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Do I need to find something to replace the dopamine hits related to eating, or eliminate the pattern altogether?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 21, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I read about dopamine in connection to food/brain reward pathways all the time.

My question is about folks trying to break free of SAD patterns/cravings. People in such a position will be trying to eat paleo whole foods that don't provide the same immediate reward spikes that habitually snacking on SAD foods would.

So, should they console their dopamine-deprived brain with dopamine hits from non-food sources in their life - taking up an exciting hobby, for example? And if so, what are some healthy ways to keep the dopamine flowing appropriately? Is this non-food dopamine drip a means toward eventually decreasing dopamine - or does it constitute a reasonable lifelong habit?

OR: is it better to get the brain to get used to a much lower level of dopamine in the first place without any replacement non-food pathways? If one goes cold turkey, what are good ways to manage dopamine withdrawal?

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

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on October 26, 2011
at 07:24 PM

yeah replace food+drugs with sex+sex

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Sadly no hot flashes or stressors in my life at 68 and no carb snack withdrawl for me on ketogenic low carb. But I am happy and strong and going to live to be 121.9 years old like Jeanne Louise Calment.

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:42 PM

And remember, if there's no partner in site, doing it yourself works too ;)

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

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on May 21, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Any answer that begins with "Have copious amounts of sex" gets an upvote from me.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:36 PM

Don't try to effect the dopamine tracts.......it's the paths that modulate that pathway you need to focus in one. The median forebrain bundle carries the reward tracts and it is acted upon by huge numbers of pathways that effect the initiation of behaviors. If you understand how to control the modifying tracts you will l Do well. I promise I will hit this area because it is confusing and it does require some understanding of Neuro pathways. Once I lay them out and how they act you can delve deeper into the neurobiology of them. Leptin and the hypocretins are huge players on rewards.

535633b57c4a4940d1e913e7a12ee791

(1013)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:34 PM

have you done field research on this Dexter?

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:23 PM

Have copious amounts of sex which will release oxytocins into the bloodsteam which will relieve the stressors associated with processed carb snack withdrawl.

So whenever a SAD eater feels the stress of deprivation of carb withdrawl, the sack is the best cure! And it doesn't put on weight.

76f3ead3aa977d876bcf3331d35a36e9

(4620)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Any answer that begins with "Have copious amounts of sex" gets an upvote from me.

535633b57c4a4940d1e913e7a12ee791

(1013)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:34 PM

have you done field research on this Dexter?

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:42 PM

And remember, if there's no partner in site, doing it yourself works too ;)

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Sadly no hot flashes or stressors in my life at 68 and no carb snack withdrawl for me on ketogenic low carb. But I am happy and strong and going to live to be 121.9 years old like Jeanne Louise Calment.

5ef574d7893bc816ec52e04139e9bc09

(6097)

on October 26, 2011
at 07:24 PM

yeah replace food+drugs with sex+sex

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Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:02 PM

When you are bored and not having any fun is when you will reach for that instant gratification in the form of a pleasant substance. We're kidding ourselves if with think that we can (or would want to) settle for less pleasure in life. It is just that it has to come from something healthy and sustainable.

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91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on May 21, 2011
at 06:40 PM

When I first went paleo, everytime I went shopping I would buy a new brand/flavor of tea and use that as my "treat" so to speak. On that note, the pomegranate white tea bags from Trader Joe's are amazing. Having a new tea to look forward to and sip on after dinner replaced looking forward to dessert as I had done before. It prevented me from feeling empty/sad without my usual after-dinner sweet. Eventually, that sad feeling went away altogether.

Even now, when I'm feeling down, I have a nice hot cup of chai tea (I use Tazo tea bags, but have made my own with spices before) with a little bit of stevia and coconut milk. It isn't cheating, but it sure feel likes it. That's how delicious it is.

I would say to figure out which parts of the day you feel most down and try to have a think about it and figure out why. Then, replace that time with something healthy or fun that makes you happy. (And yes, I agree with Dexter's comment in this area as well ;))

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on May 21, 2011
at 08:06 PM

one non paleo thing that actually works is Maca in your smoothies. It really decreases cortisol and increase progesterone. Also can boost Testosterone in some folks.

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