Monday, 7 March 2016
Reducing Sugar Cravings
One of the first steps I advice people to take when they embark on a healthy lifestyle is to quit the sugar! I don't mean fruit and natural sugars but that nasty refined sugar that's found in so many products from cookies and breakfast cereals to shop bought smoothies, bread and salad dressings, it's everywhere and it's one of the worst things we could put into our bodies.
Quitting sugar is without a doubt a vital part in your journey to a healthy, happy body but it's also a difficult thing to do if you're used to consuming it regularly. Scientists have found that sugar is highly addictive and triggers the same pleasure centres in your brain that cocaine and heroin do, and just like those hardcore drugs quitting sugar leads to withdrawal symptoms and cravings. If you plan to have a sugar detox you'll probably experience headaches, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog and cravings for a couple of weeks, however once your body is over that you'll feel better than ever before. Your brain, your body and your soul will feel happier and healthier!
Detox Your Cupboards
If it's not in the house then you can't eat it, simple! Get a bag and chuck all your sugar-laden food and drink items in to it! It may be a hard thing to do but if you're serious about quitting the bad stuff it's a must.
When you crave something sweet reach for a piece of fruit. Fruit is metabolised in a different way to the sugar found in confectionary but it'll still satisfy that sweet tooth. You should still watch your fruit intake though and don't gorge on it! Try more berries than anything else as they're lower in sugar than other fruits.
Up The Protein
When you get hungry your blood sugar levels drop, this can make you reach for the blueberry muffin but that's not what our bodies need or want. Protein provides your body with a lot of energy and it'll bring you blood-sugar levels back up without a nasty spike as well as keeping you feeling full and satisfied.
Keeping your blood sugar levels nice and steady is important if you're fighting sugar cravings so try and eat every 3 hours to prevent any dips. Choose foods high in fibre and protein to keep you feeling full and happy.
Don't Fake It
People so often reach for those artificial sweeteners when they're cutting back on sugar but actually they can be just as bad and studies have shown they don't lessen sugar cravings at all and contribute towards obesity. Steer clear of aspartame especially!
Up Your Magnesium
If you start craving chocolate it could mean your magnesium levels are low, so instead of reaching for the Lindt tuck into some magnesium-rich kale, oats, almonds, cashews, seeds, brown rice or bananas.
It may be a struggle to start with but quitting sugar will be one of the best things you ever do, and I promise after a few weeks you won't even think about it anymore!
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