Sugar addiction is a real thing, in fact studies have found that sugar is just as addictive as nicotine or cocaine!
Time to kick those sugar cravings to the curb once and for all!
Sugar addiction can lock you into a cycle of sugar highs and lows, sooner or later taking a toll on your health (diabetes, obesity etc.)
What Causes Sugar Addiction?
The link between sugar and addictive behavior is tied to the fact that, consumption of sugar activates the reward centre in our brain (similar to the way drugs do) causing a release opioids and dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for that pleasurable high/happy sensation experienced when consuming sugary foods, shortly followed by a slump or flat energy levels. As we consume more and more sugar the brain adjusts and releases less dopamine, therefore to continue feeling that pleasurable sugar high you require larger amounts, more often = SUGAR ADDICTION
The goods news is... It doesn't have to be this way!
Following a low carbohydrate diet enables you to break this vicious cycle. However, during initial dietary changes many people will go through some form of cravings or withdrawals but once your body adapts to a sugar free lifestyle these cravings with be a thing of the past!
Here are our top tips for combating sugar cravings;
- Fill your diet with all the good stuff. Include plenty of fresh vegetables, protein and healthy fats at each meal so there is no room left for sugary foods to sneak in. Protein and healthy natural fats will keep you feeling full and satisfied!
- Satisfy cravings naturally with seasonal fresh fruit
- Remove any temptations from your environment - if you don't buy it, you can't eat it!
- Sweeten with vanilla. Vanilla can curb cravings
- Boost serotonin levels. Serotonin is the "happy hormone", produced through exercise, adequate amounts of sleep and a healthy diet. Having higher serotonin levels will help keep cravings down.
- Magnesium may help reduce sugar cravings by controlling blood glucose levels. You may want to try a supplement.
- Drink plenty of water. Often people confuse thirst for hunger. A fruity herbal tea will hydrate you, calm the cravings and warm you up (especially during these winter months). Or iced water with fresh fruit for summer!
Note: Any changes to your diet should be made in consultation with your General Practitioner and/or Dietitian/Nutritional Consultant. Contact our friendly team today for more information about our services and let us help you take back control of your health.