I haven’t met anyone (so far) who doesn’t like anything sweet. I’m starting to think that most of us are really programmed to like sugar! But the thing is, we all know how sugar can be bad for our health and can be highly addicting.
New research has been claiming that some of us can be genetically more prone and inclined to crave sugar compared to others. It can even be compared to being addicted to heroin, nicotine or cocaine. The bingeing and addictive behaviors can be very similar in alcoholics and sugar addicts– sounds scary, right?
If you think you have a sugar addiction, don’t worry because that can easily be modified by modulating your brain chemistry through the food and nutrients that you consume. Regulating your hormones and neurotransmitters that affect your appetite and cravings can greatly affect how you handle your sugar addiction.
How do I overcome it?
- Balance your blood sugar levels. Research indicates that low blood sugar is linked to lower blood flow to the brain which means you’re prone to making bad decisions– such as eating more than what is required. In order to keep your blood sugar level stable, make sure that you eat a nutritious breakfast that has a lot of protein. It is also good to eat or snack every 3-4 hours which includes protein (Nuts, healthy fats, and seeds). You’ll be surprised at how this helps people maintain weight loss instead of the other way around.
- Remove all sugar and artificial sweeteners to your diet. If you’re not going to stop eating it, then what’s the point of it all? Go cold turkey! Avoid it at all costs and let your brain reset.
- Get 7-8 hours of sleep daily. Did you notice that every time you didn’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to crave sweets? It’s because research shows that lack of sleep can increase cravings.
- Go for fruits. If you’re just looking for a snack that’s not savory and you really find yourself craving for something sweet, opt for fruits. Fruits have sugar but not the refined one that we considered toxic. You’ll find that after a while of eating fruits as a dessert, you won’t be craving for cakes and cookies!
- Load up on Vitamin D3. If your vitamin D levels are low, there’s a hormone that turns your appetite off isn’t working, so you feel hungrier all the time even if you keep on eating. Here are some of the foods rich in vitamin D: spinach, kale, okra, collards, soybeans, white beans, etc.
- Add more Omega3 Fatty Acids in your diet. Low levels of Omega3 can sabotage normal brain cell functions and insulin control. It is highly recommended that you add more of this to your diet by eating chia seeds, walnuts, soybeans, etc.
If the cravings don’t stop there, you might want to try this instead. If you think that eliminating the sweet taste isn’t something that you can do, especially when you’re cooking, opt for these healthier alternatives to sugar.