So I’ve always wondered why I crave sugar especially after I eat a meal. I haven’t gone one day without discovering something with sugar in it to satisfy my urge. Some days I get a bit carried away.
Why does this occur?
Sweet cravings come about for a variety of reasons. So as to overcome these cravings, it’s important to comprehend why they occur.
Part of your cravings exist because of habit. You should have fulfilled this craving before following a meal with something sweet. Then suddenly it becomes a part of your mindset. After every meal has to come dessert. The fantastic news is ALL Habits are learned, so this habit camera be dumb as the result of repetition and practice.
Your cravings will continue to exist if you consume simple, refined carbohydrates or higher sugar foods. The day you cut out the sweets is the day that you take control and stop the cravings. Cravings exist because we feed them and let them exist. Yes, it’s an addiction, but one we choose to have.
Take a glance at what is going on inside your body if you do make this selection. My hopes are that you will think twice before giving in.
Eating simple carbohydrates triggers a spike in your blood sugar for these foods are absorbed into the blood stream. This in turn provides you the temporary sugar – it seems great….however, our body doesn’t like this imbalance and a set of hormonal reactions take place.
Your body produces an increased amount of the Insulin – a storage hormone. So as to ease this rush of insulin, glucagon – a discharge hormone – is diminished.
What does this hormone game mean to you? Each time you have simple sugars and refined carbohydrates, you’re doing merely locking in fat.
Even worse? This cycle will continue for after your blood glucose levels hit bottom. You will Crash because of the excess insulin. Your body reacts once more for now your energy level bottoms out, you have difficulty thinking clearly and you wind up with cravings. You may inevitably crave sweets since these foods will boost blood glucose the fastest, getting you out of your slump.
The blood glucose High/Low cycle repeats – again and again and again…
Think of a roller coaster. This is what’s happening within your body each time you eat sweets.
The only way to stop the cravings….is to get off the ride.
Strategies to Eliminate your Sweet Tooth
Clean out the Kitchen
Maintaining candy in the house will actually sabotaging your chances to succeed. Replace the crap with supportive choices. For instance, fresh fruits and vegetable, nuts, string cheese, higher fiber crackers, etc..
Keep a Food Log
Have you been eating every 3 to 4 hours? Skipping meals will cause your blood glucose levels to drop. Be certain each meal and snack contains the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Sometimes a craving occurs because of a deficiency of fats or protein in your meal and snacks. Simply eating an apple isn’t enough. Pair your apple with a few nuts or any diced cheese cubes.
Wait it Out
Did you know a craving lasts for about 15 minutes – then it goes off. Make a list of things you can do to distract you for 15 minutes. When a craving hits….grab a jar of water and reach that action – you can also set a timer. Once you reach 15 minutes. . .your cravings are gone and you’re EMPOWERED!
Are you Stressed
Some cravings are STRESS related. Practice different ways to deal with anxiety – go for a walk, spiritual connections, a cozy fireplace, hot tubs. . .all these stimulate neurochemicals that activate regions of the brain that stimulate pleasure connected with eating something sweet.
Break Old Habits
One way to take control and create a change is to keep a journal – confident enjoy a big glass of water or cup of warm tea – but do this as you write down what you’re craving. . .why you’re craving it….give the craving a name and speak to it….find out exactly what it needs….tell it why it’s not welcome now…I know, sounds corny – but will help you gain insight and control over such ideas and beliefs – then you have the ability to change them.
By simply “doing” something different after dinner, you can overcome this habit. After dinner, brush your teeth, chew on a piece of gum, sip some hot tea which has a naturally sweet flavor (this one was my lifesaver…a licorice based tea has a wonderfully sweet taste).
Remove yourself from the surroundings where you normally had your sweet dessert or treat. If you normally eat it while watching TV – switch off the TV and divert yourself with a great book, play with your kids, listen to some music, write in your diary…