Monday, December 5, 2011

How to Stop Sugar Cravings

How do you stop sugar cravings when, with the holidays approaching, sugar cravings sometimes get the best of us? All those candies and cookies, plus sugary dishes like sweet potatoes with marshmallows, are standard fare during this time of the year. There are natural ways to stop sugar cravings so you can enjoy just a little of your favorite dishes, without going overboard.

What Causes Sugar Cravings?

There are lots of theories about what causes sugar cravings. One possible include candida yeast overgrowth. Yeast feeds on sugar and if you have excess yeast in your system, you'll be craving the sugar it needs to survive.

If candida yeast is your problem, try The Body Ecology Diet, which focuses on building good bacteria in your system, which kills off the yeast. Eating fermented or cultured veggies both kills off the yeast and stops sugar cravings like nothing else. You can also try products like kefir, which is fermented milk. You can purchase kefir in the store or make your own very easily.

Make Your Own Cultured Vegetables

Make Your Own Kefir

Sugar is addicting so another cause of sugar cravings is simply that you start eating it and crave more. Try cutting sugar from your diet and adding lots of veggies. Be aware of hidden sources of sugar in foods, check labels for high fructose corn syrup and other names which mean sugar. Don't forget that natural sugars such as honey, are still sugar.

Hormone imbalances can also cause us to crave sugar, which is why many women need a sugar fix around the time of their period. Try substituting fruit so you're getting some natural sugar but also some super nutrition. Or drink the stevia drink below.

Other tips to stop sugar cravings

Try Stevia to beat sugar cravings. Stevia is a natural plant with zero calories and does not feed yeast. NuNaturals, available on Amazon, is my favorite brand.

Drink lots of water to keep hydrated. Sometimes when you think you are craving sugar, you are really dehydrated. Add a little lemon juice and stevia if you crave a sweet drink.

Next time you have a sugar craving, try a 6 oz glass of water with 2 tsp of raw, organic apple cider vinegar in it. Apple cider vinegar helps balance your body's ph, cleans toxins from your system, helps to kill off yeast overgrowth and stops sugar cravings!

So over the holidays, or anytime you want to stop sugar cravings, these simple, easy and inexpensive tips will keep you from over-indulging.

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