How to Drop Your Sugar Addiction Naturally
As a Healthy Lifestyle Coach, sugar addiction constantly comes up as an issue for many people who come to me for help. I used to be a sugar addict myself, so I have to continue to stay mindful of my sugar consumption, at all times.
I grew up in a household…. where pop (soda) was water and Kool-Aid was juice. My father added sugar to our bottles and glasses of milk (yes I just said that). I even added sugar to cereal that was already sweetened, because it was not sweet enough for me. Today none of these choices sound tempting.
Recovery is possible!
Studies have proven that sugar is actually a drug. It excites the brain (similar to cocaine), raises blood sugar, causes the organs and body to age prematurely, as it stresses them and robs them of vitamins and minerals to pay the nutritional debt of the refined nutrient deficient sugar.
After the high or rush sugar gives… you may experience a crash (what goes up must come down), which results in low blood sugar and low energy that makes people want to reach for their next hit of sugar for a pick-me-up.
Sugar is a refined (processed) mineral and vitamin deficient carbohydrate. Simple carbohydrates, such as crackers, bread, cereal, pies, bagels, and muffins breaks down into sugar too. Over consumption of sugar can contribute to obesity, dehydration, nutrient deficiencies, inflammation, sugar cravings, failing organs and lack of mental clarity.
Sugar can contribute to many diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, mood swings, bone loss, fatigue, tooth decay, heart disease, eye problems, cancer, and yeast overgrowth.
Some data was sourced from the book (African Holistic Health, by Llaila O. Africa)
Five Steps to Drop Sugar Addiction Naturally…
Improve the health of your gut by taking probiotics daily. Add fermented foods to your diet to improve the good bacteria in your gut. This is important, because your stomach is your second brain. Therefore it has more say in the food choices you make than you think.
If your gut is overpopulated by bad bacteria from using antibiotics, eating food that was given antibiotics, not being breast fed as a baby, or not being delivered vaginally, and/or having a high simple carbohydrate diet, then you could be craving sugar, as a result of bad gut bacteria that are trying to survive in your gut.
The sugar bugs are hungry and want you to keep feeding them sugar, so they can live. Get your gut balanced and feed it friendly bacteria, so you can have a fighting chance at battling sugar addiction.
Start your day without sugar. It can be a challenge and you may have withdrawals for a few days, but this will set you up for success for the remainder of the day.
I must admit, this was a hard for me at first, so I started by reducing my sugar until I no longer desired to begin my day with a sugary bowl of cereal. Some people can and should go cold turkey.
I always felt like my breakfast was not complete without several sugar bombs in it. Now without hesitation, I usually eat a veggie egg omelet with a side of avocado slices and tomatoes or salsa for breakfast.
This breakfast may not be for everyone, but it is important for you to choose a breakfast that includes protein, healthy carbs and fat. Fruits and veggies are the good carbs that gives us energy, vitamins, and minerals.
Don’t be afraid of healthy fat. People who follow a low fat diet usually compensate with high sugar or sugar substitutes (artificial sweeteners) in their diet. We need healthy fat to feel full. Fat is good for your brain, skin, hair, and nails. Foods… such as avocados, coconuts, nuts, seeds, olives, flax, and their oils are good for us and make us feel fuller longer.
Don’t be fooled: Just because a food does not taste sweet does not mean it’s not sugar. All simple carbs are processed in the body as sugar. White flour, white sugar, white bread, crackers, rice, grits, etc. If it’s white, it’s probably not right.
Aim for more complex whole grains (if you don’t have any sensitivities to them), brown rice, wild rice, oats, rye, spelt, and quinoa (also considered a seed).
You can have sugar the way God intended you to have it…whole fruit. Whole fruit has water, fiber, and fructose (fruit sugar). It’s full of vitamins and minerals. Fruit also contains fiber to slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.
Water in fruit is hydrating and not dehydrating to your body’s cells. However, if you have diabetes, fungus or yeast overgrowth and/or are trying to lose weight, you may want to opt for low glycemic (lower sugar) fruits; such as berries, cherries, green apples, pears, and grapefruit.
Don’t substitute refined sugar or natural sugars for artificial sugars. Studies have shown that artificial sweeteners can lead to overeating, weight gain, lower cognitive function and memory loss. It is better to have real sugar found in nature than artificial sweeteners.
Remember to get your gut health in order.
Don’t begin your day with sugary foods aside from a piece of fresh fruit for breakfast.
Don’t be afraid to add healthy fat to your nutrition.
Don’t be fooled by highly processed foods that don’t taste sweet, because they are simple sugar too.
Don’t replace real sugar for artificial sweeteners.
It is safer to have natural sugar from whole fruits and foods, in moderation. Gradually reduce your sugar intake. For example….2 tablespoons of sugar in your coffee to 1, then reduce to only a teaspoon. Some people may want to go cold turkey.
Do whatever works best for you.
The goal is to drop your sugar addiction and cravings, so you can be in control of your holistic well being.
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