So you would think after the Halloween candy overload that has been occurring over the past 2 weeks, I would be completely over the ALL sugar. Well…. I’m Not! Ever since I was a little girl I have been obsessed with candy. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner– which I know is no bueno. But I am a sugar freak I can’t get over it either. So I have decided to make a conscience effort to concentrate and JUST SAY NO to CANDY.
According to The American Psychiatric Association, addiction is defined by three stages: bingeing, withdrawal, and craving. Yup! That pretty much right–I’m addicted to sugar. Crap!
Here are some great tips from GOOP to try and kick this sick and nasty, but kinda tasty addiction:
- Eat regularly. Eat three meals and two snacks or five small meals a day. For many people, if they don’t eat regularly, their blood sugar levels drop, they feel hungry and are more likely to crave sweet sugary snacks.
- Choose whole foods. The closer a food is to its original form, the less processed sugar it will contain. Food in its natural form, including fruits and vegetables, usually presents no metabolic problems for a normal body, especially when consumed in variety.
- Have a breakfast of protein, fat and phytonutrients to start your day off right.Breakfast smoothies are ideal for this. The typical breakfast full of carbs and sugary or starchy foods is the worst option since you’ll have cravings all day. Eating a good breakfast is essential to prevent sugar cravings.
- Try to incorporate protein and/or fat with each meal. This helps control blood sugar levels. Make sure they are healthy sources of each.
- Add spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamom will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.
- Take a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement, Vitamin D3 and omega 3 fatty acids. Nutrient deficiencies can make cravings worse and the fewer nutrient deficiencies, the fewer cravings. Certain nutrients seem to improve blood sugar control including chromium, Vitamin B3 and magnesium.
- Move your body. Exercise, dance or do some yoga. Whatever movement you enjoy will help reduce tension, boost your energy and decrease your need for a sugar lift.
- Get enough sleep. When we are tired we often use sugar for energy to counteract the exhaustion.
- Do a detox.
- Be open to explore the emotional issues around your sugar addiction. Many times our craving for sugar is more for an emotional need that isn’t being met.
- Keep sugary snacks out of your house and office. It’s difficult to snack on things that aren’t there!
- Don’t substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar.
- Learn to read labels. The longer the list of ingredients, the more likely sugar is going to be included on that list. So check the grams of sugar, and choose products with the least sugar per serving.
- Become familiar with sugar terminology. Recognize that all of these are sweeteners: corn syrup, corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, dextrose, honey, molasses, turbinado sugar and brown sugar.
- Sugar in disguise. Remember that most of the “complex” carbohydrates we consume like bread, bagels and pasta aren’t really complex at all. They are usually highly refined and act just like sugars in the body and are to be avoided.
I try to wean my sugar craving by eating fruit: grapes are my favorite. Let’s see how long I can last without candy and sugar. Goooood luck Sugar 😉