Sugar Lovers Unite and Kick That Addiction’s Butt
It’s very easy to deny that you may have a sugar addiction. But if you feel the urge to reach for a chocolate bar every time your energy levels drop, or you simply cannot have an iced tea, yoghurt or breakfast cereal without it being flavoured, it could be time for a much needed intervention.
Repeat after me, “Hi I’m (insert name here), and I’m a sugar addict.”
Great, now that that’s settled, let’s dive right into the recovery program.
I cannot negate that certain types of sugar – consumed in moderation, mind you – are essential for your body. Whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are all examples of sugar-containing carbohydrates that are used as the main source of energy for our bodies and the only source of energy used by our brain cells. So yes, there some good sugars out there that we need to survive.
However, these foods containing natural sweetness do not affect our metabolisms in the same way that foods or drinks that have got added sweetness do. The fibre and water found in sugar containing carbs increase these foods’ satiety.
What does this mean?
Basically they act like ‘food brakes’ that tell our bodies to stop eating once our we’ve digested and all the nutrients we need. Whilst foods that have added and processed sweeteners actually have no ‘brakes’. The unnecessary quantities of sugar provide no other nutrients – so our bodies never really feel satiated and will keep asking for more.
So don’t be tricked into thinking this fact also applies to your tub of ice-cream and pack of donuts. No matter how many times you tell yourself its brain food… it’s not. And the negative health effects that a sugar addiction can have, are serious.
Some of the health risks include: obesity; Type II Diabetes; heart damage or failure; cancerous cell production and depletion in brain power and strength.
This may sound overwhelming, but fear not. Kicking the addiction is easier than you may have thought. And we’ve shared Dr Frank Lipman’s * on how you can curb your cravings.
1. Keep it Simple
Getting sugar in its most natural whole form, as it is in nature, will always be your best bet. Low GI sugars that are great for you include whole fruits, sweet root vegetables and winter squashes. There are also some other natural sweeteners that won’t get your blood sugar levels to spike as much, and have the extra added benefit of being boosted with minerals. Try stick to raw honey, maple syrup as well as palm and coconut nectars.
2. Look for Alternatives
There are certain calorie-free sugar alternatives that are still healthy for you, even though they are few and far between. The most important thing is to always read your ingredients label very closely and check that there are no hidden nasties. Since the objective is to keep as whole and natural as possible. Dr Lipman’s ultimate recommendation is Stevia.
3. Get Enough Healthy Fats
Eating enough healthy fats can help you feel satisfied and full for a longer space of time. Like low GI carbohydrates, fats give your body the fuel it needs to get through the day. If you fill up on a meal rich in good fats. It’ll help keep your blood sugar levels stable and prevent dips as well as sugar cravings.
4. Find Sweetness Elsewhere
“Find sweetness, community, and joy elsewhere,” says Dr Lipman. ” Sometimes we reach for sugar when in fact what we’re really craving is a hug or a good belly laugh.”
5. Try L-Glutamine
Glutamine is a dietary amino acid that is fantastic for your intestinal and immune health. This is because your cells prefer glutamine as a fuel source to glucose (carbohydrates). If you need to curb your sugar cravings. Take between 1000mg – 2000mg of L-Glutamine every few hours, as you see necessary. It can be very helpful in relieving your need for sugar as well boost your brain function to help keep you working optimally.
6. Keep Hydrated
Did you know that if you’re dehydrated, it often shows up as a craving for salt or sugar? Yes, simply not getting enough water can make you crave sugar even more than you otherwise would. If you often forget to drink enough water every day. Invest in a proper water bottle that you can carry around with you. By paying that little bit extra, it could force you to be more disciplined with using it.
7. Get to the Source of the Sugar Problem
“Sometimes the cause of our sugar cravings can be emotional. Whether it’s stress induced, related to boredom, or need for more sweetness in your life – spend some time with your cravings and find the emotional connection so that you can better tackle the cravings when they come up,” says Dr Lipman.
*As shared by Dr Frank Lipman in “GOOP Clean Beauty”