09 Aug 2017
5 Ways to Kick Sugar Cravings to the Curb
Giving up sugar can be a HUGE challenge for many people. Your brain LOVES sugar because of the dopamine hit it gets. But there are many reasons to tough it out and kick sugar to the curb, especially in midlife.
Unfortunately, brutal cravings can be part of the detox process. These are a real chemical phenomenon that happens in your brain because sugar is very addictive. And while some people may say to just sit with the craving and explore it and see what’s behind it, my experience is that a “coach approach” is not super-helpful here in the initial stages of sugar detox. A physical reaction requires action to help keep you pointed on the path to better health and out of the donut shop.
- Sprinkle 500 mg of l-glutamine (an amino acid) on your tongue. This goes straight to your brain and aborts the craving. Or you can take it 3-4 times a day on an ongoing basis. As a bonus, l-glutamine helps with gut health!
- Eat more protein and healthy fat. Things that take longer to digest and help keep cravings away because they keep your blood sugar steady.
- Get more sleep. From a sugar perspective, sleep is vital for balancing blood sugar and maintaining the correct levels of the hormones that manage insulin. In fact, just one night of impaired sleep can leave a person with the blood sugar levels of a pre-diabetic. Not the best idea for someone trying to master sugar cravings.
- Drink lots of water. Sometimes thirst masquerades as hunger or cravings. Try to drink at least ½ of water per pound of bodyweight per day. Don’t like plain water? Try seltzer or flavoring your water with lemon, lime or cucumber. DO NOT flavor it with anything that has an artificial sweetener in it.
- Be prepared. You never want to be in a food emergency when your blood sugar is dropping (a cause of cravings) and you find yourself in a food desert like an airport, the office, or in a maze of convenience stores, fast food joints and vending machines. Make yourself an emergency pack that you can carry with you. Packets of nut butters and coconut butter, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, salmon jerky or turkey jerky, a can of wild salmon or sardines and unsweetened wild blueberries.
Dr. Anna Garrett is a menopause expert and Doctor of Pharmacy. She helps women who are struggling with symptoms of perimenopause and menopause find natural hormone balancing solutions so they can rock their mojo through midlife and beyond. Her clients would tell you that her real gift is helping them reclaim parts of themselves they thought were gone forever.
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