Addictions to carbs, porn, chocolate, alcohol can be solved using nutrients

May 29, 2014

“If you want to change the fruit,
you will first have to change the root.”

Summary:
Whatever it is that you’re doing in excess is likely due to a biological reason.

It’s not because you’re lazy or lacking in willpower. Biological deficiencies can cause behavioral issues. Don’t mistake the cause with the effect.

If you eat too much chocolate, there’s a reason. It makes you feel good and you’re lacking in good feeling chemicals. It’s possible to correct this deficiency thru diet, supplements, nutrition.

Same with eating carbs, sugar, candy bars, alcohol, marijuana, being depressed, sleeping all day, unable to function in winter, too much masturbation, whatever.

Analogy: If your computer was acting weird, you wouldn’t call it lazy. You wouldn’t yell at it to get its shit together.

Google search for others with similar problems. Look for solutions. Run an antivirus software. Get rid of viruses. These are productive activities. Yelling at the computer is pointless.

It’s important to picture your body like a computer & your mind as the user. Thinking this way will lead to a lot more constructive solutions.

I’m only telling you this because I’ve wasted DECADES trying to fix my issues by trying to change behavior rather than biology.

Solutions: The Mood Cure by Julia Ross, books by Dr Andrew Saul, look into Nutrient Therapy, Orthomolecular Medicine, Integrative medicine, Food Matters, etc.


One of the biggest obstacles in my life has been that I viewed life problems in the wrong way.

Eating too much?
I must be a slob.

Eating tons of candy bars?
I must have no will power.

Sleeping all day?
I’m must be super lazy.

This is the #1 reason that it took me so long to figure out the true reasons for my actions and to fix them.

Thinking this way meant all I would do is try to force myself to correct the problem without providing my body with the nutrients it was starving of.

I think it is super important to view yourself properly. If you think every action you do is controllable by your willpower or your conscious mind, then get ready for a lot of disappointments.

The proper way to view yourself:

Like Jonathan Haidt mentions in The Happiness Hypothesis, picture yourself as the rider on top of an elephant. Your body is the elephant. Your mind is the rider.

There are some things the rider can make the elephant do. Other things are up to the elephant.

Or, picture yourself as two beings. Imagine you are a spirit that flew down to earth & took over the body of an animal called human. You are stuck in this body. The connection between the spirit and animal isn’t perfect. The body is misbehaving and it is your job to figure out why.

Or, picture your body as a plant. You are the gardener. Figure out why the plant isn’t doing well!

There are some things you can make yourself do.
Other things, you cannot.
You cannot hold your breath until you die. Try it.
You can’t stop your heart from beating.
You can only stay awake so long until you will crash & sleep.

You cannot scan your whole body with your mind to figure out how each cell is doing. Can you tell your liver to tell you if it’s healthy? Can you self diagnose your blood with your mind, to see if you have a disease?

Maybe if you’re a Jedi Master, but most of us can’t.

Let me analyze some of my behavior and how I solved them:

Issue #1: Overeating & gaining weight

Behavior model: I’m lazy. Suck it up, eat less calories than I burn each day until mathematically my body loses weight. I’ve tried this model for 10yrs+ and failed.

Biological model: I’m overeating. I’m eating large amounts of calories but my body is still hungry. Why? Maybe the body is wanting nutrition and not getting it? Maybe I’m eating addictive food that causes my brain to crave more of it? Ok, if I know this, how do I stop this?

I’m not saying I have all the answers figured out. But thinking with a biological model meant I don’t have to blame myself for being lazy. This problem then becomes a puzzle to solve. Something beyond my mind. I have to solve the puzzle of the elephant eating too much. When I think of myself as the rider, this becomes easier.

Solution was to read as many health books as possible by all different people.

Common reasons why I’m overeating:
lack of nutrition (eating too many junk food calories). body tells brain that it is “starving” of nutrients, even though it is abundant in food calories. so brain signals for cravings. but i still feed it junk calories, this process gets repeated.

addiction: i got hooked on sugar at a young age. all i drank were 2 liters of regular soda & eat a lot of candy bars.

hormonal disfunction: smart people are figuring this out slowly. the hypothalamus has something to do with this. it controls fat loss, even if you eat low calories. body will also down-regulate when it’s fed less food. that’s why low calorie diets stop losing weight after a while. body is not going to let itself die.

misc: seasonal affective disorder causes low serotonin = carb cravings = weight gain. i talked about this before. i also believe that if you are native to a tropical climate and suddenly move to a cold climate, it wrecks your body. less sunlight, less warmth, less daylight. it’s kind of like houseplants. not all plants like the same type of soil, sunlight, food or water. i know, i’ve accidentally killed a few plants in my life.

the puzzle is deeper than willpower & counting calories. one key to weight loss does not work for everyone. you must figure out your own puzzle.

Other Issues & Solutions:
Chocolate cravings: person who solved her issues
Alcoholism: niacin & alcoholics anonymous
Caffeine: amino acid tyrosine or others
Marijuana: read mood cure or search google

These are basically uppers & downers. Each item releases chemicals in the body/brain. In order to rid of the addiction, it’s necessary to help body naturally get replacements.

I’m a novice in this topic but solutions do exist. I never knew that before.

Maturbation/Porn:

I’ve read quite a bit about porn & masturbation. And how it lowers testosterone, lowers pheromones & whatever else.

I’ve also experimented with giving up porn with not great results. I could go for a week or two weeks but then I feel tremendous withdrawal symptoms. My mood plummets. Depressive mood comes back.

If I treat this as a behavior issue: i would just consider myself a pervert & self loathe.

But treating it biologically, I decided to research what chemicals get released during climax. It turns out A LOT of good chemicals! No wonder sex/orgasm feels good.

Folks naturally low on serotonin (like myself) who also ate terrible food & at the same time suffer from seasonal affective disorder, it’s that much harder for brain to cope without good feeling chemicals. Masturbation/orgasm is a way to feel good.

After reading the Mood Cure and doing some of the tools mentioned there, the urge to watch porn & masturbate has subsided.

Give the plant what it needs & it will thrive.

Gdart May 31, 2015 at 6:13 pm

Interesting read. I’m in medical school thinking about psychiatry. I have found that I am naturally low in dopamine/norepinephrine and it has been an issue that I’ve recently been able to get a hold of. The root cause is what many doctors miss. Thanks for the info