Yikes--OK...this response is largely Miracle-Mineral-Supplement
UNrelated, but I had to say something.
You really don't have to put yourself through such extremes to get this Sugar
thing under control. I know my stuff about this and write and teach on the subject.
If you have issues with Sugar
as an addiction there are a few things you can do to bring it under control:
Start out by increasing dietary protein and naturally occurring fat and doing your best to eliminate simple and starchy carbs from your meals. ALWAYS (without exception) eat breakfast and make it PROTEIN based. No cereal, pancakes, waffles, toast, hash browns, fruit, etc. From there, whether you are hungry or not, eat just a bite of something protein/fat based every two hours during the day: 4 or 5 almonds, a teaspoon of almond butter, a cube of organic cheese, a thin slice of lunch meat, piece of jerky...etc. Avoid caffeine--as this sets up blood Sugar
swings, and never drink juice (except that one small dose with the Miracle-Mineral-Supplement
), sodas (even "diet") and keep alcohol to a minimum or eliminate entirely.
Now, if you're REALLY wanting to kill these cravings there is an herb called Gymnema sylvestre that can and WILL eliminate your taste for sugar, but only if you use it properly. It needs, first, to be taken in quantities sufficient to have a suppresant effect, which is minimally 4 grams per dose, but in your case it is more probable that 8 grams is what you'll need (from the extreme sound of things).....3 times per day. Furthermore, if you really want to end that love affair with that white junk, then get the liquid extract of gymnema and either drop or spray it on your tongue. This will effectively anesthetize your taste for sugar for up to 2 hours. Even C&H on your tongue will taste like sawdust. Keep the bottle handy in your purse, pocket, etc. and just keep at it.
Eventually your dietary changes will take over and once your blood sugar normalizes, so should the cravings. In the meantime, consider the Gymnema to be your "training wheels".
Overall, things that may help eliminate sugar cravings and restore insulin sensitivity include:
• Increasing dietary protein and fat (not trans-fat). This helps normalize blood sugar levels.
• Supplemental chromium. Chromium is a trace mineral essential to normalization of glucose metabolism. 200-400 mcg per day of chromium picolinate or GTF chromium is usually sufficient.
• Supplement with additional magnesium. Magnesium glycinate is the most preferred form, though ionic magnesium may work well, also. Supplement to bowel tolerance. For every research study implicating chromium deficiency in blood sugar regulation, there are two for magnesium.
• Adequate intake of omega-3 fatty acids (EPA/DHA--not flax oil). Getting adequate amounts of this vital nutrient often calms or eliminates carbohydrate cravings.
• L-Glutamine, an amino acid, can stop cravings for sweets, starches and alcohol instantly. Usually comes in 500mg capsules or powder and needs to be taken on an empty stomach for best effect. Start with lowest dose and increase as necessary. Can also be absorbed sublingually (sprinkled under the tongue) for a more immediate effect. Two to five grams (2,000-5,000 mg), or more may be necessary. Loose powders are widely available and quite palatable, if larger doses are needed. Your brain can use glutamine in lieu of glucose and this can curb cravings for sweets and alcohol nicely.
• Gymnema sylvestre – 4-8 grams, three times daily. Controls cravings for sweets and may help also restore insulin sensitivity.
• Eliminate the use of caffeine and other stimulants. Stimulants aggravate blood sugar problems and deplete important neurotransmitters, serotonin and nor- epinephrine.
. Either 5-HTP or L-Tryptophan can also help immensely. If you have sleep issues, L-tryptophan may work somewhat better. Start with one standard dosage capsule (50 mg of 5-HTP or 500 mg of L-tryptophan) capsule of either (not both), then if no effect within 1/2 to one hour increase by one incrementally (again, waiting inbetween) until improvement in mood/well being is noted.
• Seek to reduce or eliminate unnecessary use of over-the-counter and prescription medications. They ALL potentially promote insulin resistance.
• Stop smoking. Duh.
• Eliminate (or greatly reduce) the use of alcohol.
• Eliminate use of Aspartame
(‘Nutrasweet’) and other artificial sweeteners such as sucralose (‘Splenda’). Period.