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Are visions of chocolate bars stopping you from focusing on a task? Or maybe, despite your best efforts to distract yourself, you’re obsessing over those donuts in the employee kitchen? First, the bad news: You may be addicted to sugar. But, the good news is that it’s a relatively easy addiction to break.
What holds most of us back — and gets in the way of success — are those cravings that seem impossible to break. You can probably identify: In 2014, California became the first city in the U.S. to tax sugary drinks in an attempt to address a serious problem that has gotten out of control. Americans consume more soft drinks per capita than any other country on earth, contributing to our country's overinflated obesity and diabetes rates.1 This makes sense when you think about the fact that sugar is addictive, and it's everywhere, as James DiNicolantonio and Sean Lucan point out in their New York Times piece. They assert that sugar, found in approximately 75 percent of packaged foods in the U.S., can be as addictive as drugs.2
Want to get rid of sugar cravings for good? Before you reach for that donut, take a sip of 2 oz. of probiotic-rich InnergyBiotic instead! Like many Body Ecology followers, you may find that the sour taste of probiotic liquid gets rid of those sugar cravings and allows you to get on with your day.
In the case of food allergies, we often crave what we’re allergic to in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms. When adrenal fatigue is involved and your system is overworked, your body asks for the “pick-me-up” that sugars temporarily supply. Unfortunately, sugar stresses your body, so this only worsens the condition.
Pre-menstrual syndrome and pregnancy, or a hormonal imbalance, might cause you to feel driven to reach for chocolate or some form of simple carbohydrates, like chips or bread. As a woman gets closer to the time of her period (or as we prefer to say, monthly cleansing), she must be more relaxed to allow for the shedding of the lining of her uterus. But if she has been eating too many contracting foods, like salt and animal protein, she’ll start craving expansive sweets to “open her up” and help her relax.
How many women can relate to this? You feel angry, find yourself snapping at those you love, and crave sweets. However, after giving in to that little tub of chocolate ice cream (tucked conveniently away in the freezer for such emergencies) you soon feel much better. Not long afterwards, your monthly cleansing begins. Sugar cravings like this are seen as a common symptom of PMS, when they really signify hormonal imbalance. Eating a perfectly balanced Body Ecology meal, following the rule of 80/20, can help to rebalance hormones and keep you from reaching for that tub.
Pathogenic bacteria, parasites, and yeast, such as Candida, feed off sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more inviting you make your gut for these “bad guys!”
Wouldn’t it be nice to get off the sugar roller coaster? You can be rid of the fatigue, the cloudy thinking, and the plethora of other symptoms that come as a result of a diet high in sugar in a matter of days by following our suggestions below.
The Body Ecology system of health and healing is a sugar-free, gluten-free, and processed food-free way of eating that is so delicious and grounding that you will not miss sugar. It’s true!
But we all need tips when transitioning. Here are our top secrets for ending sugar cravings for good:
Did you know that sugar and processed foods are as addictive as heroin or cocaine? In a 2013 study from Connecticut College, researchers confirmed that Oreos could be as addictive as cocaine, after observing how the popular cookie affected lab rats' behavior and brains.3 Eating sugar artificially stimulates a region of your brain called the nucleus accumbens to produce dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. Soon, dopamine levels drop, and we start to feel “flat”... or a bit “down." We crave this pleasant, feel-good feeling again — so sugar leads to addiction.
Serotonin, a.k.a. the "happiness hormone,” can be raised through diet, exercise, and the right sleep schedule. When you have plenty of serotonin, you are less likely to have cravings for sweets.
3. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth Naturally
The all-natural sweetener Stevia has zero calories, does not raise blood sugar levels, and is 300 times sweeter than sugar. If you have sugar cravings and want to satisfy your sweet tooth safely, Stevia is your best bet.
You may sometimes think that your body is asking for sugar, when in fact it’s dehydrated and really craving water! Try our favorite delicious cravings-buster: In 8 oz. of water, add the juice of ½ lemon and 5 drops of Stevia for a Body Ecology lemonade. We also suggest a warm cup of green tea, sweetened with Stevia with your meals. This way, your sweet taste is satisfied, and you won’t want a dessert.
Eat several small, healthy Body Ecology meals throughout your day instead of three large portions to avoid dips in blood sugar. (Ideally, eat your animal protein meals between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) Your evening meal should be one of our preferred gluten-free grain-like seeds (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, or amaranth). If you do this, your body will produce more serotonin, you’ll feel happier, and you’ll sleep much better at night.
Loaded with nutrition, green drinks help boost your energy and reduce cravings for sugar and processed foods.
7. Eat More Sea Vegetables
Rich in vitamins and minerals, seaweed or sea vegetables make for a healthy snack! Sea vegetables have a high mineral content, while eating anything with sugar immediately depletes minerals from your body. A true Body Ecology meal would include a portion of sea vegetables somewhere in that meal to ensure that you get the minerals your adrenals need.
Fermented foods and drinks are perhaps the most important way to reduce or even eliminate cravings for sugar. In fact, this one is so effective that we’ve heard from many of our customers that it nixes sugar cravings in about 4-5 days! You can make your own young coconut kefir at home with the Kefir Starter and the juice of young Thai coconuts, available in most health food stores.
Or, drink ready-made probiotic liquids for a quick cravings fix. Here’s what to do: Simply sip 2 oz. of your favorite probiotic liquid, like CocoBiotic or InnergyBiotic, any time a craving hits. You’ll be amazed at how the sour taste of fermented foods and drinks relieves the desire for sugar and processed foods.
And don’t forget about cultured vegetables — they help control the desire for sweets too.
Here’s another big benefit of fermented foods and liquids: If you do happen to eat something sweet, like a piece of fruit or a sweet potato, the probiotics in fermented foods and drinks will eat up the sugar, reducing the damage that sugar would do in your body.
Meditation can help ward off cravings by helping reduce stress. In 2015, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital named Sara Lazar discovered that meditation not only has the power to reduce stress, but it can change the brain — by increasing gray matter in the auditory and sensory cortex.4 Stress creates the hormone cortisol, which increases your blood sugar. This is a vicious cycle that damages your adrenals and creates sugar cravings. Adding a short meditation before meals can help you relax during meals, which means better digestion and absorption of nutrients.
If you’re looking to shift the desire for sugar, lose weight, stop a habit of binging, or eliminate any addiction, you owe it to yourself to learn about the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). EFT is an easy tool that anyone can learn in minutes. You simply tap on emotional acupressure points on your body while repeating key statements that help shift your body, mind, and habits.
You don’t have to be addicted to sugar.
In fact, you don’t even need to crave sugar, and if you follow the Body Ecology Diet, you will find that your taste buds start to change. You can begin to enjoy the naturally sweet taste in foods like carrots, onions, and the Body Ecology grain-like seeds.
And the good news is, when you do want a sweet taste, Body Ecology has natural, healthy alternatives, like Stevia, to satisfy that sweet tooth. With a few small changes to your daily habits, you can free yourself from sugar cravings and embrace a way of eating that is naturally energizing, anti-aging, and rejuvenating.
You may find it almost impossible to kick your sugar habit because sugar has been proven to be addictive — even more addictive than drugs. Sugar cravings are common, and they can stem from a number of internal factors, like Candida overgrowth, food allergies, adrenal fatigue, and monthly hormonal changes around the menstrual cycle.
If you're ready to win the battle against the sweet stuff, here's a quick look at Body Ecology's top tips to end sugar cravings:
What makes Vitality SuperGreen different from all the other green drinks on the market today? It’s the very alkalizing formula - the fermented algae blend, red marine blend, intestinal support blend and fermented green veggies —specially created by Donna Gates—that soothes and is very healing to the gut lining. A generous amount of nutrient-rich elements like L-glutamine, FOS from chicory inulin, GMO-free Sunflower Lecithin, and aloe vera extract (200:1) help establish and maintain a healthy inner ecosystem. We’ve spared no cost in blending together an extraordinary spectrum (or life force) of fermented algae and cereal grasses, fermented green veggies, enzymes, probiotics and food-based supplements providing you the highest quality fermented green drink on the market today.
Kefir has many benefits, including better digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It has been known for thousands of years for its anti-aging and immune-enhancing properties.
Kefir is an ancient cultured food, rich in amino acids, enzymes, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and B vitamins. Kefir means "feel good" in Turkish, and that's just how you'll feel after drinking a glass in the morning! Easy and fun to make at home, it is superior to commercial yogurt. An absolute must after antibiotic use!
Unlike yogurt, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract and is simple and fun to make at home. To make kefir: Mix one packet with 1 quart of warm milk, cover and set at room temperature for 18-24 hours. Refrigerate and enjoy!
Each packet yields 1 quart of kefir, and can be reused up to 7 times. This means you can create 10 ½ gallons of kefir from one box!
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