Addicted to Sugar?
This is a REAL thing, and we ALL are addicted to sugar. For most people it is very difficult to completely eliminate all sugars from your diet. So lets talk about moderation and mindset… both play a huge role in cutting sugar.
Don’t let a sweet tooth or carb craving prevent you from reaching your goals. Keep cravings in check with these practical methods.
Enjoy a small portion. Don’t give up these foods. In your overall healthy diet, include a small portion of the less healthy foods you crave. Better to enjoy a square of chocolate than to avoid it altogether.
Eat something healthy first. If you know you are going to indulge or eat something that is not on “the plan” then fill up on things that are on the plan. It’s often easier to eat less of the food you’re craving if you’re not ravenously hungry.
Keep the food you crave out of the house. Buy the item only when you plan to eat it, or order it at a restaurant.
Change your mental picture. When you experience a craving, replace the image of the food with a picture of yourself doing your favorite activity or some other pleasant image.
Distract yourself. Food cravings usually pass after 20 minutes. Try taking a walk or talking to a friend.
Get enough sleep and exercise. These habits help lower your levels of the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite. Lack of sleep can lead to food cravings and overeating.
Substitute whole fruit for sweets. Fruit contains fructose, which is metabolized differently than gummi bears – and it’s still a satisfying treat.
We also need to train our brain to say I do not NEED sugar! The mind controls the brain, so if we actively work on a positive healthy mindset every day that will absolutely get you to your goals! But like any healthy habit, training your brain to think better and make better choices needs to be a daily habit. Just like portion control, taking your vitamins, and drinking more water You must take time each day to work on what’s between your ears.
Where ever you are with your health goals for the 2019 year, if you want to sit down with Dr. Jamie please give us a call TODAY and we will get you on the path to thinking and eating more healthy.