Can you open a box of cookies and have just one? Or do you fixate on that box of cookies until they’re gone?
Do you feel a sense of happiness when you bite into a piece of chocolate cake only to feel anxious, irritable and tired one hour later, which drives you to eat more cake?
If you answered yes, then you may have a sugar addiction. New studies suggest that sugar can be just as addictive as cocaine so giving it up isn’t easy.
- Why you reach for sugary foods to begin with
- What happens if you go too long between meals
- The sneaky organism living inside you making cravings stronger
- Three foods that will stop cravings immediately
- Watch: Sugar Addiction: How Sugar in Moderation can Sabotage Weight Loss
- Where to get Shakeology
- Where to get Lakanto
- The best Stevia (seriously, I’ve tried them all!)
- Subscribe to my YouTube Channel
It’s Mariah from mariahdolan.com and here’s tip #1.
Eat every three hours
Glucose is the form of sugar your brain uses for fuel. Since the neurons in your brain can’t store glucose, they rely on a constant supply of it.
If you go too long between meals your blood-sugar levels drop. Your body will naturally react to low sugar levels by giving you cravings for sweets. Sugary foods cause blood sugar levels to spike, but set you up to crash again.
Combat these sugar lows and highs with a small meal every three hours. This keeps your blood sugar stable which minimizes cravings.
Supplement with cultured vegetables
Yeast is a living microorganism that naturally lives in the gut. The problem is, yeast can take over if you eat too much sugar since sugar is it’s food source. The yeast themselves crave sugar which makes your cravings worse.
Cultured vegetables help repopulate the gut with healthy bacteria that can flush out yeast. They work like probiotics but they’re larger microorganisms so they do a better job in the beginning stages of conquering a sugar addiction.
Add delicate probiotics later once you’ve been using these bad boys for a couple of months.
Increase healthy fats, fiber-rich low starch vegetables and protein
These foods are not only low in sugar to begin with but digest slowly which means it takes longer for their sugars to hit the bloodstream.
That means insulin is also released more slowly, and anything that avoids an insulin rush will help reduce sugar cravings, since insulin helps take sugar out of our bloodstream and into our organs.
Eliminate “healthy” sugar
One common mistake people make is replacing refined sugar like white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, etc. with “healthy” sugars such as 100% pure maple syrup, raw honey or dates.
Here’s the problem—sugar is sugar.
Healthy sugars still spike blood sugar levels which cause cravings. For people who are addicted to sugar or have systemic candida, this “healthier” approach won’t work.
Drink Shakeology daily
When I’m on the verge of diving head first into a cake, this is my secret weapon.
Cravings are often a signal that your nutritional needs aren’t being met.
Why Shakeology works so well is because it’s all whole foods with the water removed ground down with a drum. One serving of this is like eating 4 cups raw broccoli, 7 whole carrots, 10 cups raw cauliflower, 3 cups romaine, 4 cups uncooked mushrooms, 3 raw onions, 1 cup peas,
4 red radishes 4 cups non-fat yogurt, 1 shot of wheatgrass. PLUS it’s chock full of superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, and maca.
What’s your secret weapon for combatting sugar cravings? I’d love to know!
Cheers to your health,