Sugar Addiction and Cravings
Why Do We Crave Sweets?
The average American consumes well over 20 tsp of added sugar daily… 142lbs of sugar per person per year. YUCK! Here are some natural sweeteners, safer than white sugar, but should still be used in moderation.
- Barley malt syrup
- Birch sugar or syrup
- Brown rice syrup
- Coconut sugar
- Date sugar
- Erythritol (doesn’t affect blood sugar or cause tooth decay!)
- Agave nectar
- Turbinado sugar
- Vegetable glycerin
Give Your Body What It Really Needs
When you experience a craving, ask yourself, what does my body want and why?
Water: Dehydration can manifest as a mild hunger.
Primary Food: Eating can be used as a substitute to fill the void of being dissatisfied with a relationship, an inappropriate exercise routine, being bored or uninspired by a job, or lack of spirituality. Eating too much or too little animal fat can increase sugar cravings. Balance.
Get More Sleep & Relaxation: Simple carbs (sugar) are the most readily usable forms of energy for an exhausted mind or body. If you are chronically stressed, sugar cravings will increase.
Experiment With Spices: Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon.
Get Physically Active: This helps balance blood sugar levels, boosts energy and reduces tension, thereby reducing the need to self medicate with sugar.
Eliminate Fat-free/Low-fat Packaged Snack Foods: These are filled with added sugar.
Reduce Or Eliminate Caffeine: It can cause dehydration and blood sugar swings.
Healthy Halloween Snacks
Experiment with gluten free pretzels and dairy free cheese if you like.
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