People love sugar. I love sugar; you love sugar, everyone loves sugar. It is not our fault that we love sugar. Our brains are wired to love sugar. To beat sugar cravings, we need to learn why we love sugar and implement a few easy tricks. How to Stop Sugar Cravings? From off the wall, to more conventional methods, I have a tip for anyone looking to get over there love to sugar.
I confess I love Sugar.
As of writing this, I am on a two-week love affair with Oreo cookies. Oreo’s and I have something special. When I was a kid, my favorite holiday treat was white fudge covered Oreos. As an adult, I still have a weakness for all things Oreo. Your weakness may not be Oreo cookies, but the addiction comes from the same place. I use my example of Oreo cookie cravings because of a very well reported study about Oreo cookies being as addictive as cocaine for mice.
Some scientist had the bright idea of giving mice cocaine and Oreo cookies. Then, after addicted, letting them choose. Surprisingly, more mice went for the Oreo cookies when the mice had the ability to choose. It is a stretch to say people are as addicted to Oreo cookies as drugs, but sugar is the most popular drug on the market. To make it all worse, it is legal.
The Powerful Drug
When you think of addiction, you do not think of gummy worms. Maybe you should. Gummy worms have the nasty effect of releasing endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin in the brain. These are all the ‘I feel good’ hormones that drugs or narcotics release as well. After a spike in dopamine, you eventually come down. This is withdrawal. Your body then craves more dopamine. Eat one gummy worm, and you soon find yourself standing in a graveyard of sugary remains.
Getting you high is only half of the problem. The other half is your insulin levels. When you have sugar, your insulin levels spike. Your body tries to stabilize, but as your blood sugar drops after eating all those gummy worms, your insulin signals your brain to eat more gummy worms to return insulin levels to a normal range. The insulin signaling is a normal process that artificial sugar interferes. Artificial sugars and sweeteners make your body crave the real thing.
Drink a diet soda, and your body wants real sugar because the biological process was triggered to process sugar when you tasted something sweet. To make matters worse, some artificial sugars, like corn syrup, can not be digested by the body. You hormones spike after consuming corn syrup but never receive the nutrition or energy from sugar. This makes you crave more sugar. The cravings are the problem with the worlds most available drug, even if you avoid it you will crave it. It is a never ending cycle of cravings.
How to Stop Sugar Cravings with Nutritional Supplements
The million dollar question. How to stop sugar cravings with Nutritional Supplements. If I had a palatable answer to that, I would be rich (And never diet again). In the real world, we have some tricks and tips to beat out sugar addiction. Step one is realizing this is an addiction. It is not easy. We have rehab for every other drug, but not sugar. Realizing it is hard and your brain will go through withdrawal is the first step. The next step is knowing what you are up against.
Looking at what the brain does, in releasing dopamine and serotonin, gives us some ideas. Such as, how to stop sugar cravings with nutritional supplements. Taking vitamin which releases serotonin or can help increase serotonin like Tyrosine is a good start if you are deficient. Like any craving, you may be lacking vitamins or minerals causing obsessive cravings. A multi vitamin is a good place to start after you pick up some Tyrosine.
How to Stop Sugar Cravings At Night
Before you run to the fridge to look for a snack in the dark of night, grab a glass of water. Water is proven to help fight food cravings at night. Most people confuse hunger for thirst. A glass of water will stop sugar cravings in their tracks. How to stop sugar cravings in the evening isn’t as difficult to piece together. A glass of water does not sound flashy enough, but you do have another liquid option.
Although commonly consumed in the morning, my secret sweet weapon is to stop sugar cravings with Orange Juice. Orange Juice is sweet, nutritious, and also acidic. Acidic beverages clear your pallet. After something so acidic, you do not want to grab a snickers bar; you want to brush your teeth. Orange Juice is an excellent trick to beat sugar cravings. Sometimes, your sweet tooth is too strong to stop sugar cravings with Orange Juice. When that happens, you need to bring out the big guns.
Stop Sugar Cravings with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is disgusting. I drink apple cider vinegar to combat chronic sinus infections. Apple Cider Vinegar also has another useful ability, to be so tart and acidic you do not want to eat anything afterward. If you are taking vitamins, drinking water, and still can’t overcome your sweet tooth, go for the big guns. The secret weapon is a shot of apple cider vinegar.
I get out a shot glass and pour a double of organic apple cider vinegar. It is a sure fire way to make sugar sound revolting. After you choke the shot down, you will not touch sweets for the night. I guarantee it.
When All Else Fails
I am the first to admit I struggle with sugar. It is delicious, comforting and addicting. Even with my tart suggestions and will power mantra, sometimes sugar wins. Anyone who tells you other wise is lying. When you get a craving, you need to practice moderation.
This may be the only time I suggest buying a candy bar. Trust me when I say that buying an entire package of cookies will not end well – for the cookies.