Brace yourselves, the time when everyone bans sugar from their life is coming. Before you do this (and before you eventually give in and eat truckloads of it again), here is what you need about this delicious little guy.
- Sugar is in more than just cakes and pies (see: bananas, potatoes, breads, milk and rice).
- We crave for a reason and if we only address the symptom (and not the root cause), we’ll be right back where we started eventually.
2 REASONS WHY WE CRAVE
1. We get bored, sad, and scared (emotion)
I think this goes without saying.
2. We are stressed
When we stressed, our body goes into “fight or flight” mode. When this happens, blood is shuttled away from our organs and instead, to our skin and muscles. This is smart move by our body as it recognizes the need for us to seriously kick some ass right now.
In the short term, we are fueled by hormones like adrenaline and cortisol. As the stress turns more chronic (and the fight doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon), our body realizes that it needs caloric sustenance.
Because we are still “fighting”, we need fuel that doesn’t need much digestion (remember: digestive organs are on lock down). Again, being one smart cookie, our body makes us crave that which can pass through our system easily (like simple sugars).
Now while we only seem to think as stress as something that happens in our heads, here is a short list that will cause us to crave sugar:
- Lack of sleep (sugar is a easy decision for zombies)
- Allergies and sensitivities to our environment (things like gluten and mold)
- Bad gut bugs (humans being 99% bugs, they have more of a say than we do)
- Intense or too much exercise (sugar, aka glycogen, is your muscle’s fuel)
- Sugar (yes, it begets itself)
Want to know the ironic thing? No or low carb diets are inherently stressful.
Since carbs are our preferred source of fuel, our body “takes a hit” when we go without them for too long. In the beginning, this is awesome feeling as the stimulating hormones that our body releases gives us a little “high”. With time, however, the hormones deplete themselves and we crash harder than 10 cups of coffee.
It’s for the best when we do, though. Typically, our system has taken such a big dump that we need this sugar rush to get our hormones and brain chemicals back to normal.
In closing, I am not saying you should eat tons of sugar, but you shouldn’t run away from it either. Sugar is needed and if you find that it is “needed” a little too much for you, address what is behind the scenes (and not the sugar itself).
The weed always grows back…