3 reasons why you can't quit sugar, and what to do about it...
My talk last week was a big success! Thank you to all of you who showed up with enthusiasm and GREAT questions. You were a wonderful audience!
One of the things I highlighted in my talk was unstable blood sugar. In my opinion, balanced blood sugar throughout the day sets a solid foundation for everything else to improve....allowing you to move forward to greater and greater levels of energy, clarity and focus.
But something I didn't talk about is why it's so difficult to quit sugar. In fact it's almost impossible unless you know where to start.
1) Your diet has programmed your body to burn sugar for fuel. Since sugar (especially refined sugars like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup, or carbs like bagels and cereal) burn so quickly, this takes you on a constant roller coaster of energy highs and lows through the day.
2) When blood sugar drops, and stress levels rise, your body knows that sugar is the fastest source of energy. So it initiates cravings for sugar or refined carbs. This is not your body sabotaging you, it's simply a biological program to keep you alive.
3) The blood sugar highs and lows through the day, cause stress levels to stay elevated, and often affect the quality of your sleep. And sleepless nights and elevated stress levels lead to more sugar cravings because you no longer have clarity or energy to make better choices. You just need fuel. And comfort.
Now that I have you depressed, let's look at what helps you quit this sugar cycle.
Nutrient-dense Foods; The antithesis of sugars and refined carbs are foods that are so nutrient rich that your body can run on them for hours. Vegetables, root vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, coconut milk, low-glycemic fruits like berries, healthy fats, and clean protein.
Fats are the Secret Weapon; Adding the right fats has the biggest impact on interrupting the sugar cycle. This is because fat burns slowly and blood sugar remains stable for a longer period. The best fats are coconut oil, avocado and avocado oil, olive oil, sesame oil and flaxseed oil.
Adding Meals; Until your body makes the transition from burning sugars, it's going to need a little extra support. Not letting yourself get overly hungry is key. So eating every 3-4 hours, eating at regular times through the day, and adding healthy snacks are important.
A few key steps to get you started on quitting sugar addiction for good! s