6 Tips for Breaking Sugar Cravings

Here’s the bitter-sweet truth: volumes of research shows us that sugar provides energy to our cells in the form of glucose…that’s what’s good.

We love the taste.

It’s heaven on the tongue.

We love how it makes us feel.

It can turn a frown into a smile.

Every day is sunny, as long as sugar is the sunshine.

We want it and we crave it, consciously and subconsciously…badly!

 

Try telling someone they can’t satisfy a sugar craving; run, because you’re about to get beat down!

As a society, we are seriously addicted to the stuff.

That’s when this story turns bitter!

Many of us are either unaware or simply just ignore the fact that we’re addicted to sugar.

We are generally motivated to do something about it when we reach a crisis moment: diabetes, obesity, joint stiffness, the threat of falling into a diabetic coma and other serious problems.

In all of the wellness workshops I conduct, as many as half of the attendees are suffering from Type 2 diabetes.

People are suddenly concerned about their addiction when their health is compromised.

 

Is Sugar a Drug?

Yeah, researchers say sugar is as potent as a recreational drug!

Studies show that sugar releases opiates from the brain which releases dopamine, and that triggers a pleasure signal to continue to consume more sugar.

Processed sugar is found in the overwhelming majority of the processed food purchased in the U.S., some figures estimate as much as 80 percent.

It’s hidden in everything from pasta sauces, to lunch meat.

 

6 Tips for Breaking Sugar Cravings

  1. Breakfast: it starts with committing to a powerful breakfast that contains10-20 grams of protein, veggies (YES, veggies), fruit and whole grains.
  2. Snacks: mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks containing protein, veggies, hummus, nuts and fresh fruit are huge.
  3. Juice with fresh fruit and veggies.
  4. Water: drink a lot of it, even 8oz before meals.
  5. Use natural sugars: raw honey (tea & smoothies), molasses, coconut sugar (good for baking), beet cubes (tea & coffee).
  6. Read food labels and abstain from foods with double digit grams of sugar.

 

[Image: Flickr User Lisa Risager]