Kick the Sugar Craving NOW!Jul 06, 2022
Sugar-addiction is a real thing. Today the average American consumes almost 152 pounds of sugar in one year. This is equal to 3 pounds (or 6 cups) of sugar consumed in one week! What about you? What is your relationship to sugar? If you are not sure if you are sugar addicted take this short quiz to see.
My girls were little when I first discovered I was sugar addicted. I’ve always loved sweets but would find myself preparing goodie bags for their birthdays and if there was left over candy, I ate it. All of it! I couldn’t stop eating it. “Just one more” I would think to myself and justify the reason. I had never heard of sugar addiction until a girlfriend told me about it. That summer I read 5 books about sugar addiction and have been studying it ever since. Your sugar cravings have nothing to do with willpower.
This addiction is physiological and affects the same biochemical system in your body as do drugs like morphine and heroine. I have been known to say that white cake/white icing is my heroine. It is so true. Some symptoms of sugar dependency can include:
- Upset Stomach
- Mood Swings
- Brain Fog
I have made peace with my brain chemistry and want to share my 5 favorite ways to lick the sugar habit:
- It is summertime. This is the perfect time to get outside and get some natural light. This enhances your serotonin levels. Serotonin helps you feel calm and focused and balances the brain. Increased sunshine boosts serotonin and the sugar cravings and intake naturally decrease.
- Meditation. I’m reading more and more about the positive effects mediation has on our body, mind and spirit. Meditation increases beta endorphins. These decrease the ability to feel pain and is associated with euphoria. A meditation practice can be as easy as 5 minutes a day.
- Eat 3 meals a day with protein! Or, at least 2 meals and one large snack. I am a fan of intermittent fasting. What a difference that has made in my life. If you are sugar addicted you need to have protein with each meal. If you finish a meal and are craving dessert, then you have not had enough protein.
- Eat your carbs! Just because you are thin doesn’t mean you are healthy. These low carb diets can kick start weight loss but at what cost? We need healthy carbs for lots of reasons. You want just enough insulin to keep your blood sugar regulated. High-complex carbs later in the day are really good to regulate blood sugar.
- Exercise. I’m not saying spending hours in the gym. Thirty minutes five times a week does it. Movement. Get up and move.
I do realize the macro-nutrient puzzle can be overwhelming. Eating the right foods, at the right time for the right reason is a game changer. If you are mentally ready to make the necessary changes for improved health and wellness, I would love to have you in my upcoming FASTer Way to Fat Loss round beginning Monday,July 11.
Please feel free to reach out with questions or I’m happy to schedule a time to chat by phone.
“The well-being of the family and of society itself depends upon women becoming and remaining healthy.” - Dr Northrup