Sugar is addictive. Not only does it make you crave more sugary things, but it can also cause you to develop cravings for other unhealthy, typically processed snacks. Did you know that Berkeley, CA became the first city in America to put a tax on sugary drinks in attempt to control soft drink consumption? This was in 2014.
There are a lot of things that can cause you to crave sugar. Some believe that hormonal changes are the sole cause, while others attribute these cravings to things like stress, adrenal fatigue, parasites, food allergies, Candida, and bacterial infections. Food allergies seem like an odd thing to cause sugar cravings, but it is common to crave what you are allergic to. It isn’t impossible to get rid of these cravings, though.
Eating a lot of sugar can cause you to experience symptoms like fatigue, cloudy thoughts, weakened immune system, and inflamed joints. Excessive sugar consumption can also lead to imbalanced blood sugar levels.
Fun Fact: Sugar does not cause diabetes. Eating animal based products, which are loaded with fat and hormones, is the real cause of diabetes.
Eat More Sea Vegetables:
Eating sugar works against your body by depleting it of minerals. It is beneficial to eat sea vegetables like kelp or spirulina because they have a high mineral count. Blend some spirulina in your smoothies and you won’t develop those sugar cravings.
There are so many sugars and artificial sweeteners out there, and they all harm your body. Instead, try using stevia, which has zero calories and works to regulate blood sugar levels. Stevia is your best bet because you only need a little to sweeten something. You can also use raw agave syrup, grade B maple syrup, or organic dates (more so used in baking) to sweeten things.
Avoid Processed Foods:
This is probably the most important thing you can do to get rid of sugar cravings. Processed foods, which can include sugary foods, are just as addictive as drugs like heroin or cocaine. When you eat these foods, dopamine levels rise and fall very quickly, making you want to feel pleasant and good again; that ultimately leads to sugar addiction.
2 Ingredient Coconut Mints To Stop Cravings:
- ½ cup organic coconut butter
- 2 teaspoons organic peppermint extract
- silicone ice tray with small slots to freeze mints
- Melt the coconut butter in a double broiler. If you don’t have one of those, just place a metal mixing bowl on a pot filled with boiling water.
- Once the butter is melted, add the peppermint extract and thoroughly combine. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture into the silicone ice tray.
- Let the mints set in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes. You can then pop the mints out and store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Enjoy when you feel a craving coming on.