9 Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings Once and For All
The majority of us are addicted to sugar. It’s an unfortunate fact, however, it makes sense because if you regularly read food labels, you’ll notice that sugar is added to almost everything we eat from tomato sauce to bread. Add to that, trying to stop eating sugar can feel like an impossible task when factored into our overscheduled, hectic lives. Grabbing something sweet often feels like a mini vacation during the day that transports you out of your current stressful moment, and into bliss.
However, the fact remains that we are consuming way too much sugar, and as a result, we are feeding the Candida Yeast and other harmful organisms that make up our microbiome. The more sugar you feed them, the more they want, leading to a never-ending cycle of sugar consumption that keeps you craving more and more sugar, like an insatiable addict. You can also develop nutritional deficiencies and in the process damage your immune system. Once that happens, Candida can destroy the delicate ecosystem of the gut, displacing beneficial bacteria and irritating the walls of the intestine leading to leaky gut syndrome where toxins flow into the bloodstream.
In order to keep it under control, here are nine ways to curb sugar cravings.
Boosting your magnesium through eating lots of green leafy veggies will definitely help decrease stress levels and discourage strong food (ie: sugar) cravings.
Also raw cacao, quinoa, avocado, and brown rice are also high in magnesium. It is believed that sugar cravings may actually be caused by a magnesium deficiency.
Pinch your nose or earlobes for 10 seconds
This is a secret that acupuncturists have known for a long time. These acupressure points balance your energy, and it is believed that
sugar cravings occur because of imbalances in our energy. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that
weight loss patients who use the technique were able to maintain their weight loss better than those who didn’t.
Vinegar aids in digestion by slowing down the digestion process which reduces the hormone ghrelin (the evil little guy that makes us want cupcakes).
But seriously, you’ll stay feeling fuller for longer, and to boot, vinegar helps stop blood sugar spikes right after a meal.
Ditch the morning sweets
We’ve all been guilty of it, whether it’s adding sweetener to our coffee or grabbing a muffin in the morning, but eating sugar right when you wake up in the morning
is a big no-no. It spikes your insulin levels and then once it’s gone, causes it to drop later on. Instead of sugar try stevia which is a zero calorie sweetener loved and adored by the keto dieters.
Eat cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom
These spices will not only help reduce sugar cravings, but they help balance blood sugar and provide a natural sweet taste to foods they
are sprinkled on.
Eat fermented foods
The benefits of eating fermented foods has been known for a while, but they not only reduce sugar cravings, but help the gut stay healthy by providing probiotics.
They have even linked eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut and yogurt for aiding in weight loss and decreasing allergies.
Drink enough water
Being dehydrated can lead to sugar cravings. Many times when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually thirsty but our bodies can’t distinguish the two. To ensure that this doesn’t happen,
try to keep a bottle of water close by so that you don’t have to struggle to drink enough water during the day. You should ideally be drinking about half of your body weight in water each day.
Brighten up your dining room
Switch out any dimmer bulbs for bright light bulbs in your dining area. The reason why? Well, dim light encourages us to eat more and lowers our inhibitions. Think about most restaurants and bars, they have dim lights inside right? Exactly. If you don’t want to eat poorly or overeat, bright bulbs are the way to go. 100 watt bulbs should work fine.
Decrease caffeine and alcohol
I know this is a toughie, but if you can, try to decrease your caffeine and alcohol intake on a daily basis. As someone who has recently stopped drinking coffee, I have to admit, it is very hard. However, there are health benefits to be had. Caffeine and alcohol dehydrate our bodies and can add to mineral deficiencies. Also, you don’t have to go completely cold turkey, but just try to drink coffee and alcohol in moderation, being mindful of the need to limit your intake.
Finally, making the change to end your sugar addiction and cravings is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, possibly preventing devastating diseases and health problems such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. 3 Do yourself a favor and limit your sugar intake asap. Your body will thank you.