Sugar Cravings After I Eat...Could It Be Gluten Intolerance..

by Kaye
(San Jose, California)

So I guess you know from the title of my question what MY frustration is. Actually I have two questions regarding what happens to me AFTER I eat.

1) If I don't have a meal that includes sugar, I have an an overwhelming NEED to eat a cookie, piece of candy or chew gum. NOTHING else will put the beast to sleep, or at least I haven't figured out what works as good. An apple appeases it somewhat, but not as well as candy/cookie. What is going on ?

2) After I eat ANY sort of meal, especially one with wheat, I will have varying degrees of mucus build up behind my nose or sinus's causing sever post-nasal drip and endless coughing.

So annoying! Will last for a long time. Even morning coffee w/ coffee creamer does it to me. Any clues to what causes this? Yes, I have put on over 65 lbs in less than 10 years. Miserable!

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Sugar cravings, weight gain, etc..
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Kaye,

Well, this is an interesting question. It sounds like you have a lot going on. First of all, anytime someone even THINKS that they MIGHT have an issue with wheat, then its VERY likely that they DO. Take a look at my Gluten Sensitivity page to see what that is and what the Symptoms are.

I think that you have it!

So, the next thing is that you have mucus build up, you say, after eating ANYTHING. Well, I will bet you that its not just 'Anything', but that if you start to look carefully at when it happens - even very mildly- that it happens with very specific foods.

Anytime someone even gets a TINY TINY little trickle or have to clear their throat due to mucus after eating something (obviously when it's NOT related to the actual eating or saliva required to digest something) it is due to an IMMUNE RESPONSE!!

So, the likely reason that it happens with wheat is that you have a food allergy to wheat! And the reason that it happens with your coffee, is that the creamer you are using is either dairy- which means that you are allergic to dairy- or NON-Dairy- which is usually made with chemicals and high fructose corn syrup and trans fatty acids.

So, your body is screaming out to you, "Stop Eating That Stuff- it's TERRIBLE for you". And these allergies (and probably a Intestinal Candida Infection are the likely culprits of your weight gain!!

So, now that you KNOW these things, you have a choice to make. You can continue eating these foods that, if you don't have one already, are likely to give you a chronic health problem.

Or you can make some serious changes in your diet- starting with the elimination of Wheat and Dairy (and the sugar that you are craving so much)!

If you are willing to start making a change, then I HIGHLY suggest that you take a look at The Healthy Urban Kitchen. It's a gentle way to get rid of all of the cruddy foods out of your diet and not having to feel deprived.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

Sugar cravings, Headaches
by: Anonymous

I also get anxiety after eating luch and dinner, a feeling of needing something sweet. Recently i have cut processed sugar from my diet, i still get a lil anxiety/cravings but i think some of this is mental as i have eaten sugar after meals for as long as i can remember. However now that im not attending to this craving i find that around an hour after my meals i feel hungry again. I have recognised that this 'HUNGER' is not reall hunger as i am still full but i have a headache and an empty low blood sugar feeling in my head. Is this withdrawals? or could i have an issue with my blood sugar levels that is effected from eating a meal??

Any feed back would be highly appreciated..

Many thanks Haley

Could be several things...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Haley,

It could be several different things.

1) My FIRST thought is that the ratio of protein to carbohydrates is not quite right for you and/or you are eating too many 'simple' carbohydrates and your blood sugar dips too low after eating. Try 'playing around' with the ratio of protein to carbs and COMPLETELY avoid any simple carbohydrates.

2) You could be waiting too long to eat in the afternoons and/or skipping breakfast. If you skip breakfast then start eating it and/or skipping any simple sugars at breakfast.

3) If you are always very hungry at lunch or dinner, try having a bit of protein and fat for a midmorning or midafternoon snack.

4) You may not be getting enough fats (in general) to keep you feeling satisfied. If you are eating a low fat diet then eat more good fats. Don't be afraid of good fats, we need them more than you think and they keep you feeling full and satisfied as well as regulating blood sugar.

I use fats like this Raw Organic Virgin Coconut OilREGULARLY. Coconut Oil is WONDERFUL and healthy and is also great for those who have difficulty absorbing fats or for those who have had their gallbladder out as it doesn't require bile or fat digesting enzymes in order to be digested.

I use it:

For Cooking
In Oatmeal
Drizzled over vegetables
In any recipe instead of oil

It is really a wonderful and underused product in our society. Very healthy and very satisfying.

Hope that this helps.

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Immune System

Sounds like me
by: Karla

Yep. Acid reflux, abdominal pain a day or two after eating gluten, post nasal drip bad at night with coughing and throat clearing.
I've stopped gluten so the pain has gone but I am craving carbs, especially sweets. I suspected dairy might be a culprit as well as sugar. Do you think lactose free milk would be okay or should I cut dairy completely?

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