I’ve come to the conclusion that when I’m stressed or down my body wants sugar. I CRAVE sugar. Chocolate, Cake, Biscuits… Repeat….and if I’m not careful, I will need to be buying a new wardrobe annually. I like food, but the sugar bit really bothers me. I want to learn how to say ‘No’ to the sugar cravings. I’ve long known that the refined sugars are a negative influence on stress, sleep, monthly cycles and moods.
Luckily, a quick Google and I came up with this: “…Sugar actually lights up the pleasure and reward centre of our brain, the same way if someone’s giving you a smile…, So, it makes perfect sense when we eat sugar, we want more of it.” Scritchfield says.
So basically, my brain is a sugar addict. Great!
“… Your initial craving for sugar, begins when you start to feel stressed. When we’re stressed out, we have a high level of a hormone called cortisol, we crave sugar because if we eat some sugar, we will get another hormone called serotonin, which is a calming and relaxing hormone. It’s just our body’s way of taking a chill pill.” (www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/20/why-you-crave-sugar-rebecca-scritchfield_n_5694675.html)
This means that the key to quitting my sugar addiction is to find something else that will release serotonin.
Research part 2…. Stuff that will make you feel good:
– Sunlight – we evolved to be awake & outside during the day, our brain still needs this
– Exercise – choosing exercise helps your body’s systems to work better and makes the brain happy (try thinking about happy things while you’re doing it!)
– Massage – possibly partly linked to our need for human contact, it also aids relaxation
– Remembering happy things – this helps our brains focus on positives so it reacts positively
So, another quick Google just told me that I already knew this stuff, and you do too. It’s just that getting out of bed and off the sofa thing. It’s telling my brain it’s not compulsory to follow the worry train, and keep doing it for several days in a row, to kick start that balance of hormones and get the positive vibes running through our bodies. (www.psychologytoday.com/blog/prefrontal-nudity/201111/boosting-your-serotonin-activity)
Today I chuck out all the sugar in the house, go for a walk outside, book myself a massage and think about happy things. I’ll probably have to do the walking by the sea thing daily for 3 weeks until it becomes a routine, and some days I’ll just want to sit on the sofa with a cuppa tea and biscuits. And I need to remember to focus my mind on happy things rather than let it ponder on the worlds problems. But I can’t afford a new wardrobe and I don’t want to inflict my sugar highs and lows on my friends any longer. Today I start a plan to boost my serotonin naturally 🙂