The scenario is this: eat a sugar-laden food; blood sugar and insulin levels rise dramatically and you feel good; eventually blood sugar and insulin levels drop and you feel bad; eat more sugar-laden food; blood sugar and insulin levels rise even more dramatically and you feel great; eventually blood sugar and insulin levels drop and you feel really lousy; eat even more sugar-laden food; and so on and so on and so on...congratulations, you're now on a roller-coaster ride that has no stop!
Laboratory researchers have found that high-fat, sugary foods have addictive-like qualities, stimulating the pleasure centers of the brain, and making one crave for more and more of these foods in order to feel good. The dopamine receptors within the brain become more diminished as the addiction wears on. This causes one to develop more of a craving for foods which trigger dopamine (feel-good chemical) release.
The solution is not to personally ban tempting sugar-laden foods as this will only encourage more of a craving. Instead, drink water or tea prior to eating these foods as the liquid itself will lessen one's satiety and therefore diminish one's craving. The result: eat less of the food and not experience a dramatic blood sugar rise and fall.
Brian Danley, CFT
"Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going."