Sugar Cravings: What are they and how to beat them! [FREE Meal Plan]
It’s late, you had a hard day at work.
Some crisis, stress and you are dead-tired.
You get home and you don’t feel like cooking.
You open your fridge to find your BFF, your chocolate ice-cream!
Or the bags of chips!
Or the cookie jar!
Or all together!
Funny thing is that we always say things like “just one bite”, “3 cookies aren’t going to hurt me”.
What usually happens next?
We surrender to our cravings and eat the whole damn tub of ice cream or box of chocolate or bag of chips.
Only to be hit by feelings of guilt, shame and powerlessness.
I can relate.
And I have something for you!
After years of trying myself and helping my clients to overcome cravings, I found that cravings have NOTHING to do with willpower or the lack thereof. Cravings are mostly due to chemical, physical, emotional root causes and imbalances that all can be overcome without the need of willpower.
Here’s all you need to know about sugar cravings and how to beat them in a matter of days.
According to Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a dietitian and American Dietetic Association (ADA) spokeswoman, “sweet is the first taste humans prefer from birth”. Sugar is considered a carbohydrate, which means that it plays a significant role in controlling our energy levels and keeping our brain function efficient.
It also triggers the production of your brain’s natural opioids – one of the key factors in addiction. In fact, a recent study published in PlosOne found that sugar is more addictive than cocaine. The researchers believe that the receptors on our tongue that taste “sweet”, evolved in ancestral times when our diets were very low in sugar (5 pounds per year versus the 175 pounds we consume on average today). The result is that our normal self-control mechanisms are overridden, leading to addiction.
And before you say that you don’t eat sugar, just be aware that refined and processed carbohydrates like chips, pasta and pizza are just as bad, as they are broken down to glucose and affect the blood sugar levels in a similar way.
So, if it keeps our energy up, why is it so bad?
The gut-brain axis is responsible for craving more sugar as the “bad” bacteria in your gut need sugar to stay alive and signal the brain to feed them more of it. You see, that’s why you crave sugar, not because you don’t have willpower.
These figures show us that the struggle is real. Both men and women consume more than 2 times the recommended daily amount.
What we can conclude is that the average adult doesn’t understand the real effects of sugar on their health.
This encourages me to keep raising awareness on this topic and provide tools to help sugar addicts to finally quit sugar once and for all.
In case you didn’t know, here are some of the detrimental effects of sugar (and refined carbs) on your health.
High amounts of sugar lead to insulin resistance and can also lead to diabetes. The signs and symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst, increased hunger, frequent urination or urine infections, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, blurred vision and headaches.
It decreases your body’s production of the appetite control hormone leptin… while simultaneously increasing levels of ghrelin, an appetite-boosting hormone. A vicious circle enrolls which makes you eat more and more.
Eating too much sugar or refined carbs causes metabolic dysfunction. These include weight gain, abdominal obesity, decreased HDL and increased LDL, elevated blood sugar, elevated triglycerides, and high blood pressure. Also, it can lead to Type 2 diabetes, Hypertension, Lipid problems, Heart disease, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Dementia, psychological and emotional problems, inflammation, suppresses human growth hormone (HGH), immune system impairment, and hormonal issues.
It increases your uric acid levels. High uric acid levels are a risk factor for heart and kidney disease. The connection between fructose, metabolic syndrome, and your uric acid is now so clear that you can use your uric acid level as a marker for fructose toxicity.
Some harmful effects of sugar on your health
I’m aware of how hard it is to stop the cravings.
Believe me, I understand.
You may think that you don’t have time to eat healthier.
You’re always working, getting your kids to school and doing 1000 things at the same time.
Let me tell you this from my own experience, you do have time for your priorities.
I am here to make it simple and condense all the knowledge I gained over the years and studying as a weight loss and emotional eating expert (part of my Master nutrition coaching certification) into a simple step-by-step process that you can implement no matter how busy you are.
If you’re still not sure your health is a priority, I can help you make this road easy for you.
I’ve designed a special mini-course for those who:
Don’t have time
Don’t think they can quit sugar
Don’t think sugar addiction is a thing
… but still want to improve their eating habits!
If that’s you, check out the Beat Emotional Cravings in 2019 Mini-Course which includes a step-by-step process to eliminate your cravings and detoxify your body in just a few days.