Sugar. So sweet and oh, so bad for your health. Most of us know, or at least suspect, that refined sugar is bad for us. Words like “toxic,” “immune suppressor,” and even “cancer” are often associated with the sweet white stuff. In fact, sugar is very inflammatory, and medical science puts inflammation at the root of many diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Yet why, oh why is sugar so hard to get it out of our lives? Sugar is everywhere! Educate yourself regarding the sources of sugar, and take specific steps to reduce or eliminate it. This will drastically improve your health, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Here are 7 easy tips to get you started!
1. Drink water.
Yes, you already know this, and yes, you may be tired of hearing it. But it’s worth repeating for a very good reason: water is essential to healthy body function, all the way down to the cellular level! And no, the water in your coffee or tea does not count (sorry!).
2. Eat foods that satisfy.
Hunger and food cravings are created when blood sugar levels rise and fall rapidly. This occurs when sugar is consumed. To combat this, fill up on food which keeps blood sugar levels level: healthy fats, good protein, and fiber. Avocado, nuts and coconut oil are delicious, satisfying fats. Eat clean protein from healthy sources: grass-fed beef, pork and chicken, wild-caught seafood, beans, eggs, nuts, and nut butter. Fill up on vegetables, especially green vegetables, which are nutrient dense and so life-enhancing!
3. Up your probiotics.
Sugar feeds the overgrowth of health-robbing bacteria and yeast in our digestive system. To combat this, promote the growth of healthy bacteria by introducing foods such as kombucha, plain yogurt and kefir (mix in a bit of fruit or stevia), and fermented foods such as sauerkraut and pickles, and cultured vegetables like cultured beets, carrots and onions. While you will find these things in the refrigerated section of the store, you can also easily make your own. Additionally, you can take a high-quality probiotic supplement.
4. Cut out processed foods.
Sugar is present in many processed foods. Did you realize there are over 61 different names for sugar in processed food, including high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, barley malt, molasses, and invert sugar? Check all food labels very closely, and chose wisely.
5. Get moving.
Moving 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week will do wonders for your health! Choose something you like and get moving. You will feel more energized and healthy. Furthermore, your desire to make healthier food choices increases, leading to a healthier life.
6. Choose naturally sweet foods.
Sugar effects every part of your brain, leaving you craving more. Tamp down your cravings by eating fresh fruit and sweeter vegetables such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, and beets. While these foods not only contain less natural sugar, they also have fiber and other nutrients which leave you satisfied. As a result, you are not longer on the sugar roller coaster that refined sugar creates.
7. Breath, and be present.
Sugar cravings often seem to whollop you from out of nowhere! Busy, over-worked and stressed lives create cravings for instant satisfaction. Additionally, your emotions can be out of control, which also creates cravings. When this happens, do this: stop, calm your mind, and breath. Deep, cleansing breaths tamp down cravings. Bring yourself into the present moment: remind yourself where you are, what is actually happening right in front of you. Because dealing with the present instead of ruminating about the past or worrying about the future helps steady runaway stress and emotions, your sugar cravings will be reduced. As a result, you can make wise choices instead of trying to stuff emotions or stress with poor food choices.
These tips enable you to take control of your sugar cravings. As a result, your health will improve in many significant ways.
Although processed sugar is highly addictive, and a sugar habit can be hard to overcome, it CAN be done! I was able to overcome my addiction to sugary foods using these steps, as well as making other changes to my nutrition and lifestyle. I lost 75 pounds, my headaches disappeared, my sleep improved, I gained energy and vitality, and I have overcome some serious health issues.
If you suspect sugar is negatively effecting your health, have a sugar addiction, or that you may have yeast overgrowth, gut issues or other sugar related health issues, you CAN overcome your sugar cravings and vastly improve your health. I’m here to help! Contact me to get your questions answered and get started on a healthier, more vibrant life!
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