Are you addicted to sugar? I first want to tell you that you are far from alone in this battle. It’s a known fact that most people crave either sugar or salt. We also know that anything in excess is bad for you.
The thing that most people do not know is sugar is a silent killer. According to researchers, at University of California San Francisco, “sugar contributed to 35 million deaths globally each year.” What does that mean in context?
Sugar should be considered a toxic substance just like alcohol and tobacco.It is one of the leading contributors in obesity, diabetes, dementia, hypo and hyperglycemia, heart disease, and feeding tumors. Scared yet? Well, you should be.
Craving sugar is a real challenge people face today. It’s an addiction, and it’s so easy to fall off that wagon. To help you conquer this cravings, I have 8 game changers to help you decrease your sugar intake.
Crush Your Craving
1. Eat more low-glycemic index foods (low sugar)
2. Eat more frequently (set a timer for 3 hours after each meal)
3. Eat good fats and increase fiber (good fats taste full and rich easily taking the place for sugars)
4. Take an L-Glutamine supplement – it not only helps with muscle recovery after a workout, but it is known to fight sugar cravings
Chromium will also help balance out blood sugar levels and reduce cravings.
Post Meal Mindset Movers
5. Don’t keep desserts in the house. Remember, out of sight, out of mind. (I personally go out for ice cream, bread, or cereal because if its in the house I’m going to eat it all in one sitting guaranteed. Knowing and being real with your limitations is key)
6. Don’t even bring sugar into the house. Substitute with raw honey or stevia instead (When I add honey to my tea, I always add it first so I see the exact amount I’m using and bc I can feel like a kid and make a fun design.) Depending on your addiction to sugar, you may want to stick with stevia and when you kick your craving you can slowly add honey to the mix.
7. Instead of going right into a dessert after a meal at a Restaurant—drink a warm cup of peppermint tea first (and feel free to add one teaspoon of honey) This has always been a game changer for me because after the mint tea it feels like I brushed my teeth and nothing, even my Mum’s brownies don’t taste good after that.
8. Floss and Brush your teeth immediately after a meal — you won’t feel like eating anything after. (you can’t always brush but floss is easy to travel with, make sure you have the mint floss.)
Bonus: Move well daily, no surprise I’m sure, however here’s a big distinction that many people get wrong. Long distance cardio training will actually increase cravings. Make sure your movement consists of resistance training or as seen in the photo, interval cardio, even yoga or pilates will help you win your war with sugar.
Secret Weapon: Add Apple Cider Vinegar to your water and or salads, or be a true hero and drink it straight up and say goodbye to your sugar addiction.
Your weekly wellness challenge is to start to check the labels of the products you are eating. DO NOT eat anything that has more than 9 grams of added sugar. Write me back in the comments section below to tell me what foods surprised you and which foods you can’t go without yet.
P.S. As I continue coaching my clients out here in Paris, the Parisians think I’m a bit crazy because I always turn down the dessert that comes with every meal, unless it’s my treat meal of course. I’m thankful for the awareness around sugar and how closely it’s related to Cancer. I’ve had too much of that in my family, it’s time to change the family legacy, tea time anyone?
Cheers with apple cider vinegar water,
P.P.S. My mom rocks and so do her recipes! Check out the latest she whipped up for me while I was home:
My Mum is always giving our Lebanese background a healthy new twist.
2 C cauliflower rice
1 C chopped cucumber
3 chopped plum tomatoes
1/4 C chopped mint
3 scallions chopped
Bunch of parsley chopped
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp red vinegar
2-3 tbsp olive oil
salt to taste
Mix together and let flavors meld in the refrigerator.