Do you look for sweet things a few times a day? You could be addicted to sugar… If so, how can you break the sweet things cravings? Or you may not be addicted to sugar, but you crave salty, fatty foods too often…if this is the case, you may simply have to make a slight dietary adjustment that is absolutely painless.
Let’s just get perspective first:
n the 1700′s, people consumed a mere 4 pounds of sugar a year. In 2010, the average American consumed 132 pounds. It’s a proven fact that some foods are specifically designed to be addictive to keep the eater coming back for more – while the food corporations get fatter and fatter wallets. Is it any wonder we’re having an obesity epidemic? Is it any wonder people are becoming more and more addicted to food and finding it harder and harder to practice self-discipline?
Consuming sugar is linked to depression, poor eyesight, migraines, arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis and gout to name but a few. Sugar is bad news.
If you crave sweet things, it could be attributed to a few things – one being that you have become addicted to sugar, and you would need to break the habit, or it’s a purely physical thing – your body trying to tell you it needs more of the good stuff called fruit.
You will find that when you eat more fruit, your cravings may decrease and leave altogether. However, if you are addicted to sugar, you can do this (while trying to eat as much different types of fruit as possible):
Firstly, find out where sugar is hiding in the everyday foods you are consuming. There are tons of ingredients where sugar “lurks”; these being just a few you may not know about:
Then replace sugar with other sweet stuff – these in moderation are ok:
- Agave syrup
Instead of reaching for the chocolate, grab some raisins or dried fruit. Granted, this is going to take a bit of self-control because us overeaters usually want what we want. (If you feel you need help to learn how to become self-controlled, sign up for our Get Thin for Good Online Weight Loss program.) A great idea is to replace sugar and additive-laden commercial chutneys with dried peaches. I use this often in my cooking.
Eat as much raw fruit as you want. This will help tremendously to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way and your body will love you for it too.
Now what about those of us who crave salty, fatty foods? Again, it’s been proven that the right combination of salt, fat and sugar can become addictive because it stimulates the brain. If you crave fatty foods, you could either be suffering from food addiction, or your body may be lacking essential fatty acids. If it’s a case of a lack of good fats, all you have to do is find ways to increase the amount of essential fatty acids you’re consuming.
The good fats are the Omegas 3, 6 and 9. Sources of these fats:
- Omega 3’s: flax seeds, walnuts, cold water fish, olive oil
- Omega 6’s: whole grains, plant oils, seeds, nuts, soy
- Omega 9’s: nuts, sesame oil, olive oil, avocados
You can learn more about good fats in Phase 2 of the 3-part Get Thin for Good Online Weight Loss program, lesson 12 – You need fat to get thin.
If however, you suffer from food addiction to some type of food – let’s say McDonalds cheeseburgers (this was my addiction by the way), then you may need to consider signing up for the Get Thin for Good program which teaches you how to stop eating and stopping food addiction.
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