Five No-Fail Ways To Curb Your Sweet Tooth

24th April 2013

By Casie Terry

Guest Writer for  Wake Up World

It’s likely that your addiction to  sugar  is not even your fault. After all, food manufactures have been secretly lacing our foods with more and more of the addictive sweet stuff for the  past 30 years,  haven’t  they? And as research continues to reveal, sugar not only induces hunger, it’s highly addictive.

One recent study revealed  that the  fructose  concentrated in ingredients like high  fructose  corn syrup (HFCS) actually triggers a hunger hormone that causes you to consume more food than your body needsa pretty scary fact considering HFCS is grossly prevalent throughout our food supply.

Add to that  another recent study which revealed  “sweetness can surpass the cocaine reward [centers of the brain], even in drug-sensitized and addicted individuals,” and you have a vicious cycle on your hands.

Food  manufacturers  recognize the addictive nature of sugar and high fructose corn syrup, and they use it to their advantage. Between  sneaking sugar into seemingly healthy foods  and modifying marketing tactics towards children, food manufacturers have created a cushy place for themselves by making sure consumers stay addicted to their low-cost ingredients and over processed foods.

But you can break the sugar addiction!!!!!

Giving in to your sweet tooth not only  wreaks  havoc on your body, it intensifies your addiction to the sweet stuff. Luckily, there are several tried-and-true tricks that can help you can successfully beat your  sugar addiction.

1. Chew gum

According to Dave Grotto, RD, LDN, “research has shown that chewing gum can reduce food cravings.”   So when you feel your sweet tooth is taking over, reach for a stick of gum to curb the urge. But ensure you choose a natural gum, as commercial chewing gums can be  hazardous  to your health.

2. Opt for fruit

Consuming natural sugars from fruits that are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and enzymes helps you your body better process the natural sugars.  Fruits offer up a bit all natural fructose, which can help satisfy your sweet tooth while saving you from the concentrated,  non nutritive  sweet alternatives.The fiber in fruits can also help slow the absorption of sugar so you don’t experience a ‘sugar crash’ later in the day. Try keeping grapes on hand and simply reach for a few every time your M&M craving seems unbearable.

3. Remove temptation

Personally, willpower has never been my secret to success. I’m only successful in my aspirations to curb my sugar intake when I leave myself no other choice. It may be slightly traumatizing, yes, but it works! If sweets  are not  within reach, you won’t reach for them, will you?

 4. Give it up cold turkey

You’re only option should you remove temptation, but this goes a little deeper. According to  Christine Gerbstadt, a registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association (ADA) spokeswoman, cutting out sugar altogether may be the best way to curb  future  cravings as well.  ”The initial 48 to 72 hours are tough,” she says, but some people find that going cold turkey helps their cravings diminish after just a few days.

5. Modify your diet

Foods with  added or hidden sugar  will ultimately cause you to crave more sugar. Pay special attention to this around breakfast time. Breakfast foods tend to be sweet, which could induce a fierce 24-hour sweet tooth. Opt for foods that are high in protein and fiber so that sugars digest more slowly, your blood sugar levels remain balanced and you stay full and satisfied for a longer period of time.

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About the Author

Casie Terry is Associate Editor of the natural health and wellness site, Live in the Now. She’s also a freelance writer, a blogger, an avid runner, a garlic enthusiast, a juicing aficionado and a lover of her dog, Mitzi. More articles by Casie can be found here.

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