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More knowledge but not more clarity

Well, that was an interesting afternoon in front of the keyboard. I decided to do a bit of googling on the subject of carbohydrate cravings to see if I could find out if it indicated anything that might be missing from my diet and I found lots of interesting stuff.

The first link I found, which was fairly typical was this: http://www.diagnose-me.com/cond/C240808.html which talks about carbohydrate addiction. This seems to be lead to/reinforce insulin resistance and is also linked to low serotonin, although I'm not clear on what the link is between those two. More hunting around suggests links with SAD and possibly atypical depression (which also has possible links to thryoid issues apparently), both things I have show signs of at different times.

It looks like the most sensible course to reduce insulin resistance in the long term would be to try a low GI diet for a while. A lot of the foods I choose seem to be high GI as well (cornflakes, for example, which is one of my favourite snack items and jacket potatoes, my regular lunch), which is an interesting indicator. Low serotonin levels can be combatted with lightbox/daylight lamp treatments (can you get low energy daylight bulbs?) or supplements so I guess a shopping trip is in order.

Its interesting because it's another way in which a lot of my issues link together. Serotonin is involved in body tempurature regulation, mood and sexuality which are all issues for me. Looking at this and the thyroid stuff earlier in the year make me think about what a complicated interrelated machine the body is - all these things link together and interrelate in such complicated ways and it's so hard to tell exactly what part of the system is not working as expected.
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Those are all interesting links, thanks for posting them.

It's an area that I've been trying various fixes for over the past year, but from a slightly different angle to you - carb craving/serotonin levels/blood sugar levels are all linked in with migraines. Migraine preventers typically work on serotonin levels and are absolutely *evil* for diets - I put two stone on in two months because of them and still felt starving the entire time!
ugh! That must be really frustrating!
One of the reasons I mentioned low GI yesterday was because it sounded as though carbs were generally quite a big issue for you. Although I believe that one involves cutting out alcohol, too (partly because of the empty calories, I guess, but also because alcohol has such a huge effect on blood sugar - I know that if I have even a couple of glasses of wine in an evening I'll spend the next day desperately craving carbs).
I researched sugar cravings a while back, and found similar info. I also found that if you're simply hungry and not getting enough calories then you tend to feel it as a craving for sugar or bread, because the body can handle those fast. You may want to try eating smaller meals more often, which is good for you anyway.

I also know someone who says that when she is craving carbohydrates, she usually needs protein, but I can't find info about that.