A Sweet Tooth is a problem and not just because it can rot your teeth, but because it causes a great many of our common health problems.
Sugar can rule your life and it will wreak havoc with your health, as well as lead to serious health issues, such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, anxiety, lowered immunity, cancer, chronic pain, fatigue, hormone imbalances, sleep disorders, mental health conditions and other inflammatory conditions.
Inflammation is running rampant in the western world and our Standard American Diet (SAD), plays a big role in that.
Sugar is big in the SAD and it can be hidden in many, many foods because it is a very common additive to many foods in fact most processed foods contain sugar in some form
Anything that tastes good, looks good and smells good is considered food, think Cheez Whiz, SPAM, Jello, Kraft Dinner, ice cream, packaged soup mixes and so much more, in fact, the inside aisles of the grocery store consist of mainly boxes and cans ~ processed foods.
Sugar is more addictive than cocaine and is easy to get your hands on, you just have to go to any store around to get your fix.
BUT there are ways to overcome your sugar habit, in 20 years of holistic health care I have helped hundreds of people kick the habit and turn their health and their lives around.
- Stop fluctuating and start balancing | Get your blood sugar levels steady first by eating breakfast within half an hour of waking and then eat smaller meals more often or make sure you have healthy snacks every couple of hours.
- Eating balanced meals and snacks that contain complex carbohydrate, a protein, and healthy fat will keep your blood sugar balanced and even all day long. Complex carbohydrates are fruits, vegetables or whole grains. Some healthy fats are butter, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, nut butter. And complete proteins are eggs, dairy products, nuts and seeds, meat, chicken or fish.
- Eating while sitting down calmly is very important.
- Eat every 2 – 3 hours to maintain energy levels and healthy blood sugar.
- Start combining | Eat simple carbohydrates with fat and protein at each meal and snack. When sugary foods are eaten on their own, it can quickly satisfy hunger and lift energy, but it leaves room for future cravings when energy begins to slump a few hours later.
- Plan your day | Meal planning and grocery shopping might seem like an added stress, but it can be a lifesaver. This way you can control your sugar on a meal to meal, daily or weekly basis. If you have a packed lunch and snacks ready to go, it is a lot harder to fall off the wagon.
- Make a list | Why do you want to quit sugar? Make a thorough list of why it is important to you and then refer back to it when a craving hits.
- Address underlying health issues | When sugar addiction is out of control, it might be your body’s cry for attention. Some issues that manifest as sugar cravings are stress/adrenal fatigue, yeast overgrowth, hypothyroid, unbalanced hormones or a slow thyroid. A lot of people also link sugar with both positive and negative emotions.
- Take a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement | Sometimes it is not just a sugar craving but a craving for missing nutrients, like magnesium in chocolate or chromium in oatmeal cookies. A good quality multivitamin will go a long way to support healthy immunity, and much more. Here’s the vitamin I love and recommend to my clients.
- Get a good night’s sleep | Your cravings for sugar might be a cycle of needing the instant pick-me-up that sugar can give. The cycle is set in motion by not getting enough quality sleep, requiring an artificial energy boost by mid-morning.
- Avoid triggers | Just like a substance abuse problem, sugar addiction can be perpetuated by constantly following the same patterns, like going to the same coffee shop or watching late-night TV.
- Do something else | Take your mind off sugar by finding a new activity to pursue – knitting, walking, reading, yoga, board games – the sky’s the limit.
- Get support | When things get tough, you may need professional help and I am here if you need me, or call a friend to talk things out.
Better yet, get a friend, colleague or loved one to do the 7 Day Sugar Sugar- Free Meal Challenge with you! You can get it below this article.