As we have discovered so far, carbohydrate addiction can, and often does, create a condition that hijacks your metabolism, locking away what you eat as unburnable fat. This vicious cycle leads to obesity and all the related health and wellbeing consequences.

Some of the very obvious consequences of Carbohydrate Addiction are:

  • You are Fat
  • You are always hungry
  • You constantly crave carbohydrates and sweets
  • You are irritable
  • Your Body Image and Self-esteem can be affected
  • You feel frustrated and disappointed in yourself for constantly being on the weight see-saw
  • You can see yourself as a failure for not sticking to the latest diet fad
  • You can be viewed by others as ‘fat, lazy’
  • You are constantly tired and listless

But there are even more far-reaching consequences…this cycle of carbohydrate addiction can lead to obesity and health consequences such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. It can affect both the length and the quality of your life. Diseases such as chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia are also linked to obesity.

The Consequences of Carbohydrate Addiction and/or Sensitivity and resulting Carbohydrate Intolerance can be divided into phases as it gets more severe:

Phase I (Early Carbohydrate Intolerance)

  • Low energy (especially after meals with the noon meal being the worst)
  • Increased fat around the midsection of the body
  • Blood sugar instablilities (feeling irritable and tired more frequently)
  • Bloating (finding yourself passing gas and or belching more frequently)
  • Poor sleep (especially waking up between 1-4 in the morning)

Phase II (Moderate Carbohydrate Intolerance)

  • More severe hormonal imbalances – infertility, menstrual irregularities
  • Mental fog
  • Increasingly poor energy (feeling tired all the time with early afternoon being the most difficult)
  • Increased weight
  • Increased insulin levels
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased cholesterol
  • Increasingly poor digestion (often people start having problems with heartburn, gallbladder pain and constipation)

Phase III (Late Phase Carbohydrate Intolerance)

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer

Carbohydrate Addiction and our kids:

Carbohydrate addiction affects up to 74% of youngsters who struggle with their weight and an untold number of children and teens who have been diagnosed with behaviour, motivation, concentration, and learning problems as well as mood swings. (After all…how many kids get raised on sugar-laden breakfast cereals and fast food fixes?!)

Addressing this addiction with our kids early on, can help improve health, wellbeing and longevity for these kids. And addressing it as a family, by changing the eating habits of the whole family, is the most effective way.

Keeping carbohydrates’ harmfulness in mind can make it easier to say “no” when confronted with temptation. Take comfort in the fact… this addiction can be beat. This cycle can be broken.

Read part 6 for practical solutions to breaking the Carbohydrate Addiction cycle…