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Posted by: anonymous | 2008/05/29

sugar craving

no matter how much or what i eat i still have sugar cravings. the sugar cravings stop only after i eat so much that my stomach can not digest the food any more and then i feel sick. i have taken blood tests and everything is fine. can you suggest something for the sugar cravings?

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Dear Anonymous
Eating lots of sugar every day is not a good idea as this will increase your energy intake considerably and can lead to overweight and possibly diabetes and tooth decay. I can only suggest that you slowly reduce your intake - don't do it all at once. Cravings for carbohydrates (bread, sweets and chocolate) can indicate a lack of serotonin in the brain and by eating these foods you boost the serotonin levels. The brain serotonin levels affect one's mood and a lack of serotonin can make one feel depressed and down. If you reduce your sugar intake by one or two teaspoons a day for a few days and then reduce it again and so on until you have either cut it out altogether or reduced your intake to a normal level of 1-2 teaspoons a day, then you should be able to kick this habit. However, make sure that you are eating sufficient carbohydrates to compensate for the serotonin boost that you are at present getting from the sugar alone. Eat carbs with a low-fat, high-fibre and low-GI at every meal. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'The right approach' and read the articles on the GI.
Good luck with getting out of the sugar trap.
DietDoc

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