8 ways to beat a sugar addiction

By Su

8 ways to beat a sugar addictionSugar addiction cravings can wreak havoc on your health and diet. The cravings are usually caused when your body is lacking essential nutrients; however, sugar addiction cravings can also be caused by a range of emotions including stress.

Sugar, which is also called by some people ‘white poison’, can have detrimental effects on your health and well being. Too much sugar can cause weight gain, acne, high cholesterol, damage your liver, lead to diabetes, and much more.

The good news is that there are ways to fight these nasty sugar cravings, so you can focus more on leading a healthy lifestyle. By introducing certain foods, or decreasing stress, the sugar addiction cravings can be lessened dramatically.

Here are 10 ways to help you give up sugar addiction for good:

1. Have a tablespoon of coconut oil daily

Coconut oil can help immediately get rid of sugar addiction cravings, by providing your body with an instant source of energy. This effect from coconut oil is similar to the effect that sugar and carbohydrates produce; however, unlike carbohydrates and sugar, coconut oil does not cause an insulin spike.

Another positive about this delicious oil is that it can help aid weight loss. Coconut oil can be added to a variety of recipes and is a great oil to cook with.

2. Add spices to your meals

Spices like cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg can help keep those sugar cravings at bay by providing you with a natural sweet alternative.

3. Stay hydrated

Drinking up to 2 litres of water a day can help to keep your body full and maintain hydration. This helpful little trick can stop you eating unnecessarily, like going to grab that chocolate bar for a quick fix.

4. Eat more healthy fats with your meals

Healthy fats, including avocado, salmon, eggs, nuts and seeds, can help keep your blood sugar levels stable and reduce those sugar addiction cravings.

5. Use the amino acid supplement L-glutamine to your diet

By taking L-glutamine daily, you can help reduce your sugar cravings. Not only does this supplement help to stop you reaching for the nearest bag of cookies, it can also help to heal your digestive system and stomach issues including irritable bowel syndrome (ibs).

Make sure you speak to your doctor before adding this supplement to your diet.

6. Try control stress levels

Stress can impact your health dramatically. It can halt you loosing weight, cause acne, stomach issues and overeating. You must learn to manage your stress, so that you don’t use food as a scapegoat.

Yoga and mediation are a great way to do this.

7. Exercise regularly and get enough rest at night

Regular exercise can help boost your energy levels and reduce unwanted stress. Try to exercise at least 3 times a week.

In terms of sleep, it is recommended that you get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. When tired, people tend to eat more and stack up on caffeinated sugary drinks.

8. Reduce alcohol and caffeine

Alcohol and caffeinated drinks, like coffee, are very high in sugar but they also dehydrate the body, which can lead to even more sugar cravings. Try to limit these but you don’t have to cut them out completely.

All these tips are here to try to help you cut down on sugar and beat that sugar addiction; but, remember, you don’t need to cut everything out of your diet. Have things in moderation.

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