It can be extremely challenging to change your eating habits when you are dependent on sugar to keep your energy up throughout the day.
To go sugar free and lose your dependency on carbohydrates you must first establish your why, what is your intention? How willing are you? Why do you want to change your habits? Are you emotionally attached to certain foods?
We do know that sugar is addictive; following are some clear statements to show this fact.
Sugar sparks the same chemical response in your body as drugs, stimulating the brains release of feel good hormones. Endorphins and Dopamine are triggered by sugar in the same way morphine and opiates do.
A tolerance to sugar develops meaning the more you eat the more of it you need to satisfy your craving or get the same feeling of contentment.
Sugar causes your hunger and satiety hormones to get out of whack so you constantly feel hungry.
Withdrawal symptoms from sugar are real. People do experience headaches, fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability, and lightheadedness when coming off of sugar, similar to effects from detoxing certain drugs.
Plain and simple, sugar makes some people feel good and they begin to rely on it for the feeling it creates.
Is it a craving or a habit?
Remember when I talk about Sugar here I do mean all carbohydrates because they all turn into glucose in your blood.
The best way to begin dealing with sugar and carbohydrate cravings is to first establish if what you are experiencing at any given moment is a craving or a habit.
Habit: something you just do without thinking about it because it’s what you’ve always done.
Craving: an unsatisfied hunger for something sweet, salty, sour, or fatty
Cravings are often one of two things:
- nutrient deficiencies ( examples:chocolate=magnesium/fried foods=essential fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins)
- due to digestive impairment (you may not be digesting your foods properly and therefor not absorbing the nutrients in your food.)
Always ask yourself the following six questions to help discern whether what you are experiencing is a craving or a habit:
1 Am I hungry?
2 Do I want to eat this right now?
3 Is this what I feel like eating?
4 Is there something else I could eat instead?
5 How am I feeling?
6 What do I need?
In order to improve our health we need to establish new habits that will promote a healthier body and better mental practices.
“To change your behavior for good, you need to start believing new things about yourself.” James Clear
You’ll be surprised how often you experience both cravings and habitual impulses. Now you know some ways to determine which you are experiencing in any given moment.
Habits are the easiest to change once you become aware of them because there is no craving or addiction to deal with. To change a habit it’s best to replace it with something new rather than just try to drop it cold. For instance if you always reach for something sweet after dinner out of habit replace it with a hot cup of herbal tea or glass of water.