Did you know the addictive nature of sugar rivals that of cocaine, morphine, and cigarettes?
It’s no accident recovering alcoholics often turn to sugar as they cut out alcohol—it’s an easily available drug. According to a 2008 study out of Princeton University, “rats eating large amounts of sugar when hungry, a phenomenon [known as] sugar-bingeing, undergo neurochemical changes in the brain that appear to mimic those produced by substances of abuse.”
In addition to the detrimental effects of sugar shown in these studies, sugar has been linked to weakened immunity, even feeding certain cancers! Found in most processed foods, fruit juice, and sports drinks (in the form of high fructose corn syrup), and many of the desserts we grew up with and enjoy at holidays and birthdays, it’s hard to resist this ubiquitous substance’s seductive spell. Fortunately, there are healthful ways to beat back even the most powerful sugar cravings.
Cutting Cravings Naturally
Cravings are a method by which your body communicates with you, and they should not be ignored. However, what you think is a call for sugar is likely something else:
- Protein – eating protein-rich foods like meat, nuts, and beans gives your body a steady source of energy, therefore dampening signals for quick (empty) energy found in sweets. So when you’re hungry, don’t grab a snickers. Grab this instead Epic All Natural, Turkey, Almond & Cranberry bars. These are high in protein and great to keep on hand.
- Healthy Saturated Fat – adding Coconut Oil or grass-fed butter to your diet provides solid sustenance for your body and brain, which can help beat back cravings. If you want to take your brain function to the next level, my saturated fat of choice is Bulletproof Upgraded Brain Octane Oil. And if you really want to start your day off, try protein and one of these oils in your coffee! Here’s my favorite recipe: Bulletproof coffee, protein style
- Omega-3s – a deficiency of alpha-linoleic-acids (ALAs or bioavailable omega-3s) can cause sweet foods to taste less sweet, which means you crave more of them to satisfy the flavor. Up your intake of Flaxseed Organic, Organic Flaxseed Oil (never heated), and Walnuts to prevent this.
- Water – dehydration can trigger sugar cravings; drink 12 ounces of water when your next craving hits.
- Sleep – fatigue stresses your body, but the quick boost you seek in sugar only provides a temporary lift. Instead, take a 15-20 minute nap if lack of sleep is the culprit.
- Exercise – moving your body (especially walking outside) helps keep cravings at bay because you get a potent hit of serotonin—a feel-good chemical that’s also released when you eat sugar.
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Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet, by Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.
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