If those mid-afternoon sugar cravings are sending you to a lolly eating, cookie jar raiding frenzy fear not. We have the answers for you that will kick the sugar cravings to the curb once and for all.
Cinnamon - Cinnamon is used in Ayurvedic medicine to help control blood sugar levels and prevent blood sugar fluctuations which can lead to sugar cravings so adding cinnamon to meals and drinks may help to reduce cravings. Cinnamon contains the mineral chromium which helps to regulate blood glucose levels. Cinnamon is known to contain anti-inflammatory properties and is thought to be beneficial in the treatment of candida albicans, a type of bad gut bacteria that is believed to play a further role in sugar cravings.
Fermented foods – When our good gut bacteria is outnumbered by the ‘bad’ bacteria we can find ourselves craving sugary foods. Sugar and processed foods feed the bad bacteria which then multiply and cause us to crave more sugar. Probiotic supplements and fermented foods help to rebalance the good bacteria and may help to dissipate sugar cravings
Licorice tea – Licorice root is naturally very sweet thereby drinking licorice tea helps to satisfy sweet cravings without the blood sugar spikes and empty calories of sugary drinks.
Protein – Sugar cravings can often be a result of not having enough protein in the diet. When we do not have enough protein at meal times we can feel tired and depleted which can lead us to craving sugary snacks to pick ourselves up. Increase good quality protein such as fish, poultry, lean meats, eggs, cheese, nuts and legumes.
Eat your greens – When we are low in minerals particularly minerals such as chromium or magnesium it can lead to blood sugar imbalances which leads to further sugar cravings. For example when we are not getting enough magnesium in the diet we can find ourselves craving chocolate and lollies. Up the green leafy vegetables or try a nutrient mineral rich smoothie next time you are craving a sugary snack and watch how much better you feel not dipping your hand in the cookie jar.
Vitamin B6 – When we are low in vitamin B6 we often crave high carbohydrate or sugary type foods. B6 is required for serotonin production so when serotonin our feel chemical is low we often crave more sugar. Try increasing vitamin B6 foods such as bananas, fish, turkey, chicken, avocados.
NAD therapy – NAD is a vitamin B3 derivative which has been shown to help regulate the neurotransmitters that play a role in addictive behavious. NAD IV infusions have been used since the 1960’s to treat drug and alcohol addictions but the treatment is now being used to treat mood related disorders and all types of addictive behaviour including sugar addiction.
Remember its all about balance and moderation. Enjoy the off sweet treat but if you are finding the occasional treat is becoming a daily addition it may be time to seek professional nutritional advice.