As you continue your healthy streak in 2018, one of the most important areas to focus on is your eating habits. A positive diet change to make is to remove sugar from your diet. Women typically tend to have a stronger sweet tooth than men, which is due to the female hormone estradiol. Overloaded adrenal glands can also lead to sugar cravings, as well as yeast infections, an imbalance of bacteria in the body, or an underactive thyroid gland. So, what steps can you take to curb your sugar cravings?
Though organic food is often more expensive, isn't your health worth it? Take the time to shop around and you'll often find organic foods at excellent prices, particularly at stores like Trader Joe's. When you choose processed foods, you are choosing foods that tend to contain a lot of sugar, and studies have shown that our bodies actually crave sugar more than fat. So, the more sugar in the food, the more likely we are to crave it again later. By avoiding sugary and processed foods, you are setting yourself up for success!
INCREASE YOUR PROBIOTIC CONSUMPTION
Probiotics are essential for a healthy diet, as they help to restore balance to the natural levels of bacteria in your body. Proper levels of good bacteria in your body lead you to be less likely to crave sugar.
KEEP YOUR BLOOD SUGAR STABLE
This one might seem obvious, but a surprising amount of people don't do this! When your blood sugar levels are unstable, you will suffer from many negative effects including mood swings, lack of energy, imbalanced hormones, an increase in cravings, and memory issues. You can keep your blood sugar balanced by following a few simple suggestions. Consume foods that are low on the glycemic index (like veggies, seeds, nuts, and berries), eat small but frequent meals, be sure you are consuming enough protein, eat your breakfast, and swap sodas for flavored soda water!
THE SALTY SWEET VISUALIZATION EXERCISE
This one might seem different, but give it a shot! Next time you are really craving something sweet, imagine it covered in salt. Not just a sprinkle, but absolutely drenched. Then imagine yourself pouring even more salt on top of that. You'll most likely find that craving is gone! The salty sweet visualization exercise has proven to be effective because we naturally have an aversion to foods that are too salty.
By following these tips, you can greatly reduce (or even eliminate) the cravings you are having for sweets. Contact us to day to see how we can help you achieve your health goals!