Tips to overcome your sugar cravings
Why we crave sugar:
Researchers believe the stress-sugar connection may ultimately come down to sleep: Stress often causes poor sleep, which in turn can mess with your hormone levels and cause you to crave high-calorie, sugary foods.
As a women gets closer to shark week, she must be more relaxed to allow for the shedding of the lining of her uterus. But if she has been eating too many contracting foods, like salt and animal protein, she’ll start craving expansive sweets to “open her up” and help her relax. Sugar cravings like this are seen as a common symptom of PMS, when they really signify hormonal imbalance.
We often crave what we’re allergic to in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. When adrenal fatigue is involved and your system is overworked, your body asks for the “pick-me-up” that sugars temporarily supply. Unfortunately, sugar stresses your body, so this only worsens the condition.
Pathogenic bacteria, parasites, and yeast, such as candida feed off sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more inviting you make your gut for these “bad guys!” learn more about gut cravings and maintaining a healthy gut balance here. Learn about how your gut micro biome controls your cravings here.
Low Serotonin Levels:
Serotonin is a “feel-good” neurotransmitter produced mainly in the gastrointestinal tract. It’s thought to have a strong influence on mood, appetite, and digestion. Eating sugar increases the release of serotonin making us feel good temporarily. So, when our levels are low, our brains think sugar will fix it. A low serotonin level can be due to a variety of things, including poor gut health, alcohol consumption, feelings of depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Sugar increases the endorphin production in the body. Endorphins are human produced opiates that make us feel relaxed. sugar consumption resulted in an even more intense feeling of reward than cocaine.
Sadness, boredom, stress, poor self-esteem, negative body image, a craving for love and attention (and the list goes on) can easily drive you to sugar cravings.
The only way to slay and eliminate the sugar dragon is to starve it. Here are some tips for kicking your sugar cravings.
- Satisfy your sweet tooth naturally: Eat more sweet veggies like sweet potato, carrot, onion, and beets. Eat fruits like berries and citrus.
- Drink more water: Sometimes when you think its a sugar craving, its actually your body dehydrated craving water. Thirst and dehydration make you feel hungry, and may kick up your cravings. Drink water throughout the day to help you stay hydrated and control your hunger. Try Hot ginger tea with lemon. It improves digestions, reduces inflammation, curbs cravings, and improves metabolism.
- Boost your serotonin: Serotonin (the happy hormone) can be raised naturally with diet, exercise and proper sleep.
- Fermented foods and drinks: Kombucha, sauerkraut, kim chi and other fermented veggies all contain healthy probiotics that help balance your gut bacteria and hormone imbalances. Learn all about how to make Kim chi here, the importance of probiotics here and how your gut controls you here.
- Meditate: Stress management through meditation and breathing exercises can help ward off sweet cravings.Stress creates the hormone cortisol, which increases your blood sugar. This is a vicious cycle that damages your adrenals and creates sugar cravings. Adding a short meditation before meals can help you relax during meals, which means better digestion and absorption of nutrients. Incorporate 10 minutes of meditation into your daily life.
- Eat more veggies and sea veggies: Greens help boost your energy naturally and reduce cravings for sugar. Sea vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals help replace the minerals sugar depletes.
- Keep your blood sugar stable and incorporate enough healthy fats and proteins to each meal. Healthy fats (such as avocado, coconut, and nuts) are far more satisfying and give you longer lasting energy. If you feel hungry, eat a healthy snack (like veggies, hummus, avocado, nuts and apple) before you get to the point of craving sugar.
- Ask yourself if your cravings for sugar are actually your body telling you something else. Are you really craving some self love? A good hug? Creative expression? Before reaching for the chocolate bar grab a glass of water and ask yourself these questions. Embrace your craving and try filling it in with a healthier (non-food) alternative.