Confessions of a Compulsive Eater

Losing control of your eating habits can be frustrating. Stopping with just one brownie can seem impossible. Understanding the biochemistry of your body’s cravings, hunger, and addictive eating patterns can help you overcome your compulsive eating habits.

Blood sugar level: An unbalanced blood sugar level is a major cause of carbohydrate cravings. When you eat a high carbohydrate meal, your blood sugar level rises, causing large doses of insulin to rush to the scene to clear out the sugar. As a result, your blood sugar level plummets. This causes cravings for pop, bread, brownies, pasta, and anything with sugar.

Serotonin: Ingesting large amounts of sugar releases serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter. Releasing too much serotonin can mess with your brain chemistry. To heal your brain, eat balanced meals consisting of protein, fat and carbohydrates every two hours.

Brain: Compulsive eating can be linked to deficiencies in neurotransmitters. A lack of serotonin, dopamine, or another neurotransmitter can result in cravings for carbohydrates. Eating sufficient animal protein and omega-3 fatty acids will help you produce neurotransmitters.

Antibiotics: Have you noticed that you have more sugar cravings after a round of antibiotic therapy? Food cravings have a biochemical connection to the unhealthy condition of the intestinal tract. Rebalancing the intestinal tract with correct probiotics can help tame those cravings.The key to overcoming compulsive eating is to create a food plan that provides structure designed to rebalance your own personal biochemistry.