but other studies conclude the opposite. It seems to me that the answer may be in how much we eat of each group, and my own realisation that the basic alkaline diet wasn’t working for me led me to the experience of almost total carb, grain and sugar reduction, which in turn reduced my addictions to these foods, which in turn reduced my NEED to eat so much! In ‘Building Better Bones’ it states that once we eat too much meat beyond satiety, it all becomes acid waste. So I’m presuming that our ancestors had a very different consumption pattern to us, that all the studies are correct, that they indeed did choose meat and fat as their primary energy source, supplemented by greens, but they never ate to the stage we regularly do and therefore maintained an alkaline diet!
From Cassie Bond,
I’d like to talk about two of the most important reasons I believe people give up using the program. It’s often those of us with health challenges that do give up before we even get to see the benefits.
I want to talk about the problems I have had, and have seen other people encounter in the first stages of this program. I will talk about the changes that we go through as our bodies adjust from a glucose burning body to a fat burning body. The other important thing I am going to talk about today are the “healing reactions” we encounter on our journey to good health. These healing reactions are another reason why we give up and go back to a high carbohydrate diet.
In the first few weeks to 2 months of starting the alkaline paleo program, we will encounter an uncomfortable period of change over, from a glucose burning body to a fat burning body. This period of change over is inevitable as the body changes from using one fuel as a source of energy to using another. The length of time this change will last depends on our personal genetics and our health history.
These changeover symptoms are usually just plain tiredness and sometimes there are flu like symptoms also which may last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. There are those of of us who will hardly even notice the difference but most us will have a sense of real tiredness, we will urinate a lot, have cramps and we will have foggy thinking.
One of the most important things to do to ease the symptoms in this adjustment period is to make sure we are getting plenty of Celtic sea Salt. This will make the process so much easier. The salt will help with the excess urination, tiredness and muscle cramping.
The changeover of the bodies fuels can also cause some depression. This is because the chemicals in the brain are readjusting as they are no longer receiving the opioid like reactions from the wheat and the dairy we have been eating, nor are we getting the blood sugar level highs from the high carbohydrates foods.
But don’t worry, I can guarantee these highs, and of course the inevitable lows that follow, will be replaced by a much more calm and stable mind when you have gone through the initial adjustments.
We need to make sure we can get plenty of rest in this changeover period as the body is doing a lot of work to get us well. It’s a good idea at this stage to start nurturing ourselves in ways that don’t include the old habits of eating high carb comfort foods. We can start doing really nice things for ourselves like taking a walk, reading a great book, having an Epsom salt bath, keeping a journal, meditating, watching a funny movie or just taking a nap.
Now the other reason we may give up the alkaline paleo diet is this. We all believe that when we start eating better we should start getting progressively better from our health challenges. This seems to make total sense right?
No, it’s not like this and I will tell you why.
Many of us who try the alkaline paleo program do so to heal from chronic health challenges that could have been present in the body anywhere from 6 months to many many years to even a lifetime.
When the body is chronically unwell it’s only option for our survival will mean putting some not imminently life threatening health challenges into deeper levels of our body. It leaves them there, till hopefully one day, it will be strong enough to deal with them.
As the body gets the nutrition and cleansing it needs it begins unwinding the deeper layer issues and with this unwinding we may feel ‘sick’ with different symptoms which can be confusing if we don’t understand what is happening.
I call these symptoms ‘healing reactions’ . Healing reactions occur because the body is finally able to deal with these deeper layer issues. Healing Reactions show us that we are now capable of deep healing and they are a great sign.
How can we tell whether what is happening to us is a ‘Healing Reaction’ or that we are just plain getting sicker?
First it is important to know that we must stay on the diet and not cheat to really know if these reaction are healing reactions If we cheat there will be reactions in the body to the cheat foods and these are not healing reactions. These reactions can be quite strong as your body says absolutely “no” to the cheat food and lets you know it. Cheat reactions can last for days after the cheat.
This is how to tell the difference between a ‘healing reaction’ or just plain getter sicker.
Just before we get healing reactions we will start to feel much better and will have more energy. Then in the next day or couple of days, we will find a ‘healing reaction ‘ will occur and we won’t feel good or we will even feel downright awful. Then after maybe a few day to a week we will start feeling good again. This will repeat until all our health challenges are gone.
At this point I would like to say, if you are at all worried about any reactions then it is important that you check with your doctor as it might be something that needs quick attention.
I have heard some people say that they aren’t doing well on a low carb diet and so they start to eat potato or white rice to get more carbs and then say they start to feel a lot better.
Watch out for this, as what is happening is that the healing reactions are actually being halted from the high carb intake and these people are also getting a blood sugar high.
If you do feel the need for more carbs eat some more vegetables, such as cauliflower, zucchini or eggplant as these are carbohydrates but they will not spike your blood sugar nor stop the healing reactions. Spiked blood sugar causes an ageing cascade in the body and is counter productive to healing and longevity.
I hope this helps to bring some reassurance that its ok to have healing reactions . I can honestly say I have now observed enough absolute healing in people from chronic ill health to know that these ‘healing reactions’ are a normal part of the process of total healing
If you let me know of your healing reactions I can help you with ways you can ease some of the discomfort. We really don’t want to resort to drugs if we can help it as this would be counter productive to the healing process.
Contact Cassie at http://www.alkalinepaleodiet.com
Can’t we ever eat like a ‘normal person’ again and be healthy?
“Why can’t I just eat like a normal person?” is a frequent cry I hear from my fellow sufferers.
Eating like a ‘normal person’ in this era of such a high carbohydrate and processed diet cannot be sustained by most people without they also, sooner or later, succumbing to disease. Perhaps to want to eat ‘normally’ is like saying why can’t I smoke and stay healthy?
It has become quite obvious to me that when I mention that wheat should be taken out of every person’s diet as it is actually poisonous that people just go blank. I think this is because wheat has such a hold on us that it is incomprehensible to our wheat addicted minds that we could ever take it out of our diet. It’s just part of everything we eat. We can’t go anywhere without being confronted with food made from wheat.
It doesn’t matter what nationality people are I talk to. Wheat is ubiquitously found it’s way to all cultures in a big way, even Asia, home of rice.
Cheap but nasty
The lovely Heidi, a women in Italy I am staying with is getting a bit wider every year I see her. She is a very aware and loving person but mention that wheat might be a good thing to give up and she has up to now, ignored me. Her new American partner Mark, is diabetic. Diabetes can be reversed by taking high carb food out of the diet. But they eat carbs…. breakfast muesli with chocolate bits and fresh cherries, lunch always has large quantities of pasta, rice or potatoes and dinner is mostly the same. They eat some lettuce and other veges everyday which we grow in the garden but vegetables don’t play a large part in their diet. Neither does meat. Heidi isn’t vegetarian but she is a frugal buyer and meat it’s true is more expensive than pasta. They also snack on 70% dark chocolate.
The trouble with skimping on good food is that you pay and you pay in the way your body works.
You will also be eating a hell of lot more empty carbohydrate fillers, firstly because wheat does make us more hungry, and secondly because our bodies are trying to get more nutrients from these foods which just can’t supply it.
So food may be cheaper but nutrient density wise are they really so cheap?
What Ian and I are eating in Italy
Here in Italy Ian and I each eat a bacon rasher, 2 eggs, 1 medium mushroom and 4 tiny tomatoes cooked in coconut oil with some rocket for breakfast. We are totally satisfied with this. For lunch we have a large salad with home grown lettuce, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, olives, rocket and a small amount of salted anchovies and sometimes some prosciutto. This is covered with a dressing of olive oil, salt and lemon juice. Yummy. Again totally satisfying. For dinner a medium sized bit of meat and above ground vegetables cooked in different ways. Sometimes we might feel like a snack and we eat some nuts, not a lot but it’s a good snack. Totally filling, nutrient dense and not a lot of food in bulk when you look at it compared to a large nutrient empty pasta dish.
Oh yes, that’s right Heidi has fruit trees with the most unbelievable tasting cherries, peaches and apricots. They are nothing like the fruit at home. We have eaten some of this fruit (blush). The good thing about these trees though is that they bear for about two weeks and then the fruiting season is over. No more fruit till next year! This is how it is in nature. No year long supply of fruit and this is how it should be for us, just a short window of fruit eating opportunity.
Heidi says she could never be full on what we eat. She told me last year she had tried the low carbohydrate diet and it wasn’t right for her. It’s obviously not going to be right for anyone who sees wheat as a staple that they cannot give up. This is the very addictive nature of wheat.
So wheat, even though our guts might complain bitterly, we will still ingest a food that is not only nutritionally pretty empty, addictive, makes us more hungry, feeds bad bacteria in our guts, brings our glucose levels up like sugar does (see Dr William Davis “Wheat Belly”) actually causes the gut wall to become leaky because of the Zonulin hormone it releases in the gut and can damage the gut villi due to the gluten contained within it.
Hmm..what else? Oh yes there is a high concentration of phytates in wheat, actually in all grains, which are called antinutrients because they actually stop the absorption of minerals into the body.
Wheat out does us humans in intelligence
Am I still a victim because I can’t eat like a ‘normal person? I have great respect for the power of wheat, after all it’s managed to make it’s way all over the world into everyone’s food and people can’t stop eating it. Perhaps it’s the most intelligent species on earth, not us?
Oh and yes, is whole wheat different to refined wheat? That is an absolute no, whole wheat or not it’s still doing all those nasty things to the body.
The multitudes of health defects from wheat eating
Study on zonulin: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21248165