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Glycemic Index Diets

Controlling the Cravings


Let’s start with a basic problem: food cravings. These cravings mean the body has its signals mixed up. When we are exhausted or blue, we have low blood sugar and/or low serotonin. We need a pick-me-up – like sugar or carbohydrates. Your solution is not a candy bar… it’s a glycemic index diet – but we’d rather call it a “plan” because your sugar and weight will return to normal and your cravings stop.


Serotonin is our basic feel-good hormone. Unfortunately, sugars and simple carbs release a short burst of serotonin – we feel good for a moment, then we return to our low-serotonin state; crave more sugar and a vicious circle begins again.


Do you see what’s happening? Sugar, or its substitute candy, will give a short burst of energy as it calls for insulin to move it quickly into the bloodstream, but it doesn’t last. If you eat a low-fat diet in hopes of losing weight, you unintentionally compound the problem. Low-fat, high-carb diets for many are just fads; the odds are good that you have become at least partially insulin resistant.


Here’s how this works: the body’s digestive system breaks food down into glucose which then travels in the bloodstream to cells throughout the body. Glucose in the blood is also known as blood sugar. As this level rises after a meal, the pancreas releases insulin to help cells take in and use the glucose.


When you are insulin resistant, your muscle, fat, and liver cells do not respond properly to insulin. The pancreas tries to keep up with the increased demand you put on it for insulin by producing more. Eventually, the pancreas fails and excess glucose builds up in the bloodstream, setting the stage for diabetes.


This may seem like the simple explanation of why sugar has been known as the White Death. Diabetes is the beginning of a long, terrible lifestyle filled with medications and side effects as severe as amputations.


Don’t go there! Wake up and study our glycemic index diet (plan) and avoid this road altogether. Your cravings will stop, your weight will drop off, and you will discover energy you thought was gone due to your age.


Esther Smith, author

Smith lives by her glycemic food chart every day and is the best testimonial for what she writes. For more information on this subject, go to:

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