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Carbs, Why The Addiction Is So Hard To Break

Why The Addiction Is So Hard To Break

stock-photo-36814596-addictionThe biggest piece of the puzzle, that influences our motivations to keep this addiction, keeps us also, from enjoying freedom from the ravages, of this devious destroyer of energy, emotional control, senses, health, wealth, sensibility, sanity, and ultimately life. And it is, why is this addiction so hard to break? And believe me, it’s a hard piece to place. I think simply because there are so many facets to this piece. That is what we’re going to look at in this post.

It starts with the way it effects our blood sugar again. Sugar satiates the body quicker than any other food because of the effect it has on our blood glucose. It’s the raising of the glucose that releases a feel good neurotransmitter, serotonin that tells your body to relax and feel safe.

According to Wikipedia; “Serotonin (/ˌsɛrɵˈtnɨn/, /ˌsɪr/) or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a monoamine neurotransmitter. Biochemically derived from tryptophan, serotonin is primarily found in the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract), blood platelets, and the central nervous system (CNS) of animals, including humans. It is popularly thought to be a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness.[6]

It’s this contribution of serotonin to our feelings of well being and happiness, that make us behave either rationally, or irrationally. It’s this one little factor, in my estimation, that is where many of our problems begin. Because of the outside influence on our emotions and feelings of well being and happiness, from fluctuating glucose levels in the blood, we no longer have full control over them. The drop in serotonin, is responsible for making us act differently when our glucose levels are low, rather than when our glucose levels are high. This is what causes more irrational behavior than anything else, other than maybe, chemicals in our environment and food supply. On second thought, it has to be the biggest contributor, because I’m still subject to pollutants in the environment and food supply,  but I’m not subject to the effects of glucose in my system effecting my serotonin levels. My emotions are much more rational than what they were, when I was on a carbohydrate diet. Fluctuating serotonin in my system seldom happens because glucose is not present, to make those serotonin levels fluctuate. My MTC keto diet doesn’t alter my emotions and feelings of well being, because of the lack of glucose, it allows in my diet, to put into my system. Fact is, it allows very little glucose to get into my blood because of the lack of carbohydrates, in this diet.

Because of that, my emotions don’t fluctuate as much as they used to, when I was on a carbohydrate diet. This in turn, means that every thought, every action, everything I speak, is done more rationally, than if I were still on a carbohydrate diet of any sort. This would not be possible if my body weren’t in a state of ketosis. (Thank you, Dr Perlmutter!) You don’t have to take my word, alone, you can ask anybody who ‘s body is in a state of ketosis. They’ll tell you the same thing, That their emotional control has developed far more, than it ever did, as a carboholic.

I theorize that serotonin plays a major part not only in our emotions, but in our desires, also. It has to. If it can influence our emotions, how can it not influence our desires? It’s this influence to our desires that influences our behavior. If carbs influence the amount of serotonin in our systems, wouldn’t carbs then, influence our desires, and behavior? With all this outside influence in our behavior, wouldn’t it make sense, that this outside influence, also plays a major role, in the behavior of everyone in the world? It has to. Doesn’t it make sense, then, if you were to reduce the outside influence in our behavior, everybody would be able to think more rationally. Wouldn’t more rational thinking  throughout the world lead to less violent destruction, and war, worldwide?

But that still doesn’t say enough about why it’s so hard to break this addiction. That’s just the biggest, most important reason. We need to look at, as many reason as we can, to help, as many people as we can, break this deadly cycle of carbolism.

Two more important reason are two hormones that regulate your whole digestive system, leptin and ghrelin. Which more than anything else are regulated by your sleep (hope yours isn’t interrupted). High carb diets are known for inadequate sleep, affecting how these hormones impact your diet.

According to Nora T. Gedgaudas, an acclaimed nutritional therapist, “Leptin essentially controls mammalian metabolism.”Leptin decides whether to make us hungry and store more fat or to burn fat. When your stomach is full, fat cells release leptin to tell your brain to stop eating. This is your body’s brake for the fork to mouth syndrome. Dr Perlmutter goes on to say in Grain Brain that “millions of Americans qualify as bona fide members of the leptin-resistant club. It’s practically a given if you’ve been eating a high carb diet and don’t sleep well. A few of the signs of leptin resistance; being overweight, unable to lose weight and keep it off, constantly craving comfort foods, fatigue after meals, feeling hungry all the time or at odd hours of the night, desire to snack right after a meal, problems sleeping to name a few. For the complete list, read Grain Brain. Leptin resistance is not a condition to strive for. It’s leptin resistance that leads to overeating. Ghrelin resistance, on the other hand, would be better suited for weight loss, as ghrelin is leptin’s opposite in that ghrelin is the hormone that tells you you’re hungry, but ghrelin resistance is impossible on a carbohydrate diet.

According to Dr Perlmutter, ghrelin is the yin to leptin’s yang. This hormone is secreted by the stomach when it’s empty and increases your appetite. As much as leptin tells you to stop eating, ghrelin is the one that tells your, brain it’s time to eat. And it too, is regulated by your sleep. If your sleep is inadequate, you can count on your ghrelin levels to soar, increasing your appetite for more high carb food. This is all part of a cycle that just feeds itself into a larger cycle of high blood sugar, inflammation and disease. Without control of these two hormones, controlling your appetite is going to be next to impossible, if not completely impossible. It’s virtually impossible to control these hormones while on a high carbohydrate diet. The entire ghrelin system (dAG, AG, GHSR and GOAT) has a gluco-regulatory action.[57]”  This means that your glucose levels in your blood stream regulate your hunger. This can be a huge disadvantage when trying to lose weight on a carbohydrate diet. “Circulating ghrelin concentrations rise before eating and fall afterward, more strongly in response to protein and carbohydrate than to lipids.[20]”

In other words ghrelin is activated more by carbohydrates than fats.  This means that a diet high in fats is a lot easier to build up a resistance to ghrelin and make it easier to  control hunger, than a diet high in carbohydrates.

This is where the real benefit of a low carbohydrate diet begins to manifest itself. That benefit, is a more productive brain. (This is something I’ve been proving to myself for the last three weeks, in writing this blog.) Because my body and brain runs on ketones instead of carbohydrates, my brain isn’t subject to the ups and downs of my blood glucose, mostly because there aren’t highs and lows in my blood glucose (something that only happens on a carbohydrate diet).

Carbolism is like any other addiction, only worse, because we were all sold this bill of goods, that, “this is wholesome, healthy food you should be eating”. So, we ate it. and we ate a lot of it. We based our diet on it. We still eat it. We consume more bread products in our diet than anything else, because we were told to. We’ll continue to eat it, until everyone realizes, how dangerous, this food really is. This addiction we’ve thought for years, even in the medical community, was really supposed to be healthy for us. The problem is, it isn’t. It hasn’t been healthy for us, for the last 30 years, at least. Since genetic modification has worked its way into our food supply, studies have shown major changes in our health. Studies have shown an increase in brain degenerative diseases, about the same time that genetically modified grain, slipped into our diet. Alzheimer’s has grown exponentially in the last 30 years, and many scientist, are still trying to understand why. There were also, studies showing increases in diabetes and obesity, increase in cancer, increase in cardiovascular disease and digestive disorders. And, most of this was done under our noses, without us even knowing about it. Shame on us. For the last 30 or so years, this food has been unhealthy for us, but because of the influence that this food has on our serotonin levels, and hormone levels, (ghrelin & leptin), we’ve allowed ourselves to get and continue to be addicted to it.

It’s this continuation of addiction, throughout our society, that makes it so hard to break, our individual addiction to it. It’s the continuation of all the advertising telling to us that we should still be eating this pseudo food, that’s driving this addiction. What drives all of the advertising, is corporate power, simply trying to make as much money as they possibly can for their stockholders.

This is where the difficulty in breaking the addiction, begins, at the corporate level. Because advertising influences our choices so much, corporate America exerts enormous amounts of control over us. With the introduction of sugar into our diet, it makes it even easier, for them to accomplish this.

What does everyone do on Thanksgiving day? What do you do?

If you’re like everyone else, you sit and watch football, the biggest advertising venue in our society, is football. What do you do while you’re watching the football games on TV? If you’re like everyone else, you’re eating chips of some sort, and drinking soda or beer. This is when your blood glucose levels are at their highest, making your serotonin levels also at their highest, influencing a major portion of your behavior. You’re feeling good. You see the advertising, you may be even ingesting the same thing you’re seeing the advertising for. How do you think this is going to make you feel? What do you think it’s going to make you believe? That these substances are good for you? That you should be ingesting them? Naturally! this is how everyone feels. it’s because of that glucose in everyone’s systems’ influencing their thoughts, emotions and  behavior. Is it any wonder that they’re addicted? This is how corporate America controls our emotions, thoughts and behavior.  Remove the carbs, remove the addiction. The problem here, is that you have to break the addiction, it’s that crucial.

Corporations realize this. They don’t want you to break your addiction. They do everything in their power, to keep you addicted. They have to. It’s in their best interest to keep their stockholders happy, and the only way to do that, is to be making money, and lots of it for higher returns in the stock market. It’s the nature of business. Not even knowing that they are killing their customers is enough to influence them into thinking that this is a downhill road that they’re on. This road is so steep, that it can lead, ultimately, to death of our society.

This is why corporations need to realize that they’re killing their customers and in doing so, they’re harming the rest of society. That they’re making all of their customers diabetic and sick, simply because of the excess sugar in their products which they put in, because it satiates so fast. People who ingest their products, like them immediately, making them return customers for life, or, at least, until the next best thing comes along to satiate the appetite. This behavior is completely understandable on a carbohydrate diet, which is ever so prevalent, in a all parts of the world.

 Anyone who’s broken this addiction to the carbohydrate diet and has allowed their body to go into ketosis, knows exactly what I’m talking about. Since they’ve broken the addiction of the fluctuating glucose in their bodies, their serotonin levels don’t fluctuate as much, and thus their thoughts, emotions and behavior isn’t influenced as much as that of someone on a carbohydrate diet. Their thinking is much more rational. Their thinking will never be influence by their diet, simply because of the lack of carbs in it.

Because their bodies are able to go into ketosis, it allows all the magic to happen. If you were to ask anybody who’s been on this diet for at least a year, they will confirm everything I’ve said in these posts. If they have other opinions, it’s usually because the addiction is still talking. I understand how hard it is to break.

The question I keep asking myself, is why do so many people have so much trouble recognizing, accepting, and ultimately breaking this addiction? The reason is something big business, won’t like to hear. But they need to.

Carbs, How To Cut Back

How To Cut Your Carb Intake

It's your choice!
It’s your choice!

This could be the start of a new life for you, if you can curb that urge to consume this glucose making food, If not, you will be in a world of hurt unless you’re in that 10% that’s not addicted to them.

The best way to start cutting back on your carb intake, is to stop buying the foods that you find them in. Without any high carbohydrate food around, you’re forced to find alternative foods to eat and snack on. The best benefit of discontinuing the consumption of carbohydrates, is the lack of a need to keep eating them. Once your body discovers that it can live without carbs, miraculous things begin to manifest. The longer you stay off the carbs, the more miraculous these manifestations become, until you begin to experience life as it is supposed to be experienced, illness and disease free and full of energy.

When you buy groceries, you have to read every label, because you’ll find some little ingredient from wheat in almost everything that’s been processed. They love to use the starch for thickeners and the sugars for sweeteners and flour (ground wheat) has more, readily available glucose in it, than table sugar.

But to just stop buying carbs, isn’t stopping the consumption, because if you’re like me, you have to use up what you have in your pantry. You can’t just throw it all out, you have to use it up, so as not to waste it. There’s two theories on this;

  • If you can afford to throw out what breads you have in your pantry, you’d be far better off, to do so, than if you didn’t. Consumption of what you have left, means that you’ll only be adding to the inflammation, it causes. Continuation of this consumption will also bring on any multitude of illnesses or diseases that you would NEVER experience if you didn’t ingest this food to begin with.
  • If you can’t afford to throw it out, and have to eat it, because of financial hardship, you have two courses to consider, either damage your health by continuing to eat it, or save your health and give your carbs to the dog. If you must keep damaging your health , by eating it, slow down your consumption of it to slow the intake of the sugars that are so deadly. This way, they won’t effect your blood sugars as much, and this is what is so dangerous about eating carbs. It’s the roller coaster ride that these carbs put our blood glucose through. You eat carbs, your blood sugars rise. After a couple hours, your blood sugars fall again, making you hungry again and ready to pack in more carbs, simply to raise that blood glucose. Hence, the carbohydrate roller coaster ride. Everyone on a carbohydrate diet, all ride this ride, for there is no waiting line for it. It’s ready for us to take any time we want to. It’s no wonder that this is causing our obesity epidemic that the whole world is experiencing today. (This is also due to the manifestation of the genetic modifying of wheat, and other grains.)

Unfortunately, this doesn’t tell us what we should be replacing those lost calories with, so I’ll give you a idea of what you can eat, if you want your body to experience these benefits;

  • Start getting healthy fats (oils) into your diet. This is the most important step. Since fat is what your body runs on anyway, why not give it what it wants. Fat calories come packed with more calories than either carbs or protein per gram, making it the most efficient fuel you can put in your body. The higher calorie content of fat means that you don’t have to eat as much for the same amount of energy. The higher calorie content will also curb you appetite for other sources of energy like carbohydrates. Start to work healthy oils like coconut oil, olive oil, milk fats, including butter and cheese into your diet. Give up the margarine. it’s an unhealthy oil as it comes from carbohydrates, usually, corn oil, vegetable oil or any one of a multitude of oils derived from carbohydrate sources. Oils from the fruit of the plant tend to be much healthier as many of them are MCTs.  You can learn about the value of MCTs in The Power of being thin is found by eating fat and The value of balancing your cholesterol.
  • raspberries_&_blueberriesEat high fiber carbs like fruits and vegetables. I list fruits here, because of the problem of satisfying our sweet tooth. In order to cut back on all the sugars that we ingest, it’s easier to do, if we keep the simplest of these carbs (fructose) in our diet, for a while, at least until we wean ourselves off of the killer sugar, glucose. Fructose can be just as deadly, but because of its nature of being a 1 molecule sugar, it’s digested by the liver and not on a cellular level. This means that it doesn’t need insulin to be digested, and therefore doesn’t effect the pancreas as much as a diet high in glucose will.tree_model_from_vege_01
  • Transition from carbs to more protein and fats in your diet. To cut the carbs, you need to replace those lost calories with healthier calories, like those from fat and protein. This will do several things to your body that are very beneficial, like reducing your weight, first and foremost, which will help to keep you from contracting diabetes. You’ll experience a decrease in any chronic pain, arthritic pain or headaches that you have to deal with, as well as experience a reduced threat of cancer and cardiovascular disease, just to name a few. Your benefits may be greater or less depending on the level of addiction that you have to deal with now. I can almost tell you, just from just looking at you, at what level of addiction you’re at. The worse it is, the harder it is to kick. But also, once it’s kicked, the bigger the benefits will be. Knowing this, is the secret to killing carbs.
  • When you feel like a snack, which will reduce over time as your body adjusts to a low carb or Keto diet, turn to raw nuts. Raw nuts are packed full of protein, essential fats (which offer more calories per gram of food than what carbs do), and best of all, fiber to help clean out your digestive system. You’ll soon experience less hunger, as you continue on your low carb  (keto) diet, because your body won’t be experiencing the carb roller coaster ride, that makes us all want to eat more. When was the last time you were hungry? My keto diet has allowed me to work 14 hours so far, today, stopping only for a few quick snacks of raw nuts, maybe a 1/4 cup if that, in total. The point I’m trying to make, is that I’m not hungry. I don’t ever get hungry. My blood sugars don’t fluctuate to make me hungry. The only thing I have to tell me that I need to eat, is my empty stomach and the pangs it produces. I use those pangs to remind me, that when I go hungry, I’m helping my brain, and its capabilities grow.
  • Eggs eggs may be one of the best sources of nutrition. They’re packed with protein, good fats and essential oils, B-complex vitamins and essential minerals. More nutrition comes in just one egg, than what you can get out of 6 loaves of bread. Can you imagine the ease of weight control, using eggs in your diet instead of bread?
  • First and foremost, don’t drink your calories. when you drink your calories, it’s always in the form of either alcohol, fruit juice (which fortunately is mostly fructose, digested by the liver and not cellularly), soda or soft drinks, or alcohol. All of these beverages carry with them an enormous amount of sugar. The sugars in beer make it the highest ranking food substance in the glycemic index, making it the most dangerous of any carb source. It upsets the delicate balance of your of sugar and cholesterol levels in your body more so than any other source of glucose. It’s this balance that’s so important to maintain, simply because this balance is what regulates the amount of plaque that the sugar causes, when it glycates your cholesterol. This is just the beginning or your death sentence. The continuation of it takes place with every sandwich you eat, every bagel you eat, every crescent you eat, every pancake you eat,,,, Are you starting to get the picture? It’s OK if there are still a lot of question in your head, now. That’s good. I’ve at least done what I set out to do, to get you to thinking about the kind of foods that you put into your body to sustain  your body, because this is going to take a lot more examination, to be able to come to any viable, workable solutions for cleaning up this mess.

Whatever you think, don’t allow the phrase Keto diet scare you. Ketogenic diets are not for unhealthy people as much as they are for healthy people. Everyone who has an intolerance (allergic reaction) to wheat, gluten, gliadin or any of the other substances found in this grain, will experience the unhealthy consequences of a carbohydrate diet, so I’m going to list what foods contribute to a high carbohydrate diet, more so than anything else.

Foods that harm;
  • bread and all bread products
  • pasta
  • rice
  • corn
  • oatmeal
  • Cream of wheat
  • any cereal, including granola, meuslix, Wheaties, etc even special K
  • chips of any nature, whether they be corn chips, multi-grain chips, potato chips,tortilla chips, it doesn’t matter.
  • cookies, crackers, pastries, and snacks of any grain
  • popcorn
  • frozen breakfasts
  • frozen meals and entrees
  • all processed foods
  • potatoes
  • parsnips
  • alcohol, (beer, wine, grain alcohol)
  • soda pop
  • energy drinks
  • Ice Cream, unless it sugarfree (then you get to deal with the artificial sweeteners)
  • frozen juices, they nothing but concentrated sugars. What other nutrition juice has, isn’t worth the trade-off of the amount of sugars it puts into your system.
  • frozen waffles
  • pancakes
  • hash browns
  • coffee creamer
  • any sandwich with bread use lettuce to put your sandwich between instead of bread
  • Breakfast Bars
  • Pop Tarts
  • Most all breakfast foods except bacon, sausage and eggs
  • pop corn
  • vegetable oil
  • margarine

You can’t eat these foods, and stay healthy. They change your blood sugars too much. They’re way too high on the glycemic index. That’s why you need to transition your diet to a diet higher in protein and fat. Your body needs calories, so consider, what is the best source of calories.

Carbs have 4 calories per gram, fat has 9 calories per gram.
Which of these foods is more efficient, is what you should be asking yourself. 

Always remember to read the label of what you buy. Check the ingredients. Know what you’re putting in your body. This is the only way you can keep this food out of your body. Unfortunately our society is addicted to carbs, so we see them everywhere in everything we eat. This is what I call carbolism. It’s the addiction to a carbohydrate diet. Everybody has it….except for those who had to courage to go ketogenic.

The alternative to carbolism, a carb diet is,  a keto diet, or ketogenic low carb diet. With fat being more than twice as efficient as carbs, it’s a wonder that we still eat them. I’ve been on a MCT ketogenic diet for the last two years and I can’t say enough about what it’s done for my health. My weight came down 60 lbs from a high of 220 lbs 8 years ago, when I started working out. I lost the first 30 pounds in the first month just from water loss. The nice thing about water loss is, that is it includes a good supply of body fat, that comes with it. Fat is water soluble in the body and when your body expels the water, fat comes with it. My problem was that I couldn’t drop my weight any further, until I changed my diet, two years ago, when I gave up the wheat products and all other grain foods. When I did that, my excess weight just magically disappeared. Within 4 months, I was 15 pounds lower than my prescribed weight, feeling great with far more energy than I’ve ever had. This is the biggest benefit to a Keto diet, more energy. I’ve got more energy than I’ve ever had. I’ve got so much energy, I just wish I knew about this before.

Other benefits of a Keto diet can be found in a myriad of sites around the web extolling the virtues of ketogenic diets. I’ve given you a few links in this post for your research. I hope you do research everything in this post and inform me of what isn’t correct. The only way you’ll know for yourself how dangerous this food is, is by vetting what you read, not only here, but in every other article you read about this subject.

The more I investigate, the more I find that disturbs me, like why does the food industrial complex still advertise this food as being healthy? Why do they advertise it as being high fiber? Why is it still advertised, that whole grains are healthy, when they’re not? All of this makes me wonder, just how far will this industry go, to keep poisoning us, just so they can continue to rake in their profits. This brings us to our next problem, why didn’t we know about this before? Again, this is something that will have to wait for another post, as this one is already too long, so stay tuned…

It takes a completely new attitude, a new attitude about eating. A new attitude commitment, because it takes commitment to follow though with curbing the carbs.

I know how it’s hard it is to quit eating this food, ’cause I did it. You can track my journey here. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do. But with some perseverance, I did it, I noticed the change after about 1 month of abstinence. It was like a weight lifted off my shoulders all of a sudden. The room seemed brighter. All my senses felt crisper and more alive. Everything came easier, standing up, walking, sitting down, even getting out of bed was easier every morning. Everything I was experiencing and beginning to experience proved to me, the value of keeping this food out of my diet. It proved it in such a way, that I’m now doing my level best to convince the rest of my family and the world, just how dangerous this grain is. My continued use of this diet, has not only made my general health better, but more importantly, it’s improved my brain functions to a level I never thought imaginable. By converting my brain over to ketones instead of carbohydrates, it’s allowed me to actually grow my brain, and more importantly my brain functions. My thinking has actually improved quite substantially…even with my disability still affecting me. Crosswords come easier. Names are easier to remember, and even though I still have massive amounts of memory loss, due to my head injury. (The real reason I started and continue this lifestyle.) Even with the severity of my disability, having to live with the loss of short term memory, that not only blocks memories, it blocks reasoning and judgement due to the damage done to my pre-frontal cortex, from the strokes that I had, 31 years ago, I’ve been able to overcome a major portion of what I lost. (I still get to live with the knowledge, that I’ll never get back the mental power, that I had before.)

By using fat as a source of energy, I don’t have to spend nearly as calories digesting my food, because fat is so much more of an efficient fuel. By needing less food, to create the calories I need to fuel my body, I can allow my stomach to go empty for a much longer time now. I don’t have to feed it every 2 hours. I often go as many as 12 or 16 hours without eating anything. 24 hour fasts, are nothing for me to complete, now, quite comfortably even. In short, keto=life carbs=death.

Converting to a state of ketosis has allowed my body to actually go hungry for extended periods of time, without loss of energy or mental faculties, (alertness, clearness of mind, etc) or experiencing emotional roller coaster rides because of the fluctuations in my blood sugar. I don’t worry about any of that because I don’t have the blood glucose flowing through my system, that creates that E-ticket ride. I do this because I can’t afford to get sick. I can’t afford the medications. I can’t afford the hospitalizations. I can’t afford the testing, the procedures, the surgeries, the doctor visits, the specialists visits, and worse yet, I can’t afford to be any more disabled than I am right now. For my story your have to read this account of my disability, ‘How hard it for me to appear normal‘, that I keep for my medical records. It’s already part of my medical records at Cigna, Red Mountain Facility in Mesa, AZ. My doctors know what I have to live with, and even they, are convinced that this “high fat” diet that I started on, over 2 years ago, is the healthiest diet that I could be on. See how I’ve benefited from a life without carbs.