How to Stop Sugar Cravings

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There are many ways to stop sugar cravings; both long-term and short-term solutions are discussed here. Once you stay away from sugar and refined carbohydrates for a longer period of time, maybe a month, your taste buds will adjust and foods with no added sugar, such as fruit, will start to taste a lot sweeter. You won't need the overly sweet processed foods and refined sugars anymore.

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My personal experience is that giving up both, sugar and refined carbohydrates, such as pasta, bread and pastries - all gluten grains in fact - I get fast weight loss, less puffiness and more energy. But the withdrawal period is not easy - you can read more about that here: The Bigger Picture of Sugar Addiction.

In my experience, in addition to quitting sugar and processed carbs, I get the best results by cutting out honey, dates, and everything else that is sweet as well. I don't use agave syrup or maple syrup, whether raw or not, and I even cut out the most sugary fruits such as mangos and honey melons. Other people may well be able to eat these but in my case I get low blood sugar symptoms (tiredness, flu-like symptoms, fast heart beat) if I eat these. I still eat plenty of berries and fruit, some potatoes, quinoa, millet, amaranth, brown rice and wild rice for carbohydrates. I also snack on some dried fruit, such as figs and apples but I try to limit these and not eat too many. Some people may find dried fruit too sugary, however, and some people may choose to avoid anything starchy, including potatoes and rice.

When quitting sugar and gluten the worst seems to be over in three days, in my case. But there will be less strong cravings afterwards and after about a month you should start noticing your taste buds adjusting so that fruit starts tasting much sweeter than before.

Below is a list of tips for you to curb sugar cravings, and the more of these you can implement the easier it gets. All the below pointers assume that you are not eating any sugar, as well as no processed or gluten-containing carbs, because the more you eat of those the more you crave them.

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  • Sip sparkling water. For some reason the bubbles seem to help keep you satisfied against cravings. I have seen this help for cigarette cravings and alcohol cravings too, as well as for sugar cravings. It quite possibly can help with other cravings too.
  • Eat healthy sources of fat. This will go a long way towards helping you not have sugar cravings. Some of you may not like this suggestion but replacing sugar with raw fat choices has been shown to be an efficient weight-loss tool. Eat, for example, home-made foods with: avocados, nuts, seeds, olives, cacao butter, coconut milk, etc. (I personally also eat quite a bit of olive oil although am concerned that it is not fresh enough when bought from a shop.)
  • Take a hot shower. I haven't tried this but heard that it helps to overcome cravings. I suspect a cold shower would have the same effect. Some people like to alternate between hot and cold showers.
  • Eat strong-tasting foods. Spicy food, chillies and herbs, as well as lemon, vinegar, mustard seeds, ginger, garlic, rocket, pickled capers and olives, etc. can help satisfy your palette so that the sugar cravings disappear. Choose according to your personal preferences of course. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water is one of the classic ways to curb cravings.
  • Use stevia to satisfy your sweet tooth. Sweeten your foods and drinks with it. Be very careful with the dosage, however, as it is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar! Stevia is a natural plant substance and has been shown to not cause a blood-sugar spike. Even Brian Clement of Hippocrates Health Institute approves of stevia.
  • Keep chlorella capsules with you and chew 6-8 of them whenever sugar cravings hit you (Brian Clement's tip).
  • Exercise, if you feel you have the energy. Often during detox and during the worst cravings you will feel tired and need to rest as a first priority to help your body cleanse and readjust itself. But once the fatigue starts lifting, you could try to exercise.

    Any movement helps with detox because it pumps your blood, lymph and energies, and also helps to oxygenate the blood. The liver especially loves it when you exercise.

    More vigorous exercise also produces feel-good hormones in the brain, which can help curb sugar cravings since feeding your addictions cause the same feel-good hormones to be felt. Replacing a sugar high with an exercise high can be very effective way to feel better. However, most likely, if you do vigorous exercise you will need to rest even more, so make sure you give yourself the rest of the day off.
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    Eating processed licorice root helps me to curb cravings, as I love licorice. Note that this product has no sugar added.
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