Do you find it difficult leaving the supermarket without buying some chocolates? Do you end up sacrificing your lunch to have an extra piece of cake? If you do, it’s time you did something about it as you have an addiction. Yes, an addiction to sugar.
Not many know that sugar and processed foods are as addictive as heroin and cocaine. And like any other addiction, your sugar addiction can be demeaning and obstructive to your life. However this is nothing to fret about as there is help in overcoming your sugar craving mainly by following the Body Ecology system of health and healing. This is a sugar, processed food and gluten-free way of eating where you end up not missing sugar through the following steps:
1. Improve serotonin levels
The more serotonin in your body, the lower is your craving for sweets. Serotonin is the happiness hormone which you can increase with a healthy diet, regular exercise and a good sleep.
2. Drink lots of water
Many a time the craving you think your body has for sugar is actually an indication that your body is dehydrated and needs water! Drink more water, and for better effects, add half lemon juice and 5 drops of the all-natural sweetener Stevia to 8 oz. water for a Body Ecology lemonade.
Even a cup of warm green tea sweetened with Stevia with meals helps by satisfying your sweet urge so that you don’t need any desserts.
3. No processed foods
Both sugar and processed foods are addictive and best avoided. Sugar artificially stimulates the nucleus acumbens region of your brain to produce the pleasure neurotransmitter dopamine. Once its levels drop, you start feeling ‘flat’ or ‘down’, and again crave sugar and processed foods to get this pleasant and feel-good feeling again.
4. Maintain blood sugar levels
Instead of eating three large meals a day, eat several small and healthy Body Ecology meals through the day to prevent dips in blood sugar. Consume animal protein meals between 11am and 2pm while your evening meal should preferably constitute gluten-free and grain-like free seeds like amaranth, millet and quinoa. This helps your body produce more serotonin to make you feel happier and sleep better at night.
5. Eat more greens
Green drinks are full of nutrition, boosts energy levels and help reduce your cravings for processed foods and sugar.
6. Naturally satisfy your sweet tooth
Use Stevia if you have sugar cravings. It is a safe all-natural sweetener with zero calories which doesn’t raise blood sugar levels but is 300 times sweeter than sugar.
7. Consume fermented foods and drinks
The best way to reduce and even eliminate your sugar craving is through fermented foods and drinks. It’s so effective that it eliminates sugar cravings in just 4-5 days. Just drink ready-made probiotics like 2 oz. of CocoBiotic or InnergyBiotic to quickly treat cravings when it hits you.
You can also make a coconut kefir at home with the juice of young Thai coconuts and a Kefir Starter. Only after consuming these foods will you realize how effective the sour taste of fermented foods and drinks is at eliminating the desire for sugar and processed foods.
8. Eat sea vegetables
Seaweed or sea vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals and a much healthier snack than sugar which only depletes minerals from your body. The perfect Body Ecology meal has a portion of sea vegetables to ensure your adrenals get the minerals it requires.
Even cultured vegetables help control sweet cravings. Moreover, the probiotics of fermented foods and liquids eat up the sugar of anything sweet you eat like a piece of fruit to reduce the damaging effects of sugar to your body.
Meditation helps reduce stress and ward off cravings. Stress creates cortisol, the hormone which increases blood sugar and which damages your adrenals to create sugar cravings and trigger a vicious cycle. So meditating before meals helps you relax during meals to digest and absorb nutrients better.
Learn Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to do things like losing weight and reducing your sugar cravings. This is an easy tool which you can learn in minutes by tapping the emotional acupressure points on your body by repeating statements to shift your mind, body and habits.
By following the Body Ecology Diet, you not only overcome your sugar cravings, but also find your taste buds changing. You start enjoying naturally sweet foods like onions, carrots and Body Ecology grain-like seeds and you use natural alternatives like Stevia to satisfy your sweet cravings.
All it takes are these 10 changes to your everyday habits to slowly free yourself from your sugar cravings and addiction!