Combating Sugar Cravings: 5 Pointers from the Pros

  1. Stop Eating Sugar suggests Health Coach Kerry Bajaj “The $1 trillion industrial food system is the biggest drug dealer around,” claims Dr. Mark Hyman in the article “Sweet poison: How sugar, not cocaine is one of the most addictive and dangerous substances.” If sugar is as addictive as its claims, how can one expect to quit cold turkey? Kicking any addiction comes with its share of withdrawals. Fortunately, sugar withdrawals are relatively minor and diminish quickly. If you can make it through the first 3 or 4 days of intense cravings you’re home free. The less you feed the addiction the less your body craves it.

  2. A little L-Glutamine suggests Katie Wellness Mama According to Dr. Julia Ross, the amino acid L-Glutamine can help counteract cravings. L-Glutamine may be a supplement worth trying in the initial stages of detox.

  3. Eat More Protein suggests Holistic Nutritionalist Susan Furtado Denial and depravation won’t work in an undernourished environment. Satiety is key. When the body is receiving adequate nourishment it’s set up to decline unhealthy temptations. Start by setting yourself up for success.

  4. Sleep More suggests Celebrity Nutrition + Fitness Expert JJ Virgin Increased appetite and cravings are often the result of hormone imbalances. Leptin is a hormone made by adipose cells that helps to regulate energy balance by inhibiting hunger. The article, The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Hormones and Metabolism illustrates how Leptin release is directly dependent on sleep.

  5. Don’t Rely on Willpower suggests Neuroscience Ph.D Darya Rose No one can resist a fridge full of temptation. Clean sweep your house of all sweet treats. Don’t underestimate the truth behind ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

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