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Blog, Food Addiction, | 11.07.19

Why Sugar and Flour Are Addictive

Do you find yourself craving cake and ice cream? How about bread and pasta? Do your cravings lead to late night binges? Funny how you don’t have the same compulsion when it comes to broccoli or chicken though, huh?

To really understand why certain foods have this power over us, and to move toward creating healthier relationships with food and ourselves, then we have to talk about the science behind sugar and flour addiction. I know that many people don’t find science sexy, but it’s important to have all the facts straight!

What Happens When You Eat Sugar

When you eat Sugar, your body is flooded with a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Dopamine affects the decision-making, memory, and learning centers of the brain – it basically tells us to seek out and keep doing whatever it was that produced the dopamine in the first place. In this case, eating Sugar!

So not only does that slice of cake induce a feeling of pleasure through the initial release of dopamine, it also signals cravings for more. But like just about anything, continued dopamine exposure builds tolerance. So it gradually takes more and more of the sweet stuff to produce the same effects!

How to Curb Sugar Cravings

Conversely, the longer we can abstain from indulging these cravings, the lower our tolerance will get and the less Sugar our bodies will require for the same pleasurable effect. Our goal is to break the hold of this unhealthy relationship with food, whether that means eliminating Sugar altogether or just learning to manage it.

Of course, it sounds easier than it is, but you don’t have to do it alone. Finding a support person, community, or a power circle is the first place to start. So many of us struggle in our relationship with food, but once we know what the problem is, we can lean into the solution.

If you’re looking for extra support? Check out these resources:

Breaking Up With Sugar Facebook Group

What You’re Craving Podcast

Breaking Up with Sugar Book

Group Coaching with Molly

Find a trained Beacon by MC Coach or Therapist

You’ve got this warrior. Team MC is here rooting for you!

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