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Are you addicted to sugar? Welcome to the club! It’s just the worst when you’re on top of your diet, eating clean, feeling on cloud 9, and then BAM! Hit by a sugar craving. Ugh. Let’s discuss why sugar cravings hit and how to fight sugar cravings, to keep you on track towards your goals.
First, let me clarify that we are discussing added sugar. I’m referring to refined sugar, the white, unhealthy substance that adds zero nutritious value to your diet. In contrast, fruit contains natural sugar; these act differently in the body because natural sugars digest with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals the body needs.
Why sugar cravings happen:
Sugar is an addicted drug to your brain. The more you eat, the more your body craves it. Seratonin is a chemical in the body that is called the happy hormone. When you eat added sugar, serotonin in the body spikes, releasing feel-good chemicals. Then, the body starts to crave the quick high of a serotonin hit.
How to fight sugar cravings:
Since the body is craving more serotonin, think about other ways to achieve it. Also remember, the less refined sugar you ingest, the less your body will want, because the body is only getting serotonin from natural sources.
- Drink hot or iced tea sweetened with stevia
- Drink flavored carbonated water
- A small amount of fruit, dark chocolate, or nut butter
- Distract yourself with a walk, meditation, or phone a friend
- Eat a diet of healthy amounts of protein, carbs, and fat
- Get enough sleep
- Remember, the less sugar you eat, the less your body will crave it!
Another tip is to avoid keeping sugary foods at home. If they are easily accessible, the more likely you’ll be to slip.
Till next time,