Fitness Tips

Addicted to Carbs, Chocolate or Coffee?

Cravings for sweets, chocolate, breads, muffins, alcohol or caffeine can be more than just an “addiction”.Cravings for sweets, chocolate, breads, muffins, alcohol or caffeine can be more than just an “addiction”. If you are one of those people who become irritable when you are hungry and you need to eat NOW, then you may be hypoglycemic.

Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood sugar levels fluctuate between highs and lows.  For example, when you eat something sweet such as chocolate or a refined food such as bread, your blood sugar rises.  In response to this, your body secretes insulin to try to lower the amount of sugar in your blood.   However, what goes up must come down and a rapid rise in blood sugar will result in a rapid fall in blood sugar. Quite often this is the time when you will have a craving for something sweet or you will begin to feel hungry, irritable, light headed, or weak.  You may even begin to have blurry vision, or feel anxiety or panic. Because your body wants to maintain an even blood sugar level, your body responds by secreting adrenaline to try to bring your blood sugar levels up.   This is exhausting for your pancreas and adrenal glands and eventually, can lead to diabetes.

So, how do you overcome hypoglycemia?  The primary rule here is to eat often and eliminate concentrated sugars (chocolate, candy, etc.) and refined foods such as white breads and pasta.  Caffeine, alcohol and tobacco also cause rapid fluctuations in blood sugar and should be avoided for a while.  Eating every two hours will help to maintain an even blood sugar level and if done properly, your body will respond by regulating blood sugar on it’s own and cravings will disappear!