9 Simple Ways to Overcome Sugar Cravings
Sugar is an extraordinarily destructive substance that tends to be overconsumed by most people. Sugar is a highly addictive substance that plays a pivotal role in the development of many of the devastating illnesses we fear most, namely heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, just to name a few. Granted the body does need trace amounts of sugar to function, but the average Canadian is eating sugar by the pound, not the molecule. Some estimates put the average adult intake close to 130 pounds of sugar a year. We can help you overcome sugar cravings.
- Eat regularly and choose whole foods. Eat three meals and two snacks or five small meals a day. For many people, if they don’t eat regularly, their blood sugar levels drop, they feel hungry and are more likely to crave sweet sugary snacks.
- Have protein and fat with each meal. This helps sustain blood sugar levels. Make sure they are healthy sources of each.
- Take good quality supplements. Nutrient deficiencies can make cravings worse and the fewer nutrient deficiencies we have fewer cravings. Certain nutrients seem to improve blood sugar control including chromium, vitamin B3 and magnesium.
- Exercise, dance or stretch. Moving energizes your body and decreases your need for a sugar lift.
- Get to sleep by 10 pm. When we are tired we often use sugar for energy to counteract the exhaustion.
- Learn to read labels. Become familiar with sugar terminology and recognize that all of these are sweeteners: agave, corn syrup, corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, honey, cane sugar, cane crystals, fruit juice concentrates, molasses, turbinado sugar and brown sugar.
- Sugar in disguise. Remember that most of the “complex” carbohydrates we consume like bread (including whole wheat), bagels and pasta aren’t really complex at all. They are usually highly refined and metabolizes like refined sugar.
- Supplement on L-Glutamine: 1000-2000 mg every couple of hours as necessary. It often relieves sugar cravings as the brain uses it for fuel.
- Stay hydrated. Sometimes what we perceive as a food craving is really thirst. Drink ½ of body weight in ounces of water per day.
Try cutting sugar out for 2 weeks–it may just be the reason why you’re hanging on to your love handles. Eliminate all forms of sugar including sugary drinks, bread, pasta, fruits, thick-skinned vegetables and opt-in for low glycemic vegetables.