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Do you have a hard time having just one cookie?
Do you feel like you need a dessert after every meal?
Or maybe you suffer from brain fog and mood swings?
If this sounds like you, it’s possible that your sugar consumption might be a bit out of control. Today I’m sharing 12 ways to finally take control of your sugar cravings, and feel energized again.
First off, let’s talk about what sugar is.
Sugars are carbohydrates, composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Sugars come in a variety of forms, but can be distinguished easily (at least on paper) by their chemical structure. The main structures are monosaccharides, disaccharides, and polysaccharides.
Off paper, however, the distinction is not that easy to make. This is why, for the purpose of this article, we will be speaking about all categories of sugar: processed, refined sugar, and natural sugar.
First off, the natural sugar found in fruits and vegetables is beneficial because it supplies us with the glucose our body and cells need to function. Not only that, but fruits and and veggies come loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber, and a whole slew of phytochemicals, such as polyphenols. However, industrial sources of sugar and carbohydrates, such as white or brown sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup, are void of these benefits, and take our blood sugar and insulin levels on a roller coaster ride, leading to cravings, and feeling sluggish and frazzled.
The truth is that refined sugars are highly addictive because they trigger our happy hormone dopamine when we ingest them. This is precisely why sugar can have such a stronghold on your life, whether you’re aware of it or not. Many people seek their next “fix” of sugar much like a drug addict seeks his or her next hit of cocaine. This is, of course, the dream of manufacturers: to get you hooked on their processed junk “food”!
Sugar cravings have many possible causes: blood sugar fluctuations, lack of nutrients, stress, dehydration, in addition to past and childhood eating patterns that often associate eating sugar with love or nostalgia.
The first step to dealing effectively with your sugar cravings or addiction is to acknowledge that you have a problem.
Remember, processed sugar is designed to get us hooked. This is why so many of us have such a hard time controlling ourselves. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
So, first off, start writing down every time you eat sugar so that you can’t fool yourself. Once you get clear about how much processed sugar you’re actually consuming, and then make a conscious decision to be more mindful, you’ll be on your way to breaking free from this food addiction. Examining and addressing your cravings is a powerful way to up-level your health and general sense of well-being.
Next, here are my top tips for tackling your sugar cravings, for good.
Implementing these strategies can help you keep your sweet tooth under control or even get rid of it all together. Of course, this does not mean that you cannot enjoy a sweet treat once in while! Once you get your cravings in check, you’ll be more in control, and more able to savor each bite mindfully.
Is it time to kiss your sugar addiction goodbye?