Knowing how to stop sugar cravings is absolutely key to aging smarter, looking good, losing weight and vibrant health. Blood sugar will affect energy, mood stability and hormonal balance. This is why it is important to regulate foods that have a negative impact on blood sugar and cause sugar cravings.
Blood sugar needs to stay within a healthy range; it is dangerous to have high and low levels. This mechanism does not function correctly for diabetics, which is why their medication is life saving.
Very simply put, food eaten is broken down during digestion into molecules that eventually pass into the blood. The amount of sugar in the blood stream is maintained within a safe range by hormonal interactions within the body.
The quantity of sugar absorbed is dictated by a number of factors including: composition of the food itself, the presence of fibre, fat content and the amount of simple sugars.
Simple sugars tend to pass unhindered into the blood during digestion and raise levels very quickly. Examples of these would be confectionary, processed foods and drinks, added sugar, high sugar fruits and alcohol.
Insulin is a key player in moderating levels in the body. Basically this hormone is released to bring sugar in blood down when it’s too high. The problem comes if too much sugar is in the system, as this will also result in too much insulin.
This leads to a seesawing effect between blood sugar and insulin. The outcome can be that the blood sugar can be brought down too low by insulin resulting in a ‘slump’. Cravings can then occur and if more sugar is then eaten insulin steps in again; hence a cycle of highs and lows.
Ultimately, this scenario is thought to contribute to the development of type II diabetes as cells stop responding to insulin.
How to avoid the highs and lows of blood sugar surges
- One of the simplest (but challenging!) tactics is to cut out; all confectionary, foods with added sugar, high glycemic fruits and processed foods.
- Always read the labels; the ingredients are listed in order of volume in a food. If the first or second ingredient is ‘sugar’ you will know it is a high sugar food.
- Fibre and good quality fats balance the impact of natural sugars in a food. The easiest way to ensure you benefit from this is to eat natural foods. Nature has a way to giving what you need in just the right amounts.
- Protein helps to quash sugar cravings and sends a message to the brain that you aren’t starving. Ensure adequate protein throughout the day.
Everyone has unique requirements regarding the food they need to be vibrantly healthy. Each body also has its own ability to process the food eaten; this is why some people can eat anything and others definitely can’t!
It is important to understand how to stop sugar cravings; your long term health may depend upon it.