Sugar is the most addictive food that is hard to cut out from one’s diet. Constant and excessive consumption of chocolates, cakes, ice cream etc are potent drivers of inflammation which can cause any of the following:
- Period pain
- Low Energy
Also, too much sugar can cause insulin resistance, leading to type 2 diabetes.
The reason why sugar is a hard habit to kick is that it has an effect on serotonin, a feel good neurotransmitter. One can get withdrawal symptoms when cutting down on sugar, as the brain is already used to the anticipated insulin spikes. Start by keeping a food diary to record your food habits, avoid eating when stressed or hurried. It is important to engage in exercise or relaxation to bring the stress levels down.
How to beat sugar cravings:
Introduce protein rich foods in each meal. Protein helps to regulate your blood sugar levels and prevent the cravings. This can include, eggs, fish, beef, lamb, chicken, tofu, quinoa, nuts etc.
Reduce white carbohydrates: White carbohydrates like pasta, white rice and white bread are released faster which can cause a rise in blood sugar and insulin secretion from the pancreas.
Consume slow-releasing whole grains such as brown rice, wild rice, buckwheat, oats, quinoa.
Chromium picolinate also helps to regulate your blood sugar levels to reduce cravings.
Herbs like Gymnema sylvestre is great in ‘numbing’ the taste buds. A few drops of Gymnema blocks out the taste of sweetness, thus chocolate tastes like butter.
Cinnamon is also a warming digestive tonic and blood sugar regulator. It is best to be combined with Gymnema.
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