We as humans have always loved sweet things! Our genetic pool hasn’t changed in the last 40 years but our environment has changed significantly, especially regarding sugar.
The problem with it is that it is too easy to consume. It is everywhere and you don’t always realise where it crops up, because you don’t look for it. So you could be taking in high quantities of sugars and think you are eating healthily.
We can start to read labels and it isn’t in small amounts it is the fact that it is hidden in so many of our everyday products that we are consuming way more than we ever did before and in many cases are unaware of it.
One teaspoon of Sugar is equivalent to 4 grams. The WHO recommends no more than 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day. So what can we do about it if we are addicted to sugar? Its very well knowing this but its not the same as doing it, here is how to start making a positive change for yourself.
- Reduce or eliminate caffeine. The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration and blood sugar swings which cause sugar cravings to be more frequent.
- Drink water. Sometimes sweet cravings are a sign of dehydration. Before you go for the sugar, have a glass of water and then wait a few minutes to see what happens.
- Eat sweet vegetables and fruit. They are sweet, healthy and delicious. The more you eat, the less you’ll crave sugar.
- Use natural sweetners. Avoid chemicalised, artificial sweeteners and foods with added sugar. Use gentle sweeteners like raw honey, maple syrup or dried fruit.
- Get physically active. Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga. Start with 10 minutes a day and gradually increase. It will help balance your blood sugar levels, boost your energy, and reduce tension without medicating yourself with sugar!
- Get more sleep, rest and relaxation. When you are tired or stressed, your body will crave energy—in the form of sugar. These cravings are often a result of being sleep-deprived, going to bed late or waking up early, sometimes for months and years on end.
- Evaluate the amount of animal food you eat. Eating too much can lead to cravings for sweets. So can eating too little! Working with a health coach will help you sort this out. Experiment. Respect your body’s individuality.
- Eliminate fat-free or low-fat packaged snack-foods. These foods contain high quantities of sugar to compensate for lack of flavour and fat, which will send you on the roller-coaster ride of sugar highs and lows.
- Experiment with spices. Coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and cardamon will naturally sweeten your foods and reduce cravings.
- Slow down and find sweetness in non-food ways! You body does not biologically need sugar, but it does long for hugs, time with friends, outside time, workouts, massages, etc. When life becomes metaphorically ‘sweet enough’ itself, no additives are needed!