Sugar has become a natural part of many diets around America, despite its bad name. It is so common, that it has been named as a full blown addiction problem. If you are addicted, you might wonder why. If I told you that this sweet substance is just as addictive as drugs and alcohol, would you be surprised? You might be at first, but when you stop to think about how often and intense your cravings occur, it just might make sense. Let’s explore a few of the reasons that you might be craving it and how you can change those habits.
The Problem: Were you brought up to have dessert after dinner every night? Maybe it was used as a bribe to get you to eat your dinner. Regardless of the reason, your body began to get used to that jolt of sugar every evening, whether you needed it or not. Eventually your body became so used to the intense burst of energy or serotonin that it required it night after night. Chances are still today, if you don’t have that dessert, you find yourself sluggish, crabby or with a headache. This is the first sign that you are addicted.
The Solution: If you are used to having dessert with your family every night, try to change what you eat. This allows you to still have time to spend with your family without eating unnecessary amounts of sugar. It shouldn’t matter what you are eating as long as you are all together. There are many ways to still get that sweet taste in natural ways, such as having applesauce with cinnamon or even a piece of plain fruit.
The Problem: Sugar helps to fuel the production of serotonin in your body. This “feel good” hormone gives you good feelings and might make you feel as if you have a burst of energy. If the sugar content that you consumed was not naturally occurring, such as the natural sugar in fruit, it goes straight to your blood stream, rather than being slowly digested through the body. This means that those good feelings that you get instantly will disappear just as fast as they arrived. The only problem is the crash will likely leave you feeling lower than before.
The Solution: Find other ways to get to your “happy place.” This could be something simple, such as taking a short walk or reading a book in your favorite genre. Experiment with different ways to make yourself feel good without eating any food at all. Take the time to explore your favorite activities to see which one works the best for you.
The Problem: It’s common to hear of people that turn to carton of ice cream or a package of cookies when they are sad, stressed or angry. These so-called “comfort” foods make you feel good temporarily, but when the crash occurs, you’re sad, stressed or angry feelings could come back even more intense than before.
The Solution: Instead of turning to food for comfort, try to find support in other areas. If you think about it, food doesn’t really provide support, it simply gives you a temporary boost of serotonin. When the “high” wears off, you are faced with your feelings again. Instead, try talking to a friend, loved one or even a counselor, if things are bad enough. Also try to create other coping mechanisms that do not revolve around food. Try exercise, writing, reading or anything else that might get your mind off of your anger or sadness and make you feel good.
Do you want to learn more sugar detox diet tips and tricks? Read Dottie Copps’ book “Sugar Detox – The Benefits Behind a Sugar Detox Diet Plan” to learn even more about how you can better your health.