It’s 3 p.m., and the sugar cravings are relentless. I’ve tried satisfying them with a handful of fresh grapes and some strawberry ice cream. But I’m still struggling not to sabotage my withdrawal progress with a chocolate shake from Overloaded cheese pizza. I fantasize about the sugar hitting my bloodstream and soothing my nerves. Instead, I stand in my pantry brainstorming possible alternatives: A scoop of ice cream. A spoonful of raspberry jam. A bowl of Gulab Juman.
Sugar is delicious. Anyone who denies that is lying. We often get addicted to it without knowing the side effects. Life is unfair, sugar, especially in copious amounts, is really bad for your health. So how do you know if you’re eating too much? Here are six red flags your body is sending you that it’s time to cut back on the sweet stuff.
1. You constantly crave sugary things.
2. You feel sluggish throughout the day.
3. Your skin won’t stop breaking out.
4. You’re way moodier than usual.
5. You’ve been putting on some weight.
6. You’ve been getting more cavities.
If you notice that you’re having symptoms like these, then definitely it’s time to cut down on sugar. I have started this already. Now here the question comes, can we actually break down the addiction?
My overwhelming sugar cravings make sense when you consider that research shows you can actually get hooked on the sweet stuff. Scientists have found that sugar is addictive and stimulates the same pleasure centres of the brain as cocaine or heroin. Just like those hard-core drugs, getting off sugar leads to withdrawal and cravings, requiring an actual detox process to wean off. (based on research on the internet)
It’s not just a matter of avoiding sweets. If you are trying to perform a sugar detox, it is very hard to follow and stay focused. You will get headaches, the blah mood, anxiety, fatigue — and daydreams of bathing in a pool of Chocolates.
Here’s how to manage your cravings and get to the other side of your detox.
4 Ways to Fight Your Sugar Addiction
1. Eat whole fruit instead of sweets.
Fruit contains fructose, which is metabolized differently than gummi bears — and it’s still a satisfying treat. But be careful to restrict your intake to a few servings a day. Eating too much has been linked to increased belly fat, which increases your chance of type 2 diabetes. Also, go easy on grapes or cherries, which have high sugar content.
2. Ditch artificial sweeteners.
Although diet soda or sugar-free gum has been known to help many dieters get through a rough patch. Cutting out aspartame, sucralose, saccharine — even stevia — since large amounts can make you desire sweet food. It actually changes your palate, so you need more and more to feel satisfied.
3. Clean house.
That means getting rid of any sugary temptations at home and work. We can’t control all the environments we’re in, but we want to control the ones we can.
4. Create a backup plan.
If sugar cravings feel uncontrollable, think proactively about what kind of distraction will help you overcome them. Eat a piece of fruit. Go for a walk. Listen to some music. Call or text a friend. Read a fun article. Knowing what we’re going to do ahead of time is what makes all the difference.
It’s “perfectly fine” to have some sugar in your diet. The problem is, most people go overboard with it. Understanding how much is too much and what is a healthy amount to consume on a weekly or even daily basis is important.
I hope you liked the post, if so then don’t forget to tell me in comments below what was the best part of it.
I would say: Hit the gym and eat healthy!