July 3, 2008
Get rid of your sweet tooth by not letting yourself get high from your food. Many people have heard the phrase “mood food” and that is the experience of getting high from your food. The major problem is getting fat while getting high from eating junk.
Dopamine regulates appetite and reinforces behavior and opiates triggers cravings and relieves pain. When you eat to release enough dopamine to feel it you are reinfocing bad habits. Cocaine & cristal meth are so addictive because of their effects on dopamine. Opioids are what many addictive pain medications trigger. If you get yourself into the downward spiral of the mood food trap you could become obese before you really try to do anything about it.
Do you want to be part of the 2/3 of Americans that are already too fat? Eat to get good nutrition, not to get high.
“Lab experiments on rats showed the cycle of sugar deprivation and indulgence sensitized both the dopamine (which regulates appetite) and opioid (which triggers cravings) receptors in the rodents’ brains.”
June 11, 2008
Everyone thinks they are helping their diet by drinking non or low calorie sweet drinks. But drinking diet sodas does nothing to shut down your sugar cravings.
Our brain tracks the amount of of sweet food we take in. When the brain gets fooled into thinking it’s gotten the right amount of food and doesn’t find those amount of calories taken in our brain over-compensates the amount of calories we crave. The craving for those missing calories can lead to more food being eaten and more fat being gained.
The brain neuro-transmitter dopamine is involved with our reward system. If the non sweet food doesn’t produce a reward from dopamine your brain will make you crave more food to fill that void. Those rewarding “mood foods” are usually junk foods people eat while sitting at the TV when their metabolism is at the lowest point.
“It’s long been speculated that dopamine encodes food rewards, since dopamine-deficient mice will die of starvation within three weeks of birth. They are utterly uninterested in food.”