Why The Addiction Is So Hard To Break
The 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 affects 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 (/ˌsɛrɵˈtoʊnɨn/, /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.“
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 affecting 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 whose 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 on 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 reasons as we can, to help, as many people as we can, break this deadly cycle of carbolism.
Two more important reasons 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, the 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 glucoregulatory action.” This means that your glucose levels in your bloodstream 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.”
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 run 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 scientists, 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 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 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 influenced 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.