Breaking Sugar Addiction
You might be able to relate. It’s midday and you can’t resist a trip to the vending machine for a candy bar or a pack of mini-cookies. Let’s face it, whether it’s a scoop of ice cream or a piece of chocolate, everyone craves a sweet treat occasionally. But for some people, yearning for something sweet is not only a passing craving; it’s a sugar addiction.
Understanding sugar addiction
Sugary foods often taste good. But is the sweet stuff really addicting? The answer is probably. Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that eating foods high in sugar can become addictive. One theory is eating foods high in sugar appears to stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain.
Similar to drugs, sugary foods may give you a “high” or a feeling of wellbeing. Your body gets used to sugar and its effects. The more you eat, the more you may crave.
Too much sugar can have several negative effects on the body, such as the following:
- Weight gain
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Increased risk of diabetes
- High cholesterol
Signs of a sugar addiction
Consider some of the common signs of sugar addiction:
Eating snacks high in sugar even when you’re not hungry
Snacking can be good for you. But if you tend to reach for a sweet treat even when you’re not hungry, you may be hooked on the sweet stuff.
You’re upping the ante
People who are addicted to sugar might need to eat larger amounts of sugary foods to experience a sugar high.
Regularly feeling fatigued due to eating too much
It’s not uncommon to over indulge on a special occasion, such as at Thanksgiving. But overdoing it on a regular basis is a different story.
Feeling stressed, anxious or angry when you try to limit sugary foods
If you tried to kick the sugar habit and experienced withdrawal effects, such as headaches, fatigue and irritability, you might have a sugar addiction.
Health problems related to sugar
Many people who are addicted to sugar have health problems, such as diabetes or obesity due to food issues, but won’t change your habits. Knowing your diet is hurting you, but having great difficulty making a change is the epitome of addiction.
Kicking the sugar habit
An occasional piece of cake or pie is probably not a problem. But if you are devouring sweet treats on a daily basis, it might be time to break free from sugar addiction.
Although some people may prefer to make a clean break and give up sugar all at once, there are other ways to break a sugar addiction. For example, clean out your pantry and get rid of foods high in sugar that are hard to resist. If sugary foods are not readily available, you might eat less.
It’s also important to eat regular meals that combine whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fats. The correct combination of nutrients will help you maintain steady blood sugar levels and cut down on cravings.
Keep in mind, snacking may be a good idea. It’s just important to choose the right snacks. Satisfy your sweet tooth with snacks such as grapes, apples, and cherry tomatoes.
Make sure to drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and exercise each day, all of which help reduce cravings. If you turn to sugar when you’re stressed or depressed, find healthy ways to deal with life’s pressures, such as going for a walk, deep breathing, or listening to music.
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