No kidding!  Sugar is actually more addictive than cocaine.  Google it.  You’ll find the studies.  And our growing waistlines and rise in diabetes is proof-in-the-pudding.  Sugar is everywhere!  It’s consumed in large, ridiculous quantities that humans were never designed to ingest.  The more you eat, the more you crave.  But it’s not a hopeless situation.  You can beat the sugar cravings and addiction and get on track to a healthy life.

How do you know this may be an issue for you?

  • You crave sweets and sweet drinks (diet or regular) and starchy carbs (pasta, rice, bread).
  • You feel tired from overeating.
  • You have metabolic issues (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol etc.).
  • You can’t get enough of these foods and need a “fix” – then you’ll feel better, mentally and emotionally.
  • You have difficulty losing weight and gain more every year.

Why make an effort to make this a priority?

That’s simple!  Eating too much sugar increases disease risk.  Here we’re talking about all the major killers – heart disease, cancer and diabetes.   That’s not all; excess sugar consumption creates obesity, premature aging, and feeds candida yeast overgrowth in the body, which causes havoc with symptoms like fatigue, fogginess, weight-gain, yeast infections, fungal infections, rashes, et al.

So how on earth are you ingesting so much sugar? 

Well, the obvious culprits are soda and soft drinks (don’t think diet is any better), specialty coffee drinks (fat-free is worse), cookies, cake and candy etc.  But people are consuming enormous amounts of sugar in foods like yogurt, juice, cereals, BBQ sauce, pasta sauce, pretzels, bologna, cheese sauces, salad dressings and other processed foods.

Here’s a reference for you: 

Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino with whipped cream tall (small) – 11 teaspoons of sugar.  Would you put 11 teaspoons of sugar on your oatmeal or on your cereal?  Of course not!

Also, many people don’t prioritize making their own food at home so they eat out often, and they have no control of things like sugar, table salt and unhealthy fats.  They’re getting enormous amounts of these “foods” on a regular basis without even knowing it.

And that’s not all!  Eating white, refined foods may not have added sugar (rice, pasta, bread,), but these “simple carbohydrates” cause rapid blood sugar spikes, which can lead to weight gain.  And unless you are physically active, consuming these foods in excess will make you store fat.  Eating large amounts of these foods may cause other issues as well (nutrient deficiency, constipation and food intolerances).  This is why many people that crave sweets also crave starchy carbohydrates as well.

What can you do about it?

Detox

First of all, most people that crave sugar and starchy carbohydrates need to detoxify their bodies.  Read my blog on Spring Detox to learn more.  A detox will reset your body.  It may be tough the first few days (withdraw symptoms), but your body will adjust and you will feel great.

Clean-up House

Get rid of processed foods in your house and stock your fridge with fresh, whole foods.  Eat raw foods (large salads and veggies and fruit) as much as possible.  And yes, you’ll have to cook some.  But isn’t your health worth it?

Continue a Healthful Eating Plan

Primarily consume foods from the detox diet mentioned above and add back some whole starchy foods in moderation such as beans, brown rice or yams (only ½ cup serving).

Also remember, ½ your meals should be vegetables. Include a variety of veggies.  Eat a big salad every day – even two.  Why not?

Lunchtime – skip eating sandwiches – too much bread and not enough vegetables.  Instead, choose salads, soups and leftovers from the night before.

Ideally, snacks should include a serving of fruit with a protein source (string cheese, nuts & seeds or nut or seed butter).  Skip the chips, crackers and cookies.

Breakfast may include a veggie/fruit smoothie, scrambled veggie omelet, ½ cup oatmeal with ½ cup blueberries, 2 tablespoons of nuts or ½ cup plain yogurt, ½ cup of strawberries, 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds.  Skip the cereals and toast.  Coffee should be consumed in moderation – skip the artificial creamer and choose real cream or coconut cream and try a little natural sweeteners such as Stevia or Coconut Palm Sugar.  The magic word here it “little”.

Troubleshooting

If you find that it feels like it is impossible to follow these suggestions there is a lot more you can do to get to where you need to be.

Serotonin Deficiency

Imbalanced neurotransmitter activity can cause food cravings.  Low serotonin may be the primary culprit.  Research done by Julia Ross at the Nutritional Therapy Institute Clinic, shows that if you rebalance your body chemistry with diet and specifically targeted nutrient therapy, you can end food cravings successfully.

Candida

Also, candida overgrowth may cause food cravings also, as this microbe feeds on sugar.  It is basically a fungal overgrowth in your digestive tact.  It is more obvious when you have symptoms that you can see – like nail fungus or thrush or vaginal yeast infections.  But don’t be fooled, these microbes reside in your digestive tract and symptoms may include, fatigue, constant nasal congestion, digestive discomfort (constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas), and mouth ulcers (sores).

In addition, if you frequently use antibiotics presently or in the past, you put yourself at higher risk of candida yeast overgrowth.  Also, if you are on heartburn or acid reflux OTC meds, you are definitely setting yourself up for candida yeast overgrowth.  If any of these apply to you, you may benefit from a specific candida yeast elimination diet and supplement regimen to eradicate that problem.

There is something you can do about sugar cravings.  Take action today.  We’re here to help you.  Let us know if you have questions below.  Together, we can turn your situation around 180 degrees, and point you in the right direction towards wholeness and wellness.

Be blessed in whole health!

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