If you have great intentions of eating healthy . . . but get sidetracked by sweets . . . you’re not alone!
According to Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, MD author of Beat Sugar Cravings Now!, the average American eats about 150 pounds of added sugar each year in processed foods and drinks. That’s more than 7 times the amount Americans ate two centuries ago in 1820!
Sugar is in just about everything we eat from salad dressings, to cold cuts, to pasta sauce. Even if you avoid cookies, you may be getting too much of this sweet stuff unbeknownst to you.
And this isn’t sweet news for our health . . .
Sugar weakens immune cells. And sugar can cause your body to age prematurely. It binds with proteins in your body through a process called glycation. Glycation damages your body’s tissues, robbing you of vitality and health.
Excess sugar can lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
It also may be as addictive as major drugs like heroin.
Now, to be fair, craving sweetness is not always a bad thing. Our simian ancestors depended on sweet fruits for easy energy.
The real problem is that our craving for sweet is too easily catered to in this day and age. Where natural scarcity put some limits to our sugar consumption in earlier generations, these days we can eat sugar to our heart’s content. It’s so easy to get some!
Fortunately there are some tactics you can use to keep your sweet tooth in check . . .
Sugar Cravings Crushing Tactic #1: Eat high-protein meals frequently
Sugar cravings can often be due to dips in blood sugar levels. Slowly-digested proteins help stabilize the level of sugar in your blood, quelling the urge to get some sugar in you.
This is particularly critical in the morning, when you serve up breakfast. After a long fast while you were sleeping, your body reacts more dramatically to any sugar you feed it. Remake your breakfast to focus on proteins, vegetables, healthy fats and whole grain carbs – like a scrambled eggs, spinach and avocado sandwich - and you’ll get your day off to a great start.
Sugar Cravings Crushing Tactic #2: Eat fruits to get some sweetness
While fruits can contain a lot of sugar, their fiber helps slow down your body’s absorption of sugar so you are less prone to sugar highs and lows.
But just to be clear, fruit juices don’t cut it. Don’t get deceived by the juicing fad. With juices you lose out on most of the fiber in fruits, leaving your body vulnerable to a sugar overload.
If you prefer to slurp your fruit, make use of the whole fruit and try a smoothie. Add some sugar-moderating veggies and proteins, and the sweetness in your fruit will go down even slower.
Sugar Cravings Crushing Tactic #3: Invite some bacteria inside
Thanks to overuse of antibiotics and germ-killing soaps, we’ve done serious damage to our internal ecosystem – the helpful probiotic bacteria that are a part of our digestive system. As these bacteria dwindle, often the yeast, candida, takes over inside of us. Candida is notorious for causing us to crave sugar – its favorite food.
To bring your bacteria count back to a healthy number, consider taking a probiotic supplement. And feed these bacteria well with their favorite food - prebiotics. Chlorella is a terrific probiotic-boosting prebiotic.
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