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Hypogylcemia and Alcoholism
Glucose Patterns in HRC Clients
Hypoglycemic Symptoms
The Hypoglycemic Cycle
The Role of the Adrenals
The Dry Drunk = Masked Hypoglycemia
Controlling Hypoglycemia
The Diet
Key Nutrients That Block Sugar Cravings
Caffeine and Nicotine Have To Go
The HRC Hypoglycemic Diet for Alcoholics
Shopping Tips
Meal Preparation Tips
 


Hypoglycemia and Alcoholism:

Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson was very interested in the link between alcoholism and hypoglycemia. He collected research papers demonstrating the extent of abnormal glucose fluctuations among alcoholics and sent three different reports on the subject to AA physicians. Wilson's interest was personal as well as professional. For many years, he suffered from depression and other hypoglycemic symptoms. He also consumed huge amounts of sugar and caffeine. Finally, by eliminating sugar and caffeine and making other dietary changes, he stabilized his blood sugar and achieved a sense of well-being.

Study after study has demonstrated that the vast majority of alcoholics are hypoglycemic. In one conducted by J. Poulos, D. Stafford, and K. Carron, fifty outpatient alcoholics and fifty halfway-house alcoholics were compared with a control group of one hundred nurses and teenagers. Of the one hundred alcoholics, ninety-six proved to be hypoglycemic; only fourteen of the nonalcoholic controls were hypoglycemic. A three-year study by Robert Meiers, M.D., in Santa Cruz, California, found that more than 95 percent of alcoholics studied suffered from low blood sugar.

More evidence comes from Kenneth Williams, M.D., an internist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a member of the national board of trustees of AA. Williams has found that a vast majority of his sober alcoholic patients are hypoglycemic; many have told him that their hypoglycemia had been diagnosed even before they started drinking.

Researcher and author Emanuel Cheraskin, M.D., found on the basis of six-hour glucose tolerance tests that between 75 and 90 percent of alcoholics studied were hypoglycemic. "Too much therapeutic emphasis has been placed on psychological factors," says Cheraskin" while more basic biochemical deficiencies and defects in body chemistry have received relatively little attention."

These studies confirm the findings and views of endocrinologist John Tintera,

Glucose Patterns in Health Recovery Center Clients

M.D. After years of research, Tintera concluded that even recovered alcoholics who have been sober for many years continue to suffer the effects of hypoglycemia. He strongly believes that the treatment of alcoholism "centers essentially about control of hypoglycemia... by far the most important part of the physiological treatment of alcoholics is the complete restriction of easily absorbed carbohydrates."

Until their severe fluctuations in blood sugar are stabilized, Tintera warns that alcoholics will be predisposed to depression and what only appear to be "deep-rooted emotional or psychiatric disorders."

Tintera and other researchers who have documented the close connection between alcoholism and hypoglycemia consider psychoanalytic treatment "utterly

unsuccessful [in rehabilitating alcoholics] since the deep-rooted emotional factor is, in reality, physiologically based."

Unfortunately, despite the work of Tintera and many others, few physicians today have a good understanding of hypoglycemia. Some may refuse your request for testing as unnecessary or even dismiss hypoglycemia as a fad disease. Others will test you but misinterpret the results because of the wide variance in diagnostic approaches practiced during the last two decades. For these reasons, you may need to search out a physician who fully appreciates the impact of hypoglycemia on alcoholism and can diagnose the condition accurately.

The reason I'm so sure many alcoholics are hypoglycemic is that during the past ten years I have found that the overwhelming majority at HRC suffer from this disorder. In our study of one hundred randomly selected clients, 88 percent proved to be hypoglycemic. Figure 1 shows glucose tolerance test patterns found among them. Figure 2, gives a breakdown of the types of hypoglycemic curves seen among these one hundred clients. (The sawtooth curve is not shown in Figure 1) Ten percent demonstrated a sawtooth pattern of seesawing insulin and adrenaline release throughout the test after their initial hypoglycemic drop below fasting levels.

Figure 1

Chart:The 6 Hour Glucose Tolerance Test

 

Figure 2

Glucose Tolerance Test Patterns and Hypoglycemic Curves Chart

Hypoglycemic Symptoms

Are any of the symptoms reported by hypoglycemics (listed below) familiar to you? This list was compiled by Stephen Gyland, M.D., on the basis of his study of twelve hundred hypoglycemic patients. Dr. Gyland himself experienced many of these symptoms; at one point, he became so incapacitated that he had to stop practicing medicine. In his futile search for help, he consulted physicians at a number of U.S. medical centers, including the famed Mayo Clinic. Finally, he pieced together the correct diagnosis of hypoglycemia, which he then verified by a six-hour glucose tolerance test. (I mention both five- and six-hour glucose tolerance tests in my research. The six-hour test is more thorough, but for most people, the five-hour version is sufficient.)

 

Symptoms Reported by Hypoglycemics

SYMPTOM
FREQUENCY
Nervousness
94%
Irritability
89%
Exhaustion
87%
Faintness, Dizziness, Tremors, Cold Sweats
86%
Depression
86%
Vertigo, Dizziness
77%
Drowsiness
73%
Headaches
72%
Digestive Disturbances
71%
Forgetfulness
69%
Insomnia
67%
Constant Worrying, Unprovoked Anxieties
62%
Confusion
57%
Internal Trembling
57%
Heart Palpitations, Rapid Pulse
54%
Muscle Pains
53%
Numbness
 51%
Indecisiveness
50%
Asocial/Antisocial Behavior
47%
Crying Spells
 46%
Lack of Sex Drive (Women)
44%
Allergies
43%
Incoordination
43%
Leg Cramps
43%
Lack of Concentration
42%
Blurred Vision
40%
Muscle Twitching and Jerking
 40%

Itching and
Crawling Skin Sensations

39%
Gasping for Breath
37%
Smothering Spells
34%
Staggering
34%
Sighing and Yawning
30%
Impotence (Men)
29%
Unconsciousness
27%
Nightmares, Night Terrors
27%
Rheumatoid Arthritis
24%
Phobias, Fears
23%
Neurodermatitus
21%
Suicidal Intent
20%
Nervous Breakdown
17%
Convulsions
 2%


The Hypoglycemic Cycle

To understand how these symptoms develop, you have to know something about glucose metabolism. Our bodies immediately convert foods high in refined sugar; white flour, or starch to blood sugar, or glucose (the terms are interchangeable). When too much sugar builds up in the bloodstream, the pancreas pumps out extra insulin to counteract the overload.

If you are hypoglycemic and alcoholic, your over sensitized pancreas tries to control your excessive intake of both alcohol sugars and refined sugars. You overproduce insulin, which then removes too much sugar from your bloodstream. As a result, your blood sugar falls too far below normal levels. When it does, you may develop headaches and become irritable, anxious, fearful, tired, dizzy, confused, uncoordinated, forgetful, and unable to concentrate. You may feel and act antisocial.

Eventually, the physical stress produced by low blood sugar prompts an outpouring of the adrenal hormone epinephrine, which signals the liver to release emergency sugar (glycogen) to prevent further insulin shock. This can bring on other unpleasant reactions. You may feel shaky, weak, and sweaty, and you may be aware of a rapid heartbeat. You may have noticed that caffeine can produce these symptoms. It also stimulates the adrenal glands to trigger the release of stored glycogen to temporarily raise blood sugar levels.

Blood sugar can also drop in response to a meal high in refined carbohydrates. This so-called postprandial fed-state hypoglycemia is very common among alcoholics and produces tremendous cravings for coffee and sweets. A study published in 1976 in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences reported that affected alcoholics are prone to "headache, weakness, tachycardia, hunger, excessive sweating, loss of concentration and anxiety. This type of hypoglycemia... can trigger further drinking to ease distressing symptoms and may lead to a syndrome described as the 'buildup to drink'.... Many patients have apparently returned to alcohol usage during their rehabilitation programs because alcohol as a sugar and sedative drug alleviates many of the symptoms outlined above."

Postprandial hypoglycemia can also trigger psychological symptoms. When researcher E Hale, M.D., administered glucose tolerance tests to sixty-seven subjects, mental stability, clarity, and agility were seriously affected among those whose glucose levels fell below sixty milligrams per deciliter. Dr. Hale concluded that "mental confusion does occur with postprandial hypoglycemia" and suggested that patients who complain of fatigue or depression two to four hours after meals have their blood sugar evaluated by a five-hour glucose tolerance test.

The Role of the Adrenals

Over time, the frequent outpouring of epinephrine (adrenaline) to prevent insulin shock takes a toll on your adrenal glands, your buffer against stress. When exhausted by continuing demands for adrenaline, they no longer have the strength to respond properly. This condition called hypoadrenocorticism, interferes with or destroys the ability of the adrenals to protect you from stress. It also causes emotional instability.

Dr. Tintera believes that weakened adrenal protection plus heavy drinking are the primary factors leading to alcoholism: "Persons manifesting this genetic influence characteristically show a decreased metabolism, marked hypertension, [low blood pressure] and a fondness or real craving for salt and carbohydrates..."

[Many alcoholics] refer to their progressive candy binges, which incidentally induced greater adrenal involvement. Our alcoholic patients furthermore state that these binges lifted them from depression to a temporary period of well-being. Very soon, however, they discovered that emotional depression could be alleviated more effectively with alcohol. But this respite from depression and craving was of short duration so that continued drinking seemed the only answer. This craving is a physiologic attempt to increase the subject's blood sugar.

In the alcoholic, whether active or recovered, the prevailing factor is hypoglycemia. All the personality characteristics common to patients with hypoadrenocorticism (weakened adrenals) can be attributed to this hypoglycemia. They are aggravated in the addictive drinker and persist even in the (recovered) alcoholic.

The Dry-Drunk Syndrome = Masked Hypoglycemia

In an attempt to explain these hypoglycemic symptoms as a psychological phenomenon, mental-health professionals have developed an elaborate concept called the dry-drunk syndrome. This has been defined by M. Wellman, Ph.D., as a composite of "late withdrawal symptoms that include irritability, depression, insomnia, fatigue, restlessness, a sense of aloneness and distractibility." This exponent of the dry-drunk theory has noted "a severe case mimics the physical signs of drunkenness." Abstinent alcoholics suffering from these symptoms have been advised to combat them by attending AA meetings, contacting AA members, and engaging in activities that keep their thoughts away from alcohol. Prayer and psychiatric help have also been recommended.

A Hazelden Foundation publication on the subject characterizes typical dry-drunk alcoholic as grandiose, judgmental, impulsive, childish, easily distracted, and disorganized.

Another researcher, E. M. Jellinek, Ph.D., defines the dry-drunk syndrome as a manifestation of late withdrawal symptoms, which he views as "indications of insufficient adaptation on the symbolic level to an alcohol-free life."

These highfalutin psychological explanations ignore the fact that the symptoms are caused by a physical condition -hypoglycemia- which causes severe metabolic changes that alter moods, thought, and behavior. Take a look at the list below, compiled by Mark Worden from his 1980 article in the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine. It compares commonly reported dry-drunk symptoms to those known to be caused by hypoglycemia.

Dry-Drunk Syndrome


Irritability

Depression

Aggressiveness

Insomnia

Fatigue

Restlessness

Confusion

Desire to drink

Nervousness

Hypoglycemia


Irritability

Depression

Aggressiveness

Insomnia

Fatigue

Restlessness

Confusion

Desire to drink

Nervousness


Typically, most of these symptoms occur in newly abstinent alcoholics who try to overcome their emotional and physical discomfort by smoking cigarettes excessively and drinking enormous amounts of coffee laced with sugar. Their pockets are stuffed with candy bars and they habitually reach for colas for a quick lift. Their diets often consist of junk foods high in refined sugars and low in quality protein found in vegetables, grains, and fruits.

Both caffeine and nicotine cured with corn, beet, and cane sugars can prompt the outpouring of adrenaline that temporarily raise blood sugar, as do candies, baked goods, and other foods containing refined sugars. The relief provided by these quick fixes is short-lived. A surge of insulin quickly pushes glucose levels back below normal causing the unpleasant symptoms and the need for a sugar fix begin all over again.

Maintaining constant and adequate glucose levels is one of our most important biochemical needs. Continued blood-sugar fluctuations to below amounts needed by the brain for stable functioning are a more logical explanation of dry-drunk symptoms than any psychological concept can be.

Controlling Hypoglycemia

You cannot recover from hypoglycemia overnight, but in a few short weeks you can feel much better. You can banish symptoms and correct the underlying metabolic errors just as our HRC clients do by following a healthy new diet and taking some more nutrition supplements. You'll have to give up both caffeine and cigarettes, but the sacrifice will pay enormous dividends in renewed energy and vibrant good health.

The Diet

Get ready for a big change in the way you eat. You're going to have to give up foods containing refined sugar. That means virtually all sweets. Candy bars, Colas, Cookies, Ice cream. I know you love these foods. You may not want them when you're drinking, but most alcoholics begin to crave sweets as soon as they go on the wagon. Small wonder! Did you ever think about the similarities between sugar and alcohol? Both are carbohydrates with no nutritional value-all you get from them is calories. Both are absorbed directly into the bloodstream, and both can cause memory blackouts and intense cravings. I can't promise you that giving up sugar will be easy. But with the nutritional support you'll get while you're on the diet, it won't be as bad as you think.

In addition to sugars, the diet also temporarily eliminates dairy products and wheat. Both are highly allergenic, and one or both frequently contribute to problems of alcohol allergy/addiction. You'll know within two weeks whether or not you are affected. If not, you can resume eating dairy products and foods containing wheat.

You will find the diet in your book, Seven Weeks to Sobriety. There are lists of foods you can eat and those you must avoid. Also provided are suggested menus and meal preparation and shopping tips. Don't let the word "diet" scare you. You are not about to embark on a regime of grapefruit and lettuce leaves. You will be pleasantly surprised by the enormous variety of foods you can choose from. You will be eating three hearty meals each day, plus healthy and filling midmorning, mid afternoon, and after diner snacks. In fact, you probably will be eating more and better than you have in years.

It is important to eat all the snacks. They will provide you with a steady supply of protein, fats, and slowly available (complex) carbohydrates to prevent the drop in blood sugar that normally occurs about two hours after a meal. If your meals are delayed for any reason, you may need an extra snack.

Key Nutrients That Block Sugar Cravings

Your cravings for sweets could sabotage all your efforts. But you can combat them with-you guessed it-many of the nutrients you are already taking, plus two new ones. Your old friends glutamine, vitamin C, magnesium, and pantothenic acid help keep sugar cravings under control. Two others, niacin and chromium, will heighten this effect. Add two 500-mg doses of niacin, one at breakfast, one at supper; you are already getting enough chromium in your multi-vitamin formula.

Both niacin and chromium have proved extremely helpful in the treatment of alcoholism. Let's take a look at what they can do.

Niacin

In his second communication to AA physicians, Bill Wilson reported that about 70 percent of alcoholics who took niacin (vitamin B3) found that they felt much better: "Evidence has mounted that many of this group reporting recoveries from depression, anxiety, tension, etc., are actually hypoglycemics, people in whom B3 is, to a consider-able degree, preventing the abnormal drop of blood sugar which is characteristic of that malady."

Wilson quotes several physicians who were treating alcoholics with niacin. One of these doctors, Jack Ward, M.D., a psychiatrist in Trenton, New Jersey, speculated that "the good response of the 'unhappy sobriety types' to niacin... is due at least in part to the effect of the B3 on the blood-sugar levels."

Wilson also reported on the work of Russell Smith, M.D., nephew of AA cofounder Dr. Bob Smith. Russell Smith treated 507 hard-core alcoholics with six grams of niacin a day for six months. He found that 340 did very well indeed. They remained sober and their memories improved, as did their learning abilities, problem-solving skills, coping abilities, sleep, appetites, interpersonal relationships, and job performance. Another 98 reported improvements in well-being and energy. Their moods were also more stable. Of the 507, only 66 did not respond positively to the niacin therapy.

Niacin is remarkably safe even when taken without medical supervision. There has never been a reported overdose death. However, bear in mind the following precautions:

  • Since high doses can affect the liver, do not take niacin if your lab tests reveal any abnormalities of liver function. You can begin after you correct your liver problems.
  • Niacin may cause flushing due to the sudden release of histamine it triggers. You don't have to give up taking niacin. The redness and itching is not harmful and will eventually disappear.
  • A dose that is too high for you can cause nausea and vomiting after a few days. This gastric distress disappears twenty-four to forty-eight hours after discontinuing niacin.
  • Niacin may elevate blood sugar in some diabetics. If so, substitute niacinamide, another form of Vitamin B3; it will have no effect on insulin requirements.

Chromium

This mineral is essential for sugar metabolism. Refined sugars force a 20 percent increase in the excretion of chromium into the blood, depleting the stores needed to control abnormal glucose fluctuations.

Take chromium picolinate, not inorganic chromium salts. Chromium picolinate is the newest and best absorbed kind of chromium. It will help stabilize blood sugar by raising levels that are too low or lowering levels that are too high.

Chromium levels were extremely low in ninety-one of the one hundred alcoholics participating in our HRC study. (The only client with high chromium levels had been wearing a chromium wire brace in his mouth. Alcohol eroded the metal, causing him to ingest chromium particles, which were then stored in his tissues.) Chromium picolinate will speed improvement in glucose availability and reverse your hypoglycemic symptoms.

 

Incidentally, you may be interested to know that chromium can protect you against stroke and heart attack. In countries where chromium intake and tissue levels are high, the incidence of heart attack and stroke is low. What's more, tests of patients with severe heart disease have shown that they have virtually no chromium available in the aorta, the heart's major artery. There is good medical evidence that chromium deficiency contributes to the buildup of plaque, the fatty deposits that clog coronary arteries and precipitate heart attacks.

Other Important Nutrients

You may have learned about glutamine, vitamin C, magnesium, and pantothenic acid in the exploration of this website, but you may be interested to know how they help control hypoglycemia and stave off cravings for sugar.

Glutamine

In the brain, glutamine is converted to glutamic acid, the only alternate source of glucose available to the brain. It provides a ready source of brain fuel for hypoglycemics and helps stave off sugar cravings and hypoglycemic symptoms that develop when blood-sugar levels drop too low.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is very effective against stress. The adrenal glands use large amounts for hormone production. Adrenal supplies of vitamin C can become severely depleted as a result of hypoglycemia and associated sugar cravings.

Magnesium

Supplements help to stabilize blood-sugar levels of hypoglycemics.

Pantothenic Acid

Alcohol destroys the pantothenic acid needed for normal production of all the adrenal hormones, including cortisone. Under these circumstances, the adrenal glands lose their ability to protect you from stress. As you now know, hypoglycemia also weakens the adrenals. Replacing lost pantothenic acid will help repair the damage.

Caffeine and Nicotine Have to Go

Before you unplug your computer and say, "That's it! I can't follow this @##%% program!", let me assure you that I do not expect you to stop smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee right now. But both will have to go in the near future to be successful in your battle with hypoglycemia.

As you know, caffeine and nicotine aggravate hypoglycemia by setting in motion that now-familiar scenario in which the adrenals release adrenaline in response to low blood sugar, prompting the liver to release glycogen. Blood sugar then rises, and the pancreas begins to pump out insulin, overshooting the mark and causing another drop in blood sugar. The result is a quick, short-lived lift followed by fatigue that can last for hours. If you continue to drink coffee and smoke, your body will pay a high price. Every one of our follow-up studies at HRC shows that the 20 to 25 percent of HRC clients who relapsed were those who could not (or would not) stop smoking cigarettes.

 

Caffeine

There is no question that caffeine can wire you and bring on restlessness, depression, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, shakiness, and bone-tired fatigue. Consider the case of Brent, a young waiter admitted to our clinic last year. He was subject to sudden panic attacks, spells of heart-pounding and overpowering fearfulness that his physician had been treating with the drug Inderal, a blood-pressure medication that has a calming effect. After we convinced Brent to give up the forty cups of coffee he had been drinking daily, his panic attacks, as well as his insomnia and tremors, disappeared.

If you are drinking five or more cups of coffee a day, you may develop severe headaches, listlessness, and nervousness if you stop cold turkey. You will do better by reducing your daily intake gradually over the course of a week. Do not substitute decaffeinated coffee. Instead, switch to caffeine-free herbal teas or sparkling water with lime or lemon.

You will soon be rewarded for all these sacrifices with more energy, more restful sleep, and, most important, reduced cravings for sugar and alcohol.

 

Nicotine Addiction

Almost every smoker admitted to HRC wants to quit smoking but can't. That isn't surprising. Nicotine is probably the most addictive substance known. Let me tell you about John, a client who came to us after his release from a detox center. He had been in detox almost every weekend that year. Although he was only twenty-eight, he had been in four treatment programs. None had worked for him.

In the middle of our initial interview, John stood up and announced that he had to smoke a cigarette. He told me he smoked two and a half packs a day but wished he could quit. I suggested that by detoxing his brain and body systems, his cravings for alcohol would disappear. Although he was miserably ill with alcoholism, he had a bright, inquiring mind. He agreed to follow our biochemical repair program to the letter to see if I was right.

Giving up cigarettes was almost harder for John than giving up alcohol. With the help of Nicorette gum and the very same nutrient program I am recommending to you, he went off to the north woods of Minnesota for a weekend and came back a nonsmoker. It has been almost a year since he completed treatment. He has remained free of all drugs and continues to maintain his healthy new lifestyle.

Millions of people have successfully quit smoking. With the proper tools and support, you will too.

But don't worry. You need not quit smoking... yet. Instead, concentrate on staying free of alcohol, refined sugars, and caffeine. After you rid your system of these toxic substances, your body will be much more cooperative when you stop smoking. For the time being, just be aware of how many cigarettes you smoke every day and try to cut down a little.

Now, let's take a look at the diet you will be using to bring hypoglycemic symptoms under control.

The HRC Hypoglycemic (Anti-allergy) Diet for Alcoholics

This diet is extremely healthy. It is high in complex carbohydrates and temporarily eliminates dairy products and wheat. Before you begin, read the following instructions:

  • One meal each day should consist largely of vegetables. Big salads will do the trick.
  • When buying food, read labels carefully. Most canned soup and juice, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, salad dressing, and canned vegetables contain sugar and/or starch. You can get sugar-free products at food co-ops or health-food stores.
  • Do not use any food that lists sugar among the first four ingredients on the label.
  • Throw out junk food containing refined sugar. You will be snacking on healthy foods frequently so you won't feel hungry.
  • Substitute soy milk or fresh goat's milk or Rice Dream (Imagine Foods, Palo Alto, California) for cow's milk. Some HRC clients are afraid that goat's milk will taste terrible, but most find that it tastes just like cow's milk (but, I admit, it depends on the goat).
  • Avoid aspirin compounds including Anacin; Empirin, cold tablets; Midol, Trigesic, and medications containing alcohol (read the labels). Bayer aspirin is caffeine-free and may be used.

Suggested Daily menus can be found in the book, Seven Weeks to Sobriety.

Shopping Tips

  • Choose foods that are as close to their natural state as possible: fresh vegetables and fruits; fresh meats, fish, chicken, and eggs; raw nuts and seeds; and fresh salad greens.
  • Avoid canned, processed, dyed, chemically flavored, frozen, additive-laden foods.
  • If you can't find millet bread or brown rice bread at your super-market, try a food cooperative. Some health-food stores also carry these whole-grain substitutes for wheat bread. Before you buy rye or oat bread, read the label. Wheat is usually the first ingredient listed.
  • Don't buy roasted nuts. The process of high-heat roasting cause undesirable changes in the natural oils the nuts contain. In the body, this altered oil can promote formation of free radicals, dangerously unstable molecules capable of damaging healthy tissue and promoting the development of cancer. Choose only raw nuts and seeds.
  • Pass up luncheon meats (Spam, bacon, ham, bologna). They are loaded with refined sugars and cancer-causing nitrates.
  • You can find fruit-sweetened jams at a food co-op or health food store.
  • Drink flavored sparkling water (read the label to confirm that it is sugar free).
  • Cut your salt intake by using lite salt, which is half potassium (needed for cellular energy) and half sodium.

Meal Preparation Tips

  • Peel fruits and vegetables or remove outer layers to avoid pesticide residues.
  • Steam your vegetables (if you cook them in water, you will lose much of their vitamin and mineral content). You can get a steamer that fits inside any pot in most houseware departments. Cook vegetables until they are almost tender, not soggy.
  • Raw vegetables are your best choice; they also make excellent snacks.
  • Use fruit juice on cereal if you don't have soy, rice, or goat's milk (The ban on cow's milk is only a temporary measure until you have had your allergy test.)
  • Keep a lot of assorted nuts, sunflower seeds, apples, oranges, carrot sticks, celery, and other raw vegetables on hand for snacking.

 

The HRC Modified Diet for Carbohydrate Sensitive Persons

Many alcoholics prove to be so reactive to simple sugars that the preceding diet is not suited to them.

Over the last few years Health Recovery Center has discovered another effective approach that addresses carbohydrate sensitivity thereby reducing the overproduction of insulin. Insulin is the prime cause of hypoglycemic reactions, i.e., mood swings, dizziness, fatigue, inability to concentrate, headaches, irritability, and depression. And the overproduction of insulin is the number-one reason you can't lose weight. Insulin is the fat-storing hormone.

The new low-fat craze has tricked many into trading fat for sugar. Every package that proclaims low fat or no fat has increased the carbohydrates to replace the missing fats. To the hypoglycemic this is a disaster because more carbos mean more insulin. Actually fats do not trigger insulin. They convert, slowly and steadily, to glucose, the brain's fuel. And natural fats, not the partially dehydrogenated man-made fats, are essential to our emotional stability. The gray matter of our brains is composed mainly of essential fatty acids (EFAs) made from fats. We need these EFAs to prevent depression, to create a sense of well-being, to control hormonal distribution, and to regulate cholesterol metabolism. Good fat can protect against heart disease, diabetes, hyperactivity, arthritis and PMS.

Additional information can be found in the book Seven Weeks to Sobriety, chapter 7 (ISBN 0-449-00259-4):

  • Suggested Daily Menus with a specific breakdown of safe foods and foods to avoid
  • A carbohydrate addiction screening test to determine if you are a candidate for the Low-Carbo Diet
  • The foods to consume and the foods to avoid on the Low-Carbohydrate Diet.

Additional information can be found in the book Seven Weeks to Sobriety, Chapter 7 (ISBN 0-449-00259-4):

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