Thursday June 16, 2016
Make no mistake, sugar is a legitimate addiction. Our bodies build tolerance to it over time, requiring more and more of that sweet taste to satisfy. We have sophisticated systems in place to make us crave sugar, and it’s ubiquity in processed foods make it difficult to avoid.
You’re probably ingesting way more sugar than you realize, hidden away in the processed “shortcut” foods you use to cook (tomato sauce, broth, sauces), in your quick snacks between meals, and in your beverages. Even if you aren’t exhibiting diabetic symptoms, you could be slowly building up resistance to insulin and paving the way for diabetes.
Sugar is a tough habit to beat, but the damage it inflicts on the body is highly reversible! If you’re taking steps to cut down or eliminate your consumption of added sugars, these tips will help ensure your success!
Sleep: Calorie-Free Energy
One of the most effective ways to reduce your dependence on sugar is to give yourself a little more energy to work with each day by sleeping a little longer or a little better. As you cut out sugar, you’ll likely find this is a positive feedback loop, where the less sugar you eat, the better you sleep and the less sugar you feel you need!
Learn Sugar’s Aliases
Trying to eat processed foods without also eating sugar is really tough. This is partially because of all the other names sugar goes by on food labels, including: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sugar, cane sugar, dextrose, maltose, sucrose, and many, many others. Even “natural” sugar sources like concentrated fruit juice, maple syrup, coconut sugars, and honey need to be limited.
Walk It Off
Often sugar cravings are caused by stress and boredom more than hunger. You can often head these cravings off by channeling that energy somewhere else — like a walk! Plus walking helps undo some of the past damage of sugar on your system. If you’re genuinely hungry, grab a handful of berries and some almonds and get outside anyway.
Don’t Replace with Artificial
Outdated wisdom held that it was safe to replace sugar with artificial sweeteners, but there’s more and more evidence coming in showing this is counterproductive and extremely dangerous. Not only are artificial sweeteners linked to countless health problems, but they also trick your body into thinking they’re getting sugar without actually delivering. That’s a recipe for more cravings.
Find a New Source of Quick Energy
Instead of replacing sugar with sweet alternatives or artificial sweeteners, try a solution that will get at the root of the problem. It’s hard to stop eating sugar because in nature, it signals a ripe food that offers limited-time peak nutrition. By removing the sugar from the nutrition, processed foods and simple sugars trick your body, leaving you constantly wanting more.
When you crave sugar, you really crave energy and nutrition. By giving your body a food that’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, you can kick the craving. Noni Fruit Leather is a great option because raw noni is a very low sugar fruit with less than 1% carbohydrates and is packed with over 165 beneficial compounds.
Plus, most people experience a mood and energy lift after taking Noni Fruit Leather. This effect is caused by a compound called scopoletin, which binds to serotonin in the brain, increasing levels in the body. It’s positive boost in energy is as effective as sugar but comes with “positive side effects” like reduced inflammation, tons of antioxidants, and improved skin health.
We recommend taking a 2x2 inch square of Noni Fruit Leather each morning to start your day with an all-natural energy boost, accompanied by tons of real nutrition.
How have you reduced your sugar cravings? Share your insight in the comments!