How to reduce sugar cravings

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Find yourself always craving sugar? You're not alone. Sugar cravings cause us to eat unhealthy, overly sweet foods and drinks. If this continues on an ongoing basis, it can lead to weight gain, dental caries, hyperactivity or fatigue and even diabetes. So how can you reduce cravings?

What You'll Need

  • Filtered water - minimum 2 litres per day
  • Protein sources: grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, turkey, Sockeye or Wild Alaskan salmon, nuts, seeds
  • Probiotic and fermented foods: Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir (fermented cow/goats milk), miso soup, kombucha tea, pickled vegetables, fermented soy (such a natto/tempeh), sour dough, aged cheeses and kimchi (cabbage)
  • Prebiotic foods: onions, garlic, leek, Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus, porridge oats, root vegetables, cabbage, organic apples, oat/wheat and rice bran.

What You'll Do

  • Ensure you get 7-8 hours sleep per night and have a set sleeping pattern. Not getting enough sleep can lead to a blood sugar crash and sugar cravings the following day
  • Try to reduce your stress levels. The release of too much cortisol causes blood sugar swings and sugar cravings
  • Avoid sugary snacks and white carbohydrates. Replace these with protein sources and wholegrain carbohydrates to balance blood sugar
  • Eat fermented, probiotic and prebiotic foods. If your gut bacteria are happy they will not demand sugar
  • Drink plenty of filtered water to stay hydrated and any flush out any excess sugar
  • Avoid alcohol this raises blood sugar and when it drops you want to eat everything in sight, especially sugary foods
  • Do regular exercise, this will burn off any excess glucose in your system and help keep your blood sugar balanced
  • If you want to eat fruit go for those with a low glycemic load such as berries, kiwis or apples
  • Follow a low glycemic load eating plan
  • Fast. Intermittent fasting greatly improves insulin sensitivity so your body can manage glucose sources effectively
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