18 Jun 2014
Is It Time to Break Up With Sugar??? (Part 2)
Sugar is eight times as addictive as cocaine. Being addicted to sugar and flour is not an emotional eating disorder. It’s a biological disorder, driven by hormones and neurotransmitters that fuel sugar and carb cravings.
Need Help with Cravings?
If you’re ready to kick the sugar habit, but need more help managing cravings, supplements can be helpful. Here are several I commonly recommend:
- Chromium picolinate is an excellent option for supporting insulin regulation and blood sugar.
- Be sure your multivitamin includes zinc, vitamin C, and B-vitamins.
- It’s also important to take an omega-3 supplement. The omega-3s in fish oil can help with cravings and inflammation as well as improving insulin sensitivity.
- L-glutamine is a great craving-buster! Take 500 mg 3 times a day or open the capsule and sprinkle under your tongue for a faster effect.
- Supplement with magnesium. Start with 400 mg of magnesium oxide or magnesium glycinate. This also helps with sleep, so take it at bedtime.
Once you give up sugar, cravings should disappear within 2 weeks or so. This varies by person, of course. Resist the urge to substitute artificial sweeteners for sugar. They are 100 times as sweet as real sugar. When you eat something artificially sweetened, your brain is expecting calories to be coming that match the sweetness it has just encountered. When this doesn’t happen, it goes looking for those calories! This increases the likelihood that you’ll have an uncontrollable urge for some Twinkies (or other food you’re trying to avoid). Bottom line: the plan backfires.
And remember to eat plenty of protein, fiber and healthy fat. All of these help stave off cravings.
You may find it helps to enlist the help and accountability of a like-minded friend. It really makes a difference to know you have to answer to someone. You may also consider working with a health coach like me. My Lose Fat over 40 coaching program gets you off sugar and on to healthy low glycemic index foods!