Cravings – Part 2: Becoming a Fat Burner Rather Than a Sugar Burner

Cravings Part 2: Becoming a Fat Burner

Welcome back!!  In Cravings Part 1 we discussed why we have cravings.  It is because we have become sugar burners and our bodies have forgotten how to burn fat efficiently as a fuel source.  You may be wondering “Why?”

How You Became a Sugar Burner:

Over a period of years your body has experienced an onslaught of exposure from high loads of sugar, grains and toxins.  The constant bombardment has resulted in your body’s leptin receptors, located on your hypothalamus to get damaged and are no longer recognizing the presence of leptin.  Without those receptors recognizing leptin we can experience:

1)      CRAVINGS

2)      Lose the ability to effectively burn fat.

3)      Weight gain that doesn’t respond readily to diet or exercise

4)      Sleep disturbances

5)      Decrease in sex hormones

6)      Mal-absorption problems and gut disturbances


            4 Rules:

1)      Eliminate sugars

2)      Eliminate grains and starches that quickly turn into sugars

3)      Feed your body nutrient rich, fresh vegetable (JUICING IS AWESOME for this)

4)      Switch your fats from rancid fats to healthy fats

i.      Rancid fats: Canola oil, vegetable oils, margarine, shortening

ii.      Healthy fats: Coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, REAL butter!

Key Steps for Success:

1)      Protein with breakfast

2)      Healthy Fats included in every meal

3)      No Snacking (Hunter gatherer diet)

4)      No eating after dinner

5)      Surge training burns sugars and increases fat burning between workouts.

I know how hard it can be to eliminate sugar and grains from your diet.  Unfortunately it is the only way to allow your receptors to heal.  The average person needs to be strict for 60-90 days.  Once you begin to see that your body is healing, increased energy, weight loss, normalized BP/cholesterol scores, decrease in inflammatory related pain etc. you can begin to reintroduce fruits in the form of berries.

Wheat is 99% genetically modified and even whole wheat can cause inflammation in the body.  I encourage people to never go back to wheat, rather learn to use the ancient grains (spelt, amaranth, quinoa, barley, rye, etc.) or gluten free flours as alternatives.

The key is to start simple and develop good routines.  Don’t start by making elaborate foods and buying a bunch of expensive new flours and ingredients.

 We are committed to educating and inspiring individuals and families to cultivate health and healing throughout their lives.

Dr. Erik and Dr. Patricia


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