Sugar may give you a temporary energy boost, but there’s a price to pay – your health. Here are 10 tips to help you treat your body right. Follow them, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your body thanks you with more energy and better health.
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.
In fact, even Ellen DeGeneres is going sugar free these days, so expect to hear more about all of the benefits of sugar free living!
But what holds most of us back -- and gets in the way of success -- are those darn cravings, right?
Where do they come from and why do they happen?
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, the 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.
And this one may surprise you...
According to the Mayo Clinic, food cravings and mood swings during your monthly cycle are a result of dipping serotonin levels. Serotonin plays a key role in emotions and behavior. As woman age their serotonin levels tend to drop, and besides weight gain from sugar cravings this can also lead to behavior and emotional problems. Serotonin is the precursor to the sleep hormone, melatonin. If you find yourself raiding the refrigerator at bedtime, you may be craving something sweet to elevate your serotonin levels, which also helps produce melatonin so you can fall asleep. To learn more about serotonin and cravings, read: How Happiness Heals Your Brain.
Pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeast, such as candida, feed off of sugar. The more sugar you eat, the more inviting you make your gut for these “bad guys!” So while Ellen DeGeneres said still wants to eat agave, it may actually fuel her sugar cravings because agave actually feeds candida.
Wouldn’t it be nice to get off of 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, right? So here are our top secrets for ending sugar cravings:
1. Avoid processed foods
Did you know that sugar and processed foods are as addictive as heroin?
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.
2. Boost your serotonin
Serotonin, aka “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 with all natural stevia
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. To learn more, read: A Brief But Interesting History of Stevia ... and How It Benefits You.
4. Drink plenty of water
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.
5. Keep your blood sugar stable
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 11:00am and 2:00pm.) Your evening meal should be one of our preferred gluten-free grain-like seeds (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth). If you do this, your body will produce more serotonin, you’ll feel happier and you’ll sleep much better at night.
6. Have Plenty of Greens
Loaded with nutrition, green drinks help boost your energy and help reduce cravings for sugar and processed foods. To learn more, read:Are You at Peak "Vitality?" Answer These Three Key Questions.
7. Sea Vegetables
Loaded with vitamins and minerals, seaweed or sea vegetables make for a healthy snack! They are mineral-rich 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. To learn more, read: 13 of the Planet's Healthiest Seaweeds and Sea Vegetables.
Want to get rid of sugar cravings for good? Before you reach for that donut, take a sip of 2 oz. of probiotic-rich Coco-Biotic or InnergyBiotic instead! Just like many Body Ecology followers, you may find that the sour taste of probiotic liquids gets rid of those sugar cravings and allows you to get on with your day. Try Coco-Biotic and InnergyBiotic today and get off the sugar cravings roller coaster!
8. Fermented Foods and Drinks
Fermented foods and drinks are perhaps the most important way to reduce or eveneliminate 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 ownyoung coconut kefir at home with 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 Coco-Biotic, InnergyBiotic or young coconut kefir 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 as well.
Here’s another additional 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. 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 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 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.
So free yourself from sugar cravings and embrace a way of eating that is naturally energizing, anti-aging and rejuvenating!