Hello to everyone. I have heard so many positive things about l-glutamine regarding the alleviation of sugar cravings. I have tried chromium picolinate and it did absolutely zero for me. I love the paleo way of living, its just the sugar cravings that ruin it for me. Would like to know the dosage and time of day to take it. My stats are 33 years of age, 5ft11 and 96.5kgs
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on December 07, 2012
at 11:56 AM
Sometimes, modern ways of doing things are very useful. In some cases, such as easing sugar addiction, or healing leaky gut, an isolated amino acid such as L-Glutamine can be a very efficacious method of getting there.
Try to go very low carb, or even fast in the morning, and have some starches at night (white rich, sweet potato, carrots, parsnips, etc. but avoid all actual sugars and fruits for a while). Whenever you get a craving for something sweet while fasting, take 1/8th-1/4th a teaspoon of L-Glutamine.
L-Glutamine is one of the few aminos that can cross the blood brain barrier, and it can be used by the brain cells that crave sugar. So this can quiet down the cravings until you're adapted to burning fat.
Once your metabolism starts producing more ketones and becomes more fat adapted, your tissues will take some time to figure out that there's another energy substrate they can use, so this is typically the "Low Carb Flu" that lasts a week or two and is very difficult to get through. Once you're past this point, you'll be fine without the carbs.
You can also use Alpha Lipoic Acid and Carnosine to help you get there.
If you decide to use something like bulletproof coffee, which works very nicely, be careful to make sure you don't sweeten it. Any sweetener, even stevia, while it may have zero carbs, will trigger an insulin response, and you can go hyperglycemic - and you'll feel very low energy and very hungry.
Since protein can also trigger an insulin response, though not as strong as carbs, you should avoid those too in the mornings.
The idea is to do an intermittent fast, but it's ok to ingest coconut oil or grassfed butter (and caffeine in coffee can act as an appetite suppressant too) since fats do not trigger insulin. This will keep you full of energy while you train your body to switch over to burning ketones, and until you start producing them from your fat stores.
Coconut oil contains about 50% MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which do not require bile to process, and can be easily converted to ketones by your liver - this can help you more quickly adapt to burning ketones.
Yes, you can go cold turkey, and not take any supplements, or coffee, or grassfed butter, or coconut oil, but it's much harder.
Once you stop being a carbovore and get most of your calories from fat, you'll find yourself rarely hungry and have this very calm clear mind. It's hard to describe, but you'll have tons of energy, without the nervousness you'd get from carbs or too much coffee. It's sort of the same state as after a good deep meditation.
on December 07, 2012
at 07:39 AM
If you actually want to be Paleo about it, instead of taking in an artificially isolated chemical, you can ingest gelatin or bone broth and get natural L-glutamine that way, along with many other beneficial amino acids that act in conjunction with L-glutamine in the body.