Friday, 12 May 2017
Fighting the Sugar Monster
The harmful effects of sugar go way beyond empty calories. Numerous studies have connected sugar intake with premature aging, heart disease, obesity and even cancer. It seems simple enough to say, “Ok, I’ll quit sugar” but when it comes down to it, the cravings are often too difficult to endure long term. We’ve put together a short list of how you can fight the sugar monster and kick the sugar habit for good!
Avoid Processed Foods. Sugar consumption activates the part of your brain that produces dopamine, the pleasure neurotransmitter. When we stop eating sugar, we feel a bit a down because we are quite literally coming off of a sugar high. Avoiding processed foods will help you beat the addiction to sugar and ultimately naturally restore your dopamine levels.
Boost Serotonin. This happiness hormone can be increased by getting good sleep, physical activity, and maintaining a balanced and healthy diet. More serotonin means a diminished sugar craving!
Drink Plenty of Water. Sometimes when you’re craving sugar your body is actually dehydrated. Next time your sweet tooth hits, try drinking 8 oz of water instead. You’ll be amazed at how effective this is!
Keep Your Blood Sugar Stable. Eat small meals throughout the day instead of larger portions 2-3 times a day to avoid dips in blood sugar. This will keep you satisfied, help produce more serotonin, and help you sleep better at night.
Eat Plenty of Greens. Greens are loaded with full-feeling fiber keeping you satisfied throughout the day. Additionally, they are loaded with vitamins that will help to boost your energy and reduce sugar cravings.
If you’re having trouble fighting your sugar cravings, try these simple tips and let us know what you think! And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more updates!