Out­smart Sugar Ad­dic­tion

Natural Solutions - - Food Matters -

As you may al­ready know, sugar is ad­dic­tive. Soon af­ter you and your chil­dren eat it, your body re­leases “feel good hor­mones” such as the neu­ro­trans­mit­ter dopamine, and at first it seems to make you feel bet­ter. Then, as your blood sugar level rises, you may ex­pe­ri­ence an in­crease in en­ergy, fo­cus, and mood—but not for long. As in­sulin moves glu­cose out of your blood and into your cells, and sub­se­quently your blood sugar lev­els fall, you are more likely to feel down, less en­er­gized, and ir­ri­ta­ble. At that point, it’s likely that all you can think about is eating sugar again so you can re­turn to the previous state of a sugar high.

There­fore, it is not un­com­mon to have in­tense crav­ings for sugar at the out­set of a sugar detox. Rest as­sured that over time, and once you avoid (or re­duce) sugar long enough, your crav­ings will sub­side. Head to your lo­cal health food store and re­place the sugar-filled prod­ucts in your home with those that are free of sugar. Look for whole, un­pro­cessed foods to add to your cup­boards, like whole fruits, veg­eta­bles, meat/fish/ poul­try, and whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and mil­let. Foods that are higher in fiber are also great op­tions be­cause fiber slows down the di­ges­tion and ab­sorp­tion of carbs, de­lay­ing the in­sulin re­sponse.

Kid-Friendly Bonus Tip:

If you pack­age and present healthy items in a fun way so that your kids will en­joy them, the tran­si­tion from sugar-filled foods to whole foods will be a lot smoother.

Doni Wil­son, ND, is a nat­u­ral health ex­pert, nu­tri­tion­ist, mid­wife, and au­thor of The Stress Rem­edy: Mas­ter Your Body’s Syn­ergy & Op­ti­mize Your Health. Learn more at dr­doni.com.

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