Everyone enjoys an occasional sweet treat. But do you have a sugar addiction? Take the Smeagol test below to find out
1. Is this your first reaction when someone says you should eat less sugar?
2. Do you have mood swings if you go more than a few hours without eating?
3. Do you cling to "the precious" sugar and carbs with all your might even though you know its ruining your health and shortening your lifespan?
4. Do you feel guilty and down on yourself after repeatedly binging on carbs or sugar, but feel powerless to change?
5. Does it sound impossible to believe that a low sugar and low carbohydrate diet can actually taste good?
6. Do you always feel like this on your first week of sugar withdrawal
If you answered 'yes' to more than half of these questions, you need some serious help with your sugar and carbohydrate cravings. Here are the strategies that I've seen the best results with for my patients.
1. Increase the protein and healthy fat in your diet.
Without adequate protein and fat, you will never be satisfied without sugar and carbs. Eggs are still the best breakfast for beating stubborn sugar cravings and coconut oil is the best fat to include with meals for reducing cravings
2. Eat every 3
If you go longer than 4 hours without eating, you risk experiencing a drop in your blood sugar (hypoglycemia) that dramatically increases sugar cravings and makes it almost impossible to say no to sugar and carbs
3. Sugar craving supplements
If Steps 1 and 2 don't provide relief for your cravings, Supplements that support blood sugar metabolism can provide significant relief for stubborn sugar cravings. The sugar craving support I recommend the most to my patients is a combination of Gymnema, Diaplex, and Inositol. Usually 2-3 weeks on these supplements is all it takes to decrease the urge for sugar.
Whatever it takes, getting control over your sugar and carb cravings is the most important investment you can make in your health. Almost every chronic degenerative disease today is being linked to chronic blood sugar imbalances.
Don't be a Smeagol!