Struggling with Sugar Addiction and Cravings?

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Sugar addiction is a real thing, in fact, studies have found that sugar is just as addictive as nicotine or cocaine! We become trapped with our cravings and our sugar consumption cycle is difficult to escape.

Perhaps you are reading this and thinking, ‘yes’ I am consuming large daily quantities of sugar without even realising!  Maybe it has now become an unconscious habit, or you have fallen into the trap of buying food products packed with hidden sugars? Or maybe certain life events trigger an urge for another sugar hit? If you are consuming too much sugar then it is time you took action and curb your cravings once and for all!

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What Causes Sugar Addiction?

The link between sugar and addictive behaviour is tied to the fact that, consumption of sugar activates the reward centre in our brain (similar to the way drugs do) causing a release opioids and dopamine. Dopamine is responsible for that pleasurable high/happy sensation experienced when consuming sugary foods, shortly followed by a slump or flat energy levels. As we consume more and more sugar the brain adjusts and releases less dopamine, therefore to continue feeling that pleasurable sugar high you require larger amounts, more often = SUGAR ADDICTION

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The goods news is… It doesn’t have to be this way!

Following a low carbohydrate healthy fat diet enables you to break this vicious cycle, (time to achieve this although will depend on your commitment). However, during initial dietary changes, many people will go through some form of cravings or withdrawals but once your body adapts to a sugar-free lifestyle these cravings with be a thing of the past!

Here are our top tips for combating sugar cravings;

  1. Fill your diet with all the good stuff. Include plenty of fresh vegetables, protein and healthy fats at each meal so there is no room left for sugary foods to sneak in. Protein and healthy natural fats will keep you feeling full and satisfied!
  2. Satisfy cravings naturally with seasonal fresh fruit
  3. Remove any temptations from your environment – if you don’t buy it, you can’t eat it!
  4. Sweeten with vanilla. Vanilla can curb cravings
  5. Boost serotonin levels. Serotonin is the “happy hormone”, produced through exercise, adequate amounts of sleep and a healthy diet. Having higher serotonin levels will help keep cravings down.
  6. Magnesium may help reduce sugar cravings by controlling blood glucose levels. You may want to try a supplement.
  7. Drink plenty of water. Often people confuse thirst for hunger. A fruity herbal tea will hydrate you, calm the cravings and warm you up (especially during these winter months). Or iced water with fresh fruit for summer!

Related support to help you combat sugar cravings and addiction 5 Step Sugar Detox Program

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