It meets all the criteria for an addictive substance:
- It stimulates release of neurotransmitters in the brain, such as dopamine and serotonin, in a manner similar to alcohol, cocaine, and other drugs of abuse.
- People eat it compulsively, despite negative consequences and the intention to stop.
- With continued use, people develop a tolerance to its effects.
- Heavy sugar consumers have trouble functioning without it.
- When consumption ceases, withdrawal symptoms occur.
These recommendations will make it easier to get a sugar problem under control.
- Keep sugar and sugar products out of your house. This includes white and brown sugar, corn syrup, and maple syrup.
- Eat enough healthy food to satisfy your hunger. Eat healthy, whole food snacks like fruit, carrots, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, dates, and dried fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. Drink plenty of water, too.
- Eat three regular meals each day, which include greens and fibers. This will help you maintain a steady blood sugar level throughout the day and reduce your sugar cravings. Eating a diet high in fiber also helps to reduce sugar cravings.
- Take a multivitamin and mineral supplement. Chromium picolinate and l-glutamine help to reduce cravings for some people.
- Get regular exercise, plenty of sunlight, and adequate sleep to reduce sugar cravings.
- Be kind to yourself. To end the struggle with sugar, learn to nourish your body well and respond compassionately to your own feelings. The best sugar substitute is genuine self-acceptance.
???Develop your passion for healthy food. If you think of ??food ??like medication and eat only the non-addicting foods, you should not have to worry about your health!???-??From the best selling book,??Eat This Lose That!??Written by well known Cardiologist, Dr. Kota J. Reddy, from the Reddy Wellness Center.