PICK YOUR POISON
It was not too long ago that I reviewed one of Dr. David Seaman's articles (HERE). Fabulous! He recently wrote another article called, Dietary "Crackheads" and the Never-Ending Battle Against the Bulging Waistline. Although the title sounds harsh, it is similar to a post I wrote back in January called, "ARE PROCESSED CARBOHYDRATES ADDICTIVE?. Of course the answer to my rhetorical question is a resounding "yes". But today I want to take a couple of minutes to share Dr. Seaman's viewpoint with you. Not only is he a FUNCTIONAL NEUROLOGIST, he is one of the Chiropractic Profession's most well-known and respected authorities on INFLAMMATION and squelching it dietarily.
The thing to understand is that Dr. Seaman's article is not written from a condescending point of view --- a view that would say since you are addicted to sugar, he is better than you. It is written from the viewpoint of someone who has learned what it takes to crush the cravings that plague those of us with sugar addictions (his junk of choice was candy corn, Snickers bars, marzipan, Twinkies, cinnamon toast, donuts, ice cream and Whoppers from Burger King). I get what he is saying because in this regard, I am him. That's right; my name is Russ and I am a sugarholic. I can relate to Dr. David because if I let myself, I could easily fall right back into the cycle of sugar addiction / craving / sugar addiction / craving / repeat ad infinitum (HERE). And all of you who have ever spun around in circles on this crazy cycle know how hard it can be to get off of it ---- and how easy it can be to climb right back on and start spinning again. Seaman's says that....
I could not have said it better. In fact, in past posts I have spoken extensively how "Dietary Crackheads" cannot do "moderation". It is an unfathomable concept to us. As long as I am carefully CONTROLLING MY BLOOD SUGAR, I am good --- no cravings and life is peachy. But give me one single donut, and I turn into a stark raving lunatic. I could easily wolf down a dozen before I realize that I feel sick. Dr. David goes on to say that there area several potential reasons that can cause us to indulge our inner "Crack Head".....
In other words, if you want to squash the craving, you will have to find something to substitute for the sugar (DON'T SUB THIS). I agree with his assessment above. Physical work is a good way to dampen cravings. Hitting the gym is also a great method of countering cravings. High intensity WEIGHT LIFTING & CROSS-TRAINING does it for me. And here is the really cool thing about these cravings ---- if you can do what it takes to get off sugar and starch for a week or ten days, you'll lose them. And how would Dr. Seaman's have you determine your level of addiction or "Crack Headedness"?
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).