Who else gets crazy sugar cravings?! I think we all get a hankering for something sweet once in a while. Some of us are craving sugar on a daily basis. Last year I tried to go 1 month without any sugar and it was really HARD! I don’t think cutting out sugar completely is the answer since eating fruit is good for you and it’s really really delicious. The problem is that sugar is in so many packaged foods that most people have no idea that they are eating an average of 20 tsp a day! Did you know that sugar and processed foods are as addictive as heroin or cocaine? Yikes, thats pretty scary. This is one of the reason that diabetes is becoming such a problem.
There are many different theories on the causes of sugar cravings, including food allergies, adrenal fatigue, monthly hormonal changes in women, parasites, Candida, and bacterial overgrowth. The less sugar you eat, the less your body craves it. Try some of these methods below and see you do!
- Avoid Processed Foods – In a 2013 study from Connecticut College, researchers confirmed that Oreos could be as addictive as cocaine. Eating sugar artificially stimulates a region of your brain that produces dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. Soon, dopamine levels drop, and we start to feel “down.” We crave this pleasant, feel-good feeling again, leading to sugar addiction.
- Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally – The all-natural sweetener Stevia has zero calories, does not raise blood sugar levels, and is 300 times sweeter than sugar. Eating fruit is also a good option. Some fruits are higher in sugar, so stick to the lower sugar level ones if possible.
- Drink More Water – Sometimes we think that your body is asking for sugar, when in fact it’s dehydrated and really craving water! Try fruit infused water for a little treat. Another way to get hydrated and curb your cravings is to have herbal tea sweetened with stevia.
- Eat More Sea Vegetables – Rich in vitamins and minerals, seaweed or sea vegetables make for a healthy snack! Sea vegetables have a high mineral content, while eating anything with sugar immediately depletes minerals from your body. I love those packages of dried seaweed with olive oil and sea salt.
- Have more Fermented Foods & Drinks – Fermented foods and drinks are perhaps the most important way to reduce or even eliminate cravings for sugar. You can include the following foods into your diet: coconut kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and Kombucha. You’ll be amazed at how the sour taste of fermented foods and drinks relieves the desire for sugar and processed foods!