We all have feelings around sweets. Birthday parties, weddings,
Bar Mitzvahs, anniveries, graduations, they all have some celebration
including or climaxing with a sweet treat. Let's go back further. Our
mother's milk or formula was incredibly sweet. We are hard wired
to love sweet things in order to survive as a species, so we wouldn't
reject our mother's milk. So how do we not give in to sugar cravings on a
First of all we must realize that all plant matter turns into glucose sugar
in the bloodstream during digestion. Whether you are eating a candy bar,
cereal, or spinach leaves, they will all convert to sugar.
The speed of which the glucose sugar moves through the body and is
used as energy or turns into fat is determined by the amount of fiber
that is in the food. So, the spinach, which is full of fiber and lower in
natural sugar, will keep us more stable in energy and fuller longer,
and not craving sugar soon after eating it like the other items
mentioned above. If I add butter or olive oil to the spinach I slow
the process down more, keeping cravings for sugar at bay and keeping
me full longer.
If we eat healthy dietary fats and oils such as extra virgin olive oil, avocados,
coconuts, raw nuts and their butters, grass fed dairy products and wild
caught fish and seafood, the fats keep us saturated for hours and also keep
us from craving sugary things.
In the morning I have coffee with 2 tablespoons of raw cream and then I
drink close to a gallon of water during my hot yoga class or hike. I add
lots of lemon, cinnamon, or cucumber to my water. The citrus and other
flavors keep me from wanting sweet things throughout the day. The cream
in my coffee satiates me for a long time too.
The sheer fact that I am drinking a lot of water allows me to step back and
define whether I am truly hungry or whether I am socially and emotionally
hungry (when offered treats at the restaurant where I work at night). If I am
truly hungry, I eat! But after a few weeks of smart choices, upping my green
fibrous veggies, increasing my fat intake and increasing the water, I can
easily say no to the treats that come down from the banquet department
of the hotel restaurant where I work. The pastries and cakes are beautiful
artwork, but they no longer whisper sweet nothings in my ear.
Finally, I encourage folks to get a buddy to join in on the journey of anti-refined
sugar. Building a tribe of support is important when making lifestyle changes
for the better. Identifying when you want to celebrate with a dessert is part
of the plan too. When you do have a treat, it will be enjoyed without guilt then.
It will be a treat, not a cheat. Guilt is self induced, and we can rid ourselves of the
inner critic with our tribe at our side.
I hope this helps. Please contact me if I may be of any assistance.
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| Superior Self | How to Stave Off Sugar Cravings by KJ Landis 4/10/2017