Our consumption of sugar has seen rapid growth in just a few decades. Whereas before a sugary treat was just an occasional indulgence, now over a third of the calories we consume come from sugar or highly refined white flour that acts like sugar once consumed.
Sugar is a mood-altering drug that gives you an initial high before an almighty crash that leaves you craving the next high. This stress on your adrenals can leave you anxious, moody and exhausted. Sugar is also linked with many chronic health problems including heart disease, diabetes, candida, irritable bowel syndrome and chronic infections.
Sugar affects the addiction and reward neural pathways just as many illegal drugs do and when you’re trying to come off the sweet stuff, you need to reset your brain and body.
- Eat regularly: if you don’t eat regularly, your blood sugar levels drop and you’re often craving sugary snacks to boost your energy levels. By eating five small meals a day or three larger meals and two snacks, you’ll keep your blood sugar levels maintained.
- Eat whole foods: the closer a food is to its natural state, the less process sugar it will contain.
- Eat breakfast: this is essential to prevent sugar cravings derailing your day.
- Eat fat and protein: make sure fat and protein are incorporated into every meal to control blood sugar levels.
- Eat spicy food: spices such as cloves, cardamom, coriander and cinnamon can naturally sweeten your food