Do you have a sweet tooth?

Do you often crave sugary foods?

Did you know sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine?  It is one of the most addictive substances on this planet and it really has no nutritional value.  It just causes inflammation in the gut and has many serious repercussions on your health and wellbeing. 

Sugar is such a sneaky bugger – it is hidden in so many of our foods and it causes havoc on your internal gut health as well as implications with your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

  1. REDUCE your sugar intake.  As Sugar addiction is such a huge thing to tackle – often it’s too hard to go cold turkey but you have to gradually wean yourself off it.  So start with small steps. Start think about choosing alternatives when you reach for that sugar hit.
  2. EAT REGULARLY.  If you’re not eating enough throughout the day it can cause you to have your sweet cravings or hungry.  Breakfast is really important and at least have 3 good meals in a day.  
  3. PROTEINS AND FATS: Heavy up your meals with Proteins and Fats as these will keep you feeling full for longer.  Fats are a really important source of fuel for your body – so eat nuts and seeds, avocado, use olive oil and coconut butter and fish for the omega 3 oils.  Protein such as eggs, fish, chicken, grass fed meat, and nuts and seeds. Have proteins and fats with each meal.
  4. REMOVE SAUCES and use HERBS and SPICES:  use lots of herbs and spices in your cooking for awesome flavour plus there’s other benefits in them as well!  MOst sauces contain high amounts of sugar and salt – so try using more natural flavours instead of bottled condiments.
  5. READ LABELS: Start with looking at what is in all the products you buy and consume.  You’ll be amazing at how much sugar is in a lot of items. Check out fresh juices and you’ll be shocked!  Processed or packaged foods have a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates which basically break down to sugar as well.  So usually anything “white” is generally bad for you. This includes a lot of breads, pastas, etc. There’s an old saying I learnt years ago – “the whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead”.  So start reading the contents before you eat them! It’s a fantastic habit to get into. It’s quite scary what’s in some of your everyday “everyday” items. Remember – you are what you eat!
  6. REMOVE unhealthy snacks from the pantry.  Bottom line – just don’t buy them in the first place and you can’t be
    tempted.  Another big tip is never go shopping when you’re hungry as you are more inclined to make unhealthy choices.
  7. CHOOSE WHOLEFOODS – fresh fruit and veges – particularly the leafy greens – spinach, bok choy, and broccoli.  Just beware that fruit has a lot of natural sugar – so try to include more berries or frozen fruit. Avoid dried fruit as that is too high in sugar. When it comes to your vegies – steer clear of potato and too much sweet potato.  
  8. CLEANSE / DETOX – if you feel prepared to go the whole way and go hard ass with getting sugar out of your system – try resetting your body w a 5 day cleanse.  Completely remove all processed and refined foods out of your diet. No sugary snacks or foods. It’s hard for the first couple of days but you’ll feel so much more energised, less sluggish and you should sleep better too.  Just beware that you may get a nasty headache day ⅔ – but that’s part of the cleansing process. remember to drink lots of water to flush the toxins out of your body.
  9. EXERCISE MORE – it helps to resist the urge to splurge on sugary foods.  If you can get past the “wanting” phase after about 10/20 minutes the need to eat  will pass.
  10. LIMIT DESSERTS – limit them to a sometimes treat.
    Not an everyday staple. If you fuel enough w your main meals and healthy snacks you should find the need for the sweet hit at the end of a meal subsides over time.
  11. REMOVE ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS – most of these are so toxic to your body and are a false nutritional replacement for sugar.  If you google a lot of these you’ll be horrified at what they do to your body and the effects they can have on your health.