Understanding Sweet Cravings
Jasbina Ahluwalia asks Dr. Jason Beeharilal, Founder of Premier Wellness Associates, LLC: That’s very comprehensive. I understand that you have insights as to how your sweet tooth can reveal your needs.
You said that these are all interrelated. Tell us about that. How is it that your sweet tooth reveals your needs?
Dr. Jason Beeharilal
Understanding Sweet Cravings: The Want
A lot of folks, including clients of mine and family members, have a problem with sweet cravings.
They say, “I need some sugar.” It’s what they call the five-hour energy feeling. It’s that lack of energy during the day usually around mid-afternoon.
Understanding Sweet Cravings: What Your Body Wants
Your body knows what it wants. Sugar is the most readily available source of energy for your body. We used to be a hunter/gatherer type society.
There was work involved to get protein and nutrition. You did that via short bursts of energy to fuel your body to plow a field, harvest grain, plant things or hunt something down, which requires a lot of energy.
The best way to do that is sugar. Your body is telling you to initiate a process, not just an action. Your body is telling you that it needs protein to repair tissues.
Understanding Sweet Cravings: Protein Benefits
Protein does a lot of things in the body.
- It comprises your enzymes, which is all of your chemical reactions in the body.
- It signals pathways.
- All of your hormones work based on protein receptors.
- Your energy level, skin, hair, nails and the things we look to beauty products to fix, revolves around healthy protein and fats.
The way to get protein and healthy fats was by hunting and gathering.
The first step was to acquire some form of fast sugar. We say, “I need some sugar.”
Your body is telling you, “Get some fuel. Get some gas for the car so you can run the race.”
We forget the second step. When your body has just the sugar alone and the fumes, you didn’t make the hunt. You didn’t get the second protein so it stores it in fat. The triglycerides go up.
Your body doesn’t know what to do with it. It’s not going to waste it.
It ends up in the bank account, which is everywhere you don’t want it to be. It’s the love handles, the wings of the triceps for the ladies and the double chin.
Understanding Sweet Cravings: Nourishment
They’re parts that we don’t want to talk about. Your body is telling you that it really needs protein and nourishment.
For most people nowadays, who have that sweet tooth that I’ve found in my practice, it represents what they call a subclinical protein deficiency.
You’re not starting like a refugee. You’re barely subsisting.
Understanding Sweet Cravings: Negative Effects
These people find that they don’t have as much energy as they should. They’re constantly craving sweets.
They get sick more often. Their hair, skin or nails are getting wrinkles.
They’re going for these wonderful hot oil treatments at the salon. That’s all well and good, but the fundamentals are that, if your body doesn’t have enough of the reserves then you’re not going to be able to sustain those things.
Do you have a sweet tooth? Has this information been helpful in understanding sweet cravings? Will you be grabbing for protein? Share your immediate reactions with us in the comments section below.
The above is an excerpt from Jasbina’s interview with Dr. Jason Beeharilal
The entire interview transcript is at: Jason Beeharilal NetIP (Network of Indian Professionals) Interview – 3 Ways to Stress Less & Live More
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