I am 18 years old, I have Crohn's Disease and I am addicted to junk food. I rarely eat breakfast or a proper lunch. I eat pastries (vanilla slices apple danishes) everyday as well as chocolate to keelp up my energy. I also drinks heaps of energy drinks. I know I need to change my eating habits but I just can't do it! I need help! What can I do?
Well here is the answer.
I know how you feel. It is really easy to reach for junk food as it does give you that instant energy fix and sugary junk foods are addictive. When you eat sugary foods not only do your blood sugar levels rise rapidly, you release more serotonin, your 'feel good' neurotransmitter. However these effects are short lived. Once your serotonin levels go back down and your blood sugar levels drop a rush of insulin is released into your blood stream in response to the sugar high, which causes your blood sugar levels to drop, leaving you flat, tired and craving more sugar.
So here is how you can wean yourself off sugar.
Firstly here is the good news. It actually takes you about 7 days to get rid of your addiction to sugar and sugary foods out of your system. However this does not mean your cravings will disappear but the intense addiction you experience needs that amount of time to go.
Now you can either wean yourself off sugar or go cold-turkey.
The choice is yours — you pick the way that works for you as we are all different. However remember that having crohn’s disease is stressful enough so you might find the cold turkey method too much to handle.I think for most of us the weaning yourself off sugar slowly works better
Tips on How to Wean Yourself off Sugar Slowly:
1. Never miss a meal – How do you feel when you miss a meal – STARVING right? – Well this feeling actually makes us want to eat ANYTHING to get our blood sugar levels under control. And what is the anything we select? Yes you are right, it is generally high sugar foods. Of course they bring our blood sugar levels under control BUT then we crash.
2. Consume fresh fruit – You might be thinking – hang on isn’t fruit high in sugar – Well yes it is but it is natural sugar and the fruit also contains vitamins, minerals and fibre which we need for a healthy life.
3. Limit your intake of Desserts and Dessert Type Foods – During your first week of weaning only eat this type of food once a day. In Week 2 only eat dessert type foods twice a week. Then in Week 3 only once a week. Make it your rule to have fruit [raw or poached/cooked] at least half of the time.
4. Don’t drink sugary drinks – Do not drink the sugary drinks that are available everywhere eg iced teas, soda/soft drinks, energy drinks and juices. They are full of sugar. If you feel like the bubbles use sparkling mineral water and add fresh fruit eg lemons, limes and/or oranges.
5. Do not have sugary foods in your cupboards or fridge –Temptation is an ugly thing – avoid it
6. If you do have cravings go for a walk – It has been discovered that athletes actually crave more salty foods after exercise – it also clears your head which is a great thing for us all to do as well……
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Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor