***CAUTION: NEVER TAKE 5-HTP OR L-TRYPTOPHAN CONCURRENTLY WITH SSRIs, WHICH CAN STAY IN YOUR SYSTEM FOR AS MUCH AS SIX MONTHS AFTER STOPPING THEM. NEVER TRY TO WEAN YOURSELF OFF OF SSRIs BY YOURSELF. DO NOT TAKE 5-HTP AND L-TRYPTOPHAN TOGETHER.***
OK. You sound like my twin.
Where to begin?
::: cracking knuckles :::
Your body is crying out for serotonin, and it has figured out that bingeing on carbs is the way to get it.
I used to be like you. Constantly obsessed with food, hypoglycemic, once I started in on carbs it was beyond my control to stop, exercising at 3 in the morning.
Here is what has helped me tremendously (seriously, I'm like a different person, and with each passing day it is like a dream that I have not lapsed back):
-- 5-HTP -- this is for the serotonin your brain is desperately needing -- I take 400 mg (200 mg twice a day), but you might want to play with the dosage a bit
-- an amino acid complex
-- in order to help with the hypoglycemic swings, every time I eat, I always eat a combination of protein, fat, and carbs (this is the Zone theory, in it's most basic of forms). For example: I would never eat a banana by itself. It will swing my sugars all over the place (spike, crash). But if I have that banana with a couple of hard-boiled eggs (there's my protein and fat to round out the carbs of the banana), my blood sugar stays level and I stay full for a surprisingly long time
-- eating primal helps in a big way
-- read "The Mood Cure" and/or "The Diet Cure" by Julia Ross
-- massage or some other form of body work
-- an essential oil blend called Valor
I know this will help you.
I can't tell you what a big difference the 5-HTP and amino acids make. Sometimes I even forget to eat and, because I am no longer hypoglycemic, my body is OK with that.
All my best,
Last edited by TigerLily; 08-01-2011 at 02:39 PM.
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates