Is there such a thing as an addiction to carbohydrates? Those that disbelieve in a carb addiction are the same crowd who pack one hundred and fifty to two hundred pounds of refined sugars into their diet yearly. The fattening of America with this formula has now reached epic proportion.
According to government figures, weight gain in the United States population during the past twenty years has increased by thirty-one percent despite the food industry removing fat from almost everything on our shelves! Before the low fat diet craze started forty years ago, far less people were fat. What is creating such hunger in us? It is coming from trying to live mostly on carbohydrates! Unlike fats and protein that do not trigger insulin, carbohydrates always produce the release of that fat-storing hormone. Insulin fattens us up. It destroys our brains' fuel. It plays havoc with our energy and emotional stability.
Previously, in our article “The Centerpiece of Alcoholism,” we talked about the link between hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and alcoholism. At Health Recovery Center, unlike at conventional treatment centers, we work to stabilize fluctuating blood sugars. We have found this helps combat the desire alcoholics have to drink. Carbohydrates are a complex form of sugar and can contribute to the fluctuation in blood sugar.
Take the test below to find out whether or not you have a carbohydrate addiction. As always be sure to consult a physician before making any drastic diet changes.
- When eating sweets, starches, or snack foods, is it hard to stop?
- At a restaurant, do you eat several rolls of bread before the meal is served?
- Do you ever hide food or eat food secretly?
- While eating carbohydrates, do you feel out of control?
- Does your diet consist mainly of breads, pastas, starchy vegetables, fast foods, and/or sweets?
- Do you binge on snack foods candy, or fast foods?
- Do you often feel hungry and unsatisfied after a meal no matter how much you eat?
- Does eating a sweet snack lift your spirits?
- Do you feel sleepy or groggy after a high carbohydrate meal? (i.e. breads, potatoes, pastas, desserts)
- Which would you prefer:
- Do you get tired or hungry by mid or late afternoon?
- When dieting, is it easier for you to skip breakfast and avoid food for most of the day rather than to eat small diet meals?
*(For question 10, consider your response yes if you checked more items in the left handed column than in the right hand column.)
Score: Total the number of yes responses. Then determine which of the following categories you fit into:
- 1-2 Doubtful Addiction
- 3-5 Mild Addiction
- 6-7 Moderate Addiction
- 8-12 Severe Addiction
If you score over five, you are likely a candidate for the low carbohydrate diet.
What should you be doing to curb your craving for carbohydrates?
Introduce ‘good’ fats and proteins into your diet. These will help regulate your blood sugar and keep you feeling full longer. Here is a list of good sources of fat and protein to help you kick the carb habit.
- macadamia nuts
- brazil nuts
- hard cheese
- feta cheese
- cottage cheese
- filberts, goats milk
- organ meats
- peanut butter
- roasted peanuts
- pine nuts
- pumpkin seeds
- rice germ
- sesame seeds
- sunflower seeds
- wheat germ
- yogurt (whole milk)
From the very beginning Dr. Joan Mathews Larson recognized the correlation between fluctuating blood sugar and alcohol addiction. She has worked to develop a treatment program at Health Recovery center that heals clients by identifying and correcting the underlying biochemical causes of their addictions and emotional disorders. In an industry focused on treating only the symptoms, and replacing old drugs with new prescription and psychiatric drugs, Health Recovery Center’s orthomolecular approach offers a true long-term successful solution.