Busting through sugar cravings is one of the things I help people with a lot.
We know sugar is bad for us and our kids, but it's everywhere and it is addictive.
One of the reasons we crave sugar is because it truly makes us feel good... for a while. Sugar’s ability to stimulate feel good-hormones is in part what makes it so addictive. As a strategy to curb sugar cravings, try to stimulate the same feel-good hormones using nutritious foods instead.
Sugar Increases Dopamine (our “get-up-and-go” hormone). Try stimulating it other ways by....
Sugar Increases Beta Endorphins (which improves self esteem and confidence). Try stimulating those hormones by...
Sugar Increase Serotonin (our feel-good, calming, peaceful hormones). Try stimulating those hormones by...
If you're craving sugar, the other critical strategy for busting through the craving is to pay close attention to Pillar #3 of the Raising Resilience Framework - Make Sure Blood Sugar Stays Stable.
Here are a few tips...
✓ Consume 5-10 g protein with your breakfast
✓ Consume 5-10 g of fibre with your breakfast
✓ Eat before you drink coffee
✓ Relax when you eat (try to not “eat on the go”)
✓ Eat lower-sugar fruit like berries, apples, pears
✓ Eat chromium-rich food
✓ Stop eating/drinking refined sugar, juice and energy drinks
The RDA for added sugar is currently 9 tsp for men (36g) and 6 tsp for women (24g). Half that for children. Start to pay attention to food labels to see how much you're taking in in a day. You'll likely be shocked!
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