Ever feel like you’re constantly battling a sugar addiction?

You’re not alone! Many of us grew up surrounded by sugary treats, and that early exposure can lead to powerful cravings.

This blogpost isn’t about completely quitting sugar (though some choose that path). Instead, let’s explore why we crave sugar and how to develop a healthier relationship with it.

Why We Crave Sugar

Sugar activates the reward center in our brain, similar to addictive drugs. This creates a pleasurable “high” followed by a crash that leaves us wanting more.

Food manufacturers cleverly exploit this by hiding sugar in countless processed foods. Sugary cereals, salad dressings, and even seemingly healthy options like fruit juices can be loaded with hidden sugars.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends limiting added sugar intake to less than 10% of daily calories (roughly 25 grams for women and 37.5 grams for men). A single bottle of juice can easily exceed that recommendation!

Taking Back Control

The good news: you can tame your sugar cravings and achieve a healthier balance. Here’s how:

  • Eat Whole Foods: Focus on unprocessed foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These naturally contain fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar and keeps you feeling full.
  • Become a Sugar Detective: Learn to read food labels and identify hidden sugar sources. Look for ingredients like “high fructose corn syrup,” “cane sugar,” and “brown sugar.”
  • Hydration is Key: Drinking plenty of water can help curb cravings and keeps you feeling full. Aim for 8-12 glasses a day.
  • Power Up with Protein and Fat: Include protein and healthy fats in every meal. They promote satiety and help regulate blood sugar.
  • DIY Smoothies: Skip sugary store-bought versions and whip up your own Golden Goddess smoothies. They’re packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber, and greens, keeping you satisfied and preventing sugar crashes.
  • Plan and Prep: Planning and prepping meals ahead of time reduces the temptation to grab sugary snacks when you’re short on time.
  • Find a Support System: Partner with a friend or family member for encouragement and accountability on your journey to reduce sugar intake.
  • Healthy Indulgences: Craving something sweet? Opt for dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

Cravings as Clues

Sometimes, sugar cravings can be a sign of something deeper. Ask yourself:

  • Am I getting enough sleep (7-8 hours a night)? Sleep deprivation can increase sugar cravings.
  • Am I eating enough protein? Protein helps regulate blood sugar and keeps you feeling full.
  • Am I emotionally eating? Stress, boredom, or sadness can trigger sugar cravings.
  • Did I have a Golden Goddess smoothie today? They’re designed to keep you feeling satisfied and curb cravings.

Becoming a Sugar Detective

Reducing sugar intake requires effort, but it’s incredibly rewarding. By following these tips and incorporating Golden Goddess approved foods, you can take control of your cravings and live a healthier, more balanced life.

Remember, knowledge is power. Become your own Sugar Detective, make informed choices, and fuel your body to get your golden glow!

Published On: May 14, 2018|By |
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