by Andrew Pacholyk MS L.Ac ~
Sweet cravings have many causes, As hormone levels change, the body attempts to raise levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and since sugar triggers a serotonin release, this can cause you to crave sweet things. Here are some suggestions for breaking the cycle:
This is a 2 week process. You will need to avoid all sugar and sweeteners until your body can break the craving cycle!
*What, when and how much you eat play an important role in regulating how well your body manages blood sugar levels.
*Keep to a low fat diet and eat three meals a day.
*Avoid simple sugars, which may increase your appetite. If you are hungry in-between meals, then have a small healthy snack.
*Increasing the fiber content of the diet may satisfy your hunger more and lessen the calories you consume. Soluble fiber, such as psyllium husk, is great in achieving this, as well as keeping the colon healthy.
*Eat three meals each day. This is important for blood sugar regulation. Lessen your carb intake for each meal. By dinner you should have a very small portion of carbs (cup of rice or potatoes) or none at all (just your meat-chicken, fish, turkey, beef and a large portion of vegetables).
*If you are thirsty drink water.
*If you are overweight, eat smaller portions.
*Reduce your intake of fat.
*Keep sweet and fatty foods to a minimum (after a 2 week break from ALL sugars).
*Need a sweet fix? Use Stevia. This South America herb, now grown throughout the world, is naturally very sweet and considered 100 times sweeter than sugar, but does not raise blood sugar levels as sugar and other artificial sweeteners do. It has been used as a sweetener and medicinal herb in various cultures around the world for centuries but has only gained popularity in recent years.
Stay active: Regular exercise helps your body lower blood sugars, promotes weight loss, reduces stress and enhances overall fitness.
Get enough rest. Our system regulates itself during sleep and there is a new study out that suggests the 7-8 hours of sleep can also help in weight loss.
Sweet cravings can cycle about every 10 days, this is why it is important to do the above suggestions for two full weeks. This breaks this cycle. Eating is a learned responds. We can unlearn these cravings by breaking the cycle.