Got an out-of-whack relationship with sweets?
Let’s be honest, you know what you SHOULD eat, right?
- We should eat more vegetables.
- We should eat more fruit.
BUT, I’ve heard so many people over the years tell me I just couldn’t stick with eating healthier, “Because of the cravings. I started craving sugar so much.” Relatable?
…Did you know women should limit sugar to no more than 6 teaspoons/day…and men, no more than 9/day?
BUT, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that the average American consumes between 150 to 170 pounds of refined sugars in one year….YIKES!!
…how can you dial it down? Forget cold turkey…try weaning off gradually. It’ll give you time to adjust so you won’t feel like tearing your hair out.
Here are 4 Steps to Kick Your Cravings to the Curb
AND, Say Sayonara to Sugar!
- Reduce, then Eliminate Refined Sugar & Refined Grains
Examples to remove include:
- white rice, white pasta, and white bread
- all soft drinks, (even diet)
- lunch meats
- canned or pre-made soups
- fruit drinks
- canned foods
- sweetened yogurt
Why do I have to eliminate them? Refined sugar consumption leads to high blood glucose levels, which in turn elevates insulin leading to premature aging and degenerative diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease, and (inflammation of the arteries), and cancer.
Sugar is non-nutritive, offering no value to your body and in fact robs nutrients from your body. Excessive consumption has lead to diseases that have only developed in the last century such as chronic fatigue, ADD, ADHD, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
2 Add more protein in your diet.
Protein actually will help balance out blood sugar and so that really helps reduce sugar cravings. That really is the biggest reason there. Some of the best protein foods you can add to help kick sugar addiction include:
- Grass-fed beef
- Collagen *
- Wild fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, etc.
- Organic chicken
- Black beans
- Raw milk or cheese
- Free-range eggs
- ½ cup of chilled or frozen dragon fruit
- ½ cup of diced mango
- 1/4 avocado, sliced and frozen
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 teaspoon each cacao nibs, chia seeds, and coconut
- ½ -1 cup of coconut or almond milk, unsweetened
- fresh blueberries
- 2 scoops of Collagen Peptides
- Fresh mint leaves (optional)*
- Combine fruit, milk, mint leaves, and collagen into blender and blend for 60 seconds.
- Top with coconut, cacao nibs, and/or chia seeds.
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3 Consume more healthy fats.
Adding in healthy fats, helps your body become a fat burner, which helps with weight loss and to kick the sugar addiction. Consider adding:
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
- Avocados or Avocado oil
- Raw nuts (like walnuts, pecans, almonds)
4 Get more fiber.
Fiber helps you stay fuller longer. It also supports detoxification and can reduce candida symptoms in your body. Candida is a major cause of sugar cravings. (Think you have excess Candida? Don’t Guess, Test)
You want to aim for 25-35 grams of fiber a day. Start consuming more high-fiber foods, especially vegetables and nuts and seeds, like chia seeds and flaxseeds.
Low-sugar fruits and vegetables have high amounts of fiber, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that improve energy levels AND allow the body to lose excess weight.