First, if you consider yourself to truly have a hard time getting off the sugar and want to ignore this post, because you’ve read them all before. Stay with me! I promise I’m going to give you my best for making this as easy and unnoticeable as possible.
Sugar consumption is at an all time and dangerous high. I look around and I see children who I know and love as well as complete strangers eating food loaded with sugar that are especially targeted at children. What’s worse is many are claimed as healthy. Breakfast cereals, even whole grain cereals, yogurts and gogurts, teddy grahams, crackers, chips, gatorades, fruit snacks, juice, even staples like bread are loaded with sugar. I could go on and on. It breaks my heart to see this. With the average U.S. child consuming 3 times the recommended amount according to the AHA. (The AHA recommends less than 25g/day. Which equals to be about 6 tsp. Not what I shoot for, but we’ll use that as a starting point.)
There are many reasons to cut back on the sugar. Here are a few:
So much data has come to light on how the brain reacts to sugar.
- The overconsumption of sugar is increasingly being linked to brain-related health issues such as depression, learning disorders, memory problems and overeating
- Research suggests consumption of sugar and sweets can trigger reward and craving states in your brain similar to addictive drugs(2)
Children are especially affected by sugar. I can personally hear and see the difference when my kids have too much sugar. I especially notice it since we don’t overload on the sugar at home. The sugar we do eat is in the form of natural mineral rich sugars in whole food forms such as honey, molasses, maple syrup, and organic whole cane sugar. So when we are at the grandparents, or a friends house or holiday parties, there are times when they are acting like cocaine addicts. Craaazzay. I also notice in the following days that their attitudes are pretty poor. I would love to see studies done on this. So far it’s just my observances on the long term and negative affect that sugar, especially bleached sugars, and high fructose sugars have on us, and especially children. I also have noticed that the more I get used to not eating it, the more my body treats it as a poison when I do. I get dizzy and nauseous if I indulge too much. I believe the term is coined as a sugar coma.
I know from experience that when I start a cleanse or detox, as soon as I start it I all of a sudden want a glass of wine, a brownie, a cup of coffee, all the things that tend to be forbidden on a cleanse. It’s mental. So let’s make this not mental. Don;t tell yourself you can’t have the sugar. Because then you’ll crave it all the more. Just try these things before you do. I’m not asking you to cut it out right now, just to delay.
Now that I’ve hopefully proven my point that we the people, especially in the U.S., eat way more sugar than what is optimal. Here are my top hacks for cutting back…that will hopefully be a piece of cake. (Not literally, though)
- A big one, that will at the very least have you eating better treats, is to make your own. Chocolate chip cookies, homemade chocolate, ice cream, brownies, whatever it is. Make it yourself. Choose ingredients that are wholesome and nourishing, that way, yes, you’ll still get your sugar fix, but you’ll also be getting good fat, fiber, and healthy carbs. With grain free flours, grassfed butters and coconut oils, you can make a myriad of treats. Try googling paleo or Weston Price approved treats. There’s probably a recipe for that. I have many I use as well so check back often for new, wholesome recipes!
- Eat more fat. Coconut oil, grassfed butter, whole fat, pastured dairy products, avocado and olive oil. Add them to your vegetables, fruits, coffees, etc. You’ll be amazed at what that does to your sugar cravings.
- Eat more vegetables! This Summer our kale grew amazing. Not everything else did. But our kale did. So we ate it. A lot. (This Spring I realized I was reaching for the sweets a lot, I noticed it and needed it to stop.) Unintentionally and almost unnoticed, I realized I didn’t crave sugar. In fact thinking of a sugary treat didn’t even appeal to me! That was just from eating plenty of kale with a small mix of other veggies. Before you allow yourself a treat, make a good lunch first that includes a nice sized portion of vegetables! I hope you’re amazed at what this does to your sugar cravings as well.
- Exercise. If you’re not a big exerciser, do something that would be enjoyable. Go on a bike ride, walk around a public garden. I have an aunt who claims to hate exercising. However I know for a fact she loved going on walks and more importantly how she felt going on those walks. I also know that if I was craving junk food, and I’d go workout, I definitely wouldn’t be craving said junk food anymore.
- Include more protein in your day. This doesn’t mean you have to load up on meat if that’s not your thing. This can be in the form of cheese, yogurt, nuts, bone broth, quinoa, and/or soaked, sprouted, or soured bread.
- Dill essential oil. I haven’t personally tried this,(although I do use EO’s for a lot of things.) but have read that using Dill EO works great for cutting sugar cravings. Be sure to use proper dilution. Rub it on your belly and on pressure point areas; wrists, behind the ears. If you try this and find it helps i’d love to hear about it!
That’s it! If you have had success cutting sugar, i’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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