We all need tips when transitioning. Here are our top secrets for ending sugar cravings for good:
1. Avoid Processed Foods. Did you know that sugar and processed foods are as addictive as heroin or cocaine? In a 2013 study from Connecticut College, researchers confirmed that Oreos could be as addictive as cocaine, after observing how the popular cookie affected lab rats’ behavior and brains.9 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, a.k.a. 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 Naturally. 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. Lakanto is your best choice for baking, an all-natural sweetener with zero calories, zero glycemic index, and zero additives.
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 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) Your evening meal should be one of our preferred gluten-free grain-like seeds (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, or amaranth). If you do this, your body will produce more serotonin, you’ll feel happier, and you’ll sleep much better at night. Remember, a fermented vegan protein can also help to stabilize blood sugar levels.
6. Have Plenty of Greens. Loaded with nutrition, green drinks help boost your energy and reduce cravings for sugar and processed foods.
7. Eat More Sea Vegetables. Rich in vitamins and minerals, seaweed or sea vegetables make for a healthy snack! Sea vegetables have a high mineral content, 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.
8. Enjoy Fermented Foods and Drinks. Fermented foods and drinks are perhaps the most important way to reduce or even eliminate 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 own young coconut kefir at home with the 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 CocoBiotic or InnergyBiotic, 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 too.
Here’s another big 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.
9. Meditate. Meditation can help ward off cravings by helping reduce stress. In 2015, a neuroscientist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital named Sara Lazar discovered that meditation not only has the power to reduce stress, but it can change the brain — by increasing gray matter in the auditory and sensory cortex.10 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.
10. Try EFT. 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 the 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.