How to Stop Sugar Cravings

Sweet things!

Yes, sugar has its place in your diet, and where would you be without that magnificent birthday cake, the one your son and daughter made, with jelly beans and chocolate shavings and icing sugar? A total indulgence and everybody needs treats and indulgences in their lives.

But what happens when the indulgences become a part of everyday life? What happens when the treat becomes a daily occurrence and you blindly eat sweet things at every meal? You might even have one or two, maybe even 3 teaspoons of sugar in that tea or coffee or herb tea you drink. Whatever the pattern, now is the time to take a brief look at sugar and what it can do to you.

Definition

Sugar is in fact a group of crystalline carbohydrates which comes from the sugar cane and sugar beet plants.[1] The northern subtropical and tropical regions of eastern Australia produce sugar along the coastal belts. 4.6 million tonnes of raw sugar is produced each year and 3.2 tonnes of this is exported. It includes such types as sucrose – which is the type of sugar used in foods and coffee and tea, as well as fructose – a more complex type found in fruits and also glucose.[2]

Sugar and Health

Did you know high blood sugar levels can kill?

According to a report produced by Harvard University, you do not actually need sugar. But you do need glucose.[3]

The problem today is that nearly every processed food on the market contains sugar and this creates a continuous and insatiable craving in most people. You probably consume sugar without even realising it, day in and day out.

Some of the health problems that arise from high blood sugar or blood glucose, which is caused by eating lots of sugar, include:

  • Artherosclerosis – gumming of arteries
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes

Dealing with Cravings

You sugar cravings may be linked to a drop in blood sugar levels and there is no easy way to rid yourself of these. You need to deal with them and overcome them. However you can try some basic techniques that can be incorporated into your daily life.

You can introduce some of the following tips to help you:

  • When you feel a sugar pang coming on, do not reach for the sweets
  • Eat a healthy snack instead of a lolly or chocolate. A banana – containing fructose and other nutrients such as potassium, is a healthy alternative
  • Eat wholemeal foods and carbohydrates that are converted to complex carbohydrates. These are better for you and eventually convert to a slow release of glucose into the blood
  • Go for a quick walk
  • Consult a naturopath about natural products that can help
  • Consult a nutritionist
  • Use acupuncture and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Hypnosis

There is so much you can do to combat sugar cravings.

Watch your diet and always eat well. Reduce your intake of processed foods which invariably contain sugars. Use natural health alternatives when you can and develop a more natural self.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar

[2] http://www.sugaraustralia.com.au/

[3] http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2006/11/30/1800833.htm