Do you crave sugar?

Do you crave sugar?

Talk topic Sugar cravings

Many people suffer cravings for sweets. The causes of these cravings can vary widely, but chief among them are hormonal imbalances of insulin and serotonin unhealthy dieting, adrenal fatigue, eating disorders and even premenstrual syndrome. many agree that some basic steps are effective for all the various causes of sugar cravings.

Dietary changes

Increase your protein intake.Often our bodies will exhibit cravings for sweets when what they really need is more protein. This isn’t true for everyone, so if having an egg or a steak doesn’t improve your cravings, please consider the recommendations below.

Improve your diet overall. There are several ways to do this, but the following may to help with sugar cravings in particular:

    • Eat more protein which make you feel full and satisfied.

    • Have small, frequent meals to help keep your blood sugar level stable and eliminate your body’s need for a quick sugar fix. Avoid skipping meals (especially breakfast).

    • Take a daily multivitamin. Some nutrients help keep blood sugar stable, so ensure you get those by supplementing your diet appropriately.

Read labels. You might be surprised to learn how much sugar there is in a lot of the foods that you eat. Being aware of sugar content can help you avoid high-sugar foods and kick the addiction.

Combat hypoglycemia, or low-blood sugar by trying the following:

    • Eat a breakfast that is not sweet, for example brown rice, or lean protein and blanched vegetables.

    • Have no sweets (that includes fruit, refined flour, and all sweeteners) until after 3:00 pm. After that eat either fruit or a fruit or grain-sweetened dessert rather than sweets that contained refined sugars. Eating sweets in the morning or early afternoon tend to stimulate sweet cravings throughout the day. You might feel sick from eating sugars in the early morning

    • If you have the sugar blues in the morning around 10-10:30 and again in the afternoon around 2-4:00, drink 1 cup of sweet vegetable drink (see tips for recipe).

    • Avoid artificial sweeteners. Research has shown that artificial sweeteners cause intense cravings for sweets.

Replace sweets and sugar with fruits. The sugars in fruits are digested differently than normal table sugar or sugar in candy and processed foods, mainly because table or processed sugar contains about 50% fructose, which is difficult for your liver to metabolize Fruits contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and good phytonutrients, all of which help counteract the bad metabolic effects of fructose and glucose.The fiber in fruit also slows the absorption of the sugars so you don’t get as high of a sugar rush (and as low of a crash).

Skip the artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners, like Saccharin or Aspartame, have not been demonstrated to curb cravings for actual sugar, and may present a higher risk of cancer.Unlike their claims, artificial sweeteners have not demonstrated effectiveness in limiting obesity among users.[9]

Chew sugar-free gum. The next time you have a craving, reach for a stick of gum instead of that popsicle. Research shows that chewing gum can decrease cravings and consumption of sweets.

Use something bitter, hot or sour to overwhelm the sweetness. Try one of the following:

    • 1-3 ozs of pure lemon in water

    • 1-3 ozs of cider vinegar in water (just drink it down, you will actually feel relief from the craving within minutes)

    • A teaspoon of yellow mustard.

Remove temptations. Go through your refrigerator and food pantry. Get rid of the cakes, ice cream, cookies, etc. When you go food shopping, make a conscious effort not to buy sweets.

    • A good habit to get into is to take a walk instead of eating dessert. If, after 10 minutes, you still want sweets, gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash or brush your teeth. The aftertaste doesn’t mix well with sweets and you’ll probably lose your craving quickly.

    • For a more dramatic altering of the taste sense, try getting Gymnema Sylvestre leaves and chewing a pinch of them thoroughly. In the following hour or two, anything that is unsweetened will taste better than anything containing sugar.

Get distracted. By drawing your attention to something else, you will soon forget about your cravings. Whether it’s watching a television show, reading a good book, dancing to your favorite song, playing the piano, or even just taking a nap, you’ll forget about that snack you want to munch on. Try to avoid sitting alone and thinking about your cravings.

Go for quality, not quantity. Eat a small piece of 70% dark chocolate instead of a candy bar. Have a small scoop of gourmet ice cream instead of an entire bowl of light ice cream. The treat will be more satisfying and you’ll be consuming less sugar in the long run.

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  • Don’t set targets that you know you can’t achieve. Take the process slowly and you’ll see the results gradually – don’t expect a quick fix.

  • Some people find out that food-combining and drinking more water or herbal tea really helps. See ref 3

  • You don’t have to completely cut sweets out of your life. Just make sure that you set reasonable limits.

  • Eat frozen grapes or bananas. Put a bag of grapes or a banana in the freezer overnight and eat the next day when they have frozen. These fruits will satisfy your sweet cravings and are healthier than a candy bar.

  • If you’re low on time and resources, chewing a piece of long-lasting gum can keep for hours, and alleviates sugar-cravings.If you do chose to chew gum you can buy it sugar free. If the gum is sugar free it may contain artificial sweeteners which can cause bloating and headaches as well as other symptoms.

  • Often, imagining lard melting and what that lard contains, all the fat, then associating this with sweets, chocolate or other things puts people off food. If you think about the lard whenever you crave something, it may reduce your cravings.

  • If you give into your craving don’t give up – just keep persevering and eventually you can control your cravings.

  • When you have finished your meal, brush your teeth. The toothpaste will take away the food taste in your mouth (and many of us keep eating more because the food just tastes ‘moorish’). The minty taste will reduce the likelihood of you reaching for something sweet.

  • Some women tend to get sweet cravings the week before or week of their menstruation. If you know you have powerful cravings during a certain time of the month, prepare yourself by keeping sweets out of the house and having healthy snacks available. If the cravings are for chocolate in particular, make sure you’re getting enough iron and magnesium in your diet or supplements: in some women, low levels appear to stimulate chocolate cravings.


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