Sugar addiction is increasing because of high sugar present in the food we eat. The worst part is that sugar is linked to so many health issues and diseases such as obesity to headaches. Mostly people are not aware that they are addicted to sugar.
You Feel the Need to Eat or Snack All Day Long – If you find yourself mindlessly snacking throughout the day, you may be secretly addicted to sugar. Frequent snacking can also be a sign that you are riding the blood sugar roller coaster. The solution is to focus on eating a combination of the three macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates) at every meal or snack.
You Eat a Lot of Fruit or Drink a Lot Juice – Fruit juices are particularly high-glycemic and if one is frequently craving or eating fruit, it could be a sign of an underlying sugar addiction. The solution is to focus on fruits that give more nutrients with less sugar. Berries are rich in antioxidants and other beneficial phytochemicals while containing less sugar than most the fruits.
You are A Coffee Hound and Crave Sugary – Alcoholic Drinks – The sweeteners and mixers used in coffee and alcoholic drinks can contribute substantially to sugar intake. Many people who quit drinking alcohol or coffee find themselves craving other sources of sugar to replace what is been lost from these drinks. The solution is to add fat to your coffee and skip on the honey and other coffee sweeteners. Be sure to drink alcohol in moderation, and skip on the dark-coloured liquors, mixers, and beer which are all high in sugars.
You’re Chronically Stressed Out – Cortisol hormone promotes hunger and sugar cravings and eating sugar can spike cortisol hormone levels. The solution is to learn to retrain your stress response by practicing breathing through your nose and belly breathing techniques. Try not to eat when you are stressed out – take a walk instead.
You Crave Sugar During or After Meals – If one cannot get through dinner without thinking about dessert, it is a sign that you are addicted to sugar. The solution is to think you may have adrenal fatigue, there are saliva tests that can confirm it. If you suspect you have SIBO, there are breath, urine, and stool tests that can reveal hidden causes of infection that could be contributing to relentless sugar cravings.
Hunger – If hunger comes on suddenly, urging to eat immediately, one could be suffering from hypoglycemia. Riding the blood sugar roller coaster makes us crave sugary foods when our blood glucose drops, and hypoglycemia becomes a health hazard when blood sugar levels are too low. The solution is to eat protein and fat at every meal and snack, especially if you are eating carbohydrates. Avoid eating carbohydrates in isolation.
You Crave Carbs in The Morning – Eating a carbohydrate rich meal can increase the blood sugar levels, resulting in frequent hunger and sugar cravings. Craving something sweet first thing in the morning, in the middle of the night, or when you wake up from a nap may be a symptom of a secret sugar addiction. The solution is to eat a protein rich breakfast that contains healthy fats and non-starchy vegetables. Eating starches with dinner, however, can help to promote sleep and weight loss.
Cravings for Sugar Increase the Longer You Go Without It – Try giving up sugar for a few days – the more frequent and intense the cravings, the more addicted you probably are. The solution is to eating green salads which helps to naturally balance glucose levels by providing a healthy macronutrient ratio and focusing on low-glycemic carbohydrates to help maintain steady blood glucose control throughout the day.
The Bottom Line
Quitting sugar can lead to some uncomfortable side effects. Many people do best with gradually overcoming sugar addiction by fueling their body with the food.
The Paleo diet advocates for a return to natural sources of sweetness coming from a moderate amount of fruit and some sweet and starchy vegetables. It may take some time, but eventually the taste buds will adapt to having less sugar. It may not seem like you are getting enough sweetness on your Paleo diet but be patient as the taste buds evolve.