One day, you wake up and you’re skinny. You’re not skinny, but you’re thin. You look great and you feel great. You decide that it’s time to try a salad for lunch, so you head to the grocery store and pick up a large bag of baby greens.  You toss it in your cart and head to the check out, but on the way out you decide to stop by the bakery. You grab a piece of warm, fresh bread to go along with your salad.  As you walk past the salad section, you notice a large bowl of mixed greens for $2.50.  You stop and pick it up, then head to the checkout.  When the cashier rings up

One of the most interesting things about the trend towards eating nuts is how many people have tried them, given them up and then gone back for more. Some of those people were addicted to nuts, others thought they were, but all of them had one thing in common: their experience.

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Do you struggle to manage your food cravings, particularly for sugary or processed foods? Do you have trouble controlling your eating habits?

Bitten Jonsson, RN, our addiction specialist, knows a lot about how to regain control. Here are her responses to three member queries. Is it possible to get addicted to nuts, for example?

Detox Side Effects That Are Common

Julie in New Zealand wishes you a good morning.

I’ve always been a junkfood addict, and in the past 6-8 months, I’ve noticed that my sugar levels have led me to smell like ammonia. I’ve viewed all of your videos on sugar addiction and realized I’m a sufferer. In the past ten days, I haven’t had any sugar at all unless it was by mistake (silly things like eating beetroot believing it was a vegetable rather than sugar!).

I’ve always had CFS and have had fibromyalgia for the past 10 years, which I manage quite well, but I’m hopeful that my ‘addiction’ has contributed to the issue. My issue is that I am experiencing hot flushes without the redness, and I am experiencing severe tiredness in my muscles, as if I had the flu.

I dropped 2.6 kg in the first five days (during which I was still receiving a little sugar) and have had nothing but these horrible sensations since then. I’m not going back to my old habits, but is this a typical side effect of sugar detoxing? Given that I am 55 years old and premenopausal, I believe that some major detoxification is required.

It’s simply comforting to know that this is a common occurrence:) If I go to the doctor, he’ll probably tell me that I’m 55 and that these are merely hot flushes, but everything I’ve read indicates that you get a flush of red all over, which isn’t the case here. After a heat wave, I always get goosebumps.

Sorry, Bitten, for such a lengthy and rambling inquiry. I eagerly await your responses.

Warm regards, Julie

PS. I suppose I should add that I weigh 85 kilograms and am still trying to shed 13 kg.

Julie,

I completely get what you’re saying. That was my experience. And I’m really pleased with what you’ve accomplished; excellent work.

The heat waves can of course be hot flushes from menopause and the sugar was masking them before, but it is a very common problem when detoxing. If it does not diminish in 3 months after being detoxed you need to check it out further. But if you try hormones do try bio-identical hormones. There may also be nutritional imbalances and a volatile blood sugar.

Keep track of when they occur, how powerful they are, and how long they linger to see if you can see a pattern. After a cup of coffee, perhaps? If you’re worried, etc. You may be able to decrease them by taking certain steps. They usually go away once your body is in equilibrium. Take a chance.

Bitten

12 Step Groups That Don’t Work

Hello, Bitten. Are there any non-12-step support groups that you know of and can recommend? After reading this post, I’m wondering why the 12 step program hasn’t worked for me:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/the-irrationality…

I’m curious whether the medicines they suggest may assist with sugar addiction as well. Also, do you believe that alcohol has an odd impact on sugar addicts?

Please accept my thanks in advance for your response. Also, thank you for your great and informative films.

Christine

Christine,

I understand that many people are resistant to 12-step programs, but I have 30 years of experience working with thousands of individuals who have attended 12-step meetings all around the globe and are now free of their addictions. All I can tell is that if you work it, it will work. If you do it with your own addicted brain, thinking, reading, and talking yourself into recovery is a very difficult task.

To further understand how an addicted brain works, I recommend reading Craig Nakken’s book, Addictive Personality. You must eliminate the substance (here, all the meals over which you have no control) and, of course, alcohol in any manner, shape, or form, which have no place in a sugar addict’s diet plan. Around 75% of sugar addicts are alcoholics, and the other 25% are at danger of becoming alcoholics if they cut down on sugar/flour while continuing to drink.

If you don’t like 12 step, I recommend starting your own support group. Quit drinking and read the book I recommended. You may try medications to see whether they work for you. Any medication has side effects, and it’s important to remember that they’re just temporary “crutches” as we learn to live sugar-free. When it comes to prescription medications for addicts, I am very careful. Regrettably, I had no positive experience with them.

I wish you every success.

Bitten

Are you a nut addict?

Hello, Bitten I’m curious whether it’s possible to develop a nut addiction.

I don’t have a difficulty restricting sugar since I consume very little of it (2 pieces of 80 percent dark chocolate after lunch). Except for one piece of wholemeal bread at noon, I obtain most of my carbohydrates from vegetables, but I can’t avoid nuts!

When I’m hungry before dinner, I can’t wait to sit down and nibble on nuts while I wait for dinner, and once I get started, I can’t stop! I usually arrange a shopping excursion when our nut supply is running low. Is this simply a poor habit or something more serious?

I always choose simple or just salted and roasted nuts (not in vegetable oil). For the most part, I stick to almonds, pecans, and macadamia nuts, with a few cashews thrown in for good measure. Macadamia nuts are especially tough to work with!

I’m still down 40 pounds thanks to 16:8 fasting and low/moderate carbohydrates (

Nancy,

I don’t believe you’re just hooked to nuts. If you were 40 kg heavier, what did you consume earlier? Could it be that you’ve always been a sugar/flour junkie and are now attempting to manage your addiction with nuts? If that’s the case, we’re on a very dangerous path.

In such scenario, you are just replacing rather than treating the problem. If you can’t alter your habit, you’ll relapse, and you’ve already lost 40 pounds, so I wouldn’t take any chances.

Nuts are also beneficial for you since they contain a lot of vegetable omega 6-fatty acids, which may cause inflammation in your body if consumed in excess. It’s also the “munching” habit that’s associated with addictive behavior. To stop doing that, I recommend that you utilize the breathing methods and/or other tools I described before.

Best wishes,

Bitten

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Do you suffer from nut addiction? Maybe you love nuts so much, you can’t go to the store without buying a bag! Or maybe you’re just addicted to the taste. Whatever the reason, if you want to make a change, you need to make a choice—and that starts with making the decision to change.. Read more about addicted to pastries and let us know what you think.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can eating too many nuts harm you?

No, it is not harmful to eat too many nuts.

Why do I crave nuts?

You crave nuts because they are high in protein and also contain a lot of fat. The fat content is what makes you feel full, so it is easier to avoid eating more food than usual.

What happens if you eat too many nuts in a day?

If you eat too many nuts in a day, your body will start to produce more and more of the hormone insulin. This hormone is what helps regulate blood sugar levels. When this happens, your blood sugar levels can drop too low and lead to hypoglycemia or even death.

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