We all love a sweet now and again, but sometimes your sugar cravings get to be too much. If you are feeling like your sugar cravings have taken ahold of your common sense and are turning you into a sugar monster then keep reading because this article is about the tools you can use to stop your sugar cravings now!
Sugar is one of the most highly consumed products in the world. Sugar has created wars, enslavement, and today, a slew of health complications as well as sugar addiction.
In America, the average person eats 2-3 lbs. of sugar every week, and much of that is done with out having any awareness of their sugar consumption. Some of us may go as far as saying it is one of the most addictive substances on the planet.
What is sugar and why do we crave it?
When I say sugar, I am talking about white sugar, cane sugar, refined sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup……Sugar, ya know, that sweet stuff you crave after every meal. Yup, its just an excuse to get energized quickly and easily.
You see, our bodies have been on this planet for many years and over time they have adapted, however, some parts of our bodies still function like they are ancient.
It is a survival mechanism to desire fast and efficient energy. Sugar does just that for your body. You eat it, you get energy to do other things. What your body doesn't have the ability to remember is that not all energy is created equal.
Processed sugars are refined to the point where they actually have no nutritional value left in them. All they give you is fast burning energy. These are the foods that health coaches would call empty calories. Empty calories have no value and are totally unnecessary for a healthy body.
Fruits are a source of sugar, however, they come with a whole bunch of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fiber to balance out your body. Fruit is naturally full of life. Can you notice the difference in how you feel an hour after eating a fresh apple picked off the tree VS a hot fudge sundae?
Stop sugar cravings before they hurt your body
Is sugar making you sick? Sugar can lead to a large number of disturbances and distress in your body such as:
- suppress the immune system
- upset the body's mineral balance
- contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, and mood swings
- drowsiness and a overall decrease in activity
- kidney damage
- Increased risk of heart disease
- increase blood glucose fasting levels
- contribute to weight gain and obesity
- cause tooth decay
- increase bacterial fermentation in the colon
4 Tips to stop your sugar cravings
- Eat more whole grains- Barley, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa…the list goes on and on. Whole grains are a complex sugar for your body and over time, as you add these to your diet, you will start to notice that your cravings for sweets may be more out of habit than out of need.
- Add more greens- All the dark green leafy veggies have an abundance of minerals. Minerals are a great way to nourish your body and put things back in to balance. Plus, greens help to neutralize your bodies pH. If your pH is off cravings and many other imbalances are bound to show up.
- Cook up more sweet veggies- Your tongue desires all types of flavors and textures. If your mouth is watering for something sweet have a backup list of sweet vegetable you can munch on. Carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash are my favorites. Sure, its not dessert but you can start to evolve out of a sugar addiction by adding more veggies like these to your meals.
- Take out the salt- Have you ever heard that opposites attract? Well, if you are eating salty food it just so happens that to balance things out your body starts to want something sweet. If you take out added salts from your diet you just may find your sweet tooth diminishes.
- Check your protein intake- If you are not getting enough protein in your diet your body will do lots of crazy things. Protein helps to keep blood glucose levels steady and it also helps in the production of serotonin. Serotonin is typically low in people who crave sugar. It is also the chemical in your body that helps you to keep calm and happy…and give you the will power to say no to sweets!
For vegetarians who eat primarily flour products and salads and don't eat enough beans, nuts, seeds, and other proteins, try to get more diversity in your food choices. There is a wide variety of nuts and beans on this planet that you can use to create more balance and fewer sugar cravings.
Give it a shot. Let us know how it is going for you. To stop sugar cravings takes time and commitment but the health benefits are totally worth it. Do it for your self. And remember, don't be too hard on yourself as you go through the process. Every day is a new day. Celebrate your health starting now!