Sugar

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. This makes your energy low, so you crave sugar for that quick energy fix.  The problem is, sugar spikes your blood sugar levels temporarily and then you come crashing down shortly thereafter.  If you do not feed your body the proper nutrients for sustainable energy, you will crave more and more sugar.

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. Like any drug, it's a temporary high that has consequences. 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.  Processed sugars can even suppress the hormones in your body that give you feeling of being full. So you are more likely to overeat. If you find yourself craving sugar, opt out for a healthy snack like a piece of fruit or nuts.

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 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.  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.  

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