It’s been a while since I’ve been on the subject of nutrition, almost as long as my recovery. Don’t think that hasn’t been in the forefront while I’ve been recovering. In fact, what has enabled me to continue to recover as quickly is being mindful of my nutrition. I will admit though I’ve not been perfect and probably caved in to more cheat days then I normally would give in to.. But hey, sometimes I am human. So now that I am getting stronger on my track it’s time to reckon with those demons and banish them off the track.
Sugar does to your brain — the exact same thing smoking, alcohol and cocaine do.
Studies show that Lab rats prefer sugar to cocaine. When given the choice between sugar, cocaine and alcohol those cross-addicted rats always choose sugar.
Eating high-sugar foods lights up your brain on an MRI like a Christmas tree. The very same part of the brain that’s triggered by cocaine or heroine according to research by Dr. David Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D.
The dopamine receptors are activated in the brain when sugar is consumed, and the more sugar that is ingested the more desensitized the brain becomes to the dopamine response and the more sugar is needed to maintain that high.
When the brain starts reducing its number of dopamine receptors in order to keep things balanced “downregulation” is the reason we develop a tolerance.
From there it’s a downward spiral…
Eating wheat, flour and sugar in processed foods spikes our sugar, then insulin. These are the hormonal disturbances that make you store belly fat, and then you are hungry for more sweets and starchy junk food and the cycle continues from there.
Sugar increases your insulin levels, which can lead to:
•IMPAIR BRAIN FUNCTION
•HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND HIGH CHOLESTEROL
Controlling your insulin levels is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your overall health, and avoiding sugar is the key.
Bottom line, there is no fundamental difference between junk food addiction and drug addiction and basically, Oreos are legal crack. : /
In peace, health & with much love,
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer