Sweet addiction. How to win?

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The habit of “eating” stress with sweets gradually turns into an addiction, which entails a rapid weight gain, loss of harmony and the appearance of unwanted cellulite. How to overcome the addiction to sweets, read on Goodshapetips.

“Something makes me sad today, I’ll treat myself, my beloved, with a bar of chocolate,” such saving thoughts often come to mind whenbad mood.

And so chocolate successfully eaten, the negative mood temporarily left, but a few centimeters were added at the waist. Now we are even more upset when we look at ourselves in the mirror. The circle is closed. How to get out of it, what to do?

To begin with, let’s figure out what “sweet” is, what group of nutrients it belongs to, and whether the body can live without it.

What causes diabetes?

All sweets belong to a group of nutrients called carbohydrates. The term “carbohydrates” was first proposed in 1844, when it turned out that these substances are composed of carbon and water.

Carbohydrates are divided into three groups: monosaccharides (glucose, fructose, galactose); oligosaccharides (maltose, lactose, sucrose) and polysaccharides (starch, glycogen).

The sucrose molecule – common food sugar – consists of glucose and fructose residues; lactose – milk sugar – is found only in milk.

“In the composition of the body of humans and animals, carbohydrates are present in a smaller amount (no more than 2% of dry body weight) than proteins and lipids. In plant organisms, carbohydrates account for up to 80% of the dry mass, therefore, in general, there are more carbohydrates in the biosphere than all other organic compounds combined.

energy – the main type of cellular fuel;

structural – are part of intracellular structures;

protective – support immunity.

At present, the structure and metabolism of carbohydrates are well studied. Cane sugar can be considered the first organic compound isolated in a chemically pure form.

Glycolysis (from the Greek glycus – sweet and lysis – dissolution) – this is the name of the process of splitting sugars in the body, carried out under the action of enzymes.

This is the only process in our body that supplies energy in conditions of oxygen deficiency, occurring in the so-called anaerobic conditions. The biological significance of glycolysis lies in the formation of energy-rich phosphorus compounds.

Glycolysis is preceded by the breakdown of dietary carbohydrates in the gastrointestinal tract to monosaccharides (glucose, fructose, galactose) and the absorption of the latter from intestines in blood.

The rate of absorption of individual monosaccharides differs sharply: glucose and galactose are most rapidly absorbed. Over 90% of the absorbed monosaccharides with the blood flow are delivered primarily to liver, where much of the glucose is converted to glycogen.

Glycogen is a depot, a reserve of carbohydrates in the body, a reserve for a rainy day. This reserve is consumed when energy costs increase as a result of excitation of the central nervous system. In this case, there is an increase in the breakdown of glycogen and the formation of glucose.

Proved that adrenaline – a stress hormone – helps to accelerate the conversion of glycogen into glucose, therefore, from the point of view of biochemical processes, the consumption of sweets in such conditions can be justified: the body seeks to replenish its reserves.

A very important feature of our body is the ability to synthesize carbohydrates from non-carbohydrate foods, namely from lactic and pyruvic acids, glycerol, amino acids and other compounds.

We make a “sweet menu”

In humans and animals, the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism is carried out with the participation of the central nervous system and hormones. A key role in the metabolism of sugars is played by the hormone of the pancreas – insulin.

The concentration of glucose in the blood due to the mechanisms of regulation is maintained at a constant level. The norm is 3.5-5.5 mmol / l. An increase or decrease in blood glucose levels leads to equally deplorable consequences: a deterioration in well-being up to coma.

Insufficient insulin results in a formidable disease – diabetes mellitus. The causes of diabetes, researchers include hereditary predisposition, constant stress, as well as the abuse of sweets, which can cause overload of the pancreas.

So, as evidenced by scientific facts, our smart body itself took care of the ideal metabolism of carbohydrates: they are quickly digested, provide a lot of energy, there is a certain reserve, and, unlike proteins, the body is able to synthesize carbohydrates from non-carbohydrate components.

What are we trying to cheat when we become addicted to sweets by eating stress and a bad mood with another portion of sweets? Not our body.

We are trying to deceive our emotions, sensations, including taste, attitude to life in general, some kind of disorder, lack of love and joy worthy of attention to one’s own person. Armed with scientific knowledge, we will begin to solve the problem without emotions.

Of course, from the huge amount of carbohydrates, we have the opportunity to choose useful ones.

These include: honey, chocolate, all sweet fruits (bananas, grapes, sweet apples, figs, kiwi, strawberries, tangerines and oranges (in the absence of allergies), pineapple, pears, watermelons, melons); dried fruits: raisins, dried apricots; sweet vegetables: beets, Jerusalem artichoke and others.

Do not give up oriental sweets: halva is rich in trace elements; marshmallow, produced on the basis of gelatin, contains collagen – a fibrillar protein necessary for our body.

But the consumption of sugar, which is a refined, refined product, can be reduced to a minimum. Allow yourself to reserve the right to one teaspoon (without a slide) of sugar with a cup of coffee, because not everyone likes bitter coffee. Do not put 4-6 tablespoons of sugar in a cup of tea or coffee.

Sweeteners are an alternative to sugar. However, you should be careful when choosing them: some substitutes contain components harmful to the body.

The body is harmed by confectionery pastries, cream biscuits (cakes, pastries), when a large portion of fat is consumed along with carbohydrates. It is better to choose pastries not rich, but from hard dough – for example, biscuit biscuit, croutons with raisins, drying.

Give preference to chocolates, not caramel made from burnt sugar. You can completely exclude the “Korovka” and sweets with condensed milk.

Sweet addiction can be cured!

Can our body survive without the intake of carbohydrates from food? Maybe, but only for a while, while there is a supply of carbohydrates in the body.

Can our body live without sweets? It can be easy, because sugars are just some part of a large group of carbohydrates. Do not forget about potatoes, bread, cereals and other carbohydrate foods.

Nevertheless, we will not talk about the complete exclusion of sweets (our nervous system needs sweets most of all), but about its maximum restriction in nutrition. We reserve the right to completely exclude sweets for lovers of strict diets, who should remember that quickly lost weight can also be quickly gained.

Even healthy sweets should be consumed in moderation. Set a quantitative limiter for each product, say:

chocolate bar – 1 time per month;

cup of coffee with sugar – 1 per day;

chocolate candies – 1 time in two weeks for tea (1-2 things);

honey – 1-2 teaspoons with milk at night, you can every day;

bakery – low-calorie, very rarely;

muffin, biscuit with cream – never or on big holidays a small piece;

sweet fruits, vegetables – always and in unlimited quantities (in the absence of allergies).

The last point is, of course, the most optimistic: at least something can be eaten in unlimited quantities!

If you find it difficult to account for what you eat sweets in your mind, start a “Journal of consumed sweets.” The lists and notes you make can be quite amusing.

If you are a sweet tooth, then the homeopathic preparation Argentum Nitricum (silver nitrate) exists especially for you.

“Silver nitrate was prescribed because of a pernicious passion for sweets. This is such a “secret” sign for a homeopathic doctor: the patient’s need for sweets is great, do not forget about such a medicine as argentum nitricum …

For people of the “silver” constitution, haste in movements, speech, and actions is characteristic. They do not like and are even afraid to be late, although due to fussiness this often happens to them. People who are sensitive to silver try to plan their actions in advance … Such people are more afraid of possible troubles and misfortunes than something that happened – in extreme circumstances they are resourceful and energetic.

If you recognize yourself in the described portrait, it is quite possible that a silver homeopathic remedy will solve many of your health problems.

Ancient alchemists considered silver to be the metal of the moon. Many diseases and processes in the body are associated with the influence of the moon, including critical days among women. One of my friends during this period bought marshmallows in chocolate. One can only marvel at the intricacies of the cause-and-effect relationships that govern the world.

Addiction to sweets is just as bad as any other addiction, and has its own objective reasons. Catching yourself on the impossibility of living without cakes and sweets, ask yourself: “What am I trying to replace by eating sweets, the lack of what to compensate for?”

The answer will be surprisingly simple: the joy and happiness of life. Interesting and profound in its essence is the metaphysical interpretation of the causes of diabetes – diseases associated with indigestibility of glucose. “Longing for the unfulfilled. Strong need for control. Deep grief. There is nothing pleasant left” (L. Hay).

Wherein the following affirmation is suggested for healing: “This moment is filled with joy. I am beginning to taste the sweetness of today.”

Yes, sweetness, but not in the form of carbohydrates, but in the form of the ability to enjoy life, to be satisfied and grateful for everything that we have, the ability to truly love ourselves, build relationships of love and understanding with others, dream and believe that everything what we have planned will surely come true!

With a positive approach to life, only the wedding kiss can remain the most bitter moment, and even then because the guests insist: “Bitter, bitter!” But really – oh, how sweet!

Inna PUGACHEVA,
biochemist

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