I always find this greeting to be a little bitter-sweet. On the downside, the holidays have come to an end. Vacations and meaningful visits with family and friends draw to a close. The parties, the dinners, the special holiday foods are gone for another year.
The great thing about a new year is just that . . . it's a blank slate, an opportunity to create a year filled with health, happiness, joy and success.
But all too often the side effects of those wonderful holiday parties, dinners and special foods linger. We are often trapped in a cycle of cravings for rich and sweet foods that can be hard to shake. So when I came across this article on the Food Renegade site I had to share it with you!
It seems that the amino acid L-Glutamine may just be your biggest ally in accomplishing all of those health and fitness New Year's Resolutions!
To Your Health,
How to Beat Sugar Cravings with Glutamine
If you’ve been wondering how to beat sugar cravings without relying on will power alone, I am about to make your day. Maybe your week! Or your month! Heck, why not call a spade a spade and say I’ll make your whole year?
At this year’s Wise Traditions conference, I was privileged to sit in on a series of mind-blowing lectures by Dr. Julia Ross. In the course of those lectures, she casually let slip the most stunningly useful bit of information I’d ever heard — how to conquer sugar cravings with a simple, affordable amino acid supplement.
First, I have to say this. In real life, Dr. Julia Ross is one of the most stunning, radiant people I have ever met! I’ve seen dozens of pictures of her, and every single one fails to capture just how vibrant and glowing she is. When I saw her, my first thought was, “WOW. Just WOW. I want what she’s having!” I was sitting many rows back in rather large audience hall, and even from that far away her smile was completely breathtaking.
You guys, whatever she does, it works!
We’re all a little deficient.
So, here’s the deal. According to Dr. Ross, we’re all likely deficient in some neurotransmitter or another. Any number of things can set off a deficiency in us.
Maybe you eat a nutrient-poor diet without enough protein to supply the right balance of amino acids to make adequate amounts of certain neurotransmitters.
Maybe you had a loved one die, and the stress has eaten away at you.
Maybe you lost a job, or have experienced some other huge financial stress.
Perhaps you got pregnant or gave birth. Both are extremely hard on your body.
Maybe you had a period of too little sleep, or an overly critical boss, or experienced some other emotional wound.
Whatever the reason, you over-stressed and exhausted yourself to the point where your body is now severely deficient in one or more neurotransmitters.
According to Dr. Ross, that deficiency is so deep that simply eating a diet of whole, traditionally-prepared foods will not be enough to correct the deficiency in two-thirds of us!
Instead, for those two-thirds of us, we need a little extra help.
We can supplement with the amino acid precursors our bodies need to make the neurotransmitters we’re deficient in and give ourselves a boost!
Supplementation is only temporary!
If you’re eating a fabulously nutrient-rich diet, that extra supplementation will only have to last for a month or two — just long enough to resolve the deficiency.
Once the deficiency is resolved, your diet can supply all you need until you once again fall prey to the life stressors that cause these deficiencies in the first place.
What does this have to do with sugar?
According to Dr. Ross, sugar addiction is one of our worst enemies. Because of it, we eat a diet rich in the refined carbohydrates of industrialization, displacing the nutrient-rich foods that can actually supply us with enough dietary amino acids we need to stave off neurotransmitter deficiencies.
But overcoming that addiction is next to impossible with willpower alone.
That’s because, according to her findings, sugar is 4 times as addictive as cocaine!
Thus, every fibre of our being will be screaming for sugar — even if it’s displacing the very foods we need to eat more of in order to start feeling better.
Some people have strong wills, and they can just plow through their sugar addiction even while their body is suffering intense withdrawal. Eventually (in about a week or so), the cravings become more managable. After a month of avoiding refined sugar, the cravings disappear to almost nothing.
If you’re one of those will power driven people, congratulations! I envy you.
For the rest of us, we need a little help.
So, how do you stop the sugar cravings?
She recommends supplementing with 500mg 3-4 times per day — usually during the times when you’ve got the lowest blood sugar.
You guys! L-glutamine is so cheap. I bought 120 500mg capsules of NOW Foods L-Glutamine for just $8.99!
That’s an entire month’s supply — possibly as much as I’ll ever need.
But does it really work?
YES. Within ten minutes of a dose of L-Glutamine, my sugar cravings disappear. If they don’t, I just take another dose.
It’s that simple, and it works every time!
According to Dr. Ross, my body will have been weaned off sugar within a month, and I won’t need to supplement with L-Glutamine any more.
That’s because it really does only take about that long to beat a sugar addiction to the point that you no longer have cravings. And, if I undergo a particularly stressful time of my life, I can now reach for the L-Glutamine instead of the sugar to help me cope.
Or if I do what many addicts do and completely fall off the wagon, that’s okay. I now know how to beat my sugar cravings back again.
And now you do, too!
But wait! I thought processed free glutamic acids were bad for you.
Yes, processed free glutamic acids like those found in MSG are bad for you. But L-glutamine is not MSG. It is one of the body’s most prevalent amino acids.
Yes, they share a similar name. But don’t let that fool you. One is natural to our bodies, and the other is unnatural. One is L-glutamine, the other free form glutamate ions (at least, that’s what MSG dissolves into once it comes in contact with our saliva).
According to Dr. Ross, even her extremely MSG-sensitive patients have been able to take L-glutamine and not suffer any of their typical MSG-induced side effects.
Psst. How do I found out what neurotransmitters I’m deficient in?
I’m planning on writing more about this in the future, but it may be a few months before I get around to it.
Do you want to know what the most common neurotransmitter deficiencies are?
Do you want to know if you have one or all of them?
Do you want to know how to treat them?
If yes, I highly recommend you go snag a copy of Dr. Julia Ross’s book The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Gain, and Mood Swings–Naturally.
She goes into a lot more depth than I’m planning to in my upcoming posts, and she even offers the surveys and diagnostic tools you’ll need to know which amino acid supplements you need to take (and in which quantities) to correct your deficiencies.
(photo by dongkwan)