Where Have My Cravings Gone?

One thing that you may have noticed if you have followed my advice and decided to increase the amount of fat and protein in your diet is that your cravings are gone (or at least decreased).

While you might be thinking, of course, fat makes you feel full (and you are right), but there is more going on here than you might realize and this has big implications on why you want to continue to eat the way you are eating.

Am I Really Hungry?

You probably know what hunger is, don’t you? It is that ache in your stomach and if you don’t eat soon, then thoughts of food becomes an obsession, where you have to get some food and you have to get it right now.

We’ve all seen those movies where someone is crawling across a desert, the sun is beating hard down on their head and the last bit of water they had was yesterday. Most people describe hunger in exact same way (only instead of craving water they are craving French fries, or a chocolate bar).

This may come as a bit of a surprise, but that is not hunger.

What you are experiencing is addiction. When you become obsessed, shaky, aggressive and anxious about not having food, then you are experiencing withdrawal symptoms from an addiction.

As you move from eating a standard American diet to eating healthy, you have removed a lot of the foods that you are addicted to. But as so many addiction programs say: Once an addict, always an addict.

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How to Lose Weight

Ultimately there are only three ways to lose weight:

The first is to eat less calories than you burn: This method (which I call the starvation method) will work for a while, but since your brain uses so much your energy, you go crazy with cravings when you limit your calories (especially if you are still eating sugars or foods that act like sugars). And this is the method that will drive you crazy with calculating calories in verses calories out.

The second is to stop producing fat: You can accomplish this by limiting the amount of fructose you take in your body. Remember that fructose (which shows up in soda, fruit, fruit juices, table sugar, and anything with high fructose corn syrup) is what makes fat – not eating fat. You also have to remember that table sugar (sucrose) is one-half fructose – so, yes, you have to av

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Are you on the Wrong Fuel?

Our world is burning the wrong fuel. Whether you believe that global warming is real or not, burning fossil fuels creates problems such as air pollution, environmental damage, and political instability. There will be a day when oil costs more than it is worth to extract it from the ground. Changing from burning oil to using renewable resources is not going to be easy, but once we have made the change we will all be better off.

The same is true with our body’s fuel.

Most people think that our body’s energy and sugar are the same thing. The reason you think this has to do with a combination of advertising and misguided research studies. In the past, it was well known that athletes would “bonk” when they exercised for a long time without eating anything. Researchers discovered that bonking was due to running out of glycogen (the quick-energy form of sugar). To keep from bonking, scientists discovered, athletes needed to keep taking sugar in during exercise.

The sport drink industry has pushed this idea out of the science lab and into our brains and this is why most of us think that sugar is the same as energy. When you feel tired, it is your blood sugar dropping, isn’t it? Even kids know this. Our bodies are tied to sugar like our world is tied to oil, we cannot imagine a world without either of these energy sources. But there is another fuel source that is not only better for our health, but is also better for weight loss.

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What is Wrong with Fruit Juice?

If you are like many parents and trying to help your kids make good choices about what they are eating, you might find yourself reaching for fruit juice when you are shopping instead of soda. While I applaud the move to get soda out of your and your children’s life, fruit juice is actually no better than soda and it may actually be much worse.

I know that this is the last thing you want to hear because when you think of fruit juice it seems so natural and it just feels like it is good for you. When you are shopping and you see a label that says “100 percent fruit juice” it looks healthier than everything else on the isle. Or, when you see that cooler of fresh squeezed juices and smoothies it seems fresh, natural, and full of vitamins.

Yes, fruit is natural. The problem lies is how much we are drinking and the strange messages that fructose sends to our bodies.

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How to Break a Sweet Tooth Addiction

Want to learn how to break a sweet tooth addiction? That is easy.

Well it is easy to say (but actually very hard to do). If you have ever tried to stop eating sugar then you know just how hard it is and new research is showing us exactly why it is so hard to kick the white death out of our diets.

While you might have wrestled with your sweet tooth in the past, let me show you how you can knock it down and finally triumph over this pesky troublemaker.

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Why Does Sugar Give Me a Headache?

Does eating sugar give you a headache? The sugar headache, otherwise known as the Holliday Headache (because we eat so much sugar on Easter, Halloween, Christmas and other holidays) has a lot in common with a hangover headache but it strikes any time year when we overdo sugar.

While most have experienced a sugar headache at some time in their lives it is not well known in medical circles. It might even surprise you to learn that the exact causes of all headaches are a bit of a mystery. Migraines and cluster headaches are thought to be vascular (having to do with blood flow) but how blood changes create a headache is unknown; the same is true of the sugar headache.

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