On Good Morning America today, Dr. Oz talked about sugar addiction. He says that it can be “as addicting as cocaine or heroin” and affects the same part of the brain. He says it creates toxicities in the liver when we eat too much sugar, and that the liver becomes ‘fatty’ with similar results such as those as created by cirrhosis.
Whether sugar is an addiction or not, Dr. Oz’s practical solutions to such cravings, are helpful. The liver can be rebuilt and cravings can be dealt with effectively. Eat more broccoli, cauliflower, chives, garlic and leeks, and eat less grains. To “detox” try doing away with grains for one full week. Take two supplements, chromium picolinate and B complex. Cut back red meat to once per week or eat it in a 4 to one ratio, that is, one red meat to four white meats such as fish, chicken or pork, and eat citrus with red meat.
In my research for my book on waist training, I discovered that tenderloin of pork actually has less fat than chicken, and that round cuts of meat are always a better, less fatty choice. I’ve learned to substitute sweets such as those contained in my chewable calcium (tastes like candy to me!), and stress high quality/low quantity in my desserts. I can take tiny bites and savor on my tongue only one piece of raspberry chocolate by See’s Candy Company for almost 20 minutes! The other night I saw my partner, a male, pop one cookie down his gullet in a single bite! More’s the pity for him, because his pleasure was all over after only a few quick chews.
It all comes down to what we value more — a svelte, healthy body and suitable weight, maximum pleasure, or eschewing personal responsibility and gorging ourselves with negative results in the long run?