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ATLCX (Episode 19): How To Beat Carbohydrate Addiction | Julia Ross

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In Episode 19 of “Jimmy Moore Presents: Ask The Low-Carb Experts,” it’s time to talk about one of the most intriguing aspects of livin’ la vida low-carb that people often overlook in transitioning to this way of eating–carbohydrate addiction! Say the word “addiction” and most people immediately think of cocaine or heroine addicts, people who abuse alcohol and tobacco, or some other bad habit that is causing serious bodily damage to the addicted. Webster’s Dictionary defines addiction as a “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal.” Sound familiar anyone?

While most people who consume carbohydrate-based foods don’t want to admit it, they are very likely addicted to these sugary, starchy, whole grain-based foods which in turn is making them more obese and chronically ill as the days go by. Nutritional psychotherapist and addiction specialist Julia Ross joins us in Episode 19 of “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” to get to the heart of the issue about why we crave something so deeply that we are becoming more and more aware is actually harming us. Julia is the author of a newly-revised book entitled The Diet Cure: The 8-Step Program to Rebalance Your Body Chemistry and End Food Cravings, Weight Gain, and Mood Swings–Naturally that addresses many of the issues we’ll be discussing in this podcast. We were thrilled to have brought you Julia Ross on ATLCX to answer all of your insightful and sometimes very personal questions about the reality of dealing with carbohydrate addiction in EPISODE 19 on June 28, 2012.

Listen to Julia Ross offer up “How To Beat Carbohydrate Addiction”:

  • She’s known carbohydrate addiction is real since the early 1980’s
  • Food addiction is something she’s learned from alcohol/drug addiction
  • There wasn’t a very good track record treating alcohol/drug addiction
  • Getting away from sugar and starch is a lot more difficult
  • These foods are doing something similar in the brain as other addictions
  • A “defective brain” is the reason why people become addicted to anything
  • Your brain needs the proper nutritional components to function properly
  • Certainly substances hit and target certain sections of the brain
  • Sugar and gluten-containing grains are the bad boys in food addiction
  • These refined carbohydrates are intended to addict people intensely
  • If someone tends to be low in endorphins, chocolate can become a vice
  • Sugar and sugar substitutes are four times more addictive than cocaine
  • All addictions, including sugar, are brain diseases with “no known cure”
  • It’s a hard-wired physical dynamic that makes it impossible to change
  • The protocols she shares in The Diet Cure take effect in 24 hours
  • She revised her book by 40% to provide the latest information on this
  • Disease rates are going up exponentially because of our poor diet
  • We have to do something radical to make the proper changes happen
  • It’s time to stop blaming people who can’t control their appetite
  • Low-calorie “dying” is more appropriate than low-calorie dieting
  • Low-calorie dieting leads to malnutrition and hits the brain very hard
  • Serotonin is one of the most important appetite-controlling hormones
  • Women are much more vulnerable to cravings because of haywire hormones
  • Trying to “crank up those brain chemicals just briefly” is what carbs do
  • Dr. Robert Lustig is “a new hero on the horizon” for his sugar work
  • High-carb food addiction has led to 35 million each year
  • Tobacco only kills less than 6 million annually
  • Gary Taubes’ May 2012 Newsweek cover story on obesity
  • Dr. William Davis has done great work warning on wheat dangers
  • There are no solutions being offered to help people deal with this
  • In her clinic in San Francisco she has helped thousands of clients
  • Typical response times are 24 hours to beat their carb cravings
  • The prevalence of high-carb foods is always there–make it irrelevant
  • Silence that signal, correct that area of brain chemistry
  • There are three basic brain problems for carbohydrate cravings
  • If haven’t eaten real food lately (fat, protein, veggies)
  • No more skipping meals ever in order to keep you stable
  • Animal protein is the best way to begin overcoming carb addictions
  • L-glutamine is an amino acid that will help with the blood sugar drops
  • In 3 minutes the brain receives enough of this fuel to turn off cravings
  • Chromium works hand-in-hand with L-glutamine in stabilizing blood sugar
  • Dr. Atkins talked about this but it was difficult to find the info
  • If you are negative and pessimistic, carb cravings happen in the evening
  • For these people, take 5-HTP or tryptophan (works within 10 minutes)
  • Take another dose in the evening to ward off “midnight snack” need
  • People who are new to low-carb tend to neglect dietary fat
  • This will “doom” your low-carb lifestyle because it’s low-calorie again
  • In the 1960’s, almost nobody was overweight and we ate three meals daily
  • Sweets were only a dessert after dinner with protein and saturated fat
  • Saturated fat is the most blood sugar stabilizing substance in the world
  • These traditional fats have been exonerated from heart disease in 1990s
  • It’s the trans fats and vegetable oils that people need to be avoiding
  • The 1970s were “the death knell” when we cut fat and added in HFCS
  • The only silver lining was Dr. Robert C. Atkins came around in the 1970s
  • Dr. Atkins was a unique personality willing to stand up to naysayers
  • He reveled and thrived in fighting for what he believed was true
  • She treats bulimics by using nutritional supplements to reprogram brains
  • If they consume a low-carb diet, bulimia is “fairly easy to treat”
  • Bulimics are “famously low” in serotonin and require tryptophan
  • It’s critical for them to take extra doses of tryptophan or 5-HTP
  • Look at page 123 about how to identify what’s wrong with your brain
  • When someone is eating because of stress, GABA is not functioning well
  • Take a GABA supplement and within 10 minutes the cravings disappear
  • After a few weeks or months using GABA, the need for them goes away
  • Some people with intense stress have adrenal or brain deficiency, though
  • Most stress eaters (over 60% of carb eaters) need to take GABA
  • What the biological mechanism is for that “sedated” feeling eating carbs
  • Sugary foods can increase endorphin output manifested as “pleasant buzz”
  • The “price tag is terrible” when your blood sugar quickly crashes
  • Whether there are unsweetened versions of GABA available in stores
  • Look for pure GABA in 250mg or 500mg but most have a sweetener in them
  • Put half of it under your tongue to see how you feel using it
  • The relaxation should take effect pretty quickly
  • Most stressed clients want to eat a Snickers bar before taking GABA
  • After 10 minutes, the clients turn down the Snickers bar
  • Do the same things apply to children with carbohydrate addiction?
  • In The Diet Cure, she explains the protocols to use with kids
  • Children really don’t need to take the supplements as long as adults
  • Most kids don’t even remember what they were like before
  • The story of a girl who loved macaroni & cheese who beat her addiction
  • When you do these techniques, you don’t really want these carby foods
  • Take the supplementation for as long as you need it and you’re cured
  • DLPA can be a tremendous tool to support your high-fat, low-carb diet
  • People think they have to have alternatives to high-carb foods
  • Let’s give up the worst addiction to doughy foods altogether
  • People in other countries can’t make American flour-based recipes
  • Eat a wide variety of proteins and amino acid blends to make endorphins
  • People do have a choice and can fix these deep carb cravings immediately
  • Read the reviews at her book on Amazon to see the successes
  • Even some stevia-based treats could be stoking sugar cravings again
  • The sweet sensation is powerful in the brain and can erode your resolve
  • Sugar substitutes have been shown to be equally addictive to sugar
  • Go into your brain and examine where your craving is coming from
  • Listen to ATLCX #18 “The Truth About Sweeteners” with Dr. David Getoff
  • Whether coconut oil is a great way to help people transition from carbs
  • Medium chain triglycerides is better for sustaining energy
  • Coconut-based foods are a fabulously health addition to your meals
  • Some people like pure sugar candy like Skittles or chocolate for energy
  • Sugar can push the button in your brain that is a natural energizer
  • Take tyrosine to increase the energy in your body without sugar
  • Dr. Luan Pho claim that tyrosine reverses gray hair
  • One client was consuming three pots of sugary coffee daily
  • She was not happy about giving up caffeine AND sugar at the same time
  • She took tyrosine after her first alarm and then skipped the coffee
  • Caffeine does tricks on blood sugar and destroys desire for real food
  • When you consume enough healthy fats in your diet, you can skip meals
  • People give up on diets because they never find the ultimate answer
  • Food addicts have lives that are generally more stable than drug addicts
  • If someone is tired, you need to feed the energy system in the brain
  • You want to start tyrosine at the lowest dose and work up from there
  • The effects will vary widely from person to person
  • If you get any adverse effect at any point, stop taking it immediately
  • For some people with energy issues, the problem isn’t the brain
  • Some people need bioidentical thyroid replacement to normalize function
  • Low-calorie dieting will turn down the thyroid and may not come up again
  • This is the only topic in The Diet Cure about medications
  • The thyroid section of the new revision has been completely revamped
  • Find out exactly what you need to do if you have the tell-tale signs
  • Substituting high-carb foods for low-carb foods not fixing the problem
  • If you cut down on your food intake, then “starvation mentality” kicks in
  • People are not getting the 4-8 cups of low-carb vegetables daily
  • Have some high-carb vegetables as needed like squashes and yams
  • People are so used to low-calorie diets, they fear eating enough food
  • Not eating enough protein and fat can lead to the intense cravings
  • Don’t demonize all carbs in your diet lest you become “carb-starved”
  • The example of a reader who didn’t eat enough food and collapsed
  • Jump start using the amino acids and then customize the diet to you
  • People make the mistake of never moving out of the Induction phase
  • A description of the changes that have been made to The Diet Cure
  • She’s had 12 years to “get a lot clearer” on the changes to be made
  • People aren’t following organized diets as much anymore
  • They’re just eating low-fat, low-calorie thinking it’s healthy
  • The sex hormone chapter gives info on how to take away PMS symptoms
  • Information for perimenopause women is included in a chapter
  • There are big chapters on the dieting-caused eating disorders
  • When she originally published in 2000, there was no obesity epidemic
  • We are almost at the point of no return with obesity and diabetes
  • If we could just backtrack to the diet of the 1960s, we’d get healthy
  • HFCS coming in the early 1970’s brought on obesity for the first time

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    If you cannot join us LIVE on the podcast on Thursday nights at 7PM ET, then you can still ask your questions of the expert guests in two ways. First, you can visit AskTheLowCarbExperts.com and fill out the form along the right-hand side of the page under “Submit Your Question” to input your name, e-mail address, the name of the expert you want to ask, and your question for them. These questions will be asked LIVE on the show airing on Thursdays. Or, for your convenience we have set up a way for you to e-mail us your questions directly to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com. Be sure to include your name, the name of the expert you want to ask your question to in the subject line, and your question on the specific topic of discussion. This is a golden opportunity for you to tap directly into the wealth of knowledge and experience on all things related to healthy low-carb living featuring the best and brightest experts in the realm of health!

    Did you have anything to share about what you heard from Julia Ross about “How To Beat Carbohydrate Addiction?” Tell us your thoughts about it in the show notes section of Episode 19. We’ll be taking the next two weeks off, but we’ll be back in EPISODE 20 on July 19, 2012 with Robb Wolf addressing the topic of “Transitioning To The Paleo Diet.” If you have questions about making the shift to a Paleo diet that you would like for me to ask Robb Wolf, then e-mail them to AskTheLowCarbExperts@gmail.com no later than 3PM ET on the date that the podcast airs.

    Here are the upcoming experts and topics we’ll be covering on #ATLCX:

    EPISODE 21: July 26, 2012 | Nora Gedgaudas | “Are Starches Really Safe?”
    7-27 to 8-15: NO PODCASTS
    EPISODE 22: August 16, 2012 | Dr. Kaayla Daniel | “The Truth About Soy”
    EPISODE 23: August 23, 2012 | Dr. Stephen Phinney | “Long-Term Stalls & Weight Gain Even On A Well-Formulated Low-Carb Diet”
    EPISODE 24: August 30, 2012 | Dr. Donald Layman | “All Things Protein (Protein 101)”
    EPISODE 25: September 6, 2012 | Fred Hahn | “All Things Slow Lifting (Slow Burn 101)”
    EPISODE 26: September 13, 2012 | Dr. Jonny Bowden | “All Things Vitamins (Supplements 101)”
    EPISODE 27: September 20, 2012 | Jenny Ruhl | “Overcoming The Problems With A Low-Carb Diet”
    EPISODE 28: September 27, 2012 | Jonathan Bailor | “The Truth About Low-Carb Research”
    EPISODE 29: October 4, 2012 | Dr. Thomas Dayspring |“Cholesterol Testing: What Matters Most?”

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    • Peggy Holloway5

      My daughter’s story is a long one that I won’t even try to summarize here. She is writing a book, which I hope she will finish and publish.
      She was obese, lost weight through severe calorie restriction, which she maintained with bulimia. During her bulimic phase (most of the time she was also vegan or vegetarian), she was also depressed and had insomnia.
      A change to a low-carb, whole foods diet has completely reversed those problems.