I do have that addictive response to junk foods (cookies, wheat, etc.), but not with other carbs and my body functions better with good carbs. I can't go for long VLC without getting depressed, losing energy, sex drive etc. I find having a moderate level of carbs- 2-3 fruits, a starch, veggies makes my body run better in the long haul.The, OMG, I just have to have a cookie or I am going to die, feeling is either a metabolism that is not fully fat adapted and therefor still having blood sugar roller-coaster rides, or else it is a mental craving (comfort food). Some would argue that it is sugar addiction talking. I have never been in those shoes (binging/addictive behavior) so I'm not really sure about that question.
The difference (for me) between craving sugar/wheat and wanting carbs is really distinct. The sugar/wheat craving is irrational and out of control and the trigger is headache, anger, emotional and seldom energy related. The want for good carbs is more a craving for "fresh", and it's a perk up. I've only gone VLC for a month or so at a time, but did not see benefit to it each time I tried. On occasion, I'll "overeat" fruit, but it's rare and never ongoing and never leads to a negative impact (bloat etc.). In general VLC leaves me run down, CW or SAD leads to crazy cycles, and moderate carbs just seems to be good, consistent energy and mood, and a regulated appetite within a few days.
I think at the heart of it, the more diversity of whole, natural foods we can eat, the better our body can run- for most people. Fruit has so much vitamins and minerals in it and all sorts of anti-oxidants etc. that work to fuel us better.
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And regarding starchy carby vegetables, I seem way more capable of consuming them in large proportions since taking up weight lifting. It seems to have made my carb sensitivity a lot better. Some days I consume fewer starchy carbs and I don't feel deprived or low carb flu or anything. Some days I do consume a few extra potatoes and I can go out and exercise and still smell the ketones, so I really think it is helping me on a metabolic level. It's a good feeling. It's like I started this whole process a little over a year ago completely broken and am actually recovering and healing.
That doesn't mean I'm going to start drinking coke and eating gummy bears.
Female, 5'3", 49, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135 (more or less).
Starting squat: 45lbs. Heaviest squat: 180 x 2. Heaviest Deadlift: 230 x 2
Haha, that's rich from someone roleplaying as a caveman in the 21st century.Plus the same disconnect from reality.
So then, eating gummy bears and Coke may mean you are roleplaying as a junk food junkie? I think I hear Ray calling you. Buh bye.