Outsmart Sugar Addiction
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.