How to kick your sugar cravings.

First, we need to understand why we crave sugar.  

1. You aren't eating enough nutrient dense food and crave a quick fix.  If you haven't eaten enough nutrient-dense calories, your body's blood sugar levels are probably low and your energy is low, so you create a craving for sugar for that quick energy fix.  The problem is, sugar spikes your blood sugar levels temporarily and comes crashing down shortly thereafter.  If you do not feed your body with the proper nutrients for sustainable energy, you begin to crave more and more sugar and it becomes a habit.

2. You've made eating sugar a habit.  Sugar is addictive.  Every time we eat sweets, especially artificial and processed sugars, we get a dopamine rush, our insulin levels spike, creating a temporary rush of energy that makes us feel good. Like any drug, it's a temporary high that has consequences and it turns into a bad habit that can create weight gain, diabetes, quicker aging and a lot more health problems.  The more insulin produced in the body the more fat production. Your body seeks to store sugar in the muscles, but when that is full, it stores sugar as fat.  Processed sugars can even suppress hormones in your body that give you feeling of being full, which can cause you to eat an excess amount of junk food. If you find you are craving sugar, opt out for a healthy snack like a piece of fruit or nuts, because chances are, your body is depleted of nutrients that sustain long-term energy.  Continuously eat throughout the day so that you are not craving quick energy.  The rule of this is that if you avoid sugar for 21 days, you will curb the craving.

3. You need for fiber in your diet.  When your hormones are imbalanced, your body may crave sugar as a result of low insulin and leptin levels.  The best way to get the sustainable energy you need and to help balance out your hormones is to eat fiber rich foods with complex carbohydrates.  Complex carbohydrates take longer to break down into usable sugar, so your energy is sustained for a much longer period of time and does not spike insulin levels too high.  On the other hand, if you are eating carbohydrates that are not fiber rich, like pasta and white rice, you're body is absorbing that food just like it would absorb sugar.  Your body needs the fiber to satiate.

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