This is the last part of Beating Sugar Addiction series and I really hope the information provided helped you identified trigger food and create an action plan to kick the habit for good. Part 1 of the series covered addiction to energy drinks, coffee, or anything to keep us going. Part 2 was more about reacting to stressful situation by reaching for sweets. Today Part 3 will cover sugar cravings caused by PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and menopause.
What does sugar addiction look like at that time of the month? (part 3)
- you are irritable and anxious
- you feel depressed and unhappy
- you are bloated and easily weigh up to 10 lbs more
- your breast are extremely sensitive
- you are tired
- you experience insomnia
- you have bad headache, hot flashes and bad cravings
Those are just a few and I am sure there are more symptoms.
Solution (Part 3)
Women experience these wacky hormones situations that cause sugar cravings, binging of high carb foods; a complete mess if you were doing well on your nutrition plan. There are some steps to take to curb the sugar cravings but in extreme cases it is best to consult your physician. The solutions involve
- Getting rid of high sugar foods in your diet especially fat food, processed food, fruit drinks.
- Getting rid of drinks with sugar substitute as well
- Choosing food that have a low glycemic index
- Having more white flour
- Choosing organic food as much as you can
- Drinking a lot of water
- Including soybeans in your diet
- Satisfying sweet tooth with dark chocolate
This completes the “Beating Sugar Addiction” series. Sugar addiction is real and kicking the habit can be very challenging. Look over all the series and identify ways that you consume too much sugar. The suggestions I made are simple changes to make in your nutrition. For Part 3 you should consult your physician to find the best way to deal with hormonal changes that goes beyond food choices.
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In part 1 of the series, Beating Sugar Addiction, we discussed how sugar loaded food and energy drinks were used to sustain energy for a busy person, and how it turns into an addiction with an unbalanced nutrition. Part 2 of the series has to do with using sugar as a coping mechanism to deal with stress.
What does it look like when you use sugar to deal with stress (Part 2)?
- Is your life always a crisis?
- Do you react to everything to cause a chain reaction of stressful events?
- When faced with a small problem do you turn it into a huge deal?
- Do you have problem saying no to friends and family, to be stressed out about saying “YES” later?
When you are dealing with any kind of stress you need a sugar fix. You indulge in one sweet treat after another to wake up one day and realize that you can no longer fit into your skinny jeans. You beat yourself over it but you can’t seem to stop craving for more sugar. When you give in to your sugar craving you feel a high and you have more energy to carry on. You later crash, feel guilty and instead of eating something healthy you eat more sugary stuff. You have time to prepare meals, but you prepare something you know that is bad for you. 30lbs and more overweight a couple of months later, depression sets in and you just become complacent and stop trying to lose weight altogether.
Solution (Part 2)
Since you reach for sugar in any flight or fright situation, your can set yourself on your way to cut the sugar cravings substantially and possibly end it by
- Drinking a lot of water
- Cutting out sugar, caffeine and white flour. Replacing coffee with tea
- Including high protein in your meals like lean chicken, fish, nuts, eggs.
- Never skipping breakfast which should consist of protein, veggies and whole grain
- Having a lunch similar to your breakfast
- For dinner having protein with non-starchy veggies.
- Making fruits your dessert and nuts your snacks
- Having some protein right before bed to avoid late night cravings.
Sugar cravings – unless it is a diagnosed condition – is always related with a poor diet. The bad think with consuming large measure of sugar is that the part that is not used as energy in you body turns into fat. This type of fat seats mostly in your mid-section and gives you the NOT so lovely love-handles and extra layer of tissue hanging around your bra. It will never be both ways meaning if you eat a balanced diet, you can’t possibly be craving sugar all the time.