Sugar cravings are when presented with a choice of foods, we chose the ones which are sugary, not always the ones we should.
Why is this?
Poor willpower? Usually not!
OK firstly you need to understand something called HOMEOSTASIS
It means the body is always in a state of balance:
- You get too hot, you sweat and cool down.
-You get too cold, you shiver and warm up.
This happens all over the body in much more complicated circumstances.
All foods have a different affect on our blood sugar level, this is the amount of sugar in the blood, it circulates around the body.
Some foods elevate our blood sugar fast. (High Glycemic Index G.I)
Some foods elevate our blood sugar slow. (Low GI)
You have probably heard you should eat carbs low in GI.
Most “whole” foods are of low GI.
Many processed foods are high GI.
Sugar is like cocaine to the bloodstream, it elevates it incredibly fast.
Its breakfast time, you fancy some corn flakes with a bit of sugar and skimmed milk.
That is a lot of sugar.
Sugar content enters the blood stream quickly and causes your blood sugar level to rise very fast.
The bodies response is to secret insulin, in an almost unnatural manner, its going ape shit to control it in most cases as it needs to bring your blood sugar down.
(If blood sugar goes too high you can lose a foot, eyesight etc. from lack of circulation. These are the dangers to diabetics from being hyperglycemic (high blood sugar).)
So in most cases in non slim people (politically correct haha) do not secrete the right amount of insulin for how much sugar is in the blood, besides you went a little ape shit to control all that sugar so chances are you have driven your blood sugar down too fast and too much.
So – its now about an hour after your breakfast and you’re feeling sluggish.
Insulin makes you sluggish.
You’re feeling tired and reaching for a cup of coffee, you have brain fog.
This is probably the low blood sugar, now…
Your bodies evolutionary response kicks in…
RAISE YOUR BLOOD SUGAR TO OPTIMUM LEVELS
It sends you a signal, eat something that will raise it.
Now you have your willpower vs an evolutionary response.
Usually you can guess who wins…
So how can you avoid this?
Eat less foods that elevate blood sugar.
THIS is why we want to avoid sugar, not because ‘it makes us fat’ but…
Because it kicks off a huge chain of high and low blood sugar, false hunger and shit food choices.
Which usually messes up your diet for the day… Which I am sure you will start again tomorrow…
This is why I am such a big advocate of avoiding carbs in the first part of the day during breakfast.
ALSO – You are more sensitive to insulin first thing in the morning, where it can do more bad than good.
It's not just all poor will power after all, just poor food choices that lead to poorer food choices.