10 Ways to Break Sugar Addiction
We all know about the negative effects of sugar on mind and body. Weight gain, increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels plus a higher risks for diabetes, cancer and heart diseases. The list keeps growing. Here are few tips to jump-start and kick your sugar addiction out for good.
Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The ups and down of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings, and may cause sugar cravings to become more frequent.
Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Before you go for the sugar, have a glass of water and wait a few minutes to see what happens.
Eat sweet vegetables and fruit. They are naturally sweet, healthy, and delicious. The more you eat, the less you'll crave sugar.
Avoid chemicalized, artificial sweeteners, and foods with colors. Use gentle sweetners like maple syrup, brown rice syrup, dried fruit, stevia, and barley malt.
Get physically active. Start with simple activity like walking or yoga. Start with 10 minute a day and gradually increase. Being active helps balance blood sugar levels, boosts and reduce tension which will eliminate the need to self-medicate with sugar.
Get more sleep, rest, and relaxation. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, are the most readily usable forms of energy for an exhausted body and mind. If you are a chronic state of stress and/or sleep deprivation, your body will crave the quickest form of energy their is-sugar.
Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat. According to yin-yang principles of eating (such as Macrobiotics and Traditional Chines Medicine), eating too much animal food(yang) can lead to cravings of sweets (yin). Imbalances can also occur with too little animal protein (for some individuals). Through experimentation and intuition, you can find which foods create balance for you as an individual.
Eliminate fat-free or low-packaged snack foods. These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavor and fat, which will send you on the roller coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.
Experiment with spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.
Slow down and find sweetness in non-food ways. Every craving is not a sign that your body biologically requires sugar. Cravings often have a psychological component. By identifying the psychological causes of food cravings and substituting lifestyle and relationship adjustments accordingly, you can find balance and take charge of your health. When life becomes sweet enough itself, no additives are needed.
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